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Academy Galleries

New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts

Standing as a sentinel on one side of the entrance to Queens Wharf in the heart of central Wellington the Academy’s gallery occupies a key location on Queens Wharf.

The Wharf Offices began life as a mix of office, wool store and display space and are a Frederick de Jersey Clere design, built in 1896. This stunning example of late Victorian architecture is now known as the Queens Wharf Apartments (converted in 1994), and since 2000, has also been home to the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts. The Academy is sited within a cultural precinct and popular visitor and tourist destination between the Portrait Gallery and the Museum of Wellington.

In September 1998 the Academy purchased three unit titles on the ground floor of the old Harbour Board offices at 1 Queens Wharf, on a 999 year lease. Herriot + Melhuish Architecture designed and supervised the gallery fit-out into three galleries and facilities which subsequently won three NZ Institute of Architects design awards in 2001.

In November 2023 NZAFA signed an unconditional agreement to sell the
Academy Galleries. The Academy will vacate its home of the past twenty-
three years at the end of October 2024. The sale represents a successful
outcome that provides the potential for the brand and legacy of the Academy
to continue. A key consideration in accepting the offer for the Galleries was the
time it provided for the Academy to explore the options for how it will operate
and to decide on its future needs, and locate suitable premises for those.

1882 to the present

Established in 1882, the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts is one of the country’s longest-serving arts institutions and has supported the arts in
Wellington since its inception. READ MORE.


Council members

VICE-PRESIDENT:  Martin Jenkins
COUNCILLOR: Michel Norrish
COUNCILLOR: Fraser Carson

For more info see here.

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.

Join us

Would you like to showcase your work, promote the fine arts and meet others who share your interests in the arts?
We invite you to join us today.

If you love the arts, this is one of the best ways you can support them.

  • Open to all artists and art lovers
  • Network with practising artists
  • Be the first to see new exhibitions
  • Submit your work and build profile
  • Discounted entry fees
  • Access to awards and prizes
  • Regular digital and printed newsletters
  • Promotion through our publicity
  • Early notice of workshops and solo opportunities
  • Member discounts from our sponsors
  • Prime waterfront gallery space


Membership options

Practising artist or ordinary member: $95 
Senior membership (65+): $75  
Student (conditions apply): $35

 Or become a Friend of the Academy Galleries

 Friend of the Academy: $50

Friends are not Members of the NZAFA.

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To apply to join, please click here

To download a Volunteer form, please click here.




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