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Wellington may be the “culture capital” of New Zealand, but Auckland is very much its artistic hub. With so many galleries to be discovered, classic and contemporary art lovers are going to be in for a treat. To make your next visit easier, here are some of the venues that best showcase the city’s artistic masterpieces.
Auckland’s ‘K Road’ is more than a place of interesting vintage finds – it’s a contemporary art destination in its own right. The Artspace gallery is all about bringing new ideas to the forefront. Exhibitions offer intellectual insight into social commentary, political contexts, identity, worldviews and perceptions. Artspace also holds regular Conversations sessions where people can discuss these prevalent themes and issues.
Compelling contemporary art exhibitions are very much the norm at the Two Rooms Gallery. As its name suggests, this warehouse-turned-arts centre is comprised of two separate venues. Sculptures, paintings, and a myriad of mixed media works have made their mark in this gallery. Two Rooms is also renowned for its residency programme, which facilitates projects and dialogue between New Zealand and international artists.
Te Tuhi is one of Auckland’s most prominent contemporary art institutions. The gallery has eight dedicated exhibition spaces, presenting a trove of remarkable displays from New Zealand and abroad. Supporting all facets of the art community is very much a priority at Te Tuhi, which regularly hosts children’s and adult’s art classes, has a 200-seat auditorium for hosting events, and even offers special scholarships for postgraduate fine arts students.