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Art galleries and experiences to head along to this summer

The Key in the Hand, 2015. Installation old keys, old wooden boats, red wool. Japan Pavilion, 56th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy. Photo by Sunhi Mang.

Art galleries and experiences to head along to this summer

From a massive immersive installation to a summer art festival, head along to these New Zealand art galleries and experiences this summer.

Art galleries and experiences to head along to this summer

Auckland Art Gallery: Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art

Robert Jahnke, Ripeka whero from the Te Ripeka series, 2015. Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2018.

The largest exhibition in the history of the gallery, Toi Tū Toi Ora features more than 300 works from 111 artists. The show features iconic works from by some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most significant artists – Ralph Hotere, Lonnie Hutchinson, Robyn Kahukiwa, Lisa Reihana and more.

Where: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.

When: Exhibition opens Saturday 5 December and runs until 9 May 2021.

Te Papa: Chiharu Shiota’s The Web of Time

The Key in the Hand, 2015. Installation old keys, old wooden boats, red wool. Japan Pavilion, 56th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy. Photo by Sunhi Mang.

Stretching across two levels in the museum’s Toi Art section, the fully-immersive artwork is made up of 3,750 balls of black wool, with 1,000 numbers woven in the thread, made to look as if they are suspended in space.

Where: Te Papa’s Toi Art, Wellington.

When: Open from 12 December 2020 until late 2021.

The Cloud: Auckland Art Fair

Photography bt Josef Scott

Auckland Art Fair returns in 2021 for its first-ever summer edition. With 40 galleries showcasing the incredible work of 150 established and up-and-coming artists, the event is a must-visit for art lovers. Visitors can also hear artist talks, explore an outdoor sculpture space and peruse the wares at the art bookshop.

Where: The Cloud, Queen’s Wharf, Auckland

When: Wednesday 24 to Sunday 28 February, 2021

Nationwide: Van Gogh Alive

Returning to New Zealand in 2021, Van Gogh Alive sees thousands of the painter’s works projected onto stacked shipping containers in a large-scale indoor exhibition.

See the famed artist’s masterpieces come to life as you wander through towering projected artworks, with waves of sights and sounds washing over you.

Where: TSB Arena, Wellington; Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Christchurch and Spark Arena, Auckland.

When: 11 January (Wellington), 18 February (Christchurch), 14 April (Auckland).

Kaipara Harbour: Gibb’s Farm

Anish Kapoor, Dismemberment, Site 1, 2009, mild steel tube and tensioned fabric

Get in quick for the special summer open days at the breathtaking Gibbs Farm sculpture park on the Kaipara Coast.

Stretching across almost 400 hectares of rolling hills, the impressive open-air art park features the largest collection of giant outdoor sculptures from renowned New Zealand businessman Alan Gibbs.

Gibbs Farm is open for a few charity and fundraising days in 2021.

Where: Gibbs Farm, Kaipara Harbour, Auckland.

When: Saturday 20 February (Sweet Louise Fundraiser) and Sunday, 14 March (McCahon House Weekend Visit). Search eventfinda for latest events.

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