Excellent chronological exhibition of a very interesting portraitist and a thoroughly worthwhile exhibition in a very interesting building and locale.
Check what is on before you visit. Unfortunately I knew nothing about the artist who's work was on display at the time I visited so ended up looking at paintings of some random woman and her family. Do your research on what is on before you visit to avoid being disappointed!
The NZ Portrait Gallery is housed in Shed 11 on the waterfront, formerly a warehouse or store. Don't expect a building like London's Portrait Gallery, this is Wellington, NZ, with far fewer resources. There is no government funding, so the gallery survives mainly on donations and bequests. The building says much about NZ and the way we are, before you... More
Visited the Gallery a few weeks ago and the prime exhibition was a skiers of 37 photos of people from Christchurch reflecting on their first 37 second of the earthquake... It's a really sobering series of descriptions and an incredible insight into what it must of been like. Truly worth a visit and congrats to the photographer! Loved it!!!
We were in Welly for the weekend, beautiful day, strolling the harbor area and decided to walk into this gallery. What a terrific surprise - the exhibit was "Woman-A modern portrait of New Zealand women" by Bev Short. We are photography buffs and these portraits are outstanding in every way. They are well exhibited with excellent text accompanying each. Not... More
I went there today for an exhibition about women and it was fantastic. It was great that not all of these women were famous, but made an impact in some way. The galler itself is beautifully set up and the staff were friendly and helpful. A must see if they have a nice exhibition.
The NZ Portrait gallery is now sited on Queens Wharf in downtown Wellington. It is free to enter but has a donation or koha box for monies which go towards the TRust which operates the gallery. The exhibition on at the moments is of New Zealanders from 1930 onwards and is well worth a visit. For those interested in recent... More
Whether you enjoy a visit to this gallery really depends on how interested you are in the topic of the exhibition. Currently it is New Zealand scientists and, as well as the portraits, there are various bits of scientific equipment and literature on display. Each portrait has an informative description beside it, so I felt I learnt something. The gallery... More
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