Words: Rose of Sharon Leake
As a new year dawns so too does the annual art fair calendar line up. While global events are still paralysed due to the effects and restrictions caused by covid-19, Auckland Art Fair is powering ahead with its 2021 edition set to open on 24th February at The Cloud in Auckland.
The 2021 line-up will present works by more than 150 artists from 30 galleries across Auckland, Whangarei, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin, alongside galleries from Australia, Rarotonga and China (restrictions and boarders permitting).
After the fair’s success in 2020 as a fully virtual presentation, organisers North Port Events are optimistic about going ahead with a physical fair come February.
Fair co-director Stephanie Post notes that, “a Virtual Art Fair will never replace the personal experience of a live Art Fair – we all know that art is best experienced in person and we very much look forward to welcoming galleries, artists, collectors and everyone interested in art, to The Cloud again in February. However, our venture into the virtual realm has shown that the online experience does attract new viewers, and buyers, many of whom had not attended a live fair before but who we hope will do so in the future. We are excited to further develop the possibilities for engaging with new and existing audiences for contemporary art through a second Virtual Art Fair in November 2021.”
View the full 2021 gallery list here.
Image: Installation view of Neon Parc stand featuring art by Dale Frank at Auckland Art Fair 2018. Photo: Matt Hunt