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The 10 Best Contemporary Art Galleries In Auckland, New Zealand

The 10 Best Contemporary Art Galleries In Auckland, New Zealand
Known by both its Western and Māori names, New Zealand and Aotearoa, the art scene in this archipelago nation exudes a rich mix of cultural fusion, celebrating Māori traditions whilst indulging in artistic trends from all over the world. Discover ten of the best contemporary art galleries in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, which combine the traditional with the cutting edge.

Artspace

A key organization in New Zealand’s contemporary art scene, Artspace is a non-collecting and non-commercial gallery that is renowned for taking risks in the exhibitions and events they organize. With a focus on nurturing new ideas in art and culture, the gallery not only places world-class art on display, but also holds free art talks for the public, and offers internship and assistant curator positions to help emerging practitioners and professionals.

Address: Level 1/300 Karangahape Rd, Auckland 1145, New Zealand

Artspace © Nik Coughlin / Flickr

Kura Gallery

Opened in Wellington in 1998 and Auckland in 2002, Kura Gallery is centered on Māori arts and crafts and aims to promote the development and sales of authentic Māori art. From sculpture and furniture to photography and paintings, Kura’s range of displayed works makes it an incredible resource to discovering Māori art from both established and emerging artists.

Address: PWC Tower, 188 Quay Street (Lower Albert Street), Central Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Founded in 1888, Toi o Tāmaki is the largest art institution in New Zealand, and boasts an engrossing collection of historic and contemporary works by both international and national artists. The gallery is spread throughout two buildings; the original which it has been based in since its creation, and its newly opened neighbor which has won multiple awards for its stunning architecture and design.

Address: Corner Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki © ChewyPineapple / WikiCommons

John Leech Gallery

The oldest gallery in New Zealand, John Leech Gallery was established in 1855 and has remained a culturally significant institution ever since. It holds an enchanting collection of historic work and also represents contemporary artists from both Australia and New Zealand. Exuding a beautiful fusion of old and new, this gallery allows for an insightful look into the artistic history of this island nation.

Address: Cnr Kitchener Street & Wellesley Street East, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Ivan Anthony Gallery

Located on the first floor of the ANZ Building off Karangahape Road, Ivan Anthony Gallery prides itself on only representing New Zealand practitioners. Exhibiting the mediums of paintings, sculpture, and installation, the gallery has hosted the work of a list of critically acclaimed artists, such as Bill Hammond, Kushana Bush and Jason Greig.

Address: 312 Karangahape Rd, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts

Created through a partnership between the Fisher Gallery and the Pakuranga Community and Cultural Center, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts hosts exhibitions and events by both national and international artists. With a focus on education, this organization holds a range of school programs and also adult classes that investigate art history and analysis, as well as practical workshops.

Address: 13 Reeves Rd, 2010, New Zealand

Gow Langsford Gallery

Established in 1987, Gow Langsford Gallery is regarded as one of the most influential art dealers in the country. A commercial art space, the gallery has hosted over 300 exhibitions, featuring the work of exemplary contemporary artists from New Zealand and around the world. In recent years the gallery’s exhibitions have seen a focus in the mediums of painting and sculpture, displaying works by artists such as Katharina Grosse (Germany), Judy Millar (New Zealand), Bernar Venet (France), Tony Cragg (United Kingdom).

Address: 26 Lorne St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

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Gus Fisher Gallery

Part of the University of Auckland, the Gus Fisher Gallery is dedicated to the research and promotion of art and culture. While the gallery is centered on historical and contemporary works from the Pacific region, it also displays international artworks which are of particular relevance to New Zealand. Encouraging both creative and academic development, the gallery has many programs for postgraduate students, as well as events for the wider Auckland community.

Address: 74 Shortland St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

TSB Bank Wallace Arts Center

Opened to the public in 2010, the TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre is situated in the Pah Homestead building, which dates back to the 1870s. The artworks displayed in the center are curated from the James Wallace Arts Trust Collection of over 6000 works and feature a diverse range of mediums. The center also hosts touring exhibitions as well events such as talks, screenings and concerts.

Pah Homestead © Gadfium / Wikicommons

Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery

Proud of its West Auckland community, the Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery is dedicated to ‘contemporary New Zealand art in all its creative diversity’. The gallery holds a captivating range of exhibitions as well as poetry nights, workshops and more.

Address: 420 Titirangi Rd, Titirangi, Auckland 0604, New Zealand

Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery