Get HSTS headerGet HSTS header New Vision Archive | The Community Archive
Last updated: 2 June 2009

New Vision Archive

What is it?


New Vision Archive


New Vision Archive

Level of description:



16 linear metres

Former NRAM reference number:



Print-maker Kees (Cornelis) Hos and his wife Tina (Albertine), a weaver, came to New Zealand from the Netherlands in 1956. In 1957 they established the New Vision Art Centre in Takapuna, Auckland with the aim of making available high quality work by New Zealand craftspeople. The name New Vision came from the title of a very influential book, The New Vision, by the Hungarian Bauhaus member, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. At the beginning of 1959 they found premises in His Majesty's Arcade and New Vision became the first retail outlet in Auckland city to concentrated exclusively on the work of New Zealand potters and other craftspeople.

In 1963 Kees and Tina Hos again opened a shop in Takapuna, in the ASB Arcade, Hurstmere Road. This shop closed in 1966.

On 25 March 1965 a spacious gallery was opened above the shop in His Majesty's Arcade to exhibit paintings, graphics, sculpture and studio pottery. The decision to establish the gallery was promoted by the closure at the end of 1964 of the Ikon Gallery, one of the very few dealer galleries in Auckland at that time.

In 1971 Kees Hos moved to Melbourne, where he had been invited to set up and head an art school. Tina Hos remained in Auckland to manage the gallery.

Kees and Tina Hos were also involved in two other businesses: Arta Studio and Ceramic Arts Ltd.

Tina Hos died in September 1976 and Pam Beca (later Donnelly) continued to run the business until it was taken over in 1981 by James Peters. New Vision closed in October 1986.

CA000001 Artist files.

CA000002 Gallery correspondence.

CA000003 Shop correspondence.

CA000004 Arta Studio; Ceramic Arts Ltd.

CA000005 Boutique; Greensleeves.

CA000006 Exhibition files.

CA000007 Exhibition sales.

CA000008 New Vision catalogues and invitations.

CA000009 Newspaper clippings.

CA000010 New Vision Newsletters, potters' calendars, prospectuses.

CA000011 Ephemera of other galleries, monographs, serials.

CA000012 Typesetting.

CA000013 Photographs.

CA000014 Print Council of N.Z. records.

CA000015 Payment to artists.

CA000016 Banking and accounting records.

CA000017 Wages, tax, ACC, etc.

CA000018 General shop and gallery business (sales books, order books, etc.).

CA000019 Accounts and receipts.

CA000020 Stock records.

CA000021 Subscription and mailing lists.

CA000022 Hos family papers.

CA000272 Posters

CA000281 Artwork used in exhibition catalogues.


Dates covered:

1957 - 1986

Access conditions:

No restrictions

Finding aids:


Tell us more

If you have additional information about this Collection please tell us about it by adding comments on the summary tab.

0 comments have been added so far.

Associated with:

We welcome suggestions from the public on these keywords / tags. If you feel some are incorrect or missing please make suggestions here.

Login or register to tag items