Corporate Sector Throws Its Support behind the Visual Arts

The business community is proving that art is for everyone.

Sponsors from all sides of the business spectrum are aligning themselves with New Zealand’s most popular art show.  Corporate businesses are enthusiastic about the opportunity to support emerging artists while being involved in an event which is a tonne of fun and which their clients love.

This year 15 corporate sponsors are committed to supporting the 2018 NZ Art Show. They will be treated to a visual feast of cool and contemporary New Zealand art while playing an integral role in the sustainability of the event. Now in its fifteenth year, the NZ Art Show is the largest curated art sale in New Zealand showcasing original artworks from around 200 artists.

The show runs for four days over Queen’s Birthday Weekend, kicking off with a Gala opening on Thursday 31 May. The doors open to the public on Friday 1 June at the TSB Arena on Wellington’s waterfront.

The show’s Executive Director, Carla Russell has been with the show since its inception in 2004 and says that endorsement from the corporate sector is crucial to the show’s success.

‘We are proud to say that the majority of our funding comes from the business community: they are a major driving force behind the show’s success and are our biggest advocates,’ says Russell. ‘The Opening Gala evening draws a crowd over 1,200 people and has been a sold out event for ten consecutive years:  our sponsors are definitely a big part of making this evening the major social event that it has become.

‘In addition to all the fun, sponsors are helping maintain a thriving creative arts community. Fifteen years ago emerging artists struggled to find a platform due to lack of venues but now, with the help of sponsors, there is an easy and accessible space where artists can exhibit their work to thousands.‘

Platinum Sponsor ASB has been with the NZ Art Show from the beginning and has shown their commitment to supporting emerging artists with the renewal of their commitment year on year. The NZ Art Show is their major sponsorship platform in Wellington with the Gala evening being a drawcard to 400 of their staff and clients.

Brendan Foot Supersite, who has been supporting the show since 2010, talk of the pleasure of watching it grow and develop into the innovative event it has become.

‘The NZ Art Show is a great fit for us because it’s a unique local event, but also outward-looking, with artists from all over the country,‘ says Matthew Foot, one of the Directors of Brendan Foot Supersite. ’It’s highly creative but also informal and fun, and it’s hugely successful, getting bigger and better every year. We love it so much that we now sponsor the NZ Art Show’s People’s Choice Art Award.’

The show’s supporters, Friends and Sponsors will be acknowledged in a private function to be held at Macs Function Centre on Wellington’s waterfront on April 10.



Carla Russell and Brendan Foot Supersite.

[/one_half][one_half_last] Gold Sponsor Brendan Foot Supersite has been supporting the NZ Art Show since 2010. Pictured left to right: Carla Russell, NZ Art Show Executive Director, with the Brendan Foot Supersite team,  Matthew Foot, Diana Castle, Brendan Foot, David Foot and Cara Anderson.[/one_half_last]

The 2018 NZ Art Show Sponsors are:


Gold—Brendan Foot Supersite, Intergen, Teamtalk,  and the Breeze.

Silver—MSH Consulting, Ricoh, Rothley Executive Search and Recruitment, Wellington Management Group, and Signature Promotions.

Bronze—Cameron Partners, Duncan Cotterill, Connected Accountants, and Sara Russell and Lyn Calman from Ray White Real Estate.

Exclusive Wine Partner—Spy Valley Wines


  • What: NZ Art Show Friends and Sponsors Evening
  • When: 10 April 2018
  • How to attend: sign up as a Sponsor or Friend of the 2018 NZ Art Show—contact



ASB – is one of New Zealand’s leading commercial banks, always aiming to be market leaders in customer service and innovative financial solutions. They provide a variety of financial services including retail, business and rural banking and in 2017 they were named ‘The New Zealand bank of the Year’ by Banker magazine. They support 22 sporting, cultural and community organisations and the NZ Art Show is proud to be one of them.

Brendan Foot Supersite – are a family-owned car dealership based in Lower Hutt for over 45 and they have become Wellington’s most prominent multi-brand car dealership selling and servicing vehicles at three sites in Wellington, Lower Hutt and Trentham.

First opening in 1973, with a staff of one and only 20 vehicles in stock, they’ve now grown into a largest and most respected dealership in the country– a ‘Supersite’ with three sites and two service departments.

Intergen – specialises in the design, development and integration of business knowledge, information technology and creativity. Leaders in their field, they are multi-award winners, which include the Cyber Gold and Supreme Gold Awards at the 2016 Wellington Gold Awards.

TeamTalk – established in 1994, TeamTalk Ltd is New Zealand’s largest mobile radio company. They provide a robust and affordable communications platform for businesses on the move and are an industry leader providing mobile data and localised mobile radio coverage. They operate dedicated emergency service networks, the largest being the nationwide network for Ambulance New Zealand.

The Breeze – is one of Wellington’s best-loved commercial radio stations and targets less talk and more music. The Breeze is part of the MediaWorks NZ Group which consists of TV, radio, interactive and online platforms.

With 20 stations currently broadcasting throughout New Zealand, The Breeze plays music from the 1960s to the present day, with each station presenting a mixture of local and network shows.

MSH – Making Strategy Happen. MSH is a consulting company that provides guidance for organisations seeking to realise their strategic vision: they bridge the gap between organisational goals and operational reality.

Experts in business analysis and operations research, MSH understands that the essence of a great strategy is simplicity–if you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.

Ricoh – Ricoh New Zealand is a leading supplier of multifunctional devices, digital printers, fax machines, and wide format imaging devices.

They also provide services in document management, device fleet management, print and cost management, information security, document workflow analysis and change management, and Information Technology.

Rothley – are an executive search and professional recruitment company founded in 2015 by Sean Brunner in partnership with Martin Jenkins, Rothley has offices in Wellington and Auckland.

Their proactive, research-led approach focuses on finding quality people for leadership, technical and specialist roles in major organisations.

WMG – Formed in 2015, Wellington Management Group (WMG) is one of Wellington’s newest Property Development companies. Their vision is to redevelop some of the city’s vacant and underutilised commercial buildings and offices and give them new life as commercial spaces or residential accommodation

They own a number of varied accommodation premises and the emphasis is on contemporary cool in the inner city.

Signature Promotions – Signature Promotions is New Zealand’s leading promotional branding agency–specialists in sourcing, manufacturing, importing branded merchandise, uniforms, safety gear, and promotional gifts and products.

With offices in Wellington and China, Signature Promotions has celebrated 27 years of business as a locally owned and operated New Zealand business.

Cameron Partners – is a leading New Zealand investment banking firm that has been providing premium M &A and corporate finance advisory services for over 20 years.

Their partners are senior and experienced bankers that lead every assignment from start to finish and they are the New Zealand alliance partner of Rothschild, who has been at the centre of the world’s financial markets for more than 200 years.

Duncan Cotterill – are a full-service law firm with locations in Auckland, Wellington, Nelson and Christchurch, Duncan Cotterill has over 200 employees, including more than 80 qualified lawyers.

Regularly involved in fundraising, sponsorship and donations, the team at Duncan Cotterill aims to keep in touch with their local communities to ‘support like-minded people and their tireless efforts to bring about positive change.’

Connected Accountants – are business advisors and chartered accountants to the creative industries, based in the heart of Wellington city. Specialists in helping clients to grow their businesses and achieve goals, Connected Accountants aim to become trusted advisers in your business.

Sara Russell and Lyn Calman from Ray White – Sara Russell and Lyn Calman are two Property Specialists representing the Porirua branch of Ray White Real Estate. Sara has built a successful career in Real Estate for almost nine years and has worked on every aspect of the industry the industry representing sellers, buyers, investors and banks.

Lyn has been recognised extensively as a Real Estate agent of note, having received several awards and accolades including Premier Status Award 2018 and Diamond Award in 2017.


The NZ Art Show wishes to thank the following for their support.