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Explore art in Tāmaki Makaurau this summer

Published: 16 December 2020

By exploring the stories behind Auckland's art, you’ll learn more about the creativity of our artists and discover a different way to experience the city this summer.

Visit Auckland Council’s Auckland Public Art / He Kohinga Toi website -

With more than 100 artworks online, just turn on ‘location’ (from ‘Settings’ on your mobile device). Then you can use geo-location to see artworks wherever you are, whenever you like.

Councillor Alf Filipaina, Chair of the Parks, Arts, Community and Events Committee, says Auckland Public Art / He Kohinga Toi enables Aucklanders to make the most of the region’s public art, celebrating the unique identity of Tāmaki Makaurau.

“I’m looking forward to learning more about the ideas and inspiration behind our art; the underlying thoughts of the artists,” he says.

To get started you can use a location filter when searching from the ‘Map / Mapi’ tab.

Use the magnifying glass icon to search by artist. For example, if you enter Anthony Sumich, A small house fits a hundred people you love, located at Sturges Road in Henderson will pop up.

You can also use the ‘Artist index / Rārangi ringatoi’ to see which artists are on the website, including Billy Apple, Janet Lilo, Tanja McMillan, Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi and many others.

View artworks by Māori artists by clicking on the ‘Explore | Tūhura’ tab and choose ‘Māori artists’.

To find artworks that incorporate lighting elements click on the ‘Explore | Tūhura’ tab, then choose ’Light art’ from the buttons at the top.

For the kids, click on ‘For families’ from the ‘Explore / Tūhura’ tab. There you’ll find artworks like Rainbow Machine, currently at 38 Hurstmere Road in Takapuna, as well as Hau te Kapakapa / The Flapping Wind, Sounds of Sea, Knocknock and more.

These are just some of the ways families, researchers, students, visitors to the city, art fans and artists can use the website.

Read more: Arts Summer


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