We offer a range of services and expert advice – read on for more on the ways in which we can help. Where we're unable to assist, we've suggestions to ensure you find the support you need.
Our expert team based in the E H McCormick Research Library Whare Pukapuka Rangahau assists with research into the visual arts. Contact them for fast and professional support with your hobby or professional studies.
Our conservators are available by prior arrangement to undertake conservation treatments, research and consultations for works on paper, photographs and paintings.
We are unable to offer this service, but suggest you contact a reputable framer for best results.
We don’t comment on an artwork’s technique and/or medium unless this falls within the research of our Conservation Research Centre. This research includes investigations into the works of significant New Zealand artists, such as Frances Hodgkins, Gottfried Lindauer and Colin McCahon. For this reason, we ask that you don’t bring artwork into the Gallery without making a prior arrangement with us.
Offers of works for gift/sale/loan
Gifts and bequests are actively encouraged, so we have a process through which we consider the appropriateness of artworks for our collection. Generally, we purchase works from art dealers, established artists or collectors.
If you would like to make an enquiry about the gift, sale or loan of an artwork to the Gallery, please write to:
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
PO Box 5449
It’s important you include the following details in your correspondence:
- name of the artist
- details about the work
- date (if dated)
- medium (eg oil paint, watercolour, chalk)
- support (eg canvas, board, paper)
- measurements (height before width)
- a good-quality photograph of the work
Please don’t bring an artwork into the Gallery without making a prior arrangement with us.
The E H McCormick Research Library provides access to extensive research collections on visual art, specialising in New Zealand art. The Library is open to all, Wednesday–Saturday 1–5pm, with no appointment necessary.
Our collection numbers more than 17,000 artworks. It includes major holdings of New Zealand historic, modern and contemporary art; outstanding works by Māori and Pacific Island artists; and international paintings, sculptures and prints ranging in date from the 11th century to today.
Due to the size of our collection, we can’t permanently display all artworks within the Gallery – but you can explore the entire collection online.
Valuations and attributions
We're unable to provide you with valuations of artworks or with attributions (identifying the artist responsible for a work) – for these, please contact a reputable dealer or auction house. Within Auckland we can recommend (listed in alphabetical order): Art+Object, Cordy’s, Dunbar Sloane, Gow Langsford Gallery, International Art Centre or Webb’s.