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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Art Lovers' Films: The Price of Everything
Art Lovers' Films: The Price of Everything

6pm

Members $26, General admission $28 Buy tickets

Art Lovers’ Film presents The Price of Everything (2018), a funny, insightful and at times jaw-dropping documentary about the current contemporary art market

Art Lovers' Films: The Price of Everything

6pm

Members $26, General admission $28 Buy tickets

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Curator and artist talk: Pacific Sisters: He Toa Tāera | Fashion Activists
Curator and artist talk: Pacific Sisters: He Toa Tāera | Fashion Activists

12 – 1pm

FREE (Members only)

Artist and Pacific Sisters’ member Feeonaa Wall will join forces with Senior Curator, NZ and Pacific Art, Ron Brownson, to give an illustrated talk on Pacific Sisters: He Toa Tāera | Fashion Activists, prior to the Members Preview of the exhibition. 

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Members Preview Pacific Sisters: He Toa Tāera | Fashion Activists
Members Preview Pacific Sisters: He Toa Tāera | Fashion Activists

1–4pm

FREE Members-only; Booking not required

Be one of the first people to enjoy Manifesto. This immersive 13-screen film installation by German artist and filmmaker Julian Rosefeldt pays homage to the moving tradition and literary beauty of artist manifestos, ultimately questioning the role of the artist in society today.

Members Preview Pacific Sisters: He Toa Tāera | Fashion Activists

1–4pm

FREE Members-only; Booking not required

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My Art Collector Series: Collecting Art – An Insider’s View
My Art Collector Series: Collecting Art – An Insider’s View

5.45–7pm

FREE Members-only

Associate Professor Linda Tyler chairs a panel of art pundits, who will give you an insider’s view to collecting art.

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My Art Collectors Series: K Road and Arch Hill Gallery Tour 1
My Art Collectors Series: K Road and Arch Hill Gallery Tour 1

11.30–1pm

Members $10, non-Members $60 (incl one-year membership) Buy tickets

Join art writer and curator Francis McWhannell as he takes you on a guided tour of his selection of dealer galleries around Karangahape Road and Arch Hill. 

My Art Collectors Series: K Road and Arch Hill Gallery Tour 1

11.30–1pm

Members $10, non-Members $60 (incl one-year membership) Buy tickets

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My Art Collectors Series: K Road and Arch Hill Gallery Tour 2
My Art Collectors Series: K Road and Arch Hill Gallery Tour 2

11.30–1pm

Members $10, non-Members $60 (incl one-year membership) Buy tickets

Join art writer and curator Francis McWhannell as he takes you on a guided tour of his selection of dealer galleries around Karangahape Road and Arch Hill. 

My Art Collectors Series: K Road and Arch Hill Gallery Tour 2

11.30–1pm

Members $10, non-Members $60 (incl one-year membership) Buy tickets

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March Photography workshop with Simon Devitt
March Photography workshop with Simon Devitt

11am–3.30pm

$150 for Members, $200 non-Members Book now

Photographer, lecturer and award-winning publisher Simon Devitt is back with his half-day workshop.

March Photography workshop with Simon Devitt

11am–3.30pm

$150 for Members, $200 non-Members Book now

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Native & Wild perfume-making
Native & Wild perfume-making

10.30am – 1.30pm

$225 Members, $275 non-Members Book now

Discover native and wild scents iconic to Australasia in this solid perfume-making workshop hosted by Perfume Playground.

Native & Wild perfume-making

10.30am – 1.30pm

$225 Members, $275 non-Members Book now

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My Art Collectors Series: K Road and Arch Hill Gallery Tour 3
My Art Collectors Series: K Road and Arch Hill Gallery Tour 3

11.30–1pm

Members $10, non-Members $60 (incl one-year membership) Buy tickets

Join art writer and curator Francis McWhannell as he takes you on a guided tour of his selection of dealer galleries around Karangahape Road and Arch Hill. 

My Art Collectors Series: K Road and Arch Hill Gallery Tour 3

11.30–1pm

Members $10, non-Members $60 (incl one-year membership) Buy tickets

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My Art Collector Series: Caring for Your Collection
My Art Collector Series: Caring for Your Collection

5.45–7pm

FREE Members-only

Preventive conservation isn't just for museums – it’s for all collectors.

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

2.30–5pm

$295 for Members; $345 for non-Members (incl one year membership) Buy tickets

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

2.30–5pm

$295 for Members; $345 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

…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