An Auckland art event returns with big new ambitions
The Auckland Art Fair returns this year under new management and scaled up for more public engagement with a move to The Cloud on Queen’s Wharf. The fair, held from May 25-29, will include works from most of New Zealand’s leading galleries (their participation is approved by a selection committee) including Bath Street Gallery, Michael Lett, Hopkinson Mossman, Two Rooms, Peter McLeavey, Hamish McKay, Anna Miles and many more (works from some of these galleries are shown on these pages). There will also be 10 international exhibitors from Melbourne, Sydney and Rarotonga.
The fair is now under the management of North Port Events, a company that also runs events such as The Food Show. To launch the new rendition of the Auckland Art Fair, they’ve lured co-director Hayley White back from a role at Art International in Istanbul, and her colleague Stephanie Post is returning from London to create the event. They’re planning a series of projects around the site to expand displays beyond their immediate exhibition areas.
Over time, the fair aims to become a fixture on the Asia-Pacific art circuit – and in the process expose New Zealand artists to a larger audience and more potential buyers. All of the works will be for sale, of course, presenting a rare opportunity to see what’s on offer from a huge range of galleries in a single stroll.
Auckland Art Fair
The Cloud Road,
Queen’s Wharf, Auckland