Welcome to the Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre

Current exhibitions

24th Annual Wallace Art Awards

8 September 2015 to 8 November 2015, Main Galleries, AV Room and Long Gallery

Sir James Wallace established the Annual Wallace Art Awards 24 years ago. These Awards are the longest surviving and largest annual art awards of their kind in New Zealand, with a value amounting to over $195,000. The four winners receive valuable residencies at prestigious institutions in the US and Switzerland. Many works by Award winners and finalists are purchased by the Trust each year to add to the Collection.


Congratulations to our Award Winners!  See them HERE

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Upcoming events

Exhibition Talk: Helen Mitchell - Tattoo Aotearoa New Zealand

18 October 2015, 2.00pm, Photography Gallery

Join Helen Mitchell, Tongan artist and tattooist Terry Klavenes and tattooist Pip Russell who works at Artrageous Tattoo in a discussion of tattoo in Aotearoa.


Mitchell and guests will explore some of the cultural and social ideas around tattoo and the unique aspects of tattoo acquisition in Aotearoa New Zealand.” This event is in relation to Mitchell’s exhibition Tattoo Aotearoa New Zealand which presents a cross-cultural geographical survey of tattoo in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Opening: New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass Members Exhibition 2015

20 October 2015, 6-8pm, Ground Floor

You're invited to join the Wallace Arts Trust and the New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass members for the opening of the NZSAG members' exhibition. 


The NZSAG was formed in 1980 and celebrates the diversity of glass art techniques from blowing, casting, slumping, fusing, and flame working, to pâte de verre and stained glass. Its membership includes artists, teaching institutions, suppliers, galleries, collectors and an executive membership including several other glass societies worldwide; as well as affiliation with GAS (Glass Art Society of America), and AUSGLASS (the Australian Glass Society).  There are reciprocal arrangements in place with the Australian, Canadian, British and Danish glass groups to assist in the development of stronger international relations and understanding of local and international developments.

Upcoming exhibitions

Elusive Earth: Refined Images of Antarctica

10 November 2015 to 24 January 2016, Main Galleries


Elusive Earth: Refined Images of Antarctica presents Antarctica as seen by seven contemporary New Zealand artists. Their images, resulting from travels to the continent, are formed through the medium of photography or video coupled with sound. Six of the artists travelled with assistance from Antarctica New Zealand - Antarctic Arts Fellows under the Artists to Antarctica Programme and the Invited Artists Programme. More recently, Joseph Michael travelled independently in early 2015 with his own support crew, and backing from various bodies including the Wallace Arts Trust. Uniqueness of artistic expression means there is not a singular concern binding these artists’ work. Rather, as with our notion of Antarctica, there are associated narratives and correlates of ideas. 

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Woollaston: The Wallace Arts Trust Collection 1931-1996


To accompany the exhibition, The James Wallace Arts Trust is proud to present this fabulous publication, Woollaston: The Wallace Arts Trust Collection 1931-1996.

Solidly presented in hard cover, this fine catalogue is a beautiful and insightful reflection of Toss’ life and his work as it is represented by the Trust. Full colour reproductions of all works in the Collection as well as a number of previously unseen archival photographs, with accompanying text by Dr Oliver Stead, this is a fascinating and unique look into the life and work of one of New Zealand's most iconic artists. 





We're not far from Auckland Airport

The Arts Centre is located just over 10kms from Auckland Airport. If you have time to spare at the end of your visit, or you’ve got time between flights, there’s no need to spend it in your hotel room or an airport lounge, visit the stunning Pah Homestead - relax, indulge in the cafe and feast your eyes on ten rooms full of New Zealand contemporary art.