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Dame Jenny Gibbs and Colin McCahon – A Private Collection

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  • AAG Members: $148.50 ea ($145.00 + $3.50 fees)
  • AAG Members Guest: $148.50 ea ($145.00 + $3.50 fees)
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Join us for an exclusive visit to the private art collection and residence of one of New Zealand’s most important art advocates, Dame Jenny Gibbs. After a welcome with drinks and canapés, Dame Jenny will join Ron Brownson, Senior Curator, New Zealand and Pacific Art, in conversation about the history of her own collection, her deep interest in Colin McCahon’s art, and the ties that bind a diverse and remarkable collection.

This is a truly unique opportunity to hear Dame Jenny speak surrounded by privately owned works of McCahon and other key artists. This is a fundraising event and the proceeds will benefit the programmes and activities of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.

- Tickets include drinks and light refreshments upon arrival.
- The non-Members price includes a one-year Membership with Auckland Art Gallery.
- Gallery Members can bring a friend for the Members price if their membership includes a guest pass (please email for more information about guest passes).
- The address of Dame Jenny's private residence will be communicated to you a week prior to the event, it is in one of Auckland's central suburbs.

Dame Jenny is well known as a patron of the arts, having served as a trustee on the Arts Foundation New Zealand, the Auckland Art Gallery Foundation and the Auckland Contemporary Art Trust, and on the boards of the Museum of Te Papa Tongarewa New Zealand and NBR New Zealand Opera. In addition to her work in the arts, Dame Jenny served on The University of Auckland Council almost continuously from 1975 to 2009, including two terms as pro-chancellor.

Ron Brownson is Senior Curator New Zealand and Pacific Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, where he has recently curated DiscoVERY; an interactive collaborative performance, music and video project between Fa’ani (Ani O’Neill) and RoBro (Rosanna Raymond) for the Creative Learning Centre. His interview with Andy Leleisi’uao was published in the catalogue to the artist’s current survey exhibition at the Wallace Arts Centre. He is currently working on a Colin McCahon exhibition for the Gallery.

Colin McCahon, "Moby Dick is sighted off Muriwai Beach" (1972), Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, on loan from a private collection.
Courtesy of the Colin McCahon Research and Publication Trust.

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