Overview and policies

Heralded in 1888 as 'the first permanent Art Gallery in the Dominion', Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki remains the largest art institution in New Zealand, with a collection numbering over 15,000 works.

Giovanni Pirenesi


These include major holdings of New Zealand historic, modern and contemporary art, and outstanding works by Māori and Pacific artists, as well as European painting, sculpture and print collections ranging in date from 1376 to the present day.

Auckland Art Gallery continues to actively acquire works across all collection areas. Acquisition funding comes from Auckland Council, as well as from a significant number of private donations. Works also enter the Collection through gift, bequest or long loan. Read an online article by Senior Curator, Mackelvie Collection, International Art, Mary Kisler about two major gifts that started the Gallery's Collection.

The Auckland Art Gallery supports the exhibition programmes of other public art galleries and museums throughout New Zealand and overseas by making its collection available for loan. Our loans policy is available to view or download here.



The Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is grateful to all the artists and copyright holders who have given their permission for images to appear on this website. None of the content on this site may be reproduced, transmitted or copied without our permission except for the purposes of private study and research, criticism and review, or education consistent with the provisions of Sections 40 to 44 of the New Zealand Copyright Act, 1994. Contravention is an infringement of the Act. Refer to our Photography and copyright policy and to Reproductions for details about publishing images from our collection.



The Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is grateful to all the descendants who have given permission for images of their ancestors to appear on this website. These images have special significance for Māori and we ask users to treat these images, and other portraits, with respect. Please view and store these images in study areas only. The presence of food and drink or display in inappropriate ways will denigrate their spiritual significance.

Image credit:
Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Vestibolo d'antico tempio... (Vestibule of an ancient temple), circa 1743, etching, Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982

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