International and Local Gallery Line Up Announced for 2018 Auckland Art Fair

Auckland Art Fair
Apr 2, 2018 2:25PM

Sanné Mestrom, Untitled (Self Portrait, Underground), 2017, bronze, concrete and steel, 156 x 100 x 83 cm, image courtesy of the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney & Singapore.

New Zealand’s premier international showcase for contemporary art, the Auckland Art Fair (AAF), has announced the list of galleries that will be showing at this year’s event,May 23-27 at The Cloud on Auckland’s Queens Wharf.  

Showcasing the most interesting art from the Pacific-rim, the stellar line-up of 40 participating galleries from nine countries, will include new works, from some of the big names of the art world.  

“We’re really excited to announce that this year we have 12 international galleries and 28 local galleries exhibiting in the main gallery section at the Fair”, says Auckland Art Fair Co-Director, Stephanie Post.  

The reputation of the Auckland Art Fair as a significant Fair for exhibiting and purchasing, cutting-edge contemporary art, from the wider Pacific region, continues to grow and this is illustrated by the number of new works that are being created, specifically for the Fair, by some of the Pacific’s top artists.  

Alongside the 40 galleries, the 2018 Fair will also introduce Piki Mai: Up Here ^^, a new section that features five young galleries, artist run spaces and student / recent graduate exhibitions. Located on the mezzanine level of The Cloud, Piki Mai: Up Here ^^ offers a snapshot of artists whose work could appear at future art fairs.  

The calibre of art being shown by established and emerging artists is already attracting international collectors and curators, with the Auckland Art Fair firmly established as a key event in the international arts calendar.  

This year’s Fair will see work by more than 150 artists from New Zealand, Australia, parts of South-east Asia, Japan, the USA, South America and the Pacific Islands.  

Following the success of 2016, this years fair has attracted 20 new galleries.

Gordon Walters, Construction with pale blue, 1988, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 49cm, image courtesy of The Walters Estate and STARKWHITE, Auckland.

John Pule, 2017, One memory lies within me, oils, enamels, inks and polyurethane on canvas, 500 x 500 mm, image courtesy of the artist and Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland.

New to the Auckland Art Fair for 2018 is:  


12 Gallery, Auckland & Queenstown / Ivan Anthony, Auckland / Bowerbank Ninow, Auckland / Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland / Robert Heald, Wellington / Mokopōpaki, Auckland / Parlour Projects, Hastings / The Vivian, Matakana  


Gallery 9, Sydney / Michael Bugelli Gallery, Hobart / Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney / Interlude Gallery, Sydney / Neon Parc, Melbourne / Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney & Singapore / The Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), The University of Melbourne, Melbourne  


Young Artists Foundation, China


HG Contemporary, New York  


Totoral Lab, Santiago  


Misa Shin, Tokyo  


RedBase Gallery, Jakarta  

Auckland Art Fair is pleased to announce the following galleries will be returning in 2018:  


{Suite}, Wellington / ARTIS Gallery, Auckland / Bartley + Company Art, Wellington / Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington / Trish Clark Gallery, Auckland / FHE Galleries, Auckland / Fox Jensen McCrory, Auckland & Sydney / Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland / Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland & Wellington / Michael Lett, Auckland / Masterworks Gallery, Auckland / Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington / Tim Melville Gallery, Auckland / Two Rooms, Auckland / Milford Galleries, Dunedin & Queenstown / PAULNACHE, Gisborne / Sanderson Contemporary, Auckland / Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch / STARKWHITE, Auckland / Warwick Henderson, Auckland / Whitespace, Auckland  


Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney / Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney / Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne  


Bergman Gallery, Rarotonga  

Piki Mai: Up Here ^^ will feature:  

Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland, Auckland / Interlude Gallery, Sydney / Mokopōpaki, Auckland / Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne / Young Artists Foundation, China  

Elam School of Fine Arts will feature work by students and recent graduates whose practice is in moving image and performance.  

Masters students from the VCA Access programme (an initiative supporting students of fine arts at the Victorian College of Arts, University of Melbourne) will also be joining the fair for 2018 as a part of new initiative Piki Mai: Up Here ^^.  


Venue: The Cloud on Auckland’s Queens Wharf  

Tickets on sale: 11 April 2018  

See for further details  

For media registrations please email [email protected]

Erin Lawlor, Below, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 180 x 360 cm, image courtesy of the artist and Fox Jensen McCrory, Sydney & Auckland.

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