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.


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. 

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 make a direct debit to our bank account: 02-1269-0031621-00.

When making a donation by direct debit please include your name as a reference and send an email to Denise Almao for your receipt. All donations over $5 may be eligible for a tax deduction.

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, Denise Almao, our Friends and Donor Support Officer would love to talk with you. 

Denise Almao can be reached on 027 770 8501 or denise.almao@nzportraitgallery.org.nz.

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.