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Bank of New Zealand Art Collection Catalogue now available to order

We are delighted to announce that The Bank of New Zealand Art Collection catalogue is now available to order. Co-edited by Hamish Coney, Robert Leonard and Julian McKinnon, this sumptuous, hardcover publication features stunning photographs and rich editorial content from leading New Zealand art writers, curators and art historians, including Peter Simpson, Jill Trevelyan, Tina Barton, Ian Wedde, Linda Tyler, Martin Edmond, Paula Morris and Leonard Bell. It contains the full catalogue of artworks to be auctioned by Webb’s in partnership with BNZ.

To order you copy of the catalogue please visit Webb's website. 

Webb's to sell BNZ Art Collection

Webb’s and BNZ are partnering together to tour selected works from the BNZ Art Collection nationally before selling the collection at auction later this year.

BNZ has announced proceeds from the sale will be used to fund a philanthropic foundation. The foundation is being designed to help accelerate the work organisations across New Zealand are doing to create a better future for our communities.

Works from the collection will tour nationally, showing in Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland during August and September. The scale of the collection is such that two separate auctions will take place after the touring programme is complete. Dates for the auctions are Sunday 18 September, 2.00pm and Tuesday 27 September, 6.30pm.

Exhibition Dates

Christchurch   Part 1 & 2       17.08.22 - 21.08.22

Wellington       Part 1               25.08.22 - 03.09.22

Wellington       Part 2              08.09.22 - 17.09.22

Auckland          Part 1              07.09.22 - 17.09.22

Auckland          Part 2              21.09.22 - 26.09.22

Auction Dates

Auckland          Part 1              18.09.22, 2.00pm

Auckland          Part 2              27.09.22, 6.30pm

For more information on the auction please visit the Webb's website.



Past exhibitions

Joanna Margaret Paul - Imagined in the context of a room

Dunedin Public Art Gallery: 7 August 2021 - 14 November 2021

Christchurch Art Gallery: 4 December 2021 - 6 March 2022

With a multi-disciplinary practice spanning drawing, painting, poetry, photography and film, Joanna Margaret Paul (1945-2003) was an important artist of her generation. Born in Hamilton as the eldest child of Janet and Blackwood Paul, literary and artistic parents who were advocates of New Zealand modernism, Paul studied languages and literature before embarking on her artistic career. Attending Elam in the late 1960s, she moved to Ōtepoti Dunedin in 1970, establishing an art practice shaped by experimentation and her lived experiences.

The margin between the landscape and the home was a space that Paul constantly navigated through her work. Early works made in ōtepoti, Port Chalmers and Seacliff claim Paul a position as a major painter of the period, asserting her understanding of her context and a faith in her own view. Moving between the coastal landscape, the urban fringe and the domestic interior, this period created a foundation that would underpin her future work. As time passed, and Paul’s life changed, her work came to reflect these different directions. Her home offered an environment where objects, spaces and people acted as markers of memory, identity, domestic life, relationships and time. Photography and experimental film, much of which has only come to light in recent years, created a counterpoint to painting, drawing, and later poetry, reflecting a multi-faceted approach that was distinct from many of her contemporaries.

[From the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Website: Joanna Margaret Paul | Dunedin Public Art Gallery]

BNZ Loaned three works by Joanna Margaret Paul : Stanza 1/3, Stanza 7/3 and Stanza 9/10 dated 1983.


Face Time: Portraits from the 1980s

New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pūkenga Whakaata

Thursday, 25 November 2021- Sunday, 13 February 2022 

'Face Time: Portraits of the 1980s is all about that ‘Big Eighties Energy’ that we have come to associate with the decade. The hair, clothes and faces, are recognisably of that time. Face Time also traverses some of the tectonic social, political and economic shifts that occurred during the decade. Like a John Hughes movie, the eighties could be characterised as a coming-of-age story for Aotearoa.

Whether it was thinking big with Muldoon, the 1981 Springbok rugby tour protests, Lange’s ability to smell uranium, coming-out with the Homosexual Law Reform Act in 1986, Rogernomics or concluding the decade with the sesquicentennial celebrations of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in 1990, the 1980s was a period of immense change–a decade that might be described as a struggle between the past and the future. Face Time is a show that speaks to some of these major events using works from important public and private art collections made by many well-known artists during the 1980s.'

[From the National Portrait Website: Face Time: Portraits from the 1980s — New Zealand Portrait Gallery

New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pūkenga Whakaata, Shed 11, 60 Lady Elizabeth Lane, Wellington

BNZ has loaned the artworks: Glenda Randerson, Carole, 1982 and Hariata Ropata Tangahoe, Self Portrait, 1982 for this exhibition.

Louise Henderson: From Life

 Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. 2 November 2019 - 8 March 2020

Louise Henderson: From Life is the first major survey of work by French-born, New Zealand artist Louise Henderson (1902–1994).  Featuring work from across Henderson’s seven-decade career, the exhibition traces the development of the artist’s bold and colourful abstract style.

Louise Henderson: From Life has been jointly developed by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū. The exhibition was co-curated by Felicity Milburn and Lara Strongman (Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū), and Julia Waite (Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki). It will open in Christchurch in June 2020.

BNZ has loaned the artwork; Louise Henderson work: Water Series, c1965 for this exhibition.

Nelson Hills

The Suter Art Gallery: 27 February 2021 - 13 June 2021

The Group was perhaps the most influential collective in New Zealand’s art history. An informal arts association, it was begun in 1927 by artists’ who had initially met through their studies at the Canterbury College of Art. Together the exhibited annually as an alternative to the more conservative ‘Art Societies’ that had dominated the art world since the Nineteenth Century. The Group were, in contrast, committed to experimental work that looked to the future of art in Aotearoa. Where they saw the more traditional artists as reliant on an English or European mode of art from the century before, they were instead interested in developing a more contemporary artmaking. Soon its members grew to include Rita Angus, Olivia Spencer Bower, W H Allen, Doris Lusk, Leo Bensemann, Colin McCahon and one of Nelson’s most famous and influential artists – Toss Woollaston. 

[Text from the Suter Art Gallery Website: https://thesuter.org.nz/exhibitions/2021/2/27/nelson-hills]

BNZ Loaned the Colin McCahon artwork, Nelson Landscape from Queens Drive, 1947 for this exhibition.

 Guy Ngan: Habitation

Dowse Art Museum: 18 May 2019 - 15 September 2019

Dunedin Public Art Gallery: 20 March 2021 - 1 July 2021

Guy Ngan 顏國 鍇 (1926 – 2017) was a prolific artist based in Stokes Valley, Lower Hutt who was passionate about making art that could connect us more with our surroundings and each other.

Guy Ngan: Habitation considers how notions of place and belonging influenced his expansive practice, which was grounded in his Chinese heritage, his home in Te Moana nui a Kiwa (the Pacific), and his studies across Aotearoa New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Italy.

[Featuring Guy Ngan, Sunscape Panels from the BNZ  art collection]

Learn more about this exhibition by visiting the Dowse Art Museum website:


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Man of Influence, the industrious life of Sir Harold Beauchamp

13 December 2018 - 17 March 2019

Katherine Mansfield House and Garden, Tinakori Road, Wellington.

Sir Harold Beauchamp is perhaps best known today as the father of New Zealand writer Katherine Mansfield. But there was much more to the man.

This exhibition explores the life of a prominent Wellingtonian, enterprising businessman, energetic world traveller, and proud family man. Sir Harold was the first owner of Mansfield's birthplace at Tinakori Road, an early Director of the Bank of New Zealand, and counted New Zealand’s Premier, Richard Seddon, among his friends.

Get a glimpse of turn of the century Wellington through the life of the industrious Sir Harold.



Gordon Walters: New Vision

24 November 2018 - 17 March 2019

Christchurch Art Gallery

This comprehensive survey features major works from many public and private collections including the Gallery’s Untitled (1956), which relates to the Waitaha, Kāti Mamoe and Kāi Tahu pigment on rock drawings at the Ōpihi River, and Black on White (1965) which is one of the first koru or pītau paintings. The artist’s notes and workbooks are also exhibited for the first time, offering insight into his working methods.

Developed and toured in partnership by the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

More on Gordon Walters: New Vision, at the Christchurch Art Gallery.


Gordon Walters: New Vision

07 July 2018 - 04 November 2018

Auckland Art Gallery

Gordon Walters: New Vision is a partnership project between the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki with support from the Walters estate.

BNZ is proud to contribute with the loaning of Gordon Walter's iconic 1970 artwork, Red and Black.

Having previously been on display in Dunedin this exhibition is now open at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.

More on Gordon Walters: New Vision, at the Auckland Art Gallery.




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Reflections: New Zealand women in art

15th November 2017 - 25th March 2018

A selection of works from the BNZ Art Collection displayed at Katherine Mansfield House and Garden, in Wellington. 

This exhibition explores the place of women in art, both as creators and depicted subjects. Artists include Fiona Pardington, Robin White, Hariata Ropata-Tangahoe and A. Lois White.

Image. Patricia France, Figures in a Landscape, 1983

More on Katherine Mansfield House and Garden.



Gordon Walters: New Vision

11th November 2017 - 08 April 2018

Gordon Walters: New Vision is a partnership project between the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki with support from the Walters estate.

BNZ is proud to contribute with the loaning of Gordon Walter's iconic 1970 artwork, Red and Black.

More on Dunedin Public Art Gallery.




Event: Disrupting the male gaze, NZ women artists & female representation

25th February 2018

Hosted at Katherine Mansfield House as part of the exhibition Reflections: New Zealand women in art.

Kirsty Baker is a PhD candidate at Victoria University of Wellington, where her doctoral research concerns the position of women within New Zealand's written art history. Drawing on this research, her talk will examine the fraught nature of female visual representation, exploring the ways that women artists in New Zealand have navigated these concerns.

More on Katherine Mansfield House and Garden.



 Heart of Auckland 2017

BNZ Collection: Guided Art Tours in the Heart of the City

11th - 12th October 2017 

Since 2012, BNZ has been proud to share the BNZ Art Collection as part of Heart of the City's annual Unlocked Collections for Auckland Artweek.

Discover the incredible art that is usually hidden behind closed doors. More than 350 paintings, prints and photographs make up the BNZ Art Collection. Highlights include work by Brent Wong, Gordon Walters and Colin McCahon.

More on Heart of the City. 


O Let Us Weep

Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide

08 April - 30 July 2017

View Oh Let Us Weep, 1969 at Wellington City Gallery. The exhibition explores McCahon’s evolving engagement with Māori subjects and themes. Artworks range from early treatments of koru imagery to later history paintings, referring to Māori prophets and highlighting land-rights issues.

See City Gallery website for exhibition details, resources and events.


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BNZ Collection: Guided Art Tours in the Heart of the City

10-11 October 2016

An annual highlight of Auckland Artweek, Unlocked Tours, provide the opportunity to view artworks usually hidden in the city’s corporate towers and institutions.

See a selection of works from the BNZ Art Collection at BNZ's Auckland office. 

More on Heart of the City. 


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Arrival: Treasures from the BNZ Art Collection

12 August-11 September 2016

Taranaki locals have a rare opportunity to see some of New Zealand's finest artworks as
Stratford's Percy Thomson Gallery hosts 36 pieces from the BNZ Art Collection from 12 August until 11 September 2016.

Arrival features work by iconic New Zealand artists including Colin McCahon, Pat Hanly, Ralph Hotere and Toss Woollaston and is free of charge .

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Hope+Wonder: Treasures from the BNZ Art Collection

27 February - 28 March 2016

From 27th February- 28th of March Levin's Te Takere, Horowhenua Culture and Community Center hosted Hope + Wonder, a showcase of New Zealand artworks from the 70's and 80's.

Contemporary Art Curator at Pataka and Curator of the Hope and Wonder exhibition Mark Hutchins said the exhibition highlighted some unique New Zealand artwork.

"Twenty distinctive pieces will be on display and a highlight will be Pat Hanly's Wonder 82. This work was painted in 1970 and features crisp edges and sharply rendered symbols, it is a celebration of New Zealand's clear skies, bountiful summers and desirable, optimistic lifestyle." 

Te Horowhenua Trust chairwoman Sharon Crosbie said securing an exhibition of this scale was something the district should be excited about.

13 - 14 October 2015

An annual highlight of Auckland Artweek, Unlocked Tours, provide the opportunity to view artworks usually hidden in the city’s corporate towers and institutions.

See a selection of works from the BNZ Art Collection at BNZ's Auckland office.