Michael Lett is pleased to announce the opening of a new project space in Tamaki Mākaurau Auckland. Located alongside the existing gallery at 3 East Street, this space will open up additional possibilities for the presentation of artists’ work.

“It has been close to 20 years since the gallery first opened on Karangahape Road, and we are proud to be part of the wider creative community that exists here,” Co-Director Andrew Thomas notes. “This new space reaffirms our commitment to growing opportunities for artists to present ambitious exhibitions in Auckland.”

The 12,000-square-foot space is located in the historic Methodist Mission Hall, opened in 1909 and designed by Alexander Wiseman (1865-1915), the architect of Auckland’s iconic Ferry Building. “The space is loaded with possibility,” says Michael Lett. “It will provide the artists we already work closely with – as well as those who may not have worked with the gallery before – with an exciting new context within which to present their work.”

As well as presenting exhibitions, the new space will house Michael Lett Books, a bookstore presenting a selection of new, rare and out-of-print publications, with a focus on contemporary art, alongside titles by Michael Lett Publishing on gallery artists. The bookshop space is being designed in collaboration with Italian designer Martino Gamper.

The new space will open in mid–2022. We look forward to sharing further details in due course.

Michael Lett opened in a ground floor shop front space on Karangahape Road on April 1, 2003. The gallery represents significant international and locally based artists at the forefront of contemporary art, and presents a programme of exhibitions focused on innovative practice from the present day and preceding decades. Artists represented by Michael Lett regularly participate in local and international museum exhibitions and biennials, and their work is held in major public and private collections in New Zealand and across the globe. The gallery is co-owned and directed with Andrew Thomas, who joined the gallery in 2010.