Our Commitment to Art

DATE 25th May 2016

New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty (NZSIR) have made a commitment to donate funds to the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery via an exclusive offer for guests of the Auckland Art Fair.

We will donate $3000 on the successful sale of each property listed with us by VIP guests of the Auckland Art Fair, or direct referrals from these guests, to the acclaimed Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth.


The partnership is perfectly suited given the company’s beginnings as Sotheby’s Auction House, which has been integral in the sale of some of the world’s most distinctive art works, antiques, artefacts and jewellery since 1744, NZSIR co-owner Mark Harris says.

"To celebrate our long association with fine art, we are delighted to be a VIP event partner of the Auckland Art Fair 2016. We’re equally as thrilled to be able to offer VIP guests of the event an opportunity to give back to the Govett-Brewster Foundation, which shares our dedication to exquisite art," he says.

Chair of the Govett-Brewster Foundation, Alex Laurenson, says: "We’re thrilled that NZSIR has chosen the Govett-Brewster Foundation as the recipient of their generous offer and grateful for their ongoing support. It is a dynamic form of partnership that we’re pleased to be linked with."

Funds donated to the Govett-Brewster Foundation will be used to secure art for the permanent collection of the Govett-Brewster Gallery at the subsequent AAF in 2018, says Gallery director Simon Rees.

"NZSIR’s donated funds will ensure an acquisition or two for the Govett-Brewster Collection, purchased in a way that supports the Auckland Art Fair, the New Zealand commercial gallery community and leading artists from our region. Purchasing art in the spotlight of a fair is especially helpful in growing public awareness about collecting and the nature of the collection here," Rees says.

The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is a partner for the not-for-profit "Projects" section at this year’s Auckland Art Fair, which opens Wednesday, May 25, at The Cloud on Auckland’s waterfront.