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.

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. 

We’ve joined forces with Rialto Cinemas Newmarket to present a series of advance screenings of new films about art, architecture or design. Screenings are introduced by a curator or other expert on the film’s topic and your ticket includes a glass of wine and a goodie bag. Tickets sold through Rialto Cinemas.

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 artist Judy Darragh, writer Courtney Sina Meredith and theatre maker Julia Croft. View photos of She Claims: Art Matters #3 with Julia Croft and Rosabel Tan.

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

This way-finding tour will introduce you to the Gallery’s layout and key sites of our award-winning building.

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 ways to make your treasured textile pieces last longer and take photographs like a pro.

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.

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.

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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Preview: Walters Prize 2018
Preview: Walters Prize 2018

12–4pm

Members-only

Be one of the first people to enjoy The Walters Prize 2018 before it opens to the public. 

Preview: Walters Prize 2018

12–4pm

Members-only

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Curator's talk: Natasha Conland on The Walters Prize 2018
Curator's talk: Natasha Conland on The Walters Prize 2018

2pm

Members-only

As part of the Preview day for The Walters Prize 2018, coordinating curator Natasha Conland presents a special talk for Gallery Members in the auditorium on this year's nominated artworks.

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Fragrance Design: The Four Seasons – Winter
Fragrance Design: The Four Seasons – Winter

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 – Winter

10.30am–12.30pm

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

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She Claims: Art Matters #6 – Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet and Angela Lassig
She Claims: Art Matters #6 – Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet and Angela Lassig

5.30–7.30pm

Members $25, non-Members $75 Book now

Join us at She Claims: Art Matters, a series of events where you’ll rub elbows with creatives and critics while celebrating the ideas, voices and power of creative women. In session five of this series visual artist Ruth Buchanan will talk with curator Natasha Conland about her creative practice, drive, culture and the key topics in her work she cares deeply about.

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Artist talk: Richard Killeen on Gordon Walters
Artist talk: Richard Killeen on Gordon Walters

10.30am–12pm

$35 for Members, $85 for non-Members Buy tickets

Join us on for an exclusive talk between Curator, New Zealand Art Julia Waite and artist Richard Killeen in the beautiful Members Lounge overlooking Albert Park.

Artist talk: Richard Killeen on Gordon Walters

10.30am–12pm

$35 for Members, $85 for non-Members Buy tickets

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Embellishing the Flaw with Fraser Crowe
Embellishing the Flaw with Fraser Crowe

1–4pm

$95 Members, $145 non-Members (includes annual membership) Book now

Stitching is storytelling and mending matters! Do you have a special garment or textile item that has worn away, is stained, or needs some attention? Do you want to explore textiles and clothing as carriers of ideas, culture and personal history, and be part of an informal ‘bigger picture’ discussion about sustainability in relationship to design and cultural artefacts?

 

Embellishing the Flaw with Fraser Crowe

1–4pm

$95 Members, $145 non-Members (includes annual membership) Book now

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Photography workshop with Simon Devitt
Photography workshop with Simon Devitt

11am–3.30pm

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

Boost your skills at using photography as a storytelling medium and rediscover ways to share your images with the world in ways beyond our digital devices. Through exercises carefully curated by photographer and award-winning publisher Simon Devitt you will gain new perspectives and make a start on creating or further developing your own visual language.

Photography workshop with Simon Devitt

11am–3.30pm

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

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Strike a Pose fashion films: The First Monday in May
Strike a Pose fashion films: The First Monday in May

3–5pm

$10, Members and Members guests only. Buy tickets

A robe can be an artist’s muse, and intricately designed and beautifully made garments are works of art in their own right. We showcase the art of fashion with a new series of films about the fascinating fashion industry introduced by fashion expert Angela Lassig, who will put modern-day haute couture and street apparel in historic perspective.

Strike a Pose fashion films: The First Monday in May

3–5pm

$10, Members and Members guests only. Buy tickets

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Behind the scenes: Conservation
Behind the scenes: Conservation

10.30–12pm

$30 Members, $40 non-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

10.30–12pm

$30 Members, $40 non-Members Book now

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Behind the scenes: Conservation
Behind the scenes: Conservation

1–2.30pm

$30 Members, $40 non-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

1–2.30pm

$30 Members, $40 non-Members Book now

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Dame Jenny Gibbs and Gordon Walters – a private collection
Dame Jenny Gibbs and Gordon Walters – a private collection

6.30–8.30pm

$145 Members, $195 non-Members (includes annual membership)

Join us for an exclusive visit to the private art collection and residence of one of New Zealand’s most important art advocates, Dame Jenny Gibbs. 

 

Dame Jenny Gibbs and Gordon Walters – a private collection

6.30–8.30pm

$145 Members, $195 non-Members (includes annual membership)

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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

…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