Artweek in the city centre is back again in 2019 from October 12-20. We've rounded up the top 5 things you can't miss, from a brand new art market to a micro food and art festival, guided walks and more. Get your mates and experience all the city centre's art scene has to offer, one piece at a time. 

Changing Lanes

Alight by Shannon Novak in Upper Vulcan Lane 

Changing Lanes 

A selection of leading New Zealand artists have activated the city centre's laneways, reference Auckland's unique heritage and signal the changing nature of the city's urban spaces and potential future use of the sites. From interactive installations to artworks that pay homeage to Auckland's historic shoreline, make sure you check them out! For all the details, click here

Late Night Art at Auckland Art Gallery

Guerrilla Girls: Reinventing the ‘F’ Word – Feminism! (installation view), Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2019


There's an incredible range of exhibitions on display during Artweek to check out, too many to count in fact. Check out our guide to exhibitions this year here, but a few special mentions must go to Guerilla Girls at Auckland Art Gallery, Hugo Koha Lindsay at Gow Langsford Gallery, The Shouting Valley at Gus Fisher Gallery and Nori 놀이, an interactive and playful Korean art exhibition at the Ellen Melville Centre. 

Arts and Culture night time exterior of Auckland Art Gallery

Late Night Art 

This hugely popular after hours event is one you absolutely can't miss. From quirky art pop ups to performances, a micro food and art festival that is StreetArtDego and galleries open late, there's a spectacle for all to see on Tuesday October 15, from 5-9pm. Peruse at your pleasure and enjoy the different activations as you wander: have your portrait drawn by the Quick Draw sketch artists, or even join in on the live tattoo activation

City Art Walks - Artweek 2019

Photo credit: Sacha Stejko

City Art Walks 

Explore the city centre's vibrant art scene by joining a free guided tour taking you through the streets, squares and laneways. This year there are five tours taking place in the city centre, focusing on urban design, architecture, street art, waterfront art, and Aotearoa-inspired art. 

Unlocked Collections - Artweek 2019

Gretchen Albrecht, BlueVioletPinkFuchsia, 1982, Acrylic on Canvas, 1670 x 334mm, courtesy of BNZ Art Collection

Unlocked Collections 

Hugely popular every year, the Unlocked Collections tours are back again in 2019. This is your once-a-year chance to discover and explore the incredible private art collections that are usually hidden away behind closed doors or in areas you haven't noticed inside the city's corporate towers,institutions and public buildings. These book up extremely fast each year, so make sure you get in quick! Explore the full programme here. 

For more details and everything you need to know about Artweek in the city centre, click here

Last updated: 23 October 2019