Collection Development

A key strength of the Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection is its focus on recent New Zealand art. From its inception the aim has been to acquire works that are representative of current practice. Consequently, we regularly review our collection development priorities so that new acquisitions reflect contemporary trends and the full diversity of artistic practice. Furthermore, recognising our Collection is not comprehensive and our resources to acquire new works are very modest, we also seek ways to fill gaps so that the Art Collection continues to perform as a repository of national significance.

To these ends, recent initiatives have included:
· Developing the collection in the previously underrepresented areas of new media and photography
· Better representing the work of Māori and Pasifika artists and acknowledging the full diversity of artists working in Aotearoa New Zealand today
· Working with patrons and donors to identify gaps and support the acquisition programme with gifts and bequests

Current strategy
Current Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection Development Strategy 2017-2022 here.

Gifts and Bequests
We welcome the offer of gifts, donations and bequests to augment and benefit the Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection. We invite potential donors to discuss their plans with us. We can advise whether art works fit our Collection criteria and work with the donor to ensure any gifts that enhance the significance and representativeness of the Collection are properly acknowledged and appropriately cared for.

The process of soliciting, assessing and accepting gifts is undertaken by the Director of the Adam Art Gallery in consultation with the Curator Collections and with the approval of the Trustees of the Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection Trust. Gifts and bequests of works are arranged in accordance with the Terms of Gift or Bequest to the Victoria University of Art Collection. This document is agreed to, completed and signed by both parties prior to the gift or bequest taking effect.

Donations to the Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection Trust can be made at any time. These are made through the Victoria University of Wellington Foundation. As the Foundation has charitable status donations may be eligible for a tax rebate.

For further information on gifts, donations or bequests you are welcome to contact the Director, 04 463 5254.