Art that makes you think: City Gallery Wellington

City Gallery Wellington is a dynamic cultural presence in the capital city


Wellington Waterfront


Civic Square


Free entry

Situated in the heart of Te Ngākau Civic Square, City Gallery Wellington is the hub of contemporary art in the capital of New Zealand.

With a dynamic programme of exhibitions and events, the capital’s Gallery has an international reputation for showcasing artists from Aotearoa and beyond.

Perched atop City Gallery is Ronnie van Hout’s Quasi. Presiding over the Square and visible from many places around the city, you can follow the five-metre giant hybrid face-hand to find the Gallery’s diverse range of artwork. Consisting of seven galleries, new suites of work grace the walls with each exhibition season.

The Gallery Shop is next on your day’s itinerary. Peruse a selection of art and design books, activities and toys for creative kids, New Zealand–made homewares and jewellery, plus much more—all carefully selected for the art-and-design-lover who loves to shop.

Pick up a memento to remind yourself of your latest discoveries at City Gallery and feel good knowing your purchase helps support the Gallery’s exhibitions and events programme.

Tucked into the sunny corner of City Gallery, the familiar scent of coffee and good food will draw you to Nikau Café. After an intriguing day, there is nothing better than grabbing a treat and settling down to consider your new contemporary art knowledge.

City Gallery offers so much more.  In addition to showcasing thought-provoking art, City Gallery runs regular free or by donation events: for the very young – Gallery Babes; for more mature art lovers – City Gallery Seniors and the regular Tuatara Open Late for those in-between with a changing programme of art, music, film and talks served with fine refreshments.

Entry is usually free to this incredible gallery. Through purchases at the Gallery Shop and support from generous individuals, City Gallery can provide ground-breaking exhibitions and events that ensures the best of contemporary art is accessible to everyone.  There’s something here for everyone.

City Gallery Events


30 Apr – 14 Aug 2022
City Gallery Wellington

Civic Square, 101 Wakefield St, Wellington

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The word Matarau refers to a multi-pronged spear used for fishing and eeling by early Māori. As a hunter or wayfinder must understand the shifting conditions around them to fulfil their purpose; the work of the artists in Matarau draw from a strong sense of who and where they are as a compass for their own practice.

Matarau is curated by Shannon Te Ao for City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi. It includes new works by Robyn Kahukiwa, Emily Karaka, Hemi Macgregor, Ming Ranginui, Kei Te Pai Press, and James Tapsell-Kururangi.


Glen Hayward: Wish You Were Here

14 May – 11 Sep 2022
City Gallery Wellington

Civic Square, 101 Wakefield St, Wellington

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Glen Hayward’s work blends carving, painting and conceptualism. Wish You Were Here focuses on his projects of the last decade which mark a shift away from the making of discrete objects and collections to the construction of whole spaces or environments.

These include sculptural recreations of the interior of a Toyota Corolla recalled from childhood experiences; Neo’s office cubical from The Matrix made from a screenshot; a hidden-in-plain-sight utilities cupboard from inside Whanganui’s Sarjeant Gallery; and an accoutrement-studded ceiling from Melbourne’s swanky Windsor Hotel.

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