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New Zealand Affordable Art Trust Appoints Two New Trustees

12 July 2012

New Zealand Affordable Art Trust Appoints Two New Trustees: Anne Stephenson and Neil Paviour-Smith

The New Zealand Affordable Art Trust (NZAAT), the governing body behind New Zealand’s largest art show, today announced that it has appointed two new trustees to its board. Anne Stephenson and Neil Paviour-Smith join existing trustees Frances Russell, Fraser Carson, Jo Hughes, Neil Plimmer, Richard Nelson and chairman Graeme Reeves.

Anne Stephenson is the principal of Wellington accountancy firm Stephenson Thorner, and Neil Paviour-Smith is managing director of leading sharebroking and investment banking firm Forsyth Barr.

Graeme Reeves said, “The new trustees are a welcome addition to our board and both have had a long association with the NZAAT and the New Zealand Art Show. Anne has served for a number of years as our honorary auditor and Neil has not only attended the annual art show since 2004, but has built an extensive art collection from artworks purchased at our art show over the past eight years.

“Neil and Anne are both highly regarded and successful members of the business community. Their expertise will complement the skills of the current board members and help the trust further its objectives.”

Anne Stephenson is a business adviser and accountant who works with creative and innovative businesses. She has built her practice helping entrepreneurs develop their businesses through understanding and analysing the numbers, developing goals and implementing plans to ensure they achieve their goals. Her clients include design companies, architects and other owner managed creative businesses.

Neil Paviour-Smith is Managing Director of nationwide sharebroking firm and investment bank Forsyth Barr. He is a Director of the New Zealand Exchange (NZX) and the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA), and a Fellow of the Institute of Finance Professionals NZ (INFINZ) having been Chairman of the NZ Society of Investment Analysts. Neil was an inaugural recipient of a Sir Peter Blake Trust Emerging Leader Award in 2005 and serves on the judging panel for the Deloitte/Management Top 200 Awards. His firm was previously a long-time Principal Sponsor of the Arts Foundation of NZ.

The NZAAT’s primary role is to oversee the annual three-day art exhibition, the New Zealand Art Show. The New Zealand Art Show began in 2004 (known until 2010 as the Affordable Art Show) and since its inception has sold around $6m worth of art, returning more than $5m back to artists.

Graeme Reeves said, “In recent years the New Zealand Art Show has had over 400 artists exhibiting more than 3,000 works in a variety of media each year. We are now the largest art exhibition in the country and an established fixture on the Capital’s cultural calendar.”

This year’s New Zealand Art Show runs from Thursday, August 2 to Sunday, August 5. Tickets to the Show can be purchased through or at the event. Adults $10.00, Children 12 years and younger, free.

About the New Zealand Art Show
The New Zealand Art Show is an annual three-day art exhibition held each year in Wellington’s Events Centre on Queens Wharf. This year’s show will run from Friday, 3 August to Sunday, 5 August 2012.
Established in 2004 as the New Zealand Affordable Art Show, the last eight years has seen the event grow in size, reputation and quality. The exhibition showcases 3,000+ artworks by more than 400 artists; it is the largest art exhibition in this country. Since its inception, it has sold around $6 million worth of art, returning over $5 million back to artists – making the show a significant contributor to New Zealand’s arts community.

A gala evening is held on the eve of the show’s opening to the public (Thursday 2 August).
All tickets can be purchased through

The New Zealand Art Show is governed by the New Zealand Affordable Art Trust (NZAAT). Its vision is to promote New Zealand artists and help them access resources and opportunities to further their development, and to promote the appreciation of New Zealand art to the wider public.

The NZAAT is a registered charity (# CC28710) under the Charities Act 2005.


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