22 March, 2007


Galleries the world over have works in their collections that cannot be put on show because they need conservation treatment and/or new frames. Inevitably, only those needed for immediate display are given priority, which means that other equally valued works are forced to languish in storage until funding and time can be found for treatment.

Auckland Art Gallery is following the lead set by Dulwich Picture Gallery in London, and placing a group of paintings, sculptures and frames UP FOR ADOPTION, including works from the Mackelvie Trust Collection as the Gallery is responsible for their care. We are asking members of the public to sponsor works in need of treatment, and individuals or groups are welcome to take part.

In return, your name will appear on exhibition labels when the works are displayed. Mary Kisler, Mackelvie Curator, International Art will be available to discuss the significance of the work you want to adopt, and you will have an opportunity to meet with the conservator responsible to hear about the treatment process; receive a report summary; and a photograph of the finished work and frame. When the Gallery re-opens, a special event will be held to thank you and your fellow contributors.

We hope these works will find their way into your hearts.

If you are interested in adopting an artwork. Please choose an artwork and click the link to submit an enquiry.

Alternatively you may view works up for adoption in the Auckland Art Gallery, on the 1st floor, in the exhibition Passion and Politics: Two Centuries of British Art. You can also instantly adopt an artwork through the Gallery shop.

For more information about the Up For Adoption scheme please email, upforadoption@aucklandartgallery.govt.nz


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