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Arts and culture at home

Published: 17 April 2020

Auckland’s art centres, theatres and galleries may be closed during the lockdown, but you can still experience the richness of our music, exhibitions, performing arts and much more online.

Here are some exhibitions and events you can enjoy from the comfort of your lounge:

Enjoy the APO at home

Enjoy the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s musical activities from home during lockdown, including livestreamed concerts, a virtual orchestra, online activities for kids and more. 

Check out Encore Livestreams, where APO musicians and staff have selected their favourites from the livestream back catalogue to share again with audiences. 

Visit the APO website for more

Enjoy free music streaming

Sit back, relax and listen to a comprehensive collection of classical, jazz, world, and folk music through Auckland Council Libraries’ niche streaming platform, Naxos Music Library.

Browse a wide selection of tracks and albums that you can stream for free.

If you have an ear for classical music, or want to learn more about the richness of Auckland Council Libraries’ Heritage Concerts, tune into the Top of the Pops Heritage Concert Selection on the Auckland Council Libraries’ podcast channel.

This selection of popular tracks from previous Heritage Concert events (currently on hold due to closure of libraries for COVID-19) was curated by music librarian Marilyn Portman.

Auckland Art Gallery

Auckland Art Gallery has a number of talks, e-publications and collections to explore and enjoy at home.

Listen to talks, interviews and other clips available on their YouTube channel.

You’ll also find lots to connect with at the Auckland Art Gallery website.

Whakamīharo Lindauer Online

Explore the fascinating history of Gottfried Lindauer’s celebrated portraits of 19th-century Māori leaders: men and women who continue to inspire today.

Listen to interviews with descendants and look in detail at the portraits gathered on this website from public collections.

Auckland Live – Live Online

Auckland Live is bringing performance from the stage to your home. Stay connected with your favourite artists, performing arts companies, comedians and entertainers from the comfort of your couch until they can return to the stages!

Enjoy weekly livestreams, online concerts, beautiful art, fun activities for your tamariki, and much more as we keep you up to date and give you your virtual event fix during #StayHomeNZ

Take a look at the Auckland Live website for more.

Virtual Art Galleries in Auckland

Visit your local Auckland Council art gallery from the comfort of home. See works by talented local artists and experience these exhibitions online.

Explore Māngere Arts Centre - Ngā Tohu o Uenuku in 360-degrees with work featuring Kenese, by Gary Silipa, exploring faith, culture, identity and current social issues.

Also at Māngere Arts Centre - Ngā Tohu o Uenuku, Maiangi Waitai’s exhibition, Ātea-ā-rangi – Interstellar, is a playful reimagination of te ao Māori oral histories about the stars.

RE: NOSTALGIA_ULTRA at Fresh Gallery Ōtara, by artist collective DA-KU SET, to see past and present worlds collide in this homage to Māori and Pacific peoples (and on a personal note – their dads).

The Complete Frances Hodgkins Collection

An innovative and searchable website documents all known artworks by New Zealand’s leading expatriate modernist artist, Frances Hodgkins, with more than 1200 paintings, watercolours and drawings, as well as photographs, letters and other ephemera.

See more here

The Estuary Art and Ecology Prize

Submissions are open for the 2020 Estuary Art and Ecology Prize, now in its 14th year, with a collective prize value of $8300. The prize is one of New Zealand's only contemporary art prizes focussed on ecology.

Entries close on Sunday 31 May 2020.

Also open for submissions are the Estuary Youth Art and Ecology Prize and the Lockdown Heroes Prize for younger creatives.

Read this story on OurAuckland for more

Satellites Advent Calendar

Each day, Satellites profiles a different artist and an activity that you can do at home inspired by that artist’s work.

Featured artists so far have included author and architectural designer Sharon Lam, jewellery artist Cindy Tan and playwright, theatre-maker and poet Nathan Joe.

Running until the end of April, new artists are revealed daily.

See Instagram for more.


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