The Foundation is a philanthropic platform, dedicated to the growth and development of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. 

When the Foundation was established in 2005, its primary purpose was to support the capital campaign for the Gallery’s award-winning redevelopment in 2011.  In 2014 the Foundation redefined its purpose as being a major avenue for generating philanthropic support for the Gallery by establishing an endowment fund for its future. 

2016 marked a new era for the Foundation, with the launch of the Foundation Membership programme.  To reach a wide community of supporters, we created a philanthropic model of giving that is tailored to the capacity of each member to give and to their own interests. Our members are invited to select a level of support as Foundation donors, and their ongoing and long-term support is acknowledged by their total donations being considered cumulatively.

Since launching the programme in May 2016, we’ve received a significant and growing number of generous members across each of the donor levels. This is a testament to our shared vision and commitment to building a legacy for future generations. Foundation Members and Donors recognise that we need to support the Gallery team by building an endowment fund and fostering arts philanthropy.

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Foundation Trustees

Andrew Smith spent his working life in businesses that supplied materials to the construction industry. First with his family’s business, Smith & Smith Ltd, where he was Managing Director, and then, from 1987, with two partners in the glass merchant business Metropolitan Glass. Metropolitan Glass grew to become the largest glass merchant business in New Zealand, and was sold to a private equity firm in 2006. Since then, Andrew has focused his time on managing an investment portfolio, and becoming involved with a number of not-for-profit organisations. He is currently Chair of New Zealand’s Outward Bound, and sits on the boards of Outward Bound International and the Elizabeth Knox Home and Hospital. He is also Chair of the Mackelvie Trust Board and a Trustee of The Friends of the Gallery Acquisitions Trust. He is married with three adult daughters and lives in Auckland.

Alan McChesney is Director and Principal of New Zealand Assets Management (NZAM), one of New Zealand’s most prestigious boutique global investment management firms. Prior to joining NZAM in 1995, Alan was a Senior Executive of Fay Richwhite & Co. Alan also has extensive experience in creating, owning and managing private companies. He is a patron of various art-related entities, with particular interests in the visual arts. Alan has a business degree from The University of Auckland.

Sue Gardiner is a Co-director of the Chartwell Collection, which is held on long-term loan at Auckland Art Gallery. She is a Trustee of the Chartwell Trust which has supported contemporary art projects at the Gallery for a number of years. Sue sits on the Creative Thinking Project Board at The University of Auckland and writes for art publications in New Zealand and Australia. She takes contemporary art tours in New Zealand and overseas.

Dayle, Lady Mace has been a longstanding supporter and patron of both the visual arts and theatre in New Zealand. She is an ardent advocate of contemporary New Zealand art and was on the Philanthropy Taskforce set up to investigate and provide advice on philanthropy in New Zealand.

Key positions held by Mace are: Trust Board Member of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Trust Board Member of the Auckland Art Gallery Foundation. She was founding Co-chair of the Auckland Theatre Company Patrons and still holds that position today. She also sits on the boards of the P A Edmiston Trust, the New Zealand Contemporary Art Trust and the Arts Regional Trust. Dayle is a Member of the Creative Giving Reference Group and of the Elam Advancement Advisory Board.

Simon Vodanovich became a Trustee of the Auckland Art Gallery Foundation in early 2014. Simon is a Senior Partner at Buddle Findlay and leads its corporate and commercial team. He is an avid art collector and supporter of the arts, and Director of Lemonbone Limited, New Zealand's premiere contemporary art-leasing business. He lives in Freemans Bay with his wife Lynn Whitfield and their daughter Francesca.

Glenn Hawkins founded Avanti Finance Limited and is its major shareholder. As Executive Chairman of Avanti, Glenn is responsible for the strategic development and governance of the business. He has been involved at an executive level in various industry groups and clubs. Glenn and his wife Sonja live in Parnell with their four children. They are passionate about the arts, both visual and performing, and are advocates for the long-term success of New Zealand artists and a vibrant art scene.

Jonty recently returned to New Zealand after 10 years in Hong Kong and six years in London. He has over 18 years of experience in Asian equity capital markets – including as the founder of Aviate Global which he grew to a team of 30 sales and sales traders across Asia. Prior to that, Jonty was with Credit Suisse for 12 years where he had roles in London and Hong Kong focused on Asia and Hedge Fund products. His current roles include acting as Co-Head of Markets as well as Head of Forsyth Barr Asia.

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