The city will once again celebrate the arts in October with ArtWeek in the City Centre, an annual art programme run by Heart of the City, that Auckland Live are excited to be a part of.
Take a detour off Queen Street, walk through Selwyn Muru’s Waharoa in Aotea Square, the iconic gateway that stands at the entrance to Aotea Square then head into the Aotea Centre to discover and explore the artworks that take pride of place throughout the venue including Lisa Reihana’s awe-inspiring digital colossus Ihi and The Aotea Tapestry by Robert Ellis.
To help you navigate many of this year's key works, you can embark on a free self-guided trail of art. Check out Heart of the City's trail guide which includes Aotea Centre and Aotea Square, as well as Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.
On Thursday 12 October, Aotea Centre will be open until 9pm for Late Night Art so why not gather friends and family and make a night of it? Aotea Square also comes alight that evening with moving pixels for Capture: Digital Dance Showcase 2023, pop-up live performances presented by Tempo Dance Festival, in partnership with Auckland Live.
But there’s more! This year’s line-up is deployed all over the heart of the city, boasting over 50 pop-up exhibitions, galleries, installations, free art walks, artist talks, workshops, and more, all set to bring life to the city centre in celebration of Spring.
We invite you to explore the iconic cultural treasures of central Auckland.
Image credit: Flourishing (2022) by Frankie Meaden