About the Blumhardt Foundation

The Blumhardt Foundation is a partnership-based initiative established to advance the extraordinary richness of New Zealand’s craft/object art

History of the 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.

Our Partners

Partnerships are critical to achieving our objectives. With our founding partners we have established the following National Programmes:

with The Dowse Art Museum

  • The Blumhardt Gallery, New Zealand’s premier showcase for New Zealand’s craft/object art.
  • The Blumhardt Collection, of nationally significant craft/object art.
  • Provider of the Blumhardt Curatorial Internship.

with Creative New Zealand

  • The Blumhardt Curatorial Internship - to develop curatorial skills in craft/object art.

with The National Library

  • The Blumhardt Collection - of letters, books, papers, photographs and oral archives relating to craft/object art.


Photo Credit Amber-Jayne Bain

New Trustee

Katherine Smyth is a Wellington based ceramist who trained in ceramics at the National Art School in Sydney from 1989 to 1991.
Katherine produces both domestic ware (sold in outlets around NZ) and Gallery work. Her work is in numerous public collections including the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Dowse Art Museum, London Museum and numerous New Zealand High Commissions. Katherine is currently studying Law at Victoria University alongside her full-time arts practice.


  • Brian Wood
  • Dennis McKinlay (Treasurer)
  • Emma Bugden
  • Helen Kedgley
  • Katherine Smyth
  • Philip Clarke (Chair)
  • Simon Manchester (Advisory Trustee)


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