The Fletcher Trust us an independent trust fund established to help build a bright future for New Zealand's young people. We support new initiatives in education that have the potential to positively impact on large numbers of young New Zealanders.
In addition to distributing funds for philanthropic purposes, The Fletcher Trust manages The Fletcher Trust Collection of New Zealand artwork, which forms part of its assets, and the The Fletcher Trust Archives. The Trust also facilitates the Fletcher Challenge People & Clubs network and owns and manages The Fletcher House in Broad Bay, Dunedin. The Trust is now in its 30th year of operation.
The Fletcher Trust Collection
The Fletcher Trust Collection of New Zealand art, from colonial to contemporary, is housed in Fletcher House in Auckland, where the works are found in public spaces, meeting rooms and offices throughout the building. A number of works are on loan to the Governor General’s residences in Auckland and Wellington. Other works are travelling on loan in specially curated exhibitions initiated either by the Trust or by public art galleries. The Fletcher Trust’s intention is that these paintings, which present a unique record of the whole history of New Zealand art, should be seen by as many New Zealanders as possible.
The Colonial View
This exhibition is the first public viewing of a collection of nineteenth century watercolours started in 1962 when Sir James Fletcher and George Fraser purchased four works by J.B.C. Hoyte. Two of these are exhibited here, Coromandel and Coromandel Hotel.
Representation and Reaction
Those for whom the landscape tradition constituted "real" New Zealand art resolutely, even patriotically, defend their position; those sympathetic to Modernism regard the tradition as conservative and dated. Many of the artists in both camps still burn with resentment.
The encounters between people of different cultural backgrounds always provides opportunities for ongoing critical engagement. Artists brought, innocently or not, their own cultural baggage to their subject matter. TE HURINGA/TURNING POINTS can be seen to have multiple and sometimes unexpected additional meanings.
The Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award
Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 1996. At that time it ranked, along with those at Faenza, Italy and Mino, Japan as one of the three most prestigious Ceramic Award exhibitions in the world and was eagerly supported by ceramists everywhere.
Although the Fletcher sponsorship of the award ceased in 1997 the collection of prize-winning pieces assembled during the Award's twenty-year history is now part of the Fletcher Trust Art Collection.
View the three exhibitions and a selection of the ceramic pieces on the Fletcher Collection website.