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Get set for Artweek

Published: 26 September 2018
  • The city centre art walk. Photo by Sacha Stejko
  • Electric Night K’Road, Photo Dyego Cortinas
  • An art-themed cycle tour through Ponsonby
  • Look tour K'Road with Lyn Dallison

Art-lovers can celebrate the work of more than 1000 artists at more than 100 locations as part of Artweek 2018 from 6-14 October.

Almost all the events are in, or within easy reach of, the city centre.

Waitematā Local Board, Heart of the City, Auckland Council and Foundation North are Artweek’s major partners, while the K Road, Parnell, Newmarket and Ponsonby business associations are precinct sponsors hosting extensive events.

The week-long festival celebrates the visual arts with activations all over the city at galleries, public and private spaces, and with pop-ups and street art.

Staged by the VA Auckland Charitable Trust, Artweek creates opportunities for artists and encourages public engagement with the arts community.

“Artweek activities in the city showcase the huge contribution visual artists, galleries and supporting industries make to the central city economy, employment and community life,” Waitematā Local Board arts portfolio lead Richard Northey says.

“In spite of disruption caused by construction projects our visual artists and galleries have continued to be amazingly creative, innovative, diverse and successful.

“All Aucklanders should take the opportunity Artweek represents to come to the central city, K Road, Ponsonby, Arch Hill, Parnell and Newmarket to enjoy, appreciate and be challenged by the works and activities our artists have to offer.”

Unlocked Collections, Behind the scenes: Conservation Tour at Auckland Art Gallery

In the city centre events range from viewings of collections held by the ANZ and Chapman Tripp to behind-the-scenes looks at conservation work at the Auckland Art Gallery, art walks taking in parks, on the waterfront and in the streets, and touring the best the festival has to offer by e-bike.

The board-supported Studio One Toi Tū plays a key role in Ponsonby’s offering, which also includes Ponsonby on a Plate - artist Helen Perret painting dogs on 100 plates that will be gifted to diners at three different cafes.

If pottery is more your thing, buy an Auckland Potters Studio mug at Allpress Coffee and they’ll fill it for free.

Historian and art buff Edward Bennett is also hosting walks taking in Ponsonby, St Marys Bay and the Wynyard Quarter.

Things are always eclectic on K Road and they’ll be electric too during Artweek, with galleries opening late on 11 October, self-guided tours, and the chance to hang out with established stars Alice Tyler, Francis McWhannell and Emil McAvoy.

City Art Walk. Photo Sacha Stejko

Artspace is offering an exhibition featuring all new artists, and there’s even something for book-lovers, with The Spring Art Book Fair at Strange Haven.

Arch Hill is in on the act with Mark Adams and Areta Wilkinson’s Repatriation. Toi Ora has poetry from emerging artists and printmaking and creative writing workshops. Fox Jensen McCrory has Portrait Without a Face featuring Sam Adamson, Geoff Thornley and Caera Metlikovec among others, while Orexart has Tony Lane, who will also host an artist’s talk.

Parnell has long been recognised as an arts centre, and its possible to view everything from the historic portraiture of Gottfried Lindauer, the Reverend John Kinder and John Hoyte at Kinder House, to contemporary offerings at the area’s galleries. Parnell also plays host to a showcase of established and upcoming Japanese artists by Haru No Kawa, and fashion collaborator Noriko Collins giving a talk on recycling kimono fabric in contemporary fashion.

Just up the road in Newmarket, join an Art Explore tour, take a drawing lesson at Highwic House, or get the kids involved at a drawing workshop with Stephen Ellis, who creates large-scale drawings using only a ballpoint pen.

The area’s galleries are also involved, with Rieko Woodford-Robinson on show at Warwick Henderson, Job Klijn at Exhibitions Gallery, Maggie McGregor’s Looking for Humpty Dumpty at Railway Street Studios, and Ellis and Karen Taylor both featuring at Sanderson Contemporary.

Bookings are essential for many of the offerings, visit for more information and a full programme of events across the city.