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Nga toi | Arts Te Papa autumn season opens 2 April. Free entry.
Art exhibitions
Art exhibitions

Find out about current and upcoming art exhibitions at Te Papa, from New Zealand's national collection and beyond.

The current season of Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa, until 12 October, includes a display of Te Papa’s rich collection of Cook Islands tīvaevae (quilts), recent acquisitions of contemporary work by Gretchen Albrecht and Fiona Connor, rare historical portraits of Ngāti Toa tūpuna, and works from the late New Zealand photographer Glenn Jowitt.

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Online magazine
Online Magazine

Off the Wall is a quarterly online art magazine of New Zealand art commentary, artist interviews, and the latest arts videos and audio.

Issue nine features an artist interview with Billy Apple, a personal essay from Patricia Grace, a poem by Hinemoana Baker, and new writing by Rebecca Rice and Te Papa’s other art curators.

Read Off the Wall

At the heart of Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa is an ongoing programme of events for everyone: curator and artist talks, family activities, late-night events, performances, and more.

Enjoy arts events
Audio guides
Audio guides

Enjoy our free Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa audio guides for adults and children, available free to borrow in the Level 5 galleries – just ask a host. Both the adult’s guide and the kids' guide tracks are available online, along with other art videos.

Listen to arts media
Art education
Art education

Te Papa has a range of art education programmes and resources available for teachers and students.

Check out our new art study cards designed for secondary visual art and art history students, to improve your understanding of art and art terms.

More art education
Share your textile treasures

To celebrate the Tīvaevae: Out of the Glory Box exhibition we’re gathering images of hand-made textiles – quilted, knitted, sewn… you name it.

We’d love to see yours! Do you have a textile treasure to share? Take a photo and upload it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hash tags #tivaevae or #textiletreasures.

See shared photos

Image credits:

  • Unknown maker, Tïvaevae ta'ōrei pepe e pua kaute (quilt with butterfly and hibiscus pattern), (detail), circa 1940s, cloth. Te Papa (FE012444).
  • John Daley, John Daley and Lynnsay Rongokea in front of a Tïvaevae by Napier Mitaera, circa 1992, Cook Islands, Gift of John Daley, 2012. Te Papa (F.012348)