At The Fair

Artist Talks

China Import Direct

CHINA IMPORT DIRECT is a curated showcase of the best digital and video artists practicing today across China. Bringing together ten of the last decade’s most significant young Chinese video artists working across a wide variety of themes and ideas, CHINA IMPORT DIRECT aims to introduce a new perspective on China and contemporary Chinese art. While each of the artists have significant standing within China, and are eagerly presented in exhibitions across Asia, the United States, and Europe, this is the first time that any of the artists have been seen in New Zealand.

Declining to provide either a historical or programmatic presentation of what is essentially a diverse set of practices from a phenomenally complex art scene, CHINA IMPORT DIRECT instead aims to introduce a variety of concerns and issues reflective of the wide multiplicity of voices that represent China today. The artists in CHINA IMPORT DIRECT investigate such broad topics as internet culture, rural development, future biology, post-humanism, urban change, sub-cultural identity, gender, sex, and death.

Each of the artists present in CHINA IMPORT DIRECT reflect an aspect of the momentous change both within China and the tremendous transitions felt globally in the past decade of rapid globalisation. As all are born post-1980, they also represent the unique social conditions and reflections of the generation born after the Open Up and Reform policy, and the One Child policy.

CHINA IMPORT DIRECT is curated by Monumental Culture, Shanghai and will be presented in a container at the entrance to The Cloud.


Children's Workshop

Bring the kids! Auckland Art Fair is a family friendly event with free entry for children under 12 years of age. Especially designed for your burgeoning little artists are the workshops on Saturday and Sunday hosted by Te Uru and Arts 4 Us, so don't forget to check them out on the mezzanine level of The Cloud.

Auckland Art Fair is grateful to Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery and Arts 4 Us for organising the workshop, and Reno Art for supplying art materials for the workshops.


The Auckland Art Fair bookshop will feature a diverse selection of the very best art and photo books being produced in New Zealand today, including publications by Remote Photobooks, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Ron Sang Publications, City Gallery Wellington, The Dowse Art Museum, Artspace, ST PAUL St Publishing, Te Uru, Te Tuhi, Victoria University Press, and more.

Visit the bookshop upstairs on the Mezzanine level of The Cloud at the Auckland Art Fair to purchase limited copies of the best art books on the market. Some highlights include:


Samoa House Library is an open and evolving educational platform that has emerged in response to the forthcoming closure of the University of Auckland’s Fine Arts, Music and Architecture and Planning Libraries.

For the Auckland Art Fair 2019, Samoa House Library - in collaboration with Ngātahi - present a reading room, a transitory space that reflects the fundamental importance of research and criticality to contemporary arts in Aotearoa.

All galleries participating at the Art Fair will be invited to contribute texts and resources relevant to their own presentations. Samoa House Library will make these available at the Fair as a Reading Room.

In addition, the public are invited to bring copies of their favourite art books to the Art Fair to donate to Samoa House Library.  The library has a unique cataloguing system that acknowledges donor or provenance by cataloguing books under the initials of the donor, making the collection reflective of the community that built it.

Samoa House Library has also commissioned a series of affordable artist editions from prominent local and international artists. These editions focus on the pivotal role of research and literature in artistic practice, and will reflect the individual preoccupations of each artist.  These editions will be available for purchase at the Art Fair.

For the Auckland Art Fair 2019, the Samoa House Library Reading Room has been developed in collaboration with Ngātahi, a group of eight Auckland-based non-profit galleries, including Artspace Aotearoa, Corban Estate Arts Centre, Gus Fisher Gallery (University of Auckland), McCahon House, Objectspace, ST PAUL St Gallery (AUT), Te Tuhi and Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery.


Ngātahi is a collective of leading public non-profit galleries with a focused curatorial programme that engages with local, national and global conversations of contemporary art, design, craft and other creative practices.

In 2019 Ngātahi members included Artspace Aotearoa, Corban Estate Arts Centre, Gus Fisher Gallery (University of Auckland), McCahon House, Objectspace, ST PAUL St Gallery (AUT), Te Tuhi, and Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery.


12pm Remco de Blaaij, Director, Artspace Aotearoa

1pm Charlotte Huddleston, Director, ST PAUL St Gallery

2pm Lisa Beauchamp, Curator of Contemporary Art, Gus Fisher Gallery


12pm Zoe Black, Maukuuku Community Development Co-ordinator, Objectspace

1pm Balamohan Shingade, Assistant Director, ST PAUL St Gallery

2pm Vivienne Stone, Director, McCahon House


WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT AGAIN. is Elisabeth Pointon's latest text work with aerial advertising company Air Bubble, which will be presented over the 2019 Auckland Art Fair.

WHEN: Saturday 4th May at 12pm*
WHERE: The Cloud
*the time could change depending on the weather

McCahon House - Tomorrow will be the same but not as this

This year, the McCahon House Trust celebrates Colin McCahon’s centenary. To mark the occasion they are releasing a limited edition screen print of McCahon’s great painting Tomorrow will be the same but not as this. Originally painted in 1958-59 with enamel house paint and sand, this high quality print - an edition of 100 - is available for the first time at Auckland Art Fair.

Pre-orders for the print will be taken at the Fair or via the McCahon House office:

Image credit: Colin McCahon, Tomorrow will be the same but not as this is, 1959. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, reproduced with the permission of McCahon Research + Publications Trust. 

My Art

My Art is a not-for-profit organisation that makes it easier to own original art through galleries by providing interest-free loans.

Our mission is to support artists and the vibrancy of the New Zealand art scene by making the purchase of art more accessible - so everyone can experience the joy of living with art. My Art pay the gallery directly, so you can take your art home and enjoy it straight away, knowing the artist has been paid in full.

Interest-free loans are available from $1,000 to $50,000, require a 10% deposit and nine equal monthly repayments.

Come and see our team at the Art Fair to find out more. We can process applications and approvals at our stand or you can get pre-approved online today to make it even easier!

School Visits

Experience Auckland Art Fair with your senior school art or design class to see, learn and engage with some of the best art from New Zealand and around the Pacific Rim. The Fair offers special group ticket prices for senior school classes which include a private tour of the Fair by students from Elam School of Fine Arts and Art History Students from The University of Auckland. Taking place on Thursday and Friday at the Fair, places are limited and will sell out. So be sure to get in touch to plan your school trip to Auckland Fair and help encourage New Zealand's next emerging artists.


Simply buy your Auckland Art Fair tickets online and register your details to be in the draw to win a 43” Samsung Frame TV, the perfect addition to your wall.
More than a TV, The Frame transforms your living space and is the perfect platform for displaying moving image art. It's art when it’s off. TV when it’s on.

You can check that your ticket is registered with your details by visiting the Information Counter at the Fair. All registered tickets will go in the draw to win a 43" Samsung Frame TV!