Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and Karen Walker are launching an exclusive collection of lustrous silk scarves for summer featuring artworks from the Gallery’s own collection: Romancing the Collection.

Each scarf comprises one of three artworks rendered onto silk: Laura Knight’s 1918 painting, The Bathing Pool; Walter Bayes’ oil painting, Lady with Sunshade and New Zealand-born Maud Sherwood’s 1922 watercolour, Girl in the Boat. 

Limited-edition and made from 100% silk twill, the collection is available from 23 November 2021 in the Gallery shop, in-store at Karen Walker or online at and


Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki’s latest exhibition, Romancing the Collection, offers a love letter to the city’s public art collection.

From portraits to pop art and even a Picasso, Romancing the Collection delves into portraiture, romance, vistas, animalia, still life and abstract works. It opens with the remarkable Māori portraits painted in oils by 19th-century artists, Gottfried Lindauer and Charles F Goldie, and includes the work of other leading portraitists, Allan Ramsay, Joshua Reynolds and Henry Raeburn. 

Romancing the Collection explores all the complexities of love from first flirtation to unrequited and fickle love, and even hidden desires. As styles and sensibilities shift, the exhibition demonstrates how frivolities give way to formalisms. 

Spirited and playful, Romancing the Collection cleverly pairs historical pieces with contemporary art. 

$2 per hour to a max of $12 on weekends and a $12 flat rate for weekday evenings at The Civic car park. Find out more

Last updated: 08 July 2021