A Generous Gift
The Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui was founded through the generosity of one man to his home city. In 1912, Henry Sarjeant left a huge sum of money – the equivalent of over $70 million in today’s terms – to establish the gallery “as a means of inspiration for ourselves and those who come after us”. The Gallery opened in 1919 and is recognised as one of the country’s most important heritage buildings. Over the last 97 years, through the Sarjeant bequest and the many kind gifts of subsequent benefactors, the collection has become one of national importance.
Looking to the future
A century later we are building on Henry’s legacy – preserving and presenting over four centuries of art. Our gift to the future is a new century of inspiration. The redevelopment will look after the Sarjeant’s nationally-important collection with environmentally-controlled storage and exhibition galleries; enhance public access through improved exhibition and education spaces; and enable the preservation of Whanganui’s most iconic building.