National Art Gallery (N.Z.)

Dominion Art Gallery (N.Z.), National Art Gallery and Museum (N.Z.)

Established in 1930 after the passing of the National Art Galley and Dominion Museum Act 1930.

Officially opened in the Buckle Street building in 1936, the National Art Gallery occupied the first floor of the National Art Gallery and Dominion Museum building. Eru D. Gore was secretary-manager from 1936 until his death in 1948 when S. B. Maclennan was appointed the first director. This was the first appointment in New Zealand of a full-time art gallery director.

Previous to the establishment of the National Art Gallery, the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts (formerly the Fine Arts Society of New Zealand), managed a national art collection acquired, in part, with government funding. In 1930 the academy sold its own gallery and devoted the proceeds of the sale, its art collection and its building fund to the National Art Gallery in return for offices and galleries in perpetuity in the new building. The national collection also included art works from the Dominion Museum and other collections gifted to the nation. The Buckle Street building housed the Academy of Fine Arts from 1936 to 1997 with a gap of 7 years during World War II when it was taken over by the military.

While the Dominion Museum (later called the National Museum) and National Art Gallery had shared the Buckle Street building since 1936, the two remained separate entities until the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Act 1992 incorporated the two.

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Te Papa), which incorporated the art gallery and museum, moved out of Buckle Street in 1996. Their new waterfront home opened on 14 February 1998.

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Charity cricket match, Anderson Park, Kelburn, and British Art exhibition, National Art Gallery, Wellington
Date: 1971 From: Westra, Ans, 1936-: Photographs Ref: AW-0600 Description: Two negative frames show a charity cricket match at Anderson Park, Kelburn, Wellington, in 1971. Ten negative frames show a group of school girls visiting th...
Date: 1982 - 1983 By: National Art Gallery (N.Z.) Ref: ArtEph-1983-N-01 Description: Artists include: Pablo Picasso; Robin White; W.H. Allen; Robert Jacks; Philip Clairmont; Tony Kellaway; Jeffrey Harris and Christine Hellyar.
Date: 1973 By: National Art Gallery (N.Z.) Ref: ArtEph-1973-N-03 Description: Section 1; The Journey from Paekakariki Around the Coast to Wellington Heads. Section 2; Overland from the Rimutaka Hill through the Hutt Valley to Petone. S...
Date: 1985 - 1909 By: Walsh, Alfred Wilson, 1859-1916; Fourth Estate Productions Ref: C-117-065 Description: Shows South Island scene of huts in a valley. There are two wooden huts in the right foreground, and a woman on a path in front of them, carries a pole and p...
Date: 1954 By: New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts Ref: Eph-D-ARTS-1954-01 Description: Shows an arrangement of text, with some words in blue, in a wood-cut style. Date estimate 1954 based on style and upon the known dates (7-29 August) of the ...
Date: 1985 - 1909 By: Walsh, Alfred Wilson, 1859-1916; Fourth Estate Productions Ref: C-117-065-b Description: Shows South Island scene of huts in a valley. There are two wooden huts in the right foreground, and a woman on a path in front of them, carries a pole and p...
Date: 1939-1947 From: Ngata, Apirana Turupa (Sir), 1874-1950 : Papers Ref: MS-Papers-6919-0593 Description: Contains a magazine entitled `New Zealand centennial news' (Internal Affairs, 30 November 1939), a report regarding the Maori Mission (1942), National Art Ga...
Date: 1950 - 1959 By: Clark, Russell Stuart Cedric, 1905-1966; Edwards, Henry Phillip, 1913?-1987; Ellis, Frederick Vincent, 1892-1961; ICI New Zealand; McIntyre, Peter, 1910-1995; Maclennan, Stewart Bell, 1903-1973; Mason, Frank Henry, 1876-1965; New Zealand free lance (Newspaper); Taylor, Ernest Mervyn, 1906-1964; Waghorn, Reginald James, 1898-1987; Woods, George, 1898-1963 Ref: Eph-C-CALENDAR-1950s Description: Includes calendars: 1951: Imperial Chemicals (N.Z.) Ltd. The growth of a colony; original pen drawings by Russell Clark. [Calendar 1951]. New Zealand Free La...
Mayor and councillors visiting the new National Art Gallery and Dominion Museum in Wellington
Date: March 1936 From: Evening post (Newspaper. 1865-2002) :Photographic negatives and prints of the Evening Post newspaper Ref: PAColl-5927-21 Description: Wellington Mayor T C A Hislop, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Mr G A Troup and city councillors including W H Bennett, visting the new National Art Galler...
Date: ca 1992 By: Hedley, Mark, active 1975-1992 Ref: PAColl-3436 Description: Quantity: 20 b&w original negative(s) (being 35mm strips comprising 118 images).
Date: 1920 - 1925 By: Bowring, Walter Armiger, 1874-1931; National Art Gallery (N.Z.); New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts; Beauchamp, Laura Kate, -1941 Ref: G-823-2 Description: Life-size frontal portrait, showing Sir Harold three-quarter length, seated. Sir Harold was the father of writer Katherine Mansfield Originally part of th...
Date: 1984 By: Missen, Lindsay, active 1970s-2012; Commercial Print Ref: Eph-E-ARTS-1984-01 Description: Poster advertising a New Zealand art exhibition, and featuring a portrait by James M Nairn. Two copies held. Quantity: 1 colour photo-mechanical print(s) o...
Date: 1939 - 1985 By: Angus, Rita, 1908-1970; Art Vision Ltd.; Heidelberg Publishing Company Ltd Ref: B-123-014 Description: Shows green field in foreground, and dry hills behind. Inscriptions: Recto - bottom right - Rita Cook '39 Quantity: 1 colour photo-mechanical print(s). Ph...
Kelliher Art Show, August 1957
Date: August 1957 From: Hill, Morris James, 1929-2002 :Negatives of Wellington, and national events and personalities Ref: 1/2-177286-F Description: Landscape painting in the Kelliher Art Competition, photographed on the walls of the National Art Gallery, Wellington. Catalogue number 17. Photograph take...
Judges at the Kelliher Art Show, August 1957
Date: August 1957 From: Hill, Morris James, 1929-2002 :Negatives of Wellington, and national events and personalities Ref: 1/2-177283-F Description: Kelliher Prize judges, Robert Johnson (left) and Stewart McLennan, photographed in the National Art Gallery, Wellington, standing beside a pile of paintings ...
The painting 'Rangitikei River' by Peter McIntryre
Date: August 1957 From: Hill, Morris James, 1929-2002 :Negatives of Wellington, and national events and personalities Ref: 1/2-177285-F Description: The painting 'Rangitikei River' by Peter McIntryre during the Kelliher Art Prize competition at the National Art gallery, Wellington. Catalogue number 25. ...
Portrait of an unidentified woman on show at the Kelliher Art Show, August 1957
Date: August 1957 From: Hill, Morris James, 1929-2002 :Negatives of Wellington, and national events and personalities Ref: 1/2-177284-F Description: Portrait of an unidentified woman on show at the Kelliher Art Show. Photograph taken in August 1957 at the National Art Gallery by Morrie Hill. Quantity: 1...
Judges for the Kelliher Art Show, August 1957
Date: August 1957 From: Hill, Morris James, 1929-2002 :Negatives of Wellington, and national events and personalities Ref: 1/2-177287-F Description: Kelliher Prize judges, Robert Johnson (left) and Stewart McLennan, photographed in the National Art Gallery, Wellington, standing beside a pile of paintings ...