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Everything You Need To See At This Year’s Artweek

By Albert Cho
14th Sep 2018

Art Week: What Not To Miss This Year

It’s that time of the year again where Auckland artists crawl out of their studios and share their masterpieces with the rest of the city and we couldn’t be any more excited. Yep, we're talking the return of Artweek.  With a wealth of talent in the City of Sails, expect to ‘oooh’ and ‘aaah’ as art lights up your life.

With so much on, we’ve narrowed down the best of Auckland’s Art Week that’s not to be missed.

Art Of Urban Design – Guided Art Tours In The Heart Of The City

Auckland CBD

With over 100 exhibitions and pop-ups to choose from, it can all be pretty overwhelming knowing where to start. Join a guided tour of the central Auckland location to begin your full week of art and culture, This way, you get a true idea of what artistic potential and talent our city has! The walking tour guides you through the streets and laneways as well as giving you some information on the design of the city streets and spaces. Not only is this a great way to start your Artweek but also a perfect way to end it so you can get amongst all the beauty you may have missed out on.

Saturday, 6th October 2pm – 4pm, Saturday, 13th October, 11am – 1pm
For more information, click here 

Late Night Art

Auckland CBD

We can’t write up a round-up without mentioning the Late Night Art event! It’s one of the most highly anticipated events of the week—and for very good reason! This is a night when a lot of the exhibitions included throughout the throw something a little extra special and food trucks also get amongst the artsy evening as well! 

Tuesday, 9th October, 5pm – 9pm
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Artweek By Cycle

Multiple Locations

Not much of a walking person? Nooo problem as you can take a cycle tour around the best that Artweek has to offer! Thanks to Mercury, you can take the art tour on wheels to save you from getting your feet sore. Spaces are limited so be sure to book your bike ASAP! Did we mention that this experience is also free? Yup, free!

Saturday, 6th October – Sunday, 14th October
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Windsor Reserve, Devonport

Last year, [email protected] made waves amongst Aucklanders for being one of the most memorable exhibitions. And, luckily for us, [email protected] will be making a comeback this year and it is set to be even better! Unitec’s talented second-year architecture students have designed a light show with zero waste and zero budget brief and will be located on Windsor Reserve in Devonport.

Friday, 12th October – Saturday, 13th October, 5pm – Late
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Real Life Floral Filters

Snickel Lane Floris, Shop 12, Snickel Lane

Just in time for the spring season, Snickel Lane will be transformed into a floral wonderland for us Aucklanders. Enough with downloading apps to make your photos more up-to-par for an upload, just head on over to Snickel Lane as they’re bringing floral filters to life! From floral crowns, frames and dresses, it’s not to be missed. Be sure to pop in on Tuesday night, 9th of October as there’ll be professional photographers to capture your flower power moment. But if you’re skilled enough to take your own aesthetic pic, Real Life Floral Filters will be on all Artweek!

Saturday, 6th October – Sunday, 14th October, Mon-Fri 8:30am – 6pm & Sat-Sun 10am – 3pm
For more information, click here 

Bradley Lane Project

Bradley Lane, Glen Innes Town Centre

Grab a map and take yourself on an artistic journey as you venture around Glen Innes to spot the murals around town. These outdoor murals aren’t only for marvelling at but they also makes a great back-drop for an Instagram pic! Make sure you get amongst the Artist Talks on Sunday as well as channel your inner artist and try painting a mural yourself at their workshop!

Friday, 12th October – Saturday, 13th October, 10:30am – 5pm
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Haru No Kawa

The White Room, Swan Hotel, 2 Stanley St, Parnell

Broaden your artist eye to some different cultures and check out the Haru No Kawa exhibition curated by Hanna Bradley. This exhibition will present beautiful artwork from rising Japanese artists as well as the highly established ones who have chosen New Zealand as their home. A range of different art can be found at Haru No Kawa as the background of each artist is different to one another. From tattoo designers, kimono collaborations and photography, Haru No Kawa is one to watch at this year’s Artweek. Noriko Collins will also demonstrate how to use kimono fabric in contemporary fashion while placing importance in recycling the kimono.

Saturday, 13th October, 10am – 3pm
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Are We There Yet?  Women And Equality In Aotearoa

Auckland War Memorial Museum, Tamaki Paenga Hira, The Auckland Domain

Celebrate the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Aotearoa at this exhibition located at Auckland War Memorial Museum. ‘Are We There Yet’ pays tribute to the challenges that came with the success of women being able to vote in New Zealand. But what makes this exhibition even more special is that it looks forward to the future and asks the question on how we can improve gender equality even further.

Daily Until 31st October, 10am – 5pm
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Sam Mitchell – Fight Like A Girl

Melanie Roger Gallery, 444 K’Road

Offering more of a contemporary art form is Sam Mitchell’s exhibition called Fight Like A Girl. The artwork found at this exhibition is vibrant and colourful and also celebrates the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. Fight Like A Girl will present a series of works in honour of the influential female figures such as African American science fiction writer Octavia Butler, Classicist and Women's Rights Campaigner Mary Beard, English author Lorna Sage, and Novelist and world renowned poet Emily Bronte. The exhibition will open from Wednesday, 12th September but be sure to check it out on Saturday, 6th of October for the Artist Talk!

Wednesday, 12th September – Saturday, 6th October, Wed-Fri 11am – 4pm, Sat 11am – 3pm
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Louise Keen – OOZ BLOOZ

Studio One Toi Tū, 1 Ponsonby Road

Plastic seems to be the topic of 2018 so it’s only appropriate that you get amongst Louise Keen’s exhibition, OOZ BLOOZ. Louise Keen showcases how pieces that are often referred to as ‘cheap’ or ‘junk’ are capable of becoming forms of art by adding them to her paintings. OOZ BLOOZ shines light on the impact of climate change and the waste problem of plastic ending up in our oceans and deteriorating our lovely environment.

Thursday, 27th September – Thursday, 25th October, Mon-Thurs 9am-7pm, Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-4pm
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