The 2020-21 year has presented extraordinary challenges for our country and our communities.
Covid-19 is a constant threat of the unknown making planning for the future difficult and demanding but making us more resilient to adaptation and change. With the closure of Te Papa from 20 March to 28 May 2020 all on site programmes, including the Foundation’s planned events, were temporarily suspended.
Covid-19 Te Papa reopening May 2020, 2020. Photo by Jo Moore. Te Papa (157908)
During this time, however, the Foundation continued with the Digital Learning Campaign which raised $26,125.00, with amounts distributed to the Learning Team to support Hīnātori Learning Lab and the Raranga Matahiko Programme. Special thanks to the Withiel Charitable Fund for their generous contribution to this programme and for their ongoing support.
On this occasion $155,000 NZD was raised towards the purchase of Rita Angus’ Works on Paper and we would like to extend our sincere thanks to Kent Gardner and Paul and Gill Kendrick for their exceptionally generous pledges. The Foundations focus has been on supporting the purchase of these nationally important works and we are grateful to all those donors who have supported the Rita Angus campaign to date, bringing us closer to acquiring these works for the Te Papa’s national collection and in doing so ensuring they will be retained in New Zealand.
Above: Visitors view Salvador Dalí’s Mae West Lips Sofa, 1938, in Te Papa’s Surrealist Art: Masterpieces from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen exhibition. © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí/VEGAP. Copyright Agency, 2021. Photo by Jo Moore, 2021 | Te Papa