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The Art of Death


Thu 24 Oct 2019, 10:30am–4:30pm
Fri 25 Oct 2019, 10:30am–4:30pm
Sat 26 Oct 2019, 10:30am–4:30pm
Sun 27 Oct 2019, 10:30am–4:30pm

Where: Highwic, 40 Gillies Avenue, Epsom, Auckland

Restrictions: PG

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $10.00
  • Children - free: $0.00
  • Door Sales Only
  • Additional fees may apply


Taxidermy is a historic art form that is currently having a female-led resurgence. Visit The Art of Death exhibition at Highwic, one of Auckland's finest Carpenter Gothic houses, presented by The Metropolitan Club in association with Heritage New Zealand and Hendrick's Gin. Learn about the history of taxidermy and see some fabulous creatures on loan from the Auckland Museum.

Discover how a group of young New Zealand artists have taken over the rooms of this historic house with a series of bespoke artworks and installations, inspired by and including taxidermy. These works consider the importance of the human connection to the natural world, the life affirming possibilities found in death, share their gothic visions and explore changing attitudes toward mourning and commemoration practices from the Victorian era to today.

The Art of Death exhibition will be supported by a series of live events and activities including taxidermy classes, Meet the Artist sessions, Death Drawing experiences, musical interludes and children’s art workshops. 

Because of the nature of some of the exhibits, parental guidance is recommended.

14th September to 27th October 2019, Wednesday to Sunday from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm, the last recommended admission is at 3.45 pm.

Normal admission prices to the house apply - $10 adult; children free.

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