Wellington is a melting pot for artists. Here are some top spots around the town to see and buy art.
Listed among Lonely Planet’s top 500 things to see in the world, Te Papa is New Zealand’s bold and innovative national museum. It is a treasure trove of New Zealand stories and a must-visit. Te papa’s store features products from some of the best creative talent in New Zealand. For the kids there is a separate store on the second floor of the museum.
The showcase of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Academy Galleries has a fascinating history and a year-round programme of exhibiting works by local and international artists. Most works are on sale at a low commission rate.
A hub of creativity, it is no surprise that Wellington is dotted with more than 50 galleries, each unique and a “must-visit” in its own right. Among some of the popular ones that are highly recommended by the locals are: Kura Gallery (showcasing an extensive range of original and quality Maori works of art and design), Gallery One (dedicated to the sale of New Zealand artworks), AVID Gallery Ltd and Peter McLeavey Gallery.
These galleries may not sell artworks, but are an absolute delight if you appreciate art and creativity.