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Arts & Museums
Highwic is one of the finest examples of a Gothic Revival home to be found anywhere. Begun in 1862 by Alfred Buckland, a successful local merchant, Highwic features vertical boarding, a slate roof, gingerbread trim, original and contemporary furnishings and extensively landscaped grounds. Watch for special programs including chamber music and receptions. Operated by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, Highwic is also available for hire for cocktail, dinner, garden parties and weddings.
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.
This gallery provides a comprehensive selection of New Zealand and international paintings, prints and sculpture. With up to 20 exhibitions each year, and a continuously rotating stock collection within the generous 3,000 foot gallery space, the Studio of Contemporary art is an essential stop for anyone seriously interested in New Zealand art. Founded by Joy Tongue and built on a foundation of education and expertise, trained professionals are constantly present to consult and assist interested parties. The studio has experience in creating corporate collections. Their expertise in packaging and cartage services makes the transport of artworks overseas affordable and practical.
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".
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.
MIC Toi Rerehiko owes its name to Maori word Rorohiko which means computer or electric brain. Not surprisingly, a conscious effort is made to fuse technology with art, thus making the experience a whole lot more interactive and appealing. The center supports upcoming artists in New Zealand and Auckland by exhibiting their work in the field of visual arts, photography, digital media and even live performances. There is another branch at Galatos.
Artspace dates from 1987 and is well known in Auckland for its avant garde approach to art. At a time when opportunities to exhibit were restricted to either public or dealer galleries, Artspace allowed an alternative venue for curators and artists to explore new avenues and ideas, new ways of seeing, and new approaches. The gallery functions as a charitable trust with funding from Creative New Zealand, and has supported and promoted many emerging and experimental New Zealand artists, as well as overseas visitors.
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.
Gear up to watch beautiful contemporary art works on display at this state-of-the-art museum in downtown Auckland. Located on Karangahape Road, the Starkwhite gallery invites international artists to exhibit their artworks and also participate in exchange of ideas. Stunning, enigmatic kinetic light sculptures of created by virtual artist Ross Manning, Seung Yul Oh's surreal artworks and Layla Rudneva-Mackay's fine art paintings are few of the exhibitions that have featured here in the past. Although there is no dearth of art galleries in Auckland, the Starkwhite stands out for the innovative artworks that are on display.