2 hours
One of the 6 art precincts in Auckland
Weekly, Saturday

Discover and explore Auckland’s different precincts of fine contemporary dealer art galleries. Each week join the group of excited art lovers to discover a different cluster of galleries. With ever changing exhibitions of emerging, mid-career and established artists we are thrilled to discover new artistic expressions. We are introduced to the gallery, gallerist, the exhibition and sometimes we are lucky to get to talk with an artist. We get all the extras of being with a guide the gallerists know and respect. Returning several weeks later to new exhibitions and new fabulous experiences.

A Jolt to the Senses:

Read Vicki Holders response to one Walk & Talk on the Ray White Community Blog: https://rwponsonby.co.nz/blog/2016/december/07/a-jolt-to-the-senses/

‘TJ’ Terry McNamara MNZM,

One of New Zealand’s most well-known and knowledgeable art commentators, having written for NZ Herald for over 50 years, is the main guide for the Auckland Saturday morning Walk & Talk an Art Precinct and currently writes a Blog: https://terrymcnamara.wordpress.com. He freely shares his extensive knowledge, with a wry sense of humour.

When TJ is not available, we are thrilled that Assoc Prof Linda Tyler, Director of the Centre for Art Studies at The University of Auckland, University of Auckland Art Collection Manager, is available to generously share her extensive knowledge.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Auckland art galleries – check schedule for meeting location.
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

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Once payment has been made and your booking is confirmed, refunds are not available. If you are unable to attend, ArtExplore is happy to provide a voucher that is valid for 6 months. If ArtExplore is forced to cancel a booked tour, payments will be fully refunded.
HANDY TIPS Comfortable walking shoes or sandals are a must (no dress shoes). Have a drink and snack before the tour. There is an invite to coffee after the tour.


2019 Summer/Autumn programme

February 9 Newton Precinct: meeting at Studio One Tu Toi No 1 Ponsonby Rd.

A great start to the 2019 Summer Autumn Walk & Talk an art gallery season, we explore the fabulous cluster of galleries around the Newton end of Ponsonby & Karangahape Rds.
Meeting at Studio One Tu Toi Gallery, with two fascination exhibitions based on story telling and experiencing mental illness: Once upon a time a group show curated by Phillip Tse, and Out of Sight by Shirlee Yiting Xue.
We make our way across Ponsonby Rd to Black Asterisk, to then stroll around K’Rd to Starkwhte
A worthwhile walk down the hill to Tim Melville

February 16 Parnell meeting at Jonathon Grant 280 Parnell Rd. With the wonderful TJ MCNamara as guide providing us with the commentary, we start at the Artis Gallery with All fired Up John Blackburn and Margaret Lovell.
Next door to Jonathon Grant and likely the basement gallery but of course the sculpture outside the galleries.
We then move across the road to discover Parnell Gallery.
Then down the Rise to the International Art Centre viewing of the auction of modern, contemporary and collectible art.

February 23 Putiki St Meeting at Whitespace 20 Monmouth St Grey Lynn

Explore the fabulous cluster of galleries in Putiki St, which TJ says we must get to for the current exhibitions.
Meeting outside the new Whitespace premises with Ioane Iaone: O le malaga malosi tele. Embarking on a journey exploring his cultural roots and the art of building a va’aalo (traditional fishing canoe), Ioane was the 2018 Creative New Zealand Samoa Artist in Residence. This exhibition is the final presentation of work made during this residency.
Along to Fox Jensen McCory: Wet Wet Wet. Fox Jensen McCrory is delighted to present the paintings of three magnificent artists, Erin Lawlor, Liat Yossifor and Aida Tomescu. “people will never understand what we are doing if they can’t feel. All art is abstract. All music is abstract. But it’s all real…We are all trying to bring spirit, that spontaneous energy, into our work” Joan Mitchell.
A wee step along to find Two Rooms: David Shrigley: works on paper. Best known for his distinctive drawing style and his satirical treatment of commonplace human conundrums. Acerbic, weirdly profound, while at the same time universal, his quick-witted drawings and hand rendered texts are typically deadpan in delivery, yet stirring in their effect.
Upstairs is Rohan Hartley Mills: Jazz Plastic. Delighting in improvisation and the act of pushing paint around, Jazz Plastic embraces the serendipities of chance and automatism.
Finishing across the road at Orexart with Joon-Hee Park, a self-confessed, constant day dreamer. She often revisits her memories and dreams to replay, recreate and re-craft them. Being a painter, she loves to ‘see’ her imagination come alive on the canvas.
This is a full morning packed with exciting intriguing and puzzling exhibitions, with veteran art critic TJ McNamara.

March 2 K’Rd Meeting outside Bowerbank Nimmow, Coner of K’Rd and East St. We are in the fabulous K’Rd, meeting on the K’Rd East St Corner where there are four galleries: Staring at Bowerbank Ninow. Then upstairs to Ivan Anthony Gallery
Downstairs takes us to Michael Lett Gallery. Across the lane to Artspace. Then as time allows RM Gallery or Anna MIles

March 9  We are delighted to be in the CBD Art Precinct. Starting at the Trish Clark Gallery with AMANDA GRUENWALD | Colour Profile. Down to Durham St to discover the new premises of artist run space Mercy Pictures hidden upstairs in Durham St East.
Along to the two Gow Langsford galleries. In Kitchener St Gallery there is a group exhibition: Almost Blue. Lorne St has Chris Heaphy Bloom. We will spend some time at the Auckland Art Gallery with a minor exhibition that is exciting TJ.

As we are going into the AAG do remember to bring evidence of NZ residency such as drivers license or a utility account in your name. Non residents are required to pay a $20 entry fee.

March 16 Wow. Newmarket. Yes there is enough for a morning of feeding the soul in Newmarket. Join us for emerging, mid range and established artists work. A wide variety of fabulous art to be stimulated and enjoy. And the extensive public sculptures and street art courtesy of the Newmarket Business Association. All with with the expertise of TJ (Terry) McNamara to deepen and broaden our consideration of this fabulous art.

Meeting at Railwya Studios, 8 Railway Stt Newmarket

March 23 Maori artists in the CBD with Assoc Prof Linda Tyler. We meet at the High Court, Parliament St, with Jacob Scott, then we will see Brett & Fred Graham, Lionel Grant, Ralph Hotere and Bill Cuthbert, outside the Auckland Art gallery a Fred Graham, to finish inside the Gallery with our Maori art collection.

Remember to bring evidence of residency for free entry to the Auckland Art Gallery

April 6 Parnell meeting at the fabulous Jonathon Grant/Artis Galleries, likely including the Aladin’s Cave/Storeroom (3 in 1!). Parnell Gallery and an auction Viewing at The International Art Centre.

April 13 CBD, meeting at the newly refurbished and reopened Gus Fisher, 74 Shortland St.

April 20  Easter Weekend so no Walk & Talk. If you have out of town visitors you could do a personalised tour

April 27  K’Rd Precinct, meeting corner of K’Rd& East St

May 4 Auckland Art Fair. Be guided to the best of the out of town galleries by an Art Explore guide. This will incur the cost of a general ticket to the Art Fair as well as the ArtExplore usual $20

May 11 Putiki St. Meeting at Whitespace 20 Monmouth St Grey Lynn

May 18 Readers & Writers Festival. We will identify a great art option in the programme and invite you to join us for this event.

May 25  Newton Precinct: meeting at Studio One Tu Toi No 1 Ponsonby Rd.

June 1 Queens Birthday Weekend so no Walk & Talk. If you have out of town visitors you could do a personalised tour

June 8 CBD, meeting at the newly refurbished and reopened Gus Fisher, 74 Shortland St

June 15  K’Rd  Meeting outside Bowerbank Nimow, Corner of K’Rd and East St.

June 22 Last Walk & Talk for this season: Putiki St  Meeting at Whitespace 20 Monmouth St Grey Lynn

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 2 reviews
November 2, 2016

I found this Walk & Talk an Art Precinct absolutely delighful…the eclectic mix of galleries combined with TJ’s knowledge and humour truly inspiring

May 2, 2018

Art Explore make art both accessible and enjoyable for an novice like me. Great to hear entertaining behind-the-scenes stories and to get access to the hidden vaults of Auckland’s thriving arts community. Highly recommended for a great morning out. Great way to meet other enthusiasts.

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