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vocabulary of solitude by Ugo Rondinone
vocabulary of solitude by Ugo Rondinone

FREE

vocabulary of solitude by Ugo Rondinone

FREE

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Manpower: Myths of Masculinity
Manpower: Myths of Masculinity

FREE

Manpower: Myths of Masculinity

FREE

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Romancing the Collection
Romancing the Collection

FREE

Romancing the Collection

FREE

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Guide Kaiārahi
Guide Kaiārahi

FREE

Guide Kaiārahi

FREE

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Bill Culbert | Slow Wonder
Bill Culbert | Slow Wonder

FREE

Bill Culbert | Slow Wonder

FREE

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Solacium – Live performance from the Human Kind Project
Solacium – Live performance from the Human Kind Project

6.30-8pm and 1-2.30pm

FREE

Solacium – Live performance from the Human Kind Project

6.30-8pm and 1-2.30pm

FREE

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Manpower Lectures – #4 Queer and Now (online)
Manpower Lectures – #4 Queer and Now (online)

6—7pm

EB Members $100, Standard Members $135, Non-Members $190, Students $80 Book now

What's queer about long-nineteenth-century British art now? Answering this question, Edwards address two entirely different examples: Henry Hugh Armstead’s mid-Victorian bronze statuette ‘Satan dismayed’ otherwise known as ‘Saint Michael and the Serpent’ (1852) and Henry Scott Tuke’s 1924 oil painting, ‘Companions’. Both artists remain marginalised, and have proven difficult to canonise for different reasons: Armstead as a predominantly decorative artist in a canon still primarily oriented towards the two-dimensional and the category of fine art, and Tuke because of the open secret of the pederastic character of his work, at a moment in which childhood sexual abuse remains one of the key cultural issues of our time. What might we learn from returning to think about both?

This lecture is a pre-recorded lecture that will be made available to ticketholders to watch in their own time. This lecture is the fourth in a four-part series, Manpower Lectures: Antiquity, aesthetes and athleticism.

Manpower Lectures – #4 Queer and Now (online)

6—7pm

EB Members $100, Standard Members $135, Non-Members $190, Students $80 Book now

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Embroidery Workshop – Spring Stitch Zen
Embroidery Workshop – Spring Stitch Zen

10.30am—4pm

From $310 Book now

Please note: This event was originally scheduled for Sunday 28 November. It will now go ahead on Sunday 27 March 2022 (restrictions allowing) and ticket holders have been contacted directly.

Join contemporary embroidery artist Fleur Woods for a fun and relaxing day of creative stitch in the Members Lounge. After a long winter, find your zen immersed in creativity and explore texture, fibres and colour. Fleur will support you to set your creativity free and make your own design using traditional and self-taught methods.

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A Day at Gibbs Farm with Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
A Day at Gibbs Farm with Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Sun 27 March 2022, 10am–2pm

Adult: $95.00 Auckland Art Gallery Member: $85.00 Child (5 -13 yrs): $53.00 Children under 5: free Return Bus Ticket: (North Shore and Central departures) $20.00 On-site parking: per vehicle $20.00 NB: Ticketing fees will be applied by Eventfinda. Buy tickets

A Day at Gibbs Farm with Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Sun 27 March 2022, 10am–2pm

Adult: $95.00 Auckland Art Gallery Member: $85.00 Child (5 -13 yrs): $53.00 Children under 5: free Return Bus Ticket: (North Shore and Central departures) $20.00 On-site parking: per vehicle $20.00 NB: Ticketing fees will be applied by Eventfinda. Buy tickets

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Embroidery Workshop – Creative Floral Basics
Embroidery Workshop – Creative Floral Basics

10.30am—4pm

From $310 Book now

Please note: This event was originally scheduled for Saturday 27 November. It will now go ahead on Saturday 26 March 2022 (restrictions allowing) and ticket holders have been contacted directly.

Join contemporary embroidery artist Fleur Woods to create your own mini floral embroidery. Enjoy a day in the Members lounge surrounded by beautiful blooms and immersed in creativity as Fleur shares her favourite supplies, tips & techniques. You will be supported to create your own design and set your creativity free. 

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Manpower Lectures – #3 The New Mail Order
Manpower Lectures – #3 The New Mail Order

6—7pm

EB Members $100, Standard Members $135, Non-Members $190, Students $80 Book now

When Eugen Sandow, the father of modern bodybuilding, toured New Zealand in the summer of 1902-03, his aim was to reshape the nation. Long before the likes of Charles Atlas peddled mail order muscle programmes, the Sandow System was embraced by men throughout New Zealand. Eager to flex and pose and dream of a new male order, these men joined local gyms, entered bodybuilding contests, and even strutted their stuff in local beauty competitions. In this lecture, Dr Caroline Daley reveals the bodies of early twentieth century men and questions whether our fixation with rugby players, farmers and soldiers means we’re missing the pleasure that comes from gazing upon the world’s most perfectly developed man and his local acolytes.

This lecture is the third in a four-part series, Manpower Lectures: Antiquity, aesthetes and athleticism. 

Manpower Lectures – #3 The New Mail Order

6—7pm

EB Members $100, Standard Members $135, Non-Members $190, Students $80 Book now

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Manpower Lectures – #2 Ancient Greek Male Identity and the Modern World
Manpower Lectures – #2 Ancient Greek Male Identity and the Modern World

6—7pm

EB Members $100, Standard Members $135, Non-Members $190, Students $80 Book now

Drawing on heroes of classical mythology, the Iliad, Greek tragedy and their modern adaptations, Dr Anastasia Bakogianni explores what it meant to be a man in the ancient Greek world. Researching expectations placed upon men and the warrior ethos, she tracks its impact throughout the centuries and on the modern concept of masculinity.  This lecture is the second in a four-part series, Manpower Lectures: Antiquity, aesthetes and athleticism.

Manpower Lectures – #2 Ancient Greek Male Identity and the Modern World

6—7pm

EB Members $100, Standard Members $135, Non-Members $190, Students $80 Book now

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Manpower Lectures – #1 Why Oscar Wilde Mattered in Auckland
Manpower Lectures – #1 Why Oscar Wilde Mattered in Auckland

6—7pm

EB Members $100, Standard Members $135, Non-Members $190, Students $80 Book now

Senior Curator of International Art, Dr Sophie Matthiesson explores some of the motivations behind the collecting and public display of male bodies in the early years of the Auckland Art Gallery (founded 1888) and considers the appeal and meaning of such frankly sensual images for their Victorian-era benefactors who purchased them. The notorious 1895 London trial and imprisonment of Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde for homosexuality suddenly altered consciousness across the British Empire. It impacts can be seen, she argues, in public debates about masculinity in New Zealand, and in institutional attitudes to the male nude in art in the following decades.

This lecture is the first in a four-part series, Manpower Lectures: Antiquity, aesthetes and athleticism.

Manpower Lectures – #1 Why Oscar Wilde Mattered in Auckland

6—7pm

EB Members $100, Standard Members $135, Non-Members $190, Students $80 Book now

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SOLD OUT: Kintsugi workshop - March
SOLD OUT: Kintsugi workshop - March

10.30am–1.30pm

Members $135, Non-Members $190 (includes a Membership) Book now

Please note: This event is now sold out.

Kintsugi (or Kintsukuroi) is the Japanese art of repairing broken objects. Loosely translating to ‘golden joinery’, kintsugi values breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, using lacquer and powdered metal to make visible repairs.

SOLD OUT: Kintsugi workshop - March

10.30am–1.30pm

Members $135, Non-Members $190 (includes a Membership) Book now

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Swinging Sixties: Double Feature
Swinging Sixties: Double Feature

3.15—8.30pm

From $15 Book now

What better way to celebrate the exhibition Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary than two iconic, groovy, cinematic classics that will transport you back to the swinging sixties!

Alongside a fully stocked bar, you can catch A Hard Day’s Night – a 1964 rock-and-roll romp following "a day in the life" of The Beatles as fame takes them by storm – and mystery thriller Blow-Up, by critically acclaimed director Michelangelo Antonioni, wherein a bored mod-photographer discovers he’s unknowingly captured a crime scene on film. This event will be located at The Hollywood in Avondale, New Zealand’s longest-running cinema palace.

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Rainbow artists talk about their lives
Rainbow artists talk about their lives

7pm-8pm

Free, booking essential. Book now

Rainbow artists talk about their lives

7pm-8pm

Free, booking essential. Book now

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Swinging Sixties in Auckland - How Quant Sparked Our Boutique Culture
Swinging Sixties in Auckland - How Quant Sparked Our Boutique Culture

6—7pm

Members $14, Non-Members $20 Book now

Swinging Sixties in Auckland - how Quant sparked our boutique culture.

In this talk, fashion historian Angela Lassig will chart the rise of boutique culture in the back streets and side alleys of 60s Auckland, exploring the fashion, music and makeup that energised a generation.  

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Friday Lates: Drop-in Drawing
Friday Lates: Drop-in Drawing

Fridays 6.30–8pm

FREE

Join us for a special edition of our Friday Lates Drop-in Drawing on 21 January with Off the Wall Drawing. Then, inspired by our fabulous exhibition Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary, join us on 28 January for Drop in Drawing – '60s style

Friday Lates: Drop-in Drawing

Fridays 6.30–8pm

FREE

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Yoga and Art Immersion
Yoga and Art Immersion

Tuesdays 5.30 – 6.30pm, Sundays 9 – 10.00am

Public $15, Members $12

Yoga and Art Immersion

Tuesdays 5.30 – 6.30pm, Sundays 9 – 10.00am

Public $15, Members $12

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Quant-inspired Fashion Illustration Workshop
Quant-inspired Fashion Illustration Workshop

10.30am—3pm

From $150 Book now

Harnessing the youthful spirit of the sixties and embracing new mass-production techniques, Mary Quant created a new look for modern women. Be inspired by Quant's work and play around with different materials and styles to create your own mini fashion sketch portfolio.

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Mary Quant Minidress Masterclass
Mary Quant Minidress Masterclass

10.30 am - 12.30pm

From $22.50 Book now

Mary Quant Minidress Masterclass

10.30 am - 12.30pm

From $22.50 Book now

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Fashion Icons: how Mary Quant influenced Kate Sylvester
Fashion Icons: how Mary Quant influenced Kate Sylvester

3—4pm

Talk - Standard $15, Talk - Members $13.50 Book now

Celebrate Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary with a conversation between Aotearoa New Zealand fashion designer Kate Sylvester and Creative and Fashion Director of Viva Magazine, Dan Ahwa. Following the talk, Members can enjoy an exclusive opportunity to meet Kate Sylvester in the Members Lounge.

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Friday Lates
Friday Lates

Fridays until 9pm

FREE

Friday Lates

Fridays until 9pm

FREE

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Off the Wall Drawing
Off the Wall Drawing

Friday nights, from January 21 2022, 6.30 – 8pm

FREE

Off the Wall Drawing

Friday nights, from January 21 2022, 6.30 – 8pm

FREE

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January School Holiday Programmes 2022
January School Holiday Programmes 2022

9am–3pm

$80 (+booking fees) per child, per day | $350 (+booking fees) per child, 5 days Book now

This January school holidays, the Gallery is proud to bring you a hands-on School Holiday Programme. 

January School Holiday Programmes 2022

9am–3pm

$80 (+booking fees) per child, per day | $350 (+booking fees) per child, 5 days Book now

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Whānau drop-ins – New activities each weekend!
Whānau drop-ins – New activities each weekend!

Sat & Sun 11am–3pm, public holidays and every day during school holidays

FREE

Whānau drop-ins are free, family-focused workshops held every Saturday and Sunday from 11am–3pm.

 

 

 

 

 

Whānau drop-ins – New activities each weekend!

Sat & Sun 11am–3pm, public holidays and every day during school holidays

FREE

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Hīkoi toiora
Hīkoi toiora

2pm every Sat & Sun, or on request.

$25/$22.50 (Members)

Hīkoi toiora

2pm every Sat & Sun, or on request.

$25/$22.50 (Members)

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A Slow Look
A Slow Look

1 hour

$25/22.50 (Members) 12 and under free

A Slow Look

1 hour

$25/22.50 (Members) 12 and under free

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Gallery tours
Gallery tours

11.30am and 1.30pm daily

FREE

Our friendly and knowledgeable team is here to introduce you to the art, artists, stories and histories that make up our Gallery.

Gallery tours

11.30am and 1.30pm daily

FREE

Artworks

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Departure of the six canoes from Raratonga for New Zealand
Departure of the six canoes from Raratonga for New Zealand

Kennett Watkins

Production date
1906
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
1075 x 2140 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr John Marshall, 1914
Accession no
U/26
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The Legend of the Voyage to New Zealand
The Legend of the Voyage to New Zealand

Kennett Watkins

Production date
circa 1912
Medium
watercolour on paper
Size (h x w)
106 x 208 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of the Norman Kemp Estate, 1997
Accession no
1997/8/3
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The Phantom canoe: a legend of Lake Tarawera
The Phantom canoe: a legend of Lake Tarawera

Kennett Watkins

Production date
1888
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
1175 x 1858 x 70 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915
Accession no
1915/2/72
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Auckland Harbour
Auckland Harbour

Kennett Watkins

Production date
Unknown
Medium
gouache
Size (h x w)
324 x 210 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Miss Connie Lloyd, 1982
Accession no
1982/23/3
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The Home of the cormorants, Waitakere Ranges
The Home of the cormorants, Waitakere Ranges

Kennett Watkins

Production date
1886
Medium
gouache
Size (h x w)
584 x 768 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of students of the artist, 1888
Accession no
1888/1
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The Haunt of the Moa, a scene in Puriri Forest
The Haunt of the Moa, a scene in Puriri Forest

Kennett Watkins

Production date
1885
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
1146 x 1960 x 85 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Accession no
U/332
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Landscape, Waikaremoana
Landscape, Waikaremoana

Kennett Watkins

Production date
Unknown
Medium
watercolour on paper
Size (h x w)
251 x 173 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Norman Kemp Estate
Accession no
1997/8/2
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Okiwi Geyser, Rotomahana
Okiwi Geyser, Rotomahana

Kennett Watkins

Production date
circa 1877
Medium
watercolour
Size (h x w)
458 x 335 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1922
Accession no
1922/3
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The Legend of the Voyage to New Zealand
The Legend of the Voyage to New Zealand

Kennett Watkins

Production date
1912
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
1321 x 2667 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Messrs Samuel Vaile & Sons, 1914
Accession no
U/32
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Moon behind the trees
Moon behind the trees

Kennett Watkins

Production date
Unknown
Medium
watercolour on paper
Size (h x w)
211 x 130 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of the Norman Kemp Estate, 1997
Accession no
1997/8/1
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Taitai, Tapuaeroa Valley, East Coast
Taitai, Tapuaeroa Valley, East Coast

Kennett Watkins

Production date
1919
Medium
gouache
Size (h x w)
140 x 262 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Ms Patricia Valpy Oakden, 1982
Accession no
1982/10
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Clifftop, Auckland Harbour
Clifftop, Auckland Harbour

Kennett Watkins

Production date
1914
Medium
gouache
Size (h x w)
302 x 215 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Miss Connie Lloyd, 1982
Accession no
1982/23/4
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Coromandel Harbour
Coromandel Harbour

Kennett Watkins

Production date
1889
Medium
watercolour and gouache
Size (h x w)
381 x 635 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr Norman B Spencer, 1966
Accession no
1966/11
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Afternoon up Channel, Auckland Harbour
Afternoon up Channel, Auckland Harbour

Kennett Watkins

Production date
1893
Medium
gouache
Size (h x w)
280 x 225 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1982
Accession no
1982/3
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Arrival of Captain Cook; An incident in the Bay of Islands, 29 November 1769
Arrival of Captain Cook; An incident in the Bay of Islands, 29 November 1769

Louis John Steele Kennett Watkins

Production date
1890
Medium
oil on cardboard
Size (h x w)
545 x 421 x 40 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gifted in memory of Frank Anthony Eden, 1988
Accession no
1988/35/2
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