Wellington's top art galleries for browsing and buying

Having a wander around the galleries is a lovely way to spend some in the city. Wellington's compact city centre has made for a strong concentration of art galleries within close proximity to each other. Each gallery has its own personality and flavour and you'll see a mix of emerging and established artists, both locally-based and from around New Zealand and the world.

Bartley and Company art gallery exterior 2019
Artwork at Bartley and Company Art on Ghuznee Street

Bartley and Company Art

56A Ghuznee Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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What was once a stable for keeping horses, is now a gallery for keeping art. Behind a contemporary take on a wooden picket fence and with a hard-to-miss red façade, Bartley + Company Art is modern, white-walled gallery space. This Ghuznee Street gallery represents some of New Zealand’s most exciting emerging and established artists and regularly stages exhibitions of their work. From painting, photography, video and sculpture, the gallery aims to show work that inspire and provoke conversations. There’s a small stock room at the back of the gallery which is a wonderful treasure trove of art by their featured artists.

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Gallery floor at McLeavey Gallery on Cuba Street
Paintings at Mcleavey Gallery on Cuba Street
Artwork at McLeavey Gallery on Cuba Street
Artwork at Bowen Galleries on Ghuznee Street

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 Precinct. A new artwork is swapped out every couple of weeks and gives 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.

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Precinct 35

35 Ghuznee Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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‘The goods you buy should resonate, not disintegrate’ is the mantra of Precinct 35, a homeware, art and furniture store on Ghuznee Street. Owner Prak Sritharan carefully curates the regularly changing offerings and has an excellent eye for good design and handmade ceramics both made locally and sourced from around the world. There’s also an art gallery at the back of the store which shows a regularly changing line-up of contemporary art including painting, photography and sculpture. Every object and artwork at Precinct 35 has a story to tell and are built to last – and they look pretty good, too.

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Lady shopping at Precinct 35 on Ghuznee Street
Man shopping at Precinct 35 on Ghuznee Street
People using laptops at Precinct 35 on Ghuznee Street
Artwork at Millers O'Brien Gallery on Victoria Street
Wood carving at Kura Gallery on Allen Street
Gallery floor at Kura Gallery on Allen Street
Artwork at Kura Gallery on Allen Street
Page Galleries
Page Galleries sign
Page Galleries interior

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. As well as exhibiting and selling works by represented and featured artists, the gallery specialises in historical art and valuations. 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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Suite Art Gallery exterior
Suite Art Gallery outside
Suite Art Gallery rooms
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Mossman

Level 2/22 Garrett Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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Tucked away down a laneway off Cuba Street, Mossman is most definitely one of those galleries that you are unlikely to stumble across but should most definitely seek out. Run by Sarah Hopkinson and Danae Mossman, the gallery originally started in Auckland before relocating to the creative capital. The gallery represents some of New Zealand’s biggest names in contemporary art including artists who have represented New Zealand at the Venice Biennale including Bill Culbert (2013) and Dane Mitchell (2019). The gallery has a regularly changing line-up of shows that don’t shy away from showing gritty work that will challenge viewers.

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