Nau mai, haere mai ki te Gus Fisher Gallery
Nestled in the heart of Auckland city centre’s CBD, Gus Fisher Gallery is a contemporary arts centre that showcases local and international art through boldly curated shows. Housed in a 1934 Grade I listed heritage building that was formerly home to Radio 1YA and TVNZ, the gallery’s programme will reflect the pioneering spirit of its building’s history through a vibrant artistic programme that features contemporary art with a strength in artist’s film and video from 2019.
The gallery aims to create socially relevant exhibitions around pressing contemporary topics, showing work from a variety of well-known and emerging artists. Gus Fisher Gallery challenges the static ‘white cube’ gallery space with exhibitions that are fun, meaningful and appealing to a wide range of audiences in Tāmaki Makaurau and beyond.
Operating on the fourth floor of the Kenneth Myers Centre, heritage features such as a neo-Romanesque façade and Art Deco interiors enable a striking contrast to the contemporary art exhibitions, as well as opportunities for artists to create site-specific responses.
The gallery temporarily closed for essential refurbishments in late 2018, and re-opened on 5 April 2019 with a brand new exhibitions and events programme that extends beyond the gallery’s walls with a dynamic public programme for Auckland’s audiences.
Image credit: Reuben Paterson, Unsung, 2012. Installation for Bottled Lightning, Gus Fisher Gallery, 2012.
Photograph by Sam Hartnett