• Helen Kedgley

This exhibition, the Gallery’s first single-collector exhibition, pays tribute to the significant collection amassed by curator, art historian and long-time director of New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pūkenga Whakaata, Avenal McKinnon. Avenal began collecting while still a student at the Courtauld Institute in London and continued throughout her life. The exhibition includes portraits of Avenal and her family alongside works by well-known New Zealand artists with whom she built close friendships, alongside works that Avenal gifted to the Gallery.

Gallery Information: New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pūkenga Whakaata

Opening Hours

  • Open daily, 10.30am – 4.30pm


  • Shed 11, Wellington Waterfront
  • 60 Lady Elizabeth Lane
  • Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington