Succinctly, Trish Clark listens to what you need (or desire) in any aspect of art or art management, analyses and plans (regardless of scale of project or budget), then delivers agreed outcomes with minimum fuss and maximum quality, on a project or long-term relationship basis. Trish's demonstrable extensive specialist knowledge, international experience and networks, and proven long-term qualitative judgments since 1980 have assisted many dozens of clients, large and small.
From large-scale civic projects to managing the care and logistics of re-installing an existing domestic art collection, Trish Clark brings her sensitive eye, completely impartial client-centred advice, and expert teams of trusted contractors to every project. Distinct from her art gallery ownership, Trish has decades of significant curatorial, consulting and art advisory experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Dedicated to excellence, she offers independent expert consultancy across the full range of activities, including art advice, acquisition and de-accession, framing, conservation, full collection management, full technical installation, international freight, and insurance valuations.
In addition to long service to significant corporate collections (Russell McVeagh, PWC and Bell Gully) over multiple decades, long service to key private clientele over multiple decades, and shorter-term project services to an extensive private and corporate clientele, she has held the following formal roles: appointed as founding Director to establish and then lead the Möet & Chandon New Zealand Art Foundation (1988-1997); appointed to the founding Advisory Board for Auckland University’s Centre for Projects in the Arts; appointed to and then elected Chair of Auckland Council’s Advisory Panel for Public Art from 2009-2013; appointed to 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.
She has also authored and produced a number of private books on art collections; was commissioned in 2011 by Penguin to produce Journey, a collaboration with Pippa Blake to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sir Peter Blake's death; co-edited Alan Miller New Zealand Photographs, 2010; and co-edited with Professor Wystan Curnow, Pleasures and Dangers: Artists of the Nineties, Longmans, 1991.
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, The New Zealand Initiative
Our house is a ‘picture’ after the astute advice and expert skills provided by Trish and her team. We had a heritage home stocked with an accumulation of pictures and objects gathered over many years. Trish sorted through this collection, sent a good number away for skillful rehabilitation, worked with us on where and how best to place the pictures and objects, and then brought in her team to complete the job. The house has been transformed. We can now appreciate our collection. Thank you!
Helen Clark and Peter Davis
Downsizing where you live but being emotionally opposed to downsizing the art you hang on your walls can be a conundrum. Debating with your beloved life partner what should go, what should stay, and where the latter should hang, can be a recipe for marital disaster. Enter Trish Clark. Trish interposes an expert and dispassionate eye. She identified comparative levels of importance to us, the owners, expressed a knowledgeable view where required, and produced a hanging plan with which everyone could be happy. Almost as importantly, she then organized the actual hanging – traditionally a crucible for domestic discord. We were delighted with both the process and the outcome.
Barbara and Phillip Melchior
I have worked with Trish Clark for many years. This was intially when I was a partner of Russell McVeagh and the Chair of the firm's Art Committee. Trish was appointed as the art consultant for the substantial Russell McVeagh art collection where she did an outstanding job in advising the Art Committee on acquistions, commissioning and sales of the firm's art, and in the location, hanging and lighting of the works, in both the Auckland and Wellington offices. 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 and lighting. During the past ten or more years I have also had ongoing contact with Trish in my role as Chair of The Northern Club's Art Committee where Trish, a Club member, is one of the several gallery owners who assist the Club by curating exhibitions. In all these different capacities and for over twenty years, Trish has always been a pleasure to work with.
QC, Auckland, New Zealand
Trish Clark was PWC's Art Consultant from 1993 - 2017. Always a pleasure to work with, Trish’s knowledge and abilities were well respected by the Partners of PWC. She led strategy with senior Partners, and did all the logistical work and installations (with a fine team) to implement our agreed strategies.
Retired Senior Partner, PWC, New Zealand
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 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 contributed immensely to creating a consistent programme for public art in Auckland.
Curator, critic, academic, Museum Director
Formerly Public Art Manager, Auckland Council
Art has the capacity to speak to the soul, transform lives, and greatly enrich one's life or work environments (private through to civic). For me it is as important, and as nourishing, as food or water, an integral part of human history for tens of millenia ...
Enjoying an activist young adulthood in the -60's and -70's led to graduating with an MA (First Class Honours) in Political Studies from the University of Auckland, developing a pilot programme for Adult Aboriginal Education in Far North Queensland, Australia, and after further international travel I returned to my first love: art. Thence I juggled self-employment in the arts with bearing and raising three children, now adult.
Over decades, it has been my deep privilege and pleasure to undertake art pilgrimages to far corners of the world; to work with and learn from a host of artists, great gallerists, museum staff and Directors, collectors, and technical experts; and to walk alongside clients on long-term journeys of discovery. Combining insight, judgement, intellectual rigour and specialist knowledge is a happy responsibility for me in all I do.