Update for the Friends of the Auckland Art Gallery Incorporated
We write to update you on the wind-up of the The Friends of the Auckland Art Gallery Incorporated (“Friends”) and the The Friends of the Auckland Art Gallery Acquisitions Trust (“Acquisitions Trust”) and to invite you to the final annual general meeting for the Friends on Thursday 30 July 2020 at 5pm in the auditorium at Auckland Art Gallery.
Following the AGM there will be a celebration of the installation by Scottish and Turner Prize winning artist Susan Philipsz, War Damaged Musical Instruments, 2015 which has been purchased by the Acquisitions Trust on behalf of the Friends. You are welcome to join this celebration event in the North Atrium at 6pm.
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The Committee is currently Andrew Green (President), Graeme Conning, Mary Joy Simpson and Andrew Smith, together with the Auckland Art Gallery officers Kirsten Paisley, Sarah Farrar and Sue Sinclair.
The Committee’s task will simply be to complete the final wind-up of the Friends.
The membership programme is now fully managed by the Gallery. All subscriptions and donations go directly to the Gallery.
As a founding member, when you renew your membership you remain a member of the Friends of the Auckland Art Gallery Incorporated until the Friends is wound up.
The financial operations of the Friends have been wound down. Our only assets are the BNZ bank accounts totalling $4,605 as at 31 March 2020. Funds will be used for the final wind-up of the Friends.
As at 31 March 2019 the Acquisitions Trust held funds in Westpac bank accounts totalling $547,491.
A copy of the financial statements for the Friends and the Acquisitions Trust for the year ended 31 March 2019 is available from the Charities website (www.charities.govt.nz) and the 31 March 2020 accounts will be available soon. We are also happy to email or post the financial statements to you on request.
The Friends of the Auckland Art Gallery Acquisitions Trust
The main reason that the Friends has continued to operate is to oversee the purchase of works for the Gallery from the trust fund of the Acquisitions Trust.
The Acquisitions Trust was formed by the Friends in 1983 for the purpose of ‘acquisition of art works of any and every description for presentation to the Auckland City Council .. (to) be displayed in the Auckland City Art Gallery’.
Following the decision that the Friends programme be managed by the Gallery and the Friends be wound-up, it was decided by the Friends that the Acquisitions Trust also be wound-up. In 2018 the High Court made orders to vary the terms of trust of the Acquisitions Trust so that the trust fund could be expended in the acquisition of art works and any sum too small to acquire works be paid to the Auckland Art Gallery Foundation.
Under the terms of trust of the Acquisitions Trust, the selection of works is to be undertaken by the Gallery Director. While the selection of works has been actively considered by Gallery it is only last month that a suite of works were settled on for acquisition.
We are pleased to share with you more about these works at the AGM and also for you to join us to celebrate the installation of the Susan Philipsz work –
Philipsz gathered instruments from military museums in Britain and Germany which together represent 200 years of conflict. She then asked musicians to resuscitate them, to play them to the best of their ability and the instrument’s capacity. Recording each instrument as if it were a solo participant, asking each musician to play the basic bugle notes of C-G-C-E-G, Philipsz has been able to construct an ensemble. Rasping, halting, failing, the little musical bodies crack and falter with effort and yet they fulfil their mission. A fractured rendition of ‘The Last Post’ lives in the haunting music. Philipsz has breathed life back into these tubular things and set free memories and commemorations which will be encountered by generations to come.
Annual Meeting Agenda
The agenda for the AGM on 30 July 2020 at 5pm will be as follows:
- Minutes of the last annual general meeting October 2018
- President’s Annual Report – Andrew Green
- Treasurer’s Financial Report – Graeme Conning
- Purchase of works by the Acquisitions Trust
- Winding up of the Friends
- Election of Officers and Executive Committee
- General business
- All Members are invited to join the celebration of the installation of Susan Philipsz, War Damaged Musical Instruments, 2015 in the North Atrium
We look forward to seeing you there.
President on behalf of the Friends Committee