The Trust was established in 1993. Its main purpose is to foster the aims set out in the will of the Gallery’s founding benefactor, Henry Sarjeant: “to establish and maintain in the Borough of Wanganui a fine arts gallery for the inspiration of ourselves and those who come after us”.
The Trust raises funds and manages bequests and other funds donated to the Trust to support the operation and development of the Gallery. Currently our main focus is fundraising for the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui redevelopment, to enhance public access, protect the nationally-important collection and preserve one of New Zealand’s most important heritage buildings.
The current Trustees are:
- Nicola Williams MNZM (Chairman)
- Mayor Hamish McDouall
- Keria Ponga
- Annette Main ONZM
- Col. Paul Bayly ED
- Hon Chris Finlayson QC
- Dr Rawiri Tinirau
The Sarjeant Gallery Trust is a registered charity, number CC30610. Donations to the Trust by New Zealand tax residents are eligible for a tax credit as determined by current law. Local laws are applicable to donations from outside New Zealand.