Gathered Voices

Highlights from the Fletcher Trust Collection

Developed in collaboration with the New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pūkenga Whakaata in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Fletcher Trust Collection

First version (2022)

Gathered Voices: Highlights from the Fletcher Trust Collection was originally presented in 2022, marking the 60th anniversary of the founding of the collection. Perhaps best known for landscapes and works of abstraction, the collection has long featured important figure-based pictures as well. Gathered Voices brings together a selection of such pictures—pieces of national significance that tell rich and varied stories about this place and those who call it home.

The first version of the show ran from Thursday 15 September to Sunday 11 December 2022 at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pūkenga Whakaata. The installation views on this page are by Jess O’Brien. The videos were written and are narrated by curator Francis McWhannell. Videography is by Tim Wagg. Sound is by Ewan Collins.

GOLDIE, Charles Frederick;

Kapi Kapi or Ahinata Te Rangitautini

1909, 190 x 140mm, Oil on board

ANGAS, George French;

E Rangi and E Tohi, Girls of Port Nicholson, with Kiko, an Old Woman of Tiakiwai

c.1844, 190 x 230mm, Watercolour on paper

GILFILLAN, John Alexander;

Portrait of the Artist’s Son, John Gordon Gilfillan

1844, 235 x 190mm, Watercolour on paper

OLIVER, Richard Aldworth;

Te Rangihaeata, Chief of Ngāti Toa

c.1850, 470 x 325mm, Watercolour on paper

KARAKA, Emily;

Moe Mai Rā, Tohorā

2021, 1830 x 1830mm, Acrylic, oil and oil pastel on canvas



2019, 900 x 1200mm, Oil and acrylic on canvas


Hand of Fate

1979, 900 x 1200mm, Oil on canvas on board


Kia Tau, Ake Tonu

2013, 985 x 1185mm, Oil and earth pigments on canvas



1971, 590 x 590mm, Oil on board

GREEN, Ayesha;

Mum (May 1985)

2020, 1690 x 1390mm, Acrylic on canvas

SMITHER, Michael;

Interior with Child Under Blanket

1971, 620 x 710mm, Oil on board

FAHEY, Jacqueline;

In My Studio

2021, 1065 x 605mm, Oil on canvas


Bush House

1966, 1730 x 1570mm, Acrylic on canvas

ANGUS, Rita;

Dona Nobis Pacem (Vaughan Williams)

1944, 785 x 685mm, Oil on canvas


The Scientist

1951, 555 x 430mm, Oil tempera on board

WHITE, A. Lois;


c.1960, 600 x 750mm, Oil on canvas on board

TAYLOR, Imogen;

Limb Report

2022, 1500 x 2000mm, Acrylic on hessian



1970, 1012 x 710mm, Oil on hessian on board

Second version (2023–24)

A second version of Gathered Voices is touring Aotearoa from 2023 to 2024. The venues are: The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū, Whakatū Nelson (19 August to 12 November 2023); Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru (24 November 2023 to 21 January 2024); Percy Thomson Gallery, Stratford (2 February to 24 March 2024); Eastern Southland Gallery, Maruawai Gore (May to July 2024); and Marlborough Art Gallery Te Kahu o Waipuna, Ōpawa Blenheim (August to September 2024).

The six works shown below have been added to the presentation. Some pieces from the first version have been removed to allow them to be included in other exhibitions.

STRUTT, William;

The Ambuscade

1867, 228 x 442mm, Oil on canvas

DAVIES, Shona Rapira;

Saint James Triptych

2018, Oil on board


Harry Courtney Archer

c.1939, 500 x 430mm, Oil on canvas

FAHEY, Jacqueline;

Last Summer

1971, 1125 x 665mm, Oil on board

RICHARDSON, Harry Linley;

The Artist’s Three Children

c.1916, 1300 x 1700mm, Oil on canvas

MOFFITT, Trevor;

3rd Oct 1941, Bert Cropper Being Threatened by Graham

1987, 600 x 600mm, Oil on board