The Blumhardt Foundation is a partnership-based initiative established to advance the extraordinary richness of New Zealand's craft/object art.

History of the Foundation

The Blumhardt Foundation was established in 2003 to realise the desire of founder Dame Doreen Blumhardt to use her collection and estate to further the collection and the development of New Zealand's craft/object art during and beyond her lifetime.

 

Our Partners

Partnerships are critical to achieving our objectives. With our founding partners we have established the following National Programmes:

 

with The Dowse Art Museum

  • The Blumhardt Gallery, New Zealand’s premier showcase for New Zealand's craft/object art.
  • The Blumhardt Collection, of nationally significant craft/object art.
  • Provider of the Blumhardt Curatorial Internship.

 

with Creative New Zealand

  • The Blumhardt Curatorial Internship - to develop curatorial skills in craft/object art.

 

with The National Library

  • The Blumhardt Collection - of letters, books, papers, photographs and oral archives relating to craft/object art.

 

 

 

 

 

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NEW TRUSTEE

Emma Bugden is a curator and writer based in New Zealand. She is Co- founder and Editor of Small Bore Books, a specialist art and design publisher dedicated to connecting historic texts with new audiences. www.smallborebooks.com.

   Bugden has held curatorial roles in New Zealand including Senior Curator at The Dowse Art Museum, Director of ARTSPACE and Curatorial Director at Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts. She was co-curator of the major exhibition His Own Steam: A Barry Brickell Survey, which toured nationally in 2013-2014.

   Bugden was recently Judge for the 2017 Portage  Ceramics Award at Te Uru; a Nominator for the Signature Art Prize 2017 at the Singapore Art Museum and a Juror for the 2016 Walters Prize at Auckland Art Gallery. She is currently a PhD candidate at Victoria University, Wellington.

 

 

Trustees

Brian Wood

Caryl McKirdy

Dennis McKinlay (Treasurer)

Emma Bugden Helen Kedgley

Kaye McKinlay (Chair)

Philip Clarke (Secretary)

Simon Manchester (Advisory Trustee)

 

NEWS

The Foundation is the outcome of a long-held dream - to ensure that New Zealand’s rich tradition of decorative art is celebrated, cherished and nourished.

Dame Doreen Blumhardt

The Blumhardt Foundation is a partnership-based initiative established to advance the extraordinary richness of New Zealand's craft/object arts.