In April 2019 the Sarjeant Gallery commissioned local film makers Double Farley to make a series of short films on the progress of the Sarjeant Gallery Redevelopment Project. These videos feature the consultants and heritage specialists working on the Redevelopment.
Every week, the Sarjeant Gallery redevelopment project team, based across Whanganui, Wellington, New Plymouth and Palmerston North, receives a digital time-lapse video of the previous weeks progress on site. The video camera is installed high on the band-room building, looking to the rear of the Sarjeant and as such, has a perfect view of the progress on the new wing and collection store.
The Friends of the Sarjeant Gallery have commissioned a beautiful and unique glass chandelier fro martinborough artists, the Crystal Chain Gang. The chandelier has been paid for by individual donations from the many members of the Friends of the Sarjeant and it will be gifted by the Friends to the Sarjeant Gallery on the occasion of its 100th year on Friday 6 September.
Crafted from the fines architectural details of the Sarjeant Gallery at Pukenamu Queen’s Park, this chandelier will be unveiled as part of Turn of a Century: A New Perspective on 100 Years of Collecting and Exhibiting. This exhibition will run at Sarjeant on the Quay from September 7 – February 9, 2020.
The Friends of the Sarjeant Centenary Chandelier will ultimately be permanently and prominently displayed in the redeveloped Sarjeant Gallery at Pukenamu Queen’s Park when it reopens in late 2021.
The Warren & Mahoney 2-minute video will take you on a 3D fly-through tour of the proposed Sarjeant Gallery redevelopment at Pukenamu, Queen’s Park.
Accompany Jennifer Taylor Moore, Sarjeant Gallery Curator of Collections, taking the Wanganui Chronicle on a guided walk through the Queen’s Park Category 1 heritage building. Video courtesy Wanganui Chronicle.
In 2015, Jet Productions NZ Ltd were commissioned by the Sarjeant Gallery Trust to make the 5-minute ‘call to action’ video presented below. Key supporters of the redevelopment voice their support and encourage other New Zealanders to get behind the project.
Wellington based Conservation architect Chris Cochran delivered a talk called ‘In Praise of the Sarjeant’ about the heritage architecture, features and incredible history of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. The talk occurred on 14 September 2019 at the Davis Lecture Theatre in Whanganui as part of the Sarjeant Gallery’s centenary celebrations.
The formal public ceremony to celebrate the Sarjeant Gallery’s 100th year was held at the Alexander Heritage & Research Library, Te Rerenga Mai o Te Kāuru on Friday 6 September, 2019.
The entire Whanganui community was invited to the event, and ultimately over three hundred people packed into the Library on a rainy, cold day.
The Sarjeant Gallery wishes to thank:
The entire team at the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui
The Sarjeant Gallery Friends Executive
Sandy Nepia, Jasmine Ratana and the team at the Alexander Heritage & Research Library, Te Rerenga Mai o Te Kāuru
Fergus Reid of Whanganui District Council for the technical production
Stacey Williams of Stacey’s Cakes
Iain Tetley and the Schola Sacra Choir
Lynn Whiteside and the Wanganui Community Choir
Rangimare and Tania Te Hua of the Te Taikura o Te Awa Tupua
Double Farley Creative Partners
The Sarjeant Gallery was delighted to host Paul Diamond for two days of events to celebrate the publication of his new book Downfall: The destruction of Charles Mackay (published on November 10, 2022 by Massey University Press)
Please enjoy these recordings of his public talk at the Davis Lecture Theatre on Whanganui on Saturday 19 November 2022. Apologies for the poor sound quality.