• Casey Carsel
  • Tanya Martusheff
  • Lucy Meyle
  • Elisabeth Pointon
  • Becky Richards
  • Ashleigh Taupaki

Projects at the Auckland Art Fair is a non-profit, curated exhibition designed to showcase the diversity of contemporary practitioners working across Aotearoa and the Pacific. The 2021 Projects exhibition is titled Present Tense, and is curated by Micheal Do. Six commissioned art works make up the 2021 Projects, four of which will be installed at the Art Fair, amongst the gallery spaces, and one will be installed at Tiffany & Co in Britomart, and another at the new Yu Mei store in Newmarket.


Present Tense

Within the world of art history, there has been a long history of informal exchange — a type of transaction between artists and creatives borne from admiration, comradery, and often rivalry. In an increasingly corporate and cut throat art world, the long history of the artist trade has remained stable — testament to the fact that artists, by and large, are the best collectors. They are the last to think of art as a commodity and are the first to cohabit with artworks that are meaningful, offer sensibility and are suffused with sentiment. In this way, the artist trade offers the custodians of these works something money cannot grant.

Drawing upon the spirit of the artist gift and exchange, Auckland Art Fair’s 2021 Projects draws together six early career New Zealand artists in a series of commissioned unfolding interventions that continues the fair’s initiatives to encourage contemplation and debate, and to advance social change. As an alternative model to the commercial exchange of the art fair, the artists have created endless copies of an object that will be given away and traded with audiences in contexts that reinforce personal and communal bonds over the individualising effects of the cash-based exchange. From soap, to abandoned birds’ nests and ceramic totems, each artist has transmuted seemingly everyday objects part of our recognisable reality into a poetic meditation on today’s issues — offering audiences a different type of transaction that takes place outside of the usual business of art collecting.

–Micheal Do, Curator

To read more about each artist and their commissioned works, please click HERE.


The commissions in Present Tense have been generously supported by Creative New Zealand, The Chartwell Trust, Tiffany & Co and Yu Mei.

Opening Hours

  • VIP PREVIEW: Wednesday 24 February, 11am-5pm
  • OPENING NIGHT: Wednesday 24 February, 5pm-9pm
  • ART PARTY: Friday 26 February, 5-9pm
  • PUBLIC DAYS: Thursday 25 February, 11am-5pm
  • Friday 26 February, 11am-5pm
  • Saturday 27 February, 10am-5pm
  • Sunday 28 February, 10am-5pm


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  • Queen's Wharf, 89 Quay Street
  • Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland, 1010