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

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.

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.


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.


2018 Spring programme

September 8 Newton Precinct: meeting at Melanie Roger Gallery 444  K’Rd

September 15 K’Rd Precinct. Meeting Cnr K’Rd & East St

September  22 CBD Precinct Meeting at Gus Fisher 74 Shortland St

September 29 Putiki St/Arch Hill Meeting at Orex Gallery 15 Putiki St

October 6  Koha for ARTWEEK Parnell Precinct meeting at The Terry Stringer sculptural Fountain, Holy Trinity Cathedral

Wednesday October 10 Free for ARTWEEK Newmarket meeting at Railway Studios Railway St

For the mid week ARTWEEK Walk & Talk we are in the fabulous Newmarket precinct, meeting at Railway St Studios, taking in public art as we walk to Sanderson Gallery. Along to Exhibitions Gallery, then more impressive public sculpture and intriguing street art as we go through to Warwick Henderson. And more arresting public art as we find the cafe to finish.

October 13 Koha for ARTWEEK K’Rd Precinct. Meeting Cnr K’Rd & East St

This is your chance to come for a taster, for only a Koha.
We are in the fabulous K’Rd, meeting on the K’Rd East St Corner where there are four galleries: Ivan Anthony, Michelle Lett, ArtSpace across the road to RM then to Audio Foundation. We hope to get to Anna Miles.

October 20 Labour Weekend. No Walk & Talk an Art Precinct

October 29 Newton Precinct: Meeting at Black Asterisk 10 Ponsonby Rd

For only the second time in the 2018 Spring season we explore the fabulous cluster of galleries around the Newton end of Ponsonby & Karangahape Rds. Meeting at Black Asterisk Gallery we make our way across Ponsonby Rd to Studio One Toi Tū. We stroll along K’Rd to Starkwhte. A wee stroll to Mokopopaki. A few doors along is Melanie Rodgers, And maybe down the hill to Tim Melville.

We so enjoy a coffee and chat at Devine morsel a couple of doors up from Melanie Rodgers.

November 3 Putiki St Meeting at Whitespace Gallery 20 Monmouth St Arch Hill

We are exploring the fabulous cluster of galleries in Putiki St after not being here since before ARTWEEK. Meeting outside the new Whitespace premises, we will walk up and around the corner to Toi Ora, along to Fox Jensen McCory. A few doors up we find Two Rooms, Orex and Hopkinson Mossman. This is a full morning packed with exciting exhibitions

November 10 New Meeting Place: Gow Langsford, Kitchener St

For only the second time this season ArtExplore is back at the CBD Art Precinct.

Bowen St is closed for festive season decorations. So Trish Clark Gallery is closed tomorrow! And TJ McNamara is unwell. But we have a great morning planned.

We will meet at Kitchener ST Gow Langsford.  With Henri Matisse Master of Lines. YEs!!! Matisse!!!

Then: Fascinated at the Walters Prize Winner Bad Visual Systems by Ruth Buchanan? Caril & Brian have had very different responses to the winning work.Join their conversation of the four finalists and why Bad Visual Systems came in as the winner.

As there is time we ill go to the the Lorne St Gow Langsford Gallery with Henri Matisse Master of Line and Darren George with Hikoi.

November 17 K’Rd Meeting corner 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: Bowerbank Ninnow, Ivan Anthony, Michael Lett, and ArtSpace. Then across the road to RM, and maybe Audio Foundation or Anna Miles.

November 24 Van Tour Object Art a possibility for present buying.

Meeting at Newmarket Railway Station Starting in Newmarket, we go to one or two galleries we seldom get to. Then we take off for Masterworks, Anna Miles, Kingsland Jewelry and FHE gallery. Objectspace is a must on such a tour.

We do this tour as the last tour of the year before the festive season as you just might be inspired for gifting.

We will return to Newmarket Railway Station.

There are only 10 places in the van. We ask for payment ahead to confirm bookings. We don’t want to turn people away then have others not come. We need to cover the costs of van rental etc., thus it is more than the walking tours.

There is a higher cost for this to cover ArtExplore costs of van hire: $40

End of Year dinner: See Salon Events

Tuesday Dec 11, 6pm start at Tim Melville Gallery Cost $30

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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