Ways To Support Us

The New Zealand Portrait Gallery celebrates the people of Aotearoa. Through the art of portraiture, it brings to the community the faces that make New Zealand a unique place. It is an important part of our cultural heritage.

Without your support the Gallery cannot fulfill its mission.

How can you help?

Become a Friend

For more information about becoming a Friend of the New Zealand Portrait Gallery click here.

Gift a portrait

A gift of a portrait to the New Zealand Portrait Gallery helps to build and develop the collection. Donors who wish to give a portrait should approach the Director for further information.


Every donation helps and is gratefully received.  But by joining our Circle supporters you can enjoy being part of a group that enjoys special events and recognition.

Circle supporters make an annual donation or a longer term commitment of $250 or more.  There are three Circle groups­­–

            Master’s Circle: Donations of $5,000 or over

            Artist’s Circle: Donations between $2000 to $4,999

            Canvas Circle: Donations from $250 to $1,999

Consider making a commitment of $5,000 for 5 years and join our five4five supporters. They give the Gallery certainty of income and allows us to put on great exhibitions in the gallery and around New Zealand. Our supporters contribute to our community outreach– helping us shares the stories our faces tell with young and old. 

Make a bequest

Bequests are special gifts because the help create a fund to sustain the Gallery into the future and build our collection of artworks. Bequests can be tailored to fulfill your wishes and those of your family.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Gallery loves to partner with corporates and other businesses. Our community of corprate sponsors are help us tell the stories of New Zealanders and share them with our visitors. Sponsorship of the Gallery itself, new works, our Portrait Laureate and internship programmes and exhibitions are great ways to gain exposure.

Take a look at some of the organisations we have worked with on our Recent Supporters page.

How do I make a donation or get in touch?

To make a donation you can download our donation form and send a cheque to the address below or contact us to arrange a direct debit. 

If you would like to talk about how you can best contribute or joining one of our Circle supporter’s groups, becoming a Corporate supporter or sponsor, or about making a bequest, Mike Britton, our Development and Donor Relations Officer would love to talk with you. 

Mike can be reached on 021 783776 or mike.britton@nzportraitgallery.org.nz.