Wellington City Art Collections Policy

Adopted in 2005.

The Wellington City Art Collection Policy was drafted in 2005 and updates the 2001 Furnishings Art Collection Policy.

It provides a framework for Wellington City Council to develop and maintain a collection of art works, enriching Wellington's art sector and reach by exhibiting in Council buildings and facilities and loaning works nationally and internationally.

Wellington City Art Collections Policy (262KB PDF) | Text version (174KB RTF)


1. Aim of the Policy

2. Purpose of the Policy

3. Definitions

  • 3.1 Visual artists
  • 3.2 Emerging artists
  • 3.3 Mid-career artists
  • 3.4 Civic art collection
  • 3.5 Art Collection Advisory Group
  • 3.6 Art Collection Manager
  • 3.7 Accession
  • 3.8 Deaccession

4. Background to the collection

5. Description of the current civic art collection

6. Objectives of the Policy

7. How these objectives will be met

  • The Collection
  • Where will the collection be housed?
  • Management of the collection
  • Membership of Art Collection Advisory Group
  • Status and reporting to Council
  • Term
  • Meetings
  • Compensation

8. Acquisition of artworks

  • Criteria for acquisitions, commissions or accepting of gifts

9. Deaccessioning or removal of works from the collection

  • Loan of items from the collection

10. Conservation of the Collection

11. Storage of the Collection

12. Security of the Collection

13. Disaster Plan

14. Insurance of the Collection