Art Week Auckland October 13-23 2011
Art Week Auckland will host 140 free art events during 13-23 October 2011.
Showcasing the city's vibrant art scene with a visual arts
extravaganza ranging from exhibitions, artists talks, performances,
late nights at galleries, guided art tours, art speed dating, art
cycle tours, kids art club and an art feast with a famous ex All
Black set amongst paintings of a life size rugby scrum.
The 10 day festival will provide a fun way for the public to be
introduced to and to interact with art in their city - engaging
them and encouraging them to enjoy looking at art in their local
communities. This year Art Week Auckland has expanded from the
inner city to include Waitakere, Manukau and Devonport. It will
offer even more opportunities to engage, learn, be uplifted and
challenged by the wealth of great New Zealand Art in Auckland.
The timing of the events has been purposely scheduled to occur
during the Rugby World Cup. "We wanted to ensure people knew there
was more to Auckland than rugby, especially for our international
visitors as they will need other things to do while they are here
and being stimulated by our New Zealand art is something we wanted
to offer" says Auckland Art Week Director and Whitespace gallery
owner, Deborah White. The purpose of Art Week she says "is to
increase awareness of the visual arts in the community and most
importantly remove the mystique around the arts, so people can
engage on whichever level they choose to".
Auckland Art Week will be an opportunity for the public to ask
questions about contemporary art and with many galleries running
artist talks, it's a chance to look at the best work in the city
and talk to artists about their work. Aside from one on one
opportunities, there will be many events in the city providing a
fun component to soaking up some of the visual art on offer.
(For a full list of events go to www.artweek.co.nz)