On a budget? No worries! Here are some of the best no-cost things to do and see this Artweek in the city centre. 

Changing Lanes

Changing Lanes 

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.

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Auckland Art Gallery 

Incredible exhibitions in the galleries 

While the majority of the exhibitions in our public art galleries are free all year round, many new exhibitions pop up especially for Artweek, and are worth checking out while you're here. From thought-provoking to fun and interactive displays, there's something for everyone. 

Workshops on the Waterfront

Workshops on the Waterfront 

Get the kids outdoors, active and thinking creatively with Workshops on the Waterfront in Wynyard Quarter. Workshops on the Waterfront get kids involved in a range of activities from creative arts and crafts to practical skills and sports-based activities.

Quick Draw Sketch Gang

Late Night Art 

Explore the city centre after hours with Late Night Art on Tuesday 13 October from 5 - 9pm. Galleries will be open late, live art events are back at Auckland Art Gallery and Central City Library, art trails and special installations including the Urban Art Village will activate O'Connell Street, and returning favourites Quick Draw Sketch Gang will be creating free portraits (pictured) from the Ellen Melville Centre. 

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Image courtesy of Live at Te Waihorotiu

Beyond Basement: Live at Te Waihorotiu

Head along to the Basement Whare where a celebration of the history of Te Waihorotiu for Artweek's Late Night programme will be taking place. Curators Jaimie Waititi and Elyssia Wilson Heti offer you a line-up of Māori performance art, korero, music, kai, activation and intervention, beginning with a retracing of the path of Te Waihorotiu. 

Last updated: 26 October 2021