The Contemporary Benefactors (CBs) started as a key philanthropic group in 2013 to support and grow the presentation of ambitious contemporary art exhibitions and programming at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.   Since then, the CBs have funded more than 15 significant contemporary commissions, offering Aucklanders and the wider NZ public the chance to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of contemporary art and ideas.

Led by the Senior Curator of Global Contemporary Art, CBs are given unprecedented opportunities for exposure to contemporary art as they follow artworks and exhibitions in development through a series of talks, behind-the-scenes curator-led tours and occasions to meet local and international artists. Together they learn, discuss and socialise around contemporary art in an informative and convivial way.

By becoming a Contemporary Benefactor in support of Auckland Art Gallery, you will not only be enriching the contemporary programme offered by the Gallery, but also your own experience of contemporary art. 

In addition, CBs are offered:

Donor acknowledgement and recognition connected to every project
Invitations to exhibitions previews and openings
Free unlimited entry to all AAG exhibitions
All AAG Member benefits including access to our Members Lounge
10% off our café and Gallery shop*.

*Discount not currently available online


Joining is easy. Your $1000 contribution includes a tax-deductible donation of $900* and $100 Membership fee**. 

Your donation goes directly towards presenting contemporary art exhibitions and programmes at Toi o Tāmaki.


Contact us

If you would like to receive more information on the CB programme of philanthropy please email

*All donations to the Gallery are tax-deductible. **A $100 Membership Fee is charged annually and provides AAG Membership benefits. It also satisfies the IRD guidelines requiring donations to be free of benefits in order that donations are tax deductible.

Image credit: Yona Lee Yona Lee: An Arrangement For 5 Rooms, 2022. Commissioned by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2022.
Supported by the Contemporary Benefactors of the Auckland Art Gallery, Asia NZ Foundation and Chow:Hill. Courtesy of Fine Arts, Sydney, photograph by Jennifer French and Paul Chapman.

We gratefully acknowledge the following individuals whose support to the Contemporary Benefactor programme of philanthropy has been invaluable to the Gallery

Anne-Marie & Clark Abel
Sally Aberhart & Russ Wilkinson
Sharon & Michael Acland
Kahungunu Barron-Afeaki S.C.
Lynda Agnew
Helene Bizouerene & Nick Grayston
Jo Blair
Kirsten Blanchard
Norah Bonham
Frances Bostock
Janie & Michael Browne
Miranda Burdon
Claire Chamberlain
Joanna & John Chaplin
Fou Charteris
Melissa Clarke
Angela & Mark Clatworthy
Anne Coney
Susan Kelly & Karl Cook
Sarah Couillault
Katherine Dyer
Pip & Clare England
Kirsty Gregg & Dominic Feuchs
Pip Greenwood & David Gibson
Eileen Harrison
Daniella & Peter Heppner
Catherine & Michael Heron
Gerry Hetet
Simon Hull
Helen Klisser During
Kate Lane
Nikki Launder
Michael Lett
Kerry Marshall
Josh McBride
Sarah McHardy
Keitha & Connel McLaren
Leigh Melville
David & Juliet Moore
Charles Ninow
Susie & Duncan Olde
Ben Plumbly
Tom Reeves & Tara Wardman-Reeves 
Lisa & David Roberton
Kate Gillespie & Michael Robertson
Melanie Roger
Iva Rosic
Nadine Rubin Nathan & Paul Nathan
Jodi & James Snell
Charlotte & Christopher Swasbrook
Andrew Thomas
Rachel Thomson
Louise van den Brink
Sarah & David Vokes
Sue & Ben Waymouth
Gillian Westbrooke
Anne Wight
Caitlin Wright