About Us


We are a 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.

Guy Ngan - Oceania no 1, Academy collection


From the beginning the Academy has been run by artists for artists and the primary focus of Academy activity is the year round exhibition program, featuring new work by established and emerging artists from throughout Aotearoa. Our commission rates are some of the lowest in the country, with submission of artworks open to all.


You can view some of our upcoming exhibitions in the sidebar 'Upcoming Events' on the right of your screen. You can also view albums of some of our Exhibitions. Our official Exhibition Selection Policy  can also be viewed should you wish to be part of an Academy Exhibition.


The Academy represents a number of arts interests and offers a rnage of opportunities, from a variety of memberships, the buying or selling of artworks, touring exhibitions, to Awards and sponsorships. There are many opportunities for skilled volunteers looking for an entry to the Museum Sector.


If you would like to show new work or projects in a light-filled gallery space in Wellington's waterfront precinct, check out LightSpace, our permanent hireage gallery priced to accommodate emerging artists.


The gallery is overseen by a Council along with our Curator, Business Manager and Exhibitions Manager. We also rely on the help of a small but invaluable team of volunteers. Find out more about Academy People.



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 galleries are available to hire for functions.





Contact Details

address: 1 Queens Wharf,

                Wellington, NZ  

phone: 04 499 8807

email: info@nzafa.com

facebook : NZAFA

hours: daily 10am - 5pm

Current Events

Solo 44

5 May - 10 June 2018

Upcoming Events

Winter Exhibition

16 June - 9 July 2018

Parkin Drawing Prize

17 July - 19 August 2018

Spring Exhibition

1 September - 30 September 2018




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