Academy Galleries

130 years: A long and proud history

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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.



Parkin Drawing Prize 2020

Poppy Lekner wins Parkin Drawing Prize

Poppy Lekner has won the 2020 Parkin Drawing Prize and a $25,000 cash prize – sponsored by Chris Parkin, arts patron and philanthropist.

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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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