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Auckland Museum’s Jewellery and Glass Showcase – three exhibitions in our Decorative Arts Galleries look at the art of New Zealand glass and jewellery.

The Glass Invitational NZ

Until 4 September

A biennial survey of contemporary New Zealand art glass. Curated by Stephen Higginson, this exhibition is the premier glass event in NZ surveying major achievement and innovation of the preceding two years.

Featured artists include Claudia Borella, Galia Amsel, Ann Robinson and Emily Siddell.

Free with admission donation.

Decorative Arts Gallery West.

GIVEN: Jewellery by Warwick Freeman

Until 4 September

Warwick Freeman, a laureate of the Francois van den Bosch Foundation and the NZ Arts Foundation, is New Zealand’s foremost contemporary jeweller. He has been a leading proponent of the movement that saw contemporary jewellery playing an active role in the expression of cultural identity in New Zealand.

GIVEN exhibits 35 works made by Freeman between 1980 and 2000 from collections, public and private, from here and overseas.

Free with admission donation.

Decorative Arts Gallery East.

content: content Work in silver by Tanya Zoe Robinson

Until 4 September

Sixteen hollow works crafted from sterling silver utilising a variety of materials including silk, rubber, shell, textile, fur and human hair. This body of work has developed from being literal containers to being objects ‘contained’ in a void.

Free with admission donation.

Decorative Arts Gallery Central.

Flora: Botanical Drawings of Nancy Adams

2 September - 30 October

Nancy M. Adams is one of New Zealand’s foremost botanists and botanical artists. This exhibition features exquisite watercolours and drawings, created over a 50-year period, that have never been exhibited

Free with admission donation

Pictorial Gallery

Zambesi: edge of darkness

22 September – 6 November

The latest Auckland Museum exhibition dedicated to the revered New Zealand fashion house, Zambesi. Zambesi: edge of darkness, surveys the achievements and impact of Zambesi’s 25 year commitment to challenging presumptions and extending boundaries. The exhibition will coincide with Air New Zealand Fashion Week.

Free with admission donation.

Decorative Arts Galleries

Afghanistan: a Peacekeeper’s perspective

11 November – 11 December

A compelling photographic exhibition providing a personal, ground level, eyewitness account of the impact of NZ Defence Forces peacekeeping activities in Afghanistan.

Free with admission donation

Pictorial Gallery

The da Vinci Machines

18 November – 5 March

Inventor-Artist-Genius. The scientific innovation of Leonardo da Vinci will be on show at an exhibition of over 50 full scale and miniature models of da Vinci's famous machines including his designs for a bicycle, glider, tank, paddle-boat and much more.

Special Exhibitions Hall


Auckland Art Fair Lecture Series

Contemporary artists and cultural commentators discuss current issues pertaining to Maori art, Pacific art, Jewellery and Glass practice in Aotearoa. Artists will discuss the motivation for their work and process of creation and where appropriate, the influence of the museum collection on their work.

Maori Art Thursday

1 September

3 – 5pm

Maori artists and cultural commentators discuss current issues pertaining to Maori art of today. Artists: Gina Matchitt, Robert Jahnke, Natalie Robertson Convenor: Paul Tapsell

Free with admission donation


Pacific Art Friday

2 September

3 – 5pm

Pacific artists and cultural commentators discuss current issues regarding Pacific art in Aotearoa. Artists: Graham Fletcher, Niki Hastings-McFall, Shigeyuki Kihara. Convenor: Jim Vivieaere

Free with admission donation


Contemporary Jewellery Seminar

Saturday 3 September

3pm – 5pm

Convened by Philip Clarke, contemporary jewellers Jason Hall, Areta Wilkinson, Alan Preston and Pauline Bern discuss their work and consider the influence of the Museum collection upon their practice.

Free with admission donation


Lecture: Glass

Sunday 4 September


Glass in New Zealand: ‘Origins and Inspirations’. Stuart Park gives an illustrated talk on New Zealand glass practice.

Free with admission donation


Gallery Talk: Glass

Sunday 4 September


Artists In Conversation: Glass artists Ann Robinson and Elizabeth McClure give insight to their work in the context of the exhibition. Decorative

Arts West Gallery


Zambesi: edge of Darkness

Tuesday 11 October


‘New Zealand Fashion Take On The World’

Professor Maureen Molloy will look at understanding the success of New Zealand Fashion in a global context. In association with the Auckland Museum Institute.

Free with admission donation

APEC Room,

Entry via East Door


Heritage Week

Wednesday 14 September and Sunday 18 September


George Dibley will lead architectural tours of the Auckland Museum for Heritage Week. This talk will look at the various elements which make up the Neo-Classical style of the building. It will look at the social history of war memorials in order to interpret the symbolism which supports the memorial aspects of the building and with that in mind will take a close look at the detailed decorative elements of the design of the Memorial Halls. Bookings required, Phone (09) 306 7087

Free with admission donation

Meet in the Foyer


Zambesi: edge of darkness

Saturday 1 October 3pm

Curator of Zambesi: edge of darkness.

Dr Peter Shand will give a guided gallery talk and tour.

Free with admission donation

Decorative Arts Galleries

Zambesi: edge of darkness

Saturday 5 November


Curator of Zambesi: edge of darkness Dr Peter Shand and Zambesi designer Liz Findlay give a guided talk and tour to the exhibition.

Free with admission donation

Decorative Arts Galleries

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