• Colin McCahon

Curated by Nina Dyer and Sophie Thorn.

For the centenary of the artist’s birth that coincides with Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi’s twentieth year as the University’s professional art gallery and guardian of its art collection, we revisit Colin McCahon’s Gate III, 1971, a key work in the Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection, returning it to the building it helped launch in 1999. For this presentation, we bring together archival material that tells the story of this work: why and for what it was made; how it found its way to the University in Wellington; and what was going through McCahon’s mind as he painted.

The exhibition toured to Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland from August to October 2019 and will tour to the Centre of Contemporary Art , Christchurch in 2020.

Opening Hours

  • Tuesday - Sunday 11am - 5pm


  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • Gate 3, Kelburn Parade
  • Wellington 6012