2 hours
Octagon Art Precinct
Second & Fourth Saturdays

Discover Dunedin’s fabulous visual arts. Always changing. Always evolving. Along with the literary art and music scene, Dunedin has developed a great fine visual arts sector. There is a significant collection of fine art galleries, ever changing exhibitions of emerging, mid-career and established artists, reflecting the creativity found in the Southern climes.

Second and fourth Saturdays the Dunedin Walk and Talk an Art Precinct is a guided gallery walking tours, each to a totally different cluster of galleries. We are introduced to the gallery, gallerist, the exhibition and sometime we are lucky to get to talk with an artist. We get all the extras of being with a person the gallerists know and respect. As the exhibitions are constantly changing, no walk is the same. Repeat the Walks and you will find new exhibitions and always have a most interesting and informed experience, deepening and extending your knowledge of the art in the exhibitions. We always find a good place for coffee and more talking  We always find a good place for coffee and more talking.

Our guide is either James Dignan or Jennifer Hopkinson. James is well known as a long time contributor to the ODT (Otago Daily Times) Art Seen Column. Jennifer was the major gallerist of Moray Gallery until a short few years ago. Both bring a depth of knowledge, especially of the local art scene.


DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION We have different meeting places – check the schedule
BOOKING DETAILS We would love to receive your booking online through the box on your right. Alternatively you can email us: info@artexplore.co.nz OR phone: 0211883933 and just turn up.

Bookings are confirmed on payment.

We have several payment options to suit what you like to use:

Pay online through Paypal with VISA, Mastercard, OR

Direct deposit (banking details shown on check-out), Or

Come along and pay in person by cash (exact change please).

For last minute bookings, cancellations, or if you are running late or can’t find us phone 021 188-3933

Ask about our Discount Card to receive every 5th walk free.

We do appreciate if you let us know if you cant come

Spring programme

September 22  ARTS FESTIVAL  Castle St/Octagon precinct Meeting at Mink Gallery

September 29  ARTS FESTIVAL Dowling St Precinct Meeting at Brett McDowell Gallery

October 13       Castle St/Octagon precinct Meeting at Mink Gallery

October 27    Dowling St Precinct Meeting at Brett McDowell Gallery

November 10     Castle St/Octagon precinct Meeting at Mink Gallery

November 24     Dowling St Precinct Meeting at Brett McDowell Gallery

Summer programme starts:

Details to come on the Art Salon Page

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 4 reviews
October 28, 2016

This first Walk & Talk was fabulous with 22 people! Everyone loved it. A wide variety of art and superb comment from Jennifer Hopkinson.
The second Walk &Talk with James Dignan with 17 people included an artists talk, studio visit and in depth commentary from James. Superb.

October 30, 2016

The recent Art-Explore visit to my gallery was ‘extra-special’, -with so many friendly people united together by a sincere interest in art. The guide’s commentary was kindly informative, and it helped to give the visitors a ‘way in’ to the art, while stimulating the visitors’ perceptions and prompting questions from the group. Looking forward to further visits; Thanks Art-Explore Dunedin! -Robert Piggott Art Gallery

February 25, 2017

What a treat! Expert commentary from Jennifer Hopkinson, on a variety of artworks, made this a thoroughly enjoyable, informative and accessible way to experience the showcased art. Having two of the featured artists in gallery to share their exhibitions in person was the icing on the cake. Thank you to Jennifer, Catherine and Art Explore. I’d recommend your tour as worthwhile for anyone with any interest in art, whether they be expert or novice. Thanks for a very enjoyable time. I’ll be coming again.

October 28, 2018

We had a lovely tour by Jennifer, met 3 artists, Inge Doesburg, Peter Cleverley from Oamaru and John Z Robinson. There was a spare 5 minutes at the end of the tour so Jennifer had the inspired idea to take us to the foyer of the Railway Station, which was the scene of one of the portraits at DPAG where the artist is barely visible walking quickly across to the platform.

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