New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts
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The New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts (also known as the Wellington Art Society) was founded by William Beetham the esteemed portrait painter in 1882. The galleries were opened as a free public gallery on Whitmore Street in 1892. In 1936 the Academy sold their land and donated the proceeds to the new Dominion Museum and National Art Gallery of New Zealand on the provision that they would be accommodated in the new New Zealand Dominion Museum building on Buckle Street.
The Academy is now located in the Wharf Offices building at 1 Queens Wharf.
The Governor-General of New Zealand is the traditional patron of the Academy.
The 2000 refurbishment won the New Zealand Institute of Architects award.
The council of the Academy bestows the Governor-General's Award periodically to an artist who is a member of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, and who has made a significant contribution to the arts in New Zealand over an extended period of time. A maximun of one award is made in any given year. The recipient also becomes a fellow of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts. The list of fellowships awarded to date is shown below.
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