Creative Arts and Industries

The University of Auckland Art Collection

The University’s art collection currently comprises more than 1200 paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures and video on permanent display throughout all of the four campuses: City, Grafton, Epsom and Tāmaki. 


The collection began in 1966 with the acquisition of a painting and two drawings by Colin McCahon. Since then the collection has acquired some major works by significant New Zealand artists, including Gretchen Albrecht, Don Binney, Neil Dawson, Pat Hanly, Frances Hodgkins, Paul Hartigan, Ralph Hotere, Colin McCahon, Milan Mrkusich, Gordon Walters, John Weeks, Robin White and Toss Woollaston.
Video: A History of the University of Auckland Art Collection

A valuable teaching resource

The collection is an invaluable resource for teaching, learning and research. Postgraduate research on the collection has included a thesis on its own history as an entity, monograph exhibitions on individual artists, and surveys of the relationship of the evolution of the collection to the development of Auckland’s dealer galleries, resulting in the exhibitions and publications Vuletic and His Circle (about the Petar/James Gallery) in 2003 and New Vision Gallery in 2008.

Individual works from the collection are reproduced in books, serials and on websites as well as being loaned for exhibition to art galleries and museums around the country and in Australia, making the collection an asset which is valued nationally as a key part of New Zealand’s cultural heritage.

"From the collection"

A series of articles by Centre for Art Studies staff on individual works in the collection, published in UniNews, the University's staff publication.

Browse From the collection

More information

Linda Tyler
Centre for Art Studies (CAS)
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 89977