About the Blumhardt Foundation

The Blumhardt Foundation was established in 2003 to realise the desire of founder Dame Doreen Blumhardt to use her collection and estate to further the collection and the development of New Zealand’s craft/object art during and beyond her lifetime

The Foundation comprises a small number of voluntary Trustees. It works principally by creating and resourcing a number of strategic partnerships that it believes will assist the growth and development of the sector.

Our Current Partners

The Dowse Art Museum

  • The Blumhardt Gallery.
  • The Blumhardt Collection.
  • The Blumhardt Fund.

The Otago Museum

  • The Blumhardt Fund.

The Suter Art Gallery

  • The Blumhardt Fund.

The Pantograph Punch

  • The Foundation sponsors a number of articles related to the craft/object art sector annually.

Creative New Zealand

  • Curatorial professional development in the craft/object art field.
  • Project support for one-off foundation initiatives.

The National Library

  • The Blumhardt Collection - of letters, books, papers, photographs and oral archives relating to Dame Doreen Blumhardt.
  • The Blumhardt Foundation Archive.


Introducing our newest Trustee Nigel Borell

Nigel Borell is of Pirirakau, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi, Te Whakatōhea tribal descent. He is a curator, writer, educator and artist specialising in Māori art in both customary and contemporary fields of research. Recent curatorial projects include co-curating with Zara Stanhope Moa Hunter Fashions by Areta Wilkinson, for 9th Asia Pacific Triennial, QAGOMA, Brisbane (2018) and The Māori Portraits: Gottfried Lindauer’s New Zealand, to deYoung Fine Arts Museum, San Francisco (2017). Current projects include the curatorium to Histōrias Indīgenas- Indigenous Histories at Museu de Art de (MASP), São Paulo, Brazil (2023). And the large survey exhibition Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki (2021), where he was the Curator Māori art from 2015-2020.

Borell participated in the First Nations Indigenous Curators Exchange programme (2015-2017) a partnership initiative of Creative New Zealand, Canada Council for the Arts and Australia Council for the Arts. Recent writing projects include a contributing essay to Becoming our Future, a new publication engaged in the discourse of Indigenous curatorial practice from New Zealand, Canada and Australia (2020). Borell is currently a Teaching Fellow for The Faculty of Arts, The University of Auckland.


  • Brian Wood (Deputy Chair)
  • Dennis McKinlay (Advisor)
  • Emma Bugden (Secretary)
  • Helen Kedgley
  • Katherine Smyth
  • Nigel Borell
  • Philip Clarke (Chair)
  • Ross Steele (Advisor)
  • Suzanne Blumhardt (Treasurer)


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