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Arts Ball

New Zealand Arts Ball 2019 | Auction Items


It isn’t easy being an artist in Aotearoa.

Creative New Zealand’s new research A Profile on Creative Professionals confirms what we all know – embarking on a career in the arts is not an easy choice. The majority of our artists have to supplement their artistic career with other work, limiting the time and energy they can spend pursuing creativity. How do we give emerging artists confidence that they can make a career in the arts?


Springboard will help young artists showing outstanding potential kick-start their career in the arts, with a year of funding and mentor support from the Arts Foundation.

We’ll ask arts organisations to nominate the freshest and brightest talent in the land to be supported for a year. They’ll receive a funding lift to their career – whether it pays for studio rent, their salary, travel or research. As well as funding support, we’ll match each Springboard recipient with an artistic mentor and the guidance of an Arts Foundation Kotahi donor for a year. The mentor will be paid for their care and attention over the year, and the Arts Foundation team will facilitate and document these important partnerships.

Each package is worth $25,000 and the nomination process kicks off in November.

The money we raise tonight will help springboard young talent into a serious career in the arts – enabling them to make more ambitious work.

Springboard. Backing artists to make their mark!


s Ben Plumbly and the team look forward to auctioning eight experiences, generously donated by our Arts Foundation whānau.

1. Amano long lunch chez vous for ten (plus a Laureate).

Invite nine friends over to enjoy an effortless long lunch enjoying Amano’s famous Aotearoa-Italian hospitality. Amano’s all about casual sophistication and food of exceptional provenance. Enjoy four courses, plus wine, while an Arts Foundation Laureate speaks or performs for your guests.

Generously donated by
, Brown Bread

2. Know your worth

One for the art collectors in the room. Learn more about your collection and understand its worth with a collection valuation by Art + Object. Then reinvigorate your whole personal art experience with a gallery-class rehang, a two day professional hanging service curated with the expert eye of Glenn Heenan from Art Workshop.

Generously donated by
Art + Object
, Glenn Heenan from Art Workshop

3. Four go on a New Zealand Festival art and food adventure

Head to Wellington for the 2020 New Zealand Festival. With four weekend Festival passes and two nights in a lush central apartment at Boulcott Suites, you’ll be spoilt for spectacle. One evening visit Five Forty Five for drinks and browse Mal Brow’s fascinating collection of art and watches from the world’s best brands. Plus, we’ve got you sorted for delicious meals and drinks at Monsoon Poon, Lola Stays and WBC.

Generously donated by
Boulcott Suites, New Zealand Festival, Five Forty Five, Monsoon Poon, WBC, Lola Stays

4. Weekend for four in Hawke’s Bay, Craggy Range style

Four of you will make your way to Hawke's Bay and settle in for a weekend amongst the vines in a two-bedroom cottage at Craggy Range Winery. Explore Hawke's Bay in your chauffeur-driven Land Rover thanks to Bayswater European, then enjoy head chef Casey McDonald's signature Hawke's Bay tasting menu complemented by Craggy Range wine at the two-hatted Craggy Range Restaurant under the spectacular escarpment of Te Mata Peak.

Generously donated by
Craggy Range
, Bayswater European, Land Rover

5. Invite seven friends to have a ball in Fiji

Enjoy a week with seven friends in a South Pacific idyll run by Six Senses Fiji. Stay in a private beachside home with your own lagoon pool set in an extensive tropical garden. Self-cater or explore the resort’s award-winning restaurants and bars. Enjoy sailing, surfing and water sports, recharge in the spa and tree top yoga pavilion, or choose from a weekly schedule of extraordinary experiences.

Generously donated by
Six Senses Fiji
and a trustee of the Arts Foundation

6. Best of Queenstown – food, art, golf and adventure for six

Muster five mates and head for Queenstown. Enjoy a private tour of the Hills Golf Club’s incredible art collection before lunch at the clubhouse. Then mosey to Millbrook Resort where you’ll test your handicap and stay two nights at an art-filled, privately owned, three-bedroom home. Amp up the adventure by taking on the Nevis Catapult, Kawarau Bungy or Kawarau ZipRide, then settle things down with dinner by Josh Emett at Rata.

Generously donated by
Sonja & Glenn Hawkins, Josh Emett, The Hills Golf Club, AJ Hackett Bungy

7. Ten stay in a private Waiheke bay complete with chef

Stay with nine friends in a magnificent home with your own chef at Oamaru Bay. Head over on Friday in Land Rovers loaned for the weekend to be greeted with champagne and canapés. Soak up the views while your chef cooks dinner, then hit the pool, hot-tub and sauna. Over your weekend enjoy a wine tasting and lunch at Man o War and a personal tour and picnic at Connells Bay Sculpture Park.

Generously donated by
Man O' War
, Land Rover, John and Jo Gow and an Arts Foundation trustee

8. Enjoy the Venice Biennale 2020 with Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines will fly you and your bestie Business Class to Venice to enjoy the ‘Olympics of the art world’ with 2 x two-day tickets to the Biennale. Get there in time for the opening Vernissage and join the legendary New Zealand at Venice Patron Programme to support the artist for the 2021 New Zealand presentation.

Generously donated by
Singapore Airlines

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A group of New Zealand’s great artists, art collectors and Arts Foundation givers have put up an art work from their own collection for the cause. You can bid on one of five pre-loved pieces for your own home, knowing it was chosen by someone with a keen eye for art.

Generous patrons donating works include:

1. Cape Maria Van Dieman, 2001 by Peter James Smith

Acrylic on canvas

610mm x 1220mm

Generously donated by John and Jo Gow. John was recently an Arts Foundation Trustee, and he and Jo have given significantly to the Foundation.

2. Gabrielle, 2012 by Roberta Thomley

Archival pigment ink photograph on Hahnemühle photo rag

1000mm H x 710mm W (frame)

Generously donated by Garth Gallaway. Garth is our Chair, a lifetime giver and mad about contemporary art!

3. Varbonne, 1976 by Philip Trustman

Acrylic on unprimed, unstretched canvas

8ft x 6ft 3in

Generously donated by Jan Warburton. Jan is one of the country’s great visual art supporters, joined the Foundation three years ago and keeps the art scene thriving in Dunedin.

4. Butterfly Vacation, 1989 #48/55 by Pat Hanly


540 x 675mm

Generously donated by Andrew and Jenny Smith. Andrew and Jenny are long-term supporters of the Foundation, as well as many other great causes, art related and otherwise!

5. The Life Raft, 2014, by Kushana Bush

Silkscreen print

560 x 375mm

Generously donated by Kushana Bush. Kushana is an artist who lives and works in Dunedin. She received an Arts Foundation New Generation Award in 2013.


Lovers of the arts, Zambesi have brought together two surprise Zambesi bags, full of goodies from their stores, as well as a limited edition 40th anniversary framed print from one of their campaigns. Keep an eye out for the Zambesi raffle ticket sellers roaming the room, or head to the raffle station to be in the draw to win.

$25 a raffle ticket or three for $60.

We’ll make the draw just after the auction.

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