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125th Anniversary Celebrations


Sun 17 Feb 2013, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

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Happy birthday, Auckland Art Gallery!

Join us for a day of talks, film screenings, behind-the-scenes tours, demonstrations, family drop-in activities, music and special events - all free.

The programme will include floor talks by former staff Andrew Bogle, Alexa Johnston and Hamish Keith, and the Gallery's current director and curatorial team.

As a special anniversary gift, free entry to the popular international exhibition, Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 - Present will be given to the first 125 visitors to the Gallery on the day.

- Events -

10.30am: Songs from St Peter's Choir
Ground level

11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm: Auckland Art Gallery on film
Watch exclusive screenings of archival film and television footage that traces the history of the Gallery.

10.30am - 12.30pm: Family drop-in
Create art together drawing on the inspiration of the Gallery's collection. Children under 14 must be accompanied.
North atrium

12pm to 1pm, 1.15pm to 2pm: Music
Classical string quartet with Lisa Chung on cello, Jenny Chen and Stella Kim on violin and Sophia Acheson on viola.
Mezzanine level

1pm - 1.20pm: Performance
Korean cultural group Madang Hannuri perform a short but intense traditional work of drumming and dance.
North atrium

2pm - 2.30pm: Performance
Auckland's Gay and Lesbian Singers return for a one-off, not-to-be missed performance.
Ground level

2pm - 3pm: Drawn in 60 seconds
Join our drop-in drawing session using the Gallery's collection as a source of inspiration. Paper and pencils supplied.
Gallery spaces

3.30pm: Panel discussion - A gallery for its time
Auckland Art Gallery director Chris Saines chairs a panel discussion made up of some of New Zealand's most respected architects - Pip Cheshire, Linsday Mackie and Jeremy Salmond.

- Art talks -

Short and sweet talks by curators and former Gallery staff on key works in the collection.

11am: Hamish Keith on Colin McCahon's On Building Bridges, Ground level
11.30am: Mary Kisler on Frank Bramley's For such is the Kingdom of Heaven, Mezzanine level
12pm: Ron Brownson on Rita Angus's Portrait of Betty Curnow, Ground level
12.30pm: Natasha Conland on Andreas Gursky's Ocean III, Level 1
1pm: Mathew Norman on prints from the series of woodcuts Der Weisskunig (The White King), by Leonhard Beck and Hans Burgkmair the Elder
1.30pm: Jane Davidson-Ladd on Eugene von Guérard's Lake Wakatipu with Mount Earnslaw, Middle Island, New Zealand, Level 1
2pm: Andrew Bogle on the Boyle Family's The Gisborne Triptych, Level 1
2.30pm: Alexa Johnston on Denis O'Connor's The Birdman and the Engineer, Ground level
3pm: Julia Waite on drawings and paintings by A. Lois White, Ground level

- Behind the scenes tours -

For ages 8 and up. No photography or bags permitted. Please register in the main foyer.

Technical areas
A 40-minute tour of the Gallery's prints and drawings, photography, registration and workshop areas.
Every 20 minutes from 10.30am to 12.30pm & 1.30am to 3.30pm

A 30-minute tour of the Gallery's painting, paper and object conservation areas.
Every 20 minutes from 1.30am to 3.30pm

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