Gordon Walters is one of New Zealand’s most influential modern artists. Across six decades he explored the potential of a few simple geometric elements with a singular focus, creating works of exactitude and refinement.
Gordon Walters: New Vision is the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s complete body of work and draws on paintings from major public and private collections across New Zealand. The exhibition provides an in-depth look into the history of Walters’ development, and reveals the different art forms which fuelled his vision and inspired the creation of his own unique visual language. The original black and white koru paintings of the 1960s are brought back together for the first time and are shown alongside never-before-seen paintings, studies and notebooks.
Gordon Walters: New Vision is a partnership project between the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki with support from the Walters Estate.
Gallery entry is free for New Zealand residents, children 12 and under and Gallery Members. An admission charge applies for international visitors.
📷 Gordon Walters, Tiki II 1966
Barry Hopkins Trust Art Collection
Courtesy Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato and the Walters Estate
Gordon Walters in his studio 1978
Marti Freidlander Archive
EH McCormick Research Library, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Courtesy Gerrard and Marti Friedlander Charitable Trust
Booking is essential, please book at least two weeks in advance by emailing email@example.com to guarantee your access to the exhibition. Booked groups will be prioritised and large groups will be admitted into the exhibition in smaller groups.
Guided visits enjoy the insight and support of a member of the Gallery's team.
New Zealand residents $10/person
International visitors $30/person
Education group bookings
New Zealand secondary school group students FREE
New Zealand tertiary group students $10
Accompanying teacher/adult FREE
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.
To make an education group booking, email us.
We recommend parking at Auckland Transport's Victoria Street car park. Visitors to the Gallery receive one hour's free parking when visiting on weekends or after 6pm – simply validate your parking ticket at our information desk before you leave. A mobility parking bay is located on Kitchener Street. Disabled parking is available at the Victoria Street car park.
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The exhibition is on show at Auckland Art Gallery from Saturday 7 July – Sunday 4 November 2018. The exhibition is open during normal Gallery hours, 10am–5pm.
Gordon Walters: New Vision has been curated by Lucy Hammonds (Curator, Dunedin Public Art Gallery), Laurence Simmons (Professor of Film Studies at the University of Auckland) and Julia Waite (Curator, New Zealand Art, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki).
Gordon Walters: New Vision is located on the first level of the Gallery. View or download a map.
Entry is FREE for New Zealand residents, children aged 12 and under, and Gallery Members and their Guests. International visitors are charged $20. A concession rate of $17 applies to international students with ID.
Yes. Bookings for groups (including adult education groups) of 10 or more people should be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the details of your group, group size, and preferred date(s) and time(s) of visit.
Booked groups will be prioritised.
Unless you are part of a booked guided group or are visiting with a school, Gordon Walters: New Vision is a self-guided exhibition. However, we provide you with a free visitor brochure to help you get the most from your visit.
The Gallery’s free daily tours at 11.30am and 1.30pm may include Gordon Walters: New Vision as part of a wider tour taking in the Gallery’s collection and architecture.
We reserve the right to decline other tour providers from operating in the Gallery without prior approval. We recommend making an enquiry by emailing email@example.com to discuss the details of your booking. All groups must be booked in advance.
We recommend allowing 60–90 minutes to view Gordon Walters: New Vision.
Yes, Gordon Walters: New Vision is accompanied by a visitor programme of special events. See What’s on for details. You can also subscribe to our fortnightly enewsletter to receive the latest information on upcoming events straight to your in-box – sign up at the bottom of any page on our website.
Yes, Gordon Walters: New Vision is available for purchase in our shop on the ground level – and online – for $79. Published to accompany the exhibition, this groundbreaking book charts new art historical territory and provides the most complete view of Gordon Walters' life work to date. It was shortlisted for a prestigious Ockham New Zealand Book Award.
Yes, you are welcome to take photographs for personal use, but please do not use the flash. View the Gallery's full photography policy. Share your photos on social media with the hashtags #gordonwalters #newvision.