Auckland Art Fair postponed

Auckland Art Fair announces postponement amidst coronavirus fears.

Words: Rose of Sharon Leake

As fears escalate and quarantine measures crack down the fourth edition of Auckland Art Fair planned to take place 29 April to 3 May 2020 has announced its postponement. The fair will now be held 24 to 28 February 2021.

In their official statement this morning, organisers of the fair North Port Events said, “The strength of the gallery and artist lists due to exhibit in April make this particularly disappointing, but the extraordinary current circumstances and the Government’s new limits on mass public gatherings make it unavoidable.”

Richard Clarke, Head of Major Events at Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), said, “We support the tough decision that the organisers have had to make but we know that art lovers will understand the reasons why.”

Organisers of the fair ensure that any patron who has already bought tickets to the 2020 edition will received a full refund.

As disappointing as the string of art fair and gallery cancellations and postponements have been, it is crucial that we support our local communities and practice social responsibility to ensure the safety of ourselves and others. Auckland Art Fair hopes the continuing support of the arts community will see 2021 bring with it a flock of patrons to The Cloud on Queens Wharf.

Image: Opening Night, Auckland Art Fair, 2019.

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