We want you to join us on this journey...

We believe that communities flourish with strong arts participation.
We seek collaboration with and contributions from individuals and businesses
so we can support the Tauranga Art Gallery into the future.

As a charitable trust, we’re focused on the long-term advancement of the gallery and its influence.
Our growth strategy includes renovations and the expansion of the facility.

Our projects include publications, staff scholarships and support for artist in residence.
We also provide assistance for special exhibitions.

We’re proud to be a collaborative organisation that embraces diversity and builds business and
community support by staying true to our inclusive mission.

We need your help to make a difference and ensure that art in the region
can continue to touch people and enrich lives.

Thank you.


Our Trustees


Phillida Perry

Phillida is a former lawyer with a long association with the visual arts in Tauranga. Until 2014, she was trustee and chairperson of the Tauranga Art Gallery Trust. She helped establish the Tauranga Art Gallery Foundation Trust in 2015.
Phillida and her husband, George Savill, operated a dealer gallery – George Perry Gallery – and, in 2008, she established an art collective, Kunst, with 15 art-loving women from across New Zealand. She has been on many art collecting adventures.
Phillida is a director of HRVBOP and is Managing Director of Mobility Equipment & Services Limited.
Phillida is mother to three beautiful daughters and lives in Mount Maunganui.


Mark Irving
Deputy Chair

Mark is Business Partnership Manager at Priority One.
Originally from Australia, he has vast experience across engineering, construction, project management and business development sectors.
He has previously held managing director roles at a number of companies, spanning 30 years, and is well renown for his solid networking and relationship building skills.
With a passion for the arts and a unique zest for life, Mark seeks a gentle blend of growth, inner city vibrancy and productive collaboration amongst our community.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from UNSW, is a father of three and happily lives in Omokoroa with his wife Debbie.


Ian Cross

Ian was born in Tauranga, attending Tauranga Boys' College before completing a Pharmacy degree at Otago University.
He worked in hospitals in Rotorua, Taupo and London before joining his family-owned company – Bay of Plenty Times, where he became managing director. Ian left the company after it was sold in 1993 and has been managing his family trust since, with investments in shares, kiwifruit, commercial property and forestry.
He joined the Te Puna Quarry Park Society soon after it was formed and has served as president, treasurer and pest controller. He has been trustee and chairperson of The Elms and Tauranga Art Gallery. He was chairperson when the Gallery opened.
Ian has three daughters and three grandchildren, and enjoys gardening and golf.


John Meldrum

John is a consultant and former partner at Sharp Tudhope Laywers. He has had a wide practice, principally assisting commercial property developers in Tauranga – recently including Westpac Centre, 11th Avenue, Tauranga Central in Cameron Road and Craigs Investment Partners.
For some years he was a director of FMM (Manager of FMT) and currently serves on FMT’s loan committee.
He is director of several property companies and a trustee of Waipuna Hospice Foundation, chairing its investment sub-committee.
John and his wife have been part of community organisations in Tauranga since arriving in 1969.


Kelcy Taratoa

Kelcy is of Ngāi Te Rangi and Ngāti Raukawa descent. He completed formal arts training at Massey University, and holds a Master’s degree with 1st Class Honours.
Kelcy operates his artist studio out of Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, where he teaches on the Bachelor of Creative Industries. He exhibits in museums and galleries in New Zealand and overseas and his work is held in public, corporate and private collections.
He is a Wallace Art Awards finalist and has served as Head and Advisory Judge for the Parkin Drawing Prize and Miles Art Award.
Kelcy lives in Mount Maunganui, with his wife Melanie, and is the proud father of three children, and one mokopuna.


Our Business Partners