Friends of the Tauranga Art Gallery - Nga Mata Ratarata o Toi Tauranga are art enthusiasts committed to supporting the Gallery socially, financially and as art advocates.
By becoming a Friend you will play a vital role in the continuing support of the Gallery. You can be actively involved by participating in events organised specifically for our members or you can simply consider your fee a donation to the ongoing betterment of our Gallery and receive invitations and information.  

Friends receive:

  • invitations to Gallery Exhibition openings
  • invitations to Gallery functions such as presentations and performances
  • invitations to Art in the Afternoon which is held 10 times yearly on Wednesday at 2.45 pm. Art in the Afternoon is a platform for Friends to hear from local artists and others engaged in the arts community.  General public $5.  Friends: Gold coin donation
  • Regular newsletters and updates
  • Invitations to Friends only events such as:
  • Art at Home - private collection viewing
  • Art Away – guided tours to museums and galleries in other centres
  • Art at the Gallery - guided tours of exhibitions in the Gallery
  • Art in Studios – visiting local artist studios
  • In addition, you will receive:
  • 10% discount off general retail merchandise at the Gallery
  • $2 off any ticket purchased to any movie showing at Rialto Cinema in Tauranga (membership card required at time of purchase)

For more information please contact the Friends by email.         


Friends Annual Membership fees:

  • Individual $25
  • Family/Couple $40 
  • Student $15

Membership can be for yourself OR you can gift it to an art lover as a gift that keeps on giving — it lasts a whole year!

Please fill out this form to become a member 

If you would like to pay for your membership online, please use this link to go to our online store.

Friends of the gallery committee

The committee help out regularly at exhibition openings, and support the gallery in a variety of ways. They also work hard for the Friends organising a variety of Friends-only events (as noted above) and increasingly welcoming the public to some events for a nominal fee.  Occasionally fundraisers are organised to help support the Gallery for specific needs.

Ciska Vogelzang

John Beech 

Bridget Cummins

Cate Hlavac Williams

Karen Keaney

Barbara Hill 
Committee Member

Paula Harrison
Committee Member

Alex Sutherland
Committee Member

friends events

Art in the Afternoon - Feb

7 February 2018

Education studio Tauranga Art Gallery at 3pm

Speaker: Karl Chitham, Gallery director  

Cost: Friends gold coin / Public $5


Art Away: Molly Morpeth Canaday Award 3D exhibition

24 February 2018

Art Away: Molly Morpeth Canaday Award 3D exhibition at Whakatane Museum and Arts

Friends only event/ limited spaces   

9-5pm departing at Tauranga Art Gallery

Cost $50

To register please contact Paula on or 021 2744116

Art in the Afternoon March

7 March 2018

March Art in Afternoon

Education studio Tauranga Art Gallery at 3pm

Speaker: Angela McKenzie

Cost: Friends gold coin/ Public $5

Art at Home at Alex Sutherland and Alison Baine

25 March 2018

Art at Home at Alex Sutherland and Alison Baine

Friends only event/ Limited spaces   

Time: 3.30 pm

Cost $10

To register please contact Ciska on or 0274 208 125