Wellington art galleries

Wellington art galleries and museums, a guide to websites



Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University
This is a purpose-built university gallery located at Victoria University of Wellington. The Adam Art Gallery Te Pataka Toi offers a broad programme of exhibitions and events that foster national and international visual art and culture. Exhibitions represent the visual arts, craft, architecture, design and music and involve areas beyond the humanities. The Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection comprises over 240 works by New Zealand artists and is on permanent display throughout the University campus.

Arts and Culture, Sights and Activities in Wellington. 


Bartley and Company Art
Bartley and Company Art showcases art in all media: art that is contemporary, interesting and fun – art that engages, seduces, provokes and amuses. Ghuznee Street.

Bowen Galleries
Bowen Galleries is just off Cuba St and is part of the Cuba Art Quarter. Late night open is the first Thursday of every month except Jan and Feb.


City Gallery Wellington
Established in 1980, City Gallery Wellington was the first significant non-collecting exhibition based public gallery in New Zealand.


Dowse Art Museum, Hutt Valley
Just a 15 minute drive from downtown Wellington, The Dowse is a nationally significant contemporary art museum as well as the public art gallery for Lower Hutt city. Opened in 1971, The Dowse forged a reputation for presenting quality exhibitions and events with a special focus on craft and design. Today, The Dowse’s programming is diverse and exciting, presenting works by local and international artists to a range of audiences.


An artist space with individual shows and a Summer Residency from January to mid February. The gallery facilitates contemporary art projects and, liberated from commercial constraints, is able to actively promote critical dialogue. Cuba Street, Wellington.

Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre,
an art gallery (as well as a centre for wider community use – theatre, cafe, etc), Upper Hutt, Wellington.


Flickr. Wellington art photo tags.


Hutt Valley Community Arts
Hutt Valley Community Arts facilitates community art activities that enable the people of Hutt City to express and enjoy themselves, working to create a vibrant and beautiful city which reflects the culture of those who live here.


Kiwi Art House Gallery
The Kiwi Art House  showcases Wellington artists and paintings with Wellington themes. They also represent a number of top artists from around New Zealand and several international artists currently resident in Wellington.

Kura Gallery
Established in 2001 – Kura Gallery, Wellington, exhibits quality contemporary New Zealand art. Artworks are distinctly crafted and share a wairua (spirit) that is undeniably of these islands.


New Dowse Gallery
A gallery showing everything from art and design to hip hop, fashion, science and business. it is dedicated to showcasing innovations in creativity that drive human progress and understanding at all levels: culturally, socially, spiritually, and economically.

The New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts (Academy Galleries)
The gallery is a versatile space with three separate gallery spaces and an annexe off Gallery Two, so exhibitions of any size can be catered for.
Several of the walls are moveable to create a variety of layouts and interesting spaces.
There is also a small meeting area and members lounge which includes a small library of art books and magazines.

New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Wellington
The New Zealand Portrait Gallery, administered from Wellington, is a national organisation promoting the display of New Zealanders through the perceptive eyes of painters, sculptors, caricaturists and photographers.


Pablos Art Gallery
An art studio and gallery for people who use mental heath services.

Wellington’s gallery dedicated exclusively to photography.


Robert Heald Gallery
Contemporary New Zealand art.


{Suite} is a large, street front gallery with storeroom and sculpture garden at rear. Agent for Ans Westra. Represents 12 other artists including Fiona Pardington, Rob McLeod, Wayne Youle and Emily Hartley-Skudder. Located at 241 Cuba St, Te Aro.


Te Papa
Te Papa is New Zealand’s official national museum.
The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is the national museum and art gallery of New Zealand, located in Wellington. It is branded and commonly known as Te Papa and Our Place; “Te Papa Tongarewa” is broadly translatable as “the place of treasures of this land”.
The museum’s principles incorporate the concepts of unified collections; the narratives of culture and place; the idea of forum; the bicultural partnership between Tangata Whenua and Tangata Tiriti; and an emphasis on diversity and multidisciplinary collaboration.

30upstairs Art Project Space
30upstairs is a non-dealer gallery that exhibits and promotes both talented emerging artists and their more established contemporaries. As art collectors, artists and art consultants, their aim has been to create a non-profit exhibiting space that will help generate interest and excitement in the talented artists who create art.
The gallery is also providing an exhibition opportunity for artists in the lead-up to The Performance Arcade 2015. This includes a Performance Series exhibition for selected works in November 2014.

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