About
The C Art Trust

A unique opportunity for those interested in supporting our contemporary artists is available through the C Art Trust. The C Art Trust co-ordinates a group of patrons to provide funding of $50,000 to support one of our mid-career contemporary artists for a period of 12 months.

The C Art Trust award recognises that New Zealand contemporary artists are creatively rich and time poor. The small size of the market, the buying patterns of collectors and cost of materials mean that contemporary artists frequently have other jobs and insufficient time to experiment and advance their practice.

For the artist, the award will provide them with the time and space for artistic exploration and experimentation and will free them up from paid employment so that they can focus time and energy on the projects they are undertaking and on developing a new body of work to show and sell commercially.

For patrons, the award provides a unique opportunity to engage with the practice of a mid-career contemporary artist and by doing so developing ways of looking at and enjoying contemporary art. The patron’s programme for 2017 will provide a number of an opportunities to engage with the awarded artist.

Patrons are invited to contribute $3,500 to support the C Art Trust Award of $50,000. As the C Art Trust is a registered charity under the Charities Act 2005, patrons are eligible for a tax credit.

Those interested in becoming patrons for the next award can contact the Trust at info@carttrust.nz 

Collecting

The role of collectors in the development of New Zealand contemporary art

The contemporary art collector is as important a part of a vibrant contemporary art community as are public and private galleries, curators and artists. A responsive audience, which appreciates the thinking involved in the making and viewing of contemporary art has the potential to grow public and private gallery audiences for contemporary art generally. The C Art Trust plays a part in building a wider audience for contemporary art by connecting that audience with artists and galleries who can guide viewers in ways of looking at, appreciating and responding to contemporary art. Such an opportunity enables patrons to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of contemporary art practice and, in particular, New Zealand contemporary art.

The key concepts are:

  • Fostering the connection between a community of patrons, artists and galleries
  • Providing financial support to an artist over a 12 month period
  • Creating an opportunity for artists to further their practice
  • Stimulating an interest in collecting contemporary art through connecting people to the private gallery sector, which in turn contributes substantially to the development of artists.

 

Why become a patron?

Painting is easy when you don’t know how but very difficult when you do.

These words, attributed to the French artist Edgar Degas, capture with irony both the artist’s dilemma and the collector’s dilemma. The words allude to the serious nature of art making and the effort and time needed to develop an artist’s practice.

New Zealand contemporary artists are creatively rich and time poor. The small size of the market, the buying patterns of collectors and cost of materials mean that contemporary artists frequently have other jobs and insufficient time to experiment and advance their practice.

The C Art Trust award provides a space for artistic exploration and experimentation, enabling the awarded artist the opportunity to create a substantial body of work over a period of 12 months.

About the C Art Trust

The C Art Trust is a philanthropic charitable trust established to support and promote the work of New Zealand contemporary artists. Its broader objectives are to:

  • develop audiences for New Zealand contemporary art;
  • encourage the appreciation and understanding of contemporary art practices; and
  • encourage the collecting of New Zealand contemporary art.
     

Members of the C Art Trust Board are collectors and artists:

Matthew Abel
Nerissa Barber
Margaret Malaghan
Simon Morris
Richard Moss
John Schiff