Welcome to the Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre

Current exhibitions

Woollaston: The Wallace Arts Trust Collection, 1931 – 1996

30 June 2015 to 6 September 2015, Main Galleries



The James Wallace Arts Trust is proud to present Woollaston: The Wallace Arts Trust Collection, 1931 – 1996.


The Wallace Arts Trust holds a remarkable collection of works by Sir Mountford Tosswill Woollaston. Born in rural Taranaki in 1910, long and famously resident in the Nelson district, knighted in 1979 for services to the arts, Toss Woollaston was the veteran of the longest, toughest and best-fought battle for recognition ever won by a New Zealand painter against the resistance of an ambivalent Kiwi public. From the early 1930s he led the struggle to gain acceptance for modern art in New Zealand, and through his life and work inspired generations of new artists to follow his example.


In 1995 the James Wallace Arts Trust acquired an unparalleled collection of works of art by Woollaston, then widely acknowledged as New Zealand’s greatest living painter. The group of works included paintings and drawings representing high points in the artist’s achievement over six decades of his career from 1931 to 1994. Following this magnificent acquisition the Trust continued to acquire key works by Woollaston, including major late works, compiling what was in Woollaston’s own assessment the most comprehensive representation of his oeuvre held together in any single collection. 


Upcoming events

Pah Homestead Community Day

26 September 2015, 10am-3pm, FREE

Come along to the Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre and enjoy an exciting day full of art activities, cultural performances, youth acts, flax weaving, rangoli, henna, face painting, art exhibitions, bouncy castle entertainment and more.

Pah Homestead Community Day is about celebrating the diverse community around us, supporting local creative groups and encouraging participation – come along, get inspired and give something new a go!

All activities are absolutely FREE, family friendly and suitable for all ages. A full activities schedule is available below.

Pah Homestead Community Day Poster
Pah Homestead Heritage Tour

Brunch Followed by Pah Homestead Heritage Tour

10 October 2015, Brunch starts 10:30am (please arrive slightly earlier), Bookings Essential

Enjoy the Pah Cafés famous bacon eggs benedict (vege and GF option available) as well as a choice of Atomic Coffee or Harney & Sons Fine Tea at the Pah Café, whilst delighting in conversation with Auckland Council Principal Heritage Advisor, George Farrant.

Following brunch, head off on a guided tour of the spectacular restored Pah Homestead and its environs, with George.

Limited spaces are available and bookings are essential > BOOK & PAY HERE

Woollaston: The Wallace Arts Trust Collection 1931-1996


To accompany the exhibition, The James Wallace Arts Trust is proud to present this fabulous publication, Woollaston: The Wallace Arts Trust Collection 1931-1996.

Solidly presented in hard cover, this fine catalogue is a beautiful and insightful reflection of Toss’ life and his work as it is represented by the Trust. Full colour reproductions of all works in the Collection as well as a number of previously unseen archival photographs, with accompanying text by Dr Oliver Stead, this is a fascinating and unique look into the life and work of one of New Zealand's most iconic artists. 





We're not far from Auckland Airport

The Arts Centre is located just over 10kms from Auckland Airport. If you have time to spare at the end of your visit, or you’ve got time between flights, there’s no need to spend it in your hotel room or an airport lounge, visit the stunning Pah Homestead - relax, indulge in the cafe and feast your eyes on ten rooms full of New Zealand contemporary art.