Adam Art Gallery

The Adam Art Gallery (in Maori: Te Pātaka Toi) is a "purpose built" arts gallery located in the Kelburn Campus of Victoria University of Wellington in Wellington, New Zealand.[1]

Adam Art Gallery
Te Pātaka Toi
Adam Art Gallery logo
Adam Art Gallery logo
LocationVictoria University of Wellington, Gate 3, Kelburn Parade
Coordinates41°17′19″S 174°46′08″E / 41.2886°S 174.7690°E / -41.2886; 174.7690
TypeArt gallery
CollectionsVictoria University Art Collection
DirectorTina Barton
OwnerVictoria University of Wellington
Frontage of the Adam Art Gallery. Its facade is made of glass. The Old Kirk building is located to the left of the gallery, and the Students' Union building to the right.


The back of the gallery

On 15 July 1997, Jenny Harper and Tina Barton started the proceedings to establish the gallery.

The building was formally opened 21 September 1999, by Sir Michael Hardie Boys, Governor General of New Zealand.

The gallery's benefactors include Victoria University of Wellington Foundation, as well as Denis and Verna Adam (who the gallery was subsequently named after following their donation of NZ$1 million in 1998.[2]

The gallery was designed by Ian Athfield. It was built between the three university buildings the Old Kirk Building, the Hunter Building and the Student Union Building (on top of the existing "Culliford stair").

The stairs were built in the mid-1960s to link different buildings, but had to be abandoned for safety reasons.[3] The building includes different gallery spaces that hold exhibitions, performances, lectures and talks.


Selected exhibitions held at the gallery have included solo projects by Joseph Kosuth (USA), Joseph Grigely (USA), Fernanda Gomes (Brazil), Zhang Huan (PRC), Destiny Deacon (Australia), Gunther Uecker (Germany), João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva (Portugal), Brett Graham (NZ), Mark Adams (NZ), Gavin Hipkins (NZ), Darcy Lange (NZ), Vivian Lynn (NZ), Pauline Rhodes (NZ) and Billy Apple (UK/US/NZ).

Selected curated shows at the gallery have include Face to Face: Contemporary Art From Taiwan; Play: Recent Video from Australia and New Zealand; Concrete Horizons: Contemporary Art from China; Breaking Ice: Revisioning Antarctica;, and The Subject Now.

The Adam Art Gallery's admission is complimentary.


  1. ^ "Adam Art Gallery at Victoria University of Wellington". Art and Education. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  2. ^ Manson, Bess (18 October 2018). "Godfather of the arts Denis Adam changed cultural landscape". Stuff. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Athfield Architects: Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand, 1999". Floornature. 10 January 2003. Retrieved 6 August 2014.

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