The aim of the trust is to provide life-transforming educational experiences in arts, design and crafts through practice, research, and teaching, one which enriches the local surroundings and helps to shape culture through the practice.

The Trust, builds on excellence, innovation and a commitment to creative practices while still engaging the community and supporting others to succeed.


2001 - Art auction of work collected works to establish The Trust along with a donation from Michele Whitecliffe of $20,000 NZD. Sale included notable piece 'Pikiao' now hanging in the Manakau Events Center.

2006 -Additional art works of Greg's were sold and the first Youth Recipient was awarded with funds from The Trust.

2011 -First international travelling scholarship was awarded to Anna Sharman to sponsor trip to Los Angeles to participate in a New Zealand Art Exhibition.

2015 -Website established to promote The Trust ad support further sale of works/funds gathering for recipients. 


Michele Whitecliffe 

Co-Founder of Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design 

Michele Co-founded Whitecliffe College with Greg in 1982. She is a member of ICFAD (International Council of Fine Arts Deans). Since the college was founded she has presented various papers/awards and sat on panels globally including Kadir Hus University in Istanbul. She holds Diplomas in Printmaking and a Certificate in Fundraising. 

Michele is the primary contact for The Trust.

Penny  Guise

Educator & Patron of the Arts

Penny has a background in education and ESOL teaching, she has a strong interest in New Zealand Art and Education 

"I was privileged to know Greg for over 20 years and to see his initial vision of New-Zealand’s first private tertiary art college become a reality through his great passion, energy and drive.  His  wife, Michele, has continued their mutual dream and the College has grown from strength to strength under her leadership."

 Simon Palmer

Director of Palmer & Associates, Patron of the Arts 

Simon is keen supporter of the College and New Zealand Arts. He is a partner at Palmer & Associates in Auckland.

 Hayden Whitecliffe

Media & Technology Producer 

Hayden is a Technology and Media producer based in Melbourne. He holds a Masters Degree in Communications (Advertising) from RMIT University and a Bachelors of Business and Information Management from the University of Auckland.