Artweek Auckland 2021 takes over the city this November – our top picks


Artweek Auckland 2021 takes over the city this November – our top picks
Take part in art-making workshops in the halls of a cathedral or explore a 2km sculpture tour.

Artweek Auckland is back from 5 – 14 November to take over with art throughout Tāmaki Makaurau, showcasing our city’s unique creative spirit, with exhibitions, public art, art talks and so much more.

The Cathedral Series: Workshops Exploring Light, Sound and Sight

6 & 8 Nov, St Mary’s in Holy Trinity

Artweek Auckland cathedral workshop

This unique workshop series takes place at the beautiful Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell. Explore art-making techniques in a guided process that lets you explore your own style.

Run by Art Club, the workshops are designed around a multi-sensory experience, letting you try sketching to music, blind drawing and shadow tracing while a violinist and cellist create an acoustic atmosphere.

Keening – Jack Trolove

7 – 14 Nov, Whitespace Contemporary Art, Sculpture studio of Terry Stringer

Artweek Auckland Jack Trolove exhibition

Jack Trolove makes large-scale gestural paintings that he thinks of as “second skins for us to feel through”.

In this exhibition, see how he uses swathes of oil paint, in thick lumps and thin stretches, to “mimic the processes which occur during the shifting, liminal states we experience in our lives – like when we’re ‘falling apart’ with grief or falling in love.”

A Footnote on New Zealand History – Cindy Huang

Until 15 Dec, Corban Estate Arts Centre

Artweek Auckland Cindy Huang at Corban Estate

Inspired by her experience as Tauiwi in Aotearoa, Cindy Huang uses object-based installation to recreate a market garden within the gallery space that reflects the sites where many historic Chinese and Māori relationships were cultivated around Aotearoa.

In a continuation of her ongoing practice, Huang interrogates how our written history has skewed in favour of Pākehā historians who have told the stories of others from their perspective, usually presenting a positive colonial narrative. ‘A Footnote on New Zealand History‘ instead highlights the lack of written knowledge around Chinese, and specifically Māori-Chinese, history in Aotearoa.

Changing Lanes

5 – 14 Nov, Heart of the City

Artweek Auckland Changing Lanes
Credit: Sacha Stejko

Changing Lanes is a collaborative project between Heart of the City and Artweek, bringing together projects that will temporarily transform Auckland’s urban spaces.

The project aims to help create connections in our community, provide opportunities for artists, enhance public spaces and uplift spirits. These projects reference the spaces’ unique heritage, their use as pedestrian walking routes, intimate city business locations and the changing nature of the city’s urban spaces.

This year’s Changing Lanes includes works from Erin Forsyth, Bobbie Gray, Margaret Lewis and Bhavesh Bhuthadia, and Paul Woodruffe, Teare Tureahi and Ashlee Tawhiti.

Oh My Ocean

30 Oct – 29 Jan, Tautai Pacific Arts Trust

Artweek Auckland Oh My Ocean

Oh My Ocean‘ celebrates nine Moana artists rising with the tide of change. This exhibition is an exuberant and fresh take on the legacy of Moana people and our connection to place.

Through a dynamic blend of media that reaches across comic book illustration, sculpture, installation art, digital media, textile design and performance, they tell stories that celebrate and share the Moana worldview.

Curated by Nigel Borell, this group show brings together a diverse range of work developed by nine artists during the 2020-2021 Covid-19 lockdowns as part of Tautai’s Fale-ship home residency programme.

Spring Beauty at Brick Bay Tour

14 Nov, Brick Bay Sculpture Trail

Artweek Auckland at Brick Bay

The magnificent Brick Bay Sculpture Trail includes over 60 sculptures by contemporary artists including Hannah Valentine, Ioane Ioane, Jeff Thomson, Phil Price, Seung Yul Oh, Terry Stringer, Wanda Gillespie and Virginia King.

The 2km trail meanders past lakes, through farmland and into the forest where you will encounter precious birdlife and native bush, and discover a range of compelling artworks. For Artweek take a special tour led by Brick Bay’s Art Manager through the Sculpture Trail.

Paintings of Paintings – Gavin Hurley

13 Nov – 3 Dec, Melanie Roger Gallery

Artweek Auckland Gavin Hurley exhibition

New paintings and collages where the artist continues his reworking and revisiting of previous works within his own oeuvre. In ‘Paintings of Paintings‘, Hurley imagines the viewer as a visitor to his studio. Each work is from the visitors perspective – a voyeuristic peek into the artist’s studio.

For the full Artweek Auckland programme, visit



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