Who Are We?

The primary objectives of the DPAGS are to:-

  • Acquire painting, drawings, sculptures and other works of art

  • Support and promote the activities of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery

  • Foster an interest in visual arts in the community


The Society is a registered charity so donations are tax deductible.

Charities registration number CC25636

The Society is governed by a Council made up of elected members and Dunedin City Council appointees. The DPAG Director is an ex officio member.

The Dunedin Public Art Gallery was founded in 1884, making it Aotearoa New Zealand’s oldest public art gallery. From the outset, its founders (who would become known as the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Society) had lofty and ambitious goals –they effectively would build from nothing a collection of pictures representing significant moments in European art history as well as locally painted New Zealand contemporary ‘masterpieces’.


That dream was certainly realized and today, almost 140 years later, the Dunedin Public Art Gallery is located in the heart of Dunedin and boasts an exquisite collection of over 8,000 artworks including works by Monet, Claude Lorrain, Rembrandt, Turner, Constable and Burne-Jones to name a few.


While no longer running the Gallery on a day-to-day basis, the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Society is still very active in supporting the Gallery and the development of the Art Collection.  The Society works closely with the Gallery Director to identify and purchase significant works and has been able to add works by artists such as Gordon Walters, Colin McCahon, Michael Parekowhai, Shane Cotton, Ralph Hotere, Robin White and Fiona Pardington.

                                                                                                                                                                          - Cam McCracken (DPAG Director)


Elected members:

Ross Currie - President

Jonathan Cweorth - Vice President

Kate Wynn-Williams - Treasurer

Rosemary Crick

Barrie Peake

Katharina Ruckstuhl

Dawn Williams

Holly MacKinven

Murray Lopdell-Lawrence

Rachel Foster

Marie Kiely

DCC appointees

Jules Radich

Andrew Whiley

Carmen Houlahan

Gallery Director

Cam McCracken

Hon. Solictor

Sally McMillian