Free Exhibitions to see in Auckland this November

Friday, 14 October 2016 by Kiwi International Hotel

There's always something to do in the City of Sails, and this November is no exception! As we say goodbye to winter and welcome spring with open arms, there's plenty to see and do this month. In this article we're focusing on the artistic side of things, and highlighting some of the various exhibitions in Auckland you can see - and they're all free!


Nothing beats a good photography exhibition, and this month Auckland has a cracker! The New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year Exhibition.

Each year New Zealand's biggest and most popular photography contest attracts thousands of entries. This year features six categories: Landscape, Wildlife, Society & Culture, Photo Story, Timelapse and Aerial. From the thousands of entries only 47 will be picked out, and put on display at Karanga Plaza in the Viaduct. 

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The photographs span the length and breadth of the country, from the Aurora Australis in the south, to the crater of Mount Ruapehu. The result is an exhibition that showcases the diversity of New Zealand and its inhabitants.

This year the public are also being asked to join in and vote for their favourite photo. The winner with the most votes will receive the People's Choice award, and $500 in cash. The exhibition runs every day from Saturday 8 October 2016 until Sunday 6 November,10am - 5pm and admission is free. You can vote for your favourite image by clicking here.

Susan Blick is an award winning photographer who has just returned from her fifth visit to India, where she photographed for the Aasraa Trust, an NGO dedicated to providing opportunity and education to children from under-privileged backgrounds. Susan will be showcasing her work the last weekend of October (29/30) and the first weekend of November (5/6) at Studio 541 in Mount Eden. Her free exhibition will feature some of India's most iconic buildings as well as daily life in that country.

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Historical Exhibitions

As part of the WW100 event, commemorating a century since the Great War, the Auckland War Memorial Museum is hosting an exhibition entitled 'Home Front - Experiences of the First World War in NZ'.

Focusing on life 'at home' during the First World War, the Home Front exhibition will explore how events half a world away shaped lives at home. It runs until Sunday 13 November and admission is free.

Staying with the Memorial Museum, the Treaty of Waitangi Exhibit is showing on the 10th of every month from March 2016 through to March 2017. The exhibition explores some of the history surrounding the Treaty of Waitangi and Treaty settlement process here in Auckland. The Treaty was signed in 1840 by representatives of the British Crown and more than 500 Mà„ori Chiefs. Discover more about the Treaty and settlement process through contemporary voices and personal stories from a range of perspectives. Admission is again free to all ages.

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Painting Exhibitions

Dunedin born artist Neil Driver has been exhibiting his work in New Zealand for over 40 years. His realist style uses many layers of acrylic paint, slowly adding up to form photographic-like images. With his work in collections all over the world, both private and public, Neil focuses on painting landscapes and interiors where people are absent, but their presence is intensely felt through open doors and empty chairs. His latest exhibition will be held in the Parnell Gallery from 22nd November - 6th December.

If you'd like to see artwork a little more recognisable, then the 'Replicating Genius: Impressionism 1874' is for you. This unique exhibition has a twist; it has only replications of famous artworks, not the originals. The idea is to bring famous works of art to the public, without making people travel all over the world to see them. 

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This exhibition takes paintings from the famous Impressionist Exhibition of 1874, which are now housed in Museums such as the Musee d'Orsay, The Courtauld, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

With Impressionist artists of the calibre of Monet, Degas, Cezanne and Renoir, visitors have the opportunity to see the artworks in a similar vein as they were originally displayed in late-19th century Paris. The exhibition is free and runs from Friday 11th November - Wednesday 16th, with the exception of Sunday 13th at the Gus Fisher Gallery, 74 Shortland Street,   in Auckland's CBD.

So there you have it, plenty to whet your artistic appetite during the month of November!

And if you are in Auckland, whether on holiday or just passing through, the Kiwi International Hotel is the perfect place to use as a base to explore the city. With great prices and special deals, you'll be sure to find something perfect for you and your needs.

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