What is contemporary art? How do you look at artworks that aren’t conventionally beautiful? How do you make sense of art, is sense even required?

Join Head of Audience Engagement and Education, Megan Dunn, for a short, entertaining tour of the gallery's current exhibitions followed by conversations and coffee in the boardroom. No knowledge of art history is required. This is a tour for people even if they are not sure contemporary art is their cup of tea – followed by a cup of tea. Or coffee. And a biscuit.

In this new monthly talk and tour series, participants are invited to analyse and debate art, discussing delightful and curly questions along the way.

Book here.


June focus - You will specifically look at Cree artist Kent Monkman’s video Casualties of Modernity in the current group show Every Artist, and discuss humour in contemporary art.

July focus - You will discuss artist stereotypes. What kind of people are artists? Why is contemporary art often considered a joke, sometimes at the expense of the public? The talk will use the popularity of Miriam Elia’s ‘We go to the Gallery’, a satirical take on a Little Golden Book, to think about the challenges of contemporary art. You will also look at Tracey Moffat’s short videos The Art and Art, within our current show Every Artist.

August focus - You will take a closer look at Ella Sutherland’s intriguing and cryptic work Sirens in current group show Every Artist.


  • Koha


  • Fri 18 Jun — Fri 20 Aug


  • 12:00 pm


  • Civic Square, 101 Wakefield Street
  • Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington