The Contemporary Benefactors was established in 2013 as a new tier of philanthropic support for contemporary New Zealand and international art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.

Contemporary Benefactors are given unprecedented opportunities for exposure to art, artists, curators and exhibitions in an informative and stimulating environment. We provide the opportunity to engage more closely with the art world in New Zealand and internationally.

Included in the Benefactor programme are a wide variety of exhibition and behind-the-scenes talks, studio visits and collection tours both in New Zealand and overseas. Contemporary Benefactors also receive invitations to all Auckland Art Gallery’s openings and are given access to the Members Lounge. We also organise VIP talks and social events at local and international art fairs and at exhibitions such as the Auckland Art Fair, Biennale of Sydney and Frieze London. See the full list of benefits below


  • invitations to exclusive events, art tours, talks and more
  • invitations to exhibition opening events
  • free entry to paid exhibitions
  • access to the Members Lounge
  • 10% discount at the Gallery shop* and café

*  Discount not currently available online

Your donation will go towards supporting exhibitions and publications on contemporary art and major related events in Auckland Art Gallery’s public programme. 

By becoming a Contemporary Benefactor in support of Auckland Art Gallery you will not only be enriching the Gallery programme but also your own experience of contemporary art. If you would like to receive more information please email

Sharon and Michael Acland
Sophie Anderson
Kriselle Baker
Sarah Berry
Helene Bizouerne Grayston
Frances Bostock
Janie and Michael Browne
Miranda Burdon
Wendy Carter
Antony Challinor
Claire  Chamberlain
John Chaplin
Angela Clatworthy
Anna Coe
Melissa Collow
Anne Coney
Karl Cook
Sarah Couillault
Kristin and Andy Cullen
Geoff Dalbeth
Anna Dickie
Katherine Dyer
Pip England
Dominic Feuchs
Kate Gillespie
Nick Grayston
Sarah Greenslade
Pip Greenwood
Lauren Hare
Daniella and Peter Heppner
Catherine and Michael Heron
Gerry Hetet
Simon Hull
Susan Kelly
Helen Klisser During
Kate Lane
Michael Lett
Matt Maling
Kerry  Marshall
Zara Matheson
Josh McBride
Keitha and Connel McLaren
Leigh Melville
Juliet and David Moore
Sarah Nathan
Charles  Ninow
Susie and Duncan Olde
Ben Plumbly
Penelope and John Raine
Lisa and David Roberton
Michael Robertson
Melanie Roger
Jodi and James Snell
Charlotte and Christopher Swasbrook
Lynn Theron
Andrew  Thomas
Louise van den Brink
Sarah and David Vokes
Sue and Ben Waymouth
Gillian Westbrooke
Anne Wight
Marc Williams
Caitlin Wright