High Five: Auckland art galleries

Last updated 05:00 05/09/2011
Auckland Art Gallery
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Art Installation by Choi Jeong Hwa.

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With Auckland Art Gallery - Toi o Tamaki finally opening its doors to the public on Saturday, it's a great time to think about the thriving art scene around town.

Here are high five's top Auckland art galleries:

Cnr of Kitchener and Wellesley St

Auckland's oldest art gallery is still one of our most prestigious. More than 150 years after it was established, the John Leech Gallery specialises in both historical and contemporary works by some of our most significant artists.

Try it if you like: All things old and new.

Level 1, 300 Karangahape Rd

Artspace is one of the leading galleries for contemporary art in New Zealand. The space is dedicated to presenting new ideas in art and culture and is artist-centred, with a focus on facilitating and resourcing artists' inquiries.

Try it if you like: More than just a picture on a wall.

2 Kitchener St

Fingers is New Zealand's oldest contemporary jewellery gallery and has helps launched the careers of a number of artists. The team at Fingers see jewellery as more than just something to wear.

Try it if you like: Multi-purpose art.


PWC Tower, 188 Quay St

Meaning precious or prestigious, Kura has a focus on contemporary Maori art, and operates as a licensed stockist of Toi Iho - the mark of authenticity and quality Maori arts and crafts.

Try it if you like: Tradition and authenticity

26 Lorne St

Set up in 1987, the Gow Langsford Gallery has become one of the most influential dealers in New Zealand. With over 300 exhibitions over the past 20 years, there is always something new to see here.

Try it if you like: Contemporary art that changes.

Where do you like to go to get your art fix? Leave your comments below.

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