What’s On

FOOD AND DRINK

Visitors will have access to a number of pop-up bars and delicious eateries at The Cloud during the Fair. Enjoy coffee from Atomic Coffee Roasters and a selection of drinks from Seresin Estate, Perrier-Jouët, Hallertau, Almighty, and Scapegrace Distillery. Our food offerings will be announced soon. Stay tuned!

Sculpture Space

The 2021 Auckland Art Fair will, for the first time ever, include an outdoor Sculpture Space at the Waitematā Harbour end of The Cloud.

Take a seat in the sun, nestled amongst large scale sculpture works, and enjoy a refreshing cocktail from the Scapegrace Gin and Vodka Cocktail Bar and a bite to eat.

Expect sunshine, sculptures, cocktails, boats on the water and a place to soak in Tāmaki Makaurau’s exceptional harbour view.

S1 Chauncey Flay, Osterns Inversion I, 2021
Laree Payne Gallery

S2 Chauncey Flay, Osterns Inversion II, 2021
Laree Payne Gallery

S3 Fatu Feu’u, Ukelele Island Sway, 2013
ARTIS Gallery

S4 Gregor Kregar, Fragmented Echo, 2014
Gow Langsford Gallery

S5 Yolunda Hickman, Thicket (Flame Iceblock), 2021
Sumer

S6 Gill Gatfield, The Snake Charmer, 2012
Scott Lawrie Gallery

S7 Fatu Feu’u, Samoan Goddess, 2005
ARTIS Gallery

S8 Gregor Kregar, Reflective Lullaby – Phillip, 2021
Gow Langsford Gallery

Win an Art Adventure with the Govett-Brewster/Len Lye Centre

Be in to win an art weekend in Taranaki with the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Len Lye Centre! The prize includes two-nights at a luxury hotel in New Plymouth, a personal tour of the exhibitions at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre, opportunities to experience the wonderful cafes and restaurants, and options for other exciting add-ons such as exploring the Coastal Walkway and Mount Taranaki.

The prize includes:
– Return flights for two to New Plymouth from any Air New Zealand domestic destination
– Transfers from the airport to the centre of New Plymouth
– Two nights’ accommodation in a Premium Suite at the King & Queen Hotel
– A gourmet breakfast for two at Monica’s Eatery on both days
– $100 West End Precinct credit to be spent in any cafés or restaurants in the Precinct
– A personal guided tour of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Len Lye Centre and exclusive merchandise pack
– A Taranaki goodie basket.

Simply purchase your Auckland Art Fair tickets online and you will be sent an email to enter into the draw. Terms and Conditions apply, read here.

Len Lye’s Big Blade

Auckland Art Fair 2021 is proud to present, for the first time in Auckland, Len Lye’s major kinetic sculpture Big Blade, courtesy of our Museum Partner, GOVETT-BREWSTER ART GALLERY/LEN LYE CENTRE in partnership with TECHNIX.

Blade is one of Lye’s formative kinetic sculptures. Inspired by the artist’s ability to shake materials like steel and find the natural modes of vibration, Lye said of the work:

“I see Blade as three evocative sensory moments of past experience which have sunk down into my thighs. That’s how Blade shines and quivers when it is doing its stuff – flashing light, shimmering fish and taut quivering horse.”

As a student of movement, Lye choreographed these vibrations and motions, automating performances and making one of the most vibrant and energetic bodies of modern sculpture. It is no wonder that Blade has become one of Lye’s seminal works and a firm fan favourite.

Blade was conceived by Len Lye in New York in the late 1950s and realised posthumously by the Len Lye Foundation based on the artist’s concept and designs.

Lye’s original, smaller Blade was made in 1959, but he envisaged larger versions that went beyond the technology available during his lifetime. Lye passed on all of his work to the Len Lye Foundation, and encouraged it to realise this and other sculptures posthumously. New Plymouth’s Wind Wand (2000) and Wellington’s Water Whirler (2006) are two similar examples.

Len Lye (1901–1980) is arguably New Zealand’s most internationally recognized artist. He is best known for his pioneering experimental films and dynamic kinetic sculptures, which have been shown in major museums the world over.

To find out more about visiting the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Len Lye Centre this summer, click HERE.

In Residence

In Residence is a new initiative for artist-run spaces at the Art Fair on the Mezzanine of The Cloud. In Residence provides curatorial support and has helped ensure that the full cost of participation is covered for each booth through successfully spearheading a Boosted campaign.

Projects 2021

Projects is a non-profit, curated exhibition, designed to showcase the diversity of contemporary practitioners working across Aotearoa and the Pacific.

It enables the Fair to provide a platform for a greater range of practitioners, including unrepresented artists who otherwise could not exhibit at the Fair.

Projects 2021 is Present Tense, curated by Micheal Do. Centred on the notion of gift and exchange, Present Tense brings together six early career artists who will be creating work designed to be given away and traded with audiences in contexts that reinforce personal and communal bonds over commercial sentiment.

Two of the Projects artists will be installing their work offsite – Elisabeth Pointon’s WHOEVER will be at Tiffany & Co., Britomart, and Ashleigh Taupaki’s One will be at the new Yu Mei store in Newmarket.

While you are at the Fair, come and meet the Projects artists as they activate their works at the following times:

Casey Carsel‘s work will be activated by Jordan Davey-Emms on Wednesday 24 February at 1-3pm and 6-8pm; Thursday 25 February at 11am-1pm and 2-4pm.

Tanya Martusheff will be activating her work on Wednesday 24 February at 1-3pm and 6-8pm; Friday 26 February at 11am-1pm and 2-4pm.

Lucy Meyle will be activating her work on Wednesday 24 February at 1-3pm and 6-8pm; Saturday 27 February at 11am-1pm and 2-4pm.

Becky Richards will be activating her work on Wednesday 24 February at 1-3pm and 6-8pm; Sunday 28 February at 11am-1pm and 2-4pm.

TALKS PROGRAMME: A BASE OF PEOPLE

A series of three panel discussions, designed to stimulate public debate in the framework of the Art Fair, will take place on the Mezzanine.

Considering the unique position of Aotearoa as a place for contemporary art production, local and international artists, writers and cultural actors will discuss thought-provoking questions, each drawing from their personal knowledge and lived experience rather than putting forward a theoretical approach.

A Base of People is curated by Remco de Blaaij (Director of Artspace Aotearoa) on behalf of Ngātahi (a collaboration between Auckland arts organisations Artspace Aotearoa, Gus Fisher Gallery, Objectspace, ST PAUL St Gallery, Te Tuhi and Te Uru) and supported by Creative New Zealand.

Find out more about each talk below.

Artist Talks

Don’t miss the chance to hear your favourite artists in conversation on gallery stands in our popular Artist Talks series, presented daily at the Fair. Talks are free to attend for all ticket holders.

Squiggla Making Space

If you love to play, are curious, and want to exercise your creative thinking skills through the power of joyful mark-making, visit the Squiggla Making Space upstairs on the Mezzanine level. With Squiggla – a programme for all ages which focuses on the playful use of dots, lines and squiggles – everyone can connect with creative visual thinking.

Play – Make – Imagine – Invent – Connect your way to a Creative Squiggla Brain!

City Gallery Wellington Squiggla Workshop 2018
Squigglawork
Artists in Education Collective Squiggla Workshop 2019

Bookshop

The Auckland Art Fair bookshop will feature a selection of the best art books from independent and major publishers, both international and Aotearoa-based.

Facilitated by Victoria McAdam, the store will include publications on art, photography, architecture, design, and art theory, as well as a selection of political and countercultural texts.

Alongside new publishing from New Zealand’s leading galleries, university presses, design studios, artists, and independent publishers, the 2021 bookshop will feature a selection of photo-books from the personal library of John B. Turner.

Turner is a key figure in the history of photography in New Zealand, having contributed to the field for over 5 decades as an editor, publisher, writer, educator, and photographer. He was highly influential on the development of contemporary New Zealand photography from the late 1960s through the 1980s as a community builder, helping to foster the careers of artists such as Anne Noble, Peter Peryer, and Glenn Busch. Turner was the founding editor of Photoforum, New Zealand’s pre-eminent photography periodical.

The Auckland Art Fair bookshop will stock titles from Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Len Lye Centre, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, Artspace Aotearoa, Te Tuhi, Te Uru, St Paul St Publishing, Remote Photobooks, Index, Clouds Publishing, Bad News Books, Rim Books, Pātaka, and more, alongside a curated selection of titles from Verso – the largest independent, radical publishing house in the English-speaking world.

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.

THE NGĀTAHI CHANCE MEETING CLUB

Ngātahi welcomes you into an unfolding framework of collective ingenuity that foregrounds books as a source of artistic inspiration. Working with leading Aotearoa New Zealand based artist Judy Millar, we are proud to introduce the Judy Millar book collection, featuring books suggested by artists and creatives from around the globe. Browse the collection at the Fair or digitally HERE.

Rendered as a space of critical dialogue and collaboration, the booth reflects the influences that fuel creativity and celebrates these moments of chance encounters with others whose ideas may ultimately shape our own. Alongside this presentation, curators from Ngātahi organisations will be running a series of public tours of the Fair, each with a guest creative to be revealed on the day.

Visitors to the booth are welcome to browse the Judy Millar book collection for reading, purchase and enjoyment, and share a chat with a curator over a board game and a coffee. This space has been designed by Sajeev Ruthra to allow for scheduled and unscheduled group activities and discussions to take place. Maybe you’ll meet a person, or a book, or a book recommended by a person, by chance. All welcome.

Ngātahi is a collaboration of Auckland arts organisations Artspace Aotearoa, Gus Fisher Gallery, Objectspace, ST PAUL St Gallery, Te Tuhi and Te Uru.

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NGĀTAHI GUIDED TOURS

Sign up for guided tours of the Fair led by curators and directors from Ngātahi, a collaboration of Auckland arts organisations Artspace Aotearoa, Gus Fisher Gallery, Objectspace, ST PAUL St Gallery, Te Tuhi and Te Uru.

Each tour will be joined by a guest creative who will be revealed on the day.

Tours will take place at the following times.

Thursday 25 Feb 2pm
Friday 26 Feb 2pm
Saturday 27 Feb 11am and 2pm
Sunday 28 Feb 11am

Bookings for tours are available when you purchase a ticket to Auckland Art Fair online.

UNDER $5,000

A new initiative at the Fair, UNDER $5,000, brings together a selection of art works all priced at or below $5,000. These unique works have been created in 2020 or later by artists such as Yolunda Hickman, Tira Walsh and Mark Wooller.

This affordably priced selection of works has been created for new collectors who are looking to start their collection at Auckland Art Fair.

Yolunda Hickman, Clearings (Rose), 2020, cotton appliqué, 153 x 103cm. Courtesy of the artist and Sumer

My Art

My Art offers collectors interest-free loans to buy art from Aotearoa New Zealand and Australian galleries. It’s easy. Apply online for pre-approval before you come to the Art Fair, or come and visit our stand at the Fair, so you can go shopping with confidence.

In the lead-up to the Auckland Art Fair My Art will be asking artists, gallerists, and collectors for their insight on the creative process, exhibition making, and the practice of collecting. Follow us on instagram @myartnz and come and see our team at the Auckland Art Fair to find out more. We can process applications and approvals at our stand, or online ahead of the fair, so you can go shopping with confidence.