HENRY SARJEANT'S GENEROUS BEQUEST in 1912 resulted in the Sarjeant Gallery being prominently placed in the heart of Wanganui for most of the 20th century. Over this time it has, through a lively exhibition programme and building remarkable collections, enriched the lives of numerous Wanganui citizens, other New Zealanders and international visitors.
The collection includes a mix of 19th and early 20th century British and international works, historical and current New Zealand and local art - with strengths in photography, contemporary Maori art and wood-based sculpture. Its rich holdings of work by individual artists include Edith Collier, John Gilfillan, Philip Trusttum, Gretchen Albrecht, Anne Noble, Peter Peryer, and Rodney Fumpston to name just a few examples.
At present there are more than 5000 artworks in the collection. Given the terms of Henry Sarjeant's Will, the initial primary collection focus was on 19th and early 20th century British and European art.
Work by New Zealand artists was first acquired in 1926, and increasingly this has become the primary focus. The existing New Zealand collection is a significant and comprehensive holding of art from the 1840s until the present day.
Major holdings of individual artists include Gretchen Albrecht, Robert McLeod, Warren Viscoe and Rodney Fumpston. The Sarjeant is committed to endorsing the profile of these and other artists both nationally and internationally. The Gallery's rich holdings of the work of Edith Collier and Philip Trusttum are amplified by very large loan collections.
The Gallery's acquisition policy shows strong interests in;
â€¢contemporary Maori art
â€¢sculpture, in particular wood
koha / donations are encouraged; however, there may be an occasional charge for specific exhibitions if it is a fundraising exhibition
10.30am to 4.30pm
10.30am to 4.30pm
Anzac Day 1.00pm to 4.30pm
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
Wheelchair access is available however assistance will be required.
Please call (06) 349-506
Food and Drink
Food and drink are not permitted in the Gallery.
The Sarjeant Gallery has an extensive art reference library which is open to the public on Mondays and Fridays, 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Exhibition catalogues, related art publications, cards, posters and past Sarjeant Gallery bulletins are for sale.
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Group tours are available by prior booking (preferably two weeks notice). Please contact Raewyne Johnson at the Gallery (06) 349-0543 etx. 8274 for further information.
The Gallery is available for hire for selected private functions.
Please contact Raewyne Johnson at the Gallery (06) 349-0543 ext. 8274 for further information.