Tuesday10:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Wednesday10:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Thursday10:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Friday10:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Saturday11:00 am – 4:00 pm.
300 Karangahape Road
Artspace is a gallery that is true to its name. This non-commercial, non-collecting art organisation is, quite literally, a space for art, hosting exhibitions that contribute to the discourse surrounding contemporary art both in New Zealand and internationally. Funding for Artspace primarily comes from Creative NZ and ASB Community Groups, along with other sponsors including the notable Chartwell Trust, Auckland Council and Art News.
The gallery itself is an extremely modern and innovative space. Artspace draws on every crevice of the building to exhibit contemporary art. The main level layout is a simple square, however this square can be manipulated in many ways in order to display a multitude of artists within one area. The mezzanine level is also available for exhibiting work too.
In addition, Artspace boasts an impressive number of publications released every year with such names as Steve Car, Phil Dadson, Michael Parekowhai and Peter Robinson contributing to the list.
Although the gallery may seem intimidating to those who have not experienced contemporary art in its full glory, there are many accessible ways to visit and engage with Artspace. The gallery has its own reading room with books, magazines and periodicals. Public programmes featuring artist talks and curatorial talks are held regularly and limited edition artist creations are available for purchase to fund the gallery space.
As one of the leading institutions for contemporary art, Artspace is a dynamic and intriguing gallery within the K Road district. Keep an eye on their website for upcoming exhibitions and an eye on their ever expanding connections to other art organisations and galleries throughout New Zealand and beyond.
Words by Hannah Murray & Photography by Josh Griggs
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