Council's Art Collection

21 March 2011

For decades we've been collecting the latest contemporary art by emerging and mid-career artists. Now there's an exhibition that gives you a great opportunity to check it out - free of charge.

Bronwyn Holloway-Smith sits by her work, 'Armada', (2006)

Bronwyn Holloway-Smith sits by her work, 'Armada', (2006)

Called The Un-Sited, the collection of art owned by Wellingtonians and held by the Council is on display at City Gallery Wellington until Monday 25 April. It features recently acquired works by Kate Woods, Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Simon Morris and Victor Berezovsky, among others.

We started buying works as early as 1882, and many works have also been gifted to the city. Since the 60s, we've been decorating public buildings with Wellington art. You can see some of these gems on display in our offices on Wakefield Street and at the Central Library on Victoria Street - many are refreshed on a rotational basis.

We've built the collection to increase the local, national and international profile of Wellington artists, and also to support and promote promising local artists, especially early on in their careers when they are not well known.

Toi Pōneke Arts Centre and Gallery, established in 2005 in Abel Smith Street, is another example of our support for the visual arts.

For more information about our art collection policy or any other aspect of our involvement with the visual arts, talk to someone from our City Arts team by phoning 499 4444 or visit:

Public Art - Overview

City Gallery Wellington, located in Civic Square, is open from 10.00am - 5.00pm every day.

This is just one of many great exhibitions on at the gallery, for more details visit:

City Gallery Wellington website