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It’s all happening on the fringes. Take a stroll around Arch Hill, Auckland’s burgeoning art precinct.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Returning to the (sweltering) office this summer, we were struck by the number of great exhibitions taking place in the neighbourhood, all within easy walking distance of the office.

The Arch Hill/Grey Lynn nexus is particularly rich gallery-wise but you do need to navigate around some smaller streets. We recommend you find a car park on a side street off Great North Road, pop on your flats, and take a stroll through the hood.

As a starting point, you can’t beat Putiki Street, now home to five galleries. It was put on the art map by Jenny Todd, when she opened Two Rooms in 2006. Hopkinson Mossman shifted in directly across the road in 2012 and was joined by Orexart in 2013. Fox Jensen will be opening a few doors down in mid-March just along from the Toi Ora Arts Trust.

After a bracing injection of Atomic coffee from The Bunker, you can walk out Great North Road, cross the street (carefully) and head down Pollen Street where, at the bottom of the hill, you will come to Crummer Road. A right turn here will take you to Whitespace at No.11. Continuing east along Crummer Road and turning right into Ponsonby Road you will come across Black Asterisk and Objectspace on the west side and Studio One (formerly Art Station) on the east side of the street.

In April this year, Tim Melville will also be in the hood, opening a new space on Winchester Street, the last street at the bottom of Newton Road just before the motorway. From there, begins another art walk to the K’Road galleries but, unless your shoes are really comfortable, we might leave that for another bulletin.

To find out what’s on at the galleries in the hood, click on the links below. Happy wandering.

Jennifer Buckley

Two Rooms, Hopkinson Mossman, Orexart, Fox Jensen, Toi Ora, Whitespace, Black Asterisks, Objectspace, Studio OneTim Melville

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