Our thoughts and aroha


City Gallery acknowledges the passing of esteemed colleagues and artists this week.

Dr Rodney Wilson started his long association with the cultural sector as a scholar on the artist Petrus van der Velden and over the years led a number of art galleries and museums, the most recent being his 13 year tenure as Director at Auckland Museum. In addition, he held governance roles in organisations such as the Arts Foundation and Museums Aotearoa and also worked as a consultant and adviser to numerous others. He tackled all of this and more with huge determination, a passionate energy, wit and vision.

Two esteemed graphic designers who made an indelible mark on the Wellington cityscape, and beyond, also sadly passed away this week.

Joseph Churchward was an influential and prolific graphic designer and typographer. Churchward designed over 570 original typefaces during his career and received the Queen’s Service Medal in 2010 for his huge contribution to typography.

You can explore some of Churchward’s inventive posters and typefaces on Te Papa’s Collections Online.

Dave Kent was a founding member of the influential design group the Wellington Media Collective. Kent worked for both the Wellington Public Library and here, at the newly founded Wellington City Art Gallery before working freelance and designing posters, pamphlets and flyers for a range of organisations, including Forest & Bird, the Wellington Museum of City and Sea and the New Zealand International Film Festival.

There are some great images of Kent’s recent and past design work at an exhibition held at Enjoy Public Art Gallery in 2010.

The team at the Gallery extends its aroha and thoughts to the family and friends of all of these champions and advocates of our sector.