Our Top Picks For Artweek Auckland 2020

The tenth edition of Artweek Auckland returns starting 10th October until the 18th of October.

Every year, Artweek Auckland aims to bring the city’s diverse creative community together through immersive installations, galleries, tours and workshops.

Here are some events we are looking forward to the most.


Outdoor displays are one of our favourite events for Artweek Auckland. Explore Auckland city and hop from one outdoor display to another. Also – did we mention these are free?


Changing Lanes is a collaborative project between Artweek, Auckland Council and Heart of the City.

The 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 project also acknowledges the impacts of COVID-19 on Aucklanders and the celebration that Artweek brings to the city to enjoy the art, transform space and uplift spirits.

Savage In The Garden – VIADUCT HARBOUR

Savage in the Garden showcases a collection of visual poems dedicated to the contemporary notions of Pacific masculinity. Samoan-born Auckland artist Tanu Gago will bring several audiovisual works to life at Viaduct Harbour in partnership with Auckland Council for Artweek 2020.

These audio-visual works will be screening at the waterfront precinct for the whole duration of Artweek.


Follow a trail of six art and light installations created by artist Angus Muir.

Enjoy the unique daytime experience of these fun and artistic artworks that really come to life at night.


If art galleries are more your thing, here are some great exhibitions you can check out.

Auckland Art Gallery – Civilisation, Photography, Now

Civilisation, Photography, Now explores our hyper-connected, 21st-century lives through over 200 original photographs by 103 contemporary artists from across Europe, Asia, America, Australia and New Zealand.

Gow Langsford Gallery – A River flowing out of Eden

A departure from the minimal, linear approach to painting that defined his earlier years, Darryn George’s exhibition A River flowing out of Eden embraces a joyful, vibrant palette. Deliberately free and naive, the works explore ideas of innocence and purity.

New Zealand Maritime Museum

Witness the wonder of Aotearoa New Zealand in this raw and unfiltered photographic exhibition featuring images from the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year 2020 Competition. Look through the lens of some of New Zealand’s top photographers across a range of categories including aerial, landscape, wildlife, society, and photostory.


Quick Draw Sketch Gang – ELLEN MELVILLE CENTRE (13th October @ 5pm)

Quick Draw Sketch Gang are a friendly crew of local artists who draw 10-minute portraits on the spot. Find them downstairs inside the Ellen Melville Centre, inside the Helen Clark Room, from 5 pm during Late Night Art on October 13th.

Workshops on the Waterfront – WYNYARD QUARTER

Workshops on the Waterfront get kids involved in a range of activities from creative arts and crafts to practical skills and sports-based activities.

The Workshops are drop-in sessions and take place next to the playspace in Silo Park or if it’s raining, in the Karanga Kiosk (temporarily located by the bridge hut opposite Karanga Plaza).

Urban Art Village – O’CONNELL STREET (13th October @ 5pm)

Engage with a series of artistic projects created by students from the University of Auckland’s School of Architecture & Planning, created and built as part of their course work, and installed as an annual event and a key part of Late-Night Art in the City Centre.