Tickets on sale now

Auckland Art Fair, New Zealand’s premier showcase for contemporary art, returns to The Cloud from 24 – 28 February 2021.

Tickets are on sale now. For more information on each ticket type, please click HERE.

TICKET TYPE ONLINE DOOR PRICE AT THE FAIR
Premier Art Pass $150 $160
Opening Night $95 $105
Art Party $40 $45
General Entry – Adult $27 $32
General Entry – Student $25 $29
General Entry – Child $15 $20

Immerse yourself in art with a Premier Art Pass to Auckland Art Fair giving full access to the Fair including the VIP Preview, Opening Night, Friday night Art Party as well as during General Entry hours. Plus, you’ll be invited to a full programme of exclusive, invitation-only art events taking place around Auckland from Thursday – Saturday.

Premier Art Pass: $150
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Celebrate the opening of the 2021 Auckland Art Fair with a ticket to the official Opening Night on Wednesday 24 February. Discover contemporary art by more than 180 artists, from over 40 galleries from New Zealand, Australia and around the Pacific Rim.

Opening Night: $95
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Start your weekend with the perfect mix of culture and creativity at the Auckland Art Fair Art Party.

Gather your friends and colleagues for late night access to the Fair on Friday 26 February from 5pm – 9pm combined with live DJ sets, and great food and drink options from pop-up bars and eateries by Hēmi and The Oyster Inn oyster bar.

Art Party: $40
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Whether you’re interested in painting, photography, moving image or sculpture – Auckland Art Fair, Aotearoa’s premier contemporary art event, has something for everyone. Purchase a general entry ticket for access to the Fair from Thursday 25 February – Sunday 28 February 2021.

With a general entry ticket be sure to take advantage of the full programme of artist talks on gallery stands or the curated conversation programme on the mezzanine from Thursday to Sunday. Get creative yourself at the Squiggla Making Space and relax over lunch in the cafés.

General Entry Adult: $27
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General Entry Student: $25
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General Entry Child: $15
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Under 12s free with an accompanying adult.

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Workshop for Emerging Artists & Curators, 24-25 February 2021

Emerging curators/artists are invited to apply to participate in a networking/learning opportunity coinciding with the 2021 Auckland Art Fair.

This will be facilitated by Tina Barton, director of the Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington, together with Micheal Do, Curator of the AAF Projects and Curator of contemporary art at the Sydney Opera House, and Chloe Geoghegan, Curator at Te Uru Waitākerere Contemporary Gallery.

Over two days (24–25 February), successful participants will enjoy a programme of activities designed to take advantage of the confluence of art world people who attend the Fair and the exhibitions and events that are programmed around it.

The workshop will entail one-on-one meetings, guided tours, and discussions providing opportunities to meet gallerists, art professionals, artists, and each other, and to debate key issues participants wish to address.

Successful applicants will enjoy the full benefits of a VIP Pass.

The workshop will be limited to 12 participants. To apply, please provide concise answers to these questions:

– Where in the art ecosystem do you see yourself? (as a writer, curator, practitioner, dealer, educator, consultant, museum professional, audience member, etc.)

– Why do you want to be part of this ecosystem?

– If you had the opportunity to meet someone in the New Zealand art world, who would that be? And what would you want to talk about?

– What is one burning question you would like to discuss right now?

Send your answers (1-2 A4 page maximum) with your CV to stephanie@artfair.co.nz by Friday 22 January 2021.

Applicants outside Auckland can apply for a $200 stipend to assist with travel and/or accommodation. This will be awarded in cases of genuine hardship. If you would like to apply for this please note this on your application and explain how the stipend would assist.

Successful applicants will be contacted in February 2021 and a personalised programme will be developed for them.

This opportunity is proudly sponsored by Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington and Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.

This workshop will not take place unless Auckland is at COVID-19 Level 1 and the Auckland Art Fair is taking place.

Participating Galleries

Auckland Art Fair is the only event in Aotearoa where you can visit galleries from across Aotearoa, Australia, and the Pacific Rim, without leaving The Cloud.

This year’s Fair features local galleries from Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin, alongside leading international galleries from Australia, Rarotonga and China.

At the Fair, see the best art on offer all under one roof.

Scroll down for the list of galleries. Click on the gallery name to find out which artists they are showing at the Fair.

New at the Fair: Sculpture Space

The 2021 Auckland Art Fair will, for the first time ever, include an outdoor Sculpture Space at the Waitematā Harbour end of The Cloud. Take a seat in the sun nestled amongst large scale sculpture works while enjoy a refreshing cocktail from the Scapegrace Gin and Vodka Cocktail Bar and a bite to eat.

Expect sunshine, sculptures, cocktails, boats on the water and a place to soak in Tāmaki Makaurau’s exceptional harbour view.

Discover sculpture works by Chauncey Flay, Yolunda Hickman, Gill Gatfield, Gregor Kregar, Terry Stringer and Fatu Feu’u.

More details will be announced soon.

Book your hotel

Auckland Art Fair are pleased to be working with the following VIP Hotel Partners, each offering outstanding accommodation, restaurants and bars within walking distance of the Fair.

If you’re coming to the Fair from out of Auckland, we recommend booking accommodation early to take advantage of preferential rates for Fair guests.

 

$1.6m in art sales from virtual fair

Media Release
17 June 2020

$1.6 MILLION IN ART SALES –
VIRTUAL ART FAIR BECOMES A PERMANENT FIXTURE POST COVID FOR 2021

Auckland Art Fair is pleased to announce that more than NZ$1.6 million of art was sold as a result of the Virtual Art Fair staged in May during New Zealand’s lockdown, with all proceeds going to the artists and their galleries.

Looking forward, North Port Events, owners of the Auckland Art Fair, are delighted to confirm their intention to hold a live Auckland Art Fair at The Cloud from 24 – 28 February 2021 and also a second Virtual Art Fair, online from 3 – 14 November 2021.

The online edition of Auckland Art Fair was developed in response to the cancellation of the 2020 Fair, scheduled to take place at The Cloud from 29 April – 3 May 2020. Co-directors, Stephanie Post and Hayley White described the event as, “a celebration, as best we could, of the talent and diversity of art-making in our region – across New Zealand and Australia, and also around the wider Pacific Rim region.” They go on to say, “It was also our hope that wherever possible, people would support artists by purchasing a work and, in this respect, our expectations have been exceed. We would like to sincerely thank everyone who purchased a work of art through the Fair, and all the artists and galleries who got behind this new format.”

The online edition gathered 35 galleries from New Zealand and Australia, plus one each from China and the UK, who together displayed 527 works of art by 193 artists all viewable for free online.  The galleries who participated in the Virtual Art Fair, and many of the works of art they presented, can be seen at https://artfair.co.nz. During the 18 days that the Fair was online, there were 17,785 visits by 13,082 individuals, who viewed 794,555 pages.

Coming at a time during which exhibitions and events nationwide had been cancelled as a result of COVID-19, when New Zealand and much of Australia were in lockdown and facing grave economic consequences and the arts and culture sectors are particularly hurting, these are very encouraging results.

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development head of major events, Richard Clarke says the success of the Virtual Art Fair was a great example of how technology and innovation provided art lovers with a wonderful and unique experience.

“This was a great solution which recognised the importance of supporting the artists and galleries during the lockdown. It’s wonderful to see one of our partners being able to successfully showcase these talented artists and for this model to continue to complement the live Art Fairs.”

Stephanie and Hayley added, “A Virtual Art Fair will never replace the personal experience of a live Art Fair – we all know that art is best experienced in person and we very much look forward to welcoming galleries, artists, collectors and everyone interested in art, to The Cloud again in February. However, our venture into the virtual realm has shown that the online experience does attract new viewers, and buyers, many of whom had not attended a live Fair before but who we hope will do so in the future. We are excited to further develop the possibilities for engaging with new and existing audiences for contemporary art through a second Virtual Art Fair in November 2021.”

Auckland Art Fair is very grateful to major partners, ANZ Private and ATEED (Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development on behalf of Auckland Council) for their ongoing support – not only throughout 2020 but also their commitment to the forthcoming 2021 Art Fairs. We are also very pleased to confirm that many of our other partners have already committed support for 2021, including Seresin Estate, Atomic Coffee, Jasmax, Southbase Construction, Dulux and My Art.

For further information please visit the Art Fair website https://artfair.co.nz, and for updates follow @aucklandartfair on Instagram.

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For any further questions please contact:
Stephanie Post | stephanie@artfair.co.nz | +64 21 688 509
Hayley White | hayley@artfair.co.nz | +64 27 276 4662

DISCOVER WORK BY 180 ARTISTS

This year, the Fair will be welcoming 180 artists from 36 galleries. From Christchurch to Beijing, our artists come from all over the globe.

Leading artists like Karl Maughan, Robyn Kahukiwa, and Yuki Kihara will be returning, while some newer faces like Ou Jin, Timo Kube, and Tia Ansell will be joining us for the first time.

Ou Jin – Spurs Gallery, with Visions Gallery

Beijing artist Ou Jin places his works in an open, dynamic linguistic structure to integrally change modes of artistic expression. He applies paint layer after layer, and waits patiently for the countless levels of pigments on the canvas to dry up. This segment of the artist’s activity refers to the artisanal spirit of classical Chinese object-creation/craftsmanship: humans’ physical bodies, objects and time jointly take effect in a certain setting, which relates to a ritual sense of arts and crafts, as well as to the concept of the “body” in performance art; afterwards, he takes readily designed computer-generated icons and inserts them in a special device to make them into three-dimensional cuttings, with the different layers of pigment taking on a rich, three-dimensional visual effect. This kind of visual effect reminds audiences of “abstraction”, but actually the significance of the works extends far beyond that of abstract art.

Ou Jin, Untitled 115, 2018. Acrylic paint, mixed material on wood board, 100h x 120w cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Spurs Gallery.

Yuki Kihara – Milford Galleries

Yuki Kihara – New Zealand’s 2021 Venice Biennale representative – is an interdisciplinary artist of Japanese and Samoan descent. Working across a range of media including photography, performance and video, Kihara has built a comprehensive body of work and curatorial practice that examines gender roles, consumerism, (mis)representation, and the past, present and future societal issues from colonial and post-colonial perspectives. Kihara’s work can be found in national and international collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the British Museum, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Ryerson Image Centre, Canada and Giorgio Armani.

Yuki Kihara, EFKS Church, Maraenui, 2017. Lenticular print, Edition of 5 + 2 AP, Frame- 1098 x 1533 x 60 mm. Courtesy of the artist and Milford Galleries Dunedin and Queenstown.

Robyn Kahukiwa – Black Door Gallery

Robyn Kahukiwa is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s pre-eminent female Māori painters. Kahukiwa’s rediscovery of her Māori heritage, on moving from Sydney to New Zealand in 1955, has formed the crux of her painting practice, which passionately articulates and affirms her identity as a Māori wahine (Māori woman). Since her first solo exhibition in 1971, Kahukiwa has been engaged in representing Māori and Pacific cultures as a way of reclaiming tino rangatiratanga (self-determination), and earned recognition and greater prominence as a professional artist in the seminal exhibition Wahine Toa: Women of Māori Myth, which toured New Zealand in 1983. Kahukiwa’s paintings investigate the diversity of urban Māori and Pacific communities, and often represent her personal search for cultural identity. Her mural-scale paintings are populated with ancestral figures, native birds, plants and trees, and their commentary relates to the realities and struggles of Māori.

Robyn Kahukiwa, Hine Kōkōwai, 2019. Acrylic on Canvas, Framed, 1220 W x 920mm H. Courtesy of the artist and Black Door Gallery.

Tia Ansell – {Suite}

Tia Ansell started her Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) at Massey University, Wellington in 2014 and completed an Honours degree at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, in 2018. Tia won the National Gallery of Victoria Women’s Association Award and the Majlis travelling scholarship in 2017, Valerie Albiston scholarship, 2015-17, and the National Gallery of Victoria prize in 2014. Ansell makes mixed assemblages of disparate elements, including painted fabric, ceramic tiles, dyed yarn weaving and bronze brooches, set in rectangular and grid-like structures.

Tia Ansell, Andrew, 2020. Acrylic on cotton, silk, wool and bamboo handmade weaving, in custom aluminium frame,330 x 220 x 60 mm. Courtesy of the artist and {Suite}.

Mahiriki Tangaroa – Bergman Gallery

Mahiriki Tangaroa is a New Zealand raised Cook Islands artist. She majored in photography at the Canterbury University School of Fine Arts documenting the vanishing Cook Islands cultural heritage in her photographic assignments. In 1999 she began to paint and is now one of a small group of prominent contemporary female artists in the Cook Islands. ⁠Tangaroa’s art and curatorial practice is focused on challenging both artists and audiences to consider the impacts of cultural imperialism, in particular the impact of the arrival of Christianity on Cook Islands culture. Tangaroa re-constitutes customary symbols with tapa or pareu patterns, drawing attention to the progression of contemporary Cook Islands culture and the evolving nature of identity.⁠

Mahiriki Tangaroa, Between Wind & Ocean, 2019. Oil on canvas, 1030 x 820 mm. Courtesy of the artist and Bergman Gallery.

Introducing In Residence

In Residence is a new initiative for artist-run spaces at the Art Fair on the Mezzanine of The Cloud. While the Art Fair has supported emerging artists through Piki Mai: Up Here ^^ since 2018 and the Projects programme since 2016, In Residence provides curatorial support and has helped ensure that the full cost of participation is covered for each booth through successfully spearheading a Boosted campaign.

The spaces who will be showing are mothermother, Parasite, RM, Satchi & Satchi & Satchi and Wet Green. Each unique in the ways they operate, they form a vibrant and important part of Aotearoa’s art ecology and help provide an essential opportunity for experimentation with exhibition-making and art practice through bringing energy and a new perspective to their presentations. 

This new section of the Fair will be facilitated by Becky Hemus, a writer and curator based in Tāmaki Makaurau who is also a co-founder of Wet Green and May Fair Art Fair. In Residence will include artist talks and a commissioned text to be distributed alongside each presentation. It will be the first time that so many artist-run spaces have been able to participate in the Fair.

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Boosted campaign to make this endeavour possible. Your support, along with advance funding from Creative New Zealand for RM, has enabled this project to become a reality.