Philip Augustus Edmiston 1853 - 1946

The Edmiston Trust was established by a bequest from Philip Edmiston, a prominent and respected businessman who spent most of his life in Auckland.

His family emigrated from Westerham, Kent, England to New Zealand in 1858.

He was educated at Auckland Grammar School and Christ's College, Christchurch. After leaving school Philip Edmiston was employed by an auctioneering business in the South Island.

The New Zealand Accident Insurance Company was established towards the end of 1879 and Philip Edmiston joined the new company as an accountant, becoming General Manager in 1884.

New Zealand Insurance bought New Zealand Accident Insurance a year before Philip Edmiston retired in 1906. He remained an active shareholder and attended board meetings into the 1930s.

He died in Sydney in 1946.

Philip Edmiston was a supporter of the Auckland Museum and wished Auckland to be enriched with a fine art gallery and works of art. In his will he left £200,000 to provide for the visual arts in the city.

Philip Edmiston

Achievements of the Trust

14th April, Edmiston Trust Board met for the first time and began discussions with the Auckland Council for a new art gallery.

April 16th, Edmiston Wing officially opened at the Auckland City Art Gallery.

George RICKEY Double L Excentric Gyratory 1985. Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.

Jacques CARABAIN Queen Street, Auckland 1889. Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.

Holly SANFORD Edmiston Screen. Aotea Centre. (since removed).

Jesus Rafael SOTO Triptico Azul, Negro y Violetta (Blue, Black and Red triptych) 1977. Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.

Dick FRIZZELL Dame Catherine Tizard (Mayor of Auckland). Aotea Centre.

Provided funding to build the Edmiston Gallery at the New Zealand Maritime Museum and for the purchase of artworks to establish a maritime art collection of national significance.

Anish KAPOOR Untitled 1992. Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.

Len LYE Universe 1963. Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.

Assisted the Nigel BROWN designed Creation Window. Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell.

Chiara CORBELLETTO Numbers are the Language of Nature 2005.
John EDGAR Transformer 2004.
Charlotte FISHER Arc 2004.
Fred GRAHAM Kaitiaki 2004.
Christine HELLYAR Spring 2004.
Neil MILLER Regeneration 2005.
Louise PURVIS Promise Boat 2005.
Greer TWISS Graftings 2004.

A project initiated by Outdoor Sculpture 2001 Incorporated to mark the new millennium. Funded by the Edmiston Trust with the support of the New Zealand Lottery Grant Board Millennium Fund and Auckland City Council.

Brett GRAHAM Whaowhia 2007. South entrance Auckland Museum.

14th April marked the 50th year of supporting the Arts in Auckland.

Jeppe HEIN Long Modified Bench Auckland 2011, a temporary installation, marked the re-opening of the Art Gallery and was sited on one of the Edmiston Sculpture Terraces over looking Albert Park.

Sponsored Kermadec: Nine artists explore the South Pacific, an exhibition produced and toured by the Pew Environment Group in association with Tauranga Art Gallery, at the New Zealand Maritime Museum.

Jeppe HEIN Long Modified Bench Waitemata Green 2011/2015. Permanent installation, Waitemata Plaza, Viaduct Harbour.

Leo VILLAREAL Light Matrix (Auckland Theatre Company) 2016. A major light installation commissioned and funded by the Trust for the Auckland Theatre Company, ASB Waterfront Theatre, Wynyard Quarter.