Words: Rose of Sharon Leake
Michael Lett, a premier commercial gallery in Auckland, New Zealand, announced this week that it will open a new project space located alongside its existing gallery at 3 East Street.
Conceived to open up additional possibilities for the exhibition of artists’ work, the site will also house Michael Lett Books, a bookstore presenting a selection of new, rare and out-of-print publications, with a focus on contemporary art, alongside titles by Michael Lett Publishing on gallery artists.
The 12,000-square-foot space is located in the historic Methodist Mission Hall, opened in 1909 and designed by Alexander Wiseman (1865-1915), the architect of Auckland’s iconic Ferry Building. “The space is loaded with possibility,” says Michael Lett. “It will provide the artists we already work closely with – as well as those who may not have worked with the gallery before – with an exciting new context within which to present their work.”
“It has been close to 20 years since the gallery first opened on Karangahape Road, and we are proud to be part of the wider creative community that exists here,” co-director Andrew Thomas says. “This new space reaffirms our commitment to growing opportunities for artists to present ambitious exhibitions in Auckland.”
The new project space is set to open in mid-2022.
This article was posted 28 April 2022.
Image: inside the East Street complex. Courtesy: Michael Lett, Auckland.