This unmissable cultural affair is back!

If there’s one thing this city is good at, it’s the ability to bring captivating and curated cultural events from around the world – right to your doorstep. Aiming to revitalise your creative senses, the Auckland Art Fair will feature phenomenal contemporary art from all over the world from 23rd-27th May. As always, Heart of the City is providing the public with an event roster like no other and we can't wait to share it with you. 

PANiA Sticky Tape Taniko prototype 2018 tape and acrylic on found metal road sign 310 x 760 x 40mm. Courtesy of the artist and Mokopopaki

Situated at The Cloud, guests can enjoy five days of cultivated art exploration all in one stunning location. The fair will see pieces from Australia, parts of South-east Asia, the West coasts of North and South America and the Pacific Islands with artists who draw on stories and experiences unique to their areas. The illustrious event was launched with an incredible installation from New Zealand brand Deadly Ponies, crowning it a truly spectacular journey through the arts.

There’s so much exciting activity spanning the five days, we’ve rounded some of the most unmissable collections available for your viewing pleasure.

SHANE COTTON

Renowned New Zealand artist, Shane Cotton will be one of many artists showing new work at the Auckland Art Fair. Since the mid-2000s Cotton’s paintings have evoked a sense of the sublime and the new pieces he is showing with Michael Lett gallery are no different. Shane Cotton’s new work is at the top of our must-see list for the fair.

SHANE COTTON Four Thoughts 2016 acrylic on canvas 910 x 910mm courtsey of the artist and Michael Lett

PROJECTS

Projects 2018 pushes boundaries like never before, providing a platform for some of coolest emerging art around. Keep an eye out for work by Hannah Valentine, Hikalu Clarke, Raukura Turei and Christina Pataialii. 

Christina Pataialii Preparatory sketch for West detail 2018

TROY EMERY

Troy Emery explores the history of our relationship with animals. From the relationship we have with our pets to taxidermy and trophy animals, to plush toys, his bright sculptures made from materials such as pompoms, tassels, tinsel, and yarn are not to be missed, and can be found at the Martin Browne Contemporary stand.

PIKI MAI: UP HERE ^^

Found on the Mezzanine floor of the fair, Piki Mai: Up Here ^^ is the home of some incredible work by Elam School of Fine Arts, Interlude Gallery, Mokopōpaki, Victorian College of the Arts, and Young Artists Foundation (showing the art of recent graduates of Chinese art academies). Head here to discover the next big thing. 

INTERNATIONAL GALLERIES

Looking for something a bit different? Check out these International galleries: Totoral Lab from Santiago, Misha Shin from Tokyo, Bergman Gallery from Rarotonga and Redbase Art from Jakarta. We’re particularly excited to see new work from Andy Leleisi'uao, who is showing as a part of Bergman Galleries stand.

Andy Leleisiuao Harmonic Islands 2018 Acrylic on Canvas 101x76cm courtesy of the artist and Bergman

THE WAITING ROOM

In a mixed media installation which explores themes such as anxiety and hope, Michael Bugelli Gallery presents Heather B.  Swann’s The Waiting Room. The Waiting Room will be built onsite at the Fair and combines both objects and performance.

Image Credit: Shane Cotton, Andy Leleisi'uao, Christina Pataialii, PĀNiA

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