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Venue Hire

Host your guests surrounded by great contemporary New Zealand art. The Academy Galleries offer a sophisticated and though-provoking setting for your event in a historic location in the heart of Wellington’s busy waterfront cultural precinct. Impress your clients, staff or friends with a breakfast meeting, cocktail evening or product launch. Our kitchen is available for your choice of caterer. Contact us today to see how we can make your event a success.


Mon-Fri  8.00 – 10.00 am
Mon-Fri  5.30 – 10.30 pm
Sat-Sun  5.30 – 10.30 pm

IMPORTANT: Please note that the galleries have been sold and will close on 30 October 2024. They are not available for any hire after 20 October 2024.

Hire rate

$500 plus $5 per attendee plus GST

Security and technical support are not included.

As the Academy Galleries are within the Wharf Office Apartments Building, with residential neighbours directly overhead, we require events to be finished by 11 pm and regret that we cannot accept any function that will involve loud music.

Societies, businesses, groups or artists can hire a gallery for private exhibitions. Our smaller LightSpace Gallery could be just the right space for your exhibition needs. Standard hire rate is $140 per day plus GST - minimum hire four days.

Main gallery 285 sm (extends to 338 sm)

LightSpace gallery 74 sm

Main gallery 210 (extends to 250)
LightSpace gallery 55

Main gallery 100
LightSpace gallery 35

Main gallery 90
LightSpace gallery 22

Main gallery

LightSpace gallery


Exhibitions in LightSpace Gallery

LightSpace Gallery is our venue for smaller exhibitions, individual artist hires and solo shows. We are offering 12-day hires giving two weekends – Wednesday through Sunday of the following week – at $140 per day. Shared between two artists, $70 per day for about 10m of gallery wall each is a cost-effective opportunity for artists to exhibit a group of works. 

Opportunities remain available for:

17–28 April 2024; 1–12 May 2024; 5–16 June; 19–30 June 2024

Contact us today to see how we can make your event a success.

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This is an estimate - your numbers can change.


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