Let’s Talk Art: How I Collect


Let’s Talk Art, Viaduct Events Centre
Saturday 20 April, 2:15PM – 3PM

Diving into the captivating realm of art collecting. Picture your home adorned with pieces that reflect your taste and personality. But how do you begin? Join John Gow, Director of Gow Langsford Galery, along with three insightful collectors – Georgia Currie, Bentley de Beyer and Toss Grumley . Discover their art collecting journeys, view their personal pieces, hear their stories, and glean valuable tips on starting or growing your own collection.

This talk is presented as part of Let’s Talk Art, the talks programme at the 2024 Aotearoa Art Fair, held from 18 – 21 April at the Viaduct Events Centre. To attend this talk, purchase a ticket to the Fair.


John Gow


John Gow is co-owner of Gow Langsford Gallery, a commercial art gallery in Auckland, New Zealand. The gallery was established in 1987 by John and Gary Langsford. Gow Langsford represents and has represented many significant New Zealand and international artists, including Max Gimblett, Jacqueline Fahey, Paul Dibble and Dick Frizzell.


Toss, an avid art collector, is an experienced business advisor that works with over 250 New Zealand & Australian businesses. Toss also sits on the boards of PH Digital, Emma Lewisham and is a governance committee member at Te Uru Gallery.

Bentley de Beyer


Bentley de Beyer spent 25 years as a corporate executive in Asia and the US, ultimately becoming Chief HR Officer for Goldman Sachs. After 18 years away, living with his husband, interior designer Dean Sharpe, they returned to Aotearoa in 2023. They now invest in private equity, architecturally-significant homes, and art. Passionate collectors of leading New Zealand and Australian artists, they believe in art’s elevating power and support various causes including Garden-to-Table, the Wakatipu Wildlife Trust, and the Arts Foundation. Proud fathers of five-year-old Oliver, they now enjoy life in Crown Terrace, pursuing their passion for sculpture and landscaping.


Georgia Currie is one of Aotearoa’s most inspiring designers. In 2011 she founded Georgia Alice, a luxury womenswear brand that achieved ground-breaking global success. She has been an avid follower of contemporary art throughout her career, and is one-half of boutique art advisory, Salome. Currently consulting and developing a new directional brand, FLOWERS, which is due to launch later in 2023.