Top Picks For Artweek Auckland 2020

Artweek Auckland returns for its tenth year, celebrating everything that is art. Auckland will be bursting with exhibitions, events, installations and activations – from walking tours, live music, street art, painting, photography and sculpture, there’s truly something for every art lover. We’ve put together a list of our top events from across the city that you shouldn’t miss.

Denise Baynham

Now – 11 Dec

National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy
64 King Edward Parade, Devonport

Denise Baynham We Were There: Operation Grapple

Operation Grapple was the name of a series of nuclear weapon tests carried out in 1957 and 1958 by Britain in the Pacific. The New Zealand Navy deployed two ships to take part, and the personnel aboard were responsible for weather testing to determine fallout from nuclear detonations as close as 37km to Ground Zero. Many veterans felt as if their service was not recognised at the time. The Special Service Medal (nuclear testing) was subsequently awarded in 2002. These portraits are to honour and recognise the veterans — this is their story.

8 – 23 Oct

Black Door Gallery
251 Parnell Road

Reiko Woodford-Robinson Heroes

Join Black Door Gallery for the much-awaited third solo exhibition of Wellington painter Rieko Woodford-Robinson. This series of work, titled Heroes, will feature portraits of anthropomorphic creatures, executed with exquisite detail and endearing personality.

Tim Melville Gallery Collecting Contemporary

10 Oct

Tim Melville Gallery
4 Winchester St, Grey Lynn

Collecting Contemporary

Would you like to start collecting art? Do you worry, though, that you don’t know where to begin or how much it might cost? Would you like to hear how inexpensive (and, actually, fun) it can be? Tim Melville Gallery director Tim Melville and Fox/Jensen/McCrory director Sarah McCrory are here to help! 

11 Oct – 5 Nov

Whitespace Contemporary Art
20 Monmouth St, Grey Lynn

Bob Kerr The Intersection

Bob Kerr pairs significant historical narratives with illustrative landscapes to give insight into New Zealand’s past and people. Kerr’s creative practice combines his two artistic endeavours: painting and writing. Through the eyes and voices of scientists, conscientious objectors, and war veterans, Bob tells the story of New Zealand’s history, people, and the landscape.

11 – 18 Oct

Victoria Park Market


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. 

Scott Eady

12 –  17 Oct

Lewis Eady
75 Great South Rd, Epsom

Scott Eady Images Of Love

Internationally recognised New Zealand artist, Scott Eady presents Images of Love at the iconic music business, Lewis Eady, celebrating its 140th Anniversary this year. Scott’s vibrant and whimsical works will be exhibited alongside the Steinway SPIRIO, the world’s finest high-resolution, re-performance grand piano, hailed as a masterpiece of artistry and engineering.

13 Oct

City Centre

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 in the heart of the city from 5pm– 9pm. There will be galleries open late, interactive installations, art markets, music, fashion and everything in between.

15 Oct

Fitzroy Lounge Bar
61 Mackelvie St, Grey Lynn

Art Yoga

Art Yoga is a project based on an artistic and meditational path that incorporates colours and music to guide you towards a deep reflection and discovery of yourself. Connecting with your inner child, we will focus on the creative process of making intuitive art to explore our feelings and thoughts. We will create the space to allow our imagination to go wild and share this experience with friends and family. Switch off any negative influences and embrace your inner creative voice.

16 Oct

Pah Homestead
72 Hillsborough Rd, Hillsborough

Music At Midday

Drop in to enjoy free live music at the Pah. We offer an enhanced gallery experience combining art and music – pull up a chair and take in the performance or just listen to the music in the background as you wander through our exquisite gallery spaces. This initiative continues the commitment by the Wallace Arts Trust to support live music and to offer performance opportunities for local musicians. The Pah Homestead is a unique arts venue, with its grand piano and great acoustics in the drawing room, where these gigs are held. Auckland is rich with a diverse range of creative musical talent and we celebrate this with a special Music at Midday for Artweek.