Artrium Gallery keeps a busy schedule, showcasing a new line-up of talent almost every month. The gallery is focused on the new, searching for and promoting the early careers of emerging artists without limiting itself to any specific genre or material; visitors will find paintings and sculptures as well as jewellery and glass. Artrium typically puts on group shows, bringing together various artists around a single theme. The owner has quirky taste and regularly finds fascinating artists, including David Boyle, creator of amazing pour-over book sculptures.
Artrium Gallery, 310 Tinakori Road #4, Wellington, New Zealand, +64 4 499 4411
Avid Gallery is a must for object and jewelry collectors and connoisseurs. Avid represents some of the country’s leading artists in glass, ceramics, bronze, stone, mixed media, and other objects of applied art. Here you will find contemporary jewelry featuring work in gold, silver, jade, stone, and modern materials. Exhibitions at Avid range from impressive bird sculptures by Martin Carryer to Trevor Byron’s quirky silver nature-based brooches and earrings, and ceramic paintings and sculptures by Adrienne Riseley.
Avid Gallery, 48 Victoria Street, Wellington, New Zealand, +64 4 472 7703
City Gallery Wellington was the first significant non-collecting exhibition-based public gallery in New Zealand, and remains at the forefront of the country’s art institutions. It hosts local, national, and international artists, providing a space for the public to interact with contemporary visual art, architecture, and design. Known for its innovative exhibitions, City Gallery Wellington also strives to engage its visitors, offering artist talks, art workshops, lectures and more. International artists whose work has been exhibited in the gallery include Yayoi Kusama, Tracey Emin, and Frida Kahlo, but the space has also hosted important names from the New Zealand scene, including Bill Hammond, Ralph Hotere and Shane Cotton.
City Gallery Wellington, 101 Wakefield Street, Wellington, New Zealand, +64 4 4 801 3021
Page Blackie Gallery represents leading contemporary New Zealand artists, showcasing both contemporary and historic artwork. With three independent exhibiting spaces and more than 25 years of experience, the gallery is an authority on the national contemporary art scene. Visiting their spacious gallery, one might become acquainted with Emily Wolfe and her domestically set paintings, John Walsh’s realistic portraits, or Max Gimblett’s colorful concoctions that fuse Abstract Expressionism, Modernism, Eastern and Western spiritual beliefs, and ancient culture.
Contemporary New Zealand art in the heart of Wellington can be found in the gallery space of Robert Heald. Here, you can discover a range of artists working in many mediums, such as Patrick Lundberg and his contemporary painted objects, the avant-garde paintings of David Cauchi, or a photo-collage exhibition by New Zealand local Peter Madden. Exhibitions here rotate on a monthly basis, which means the gallery is a great place to visit regularly for a quick update on what its artists are up to.
Robert Heald Gallery, 209 Leftbank, Wellington, New Zealand, + 64 4 384 4209