Please note: The Creative Learning Centre is currently closed, as the Gallery prepares for the largest exhibition in our 132-year history, Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art. It will re-open on Sat 19 Dec — stay tuned!

Explore, experiment, create and share in the Todd Foundation Creative Learning Centre. Located on the mezzanine level, the hands-on, family-friendly space is open daily 10am — 5pm and is free to visit. 

The Creative Learning Centre is a favourite of many families with its interactive and exciting installations designed especially for kids, to help them discover art and how engaging it can be. 

Previous installations commissioned for the space have included, Reuben Paterson (2011/12), Tiffany Singh (2012/13), Sean Kerr (2013/14), Wavelength (2014/15), created by Auckland Art Gallery in collaboration with AUT Colab, and Hole of Yellow Archipelago (2015/16), another collaboration, this time between artist Judy Darragh, Year 4 students at Balmoral Primary School and TurnSpace Collective from AUT University's Spatial Design department. The 2016/17 iteration Once Upon a Time in ART, explored historical paintings from the Mackelvie Collection and the 2017/18 installation was The obliteration room, a wildly popular participatory exhibition for all ages by one of the world’s most popular, well-loved artists, Yayoi Kusama. The most recent exhibition was All My Favourite Shapes by Sara Hughes, which finished in mid-November 2020. 

From Pillars to Posts: Project Another Countryby artists and husband-and-wife team Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan was the first iteration in 2018/19. Using recycled cardboard boxes to create a model city, the artists invited collaboration by providing materials for Gallery visitors to produce their own small cardboard houses, which were then amassed into the installation, Pillars: Project Another Country.

From Mar–Nov 2019 was Fa’ani and RoBro present DiscoVERYwhere the public was invited to take the floor and dance to a music video, wearing something different from a selection of fun garments made by the artists, coinciding with the exhibition Pacific Sisters: He Toa Tāera | Fashion Activists

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Once Upon a Time in Art
Once Upon a Time in Art

Free entry

Once Upon a Time in Art

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Hole of Yellow Archipelago
Hole of Yellow Archipelago

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Hole of Yellow Archipelago

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Wavelength
Wavelength

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Wavelength

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Sean Kerr: What's It Doing?
Sean Kerr: What's It Doing?

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Sean Kerr: What's It Doing?

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Reuben Paterson: Gazillion Swirl!
Reuben Paterson: Gazillion Swirl!

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Reuben Paterson: Gazillion Swirl!

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