Archival items, photograph, letters and ephemera relating to early NZ Modernist painter Edith Collier. These items have been placed in the permanent care of the Sarjeant Gallery by the Edith Collier Trust (ECT). The Gallery works in partnership with the ECT to document, display and manage the collection, which permanently resides with the Gallery.
Whanganui born Edith Marion Collier (1885-1964) was a Modernist and expatriate painter who worked alongside Frances Hodgkins and Margaret Preston in Europe from 1915 to the early 1920’s. On her return to Whanganui in 1922 her accomplished artwork and innovative ideas were met with incomprehension and criticism. She has since been properly acknowledged as contributing to the Modernist development of NZ art history.
The ECT collection comprises of over 1,000 items including archives and ephemera. In addition there are a further 30 works by Edith Collier in the Gallery’s permanent collection. To view the artworks go to the Edith Collier Collection highlight.