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Local and International Galleries Announced for Auckland Art Fair 2016

Friday, May 20, 2016

Auckland Art Fair, New Zealand’s premier showcase for contemporary art, returns in 2016 with 40 leading contemporary galleries from New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific Islands and Latin America. The event will take place from 25—29 May at The Cloud, Queen’s Wharf on Auckland’s Waterfront.

Under the new management of premier events company, North Port Events, the 2016 edition will see a shift in focus to contemporary art of the wider Pacific region and seeks to establish the Fair as an important event in the international cultural calendar.

Auckland Art Fair will welcome more than 10 international galleries this year. Those exhibiting at the Fair for the first time include STATION (Melbourne), Sarah Scout Presents (Melbourne), The Commercial (Sydney), Tristian Koenig (Melbourne), Galerie Pompom (Sydney), Bergman Gallery (Rarotonga) and MUTT (Chile).

Amongst a range of new initiatives is the Projects Programme, Pacific Real Time, curated by Jarrod Rawlins, curator at MONA (Hobart) and Simon Rees, director and curator at Govett-Brewster / Len Lye Centre. Rawlins and Rees will work with participating galleries and non-profit institutions to create works and dialogues otherwise not seen within the commercial presentations. For more information on the Projects Programme see https://artfair.co.nz/projects/.

Nine of Auckland’s non-profit institutions will present editions, multiples and publications in a special Editions booth at the Fair, enabling visitors to purchase works by leading contemporary artists priced between $100 to $2,000. Proceeds from sales will go directly towards supporting the institutions involved: Artspace, Corban Estate Arts Centre, Gus Fisher Gallery, Malcolm Smith Gallery, McCahon House, Objectspace, St Paul St Gallery, Te Tuhi and Te Uru.

Internationally renowned chef Peter Gordon (Sugar Club, Auckland; The Providores, London; Tapa Room, London) is partnering with the Fair to bring his inimitable fusion cuisine to the eateries, bars and a pop-up restaurant on the mezzanine level of The Cloud overlooking the Waitemata Harbour.

Auckland Art Fair is also partnering with MyArt, a New Zealand-based interest-free art loan scheme. MyArt makes it easier for collectors to purchase art by providing interest-free loans from $1,000 to $25,000, with a 10% deposit at the time of purchase. For more information see www.myart.co.nz.

Auckland Art Fair will introduce an extensive four-day VIP programme this year, which includes access to the

Preview day and Opening night on Wednesday, 25 May. Other events include a reception and private tour of

Space to Dream: Recent Art from South America at the Auckland Art Gallery; a breakfast and artist talk for The

Hive Hums with Many Minds hosted by Te Tuhi at Silo Park in Wynyard Quarter; drinks at Wallace Pah

Homestead followed by an artist and curatorial talk of Parlour Games. There will also be studio tours, guided

gallery tours and a series of artist talks.

The Fair will open to the public with an Opening Night event on Wednesday, 25 May (tickets provide access to the Fair on all days and are available for $95). A special Artists’ Party event will be held on Friday, 27 May (tickets available for $45). General Access tickets start from $25. To purchase tickets visit https://artfair.co.nz/buy-tickets/.

Venue: The Cloud, Queen’s Wharf, Auckland
Tickets on sale: 1 March, 2016
http://www.artfair.co.nz for further details and media registrations.

Auckland Art Fair is pleased to announce the following galleries will be taking part in 2016:

NEW ZEALAND ARTIS Gallery, Auckland/ Bartley + Company Art, Wellington/ Bath Street Gallery, Auckland/ Black Asterisk, Auckland/ Bowen Galleries, Wellington/ Trish Clark Gallery, Auckland/ FHE Galleries, Auckland/ Fox Jensen, Auckland & Sydney/ Antoinette Godkin Art House, Auckland/ Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland/ Warwick Henderson, Auckland/ Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland/ Michael Lett, Auckland/ Masterworks Gallery, Auckland/ Hamish McKay, Wellington/ Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington/ Tim Melville, Auckland/Anna Miles Gallery, Auckland/ Milford Galleries Dunedin, Dunedin/ Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington/ PAULNACHE, Gisborne/ Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland/ Sanderson Contemporary, Auckland/ Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch/ STARKWHITE, Auckland/ {Suite}, Wellington/ Toi o Tahuna, Queenstown/ Two Rooms, Auckland/ Whitespace contemporary art, Auckland/

AUSTRALIA Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney/ The Commercial, Sydney/ Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne/ Tristian Koenig, Melbourne/ DOMINIK MERSCH GALLERY, Sydney/ Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney /Galerie pompom, Sydney/ Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne/STATION, Melbourne.

RAROTONGA Bergman Gallery, Rarotonga
CHILE MUTT, Santiago

Installation view, Nigel Swinn, 'Tipene,' FHE Galleries, Auckland Art Fair 2013.

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