There are thousands of artworks in the Turnbull Library's collections. Whether purchased or donated, they all tell us something about New Zealand.
Sometimes framed oil paintings come into the collections in need of treatment. Their preservation is managed in specialist facilities that keep them stable, but there is no active programme to clean, repair or glaze. They can be viewed for research purposes, but are seldom exhibited. The Turnbull Endowment Trust would love to see these works available for public display. Paintings in Perpetuity is a Trust initiative that makes that possible.
The Turnbull has identified several oils in need of specialist attention. From cleaning to repair, glazing to framing, the needs vary. And so do the costs.
Individuals, families, and organisations are invited to select a painting and support its treatments. In return, their names will be associated with the works and recognised in the Turnbull catalogue. Forever.
The paintings will be displayed in an annual exhibition and celebrated with a reception hosted by the Trust. The Trust warmly invites you to join the Paintings in Perpetuity whanau.