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PRESS RELEASE – 2 NOVEMBER 2015

$250,000 award from Whanganui Community Foundation

The Sarjeant Gallery Trust is thrilled to announce a major award from the Whanganui Community Foundation. Chair of the Sarjeant Gallery Trust Nicola Williams says:

“We are delighted that the Whanganui Community Foundation has decided to commit $250,000 towards the Sarjeant Gallery Redevelopment Project. This is a great vote of confidence in our project and it will go a long way towards helping us secure our funding from central government.”

The Senior Curator at Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui, Greg Anderson, agrees:

“The Gallery is honoured that we have been chosen by the Whanganui Community Foundation for such a significant grant and we’re very happy that the Foundation’s Trustees share our vision for the Sarjeant’s future.”

The grant, which is but one of the awards that the Community Foundation has committed this year, will help the Gallery match the $10 million in funding which has been set aside for it through the Ministry for Art, Culture & Heritage’s Regional Museums Fund. Apart from the Ministry’s fund, the Gallery now has just short of $10 million in written pledges and cash including a $5 million commitment from Wanganui District Council.

Whanganui Mayor Annette Main sees the Whanganui Community Foundation’s grant for the project as crucial:

“I am extremely pleased that the Community Foundation has made this commitment. It is a very clear signal that they strongly support this major Council project and that they see the Sarjeant as being key to the growth and development of our city.”