Artweek Auckland ANZ Centre & NZICC - Guided Art Tours in the City Centre

Discover the incredible art that is usually hidden away behind closed doors, or in areas, you have not noticed in the city’s corporate towers, institutions and public buildings. ARTTFORM Director Paul Baragwanath will introduce you to the large-scale works in the ANZ Centre foyer, including pieces by Winston Roeth and Peata Larkin, before moving on to the New Zealand International Convention Centre to view the Sara Hughes’ glass artwork covering the exterior top of the building.

Friday 18 October 2019
5.30 – 7pm

Funded by Heart of the City
Bookings open Monday 16 September

Out and about this weekend - Tūrama Festival 26- 28 July

Te Rangimārie - The Sound of Peace is a soundscape artwork woven from online messages of peace in many different languages. It expands and travels the artwork first played on in the grounds of St David's ANZAC Eve in the grounds of St David's Memorial Church.

Everyone is invited to record a message of peace online. The messages are then composed into the artwork and play in surround sound. The power of community is paramount in this work, everyone's voice is heard.

Click here to Add your voice

Tūrama Festival is a free-to-attend event taking place in Albert Park, 26 - 28 July 2019.
The park will be lit up from 5 - 10pm each evening.

You are invited - Invitation to The Drop Off by Kiran McKinnon

Please join us on Monday 5 August in Auckland's CBD at the historic South British Insurance Company Building for the opening of The Drop Off, a large-scale, site-specific immersive painting by artist Kiran McKinnon.

This eight-metre long painting responds to the site of the building on Shortland Street, the former foreshore of Auckland. Kiran has created this massive work on canvas with paint and 60 liters of seawater from Auckland Harbour in the largest work of her career. It is inspired by "the drop off", the place where shallow water meets deep ocean at the edge of a reef. It is a step into the unknown.

The intention is to create an immersive art experience, to be suspended in time, absolutely present in the infinite now! The work was painted to sounds of Radio New Zealand Concert.

We thank the South British Insurance Company building for their valuable contribution to the vibrancy of the art scene in Auckland. This is the ninth site-specific artwork we have commissioned for this unique space that has become an art destination in the city.

Auckland CBD, Monday 5 August 2019
5.30 – 7pm

All welcome.  Includes hospitality and a brief artist's introduction at 6pm.

The Lobby – South British Insurance Company Limited Building
3–13 Shortland St
Cnr Shortland St and High St
Auckland Central

RSVP if you can join us (for hospitality purposes)

Park Hyatt Auckland

The exterior construction of Park Hyatt Auckland, which is situated on the western waterfront of the CBD is nearing completion, and interior fit-out is well underway.

ARTTFORM is commissioning the major interior artworks including an artwork by Peata Larkin. Peating is creating her largest illuminated painting to date. Measuring 6m high by 11m wide, once installed it will become the centerpiece of the soaring central atrium at the heart of Park Hyatt Auckland. The hotel is designed to encourage strollers to walk through from the ASB Theatre to the water.

Nearby Peata's illuminated painting will be the exquisite, traditionally-woven tukutuku panels created by artist Beronia Scott and her whānau at Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.

The Hotel will also be home to a specially-commissioned work by master carver, Dr Lyonel Grant. This 8m wide carving will greet all those who pass through the porte-cochere.

NZICC (New Zealand International Convention Centre)

Drive or walk down the western ridge of the Auckland CBD and you'll experience the colours and energy of the New Zealand bush. The realm of Tāne. We commissioned Sara Hughes to create this great artwork, bringing to this part of the city the life and wonder of New Zealand's forests.

Taking the opportunity to individually print every panel of glass, Sara has introduced the organic dynamism of nature to perfectly complement the precision, discipline and deceptive simplicity of the architecture. The layering effect of the soaring glass fins shimmering in the western light has the magic of a stroll through the Auckland Domain, the Waitakere Ranges or a South Island beach forest.

Soon the north wall facades will be complete, and some time in 2020 the lights will come on to subtly illuminate this great lightbox in the night sky.

The Peata Larkin ceramic artwork is not yet visible but construction is also under way. Once completed it will address the full width of the NZICC north wall that wraps in to the interior of the gallery space within. If Sara's work is the bush canopy and the sky, Peata's is the tree trunks and the earth that sustains life from below.

We are proud to have contributed to this valuable art project for New Zealand and congratulate the NZICC team, architects Warren and Mahoney, together with Fletchers for building it. It will be a gift to the city. If you live abroad, plan a trip to come and experience these artworks and the art of Aotearoa!

Join me on an Artweek tour hosted by Hotcity to hear more about the journey of these artworks and also to view Precinct Properties' ANZ Centre Lobby collection nearby.