Visual Arts at the Auckland Arts Festival

Auckland Arts Festival

Join us across Tāmaki Makaurau and become immersed in the breathtaking artwork that tells the stories of history and demonstrates pathways for the future, expressed through imagination and creativity.

With open days, special events and more to be announced, this display of visual art is so amazing, you’ll need to see it to believe it.

A Very Different World

From renowned Māori curator Ngahiraka Mason, A Very Different World is a platform to focus on wellbeing and a much-needed glimmer of hope for the future.
Te Tuhi and Papatūnga
14 Feb – 9 May

Edith and George: in our sea of islands

A photography exhibition bringing together the portrait work of artists Edith Amituanai and the late George Crummer.
Corban Estate Arts Centre
19 Feb – Sun 4 Apr

The Thrum of the Tide

It has been said that early settlers held Saturday night dances in Te Ana Ru cave – known as ‘the ballroom cave’ – until the 1920s, on a re-purposed, winchable kauri floor installed by local timber mill workers. The dances are well-known folklore and it is thought the floor is still in the cave, buried deep under the sand.
Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery
20 Feb – 23 May

The Dawn Raids – Educate to Liberate

Documenting the courageous activities of the Polynesian Panthers and their fight for social justice, The Dawn Raids – Educate to Liberate highlights and acknowledges the group’s place in the social and cultural history of Aotearoa.
Studio One, Toi Tū
25 Feb – 25 Mar

Aroha Art Project

Weaving together contributions from schools, kura, aged-care facilities, community and cultural organisations around the city, this large-scale collaborative art project asks the people of Auckland to reflect on what aroha means to them.
Aotea Square
4 –21 March

Digital Stage Artworks

A programme of exciting moving and still image contemporary artworks to be presented on the Digital Stage in Aotea Square throughout the Festival this summer.
Aotea Square
4 – 21 March

Educate to Liberate – Panthers Mural

This vibrant mural project, to be painted during the Festival, is a visual celebration of the interconnectedness between the Polynesian Panther Party of Aotearoa and the Black Panther Party – an icon of the American Civil Rights movement – as positive inspiration for future generations.
Corner Gundry St & Karangahape Rd
From 4 March

‘Amui ‘i Mu‘a | Ancient Futures

Led by contemporary masters Dagmar Vaikalafi Dyck and Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi, this landmark exhibition includes new paintings, prints and sculpture displayed with historic artefacts in response to an engagement with Tongan collections overseas.
The Wallace Arts Centre, Pah Homestead
5 Mar – 2 May

Ka Mua, Ka Muri

Ka mua, ka muri is a sound and moving image installation from artist Shannon Te Ao, exploring our experience of time, history and song.
Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery
6 Mar – 30 May

Pouwātū: Active Presence

Celebrating the dynamic 40-year career of tohunga whakaahua (photographer) John Miller (Ngāpuhi), Pouwātū is a statement of active presence. This exhibition is a collaboration with kaihoahoa whare (architect) Elisapeta Heta (Ngātiwai, Waikato Tainui).
6 Mar – 30 May

In Depth with Pauline & The Panthers RAPP

Featuring Polynesian Panthers Tigilau Ness, Dr Melani Alae & Reverend Alec Toleafoa.
Join Pauline Smith and the Polynesian Panthers as they talk about their dawn raid era experiences.
Studio One Toi Tū
Friday, March 12 – 6:00pm

Ockham Lecture Series: Researching the Dawn Raids: Pauline Smith

Join this very special Ockham lecture with Pauline Smith.
Researching the Dawn Raids will discuss the valuable insights Smith has gained during the development of her voice as a writer, producer and co-curator.
Tuesday, March 16 – 6:00pm

Corban’s Open Studio Day

Corban Estate Arts Centre is proud to welcome you to Corban’s Open Studio Day, where you can immerse yourself in a dedicated artistic environment, learn about our local community of diverse artists and see how and where their art is created.
Corban Estate Arts Centre
Saturday, March 20 – 11:00am