2019 Auckland Art Fair showcases New Zealand and Pacific art

The Auckland Art Fair has become an annual event, and this year will run from 1 May to 5 May at The Cloud.

Words: Lara Wyatt. Photo: Telly Tuita, from the series A Professional Brown Man, 2018, photographic work, image courtsey of Weasel

Following the success of the 2018 event, this year’s Auckland Art Fair is set to show some of the best galleries from the Pacific. More than 150 artists from New Zealand and around the world will be showing their creations at Auckland’s The Cloud from 1 May to 5 May.

Here are some of the exhibitions and artists we’re looking forward to seeing:


Francis McWhannell is the curator of the 2019 Projects Programme. Titled Whanaungatanga, McWhannell invited 10 alumni from the Projects of 2018 to nominate the new group of artists. This reflects a network of friendship. Two of the projects will be presented at Takutai Square in Britomart: a projected video work by Rainer Weston will show every evening during the event, and a performative work by Rachel Ashby, Sarah Callesen and others will take place at 2.30pm on Saturday 4 May.

Samoa House Library Reading Room

This space will offer books and articles about the art and the artists who are exhibiting at the event. This will be a great place to go and learn more about the works you’ll see over a cup of coffee and a snack from Daily Bread. Samoa House Library is an evolving educational platform that emerged in response to the forthcoming closure of the University of Auckland’s Fine Arts, Music and Architecture and Planning libraries.

Ngātahi Art Fair Tours

There’s so much to see and take in at the 2019 Auckland Art Fair it can be hard to know where to start. You can get a free guided tour of the Auckland Art Fair by directors and curators of some of Auckland’s non-profit galleries. Just head to the Samoa House Library Reading Room on Saturday or Sunday to book your spot on a tour.

Piki Mai: Up Here ^^

On the ground floor of The Cloud you’ll find many established and well-known galleries. Take a look upwards and you’ll see Piki Mai: Up Here on the mezzanine. Up there you’ll find young galleries and artist-run spaces. You’ll find Mercy Pictures, Play_station and Weasel Gallery showcasing up there.

There’s so much to absorb and experience at the 2019 Auckland Art Fair, so head along to see all the wonderful creations from New Zealand, the Pacific and abroad.

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