Light from Tate: 1700s to Now

Sat 25 Feb 2023 — Sun 25 Jun 2023

Light from Tate: 1700s to Now

Sat 25 Feb 2023 — Sun 25 Jun 2023

Explore the startling beauty and resonance of light in Light from Tate: 1700s to Now, a major exhibition exclusive to Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Curated from the collections of Tate, UK, Light from Tate: 1700s to Now features more than 70 artworks by celebrated artists across the globe from the 18th century to the present day.

Light from Tate: 1700s to Now tells the story of how light has captivated artists over time and across different media including painting, photography, sculpture, installation, drawing and moving image.

The exhibition features the historical paintings of visionary artists JMW Turner and John Constable, the impressionistic brushstrokes of Claude Monet, the bursts of sensorial colour painted by Wassily Kandinsky, Bridget Riley and Josef Albers, and the pioneering experimental photographs of the 1920s.

These incredible works are presented alongside mesmerising installations that include Olafur Eliasson’s crystalline sphere Stardust Particle, 2014, James Turrell’s space-melting Raemar, Blue, 1969 and Lis Rhodes’ immersive Light Music, 1975.

Other well-known artists in the exhibition are Vilhelm Hammershøi, Dan Flavin, Liliane Lijn, Tacita Dean, Pae White and many more.

Please note, this exhibition creates immersive and multi-sensory experiences that include darkened rooms, neon light works, simulated smoke and more. If you would like more information, please email feedback@aucklandartgallery.com.

Accompanying the exhibition is a catalogue edited by Kerryn Greenberg, former Head of International Collection Exhibitions at Tate with a foreword by Gallery Director Kirsten Lacy. Showcasing artworks from the past 200 years, the book Light from Tate: 1700s to Now reveals how the intangibility of light continues to fascinate.

Replete with full-colour illustrations and illuminating texts, the book explores how artists in Tate’s collection have perceived, pictured and utilised light and captured its transcendent effects in painting, photography and sculpture over the last 300 years.

Light from Tate: 1700s to Now is presented in collaboration with Tate and is proudly supported by HSBC, AUT, British Council New Zealand and the Pacific, and Auckland Art Gallery Foundation. Light from Tate: 1700s to Now is presented in association with Auckland Arts Festival 2023.

Tickets

Members FREE – Become a Member

Adults $26.50
Seniors and Community Card holders $21.50
Students [with Student ID] $21.50
Children 12 and under FREE 
(All children 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult)

How to book

In advance – Purchase your tickets online in advance. 

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On the day – You can buy tickets on any day of the exhibition (Saturday 25 February – Sunday 25 June 2023) from the Gallery's information desk on our Ground level.

Please note, we’re operating a timed-entry system for this exhibition with entry available every half hour. Your ticket gives you entry to the exhibition once and you may arrive up to 15 mins after the time you have selected. Entry after this time will be at the Gallery’s discretion. There is no limit to the length of time you spend in the exhibition. The Gallery closes at 5pm daily.

For updates on on-the-day ticket availability, please call +64 9 307 7700.

If you have pre-booked your ticket online, you can head straight to the exhibition on Level 1 to validate your ticket for entry.

More information

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, however you will need to select a FREE child ticket type when booking in advance online. Please note all children aged 14 or under must be accompanied by an adult. 

Auckland Art Gallery Members go FREE. Members with a guest pass may also bring their guests for FREE. Please choose the FREE Member ticket type when booking in advance online. Alternatively, present your membership card at our information desk on the day of your visit and you will be issued with a ticket to the exhibition.

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Join us as a Member on the same day as your visit to Light from Tate: 1700s to Now and we’ll refund the price of your exhibition ticket. Members receive a range of benefits, including free unlimited entry to paid exhibitions, invitations to Members-only events, access to the Members lounge, and discounts in our shop and café. Ask us for more information while on your visit to the exhibition.

Events

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Opening weekend of Light from Tate: 1700s to Now
Opening weekend of Light from Tate: 1700s to Now

10am – 5pm

Free | Exhibition admission additional

Opening weekend of Light from Tate: 1700s to Now

10am – 5pm

Free | Exhibition admission additional

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Light Night
Light Night

5.30–8.30pm

Members $5, Non-members $32, Children (under 16) $5 Book now

Light Night

5.30–8.30pm

Members $5, Non-members $32, Children (under 16) $5 Book now

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Light Abounds: Paint & Sip Sessions
Light Abounds: Paint & Sip Sessions

6.30 – 9pm

Members $67.50, Non-members $75 | Exhibition admission additional Book now

Light Abounds: Paint & Sip Sessions

6.30 – 9pm

Members $67.50, Non-members $75 | Exhibition admission additional Book now

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Groups

Please book at least two weeks in advance of your visit to secure entry to this exhibition. Advance booking is essential to guarantee entry. To make a group booking, please email gallerytours@aucklandartgallery.com.

Discounted entry is only available for groups who book in advance:

Adults: $24

Seniors and Community Services Card Holders: $20

Unbooked groups are charged standard admission prices.

Primary, Secondary, Tertiary group bookings

Please book at least two weeks in advance of your visit to secure entry to this exhibition. Advance booking is essential to guarantee entry and very large groups may need to be admitted into the exhibition in smaller groups. We reserve the right to add extra staff to supervise large groups. To make a group booking, please email education@aucklandartgallery.com.

Discounted entry is only available for groups who book in advance:

Primary school group students: No charge

Secondary school group students: $10

Tertiary group students: $10

Separate charges may apply for accompanying teachers and adults.

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

FAQs

When can I see Light from Tate: 1700s to Now

Light from Tate: 1700s to Now is on show at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki from Saturday 25 February – Sunday 25 June 2023. The exhibition is open during normal Gallery hours, 10am–5pm daily.

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Where is the exhibition located?

Light from Tate: 1700s to Now is located on Level 1.

How do I buy tickets?

In advance – Purchase your tickets online in advance. 

Please note, we’re operating a timed-entry system for this exhibition with entry available every half hour. Your ticket gives you entry to the exhibition once and you may arrive up to 15 mins after the time you have selected. Entry after this time will be at the Gallery’s discretion. There is no limit to the length of time you spend in the exhibition. The Gallery closes at 5pm daily.

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On the day – You can buy tickets on any day of the exhibition (Saturday 25 February – Sunday 25 June 2023) from the Gallery's information desk on our Ground level.

Are there discounts for children?

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

Can I enter more than once with my ticket?

Tickets allow single entry to the exhibition. However, you are welcome to spend as long in the exhibition as you need. The Gallery closes at 5pm daily.

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Can I see the exhibition for free?

Yes, if you are a Gallery Member, entry to Light from Tate: 1700s to Now is FREE. Entry is also FREE to any guests you bring with you using your Members Guest pass.

You can secure your FREE Member / Member Guest tickets in advance online. You may also secure your FREE ticket from our information desk on the Ground level or at the exhibition entry on Level 1 on the day of your visit, exhibition capacity allowing.

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How do I become a Member and see the exhibition for free?

Gallery Members receive FREE unlimited entry to Light from Tate: 1700s to Now. Follow the link below to become a member. 

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Will I have to queue?

While you may be able to enter Light from Tate: 1700s to Now without needing to queue, if you visit us on one of our busier days and times, there may be a wait for entry to the exhibition.

What are the ticket terms and conditions of sale?

For online tickets, our standard terms and conditions apply.

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When do advance tickets go off sale?

Unless sold out prior, you can buy tickets online up to 12 hours in advance of each timed-entry window. You can enter at any time within each timed-entry period and there is no limit to the length of time you spend in the exhibition. The Gallery closes at 5pm daily.

Tickets may also be purchased from our information desk on Ground level on the day of your visit.  

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Why is there a charge for this exhibition?

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

How much time should I allow to view the exhibition?

We recommend allowing 60 minutes to view Light from Tate: 1700s to Now. The Gallery closes at 5pm daily.

Is there a programme of events associated with Light from Tate: 1700s to Now?

Yes, the exhibition is accompanied by a special visitor programme. See What’s on for more details. You can also subscribe to our fortnightly e-newsletter to receive the latest information on upcoming events straight to your email inbox.

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Can I take photographs in the exhibition?

Yes, photography without flash for personal use is permitted. Where there are exclusions, 'no photography' signage will be on display. View the Gallery's full photography policy here.

Is Light from Tate: 1700s to Now suitable for families and children?

Yes! We encourage and welcome families with children of all ages to visit view Light from Tate: 1700s to Now. Children aged 12 and under go FREE.

You can secure your FREE Child tickets in advance online. You may also secure your FREE Child ticket from our information desk on the day of your visit.

After viewing the exhibition, extend your visit with a trip to Todd Foundation Creative Learning Centre

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

Where can I park?

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

Do groups – including adult education groups – need to make a booking?

Yes. Bookings for groups (including adult education groups) of 10 or more people should be made by emailing us with the details of your group, group size, and preferred date(s) and time(s) of visit. Please book at least two weeks in advance of your visit to secure entry to this exhibition.

Booked groups will be prioritised.

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