Energise your creative mind and connect with your imagination

Developed by the Chartwell Trust and supported by Te Rito Toi and the Centre for Arts and Social Transformation, Squiggla is a creative thinking programme that exercises the creative mind through mark making. Designed as a non-judgemental activity for people of all ages from youngsters to adults and families, Squiggla uses the power of direct, free flowing mark making. It is a tool that recognises creative thinking is important for everyone.

Just as exercise encourages blood flow around our bodies, Squiggla encourages the flow of creative connections – after all, a creative brain is a connected one. Using the visual language of dots, lines and squiggles, Squiggla builds connections with our inventive, playful creative minds, using our senses along with our curiosity to try new things to get into the flow. As an off-line activity, backed up by a web-app to record your activities, Squiggla breaks free from pressured calls for representational drawing and focusses on connecting creative thinking, feeling and seeing right on the page. It is more ‘visual brain gym’ than ‘art’, more ‘free independent invention’ than ‘representation’, more ‘trust and relax’ than ‘define and judge’.

Squiggla gives adults the freedom to discover the creative process again, by slowing the busy reasoning mind and intuitively composing, arranging and balancing marks on the page with an ensemble of mark making tools – just like improvisational music. Connect with the joy of free mark making by embracing chance and ideas that pop into your head. Squiggla is also designed for families and school children with their teachers who value the way creative thinking can help learners generate new ideas, expand their curiosity and risk taking in easy ways and connects intuition with action and invention- right on the page. Creative Thinking has been recognised as one of the top three skills young people will need for the future- you can make a start by connecting with Squiggla.

Play-Make-Imagine-Invent – Connect your way to being a creative Squigglamaker at the Auckland Art Fair.

Yu Mei

Yu Mei is a leather goods label devoted to the creation of understated luxury. Each bag design is born from the ethos that simplicity is complexity resolved, built for purpose to carry with ease.

Based in Wellington, New Zealand, Yu Mei’s mission is to create quality products that will weather your journey with you. In 2020, Yu Mei opened its first Auckland location at Britomart’s Commercial Bay shopping precinct, a short distance from the Auckland Art Fair’s waterfront hub.

Yu Mei is known for minimal design aesthetics with a strong focus on utility, by women for women – carrying with you everything you actually need in a day. Yu Mei aims to inspire and engage forward-thinking women and men who understand refined, utilitarian aesthetics and commitment to a high-quality product that stands the test of time.

Yu Mei is pleased to partner with Auckland Art Fair on the projects 2021 with the commissioning of a new work by Ashleigh Taupaki, which will be presented at the Newmarket store opening in February. Discover the range at www.yumeibrand.com 


Victoria University of Wellington

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington is New Zealand’s globally ranked capital city university. The University is one of New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious tertiary institutions with a proud tradition of academic excellence.

The vision of Te Herenga Waka is to be a world-leading capital city university and one of the great global-civic universities. As such, the University is committed to ensuring our communities benefit from our internationally respected academic excellence. We place a strong emphasis on ensuring our research informs policy and leads thinking on major questions and issues. The University’s areas of academic distinctiveness address local, national and global challenges, with a focus on Wellington, New Zealand and the Asia—Pacific.

The University consistently produces high-quality graduates who are well equipped for the international workforce and follow in the footsteps of the many alumni who have become scholars, inventors, creators, entrepreneurs and civic leaders throughout New Zealand and around the world.

Victoria University of Wellington is home to the Adam Art Gallery Te Pataka Toi, New Zealand’s leading university art gallery, which runs a highly regarded programme of exhibitions and manages the University’s nationally significant art collection.

Tiffany & Co.

Since 1837, Tiffany & Co. has become synonymous with elegance, fine craftsmanship and creative excellence. Today, Tiffany is a global design house at the forefront of innovative jewellery design and expert craftsmanship. With a longstanding history of design partnerships with iconic designers such as Jean Schlumberger, Elsa Peretti & Paloma Picasso, these gifted designers have influenced the world with their singular vision and distinctive ideas.

Tiffany and Co. is delighted to partner with the 2021 Auckland Art Fair, the preeminent contemporary art event, commissioning a work by Elisabeth Pointon. We invite you to visit our boutique located at Britomart, Auckland to view. Please click here to connect with our store concierge to arrange a viewing.



Founded in 1811 in Epernay, Maison Perrier-Jouët is one of France’s most historic and distinctive champagne houses, renowned for its floral and intricate champagnes which reveal the true essence of the Chardonnay grape and an enduring tradition of savoir-faire – an unparalleled expertise of only seven Cellar Masters since its foundation.

A boutique house with a family spirit, Perrier-Jouët has been profoundly influenced by its founders’ love of nature and art – twin inspirations which allow it to create exceptional experiences and moments of wonder that enhance everyday life. Since its 1902 collaboration with Art Nouveau pioneer Emile Gallé, creator of the anemone design for its Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque prestige cuvée, Perrier-Jouët has continued to commission work from established and emerging artists.

Perrier-Jouët is delighted to be the official Champagne of Aotearoa Art Fair.