15 Aug 2019
New Plymouth based, global company Baker Tilly Staples Rodway is to build on its strong ties with the Govett-Brewster Foundation and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre, announcing a new partnership and backing for art education programmes.
The partnership will see Baker Tilly Staples Rodway working with the Gallery team over the next three years in support of its after school art classes Young Visionaries and transport for low decile schools to the Gallery.
Young Visionaries is an after school art class programme that runs each of the year’s four school terms, for ages 6 – 8 and 9 – 12. The Gallery engages a guest tutor each term and designs a course for students inspired by themes in the current exhibitions. The classes encourage creativity, build confidence, and inspire children to activate their imaginations.
Also for the first time, with the support of Baker Tilly Staples Rodway, the Gallery is able to offer free placement in Young Visionaries for children who are passionate about art but face financial barriers in accessing the programme.
The partnership also includes Baker Tilly Staples Rodway supporting subsidised bus transportation, enabling Taranaki’s low decile schools access to the Ministry of Education’s free Learning and Experience Outside the Classroom programmes at the Gallery.
Baker Tilly Staples Rodway is a New Zealand-wide network of accountancy and business advisory firms providing practical, responsive, and business-focused services to a broad range of clients from start-ups to significant businesses across all industry types.
In Taranaki there’s a team of nine Directors leading more than 80 staff. The team offers a range of services additional to accounting, including human resources, IT, marketing, insolvency, audit and taxation.
Baker Tilly Staples Rodway Mangaing Director, Chris Lynch says it’s great to have the opportunity to support Taranaki’s thriving arts and cultural community.
“We love to support programmes that align so well with our company’s values of giving back to the community, and in particular supporting our region’s children. We look forward to working closely with the Gallery and Foundation to support and grow their programmes of value for locals and visitors.”
Govett-Brewster Foundation Chair John Leuthart says he’s delighted Baker Tilly Staples Rodway has joined the Foundation's Partners Programme.
Baker Tilly Staples Rodway joins Programme partners Clelands Construction, Govett Quilliam – The Lawyers, Technix and Todd Energy.
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Directors Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh: “Offering young people transformative experiences with art that inspire their own creativity is one of the most gratifying aspects of what we do as Gallery Directors”.
“We ourselves visited galleries and museums through schools programmes and became more deeply involved through after school art. These were key building blocks in our life’s passion and profession and we are very excited to extend the reach of these deep engagements with art through the support of Baker Tilly Staples Rodway."
The Govett-Brewster Foundation works to build on the vision, investment and legacy of the Gallery’s founding patron, Monica Brewster. It partners with individuals, trusts and companies to inspire investment in the future of the Gallery, its collections and initiatives of value to the city, region and country.
“The Programme provides opportunities for companies to work directly with the Gallery aligned to growing the impact of the Gallery’s current and new programmes for locals and visitors – adding value from and for their company brands, people and services. This is public/private sector partnering at its best.” - Govett-Brewster Foundation Chair John Leuthart