GOLD $500    SILVER $250    BRONZE $100 

As you know there is more than meets the eye on at the Aigantighe. As well as curating exhibitions the staff manage an incredible permanent art collection, accumulated over the last century. Some of the artworks arrived in less than ideal state and are part of the Aigantighe restoration programme. As part of our on-going contribution to the future of the Aigantighe, we have raised funds to pay a professional conservator to bring these artworks back to their former glory so that they are of exhibition standard. The artworks are all delicate paper works that include Etchings, Watercolour, Pastel, Pen and ink, all except for one were donated to the Gallery.

Thanks to your support, the Friends have raised over $18,500 to restore artworks. The money was raised through the fundraising efforts of the committee via raffles, donations and grants. It is important to the Friends that the artwork will be available to not only to inspire the people of today but future generations at Aigantighe. There are still many artworks in the Aigantighe's collection that need the restorers attention.

Paintings:

  • DON Binney, Green Autumn Te Henga. 1965. Estimated restoration cost  $1705
  • THOMAS KENNINGTON, (1856-1916) The Mother 1895.
  • DON Bruce, Four Peak. Estimated restoration cost $1060
  • HOLMES Randolph, K2 Karakoram. Estimated restoration cost $1660
  • HOLMES Randolph, Lonely Gory of Everest. Estimated restoration cost $760
  • PERRETT John Douglas, Mount Cook from Lake Pukaki. Estimated restoration cos t$1760
  • UNKNOWN, Cattle. Estimated restoration cost $2060-2460
  • WRIGHT Walter, Return of the canoes. Estimated restoration cost $460

Work on paper:

  • COX David, Landscape. Estimated restoration cost $583.79
  • HOPE Ester, Albi Cathedral: Estimated restoration cost $452.70
  • NEVILL-SMITH Hugh, Mount Cook. Estimated restoration cost $264.15
  • STACEY Walter Sydney: Sheep sharing in a Barn. Estimated restoration cost $299.77

Thanks to your support, the Friends have raised enough funds to restore following...

  • Albert James Rae Caroline Bay 1923. Etching on paper. Restoration cost $233.30.
  • Albert James Rae (1885–1971). Boats. Etching on paper. Restoration cost $149.35.
  • Betty Curnow (1911–2005). Power and Glory. 1971. Etching on paper. Restoration cost $268.75.
  • Frank Short (1857 – 1945). Broadstairs Pier. Etching on paper. Restoration cost $198.25.
  • Frederick Aldridge (1850–1933) Brig Sailing into Port. 1921. Watercolour on paper.Restoration cost $395.45.
  • G. L. Brockhurst (1890-1978). An Old Corsican. 1921. Etching, drypoint & roulette on paper. Restoration cost $232.05.
  • George Lambert (1873–1930). Untitled. Pen and ink drawing on paper. Restoration cost $333.65.
  • Giovanni Piranesi (1720–78). Pyramid of Caius Cestus. c.1745. Etching on paper. Restoration cost $343.40.
  • James Greig. Untitled – Portrait. Etching on paper. Restoration cost $350.85.
  • Leonard Squirrell (1893–1979). Untitled – Landscape. Etching and drypoint on paper. Restoration cost $209.05.
  • Sir James Guthrie (1859–1930). Navvy. 1890. Pastel on paper. Restoration cost $314.05.
  • Sydney L Thompson. Untitled Fishing Boat On the River Staithes. 1900 Oil on fabric on stretcher. 405 x 510 mm. Restoration cost $900.00.
  • Unknown. Alexander Grant. Pencil and watercolour on cardboard. Restoration cost $155.00.
  • William Menzies Gibb. Untitled Landscape, Timaru Harbour. 1888. Oil on fabric on stretcher. 490 x 680 mm. Restoration cost $1,100.00.
  • William Greene. The Unemployed. 1912. Oil on canvas. Restoration cost $1,500.00.
  • Vincent Waagrez. The Brook. Oil on canvas. Estimated restoration cost $2000

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ABOVE: Before and After Conservation... Sydney L Thompson. Untitled Fishing Boat On the River Staithes. 1900. Oil on fabric on stretcher. 405 x 510 mm.

There were paint chips missing along the top edge, at the lower and upper right corner. There was discolouration all over the surface from dirt and dust. There was a small hole on the upper left from the centre and there were several pin holes above the head of the men on the boat. The verso of the canvas was brown with discolouration. There was foxing all over which consists of small darkish brown spots. Now after the much needed conservation, the artwork is protected from further decay, looks amazing and is now at an exhibition standard.


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ABOVE:After Conservation... William Menzies Gibb. Untitled Landscape, Timaru Harbour. 1888. Oil on fabric on stretcher. 490 x 680 mm

The surface area of the painting was visibly dirty. It had discolouration throughout the surface from dirt, dust and old varnish. There were fly spots all over the surface. The work had sustained impact damage in the past resulting in a hole right from the centre which has been patched in the past. The surface area had cracking all over. There was paint loss on the right of centre. The verso of the canvas was brown with discolouration. There was foxing along the left, right and bottom edges. And there was a dark brown spot on the left from the centre. Now after the much needed conservation, the artwork is protected from further decay, looks amazing and is now at an exhibition standard.


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ABOVE: Before and After Conservation... Albert James Rae (1884-1971). Boats. Etching on paper. Before and after conservation.