Relatively new on the scene, City Gallery Wellington has held its place in the centre at Civic Square on Wakefield Street since 1993, although it existed several years before then. The gallery first opened its doors back in 1980 and was the first significant non-collecting public gallery in New Zealand that based its collections around exhibitions alone. Now updated with a new and stylish location, building, and design, you will find it situated in Civic Square along Wakefield Street. It stands as an important cultural hot spot that connects culture, innovation, and style in Aotearoa.
The focal point of City Gallery Wellington revolves around contemporary art, design, ideas, and architecture that celebrates the visual arts and designs from local artists. The gallery also has connections to other exhibition centres, national and international. While its focus is on local New Zealand art, it often hosts national and international artists and their works as well.
Past exhibitions have included artists such as Colin McCahon, Petra Cortright, Patrick Clifford, and Candice Breitz. They hold art and artists that “make you think” and open the boundaries of visual art and design. Many topics include revolt, rebellion, reflection, psychology, audio and visual perception, and photography. City Gallery Wellington embraces ideas that are different, unusual, or challenging, to open the boundaries of art and challenge the way people think.
The gallery has been well loved for many years, and doesn’t show any signs of stopping. Not just an art exhibition centre, the gallery also caters for families within the community and often holds workshops and art days for young children. Check their website for current and upcoming events such as workshops or family days. If you’re a movie lover, check the site for any film screenings, another thing the gallery is famous and well loved for.