Wellington’s iconic city art gallery will be retained alongside the other five institutions operated by Experience Wellington which is undergoing a proposed restructure.

The Council Controlled Organisation is consulting its 147 staff on a proposed organisational restructure which follows an updated strategy with significant input from staff.

“The change proposal is about enhancing our institutions, including City Gallery, through better allocation of resources and greater collaboration across the portfolio, and embracing of te ao Māori,” Chief Executive Dr Sarah Rusholme says.

“We want to enhance the visitor experience, including greater focus on te ao Māori and deeper engagement with our audiences.”

Dr Rusholme acknowledged the passion of people in the arts sector but refuted suggestions the gallery was under threat.

“City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi will continue to showcase the best contemporary art under a strong cultural leader, supported by two curators, and specialist staff dedicated to art education, gallery exhibition delivery and art community engagement.”

The staff consultation period finishes on 9th May, followed by two weeks of analysis and discussions, with final decisions on organisational structure by 26th May.

Experience Wellington is a registered charity that operates six iconic cultural institutions for the city – Capital E, Space Place at Carter Observatory, City Gallery Wellington, Nairn Street Cottage, Wellington Museum and the Cable Car Museum.