Partnership is vital to the success of the redevelopment project. At its core is an ongoing partnership with Whanganui Iwi, symbolised in the gifting of the name Te Whare o Rehua, Whanganui – The House of Inspiration – in 1995.
As part of the redevelopment and as further recognition of the relationship, the new facility being constructed adjacent to the existing gallery will be named after Whanganui Iwi leader, the late Sir Te Atawhai Archie Taiaroa.
Much remains to be done, including further fundraising to deliver the final project. To achieve this we are working closely with a range of partners – sponsors and funders, both private and public sector; artists and supporters of the arts, nationally and locally; contractors and suppliers and most importantly with the people of the Whanganui District and the wider region.
There will be a number of opportunities for participation in the project at all levels. These will be both financial – from major philanthropic gifts to regular contributions or more modest one-off donations – and personal – supporting the project through purchases from the Gallery shop or taking part in Gallery activities. One way is through an early enduring commitment to be one of our Thousand Stars or by joining up as a Business Partner. Join us and help build a legacy for the Gallery’s second century of inspiration!