Art Week Auckland

The inaugural Art Week will bring Auckland’s thriving visual arts community together under one um


Aucklanders can now prepare to discover their inner art aficionado.

The inaugural Art Week will bring Auckland’s thriving visual arts community together under one umbrella, from 5 – 14 November.  Spanning 3 inner-city neighbourhoods, Art Week will encompass 80 exhibitions and events in over 40 galleries and venues during the 10 day period.

Organisers say the aim of the event is to grow the visual arts audience through discovery and discussion. It will include a cross-section of free art exhibitions, artist talks and special events in commercial galleries, artist-run spaces, public art galleries and museums around the city.

The 10 days of Art Week Auckland will be both fun and enlightening, with exhibitions, talks, and interactive events such as art ‘speed dating’ where the public can go head to head with the know-it-alls of the art world – artists, dealers, collectors, curators to find out what makes the art world wheels turn.

Expect a calendar jam-packed with free events including family and children’s activities, guided walks of galleries. The galleries and art venues involved with Art Week Auckland have something planned for every day of the week, ensuring that Aucklanders have an opportunity to engage with their art community.

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A few highlights for Art Week Auckland include:

 Art Speed Dating. Friday, 12 November 6 – 8 pm.

Ever wondered why art is worth money? How to start a collection? How to get discovered? Art Week Speed Dating is your chance to find out. Hosted by bFM in the iconic St Kevin’s Arcade, Art Week Speed Dating matches art world know-it-alls with art world novices for an evening of Q+A. The first 100 people to register get face time with some of Auckland’s art leaders.

 Art Sunday. Sunday 7 November 12 – 5 pm.
For a change of pace, spend a lazy Sunday afternoon in the city. The Auckland Art Precinct galleries, clustered in one city block between Kitchener and Lorne Streets, will open their doors offering great exhibitions, artist talks, refreshments and entertainment. Guided tours of the precinct, starting from John Leech Gallery, will take place at 12 and 2:30.

 K’ Road Art Walk. Saturday, 6 November 12 – 2 pm.

The strip stretching from Symonds Street to Ponsonby Road has more than 20 public and private galleries. Join guide Melissa Crockett on a tour of 10 of her favourite cutting edge galleries and experimental art spaces. Bookings required.

Art of the City: A Walk of Architecture and Art. Friday, 5 November 1 – 3 pm.

A guided walk exploring four outstanding heritage buildings and the working spaces within. Visit the Endeans and Blackett buildings, 47 High Street and the Gus Fisher Gallery, which house four of the city’s art dealers and galleries. Bookings required.

 Parnell Late Night. Thursday 11 November 5 – 7:30 pm

The galleries running up and off Parnell Road will be serving up a tempting smorgasbord of contemporary art and invite visitors to take an art (de)tour before a night out in one of Parnell’s many cafes.

 Documentary Screening Wednesday November 7 pm

Rebel Yell is screening "Guerilla Art" a documentary about some of the street artists conquering the international art world.  Filmed in New York, London, Paris, Sao Paulo, and Tokyo, the doco talks to leading artists about how street art was born out of graffiti, spray painting and tagging, and how the new movement does things differently.

KidsClub Sunday 7 and 14 November

On each Sunday of Art Week, at 11am and 2pm, Auckland Art Gallery present their fully supervised, one hour, practical art making sessions, designed for children aged 5 to 10 years.

 For more information about these and other programme events visit from 11 October or collect a programme at one of the participating galleries from 20 October 2010.

Written by

Artweek Auckland

26 Oct 2010

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Story / Visual Arts, Management & Admin, Screen & Sound
Art Week Auckland showcases the city’s vibrant arts scene with 140 free events on from 13-23 October 2011.