Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington

Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington

The Academy of Fine Arts is located in a historic building - the Wellington Harbour Board Wharf Office Building (also known as Shed 7). Located on Jervois Quay it was erected by the Wellington Harbour Board. The building, is classified as a "Category 1" ("places of 'special or outstanding historical or cultural heritage significance or value'") historic place by Heritage New Zealand. The building currently houses the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts and 25 luxurious inner-city apartments.

The Academy's Whitmore Street property had housed the national art collection as well as the Academy's permanent collection. During the transition to the new National Art Gallery all art belonging to the Academy was transferred into the national collection, despite some opposition.

The New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts (also referred to as the Wellington Art Society) was founded in Wellington in July 1882 as The Fine Arts Association of New Zealand. Founding artists included painters William Beetham and Charles Decimus Barraud. The association changed its name to the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts in 1889. The Governor-General of New Zealand is the traditional patron of the Academy.

The Academy of Fine Arts goal is to support the development of fine arts in New Zealand and to preserve works of art by local artists. It hosts original exhibitions of outstanding New Zealand artists throughout the year.

Artists who have exhibited their work at the Academy include Gottfried Lindauer, Frances Hodgkins, Charles Goldie, Rita Angus, Ralph Hotere and John Drawbridge.

Operation hours: Daily 10 am - 5 pm.
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Sight Name: Academy of Fine Arts
Sight Location: Wellington, New Zealand (See walking tours in Wellington)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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