Whanganui has a significant photographic heritage and the Sarjeant Gallery, our public gallery, a nationally significant collection.

Frank Denton was commissioned by the mayor of Whanganui to collect late 19C & 20C International fine art photography for the Sarjeant Gallery collection and did so from 1919 -1926.

In 1925, 87 prints entered the collection.

The Tylee Cottage Artist-in-Residence scheme began in Wanganui in 1986, and the following artists have been recipients: Laurence Aberhart (1986), Anne Noble (1989),

Ans Westra (1993), George Krause [USA] (1997/8), Paul Johns (2005),

Ben Cauchi (2005/6), Andrew Ross (2009), Ann Shelton (2012), Richard Orjis (2014) & Roberta Thornley(2015)

Although there are no state funded photography galleries in New Zealand, City Gallery, Wellington, has demonstrated a particular dedication to the medium.

McNamara Gallery Photography Ltd opened 25.1.02 and exhibits New Zealand, selected Pacific Rim & International, photographically-based art. We are dedicated to exhibiting and promoting lens-based media, and exploring the range
of practice, both materially and conceptually.

Our interest is fundamentally in modern and contemporary art practice; however, we have staged a number of exhibitions examining photographs from the 1960s -1980s. We also exhibit selected work from earlier periods.

We have monthly exhibitions and represent a large number of N.Z. and some international artists. We are a frequent resource for public gallery loans, and produce out-reach exhibitions for public galleries. The aim of these is to increase the visibility of, and contribute to the conversations around, the medium.

We hold, or have available to us, a comprehensive and changing range of work as stock. Images on our web site are changed regularly, but are a small sample of what is available.

Working in a globalized world ours is a client-based rather than a regionally-restricted practice.

We travel frequently* to meet with gallery artists, curators, collectors and attend key events.

Time restraints mean we do not perform insurance valuations. Such valuations are more complex than might appear and require examination of each work. See PDF outlining our position.

Likewise, we are unable to respond to student requests and unsolicited material from photographers unless some free time becomes available.

McNamara Gallery Photography Ltd
190 Wicksteed Street
Whanganui 4500
New Zealand

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Contact: Paul L. P. McNamara

+64 6 348 7320
027 249 8059

Contact: Ann C. McNamara

+64 6 348 7320
021 242 4535   NO SPAM

Association of International Photography Art Dealers [AIPAD] member *

Gallery hours:
11am - 3pm [sometimes 6pm] Tuesday / Wednesday - Saturday, or by appointment

We are closed the last Saturday of each month.
Other closed days [when we are installing out-reach exhibitions, attending seminars etc] are posted in red below.

We are CLOSED for most of APRIL each year for annual leave. However, I will be checking e-mails & doing some gallery-related work.


Exhibition invitations & Gallery Letter:
These are e-mailed to anyone interested in receiving them. Postal invites are available to those without e-mail

* Founded in 1979, The Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) represents more than 120 of the world’s leading galleries in fine art photography. The organization is dedicated to creating and maintaining the highest standards of scholarship and ethical practice in the business of exhibiting, buying and selling fine art photography. The AIPAD Photography Show New York is the longest running and foremost exhibition of fine art photography. LINK




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Ben Cauchi Fallen stool, 2012













Driving distances:
Auckland to Whanganui: 454km
Wellington to Whanganui: 195km
Christchurch to Whanganui: 535km
Dunedin to Whanganui: 897km

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