Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa
Changing programme of art
Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa is Te Papa’s new, changing programme of art from the national collection and beyond – both on the floor and online.
The spring season features five completely new shows: Michael Stevenson's This is the Trekka, Colin McCahon's sweeping Walk (Series C), works by Petrus van der Velden, landmark contemporary New Zealand jewellery, and textile designs by Frances Hodgkins.
This season, we're giving you the chance to write your own interpretation of any art work on Level 5 – in 100 words or less. We'll choose a selection of the most compelling examples to publish in the exhibition and online.
Write an art label – tepapa.govt.nz/artsay
Go to arts.tepapa.govt.nz to see the works reproduced in rich detail and video interviews with artists and curators. You can also access Off the Wall – Te Papa’s new quarterly online art magazine, featuring commentary by leading New Zealand art writers and Te Papa curators.
Below, you can read more about what to expect when you visit Level 5, including as a family.
More art, more variety, more often
Level 5 now features 11 galleries, including Artist in Focus, Collection Focus, Contemporary, and Art & Change. Six-monthly updates see completely new shows in these four galleries and many new works added to others. Up Front, a space at the entrance to the galleries, changes every two or three months.
Whare Toi | Arts Studio, at the heart of Level 5, shows a commissioned Artist Project. This is also a space where you can give your opinions and ask questions about art, and explore a range of interactive activities.
On offer for those wanting the in-depth story are expert essays, written by contributors from Te Papa and beyond.
Artist and curator interviews, video content, and music playlists are all available on your mobile device with free Wi-Fi throughout Level 5. You can also borrow a mobile guide from the Information Desk on Level 2.
Kids and families
- Explore a range of interactive art activities in Whare Toi | Arts Studio.
- Look out for our Family Arts Trail throughout the galleries.
- Pick up an Art Detective pack from Whare Toi | Arts Studio and get sleuthing.
- Explore The New Zealand Art Activity Book: 100+ Ideas for Creative Kids – a new Te Papa publication.
Buy The New Zealand Art Activity Book: 100+ Ideas for Creative Kids
Curator and artist talks, family activities, late-night events, performances, and more – an ongoing programme of events is at the core of Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa.
See all arts events on arts.tepapa.govt.nz
Stare. It is the way to educate your eye, and more. Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long.Walker Evans, photographer
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