• Various artists, including the work of Liz Maw, Dick Frizzell, Nick Cuthell, Ayesha Green, Martin Ball, and Sharon Duymel

Every time we handle money, we hold a portrait of the Queen. Most portraits we encounter are not on the walls of an art gallery but on objects like currency, or in the media, where they are deployed for some specific purpose. Creating and disseminating a portrait has always been an act of power. This exhibition asks: how are portraits utilised as tools of state and institutional power? and, how can portraiture be used in ways that undermine or subvert systems of power?

Opening Hours

  • Open daily, 10.30am – 4.30pm


  • Shed 11, Wellington Waterfront
  • 60 Lady Elizabeth Lane