Since opening in 1888, our collections have been greatly enriched by a remarkable group of far-sighted and generous benefactors – from James Mackelvie and George Grey in the late 19th century to the Chartwell Trust and Julian and Josie Robertson in the present day. While the Gallery’s collection development has almost since inception been supported through a level of public funding, its value is extended manifold through gifts and bequests, the patronage of membership and affiliate groups, and collection partner arrangements. 

One-third of the Gallery’s holdings are made up of permanent loans including the Mackelvie Trust and Edmiston Trust collections, while long term loans include the Chartwell Trust and Thanksgiving Foundation. The Gallery maintains long-term responsibility for their care research, publication, display and outward loan as well as playing an active role in their development.