Auckland Art Gallery
The exhibitions at the gallery are constantly changing, thought-provoking and entirely unique. Visitors can always trust that they will leave the gallery with at least one piece at the back of their mind for the rest of the day. Current exhibitions include John Weeks: Art in the Archive, The Story of Rama: Indian Miniatures from the National Museum, New Delhi, and Yang Fudong: Filmscapes. Some exhibitions are more interactive than others. The Creative Learning Centres, designed by different New Zealand artists each year, encourage kids to develop their creativity and interact fully with art. The current exhibition involves drawing on walls and creating sculptures with foam tubes. Such exhibitions are not limited to the indoors at the Auckland Art Gallery. John Ward Knox’s sculpture Hardly Held Lightly, which connects the building of the gallery to Albert Park, is one example of the gallery’s spectacular outdoor pieces. Although the exhibitions are always an eclectic mix of historic, modern and contemporary work, they are held together by the quiet, spacious and warmly lit interior.
This atmosphere extends to the cafe situated inside the gallery. Mojo has a minimalistic and spacious yet warm tone that is reflective of the gallery. The cafe is well-lit through windows that overlook Albert Park. Surrounded by its trees, the cafe is a lovely place to be at one with nature for a little while in the city. It is the perfect spot to take a short break with its excellent food and drinks.
The unique, charming atmosphere of the gallery is reflected in its gift shop as well. Most of what is sold in this shop is specially commissioned, community-based and therefore exclusive and unique to the shop. Postcard prints of the art exhibited, hand-crafted jewellery, gallery prints and inspiring books are examples of mementos and gifts that may be found here. Not only do the products make very special gifts, but the purchase contributes to supporting the gallery’s work to connect art with people.
Photography by IsabellaWeb