Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys


Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys


Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys


Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys is the culmination of a significant international project to bring together artworks from New Zealand and around the globe to explore the artist’s place in 20th-century art. The exhibition traces Frances Hodgkins’ creative and peripatetic life through France, Morocco and Spain to her final days in England, examining the influence of location on her development as a modernist painter and the notion of travel and journeying as a source of artistic inspiration.

Born in Dunedin, Frances Hodgkins (1869–1947) left for Europe in 1901 and, by the late 1920s, had become an important figure within British Modernism, exhibiting with avant-garde artists such as Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. With a professional life that spanned almost six decades, the two World Wars, and periods of massive social and cultural change, Hodgkins caught the spirit of a new age. Today, she is celebrated as one of New Zealand’s most successful expatriate artists of the 20th century, and has an ongoing legacy in both Europe and this country.

The exhibition includes more than 150 artworks produced between 1901 and 1946: from early watercolour travel sketches of the French Riviera, Morocco and Venice, through to her first contact with modernism in Paris, and oil paintings from her later life in Britain. Alongside Frances Hodgkins, view original artworks by her friends and contemporaries, including Monet, Picasso, Degas, Matisse and more.

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📷 Frances Hodgkins 
Wings over Water 1931–1932
Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds Museums and Galleries, gift from the Contemporary Art Society, 1940


Any-day admission – includes free exhibition brochure and entry to daily pop-up talks at 1pm.

Members FREE – Become a Member

New Zealand adults $14
(Proof of residence required.)
New Zealand concessions $12
(Proof of residence required. Community Services Card holders, Seniors, Students with ID.)
International adults $28
(Includes Gallery entry.)
International concessions $25
(Includes Gallery entry. Valid ID required)
Children 12 and under FREE
(All children 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult.)

How to book

In advance - We're partnering with Eventfinda to offer online ticket sales for Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys


On the day - You can also buy tickets on any day of the exhibition (Saturday 4 May – Sunday 1 Sep 2019) from the Gallery's information desks on Ground level and Level 1.

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Prices include GST. Booking and delivery fees, where charged, are additional to the admission price. There is no entry charge for children aged 12 or under. 

Auckland Art Gallery Members go FREE:

  • Present your membership card at the information desk on the day of your visit and you will be issued with a ticket to the exhibition.
  • Members with guest passes may also bring their guests for FREE.
  • Become a Member on the day of your visit to Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys to receive a refund of the price of your exhibition ticket.

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Visitors receive one hour's free parking at Auckland Transport's Victoria Street car park when visiting on weekends – simply validate your parking ticket at our information desk before you leave.


Our rich programme of special events is designed to complement your visit. This year marks the 150th anniversary of Hodgkins’ birth, so we’re taking every opportunity to celebrate her life and work. Experience Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys after dark during our series of Art After Hours events.

We're also offering free pop up themed talks in the exhibition at 1pm daily with our volunteer guides.

‘I am not to be trusted on a Railway Station — the longing to board the train and be off is irresistible.’

Frances Hodgkins, 1945



Please book at least 2 weeks in advance of your visit to secure entry to this exhibition.

Adult groups

If you are visiting in a group, advanced booking is strongly recommended to guarantee entry. Booked groups will be prioritised and large groups will be admitted into the exhibition in smaller groups. All Adult group visits are charged the standard admission price.

Secondary, tertiary, education group bookings

New Zealand secondary school group students $8
New Zealand tertiary group students $8
Accompanying Teacher/Adult $8

Teacher/adult-to-student ratios apply:

Years 1–4 / Ages 5–9 – 1:6
Years 5–7 / Ages 10–11 – 1:7
Years 7–10 / Ages 12–15 – 1:10
Years 11–13 / Ages 16–18 – 1:30

We reserve the right to add extra staff to supervise large groups and charges may apply – please book in advance to confirm.

Discounted entry is only available with a booking. Unbooked Student groups and accompanying adults are charged at the standard admission prices. Teacher/Adult to student ratios apply to all student groups.

To make a group booking, email us.

Secondary Schools

Experimental Painting Workshops
A two-hour hands-on studio workshop for secondary art classes inspired by Hodgkins’ paint techniques.
Bookings essential. $8 per student. All materials provided.
For further details and to book, please email:


Family Labels
Explore the exhibition together and discover secrets in the artworks with our special family labels

Every Saturday and Sunday, 11am – 2pm
Drop-in for fun and free art activities for all the family, inspired by themes in the exhibition



Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys is accompanied by a substantial publication of the same name, edited by Auckland Art Gallery’s Catherine Hammond and Mary Kisler, and co-published between the Gallery and Auckland University Press (AUP). Available to purchase online or in-store at our Gallery Shop. 

The Complete Frances Hodgkins

Building on earlier research carried out by Dr Eric McCormick and Dr Rodney Wilson, we have developed, The Complete Frances Hodgkins — an online catalogue of the artist’s body of work to accompany the exhibition. This has been made possible by the generous support of the Stout Trust.

In addition to a comprehensive database of approximately 1200 works, the online catalogue raisonné includes 2978 pages of digitised letters from Hodgkins to family and friends, and over 300 photographs and documents relating to the artist’s life and work.

Explore now:



Listen to the archival sound recording of the documentary, 'Frances Hodgkins: The European Years 1969', supplied by Nga Taongā Sound & Vision and included in the exhibition, Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys. This documentary was commissioned by Alwyn Owen and produced by June Opie for Frances Hodgkins’ centenary in 1969. Opie interviewed a number of Hodgkins’ friends and fellow artists in England, including Douglas Glass, Geoffrey Gorer, Barbara Hepworth, Eardley Knollys, Henry Moore, Cedric Morris, Ben Nicholson, Jane Saunders and Katherine West. 

🎧 Listen to the audio recording >


In celebration of Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys, we have partnered with Karen Walker on a new artwork-inspired range of collectables, Frances Hodgkins: Framed by Karen Walker.

Visit the Gallery's shop to choose something special from this limited-edition range of collectable travel accessories, luxurious silk shirts and scarves created for the exhibition by Karen Walker. Alongside the Frances Hodgkins: Framed by Karen Walker range, we're introducing a selection of art-inspired homewares, cushions, coasters and stationery, as well as postcards and prints of key artworks from the exhibition. Browse our shop on Ground level, visit us online or see the full range in our pop-up shop located in the exhibition on Level 1. 


19 Gallery: Relocating Frances Hodgkins

On the occasion of Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys, we have reworked London Art Dealer, Sydney Burney’s concept of the 34 Gallery. In 1934, Burney commissioned a range of leading British modernist artists to create small scale works for a miniature gallery, to raise money for the Fund for the Blind. This model gallery became known as the 34 Gallery, symbolising both the year when it was created and the number of artworks featured in the display. The 19 Gallery: Relocating Frances Hodgkins, 2019 includes paintings and sculptures by 19 New Zealand artists who have in turn been inspired by the work of Frances Hodgkins.

Don't miss this tiny exhibition located in our display case on the Mezzanine level before the E H McCormick Library. 


The exhibition is on show at Auckland Art Gallery from Saturday 4 May – Sunday 1 September 2019. The exhibition is open during normal Gallery hours, 10am–5pm.

Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys is located on Level 1.

We're partnering with Eventfinda to offer early bird online ticket sales for Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys

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On the day

You can also buy tickets on any day of the exhibition (Saturday 4 May – Sunday 1 Sep 2019) from the Gallery's information desks on Ground level and Level 1.

Along with entry to the exhibition, your ticket price includes a free exhibition brochure.

Children aged 12 and under are FREE. Please note that children aged under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Any-day tickets provide you with exhibition admission on a single day only, but you may visit the exhibition more than once during that day.

Auckland Art Gallery Members and Members Guests receive FREE unlimited entry to Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys.

Become a member

Gallery Members receive free unlimited entry to Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys and all ticketed exhibitions at Auckland Art Gallery.

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For online tickets, Eventfinda's standard terms and conditions apply.

Your ticket price contributes to the costs involved in mounting an exhibition of this scale and calibre and of bringing international works on loan to New Zealand.

Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys is accompanied by a substantial publication of the same name, edited by Auckland Art Gallery’s Catherine Hammond and Mary Kisler, and co-published between the Gallery and Auckland University Press (AUP). 

The exhibition is also marked by the forthcoming launch of the Frances Hodgkins Online Catalogue Raisonné, an annotated listing of all known works by Hodgkins, a major project for Auckland Art Gallery’s E H McCormick Research Library.

We recommend allowing 60–90 minutes to view Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys. Last entry is usually at 4pm daily.

Yes, the exhibition is accompanied by a special visitor programme. See What’s on for more details. You can also subscribe to our fortnightly enewsletter to receive the latest information on upcoming events straight to your email inbox – sign up at the bottom of any page on our website.

Yes, photography without flash for personal use is permitted in the exhibition. View the Gallery's full photography policy.

Families with children of all ages are very welcome, and children aged 12 and under go FREE to Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys.

Please note we don't allow food or drink in the exhibition and ask that you don't touch the artworks.

After viewing the exhibition, extend your visit with a trip to Todd Foundation Learning Centre exhibition DiscoVERY or join My Art Time, a free, kids-focused event where you can get hands on with art activities, have fun and mingle every Saturday and Sunday from 11am–2pm.

Auckland Transport's Victoria Street carpark is located a few hundred metres up the road from the Gallery.

Yes. Bookings for groups (including adult education groups) of 10 or more people should be made by emailing with the details of your group, group size, and preferred date(s) and time(s) of visit.

Booked groups will be prioritised.