• Friends of Tairāwhiti Museum

The Friends of Tairāwhiti Museum provide vital support to our activities – allowing us to purchase works for the collection, run activities and events, and fund projects which help maintain the museum.

Join the Friends of the Museum

You can purchase your subscription online, or follow the instructions in the Membership Form below to make a direct debit.

Individual Membership: $30.00 Purchase now

Family Membership: $40.00 Purchase now

Business Membership: $100.00 Purchase now

Download Friends of the Museum membership form

Drop your completed form in to the museum or email it to us

 

Friends of the Museum Committee

The Friends of the Museum committee (President, Clare Robinson) meets every two months. An AGM is held every year after July. Current Friends of the Museum are welcome to join the committee, please contact the Director for more information.

The Committee would be happy to hear any suggestions you have for Friends projects, activities and partnerships over the coming year. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your ideas.

The Friends of the Museum appoints four members to the Gisborne Museum of Art and History Trust Board.

Support the activities of the museum with an annual subscription to the Friends of the Museum and receive:

  • 10% discount in Exhibit Cafe
  • 10% discount on purchases from the Museum Shop
  • 10% discount on photographic purchases and purchases of art works from ‘selling’ exhibitions
  • 10% discount off the usual price for framing from Personality Framers
  • Museum newsletter posted to you each quarter
  • Invitations to exhibition previews and special Friends of the Museum events
  • Discounted entry to selected museum events and activities
  • Opportunities to participate as an exhibiting artist and museum volunteer
  • Two free entry passes to the museum to give to visiting friends and family

Thank you to the Friends 2021

We are grateful for your support of Tairāwhiti Museum over the past year.   The impact of Covid-19 continues to present significant challenges to the museum sector in New Zealand and around the world, but thanks to strong ongoing community support, Tairāwhiti Museum is in a good position as we head in to the new financial year.

A silver-lining of Covid-19 and the restrictions on international travel has been that Tū te Whaihanga, the exhibition of taonga traded and gifted in 1769, will remain on display at the museum until 2022. Otherwise, our exhibition programme is a broad one for the year ahead with solo and group shows by local artists planned, as well as exhibitions featuring art and objects from the museum’s collection.

Our new Friends of the Museum staff talk series continues throughout the winter months. This series is free for Friends and provides an opportunity for a special insight into the work of the museum behind-the-scenes.

If you haven’t yet had a look, I do recommend exploring our new online Collection website, via www.tairawhitimuseum.org.nz.  We are adding new items all the time and it has been fantastic to see so many people visiting the site, and providing useful feedback and information about featured collection items so far.

Thanks for being with us and your help in making Tairāwhiti Museum one of New Zealand’s premier regional museums. We look forward to your support over the next year.

Eloise Wallace, Director, and Museum Staff

Clare Robinson, Chair, and Friends of the Museum Committee members

Thank you to the Friends 2020

We are grateful for your support of Tairāwhiti Museum over the past year.  As we write this letter, we have just moved to Level 1, and a return to a more normal way of life, having worked together to achieve the elimination of Covid-19 in New Zealand. We we know that as a country, and a community, that while we move in to the recovery phase there is hope, but also uncertainty, and that many people, and their livelihoods have been severely impacted by the crisis.

Museums and galleries around the country find themselves in very different positions – depending on their operating model.  Fortunately, at Tairāwhiti Museum, our high level of community support, both by Gisborne District Council and community visitation (rather than a reliance on international tourists) greatly strengthens our ability to continue to work successfully through the challenges ahead.

The support of the Friends of the Museum – through your annual subscription, and the myriad of ways in which you each personally support the museum – whether it be through making purchases in the café and shop, or gifting objects to the museum collection, will be more important than ever.

Our exhibition and events programme has always been very locally focused, and we will increase our emphasis on locally driven programming in the year ahead.

Thanks for being with us and your help in making Tairāwhiti Museum one of New Zealand’s premier regional museums. We look forward to your support over the next year.

Eloise Wallace, Director, and Museum Staff

Clare Robinson, Chair, and Friends of the Museum Committee members

Thank you to the Friends 2019

This year the Friends of the Museum supported the development of the museum’s collection by purchasing works Hamuera by Erena Koopu and Waiata by Toni Rangi. Both artists featured in the 2018 exhibition programme in solo and group exhibitions.  The Friends also supported a weaving masterclass for Tairāwhiti weavers with Dr Maureen Lander in May.

Our new history publication, The Road to Tūranga by Gerald Barnett was also made possible through the contribution of the Friends. It is becoming increasingly challenging to publish regional histories and it was financial support from the Friends which enabled the museum to get this book in to print – we do hope you’ve had a chance to have a read!

While not as exciting as new artworks and books, the Friends also purchased some new chairs for the museum meeting room and staff are very grateful for the much-needed furniture upgrade.

We hope you will continue your membership to both support the arts, culture and heritage of Tairāwhiti, as well as take advantage of the great benefits museum membership has to offer.

Thanks for being with us and your help in making Tairāwhiti Museum one of New Zealand’s premier regional museums. We look forward to your support over the next year.

Eloise Wallace, Director, and museum staff

Lina Marsh, Chair, and Friends of the Museum Committee members

Thank you to the Friends 2018

In 2017/18 the Friends of the Museum supported the development of the museum’s collection by purchasing the winning works from the 2017 Te Hā Art Award and exhibition: Melanie Tangaere Baldwin’s  Ngā mamae o te Tairāwhiti, Peggy Ericson’s Weight on the back of Te Kurī-a-Pāoa, and Sam Florence’s work Think First. We are looking forward to holding the award again later in the year and building our collection of contemporary works by artists, which address themes of such significance to our community today.

The Museum Education team has been putting the inflatable cosmodome, purchased by the Friends of the Museum last year to great use delivering programmes on voyaging and waka navigation across the district. It’s the perfect tool for pinpointing important star constellations in the Southern Hemisphere during a day-time lesson and works as a mini-theatre, creating an immersive experience for storytelling.   We love the positive comments coming back from teachers and students about these programmes, one of our favourites is “our ancestors were awesome!”

Thanks for being with us and your help in making Tairāwhiti Museum one of New Zealand’s premier regional museums. We look forward to your support over the next year.

Eloise Wallace, Director, and museum staff

Lina Marsh, Chair, and Friends of the Museum Committee members

Friends of the Museum

Peggy Ericson, Weight on the back of Te Kurī-a-Pāoa, 2017

We welcome ideas for new projects and exhibitions so if you have something in mind, please get in touch – we would love to hear from you!

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