We are pleased to announce that, after much deliberation, the 2022 Aotearoa Art Fair has been postponed until Wednesday 16–Sunday 20 November 2022. The new dates come in response to the Red Traffic Light setting currently in place in Aotearoa New Zealand, which limits public gatherings to 100.

The 2021 Art Fair, held last February, generated more than NZ$10 million in art sales, all of which went to the participating galleries and their artists, making the Art Fair a very significant event in ensuring artists get paid for the work they do, and dealer galleries can make a living and continue to support their artists.  It is this that has driven the decision to postpone, rather than to cancel.

“A lot of effort goes into staging live events–not just by us as organisers but also our galleries, their artists, our partners and contractors,” say Stephanie Post and Hayley White, co-directors of the event. “To that end, while it is disappointing not to be going ahead in March as planned, we are now looking forward to November and optimistic that by then we will be able to present a Fair showcasing the outstanding art that has already been made – and more”.

The 2022 Fair will welcome the same 40 galleries as planned for March, all showing new work by more than 180 artists, to around 10,000 visitors at The Cloud in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland for five days.

Tickets are on sale now! Everyone who has already purchased tickets to the March Aotearoa Art Fair will be contacted directly to have their tickets transferred over to the new dates or refunded.

Curators Workshop

Following the success of the inaugural curatorial workshop at the 2021 Art Fair, Aotearoa Art Fair, Massey University Te Kunenga Ki Pūrehuroa and Objectspace, are pleased to have selected a group of emerging curators/artists to participate in a workshop and networking/learning opportunity at the 2022 Aotearoa Art Fair.

The 2022 workshop will be co-facilitated by Heather Galbraith (curator and Professor of Fine Arts Toi Rauwhārangi College of Creative Arts), Zoe Black (Deputy Director, Objectspace), and Balamohan Shingade (Researcher with Centre for Culture-Centred Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE), Massey University).  The workshop has been made possible through support from Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.

Over two days (Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 March 2022), participants will enjoy a programme of activities, drawing on the communities of practice gathering around the Aotearoa Art Fair, and events and sites around Tāmaki Makaurau.

The workshop will entail one-on-one meetings, contextual and conceptual discussions, looking at projects and exhibitions, local hikoi to projects and events, and will include opportunities to meet artists, curators, other arts and culture professionals and each other, and to debate key issues participants wish to address.

Workshop participants will enjoy the full benefits of a VIP invitation to the 2022 Aotearoa Art Fair (which runs from 2-6 March 2022).  This includes unlimited access to the Art Fair, plus invitations to a programme of VIP art events in and around Tāmaki Makaurau during the week of the Fair.

Writers Workshop

Ten emerging arts writers have been selected to join art historian, writer and curator Christina Barton for a writers workshop. This seven-day intensive has been conceived to run alongside the 2022 Aotearoa Art Fair (28 Feb –6 March) and selected participants will gain insights into the practice of writing from an experienced author who will introduce you to professionals involved in the writing process including writers, editors, designers, and publishers.

The aim of the workshop is to produce a publication that responds to the Fair that will be circulated to visitors and participants as soon as possible after it closes. Participants will learn a range of approaches to art writing then find their own ‘take’ on the works, projects and satellite events taking place during the Fair. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to literally ‘workshop’ the process of writing, from finding their subject, through formulating a response, editing drafts, then bringing their work together with others to produce a coherent finished product. This will be designed and published in hard-copy and online formats.

This workshop has been generously supported by Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington and Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa. Special thanks to Aotearoa Art Fair for graciously hosting the workshop.