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Welcome to the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts

We are self-funding Incorporated Society dedicated to the visual arts.  Since 1882, the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts has occupied a unique position for the arts in New Zealand, and Wellington in particular.  Throughout our illustrious history many of this country's finest Artists have been a part of our Journey.
We aim to benefit the community of New Zealand through the promotion, creation, understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts.  Regular exhibitions featuring new work from established and emerging artists throughout New Zealand are held in the Academy's architectural award-winning galleries.

Inverlochy House Art School established

A seven year lease at $1 per year from Inverlochy Trust set up by Sir Arthur Williams was signed in 1984.  The house was designed by Alexander Turnbull and had been divided into 9 flats.  It needed major renovations, repairs and repiling all to be financed by the Academy.  By 1984 a management committee was set up and caretakers moved in.  Later, Wendy Thompson was employed to manage the school.  Her office was set up in the NZAFA office.  By 1992, when more classes were running, she was able to set up office at Inverlochy House itself.


If you wish to support hundreds of New Zealand artists on an ongoing basis - join us today.
You may also like to view a summary of our current Strategic Plan, or read the Academy Rules.
The Academy's gallery is also available to hire for functions.


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