James Wallace Arts Trust
In the mid 1960s James Wallace began collecting New Zealand art, particularly that of emerging artists. In 1992 he transferred his Collection to the newly formed Charitable Trust, which he proceeded to fund to grow the Collection and support the arts in New Zealand in general.
His original aim was to assist emerging artists both through patronage and promotion via exhibitions. However, as the Trust became more established, it continued to acquire the work of artists as they emerged and matured, so creating a ‘diary collection’. Often gaps have been filled in by way of collaboration with the artist and his or her dealers.
Nothing is ever sold so the body of works numbering over 5000 remains in its entirety as a cultural resource for present and future generations. The Trust owns the strongest collection in any hands of a number of senior artists such as Woollaston and Trusttum and of many emerging and mid career artists as well as having a significant range of works by most other established and mid career artists. The Trust has initiated over 80 commissions ranging from Hanly stained glass windows to Stringer sculptures.
Public access has been given to the Collection by revolving loans to small galleries and institutions ranging from schools, universities and science research establishments to hospitals.
Annual Wallace Arts Awards
19 years ago James Wallace established the Annual Wallace Art Awards. These awards are now the longest surviving and richest annual art awards of their kind in Australasia, amounting to over $150,000. The Paramount winner is awarded a 6 month residency in New York with the International Studio and Curatorial Program; the Parklane Wallace Development Award winner receives a residency at Vermont Studio Cente, while the Kaipara Foundation Wallace Award winner receives a residency at the Altes Spital in Solothurn, Switzerland. The winner of the Fulbright Wallace Arts Trust Award receives a three month residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Many of the winners and finalists of the Awards are added to the Collection each year.
Beyond this the Trust financially supports many other Arts organisations in New Zealand. James Wallace is patron, trustee or board member of some 20 such institutions.
The James Wallace Arts Trust