The Sarjeant Gallery’s collection consists of more than 8,000 artworks and archival items spanning four centuries of European and New Zealand art history. The collection contains works in all media, including: painting by old masters and contemporary artists; works on paper including photography; sculptural and installation works; and ceramics and glass.
The collection is of national significance as one of the most comprehensive surveys of New Zealand art history in a regional gallery. Also of note are the internationally renowned Denton collection, which forms the foundation of the Gallery’s photography collection, and the vibrant Tylee Cottage artist residency programme, which leads our contemporary collecting.
Collection highlights include international works by (or attributed to) Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones RA, Domenico Piola, Sir Frank Brangwyn RA, Bernadino Poccetti, Gaspard Dughet, Sir William Richmond RA, William Etty, Lelio Orsi, Frederick Goodall RA, Augustus John RA. Also included are New Zealand works by Colin McCahon, Ralph Hotere, Pat Hanly, Charles Frederick Goldie, Gottfried Lindauer, John Alexander Gilfillan and Petrus Van Der Velden. Major holdings of individual artists include Edith Collier, Gretchen Albrecht, Robert McLeod, Anne Noble, Warren Viscoe, Rodney Fumpston, Dennis Knight Turner, and Philip Trusttum.