The Academy "Art Shop" is a wonderful place to buy original art and gift items by new and established artists.

We sell on artists' behalf - no retail markup- you directly support the artist.

All Welcome.

Open Daily 10am - 5 pm.

In Memory of Guy Ngan, an artist and a gentleman, who passed away on 26th June 2017 at the age of 91 years.

Sculpture, painter, muralist, printer , Guy Ngan was Wellington born, but did return to live in China over the early part of his life then returning to Wellington. After training at the local School of Design he found his way to the Royal College of Art in London coming back to Wellington and his home town of Stokes Valley in the 70s where the New Zealand Academy of Fin...e Arts was fortunate to have him for 10 wonderful years from 1976 to 1986 as our first Director, a position he fulfilled admirably.

He described himself as a Pacific Chinese and some of his sculpture suggests his Chinese ancestry.

Greg Chaston
President New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts.

19 July - 26 July

Secrets of the Artists is a new book by artist member Dr Romuald Rudzki which is having its global launch at the Academy, with an accompanying exhibition from Wednesday 19th to Wednesday 26th July 2017, between the hours of 10.00am and 5.00pm in our Lightspace Gallery.

The exhibition is of works within the book including several in the new Prealist style where the artist moves into a state of kenosis (removal of the will), in order to explore the potential of the pigment, the surface, the method of application and other factors, to produce work which is impossible to achieve by any other method.

Rom is planning to be present throughout the exhibition and looks forward to answering questions about the book, as well as Prealism as a new way of painting and as a uniquely New Zealand art movement.

Secrets of the Artists is priced at $20 and will be on sale in the Academy Shop.  The book will appeal to practising artists, art students, art teachers and the general public.

To view the press release, please click here.


20 July - 25 July

The Academy’s fundraiser gala – Canvas 200 – will take place on 25 July from 5.30 pm at the Academy Galleries. 

Tickets are now on sale.

You’ll enjoy great company and an evening of food, wine and music.  At the end of the evening every ticket holder will receive a randomly allocated original artwork to take home. The artworks are all 200mmX200mm hence the name of the event and these original works have been provided by artist members of the Academy.

Here is a small selection of the wonderful works submitted so far;

Artists from left to right ;
Amanda Chapman - "Strata 1" (Mixed Media)
Roger Buchanan - "Red, White, Blue and Gold" (Acrylic)
Ursula Macfarlane "Planet Series : Mars VI" (Mixed Media)

Any one of these works could be yours to take home on the night! 

There is a limited number of tickets available and they’re on sale now at $50 for Academy members and $75 for the general public.  

 To ensure you get a ticket please email or call 04 499 8807 (select option2). 

 This will be a wonderful evening and we look forward to your support.

2 August - 3 September

The Parkin Drawing Prize 2017 finalists have just been announced.

Congratulations to all those who've entered this year, and especially to those who have been selected as finalists. Just over 500 works were submitted and the selectors made some difficult decisions to shortlist 84 works for this year's competition.

You can check out who has been selected by visiting


Members’ Spring exhibition – Artists and Artisans

9 September - 8 October 2017

Calling all artists and artisans.  In September and early October we’re running an exhibition to appeal to the many WOW visitors to Wellington. (WOW runs from 21 September to 8 October.) 

This will be a ‘cash and carry’ exhibition from 9 September to 8 October inclusive so we’re up and running ahead of WOW. 

Our experience tells us WOW visitors are looking for portable items in a cash and carry environment.  Many are from out of Wellington and are keen to take home an original work as a souvenir of their visit hence this is a cash and carry.

We’ll be sending out call for entries and works labels within the next 2 weeks.

Any questions feel free to give us a call on 04 499 8807 or email


We now have a mailing list for people interested in our newsletters, exhibition programme and special offers.  






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Contact Details

address: 1 Queens Wharf,

                Wellington, NZ  

phone: 04 499 8807


facebook : NZAFA

hours: daily 10am - 5pm

Current Events

Secrets of the Artists

19 July - 26 July

Canvas 200

20 July - 25 July

Upcoming Events

Parkin Drawing Prize

2 August - 3 September




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