About the gallery


Art that makes you think, all day every day for free.

City Gallery Wellington is the public art gallery for the capital city of New Zealand. Our exhibition programme focuses primarily on contemporary visual arts by local, national and international artists and designers, as well as international exchanges and joint ventures with other art museums. A busy programme of events complements every exhibition season, from artists' talks, debates and guided tours to Gallery Babes, live performances in the exhibition spaces and Tuatara Open Late, the first Thursday of the month.

Established in 1980, City Gallery was the first significant non-collecting exhibition based public gallery in New Zealand. City Gallery's current building in Civic Square is the former Wellington Public Library, transformed into elegant gallery spaces in 1993 by local architects Architecture+. Since then,  City Gallery Wellington has achieved a reputation for innovation and style, inspiring and challenging its audiences with a world-class programme of exhibitions and arts-related projects.