Landmark first with new triennial, Aotearoa Contemporary

The new triennial exhibition, Aotearoa Contemporary, launches in July with First Nations backing.
Exterior view of an art gallery with a timber roof and glass facade. Auckland Art Gallery.

Today (20 June), Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki (AAG) has announced a new partnership with iwi (tribe) Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei. The partnership will mark the first time an iwi has financially supported a national arts exhibition in New Zealand. 

The exhibition itself also signals a first. Aotearoa Contemporary is a new triennial contemporary art exhibition for Aotearoa that focuses on showcasing new artists across the country.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina