Romancing the Collection, including Seeing Sovereignty: Tino Rangatiratanga (7 August 2021 — 31 May 2023) showcases much-loved favourites from the Gallery’s collection, alongside artworks that may have been under-loved in the past. This FREE exhibition includes Gottfried Lindauer’s Māori portraits, selected portraits in different media from different eras, Still Lifes and ‘Animalus’, and is perfect for our Primary School Foundation Programmes and our Secondary School Making Sense of Art, Verse and Vision and Bespoke Programmes, and will appeal to ākonga of social sciences, art history, history, English as well as the visual arts.


Manpower: Myths of Masculinity (Nov 2021 — 1 Oct 2023) brings into focus the many images of eroticised male bodies that have underpinned the the Gallery’s collection since its foundation in 1888. The exhibition charts changing attitudes to sexuality around the time of the artworks’ acquisitions and in the decades that followed. This FREE exhibition and the accompanying publication written by the Senior Curator, International Art, Sophie Matthiesson, and Assistant Curator, Emma Jameson, will support learning in social sciences, history, philosophy, English and the visual arts.

Image credit: John Brett, The British Channel Seen from the Dorsetshire Cliffs, 1871, Tate: Presented by Mrs Brett 1902. Photo: Tate.

Light from Tate: 1700s to Now (25 Feb 2023 — 25 Jun 2023) features more than 70 artworks in different media – including painting, photography, sculpture, installation, drawing and moving image – from the 18th century to the present day. Light has long captivated artists – spiritually, scientifically, mythologically, technically and aesthetically – and Light from Tate showcases over 200 years of experimentation and play with light by international artists including JMW Turner, John Constable, Claude Monet, Wassily Kandinsky, Bridget Riley, Josef Albers, Olafur James, Lis Rhodes, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Dan Flavin, Liliane Lijn, Tacita Dean and Pae White. This ticketed exhibition is discounted to $10 pp for booked education groups and will appeal to ākonga of science, technology and music as well as visual arts, social sciences and English. Kaiako are invited to a FREE preview of Light from Tate on Wednesday 8 March, including a talk by Senior Curator, International Art Sophie Matthieson and refreshments. Book here.


Guide Kaiārahi  (10 Jul 2021 — 31 Dec 2024) Made from hundreds of shimmering crystals, Reuben Paterson’s (Ngāti Rangitihi, Ngāi Tūhoe, Tūhourangi) ten-metre-high waka rises vertically from the Gallery’s forecourt pool. The inspiration for the crystalline sculpture originated in the well-known legend of a phantom waka that appeared at Lake Tarawera ten days before the eruption of Mt Tarawera in 1886. Hovering above the Gallery’s forecourt pool like a compass needle in vertical orientation, the magnificent waka suggests navigation to worlds beyond our own. Visiting groups will stop for a brief kōrero about Guide Kaiārahi with one of our educators before entering the Gallery.


Image credit: Suji Park, Dodo (detail). Photo by Jungwoo Lee

Suji Park: Meonji Soojibga | Dust Collector (7 July 2022 — 2 April 2023) was made especially for the North Terrace and consists of many heads based on the traditional totem poles found in South Korea across the countryside. ‘When I was travelling around visiting small villages in Korea I could find janseung (Korean totem poles), sotdae (wooden poles or stone pillars with carved birds on their top), doltap (a stone built pagoda) and sinmok (sacred trees) in the entrance way. While the origin of these structures is unknown, they are believed to bring protection,’ explains Park. This FREE exhibition is will appeal to Intermediate and Senior ākonga of Visual Arts, Social Sciences and English.  


Image credit: Fiona Connor, Wallworks (featuring Trevor Vickers, Untitled Painting 1968), installation view, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2014. Photo: Andrew Curtis.

Walls to Live Beside, Rooms to Own: The Chartwell Show (Sat 3 Sep 2022 – Sun 26 March 2023) is a response to our relationship to life at home – one that has been significantly impacted for many, if not all, of us during the global pandemic. Artists are no different, and this exhibition looks at how they have responded to the materials of home and the idea of home as a site for art. This exciting FREE contemporary art exhibition will appeal to Intermediate and Senior school ākonga of architecture, design, technologies, social sciences, art history and visual arts, and for Tertiary groups, we offer the Unravelling an Exhibition programme focused on this exhibition.


Image credit: Robin White, This Is Me at Kaitangata, 1979. Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1979.

Robin White: Te Whanaketanga | Something is Happening Here (Sat 29 Oct – 30 Jan 2023) presents more than 50 works from Dame Robin White’s 50-year career, curated chronologically with an emphasis on the artist’s practice of ‘look[ing] around[,] work[ing] with what was available locally’ and collaborating with other artists. This FREE exhibition is supported by the book of the same title, written by Sarah Farrar, Jill Trevelyan and Nina Tonga, and a Tamariki Guide in Te Reo Māori and English, available at the Gallery upon entry. Robin White’s mahi is testament to enriching and being enriched by one’s locality and will appeal to kaiako and ākonga across the learning areas. White and her long-time collaborator, Ebonie Fifita, will host Kōrero in the Round sessions at each of the Gallery’s forthcoming PLD days on Wed 2 Nov and Tue 8 Nov for Primary and Secondary Kaiako respectively. Please make a booking enquiry through Schools and Learning by emailing