Welcome to Festival Zone for July 2023.

Ans Westra - Queens Wharf Fence - July

 Ans Westra; Queens Wharf Fence Install

On now at Queens Wharf Fence, Quay St. Until end July 2023.

Ans Westra, thanks for the legacy.

Auckland Festival of Photography is delighted to present a tribute resistance [ātete] exhibition to the late great New Zealand artist, Ans Westra.

Ans Westra CNZM (1936 – 2023) was a pioneer of documentary photography and one of the first women to work in this area in Aotearoa New Zealand. Supported by Suite Gallery, and the Lion Foundation. 

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Kowhai Residency

An award for contemporary photographic art, the Kowhai Residency (c), announced last month, is for New Zealand photographic/visual imaging artists who are keen to take a step internationally and have professional development time in Japan. This is a unique photography based residency in one of the world's best cities and is an exclusive cultural innovation for NZ - Japan photographic ties.

Applications are now closed for the inaugural residency. Thanks for all those who expressed interest, we aim to work through the placement and will announce more news soon!

Tokyo; Japan

Thanks to our partners in Tokyo, T3 Tokyo International Photo Festival.

Festival 2023 shows on into July

Two Rooms promo

Read this article on Eye Contact Magazine by John Hurrell. Open until 15 July.


She could lie on her back and sink including Ann Shelton (Pakeha, Italian, Aotearoa New Zealand) Louie Zalk-Neale (Ngai Te Rangi, Pakeha Otaki), Tai Shani (UK) - Gus Fisher Gallery, CBD, throughout July.

She could lie on her back and sink explores witchcraft through contemporary artistic practice. The exhibition awakens past and present knowledge systems pertaining to the medicinal, spiritual and magical applications of plants, animals and fungi. Featuring film, photography, installation and performance, the show is framed through a feminist lens where wise women and their practices are revered.

Image by Ann Shelton - On certain days or nights she anoints a staff and rides (Brugmansia, Angels Trumpet, snowy angel's trumpet, angel's tears, Datura [misleading]), 2022

Ann Shleton; Brugmansia


Kadri Elcoat's 'Fever' is outdoors at Takapuna through this month. If in Takapuna, go have a look. This show was shortlisted for the 2023 Emerging Exhibitor Award.

Kadri Elcoat; Fever


Auckland Photo Day - boutique pop up at Devonport Wharf - over in Devonport on the Wharf, in our pop up gallery space there is a small curated selection from Auckland Photo Day 2022. Thanks to Auckland Transport. Ferry from the city and catch the bus to Takapuna or if nearer to these suburbs cycle, walk and scooter there.


Getty Images; AM - Toro e tudo tanto

On now through 2023 is Robin Morrison - Road Trip at Auckland Museum, as well as a Brazilian group show with photography, moving image and other arts. Toró: é tudo tanto in the Community Hub, at Auckland Museum. Image above by Getty Images at Toró: é tudo tanto. Free.

And online with the approaching Women's World Cup soccer coming to Auckland is our 2010 Soccer blog archive which coincided with the last time the New Zealand men's team qualified for the FIFA World Cup. Who can forget Winston Reid's stellar performance. We wish the Soccer Ferns a great tournament. 

Soccer Stadium Tokyo - 2022

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