Artweek in the city centre is back again in 2020 from October 10-18, so we've rounded up the top 5 things you can't miss. Get your mates and experience all the city centre's art scene has to offer, one piece at a time.
A selection of leading New Zealand artists have activated the city centre's laneways. These projects reference the spaces unique heritage, their use as pedestrian walking routes, intimate city business locations and the changing nature of the city's urban spaces. This project also acknowledges the impacts of COVID 19 on Aucklanders and the celebration that Artweek brings to the city to enjoy the art, transform space and uplift spirits.
There's an incredible range of exhibitions on display during Artweek to check out, too many to count in fact. Check out our guide to exhibitions this year here, but a few special mentions include: If You Close Your Eyes at Allpress Studio, Komau contemporary Maori adornments at Kura Gallery, and The Art of Bio Engineering at the Central City Library.
This hugely popular after hours event is one you absolutely can't miss. From quirky art pop ups to performances, and galleries open late, there's a spectacle for all to see on Tuesday October 13, from 5-9pm. Peruse at your pleasure and enjoy the different activations as you wander: have your portrait drawn by the Quick Draw sketch artists, check out the Urban Art Village, even join in on a multisensory, immersive experience.
Wander from Freyberg Place to Khartoum Place to follow a trail of six art and light installations. Enjoy the unique daytime experience of these fun and artistic artworks that really come to life at night. Check out all the details of the trail and installations here.
Hugely popular every year, the Unlocked Collections tours are back again in 2020. This is your once-a-year chance to discover and explore the incredible private art collections that are usually hidden away behind closed doors or in areas you haven't noticed inside the city's corporate towers, institutions and public buildings. These book up extremely fast each year, so make sure you get in quick! Explore the full programme, here.
For more details and everything you need to know about Artweek in the city centre, click here.