Essays


A fortnightly series featuring new independent writing on contemporary art.

Commissioned by the Aotearoa Public Gallery Directors’ Network (APGDN) and published on ArtNow.NZ with support from Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa New Zealand and member galleries of the network. For information about Essays click here.

ArtNow Essays will be accepting pitches from May 2021. More information to follow.


Essays has been made possible through the support of Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa and members of the Aotearoa Public Gallery Directors’ Network (APGDN). APGDN is an informal consortium of publicly funded galleries from throughout Aotearoa New Zealand the directors of which meet occasionally to share knowledge and advice about their operations and find collective means to improve their organisations’ visibility, support the arts ecosystem in Aotearoa New Zealand, and foster audience engagement. The idea to establish a digital platform for good, independent art writing in partnership with ArtNow.NZ was conceived during the 2020 lockdown due to the COVID pandemic.



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Participating Galleries


  • Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Artspace Aotearoa
  • Blue Oyster
  • Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū
  • City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi
  • CoCA Centre for Contemporary Art Toi Moroki
  • Dunedin Public Art Gallery
  • Enjoy Contemporary Art Space
  • Expressions Whirinaki
  • Govett Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre
  • Gus Fisher Gallery, The University of Auckland
  • New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pūkenga Whakaata
  • Objectspace
  • Pātaka Art + Museum
  • Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui
  • Tauranga Art Gallery Toi Tauranga
  • Te Manawa
  • Te Tuhi
  • Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery
  • The Dowse Art Museum
  • The Physics Room