Using the Collection

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington and the Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi are committed to the continuing development of knowledge and understanding of works and artists represented in the collection.

We are happy to respond to queries about artists and works in the collection. Qualified researchers and students may access reference work relating to the collection by making an appointment in advance.

If you would like to make an inquiry about an item or artist in the collection, or wish to make an appointment to carry out further study contact Collection Officer, Sophie Thorn:

The Adam Art Gallery is happy to provide researchers and publishers with high resolutions images of art works in the Collection. However, Victoria University of Wellington does not hold copyright permission for all the works in the Collection. In some instances, the applicant will need to obtain copyright permission from an external copyright holder. When possible, the Adam Art Gallery will be able to provide contact details for this person or organisation.

An image request fee may also apply.
See the attached schedule here

To make an inquiry about reproducing a work of art from the collection contact Collection Officer, Sophie Thorn on (+64 ) 4 463 5504 or email

Victoria University of Wellington is happy to lend works from its Art Collection, whenever possible. The usual procedure requires the borrowing institution to meet the following conditions:

  •  The Loan Request will be received at least three months prior to the start of the Loan Period. This enables the assessment of the work’s suitability for loan and allows time to complete the necessary preparations
  • The Loan Request details the purpose for which the work of art is required, the proposed Loan Period and relevant Exhibition dates
  • The Loan Request includes a satisfactory Facilities Report where possible.

To make an inquiry about loaning a work of art from the collection please contact Collection Officer, Sophie Thorn on (+64 ) 4 463 5504 or email