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.

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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.

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.  

Don’t miss our Denmark Design Late Night on Wed 20 Nov, with a panel discussion between design experts and makers Rufus Knight, Jon Rennie, Justine Olsen and Jeremy Hansen. 

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. 

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. 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.

Sign up now for our one-day Denmark Design seminar, where Associate Professor Linda Tyler and ‘design encyclopaedia’ Caroline Montague dive deep into the history, heyday and highlights of Danish Design. 

Top-notch creatives teach you new skills in hands-on workshops hosted at the Gallery. Let artist Vita Cochran teach you how to make a hooked rag rug inspired by Louise Henderson, come to the Warren for a day of woodworking and design or create your own signature perfume with Perfume Playground. Upcoming workshops are listed on our website and announced through our Members e-newsletter. 

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.

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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 Illustrated talk: McCahon Country by Justin Paton
Illustrated talk: McCahon Country by Justin Paton

2–3pm

FREE for Members, $10 Non Members Book now

Let celebrated writer and curator Justin Paton take you on a visual journey through the landscape of Aotearoa New Zealand, as Colin McCahon loved and painted it. With this talk, we celebrate Paton’s landmark new book McCahon Country, published in association with Penguin Random House on the 100th anniversary of McCahon's birth.

Illustrated talk: McCahon Country by Justin Paton

2–3pm

FREE for Members, $10 Non Members Book now

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 SOLD OUT Rag Rug Workshop with Vita Cochran
SOLD OUT Rag Rug Workshop with Vita Cochran

10.30am–3pm

$150 for Members, $200 for Non Members Book now

At this workshop, artist and maker Vita Cochran will respond to the exhibition Louise Henderson: From Lifeby teaching you how to make a hooked rug from old woollen garments and fabric. Curator, New Zealand Art, Julia Waite will introduce the workshop with a talk on Louise Henderson’s colourful, boldly geometric works and love for crafts and textiles.

SOLD OUT Rag Rug Workshop with Vita Cochran

10.30am–3pm

$150 for Members, $200 for Non Members Book now

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Denmark Design Members Late Night
Denmark Design Members Late Night

6.30–9.30pm

Members $35, non-Members $85 (includes a one-year membership) Book now

At this Members Late Night, journalist and design-enthusiast Jeremy Hansen will talk with design curator Justine Olsen, interior designer Rufus Knight and architect Jon Rennie about how Scandinavian design aesthetics and principles continue to influence Aotearoa New Zealand today.

Denmark Design Members Late Night

6.30–9.30pm

Members $35, non-Members $85 (includes a one-year membership) Book now

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Wood Workshop at The Warren
Wood Workshop at The Warren

10am–4pm

Members $140, Standard $190 Book now

Follow in the footsteps of Danish designers, and create a contemporary wooden coat hook at community workshop The Warren. Before you step behind the workbench, Assistant Curator, Emma Jameson will give an introduction on Scandinavian design vernacular, and furniture designer Nathan Goldsworthy will show us around his studio

Wood Workshop at The Warren

10am–4pm

Members $140, Standard $190 Book now

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Native & Wild Perfume Design Workshop
Native & Wild Perfume Design Workshop

10.30am–1.30pm

$225 Members $275 non-Members Book now

Native & Wild Perfume Design Workshop

10.30am–1.30pm

$225 Members $275 non-Members Book now

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NZTrio: Tectonic Uprising
NZTrio: Tectonic Uprising

6–8pm

$50 + fees General Admission, $40 + fees AAG Members, $25 +fees Concession (Students with ID.) Book now

Join NZTrio at the Gallery for a live evening performance of TECTONIC UPRISING .

NZTrio: Tectonic Uprising

6–8pm

$50 + fees General Admission, $40 + fees AAG Members, $25 +fees Concession (Students with ID.) Book now

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Denmark Design Seminar
Denmark Design Seminar

10.30am–3.30pm

$75 Members early bird*, $85 Members standard, $135 Non-Members* Book now

Associate Professor Linda Tyler and ‘design encyclopaedia’ Caroline Montague dive deep into the history, heyday and highlights of Danish Design in this one-day Denmark Design seminar, with four 50-minute lectures on: 

1.            The First Danish Design Companies with an international reputation
2.            From Classicism to Functionalism
3.            Organic Modernism: Danish Design Goes International
4.            Danish Design in the Postmodern era and Our Time

Denmark Design Seminar

10.30am–3.30pm

$75 Members early bird*, $85 Members standard, $135 Non-Members* 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