Quality Hotel Parnell
20 Gladstone Road
Phone: (64) 9 3033789
Fax: (64) 9 3773309
Arts & Museums
Artis Gallery joined the Jonathan Grant Galleries in 1988 and exhibits the exciting contemporary work of leading New Zealand painters, sculptors and photographers. Some of the best regarded include Elizabeth Thomson, Don Peebles, Virginia King, Greer Twiss, Peter Waddell and numerous others. Works are of a sophisticated, intellectual, abstract or symbolic nature and are always interesting. The rug makers of Dilana workshop are also represented in the Basement of the gallery. These rugs are contemporary handcrafted textile art pieces. These superb, collectible and original works are both functional in, and complementary to, architectural interior spaces. Visits on Sundays are strictly by appointment.
Jonathan Grant Galleries were established in 1984, specializing mainly in 19th and 20th century English and continental paintings. They also deal in antipodean painting and historical New Zealand watercolors. Some more recent New Zealand artists found at Jonathan Grant include Jan Nigro (painting), Josephine Davis, Ion Brown and Ken Kendall (bronze sculpture). The Galleries also provide a specialized conservation and restoration service, valuations, an art consulting service, and they make gold-leafed frames. In 1988 the galleries were expanded to include Artists Gallery next door, specializing in contemporary New Zealand work, and Dilana Artists' Rugs, a permanent display in "the Basement".
In residence in Parnell since 1988, the Henderson Gallery has stood as a quality exhibitor and seller of fine and contemporary art. Warwick Henderson, himself an avid art collector, has overseen his establishment produce hundreds of exhibits. Visit the website and see what compelling artwork is currently on display.
The Bath Street Gallery in Parnell is a beacon for contemporary art lovers in Auckland as it showcases a plethora of artworks by local as well as international artists. The gallery was founded in 2003 and, since then, has featured stone and metal sculptures as well as fine arts paintings by renowned international artists like Rachael Dewhirst, Louise Purvis and Liu Dao. Apart from the works of established artists, the gallery also serves as a platform for young and upcoming talents from across the country to display their creations for the art admirers in Auckland.
This delightful architectural treasure in stone, dates from 1857. It was the home of the Reverend Dr. John Kinder and family and today contains two galleries of his works and memorabilia. While Kinder was a respected churchman and teacher, it is for his prolific painting and photography that he is remembered. His paintings concentrating on architecture and landscape, tell us much about early Auckland and New Zealand, as do the photographs. The house retains its original character, while the garden is beautifully maintained in old cottage style.
The steps of this museum offer splendid views over the Cenotaph forecourt to the Domain, the city and Waitemata Harbour beyond. The museum houses New Zealand's largest collection of Maori and Pacific Island taonga (treasures); fantastic interactive discovery centers for children young and old; and the Scars on the Heart exhibition of New Zealand war history. A 20-minute Maori cultural performance featuring songs, poi dances, stick games, a weaponry display and haka takes place. There is an excellent gift and book shop and a café within the building.
Under the aegis of School of Art and Design at the Auckland University of Technology, the St Paul Street Gallery serves as a platform for upcoming artists as well as established ones to display their work for the art-loving crowd of Auckland. From one-night photography shows to major exhibitions to movie screenings, all of these events are curated expertly by the experienced staff of the gallery. Many renowned artists like Anna Franceschini, Roger Ballen and Line Hoven have displayed their works at the gallery.
Located inside the neo-Romanesque building which houses The Kenneth Myers Centre, the Gus Fisher Gallery showcases a fine mix of contemporary and historic art within it's exhibition rooms. The gallery functions under the aegis of University of Auckland Centre for Art Research and participates extensively in research as well as preservation of historic art of New Zealand and Pacific. Apart from the exhibition spaces, the gallery also houses dance studios and performance hall where other events like concerts, dance shows and theater take place throughout the year.
The Gallery contains the largest and most comprehensive collection of New Zealand and international art in the country. First opened in 1888, this Victorian building is in French Chateau style. The city rotates displays of its own collections (14th Century to the present) as well as showing international exhibitions. Free guided tours are offered daily. There is also a research library, a shop and café. Call ahead or visit the website to know more.
Established in 1987, this well-known gallery deals in both contemporary New Zealand paintings and sculpture, and international works by select artists. It promotes the growth of art in the country by presenting established and new artists. In addition, a monthly exhibition contributes towards the diversity and vitality of art here. Some of those represented at Gow Langsford include Shane Cotton and Max Gimblett. Forthcoming exhibitions will include the works of Colin McCahon, Michael Parekowhai, Dale Frank, Mervyn Williams, Shane Cotton and Christopher Braddock.
A competent example of understated but refined post-modern refurbishment, the New Gallery opened in 1995 in the former city telephone exchange building. Funded by the Auckland Contemporary Art Trust, it houses the contemporary collection of the Auckland Art Gallery. Come here to be challenged with new art, different ideas, new media and a fresh approach.
This small dealer gallery is situated by the rushing waters of the Khartoum Place waterfall (in fact you enter it from Khartoum Place, off Kitchener Street). It shows a variety of interesting and innovative contemporary New Zealand and Pacific art. Oedipus Rex frequently represents emerging artists who are not well known, which lends a freshness to their exhibitions of painting and sculpture.