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Artweek 2019 in the High Street District

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Tuesday 6 Aug 2019

From 12 - 20 October, we’re celebrating Artweek 2019 in the city centre and encouraging Aucklanders to discover our cultural heartbeat - from galleries to art in the streets and corporate art collections.

We're a longstanding major partner of Artweek Auckland and we work together to bring a number of arts programmes to the city centre, including Late Night Art, Changing Lanes and more. We also promote all of the gallery exhibitions and events happening as part of Artweek in the city centre.

This year, the High Street District will be a focal point for Artweek Auckland activity. Road closures are planned for High and O'Connell Streets on Tuesday 15 October to allow Late Night Art to take place:

  • High Street closed from Shortland Street to Victoria Street East from 12pm to 10pm
  • O'Connell Street closed from Chancery Place to Shortland Street from 7am to 10pm


If you have any feedback or queries about Late Night Art events, planned road closures or any specific access issues, contact Gemma Lee

Here are some of the activities planned for Artweek 2019:

Late Night Art events
  • Urban Art Village - O’Connell Street: 12 - 9pm 
    Six pop-up structures by students from the University of Auckland’s School of Architecture & Planning. Some structures also include performance elements. 
  • High Street Art Market - High Street: 3 - 9pm
    Outdoor pop-up art market selling affordable artworks by local artists from 10 stalls along High Street. 

  • Quick Draw Sketch Gang - High Street coffee cart area: 1.30 – 3.30pm & Ellen Melville Centre forecourt: 5 – 7pm
    Free 10-minute portraits by local artists.

  • Late Night Art at Freyberg Place - Freyberg Place: 5 - 9pm
    Performances by artists including Afrobeats DJ Nadine Nahimana.

  • Drawing Club - High Street: 5 – 5.50pm & 7 – 7.50pm 
    Free drawing sessions inspired by life models. Materials supplied.

  • I Want You Around - Chancery Square: 5 - 9pm
    Multimedia exhibition featuring live tattooing by Joshua Solomon and performance poetry by Dominic Hoey.

Left – Urban Art Village (Artist: Matt Liggins). Right – Quick Draw Sketch Gang. Photo credits: Sacha Stejko.

Throughout the week

  • Changing Lanes - Five High Street District locations: 12 - 20 October
    Five temporary outdoor art installations in Durham Street East, Lower Vulcan Lane, Upper Vulcan Lane and Chancery Square. 
  • Artists have been in touch with businesses near these installations to communicate any impacts. Please let us know if you have not received information or have any questions.
  • Nori 놀이 - Ellen Melville Centre: 14 - 20 October
    A week-long exhibition of works by five Auckland-based artists of Korean heritage, with a lightbox installation of works by exhibiting artists in Freyberg Place for Late Night Art on Tuesday 15 October.

Why we love Artweek and Late Night Art

Heart of the City is a longtime supporter of Artweek - as a way to hero our galleries, draw attention to our city's creative heart and to support the night time economy with Late Night Art. See what people had to say about last year's Late Night Art - and spot the High Street District appearances - in this little video.