Whanganui District Council is confident millions of dollars can be raised to fund an ambitious redevelopment of the city's public art gallery.
As well as earthquake proofing, a new northern wing is planned for the Sarjeant Gallery, providing more exhibition and storage space.
Mayor Annette Main said the council needs to match $10 million pledged by the Government for the $32 million project and is using a professional fundraiser. The rest will come from grants and a building levy
Sponsorship is also being sought from organisations and individuals, mostly outside Whanganui.
The Sarjeant Gallery is almost 100 years old