If you share a passion for contemporary art, we invite you to be a part of Te Uru Benefactors Collective (TBC).

This philanthropic initiative is a way to not only support the gallery, but enjoy an exciting array of programmes, events, conversations and tours with an inspired group of like-minded benefactors.

Our inaugural TBC patron is esteemed artist Gretchen Albrecht. Together with Director
AD Schierning and the wider whanau at Te Uru, we warmly welcome you to join us in realising our vision for the Gallery’s future. 

I have had an association with West Auckland for nearly 60 years and have seen great changes in that time. Adrienne Schierning, Director, and James Gatt, Curator, are forging a new and interesting direction that will make Te Uru a future destination to find quality, thought-provoking exhibitions. I fully endorse their vision and dedication, but they cannot do this without patron support, therefore I am delighted to accept the invitation to become TBC’s Inaugural Patron. — Gretchen Albrecht, 2023

By donating through TBC, you will be invited to join us for events that include:

  • Private social events including fundraisers and our annual TBC dinner.
  • Studio visits with leading local artists.
  • Private exhibition previews and curatorial walkthroughs at Te Uru and other local galleries.
  • Previews of special projects as they arise, such as publications.

The names of our generous TBC supporters will be published on the gallery entrance wall and on our website, although anonymity is also respected if preferred.

Support options for Te Uru Benefactors Collective
TBC Supporter$1,000 per year
TBC Champion$2,000 per year
TBC Benefactor$5,000 per year
TBC Patron>$10,000 per year

Tailored donation options may be discussed directly. Please contact Gallery Director Adrienne (AD) Schierning at

Your donation will support:

  • Low decile school visitation, providing fully subsidised transport and materials for learning programs.
  • Implementation of interpretive devices for exhibitions including new writing, Te Reo translations, and accessible material for people with different learning abilities.
  • The development of new works and exhibitions by emerging artists.
  • The development of major new works and exhibitions with established artists.
  • International exchange with partner institutions.
  • Group exhibitions and collaborations between international artists. 
  • The development of rigorous public programs with special guests and new publications. 

Donations are tax deductible as the gallery holds charitable status (CC41215), and will be held in a term deposit for use each year toward a significant development to ensure the growth and sustainability of the gallery’s future. 

Te Uru Benefactors Collective (TBC)