Auckland Art Fair will return to The Cloud on Auckland’s Queens Wharf from February 24- 28 next year.
Following the cancellation of the 2020 edition due to COVID-19, the 2021 event – the first-ever summer edition – is set to be the best yet.
Presenting 40 galleries showcasing the work of more than 150 of our region’s most exciting artists, alongside artist talks, commissioned artworks by emerging artists, a new outdoor sculpture space overlooking the WaitematƒÅ harbour, an art bookshop, and cafés and bars from some of New Zealand’s favourite brands, the Auckland Art Fair is a must-attend event for the culturally curious.
Due to the global situation, the 2021 Art Fair will be a celebration of the very best of Aotearoa, with a selection of Australian and Pacific artists too. Deliberately timed to coincide with the end of the Prada Cup, the 2021 edition will offer visitors to the city for the yachting, and locals alike, a unique cultural opportunity to engage with outstanding contemporary art being made, commissioned, collected, and exhibited throughout Aotearoa.
“This is a moment for New Zealanders to engage with the incredible talent of our artists, who are highly regarded overseas but, until now, not always so widely known at home,“ say co-directors, Stephanie Post and Hayley White.
In 2019, more than NZ$9 million of art was sold at the Fair, making it one of New Zealand’s most significant generators of funds for artists and their galleries. Much of the art on show is made especially for the Fair, and includes works that start at a few hundred dollars, right up to major works by artists who have participated in international biennales and museum exhibitions around the world. Auckland Art Fair is your chance to see why New Zealand art is so sought after, both internationally and at home.
As a key partner of the Auckland Art Fair, Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development head of major events Richard Clarke says the Fair adds to an exciting summer events season.
“The Auckland Art Fair is a fantastic opportunity to give a boost to our local galleries and artists and showcase the incredible talent we have here in New Zealand. It will also be another great addition to Auckland’s exciting summer of events, with Auckland Art Fair situated perfectly for those attending to take in the action on and off the water over that week.”
Alongside galleries from Auckland and Wellington, this year’s Fair is set to include galleries from Tauranga, Napier, Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown, WhangƒÅrei, and Hamilton. If borders are to open, these will be joined by galleries from Australia and the Cook Islands.
The confirmed list of galleries will be announced in November 2020.