Remembering Lenore Sumpter - NZ Sculpture OnShore Co-founder, Patron and Passionate Supporter.
Lenore Marion Sumpter
NZ Sculpture OnShore
Co-founder, Patron and Passionate Supporter.
It was with great sadness on December 30, 2019 that the Friends of Women's Refuges Trustees and the NZ Sculpture OnShore Board learned of the passing of our co-founder, long term patron and passionate supporter Lenore Sumpter after a short illness.
In 1996 Lenore and her close friend and co-founder Genevieve Becroft were looking for an alternative fund raising opportunity for a cause very close to their hearts, North Shore Women's Refuges. Tired of shaking collection tins they were inspired to organize the first NZ Sculpture OnShore exhibition in Genevieve's lake side garden in Takapuna. The dynamic duo organized sponsorship, worked closely with artists and built a strong team of passionate hardworking volunteers around them and NZSoS was born.
In a recent interview Lenore, unassuming and modest as always, said about the first exhibition 'it was really quite easy..... it just happened'. Anyone involved in the exhibition knows what a huge understatement this is and that the hard work, expertise, energy and dedication that Lenore, Genevieve and their organizing team put into the exhibition over many years is truly legendary.
Lenore and Genevieve were the driving force of the exhibition from 1996 until 2004 when it became too large to take place in Genevieve's garden and the event moved to it's current location at Fort Takapuna. Lenore's passion for the exhibition and the cause never faltered and over the coming years her role evolved from driving force and organiser to long standing patron, supporter and advocate for the exhibition and it's cause.
Lenore was a principled, loyal, unassuming and caring lady who was much respected and admired by all those who came into contact with her. Without her and Genevieve's inspiration, hard work and dedication NZ Sculpture OnShore would not have grown to be the largest sculpture event in NZ and would not have donated $2 million to NZ Women's Refuges to benefit women who are victims of domestic violence, in New Zealand.
Lenore has left a wonderful legacy and will be sorely missed by her friends and colleagues past and present at NZ Sculpture OnShore.