40 years helping the arts - The Chartwell Trust — 10.10.11

The Chartwell Trust has received the 2011 Arts Foundation of New Zealand Award for Patronage for its extraordinary commitment to the visual arts.

The Chartwell Trust is the sixth recipient of the annual Arts Foundation Award for Patronage.

Robert Gardiner, ONZM, established the Chartwell Trust in Hamilton in the 1970s to assist the visual arts in New Zealand. Forty years later, the Chartwell Trust has provided substantial funding to galleries, projects and visual artists. Chartwell has also established one of the most important collections of New Zealand and Australian art in New Zealand.

Robert Gardiner said "I believe in the power of the visual arts to deepen our life experiences and to enrich and inspire us. I am pleased to be able to help connect New Zealanders with the benefits the visual arts can bring to our lives".

"The Chartwell Trust's impact on the New Zealand art world is profound" said Arts Foundation Chair, Fran Ricketts. "The Trust's philanthropy is strategically implemented so that the arts can flourish under their own momentum with the only ‘interference' being ‘inspiration'. The Chartwell Trust's philanthropy is world class".

To celebrate the Award, the Arts Foundation gave the Chartwell Trust $20,000 to donate to artists or arts projects of their choosing.  As with previous recipients, the Chartwell Trust doubled the amount for distribution with $20,000 of their own and announced that they would make four donations of $10,000 each.

The donation recipients are Auckland Art Gallery -  for the inaugural project commissions on the Edmiston Sculpture Terrace, University of Auckland -  to support a new programme that promotes a deeper understanding of the arts and their role in creative thinking, the Christchurch Art Gallery - for outreach activities that take art out into the community in the wake of the 2011 earthquakes and Artist Fiona Connor - towards production costs for New Zealand exhibition projects in 2012, with a particular focus on her Dunedin Public Art Gallery Residency Exhibition.

The Award for Patronage ceremony was held at the Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tamaki. The event also celebrated the establishment of the Chartwell Gallery on the fourth floor in the recently re-opened Auckland Art Gallery.

"The Award for Patronage provides an opportunity to highlight the importance of philanthropic support for the arts through the celebration of philanthropists that have made a significant impact on the arts", said Fran Ricketts. "It is also an occasion to acknowledge donors that give at all levels and to further inspire people to give to the arts".

The Chartwell Trust joins previously honoured philanthropists:  Denis and Verna Adam , Dame Jenny Gibbs , Roderick and Gillian Deane , Adrienne, Lady Stewart and Gus and Irene Fisher .