A key benefit of Gallery membership is that you’re invited to all our exclusive gatherings.

Whether you are interested in learning more about art history, want to have fun and get creative, love to be surprised by unexpected artistic cross-overs, have a hankering to visit the Gallery after dark or a desire to discover stories behind our key artworks, we have something for everyone!

On this page you find an overview of the type of Members events we are currently running. Scroll down to discover what’s on in the coming months – or look out for your Members enewsletter for updates.

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Be among the first to see the Gallery’s major new exhibitions at our Members Preview Days. Walk through the shows before they open to the public and enjoy a talk by one of our experts.

Save the date! Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys Members Preview Friday 3 May 2019

Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys is the result of an almost decade-long research project that saw exhibition curator and Auckland Art Gallery Senior Curator, International Art, Mary Kisler retracing Hodgkins’ extensive journeys throughout Europe. It is the culmination of a significant international project to bring together artworks from New Zealand and around the globe to explore the artist’s place in 20th-century art. The exhibition traces Frances Hodgkins’ creative and peripatetic life through France, Morocco and Spain to her final days in England, examining the influence of location on her development as a modernist painter and the notion of travel and journeying as a source of artistic inspiration. It includes more than 150 artworks produced between 1901 and 1946: from early watercolour travel sketches of the French Riviera, Morocco and Venice, through to her first contact with modernism in Paris, and oil paintings from her later life in Britain.

Gain after-hours access to the Gallery during our exclusive Members Late Nights. See the latest exhibition, grab a drink and a bite to eat, enjoy special performances, listen to fascinating talks and receive an extra discount in the Gallery shop.  

View photos from our Manifesto X Kusama Members Late Night in March 2018. 

Collectors drive the art world, but what drives art collectors?  There are so many different ways to collect, and collecting is something personal. The My Art Collectors Series celebrates collecting art and creates a platform to hear from collectors, curators and artists with the aim of inspiring the art lovers and collectors of today and tomorrow.  

Listen to a recent RNZ interview with Lynn Freeman as she talks about collecting art with Sue Gardiner and Sonja Hawkins. Sue is a co-Director of the Chartwell Collection and Trustee of the Chartwell Trust, an independent body whose collection of more than 1,600 works of New Zealand, Australian and international contemporary art has been acquired over 40 years. Sonja is an avid collector and a founding partner of My Art.

We’ve joined forces with Rialto Cinemas Newmarket to present a series of advance screenings of new films about art, architecture or design. Tickets include a glass of wine and goodie bag.

Expand your knowledge on historic, modern and contemporary art with our lecture series, developed in conjunction with The University of Auckland Public Programmes. Curators and scholars take you on explorative journeys through the rich content of artworks on display or the major art movements of past and present.

Top-notch creatives teach you new skills in hands-on workshops hosted at the Gallery. Learn how to make your own signature perfume, discover floral embroidery with Fleur Woods or join photographer, lecturer and award-winning publisher Simon Devitt to discover new perspectives and further develop your own visual language. Upcoming workshops are listed on our website and announced through our Members enewsletter. 

For Members we regularly host exclusive talks by Auckland Art Gallery’s curators about new exhibitions, prominent artists and showcased artworks. For upcoming talks, please refer to your Members enewsletter.

On the first Tuesday of every month, one of our curators unravels the stories behind a single iconic artwork currently on display at the Gallery. For upcoming talks, please refer to your Members enewsletter.

This way-finding tour will introduce you to the Gallery’s layout and key sites of our award-winning building. Tour dates and times are announced through the Members enewsletter.

This series of films showcases the ongoing love affair between art and fashion. Fashion expert Angela Lassig puts modern-day haute couture and street apparel into historical perspective in her introductory talk to each screening.

Do you have a great idea for a new event? We are open to suggestions and happy to connect with you. Send us an email  to start the conversation.

Upcoming Members events

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My Art Collector Series: Auckland Art Fair VIP visit
My Art Collector Series: Auckland Art Fair VIP visit

2–4.30pm

$245 for Members; $295 for non-Members (incl one year membership) Buy tickets

Want to know what’s hot in contemporary art right now? Join us for a bespoke, curated visit to the Auckland Art Fair on the VIP Preview day

My Art Collector Series: Auckland Art Fair VIP visit

2–4.30pm

$245 for Members; $295 for non-Members (incl one year membership) Buy tickets

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University Lecture Series Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys
University Lecture Series Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys

10.30am–12.30pm

$150 Members, $190 non-Members Book now

Gain unique insight to the work and life of trailblazing New Zealand artist Frances Hodgkins through this three-week lecture series presented in partnership with the University of Auckland.

University Lecture Series Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys

10.30am–12.30pm

$150 Members, $190 non-Members Book now

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Strike a Pose #4: Dior and I
Strike a Pose #4: Dior and I

3–5pm

$12.50 Members and Members guests*, $25 non-Members, *In combination with a valid guest pass only Buy tickets

Join us for a series of film screenings about the fascinating fashion industry introduced by fashion expert Angela Lassig, who puts modern-day haute couture and street apparel into historic perspective.

Strike a Pose #4: Dior and I

3–5pm

$12.50 Members and Members guests*, $25 non-Members, *In combination with a valid guest pass only Buy tickets

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Strike a Pose #5: Iris
Strike a Pose #5: Iris

3–5pm

$12.50 Members and Members guests*, $25 non-Members, *In combination with a valid guest pass only Buy tickets

Join us for a series of film screenings about the fascinating fashion industry introduced by fashion expert Angela Lassig, who puts modern-day haute couture and street apparel into historic perspective.

Strike a Pose #5: Iris

3–5pm

$12.50 Members and Members guests*, $25 non-Members, *In combination with a valid guest pass only Buy tickets

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Strike a Pose #6: McQueen
Strike a Pose #6: McQueen

3–5pm

$12.50 Members and Members guests*, $25 non-Members, *In combination with a valid guest pass only Buy tickets

Join us for a series of film screenings about the fascinating fashion industry introduced by fashion expert Angela Lassig, who puts modern-day haute couture and street apparel into historic perspective.

Strike a Pose #6: McQueen

3–5pm

$12.50 Members and Members guests*, $25 non-Members, *In combination with a valid guest pass only Buy tickets

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Finding Frances Hodgkins Travelogue
Finding Frances Hodgkins Travelogue

6–7.30pm

$5 Members and Members guests*, $10 non-Members, *In combination with a valid guest pass only Buy tickets

Curator Mary Kisler will give an exciting, personal talk about her engaging new book, Finding Frances Hodgkins. 

Finding Frances Hodgkins Travelogue

6–7.30pm

$5 Members and Members guests*, $10 non-Members, *In combination with a valid guest pass only Buy tickets

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Frances Hodgkins Members Late Night with Karen Walker
Frances Hodgkins Members Late Night with Karen Walker

7–10pm

$35 Members and Members guests*, $85 non-Members, *In combination with a valid guest pass only Buy tickets

Join special guest Karen Walker and curator Mary Kisler as they explore Frances Hodgkins’ adventurous spirit, sense of style and fashion-focused paintings. Discover how this 20th-century fashionista inspired Walker’s range of highly collectable travel accessories. View the exhibition after hours, and enjoy music and refreshments.

Frances Hodgkins Members Late Night with Karen Walker

7–10pm

$35 Members and Members guests*, $85 non-Members, *In combination with a valid guest pass only Buy tickets

…thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating. Mary’s extensive knowledge (and sense of humour) made the exhibition so exciting!

Participant comments on Senior Curator Mary Kisler and The Corsini Collection Continuing Education lecture series