Auckland Art Fair | 24 – 28 February 2021 @ The Cloud, Auckland
Explore the art that Auckland has to offer with a four day event dedicated to just that!
Begin with the opening night – your chance to mingle with collectors, gallery directors, curators and artists over a glass of champagne, while enjoying some of the best contemporary art on show from around the Pacific Rim.
Start your weekend with the perfect mix of culture and creativity at the Auckland Art Fair Art Party. Friday 26th, from 5-9pm, gather your friends for late night access to the Fair with live DJ sets and great food and drink options from pop-up bars and eateries.
In Residence is a new initiative for artist-run spaces at the Art Fair on the Mezzanine of The Cloud. In Residence provides curatorial support and has helped ensure that the full cost of participation is covered for each booth through successfully spearheading a Boosted campaign
Projects is a non-profit, curated exhibition designed to showcase the diversity of contemporary practitioners working across Aotearoa and the Pacific.
It enables the fair to provide a platform for a greater range of practitioners, including unrepresented artists who otherwise could not exhibit at the fair.
TALKS PROGRAMME: A BASE OF PEOPLE
A programme of curated and moderated talks entitled A Base of People, designed to stimulate public debate in the framework of the Art Fair. Over three days, three different panels will consider thought-provoking questions raised and answered by local and international artists, writers and cultural actors around the unique position of Aotearoa as a place for contemporary art production.
The three sessions engage ‘people-based’ panels, drawing from the embodied knowledge and lived experience, rather than putting forward a theoretical approach. All the panellists are involved in the arts ecology of Aotearoa but also operate outside it.
Hear from your favourite artists. See the full schedule here.
SQUIGGLA MAKING SPACE
During the Fair, visit the Squiggla Making Space upstairs on the mezzanine level if you love to play, are curious and want to exercise your creative thinking skills through the power of joyful mark-making. With Squiggla, a programme for all ages which focuses on the playful use of dots, lines and squiggles, everyone can connect with creative visual thinking.
Play – Make – Imagine – Invent – Connect your way to a Creative Squiggla Brain!
THE NGATAHI CHANCE MEETING CLUB
Inspired by the Fluxus movement and the mantra of a ‘do-it-yourself’ attitude to creative activity, Ngātahi welcomes you into an unfolding framework of collective ingenuity where chance, humour and democratic agency are let loose through a programme of specially designed ‘chance’ encounters. Featuring special guests, craft club, and board games, and introducing the Judy Millar book collection, featuring 100 books suggested by artists and creatives from around the globe, Ngātahi’s contribution to Auckland Art Fair is a booth of encounters, collaborations, critical dialogue and, most of all, unreserved and uncompromising fun.
NGATAHI GUIDED TOURS
Sign up for guided tours of the Fair led by Curators and Directors from Ngātahi, a collaboration of Auckland arts organisations Artspace Aotearoa, Gus Fisher Gallery, Objectspace, ST PAUL St Gallery, Te Tuhi and Te Uru.
Tours will take place at the following times, in exchange for $5 koha for Ngātahi.
Thursday 25 Feb – 2pm
Friday 26 Feb – 2pm
Saturday 27 Feb – 11am and 2pm
Sunday 28 Feb – 11am
A new initiative at the Fair, UNDER $5,000 brings together a selection of art works all priced at or below $5,000. These unique works have been created in 2020 or later by artists such as Yolunda Hickman, Tira Walsh and Mark Wooller.
This affordably priced selection of works has been created for new collectors who are looking to start their collection at Auckland Art Fair.