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7 Best Places to Buy Art in Wellington

7 Best Places to Buy Art in Wellington

Wellington Art

“A powerhouse of the arts in the Southern Hemisphere.”
– Going Places Magazine

Do you know Wellington the capital of New Zealand has been recently named as the “coolest little capital in the world” by lonely planet- the travel guide publisher. It is the best place known in New Zealand where you can enjoy to the fullest.  Not only this city is also famous for its arts and culture. You can see for yourself the buzzing creativity all around. From great art galleries to special studios to visit there is something that these art speaks of and is centre of admiration.

When visiting Wellington you would certainly wish to buy some creation of the New Zealand artists as a memento or a gift for your friend or family. Here listed are 7 Best places where you can buy such artefacts of talent which depicts the culture and heritage of New Zealand.

1. Kura Gallery

  • Location: 19 Allen St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Phone: +64 4-802 4934
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Kura Gallery

Established in 1998 Kura represents both established and emerging Maori and New Zealand artists. Kura Gallery showcases fine art, crafts and gifts  like jewellery, glass, carvings, furniture, weaving, pounamu, ceramics and much more.

2. Gallery One

  • Location: 1 Queens Wharf, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand
  • Phone: +64 4-499 8807
  • Website:

Gallery One

Gallery One is a gallery permanently dedicated to the sale of New Zealand art works. It offers you a range of unique jewellery, ceramics, paintings, prints, sculpture and cards created by hand-picked Academy artists.

3. {Suite} Gallery

  • Location: 241 Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Phone: +64 4-976 7663
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Suite Gallery

Located on upper Cuba St, {Suite} Gallery represents New Zealand and international contemporary artists who feature in significant public and private collections. {Suite} has a varied schedule of exhibitions with new shows opening regularly, along with which, each of the 13 artists represented have works available to view in the stockroom.

Artists represented include Ans Westra, Fiona Pardington, Wayne Youle and Arie Hellendoorn. Also available to visit is the {Suite} Yard, which is located behind the main exhibition space and boasts eight mural-size images by NZ arts icon Ans Westra, and works by sculptor Anton Parsons.

4. AVID Gallery Ltd

  • Location: 48 Victoria St, CBD 6011, New Zealand
  • Phone: +64 4-472 7703
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Avid Gallery

AVID is a well-established dealer gallery representing New Zealand’s foremost artists in glass, ceramics, bronze, stone, mixed media and other objects of applied art. Their contemporary jewellery gallery features work in gold, silver, jade, stone and modern materials by some of New Zealand’s most highly skilled and original makers.

They have regular exhibitions of new work, and carry a good range of work in stock. Many of the artists have work in national and international art museums and private collections.

A visit to AVID is a must for those seeking high quality original objects of distinction, and for serious object and jewellery collectors and connoisseurs. They also offer a pack and post service throughout NZ and internationally.

5. Popup Gallery

  • Location: 57 Ghuznee St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Phone: +64 4-801 5105
  • Website:

Pop Up Gallery

Pop Up Gallery specialises in the world of pop surrealism, subversive lowbrow art, street design, pop and counter culture.

It came into existence in March 2006,  features artists such as Kozyndan, Joe Sorren, Nathan Jurevicius (Scarygirl), James Jean, Mark Bryan, Scott Musgrove and Seymour and toy labels KidRobot, StrangeCo and FlyingCat.

Pop Up is the only place in Wellington, if not New Zealand, where you can take your pick from a myriad of designer toys and limited edition prints from internationally acclaimed artists, as well up and coming local artists. You’ll also find artist t-shirts, urban toys, bags, and books. All of these goodies share a common theme – they’re limited editions and very collectible.

6. Peter McLeavey Gallery

  • Location: 147 Cuba St, Te Aro 6011, New Zealand
  • Phone: +64 4-384 7356
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Peter Mcleave Gallery

Long established art dealer, specialising in New Zealand contemporary art works this gallery opened in the late 1960s, The gallery remains committed to their values of art that tells New Zealand stories. It has an exciting exhibition programme featuring New Zealand artists, such as Laurence Aberhart, W D Hammond, Robin White, Warren Viscoe, Gary Baigent, Toss Woollaston, Ava Seymour, Yvonne Todd, Mark Braunias, Darryn George, Ben Cauchi, Octavia Cook, and Peter Robinson.

The Peter McLeavey Gallery also exhibits younger New Zealand artists, such as Nick Austin, Andrew Barber, Oleg Polounine, Zahra Killeen-Chance, and obsessive amateur photographer Gilbert Melrose.

7. Solander Gallery

  • Location: 218 Willis St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Phone: +64 4-920 0913
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Solander Gallery exhibits leading New Zealand and International artists and printmakers. Their focus is on collectible contemporary artists specializing in works on paper. The gallery hosts regular feature exhibitions and stocks an extensive selection of works encompassing contemporary etchings, screen prints, woodcuts and mezzo tints as well as paper cuts and drawings.

Now don’t forget to shop at these places and take back home a beautiful artistic memory.