Artweek is just around the corner and 2020 marks a massive ten years for the week-long festival. Once again, it's time to celebrate all the dynamic, abstract and awe-inspiring pieces right here in the City of Sails. We’ve narrowed down our top picks for some of the best events this year's programme has to offer, so come along and appreciate all the wonderful art that has flourished while the city has been in lockdown.
Artists will be taking over Auckland with their wonderful creations from 10–18 October, with everything from street art tours, light sculpture trails, photography exhibitions, film, music, and everything in between.
Late Night Art
Enjoy the city centre at its best by joining a culture-loving crowd for a night of art, exhibitions, light, music and performance at Late Night Art. Some of the events include dance from three emerging choreographers with the Pacific Dance New Zealand Choreographic Lab, retrace the flow of the buried Waihorotiu stream with Live at Te Waihorotiu, or take in performances, fashion and more with Afro Party hosted by Nadine Nahimana.
When: Tuesday 13 October, 5PM – 9PM
Da Vinci Talk: Wait and Hope
Bruce Mason Centre
Da Vinci Talk is an art exhibition that showcases the works of Chinese art university students, promoting a cross-cultural exchange between China and New Zealand. This exhibition brings a fresh perspective on contemporary Chinese society and encourages the sharing of ideas and understandings.
When: 25 September—14 October
Secret Museum Tour
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Ever wonder what’s tucked away in the basement of the Museum? Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to explore the underground world where many of our treasures are stored on our new behind the scenes tour. Your Secret Museum Tour guide will reveal how we look after our priceless collections and how they are kept safe for future generations. This is a rare opportunity to see some of the incredible objects that aren’t on display in our galleries and exhibitions.
When: 11.30AM daily
Muriwai Art Degustation
Muriwai Art Degustation tours include visits to eight artists, seven studios with exclusive artist talks or demonstrations at each studio with food and drink appropriate for high tea or sundowners. Limited to twelve people per tour, this is a great opportunity to interact with the artists (mediums include ceramics, jewellery, painting, embroidery and photography) in their studio environment at one of Auckland’s iconic wild West Coast surf beaches.
When: Saturday 10th October
Studio One Toi Tū Makers Market
Studio One Toi Tū
Support local artists at this night market celebrating our creative community. The Studio One Toi Tū Makers Market showcases New Zealand artists—browse a curated selection of original ceramics, photographs, paintings and more. While you're in the building check out the Artweek Auckland exhibitions and open artist studios, as well as the local food truck parked on site.
When: Thursday 15 October, 5PM – 8PM
Step through the doorway at Elizabeth’s into Dreamland: a multisensory, immersive experience created by Veronika Sola, and inspired by her attuned observations of the sensuous beauty of flowers, the ebb and flow of nature, and the changes we face while journeying through life. Dreamland invites you to retreat from the everyday and explore the concept of change and dreams in an ethereal, contemplative space of light, moving image, scent and sound. Can the natural world of flora and fauna be our guide for navigating life and change?
When: 13–17 October
Ashleigh Taupaki – Matā
Using matā as a focus point, Taupaki looks into ideas of non-human agency as it pertains to Māori concepts of identity and place-making. Much like picking up shells on a beach, the action of collection is intuitive and sentimental. This collection of images, objects, and minerals reflects on ties to Papatūānuku as our source of life, habitat, and mother. Places are carved and objects stand as placeholders for ancestral lands—the whenua as both land and placenta is a source of life.
When: 14 – 31 October
Jayden Plank – Psychedelic Wasteland
The Tuesday Club
Rejecting minimal and mono-cultural aesthetics in favour of an exhilarating riot of colour and form, Tamaki Makaurau Auckland-based artist Jayden Plank creates paintings and sculptures that synthesize an investigation of the limitlessness of inner worlds and outer space.
Drawings from the visual languages of pop culture, psychedelic art and science fiction. Plank explores ideas of transcendence. Sprinkled with glitter or fashioned from fiberglass, nothing should be surprising and yet, often is. Plank’s works appear curiously functional, with forms that evoke cumbersome gadgets of complex maps, and a conspicuous gleaming staff that commands significance through its ludicrous nature.
When: 10 – 12 October
Wine and Paint Party
Studio One Toi Tū
Grab a brush, a drink and let’s get painting! No previous painting experience or artistic ability is required for the Wine and Paint Party. This social painting class provides all materials along with step by step instructions on how to paint. At the end of the event you'll leave with your own painting ready to hang up on your wall.
When: 10 & 17 October, 6PM – 8PM
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Image credit: Follow Me art + light trail by Angus Muir Design, Muriwai Art Degustation supplied, Wait and Hope supplied, Dreamland by Veronika Sola, Psychedelic Wasteland by Jayden Plank