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, download our latest Members brochure – or look out for your Members e-newsletter for updates.
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.
Members Late Nights
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 Frances Hodgkins Members Late Night with Karen Walker in June 2019.
My Art Collectors series
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.
As part of the same series, Lynn Freeman spoke to Auckland Art Gallery's Painting Conservator Ingrid Ford and Paper Conservator Camilla Baskcomb about “Maintaining your Art-work”. If you’re interested in collecting art or want to know more about how to look after your collection tune into this RNZ interview.
Art Lovers’ Film series
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.
Academic lecture series
Expand your knowledge on historic, modern and contemporary art with our lecture series. 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.
You can now sign up for the series Colin McCahon: Artist, Curator, Spouse, with lectures by Finn McCahon-Jones, Alexa Johnston and Annette McKone, Linda Tyler, Peter Simpson and Ron Brownson.
Top-notch creatives teach you new skills in hands-on workshops hosted at the Gallery. Create flower arrangements with Scarecrow, join photographer and award-winning publisher Simon Devitt to discover new perspectives through your lens, learn the art of NZ bush embroidery with Fleur Woods or create your own signature perfume with Perfume Playground. 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.
New Members welcome tours
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.
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
Guest Lecture: Jane Austen – Master Paintings & Lost Books
$15 Members, $25 non-Members Book now
Photography Workshop with Simon Devitt this September
$150 for Members $200 for non-Members (includes a one-year Membership) Book now
SOLD OUT Dame Jenny Gibbs and Colin McCahon – a private collection
$145 for Members, $195 for non-Members (includes one-year membership) Book now
Lecture series Colin McCahon: Artist, Curator, Spouse
$150 for Members, $190 for non-Members (includes one-year membership) Book now
…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