We hope you are all safe and well inside your bubbles. These are strange times indeed, but one thing is for certain; it is now more than ever that the world needs art and its artists to help us see the pathway to a brighter future.
As you will expect, the Sarjeant on the Quay is closed for now but we are active on our temporary new page called “Art In Isolation: The Sarjeant Lockdown Blog” as well as here on Facebook, where we are posting regularly and you can comment and chat too. Please explore this website, too, there are stories galore here. Learn about the works in the Sarjeant Collection, New Zealand and international artists, the history of the Sarjeant, our benefactor Henry Sarjeant and read up on the newspaper columns which we regularly publish on NZHerald.co.nz and in the Whanganui Chronicle.
While you are here, if you are not already, why not consider becoming an official Friend of the Sarjeant Gallery by signing up here? Take this opportunity to deep dive into the Sarjeant’s permanent collection via Explore the Collection, our multi award-winning digital portal into the collection. Just glance to the left of your screen and click on Explore the Collection in the menu and away you go. This digital portal is designed by Vernon Systems together with the Sarjeant Gallery and is a state of the art collection search tool. Search by artist, medium, colour, object or date and see what you find. Or try typing in “moustache” just to get you started – and see where that leads you. The Sarjeant Collection is one of the most significant in New Zealand comprising over 8000 works in all media. It is well known for the Denton Collection of photography (the Sarjeant was the first gallery in New Zealand to collect photography as an art form) as well as its large holding of Edith Collier works and ephemera.
And that is only the beginning. We host a monthly online exhibition on the website called My Choice – in which a member of our community is asked to select their favourite work from the Sarjeant Collection and talk a little about why they chose them. This month’s selector is Riah King-Wall. Click on What’s On in the menu on the left and go to Current Exhibitions to see Riah’s wonderfully eclectic choices.
From your friends at the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui.