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 recognises that studio craft in Aotearoa New Zealand is ever-evolving and nourished by the mana of multiple cultures and making traditions. 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.

Whanganui Regional Museum

  • The Blumhardt Fund.

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.


Announcing our new Trustees: Milly Mitchell-Anyon and Lily Hacking

Milly Mitchell-Anyon is an Art Historian and Curator from Whanganui. She is currently the acting Assistant Curator at the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui, and is the former recipient of the CNZ Blumhardt Curatorial Internship at the Dowse Art Museum and most recently the Blumhardt Foundation Curator for 2021-22. Alongside her appointment as a Trustee on the Foundation, she is also a Civic House board member of the Whanganui Regional Museum and a member of the Citroën Car Club.

Lily Hacking manages Page Galleries in Pōneke Wellington. She is a former recipient of the CNZ/ Blumhardt Foundation Curatorial Internship, following which she was appointed to the role of Assistant Curator + Public Programmes at City Gallery Wellington.
As an independent arts writer she has produced essays and content for publications including Art News New Zealand; Artzone; Ceramics New Zealand; Eye Contact; and for galleris and organisations including Buxton Contemporary Melbourne; Enjoy Public Art Gallery; Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery; Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts; City Gallery Wellington; Australia/New Zealand Festival London; New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts; and Positively Wellington Tourism.
Previous board and committee experience include the New Zealand Studies Network, London; Toi Poneke Advisory Committee; Wellington City Council Public Arts Advisory Panel; and Adam Art Gallery Advisory Board. Lily has a special interest in contemporary ceramics, textiles, and design.


  • Brian Wood (Deputy Chair)
  • Emma Bugden (Secretary)
  • Helen Kedgley
  • Katherine Smyth
  • Lily Hacking
  • Milly Mitchell-Anyon
  • Philip Clarke (Chair)
  • Suzanne Blumhardt (Treasurer)

Special Advisors

  • Nigel Borell


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