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Auckland Exhibitions

Explore current and upcoming exhibitions and events across Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland's best contemporary art galleries, institutions and non-profit art spaces.

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A melting pot of cultures, Auckland offers a rich tapestry of cultural events and contemporary art practices representing elements from New Zealand, Australia, as well as from the Pacific Islands and parts of Asia, and beyond.

A popular travel destination among the Pacific Islands, Auckland attracts thousands of travellers each year. Tourists and locals alike are drawn to the Sky Tower, Harbour Bridge, Silo Park and the city's numerous light and black sand beaches. Auckland also hosts several contemporary art fairs and events throughout the year, which showcase the country's unique blend of cultures.

Māori artwork is prominent in many contemporary art galleries in Auckland. Auckland is also home to several world-class contemporary art institutions, including Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Artspace, as well as commercial galleries, including Gow Langsford Gallery, Two Rooms and Michael Lett Galleries

Best Exhibitions to See in Auckland

Auckland hosts a number of contemporary art events each year, the Aotearoa Art Fair, which showcases contemporary art created by over 150 artists from the Pacific Rim region and beyond. Attendees can also enjoy a comprehensive line-up of art-related events, artist talks and workshops.

Auckland also hosts the Auckland Arts Festival, which celebrates performance art, visual arts and the myriad of cultures represented in New Zealand.

Whether one is visiting New Zealand or calls Auckland home, plenty of upcoming exhibitions and contemporary artevents are held throughout the city this year. Upcoming exhibitions in Auckland feature a wide range of contemporary art installations, including photography,painting, sculpture and moving image installations from local and international artists.

View the exhibition profiles to learn about Auckland's current and upcoming exhibitions in renowned contemporary artgalleries. Each profile provides information about the artist, the artworks showing and the gallery where the upcoming exhibitions will take place.

Bringing Together the Leading Art in Auckland

This year brings numerous notable upcoming exhibitions and events in the city's contemporary art spaces.

The following notable 2023 exhibitions took place in Auckland. Auckland's Starkwhite gallery hosted the work of Australian artist, Jonny Niesche in a solo exhibition entitled You say sfumato, I say sfumato. The exhibition not only celebrated Niesche's artistic talent but also encouraged viewers to re-evaluate their understanding of perception, boundaries and the interplay between light and colour. By bridging the gap between past and present, Niesche's exhibition served as a thought-provoking exploration of art's ability to transcend time and connect with audiences on a profound level.

Among other upcoming exhibitions, visitors could also discover the contemporary art exhibition entitled Tamatea - Dusky Sound 1995 on display at the Two Rooms artspace. This presentation included works from four artists who attempt to capture some of the art history in New Zealand.

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