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2011 Arts Foundation of New Zealand Award for Patronage

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Chartwell would like to thank the Arts Foundation for awarding us the 2011 Arts Foundation of New Zealand Award for Patronage.

"Chartwell is delighted to receive an Award for Patronage from the Arts Foundation of New Zealand, which is doing so much to raise awareness of the value of private charitable support for the arts in this country. Through such agency new possibilities for the human imagination, grounded in thinking via all the senses becomes possible, along with expectations of expanding support from Central and Local Government. In this way, our New Zealand cultural life will be enriched, resulting in expanded pride and understandings of ourselves and others."
Rob Gardiner

From The Arts Foundation:
The Trust was awarded this honour for its extraordinary commitment to the visual arts. The sixth annual recipient of this prestigious Award, 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.

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 Rickets. "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 Toi o Tāmaki - for the inaugural project commissions on the Edmiston Sculpture Terrace; The University of Auckland - to support a new programme that promotes a deeper understanding of the arts and their role in creative thinking; 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 recently re-opened Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. The event also celebrated the establishment of the Chartwell Gallery on the fourth floor of the 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 who 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."

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