The David Carson-Parker Art Collection

22 & 23 November, Wellington

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Dunbar Sloane Ltd and The Arts Foundation are proud to announce the sale of The David Carson-Parker Art & Ceramics Collection.

David Carson-Parker was a very generous and wide-ranging arts patron. He was also a producer, arts administrator, and had numerous governance roles. It is therefore apt that his extensive collection of art work and ceramics is to be sold with all proceeds generously gifted to the Arts Foundation to support the work and development of New Zealand artists.

David was a tireless advocate and generous supporter of the Arts Foundation. A Governor from 2005 until his untimely death in 2012, he would often ring the office with great enthusiasm for a new idea, scheme or solution. He contributed significantly to Governance, with a number of his ideas still observed and valued today. David and his lifelong partner, Jeremy Commons, hosted many Trustee and Governors’ meetings, as well as the Arts Foundation’s Annual General Meeting, at their home in Mt Victoria.

David’s involvement with the Arts Foundation continued his long association with the arts, which he conducted alongside his business career as an accountant and financial consultant. His role in the arts began with the New Zealand Society of Potters, where he was president from 1964-7, before going on to be involved in a number of other disciplines. His numerous positions included President of the Craft Council (1968-72), Chairman of the Printmakers’ Council (1970-73), member of the Downstage Trust Board and Board of Directors of Downstage Theatre (1977-85), and founding member and trustee of The Blumhardt Foundation. He was a Council member and President of the Friends of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (1989-98), and on his retirement was awarded life membership. He was also a founding Director and Chairman of the New Zealand Chamber Orchestra Trust and, until 1998, a Trustee of the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts. He was Chair of the New Zealand National Youth Choir (1998-2007) and Deputy Chair of the Embassy Theatre Trust (1996-c2005)

David made a significant contribution to the Victoria University MA in Creative Writing. He established and funded the David Carson-Parker Embassy Prize awarded to a student from the Scriptwriting stream. He was a dedicated supporter of musical and literary activities and events associated with the University and on account of these activities was awarded a Hunter Fellowship from Victoria University in 2009.

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