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Kiwis gift Aborginal art to Australia

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/11/2016

New Zealanders Dame Rosie and Michael Horton are gifting their significant private collection of contemporary Aboriginal art to the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Mr Horton's family firm is the former owner of the New Zealand Herald newspaper and his family have business interests in Australia, although he has been a critic of the way New Zealanders are treated there.

Dame Rosie is associated with many charities, including those supporting people with breast cancer.

The collection they are giving to the gallery comprises more than 220 pieces of Aboriginal art, weaving and objects from a number of Aboriginal communities across Australia and will continue to grow, the gallery says.

The collection has been created by the couple during a sixteen year period and is intertwined with their life at their Australian home where they spend a number of months of each year.

The collection comprises the work of many women artists including Joan Stokes, Nora Wompi, Dolly Snell and works by each one of the five Joshua Sisters including Angelina George.

"The collection reflects the Horton's direct engagement with artists in their communities over many years and I greatly admire the way Michael and Dame Rosie shared a love of the art and a deep admiration for the artists they collected," Michael Brand, director, Art Gallery of New South Wales said.

Mr Horton paid for the advert in the Listener earlier this year titled "Australia and New Zealand - a world apart".

The advert lists numerous countries whose citizens can apply for Australian citizenship, and makes the point that many New Zealanders are unable to.

Mr Horton couldn't get Australian newspapers to run the advert.

He took issue with Australian politicians referring to the special relationship between the countries.

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