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.

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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.


2019 Summer/Autumn programme

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

February 16 

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

March 2 K’Rd Meeting outside Bowerbank Nimmow, Corner of K’Rd and East St.

March 9  We are delighted to be in the CBD Art Precinct. Starting at the Trish Clark Gallery

March 16 Meeting at Railway 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

April 6 K’Rd meet at the corner of East  St, Bowerbank Ninow.

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 Putiki St, meeting at Whitespace, Monmouth St.

May 4 The Annual Auckland Art Fair

May 11  Newmarket meeting at Railway Studios, Railway St.

May 18 10.15 am Readers & Writers Festival. At Auckland Art Gallery.

Sunday May 19: 10 am. Waitakere Room Aotea Centre Gretchen Albrecht

May 25  K’Rd precinct, meeting on the corner of East St.

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 Gus Fisher Shortland St .

We are delighted to be in the CBD Art Precinct. Starting at the newly re opened Gus Fisher with a group show We’re not too big to care.
Then over to the Trish Clark Gallery with Vincent Ward, LOOM a new body of moving image works by pre-eminent New Zealand award-winning filmmaker and artist.
Down to Durham St to discover the new premises of artist run space Mercy Pictures hidden upstairs in Durham St East – who just may be available for the last day of Daniel Malone: The Annals of Everyday Life.
Along to the two Gow Langsford galleries: Lorne St with the last day of Sarah Hughes 8 minutes and 17 second. Kitchener St also last day of Laurence Aberhart Large Format.
Then maybe St Paul St with an Exhibition by graduating students of Master of Design, Master of Visual Arts, and Master of Cultural and Creative Practice at AUT. Or perhaps a treat at the Auckland Art Gallery that is exciting TJ.

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

Another fabulous morning immersed in some of the great art in Auckland

June 15 Explore the fabulous cluster of galleries in Putiki St.

Meeting outside the new Whitespace premises Monmouth St. We walk up and around the corner to Toi Ora a creative space and learning opportunities for people using mental health services, opening especially for us.
Along to Fox Jensen McCory.
A wee step along to find Two Rooms, with down stairs and upstairs.
Finishing across the road at Orexart.

June 22 Last Walk & Talk for this season: Newton Art Precinct.

Meeting at Studio One Tu Toi Gallery, No 1 Ponsonby Rd.

Just negotiated the final Walk & Talk for Autumn 2019: the fabulous cluster of galleries around the Newton end of Ponsonby & Karangahape Rds. TJ says there is a delightful surplus of extraordinary art for us.
We make our way across Ponsonby Rd to Black Asterisk
A stroll around he corner into K’Rd to Starkwhite
Along to Mokopopaki the tinyest and most avant garde gallery in Auckland. This will be challenging but with veteran art critic TJ McNamara to help you into the art and to critique, you may walk away with getting it or knowing what you don’t like!
A few doors along is Melanie Rodgers
It is worth going down the hill to Tim Melville Gallery.

What stunning and varied exhibitions we have. Expect to be delighted, fascinated, intrigued and informed, all with input from veteran art critic TJ (Terry) McNamara

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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