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.

BUY MEMBERSHIP

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 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.  

Join us for the free series launch event on Sunday 4 November.

We’ve joined forces with Rialto Cinemas Newmarket to present a series of advance screenings of new films about art, architecture or design. On Thursday 8 November we screen Kusama – Infinity, which depicts the life of the now 89 years old and world’s top-selling female artist Yayoi Kusama. Introduction by art historian Linda Tyler, 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. Top-notch creatives teach you new skills in hands-on workshops hosted at the Gallery. Learn how to make your own signature perfume, play around with contemporary hand lettering and calligraphy and create a Christmas wreath of dried flora and fauna.

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

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.

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.

At She Claims: Art Matters we celebrate the ideas and mana of creative women today. Through stirring conversation, two inspiring women with a creative practice discuss their work, culture, society or other topic they feel passionate, concerned, excited, elated or angry about. Tickets include a drink and canapés.

Past contributors include visual artists Judy Darragh, Janet Lilo and Ruth Buchanan, writer Courtney Sina Meredith, theatre maker Julia Croft and fashion designer Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet.

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

View Event
Calligraphy workshop: Experimental Alphabets
Calligraphy workshop: Experimental Alphabets

1–4pm

130 Members, $180 non-Members (includes annual membership) Book now

Join artist and calligrapher Kate Hursthouse for an afternoon spent exploring ways to create art from text. 

 

Calligraphy workshop: Experimental Alphabets

1–4pm

130 Members, $180 non-Members (includes annual membership) Book now

View Event
Strike a Pose fashion films: Dries
Strike a Pose fashion films: Dries

2.30–5pm

Members $10, Non-Members $25 Buy tickets

Dries offers an insight into the life, mind and creative heart of acclaimed Belgian master designer Dries van Noten who, for more than 25 years, has remained independent in a landscape of fashion consolidation and globalisation. 

Strike a Pose fashion films: Dries

2.30–5pm

Members $10, Non-Members $25 Buy tickets

View Event
My Art Collectors Series launch
My Art Collectors Series launch

2.30–4pm

SOLD OUT

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.  

View Event
Art Lovers' Films: Kusama – Infinity
Art Lovers' Films: Kusama – Infinity

6pm

Members $24.50, General admission $26.50 Buy tickets

Join us for an advance screening of Kusama – Infinity introduced by art historian Linda Tyler, Associate Professor in Museums and Cultural Heritage at the University of Auckland.

Art Lovers' Films: Kusama – Infinity

6pm

Members $24.50, General admission $26.50 Buy tickets

View Event
Fragrance Design: The Four Seasons – Spring
Fragrance Design: The Four Seasons – Spring

10.30am–12.30pm

All four workshops from $825, one workshop from $215 Book now

Inspired by the seasons, Perfume Playground introduces a series of four intimate perfume design workshops.

Fragrance Design: The Four Seasons – Spring

10.30am–12.30pm

All four workshops from $825, one workshop from $215 Book now

View Event
Christmas flower wreath making with The Flower Project
Christmas flower wreath making with The Flower Project

11am–1pm

$185 Members, $235 non-Members Book now

Join The Flower Project for a Christmas wreath-making workshop using dried flora and fauna that is guaranteed to last until Christmas Day.

Christmas flower wreath making with The Flower Project

11am–1pm

$185 Members, $235 non-Members Book now

View Event
Strike a Pose fashion films: Bill Cunningham New York
Strike a Pose fashion films: Bill Cunningham New York

2.30–5pm

Members $10, Non-Members $25 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 fashion films: Bill Cunningham New York

2.30–5pm

Members $10, Non-Members $25 Buy tickets

View Event
Art Lovers' Films: At Eternity’s Gate
Art Lovers' Films: At Eternity’s Gate

6pm

Members $24.50, General admission $26.50 Buy tickets

Art Lovers’ Film presents At Eternity’s Gate, a film about the life of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh (portrayed by Willem Dafoe) during the time he lived in France.

Art Lovers' Films: At Eternity’s Gate

6pm

Members $24.50, General admission $26.50 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