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.  

View photos from our Frances Hodgkins Members Late Night with Karen Walker in June 2019.

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.

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.

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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Behind the Scenes: Conservation Tour at Auckland Art Gallery
Behind the Scenes: Conservation Tour at Auckland Art Gallery

10.30am–12.00pm & 1.00pm–2.30pm

$50 Non–Members, $40 AAG Members Book now

Join us for a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes at the Gallery and visit the painting and paper conservation studios. More than just a tour, you will meet the conservators and see some of their current projects.

Behind the Scenes: Conservation Tour at Auckland Art Gallery

10.30am–12.00pm & 1.00pm–2.30pm

$50 Non–Members, $40 AAG Members Book now

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Floral Embroidery Workshop with Fleur Woods
Floral Embroidery Workshop with Fleur Woods

10.30am–4.30pm

$195 Members / $245 non-Members (includes a one-year Membership) Book now

Floral Embroidery Workshop with Fleur Woods

10.30am–4.30pm

$195 Members / $245 non-Members (includes a one-year Membership) Book now

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NZ Bush Embroidery Workshop with Fleur Woods
NZ Bush Embroidery Workshop with Fleur Woods

10.30am–4.30pm

$195 Members $245 non-Members (includes a one-year Membership) Book now

NZ Bush Embroidery Workshop with Fleur Woods

10.30am–4.30pm

$195 Members $245 non-Members (includes a one-year Membership) Book now

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Members Preview: Denmark Design
Members Preview: Denmark Design

12–4pm

FREE (Members only)

Members Preview: Denmark Design

12–4pm

FREE (Members only)

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Lecture series Colin McCahon: Peter Simpson
Lecture series Colin McCahon: Peter Simpson

10.30am–12.30pm

$37 for Members and $47 for non-Members. Book now

Lecture series Colin McCahon: Peter Simpson

10.30am–12.30pm

$37 for Members and $47 for non-Members. Book now

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Flower Workshop: Long-lasting Christmas wreath
Flower Workshop: Long-lasting Christmas wreath

10.30am–12.30pm

$185 Members, $235 non-Members (includes a one-year Membership), sign up for all three workshops and save $55 Book now

Flower Workshop: Long-lasting Christmas wreath

10.30am–12.30pm

$185 Members, $235 non-Members (includes a one-year Membership), sign up for all three workshops and save $55 Book now

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Lecture series Colin McCahon: Ron Brownson
Lecture series Colin McCahon: Ron Brownson

10.30am–12.30pm

$37 for Members and $47 for non-Members. Book now

Lecture series Colin McCahon: Ron Brownson

10.30am–12.30pm

$37 for Members and $47 for non-Members. Book now

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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

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

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 Rag Rug Workshop with Vita Cochran
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.

Rag Rug Workshop with Vita Cochran

10.30am–3pm

$150 for Members, $200 for Non Members 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

…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