Top art galleries for browsing & buying

View or buy work from some of New Zealand's emerging and established artists, right in the heart of Wellington

Academy Galleries

1 Queens Wharf, Wellington

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For 140 years, New Zealand's Academy of Fine Arts has supported the Wellington art scene, showcasing Aotearoa’s best artists and capturing the essence of what New Zealand fine art is all about.

The gallery has hosted a range of seasonal and monthly exhibitions – such as Matariki, Beyond the mask, and Cash & Carry. Browse the gift shop or support artists by purchasing unique exhibition artwork.

Bartley & Company Art

Level 2/22 Garrett Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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Bartley & Company believe any gallery is only as good as the company it keeps - the company of artists, viewers, supporters and collectors.

Working in the art world since the mid-1990s, director Alison Bartley promotes high-quality, critically-relevant art in all media. The gallery houses art from a range of emerging and established artists who reflect contemporary life.

Jhana Millers

Level 1/85 Victoria Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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Gallery owner and curator Jhana Millers originally trained as a jeweller before completing a Masters of Fine Arts at Massey University Wellington. While studying, she took on extra projects and got a taste for curator and gallery management.

Jhana Millers opened in 2018 on the first floor of a heritage-listed building on Victoria Street. The modernist building is the perfect background for showing art and the gallery shows a range of mainly New Zealand artists working in a range of mediums including painting, jewellery, video and sculpture.

Bowen Galleries

39 Ghuznee Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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You’ll find Bowen Galleries by their eye-catching exhibition window that faces out onto the fashionable Ghuznee Street. A new artwork is swapped out every couple of weeks, giving customers sitting outside the neighbouring cafés something to contemplate with their long black.

Bowen Galleries is run by Penney Moir and Jenny Neligan and has a long history of regularly showing the work of New Zealand and Australian artists in Wellington. The gallery also has a fantastic stockroom with selected work by represented artists that is well worth checking out.

Page Galleries

42 Victoria Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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One of Wellington’s largest commercial art spaces, Page Galleries presents a regularly changing exhibition programme of some of New Zealand’s leading contemporary artists.

The gallery specialises in historical art and valuations, as well as exhibiting and selling works by represented and featured artists. The modern and thoughtfully laid-out gallery has polished concrete floors and multiple exhibition spaces. It’s a great place to go for a browse, and the knowledgeable staff will be happy to talk art with you.

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