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Best spots to see and buy art

In the market for art? Or simply want to admire it? We've pulled together a list of our favourite Wellington spots for buying and seeing art.

Where to see art

NZ Academy of Fine Arts

Run by artists for artists, the NZ Academy of Fine Arts runs a year-round exhibition programme featuring work by established and emerging artists from throughout New Zealand.

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Te Papa’s Nga Toi exhibition space is home to some of New Zealand’s most significant artworks including Goldie’s colonial portraits of Maori elders, and Colin McCahon’s epic panels.

City Gallery

Located in the heart of Civic Square, City Gallery Wellington showcases contemporary art from New Zealand and around the world. 

New Zealand Portrait Gallery

The New Zealand Portrait Gallery is a significant visual archive of the many faces of New Zealand. The gallery is home to some 200 portraits of people who have shaped New Zealand's development or influenced the way we think about ourselves.

QT Museum Wellington

The luxurious QT Museum Wellington boasts a total of 66 original artworks from 55, mainly local artists. They have been thoughtfully selected by the hotel's owner, Chris Parkin, and are permanently on display to entertain and inspire. The Hotel is listed on Yahoo's list of Ten of the Best Hotels with Magnificent Artwork of the World. 

Galleries galore

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Wellington is home to a thriving arts scene, and has some 55 galleries dotted around the city. For a taste of the local scene, pay a visit to the Adam Art Gallery, Page Blackie Gallery, Kura Gallery or Kiwi Art House.

 

Where to buy art

Kura Gallery

Kura Gallery showcases fine art, crafts and gifts unique to Aotearoa, representing both established and emerging Maori and New Zealand artists.

Gallery One

Located at 1 Queens Wharf, Gallery One is absolutely dedicated to the sale of New Zealand artworks. Here you'll find unique sculptures, paintings, print, ceramics and more.

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{Suite} Gallery represents 13 different artists across various mediums from New Zealand and beyond. Works you can buy include Ans Westra and Fiona Pardington photographic prints, and Wayne Youle and Arie Hellendoorn paintings.

AVID Gallery Ltd

A visit to AVID is a must for those art enthusiasts seeking high quality original objects of distinction, and for serious object and jewellery collectors and connoisseurs.

Peter McLeavey Gallery

Peter McLeavey Gallery on Cuba Street is a long established art dealer, specialising in New Zealand contemporary art works.

Solander Gallery

Solander Gallery, just a hop, skip and jump from Cuba Street, exhibits leading New Zealand and International artists and printmakers. Their focus is on collectable contemporary artists specializing in works on paper.

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