Thank you!

The 2021 Auckland Art Fair was delighted to have been able to welcome visitors to The Cloud for four out of the five scheduled days.  While the final day of the 2021 Auckland Art Fair had to be cancelled following the Government’s announcement that Auckland would move to Level 3 from 6am on Sunday 28 Feb, the daily visitation to the Fair was significantly above that of previous years and the 37 participating galleries saw record sales of art last week.  More details to follow soon.

To find out more about what took place at this year’s Fair click here to visit our What’s On page.

Our sincere thanks to ALL our partners – in particular our major partners, Auckland Unlimited and ANZ Private – and to all the artists and galleries who participate, and every visitor who attended the Fair.  The Fair would not have been the success it was, without you.

For those who had tickets for the Sunday, but could not attend due to the one-day cancellation, we will be contacting you to offer a refund.  Please bear with us, while our ticketing partner works through the logistics.  We hope you can understand the pressure that this latest change in Alert Levels has put onto ticketing providers, with so many events across the country being cancelled or postponed. We will be in touch as soon as we can.

Dates for the 2022 Art Fair will be announced very soon.


Partners of the 2021 Art Fair:

Major Partners:

ANZ Private

Auckland Unlimited


Asia New Zealand Foundation



Creative New Zealand


Friends of Friends Design

Govett Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre


Latch Digital




Snow Pea Studios


Technix Group

The Chartwell Trust

Tiffany & Co.

Victoria University Wellington

Yu Mei

Food and Drink Partners:


Atomic Coffee Roasters

Champagne Perrier-Jouët

Duck Island



Seresin Estate

The Oyster Inn

Media Partners:

Art Asia Pacific

Art Collector

Art Monthly Australasia

Art New Zealand





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 provided curatorial support and helped ensure that the full cost of participation was covered for each booth through successfully spearheading a Boosted campaign.

The spaces who showed are mothermother, Parasite, RM Gallery and Project Space, 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 was 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 included artist talks and a commissioned text was distributed alongside each presentation. It was the first time that so many artist-run spaces were 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 funding from Creative New Zealand for RM, enabled this project to become a reality.

A Base of People

At the Fair a series of three panel discussions took place, designed to stimulate public debate in the framework of the Art Fair.

Considering the unique position of Aotearoa as a place for contemporary art production, local and international artists, writers and cultural actors discussed thought-provoking questions, each drawing from their personal knowledge and lived experience rather than putting forward a theoretical approach.

A Base of People was curated by Remco de Blaaij (Director of Artspace Aotearoa) on behalf of Ngātahi (a collaboration between Auckland arts organisations Artspace Aotearoa, Gus Fisher Gallery, Objectspace, ST PAUL St Gallery, Te Tuhi and Te Uru) and supported by Creative New Zealand.

The talks were recorded and are available to watch below.

Parallel Worlds, a new imagination on internationality

If we think about international links, what is the imagination of Aotearoa in the rest of the world, and what is now expected from a diverse range of practices and knowledge coming out of Aotearoa? What are the demands put on Indigenous work, both by public organisations, as well as by individual collectors? What is needed to provide more manaakitanga for these works in frameworks that are seemingly not designed to house them?

The panel was led by Ioana Gordon-Smith with Tim Melville, Ema Tavola and Kimberley Moulton.

How and When?

Thinking through artistic and curatorial examples of Aotearoa based exhibitions, what are the examples we need to learn from more and better. If then, how, and when do we need to look at new ways of presenting, representing ‘new’ art from Aotearoa? What are the systems required and are the uses of our institutions still relevant?

The panel was led by Remco de Blaaij with Cameron Ah Loo-Matamua, Ngahiraka Mason, Nigel Borell and Ashleigh Taupaki.

Collecting anew

Who and what are the new collectors? Should we talk simply about a new generation of collectors, or do we see a shift of focus in the attention of new collectors? What are the social motivations for collectors to collect and do they apply a more ‘ethical’ and political approach in their work? How do artists develop new ways of making a market for themselves, one that considers new infrastructures beyond galleries alone?

The panel was led by Remco de Blaaij with Hannah Chiaroni Clarke, Nikau Hindin, Jennie Hu and Nomadic Art Gallery (prerecorded response).

Projects 2021

Present Tense

Within the world of art, there is a long history of informal exchange, including a special type of transaction between artists borne from admiration, camaraderie and, often, rivalry. Despite an increasingly corporate and cut-throat art world, this long history of the artist trade or swap has remained stable—testament to the fact that artists, by and large, are the best collectors. They are the last to think of art as a commodity and the first to consider themselves custodians of a given work, relishing its sentiment and meaning above all else.

Building upon the spirit of the artist exchange, Auckland Art Fair’s 2021 Projects Present Tense draws together six early-career New Zealand artists in a series of commissioned unfolding interventions that continue the Fair’s initiatives to encourage contemplation and debate. As an alternative model to the commercial exchange of the Art Fair, each artist has created endless copies of an object that will be given away and/or traded with audiences in contexts that reinforce personal and communal bonds over the individualising effects of the cash-based exchange.

Burning with the realities of the global pandemic, each artist’s work is suffused with a will to repair and rebind the fissures, incoherence and disconnection of our time—directly responding to the present through activations guided by feeling, human connection and the personal. From soap to abandoned birds’ nests, ceramic totems, postcards, scented blotters and sand, each artist has transmuted seemingly everyday objects that are a part of our recognisable reality into a poetic meditation on today’s issues—offering audiences a different type of transaction that takes place outside of the usual business of art collecting.

– Micheal Do, Curator


Casey Carsel, knobl—soup!, 2020. Installation view at the 2021 Auckland Art Fair.

Click here to read more about Casey Carsel and knobl—soup! 

Tanya Martusheff, of a dilemma, 2021. Installation view at the 2021 Auckland Art Fair.

Click here to read more about Tanya Martusheff and of a dilemma

Lucy Meyle, Local Branch, 2021. Installation view at the 2021 Auckland Art Fair.

Click here to read more about Lucy Meyle and Local Branch

Elisabeth Pointon, SOMETHING BIG., 2021. Installation view at Tiffany & Co. during the 2021 Auckland Art Fair.

Click here to read more about Elisabeth Pointon and SOMETHING BIG.

Becky Richards, An Egg, A Seed, A Stone, 2020-2021. Installation view at the 2021 Auckland Art Fair.

Click here to read more about Becky Richards and An Egg, A Seed, A Stone

Ashleigh Taupaki, One, 2021. Installation view at Yu Mei during the 2021 Auckland Art Fair.

Click here to read more about Ashleigh Taupaki and One

Visit Auckland

To celebrate our continued partnership with Auckland Unlimited, their team interviewed artists, Yolunda Hickman and Yona Lee, and gallery owner and director Scott Lawrie, to find out more about their favourite places in this vibrant city.

Yolunda Hickman, represented by Sumer

Yona Lee, represented by Fine Arts, Sydney

Scott Lawrie of Scott Lawrie Gallery