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Art auction raises $40k in support of national music centre

Nearly $40,000 was raised at the art auction last Thursday night, hosted by Victoria University of Wellington last Thursday night, in partnership with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Wellington City Council.

The auction at the Wellesley Boutique Hotel and supported by Dunbar Sloane Ltd, was held to raise funds for the National Music Centre with guests bidding on 30 artworks donated by leading New Zealand artists.

The project to create a national centre of musical excellence involves the redevelopment of Wellington Town Hall and adjacent buildings to create an collaborative space for music, creativity and the arts. The new space will also provide a home for Victoria University’s New Zealand School of Music and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

The auction was attended by the National Music Centre fundraising chair Kerry Prendergast CNZM, Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester, Donald Best, Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and Grant Guildford, Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University.

Executive Director of Victoria University’s Development Office Patricia Danver said, “We were delighted by the support shown during the evening and look forward to more opportunities to share progress on this significant and exciting project.”

You can read more about the national music centre at