Trish Clark Gallery opened its central Auckland, New Zealand, location at 1 Bowen Avenue in April 2014, marking 30 years since owner Trish Clark opened her original gallery in Auckland’s High Street, then representing artists including Gordon Walters, Billy Apple, Milan Mrkusich, Max Gimblett, Stephen Bambury, Julia Morison, Christine Webster and Julian Dashper.
Now representing twenty one artists across three generations, several senior figures in New Zealand art sit alongside emerging talents and a number of renowned international artists, including Kimsooja, Alfredo Jaar and Anthony McCall. Trish Clark complements work by gallery artists with curated guest artists/artworks in a programme of innovative exhibitions across a variety of media.
After relinquishing her first gallery in 1989 to raise her three children, Trish Clark engaged in art advisory for the private, public and commercial sectors for 25 years. She established in 1988, and directed for nine years, the Moët & Chandon New Zealand Art Foundation, to support contemporary New Zealand artists by way of the first international Residency provided for New Zealand artists, touring contemporary exhibitions and publications; she was on the founding Advisory Board for Auckland University’s Centre for Projects in the Arts; she was Chair of Auckland Council’s Advisory Panel for Public Art from 2009-2013; and sat on the Trust Board of New Zealand Maritime Museum 2008-2018, working towards transformational change to achieve a sustainable future for the Museum.
Trish Clark continues to offer expert consultancy across the full range of activities, including art advice, acquisition, framing, conservation, collection management, installation, freight, insurance.
No one I know in this country approaches art collecting, public or private, with more engagement, knowledge and judgement than Trish Clark. She has one of the best eyes in the business. She has a broad appreciation and understanding of contemporary art, both international and New Zealand, which is marked both by an acknowledgement of the varied contributions art can make to the quality of life as well as a realisation that only the best art makes the deepest contribution.
Emeritus Profesor Wystan Curnow
University of Auckland, New Zealand - Curator, critic, writer
Trish Clark has expertly guided my family and I through the labyrinthine international contemporary art world since 1993. Together we have built a great collection, learnt a huge amount about art, had endless stimulating conversations, and a lot of fun installing art in a number of different locations. Trish has changed our appreciation and understanding of both art and the environments it sits in. A treasure!
Collector, New Zealand/USA
Trish brings some magic to transforming an existing collection in a home or business setting, as well as delivering great art advice.
Chairman, Bell Gully, New Zealand
Trish Clark has an impressive knowledge about contemporary art, and is one of a very few art professionals in New Zealand who can talk with authority also about art outside of the national scene. She is one of the very best art professionals in New Zealand, with an experience broad enough to be able to respond to a great variety of projects and requests. As the Chair of the Advisory Panel for Public Art, she has contributed immensely to creating a consistent programme for public art in Auckland.
Director Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway
Formerly Public Art Manager, Auckland City Council
Since working with Trish since 1988, she has opened our eyes to a larger vision, encompassing both New Zealand and international art. Trish does so much more than advise on acquisitions. Her passion, knowledge, skill and eye have enriched our family's love of art and the environment we live in. We often now wish we had taken even more of her advice!
David and Libby Richwhite
Collectors, New Zealand/UK
Trish Clark has been PWC's Art Consultant since 1993. Always a pleasure to work with, Trish’s knowledge and abilities are well respected by the Partners of PWC. She has led strategy with senior Partners, and done all the logistical work and installations (with a fine team) to implement our agreed strategies.
Retired Senior Partner, PWC, New Zealand
I have worked with Trish Clark for many years now, initially through her role as art consultant for the Russell McVeagh art collection, where she has done an outstanding job in advising me and other members of my firm's Art Committee on acquisitions and sales of our art, and in the location, hanging and lighting of our works, in both our Auckland and Wellington offices. She also proved a pleasure to work with. As a result of that experience, my wife and I sought her advice for our personal collection, and this has included advice on art selection, acquisition, commissioning, hanging and lighting.
Senior Partner, Russell McVeagh, New Zealand
I want to make a special mention of Trish Clark, who not only encouraged me to expand my initial concept of showing one of Anthony McCall’s solid light films into a full gallery exhibition, but then also helped us realise this project, both through her excellent contacts in New York and London and through her fundraising efforts on our behalf. The show would not have been what it is without her.
Director Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
I have greatly enjoyed a professional relationship with Trish Clark advising me on art matters since 1984, finding her a person of integrity, highly knowledgeable, possessed of a keen eye, and a great encouragement as I learnt more. Trish established two corporate collections with me, both noted for their quality and their difference, and has also assisted me in a private capacity.
Former banking CEO, Australia
Trish is keenly intelligent and immensely practical, and remains totally imperturbable in the face of complex and changing logistics. Trish always works to the highest standards and encourages this trait in others, and I have observed her to be an adept and sensitive manager of all aspects of the projects we have worked on. She is a great pleasure to work with always!
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, New Zealand
The adjacent Edmiston Gallery of Maritime Art had to be reduced by three metres to accommodate New Zealand’s America’s Cup winner NZL 32. That meant a total transformation of that gallery. We are fortunate to have on our Trust Board an art expert in Trish Clark who generously took on the role of our project art curator for the task and gave countless hours in gallery and exhibition design and finish, and in negotiating funding and art loans. We now have a world class art space that visitors enter after exiting the area dedicated to Sir Peter Blake.
Chairman Trust Board (Retired)
New Zealand Maritime Museum
Trish Clark is dedicated to excellence and can demonstrate extensive specialist knowledge and international experience and networks, and proven long-term qualitative judgments since 1982. Independent expert art advice, completely impartial and client-centred, is the cornerstone of her art consultancy undertaken for the private, public, not-for-profit and commercial sectors since 1988.
With an MA (First Class Honours) in Political Science from the University of Auckland, Trish Clark established one of New Zealand’s leading galleries in 1984, representing a range of artists including Gordon Walters, Billy Apple, Max Gimblett, Milan Mrkusich, Stephen Bambury, Julia Morison, Christine Webster and Julian Dashper. She relinquished the gallery in 1989 to raise her three children, thereafter engaging solely in art advisory for the private, not-for-profit, commercial and public sectors.
She established in 1988, and directed for nine years, the Moët & Chandon New Zealand Art Foundation, to support contemporary New Zealand artists by way of the first international Residency provided for New Zealand artists, touring contemporary exhibitions and publications; she was on the founding Advisory Board for Auckland University’s Centre for Projects in the Arts; she was Chair of Auckland Council’s Advisory Panel for Public Art from 2009-2013; and sat on the Trust Board of New Zealand Maritime Museum 2008-2018, working towards transformational change to achieve a sustainable future for the Museum.
Her regular international engagement throughout the 25 year period of consultancy resulted in strong links with artists, curators, institutions and galleries around the world, under-pinning the current Trish Clark Gallery, which she re-opened in 2014, once free of family responsibilities. She has curated numerous public and private projects and exhibitions, and manages extensive art collections for leading corporate and private clients. Clark has authored a number of private books on art collections, and co-edited Alan Miller New Zealand Photographs, 2010, and co-edited with Professor Wystan Curnow, Pleasures and Dangers: Artists of the Nineties, Longmans, 1991.
She continues to offer expert advisory and consultancy services through Trish Clark Gallery.