The Gallery offers a range of visitor programmes designed to enrich your experience. Check our What's On section for current and upcoming events.


Studio workshops
Art talks
Drop-in Drawing sessions
Lecture series
Easy Listening: talks in arts and culture



Experiment with techniques and processes to create your own masterpiece inspired by artists and artworks that are currently on show.

Workshops in response to Modern Paints Aotearoa

Twenty people per session. Sundays 5 October and 16 November: 10.30am-12.30pm. $18 per session

Dilute washes and controlled drips

Taking inspiration from works in Modern Paints Aotearoa, we will explore techniques used by artists including Gretchen Albrecht and Theo Schoon. Join this fun and experimental workshop and see what you can create with diluted washes and expressive drips!

Sunday 5 October - 10.30am
$18 per session - bookings through Eventfinda

Sharp edged opaque paint - op and pop

Taking inspiration from works in Modern Paints Aotearoa, we will explore sharp-edged painting techniques used by artists including Harry Wong and Gordon Walters. Join this fun, free and experimental workshop and see what you can create with masking tape and layering.

Sunday 16 November - 10.30am
$18 per session - bookings through Eventfinda


At the conclusion of each workshop, it will be possible to enter a panel into the competition to refresh the Touch Panels in Modern Paints Aotearoa. This will be judged by the curators and designer of the exhibition, and the winning work will go on display.



Put some wow factor back into your Sunday afternoons with an engaging range of talks, demonstrations, lectures, film screenings, readings and discussions presented by a diverse range of specialist guest speakers.

Sunday afternoons at 1pm and / or 3pm
Locations vary (check What's On or at the front desk) - free



The Gallery offers a range of daily guided tours as well as self-guided trails - visit our tours page for more information.



Join us for drawing games in the Gallery spaces in this new programme designed to bring out the social side of sketching. We provide the materials, and the prompts but you provide the imagination. No previous drawing experience required!

Drop-in Drawing sessions are designed with adults in mind but all are welcome. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. See below for details of upcoming sessions.

Sundays 2-3pm
Exhibition spaces - Free


Art / design / architecture / history / politics / society / philosophy

Want to learn more about the visual arts? Enrol in one of our lecture series delivered by a range of specialist local and national guest speakers.

Each series comprises of four self-contained lectures based on the collection or special exhibitions. Details of upcoming courses will be available on this page in the near future.

Dates TBC
Auditorium - charges apply



This series is a collaboration between Artspace, Elam School of Fine Arts and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. Talks by artists, curators and commentators are free and happen on an irregular basis. They are advertised primarily by email.

Join our mailing list for notice of upcoming talks by emailing and putting 'Easy Listening' in the subject line.

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