Hear from the curators and artists of our newest exhibition, Always Song in the Water, as they explore themes close to their hearts.

Floor talk lineup:
11am: Sea Surge and Whale Song Engage with the creative minds of Shona Rapira Davies, Chris Charteris, Joanna Braithwaite, Stanley Palmer, and more, as they delve into their fascination with the Pacific Ocean, the species that inhabit its waters and fill the air with song.

1pm: A Song for Moana Oceania
How do you make art about a subject as immense as the Pacific Ocean? And how, as humans, do we make a home in this overwhelmingly aquatic reality? Among those talking will be Fatu Feu'u, Denys Watkins, Kazu Nakagawa and Lianne Edwards and Lynn Kelly.

2pm: Return to Rangitahua
The nine 'Kermadec' artists who voyaged on the HMNZS Otago to Rangitāhua Raoul Island in 2011 still feel the effects of that life-changing oceanic encounter. We will hear about that experience (and its aftermath) from Elizabeth Thomson, Phil Dadson, Fiona Hall, John Reynolds and others.


  • FREE with museum entry - walk ins welcome


  • Sat 26 Aug


  • 11:00 am — 3:00 pm


  • Corner Quay & Hobson Streets
  • Viaduct Harbour
  • PO Box 3141
  • Auckland 1140