Told through the agency of more than 300 works of art, and with strong emphasis on living artists, Art Toi tells New Zealand art stories, documents their place, and plots their trajectory in out historical and contemporary lives. It reaches back to the 17th century to include work made at the moment of first contact between Māori and European explorers, adventurers and whalers, and projects forward into the early 21st century to provide a sweeping account of Auckland Art Gallery's New Zealand holdings.