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The Art of December

The Art of December

Written for Verve Magazine by Aimée Ralfini.

Published 01.12.19

If you’re feeling the need to escape the chaos of consumerism, single use plastic everything and society in general, take some time-out at an art gallery. Gather your thoughts, engage with your intellectual side, challenge your mind or just zone out at the pretty colours. The Art of December is here to help guide you, enjoy.

Although many galleries are closed in January, they will all be open leading up to Christmas. Post December, all the majors will be open for business as usual and are an excellent way to enjoy a day with family, or just take some wellness time for your soul. Here are some suggestions for your Dec–Jan art calendar.

There’s always so much to see at Auckland Art Gallery. The beautiful work of Louise Henderson ‘From Life’ and international exhibition ‘Denmark Design’ are but a few on display over the holiday period.

Holiday closing times: Dec 25th.

In the heart of Auckland’s art district of Karangahape Road you’ll find Melanie Roger Gallery, well known for its stable of exciting contemporary artists. This December the gallery exhibits its summer group show Ice Cream Salad – opening Dec 11th.

Holiday closing times: Dec 22nd – Jan 29th.

Right at the top of Ponsonby Road resides Endemicworld. With mainly print editions and some originals available, it’s an excellent place to find a visual treat for under $500.00.

Holiday closing times: Dec 25th, 26th and 30th. Reopening Jan 3rd.

Auckland’s fashion district – Newmarket, houses Sanderson Contemporary, a gallery which boasts a range of New Zealand artists well worth investing in. So, if you find yourself shopping in the area, put some time aside to pop in. Their Summer Showcase with multiple artists is currently on display.

Holiday closing times from Dec 25th – Jan 6th.

The Pah Homestead hosts a changing program of contemporary art exhibitions from the Wallace Arts Trust Collection as well as additional curated shows. With a wide range of art events including exhibition openings, talks, musical performances, community activities and café, there is always something on for the whole family to enjoy.

Holiday closing times: Dec 25th, 26th 30th. and Jan 1st and 2nd.

Belinda Griffiths Art Ache
Belinda Griffiths. Courtesy of Eden Arts and Wallace Arts Trust.


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Widget image credit: Louise Henderson, January. Courtesy of Auckland Art Gallery.