Britomart highlights this week – Wednesday 17 April to Wednesday 24 April

Meet the Regulars: Free, cheap and fun things that are on every week at Britomart

As part of our ongoing project to “green up” urban spaces in the central city, we’ve just installed lush new planters with attached seating in the Atrium on Takutai. The planters were designed and installed by Damian Wendelborn of landscape design firm Urbanite, who has been involved with Britomart’s wider landscape design for many years. We talked to Damian about how and why he designed the new planters, and the challenges of keeping inner-city botanics thriving.

On Saturday 4 May, a major retrospective of the work of Dunedin-born modernist artist Frances Hodgkins will open at the Auckland Art Gallery Toī O Tamaki. To celebrate, we’re giving away five one-year memberships to the Auckland Art Gallery (which let you visit this wonderful exhibition for free). To find out more about the exhibition and how to win, click here.

For the last couple of weeks, we’ve had works by Māori artist John Walsh in our Customs St Projectspace gallery. This week, they’ll be changed out for a new large-scale work by Walsh, Not Stranded (2019), which will stay in place until the end of the Auckland Art Fair. Make sure you stop by to get a look at this dramatic and emotive work while it’s in the gallery.

New this week in our Customs St East Works On Paper art space, we have a series of works by Māori-Samoan-Niuean visual artist Janet Lilo. Janet works across a diverse range of media to create social commentary that reflects on everyday life and global issues of social and digital culture. She has a keen eye for the overlooked significance. in ordinary events and objects, and uses her work to draw attention to it. We asked her to talk about her work in her own words. Click here to read them.

Cinco de Mayo returns to Mexico this year, but this time the party will last all weekend. Kicking off with an extended Frida’s Margaritas Happy Hour on Friday 3 May, there are margarita masterclasses on Saturday (bookings essential) and a fun day for the whole familiaon Sunday, with free kids meals, facepainting and colouring competitions. Click here for the full low-down on what’s on.

Nearly one week down on the school holidays! If you’re already in need of a break from snack requests and/or pulled faces at dinnertime, Britomart’s eateries will welcome your kids with open arms. There are kids menus at MexicoShaky IslesBrew on Quay and Northern Steamship Co, and nobody will complain about a Better Burger combo, a treat from Milse or Miann or dumplings at Xuxu.

In just over two weeks, the Auckland Art Fair returns to the waterfront, and this year, we’re delighted to be one of the key sponsors. As part of our partnership, we’ll be hosting two Art Fair projects in Takutai Square – a projection work by Hikalu Clark and Rainer Weston, and a performance work by Rachel Ashby and Sarah Callesen on Saturday 4 May. We’ll be releasing more details on these projects over the next two weeks.

If you’re having a staycation in Auckland this Easter, you’ll find plenty to do at Britomart. Our retailers, bars and eateries will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, and on ANZAC until 1pm per New Zealand trading laws, but otherwise we’ll be open for business.

You may have already spotted that our lawn is taking a seasonal break right now. It’s been fenced off in order to get a dose of twice-annual TLC to keep it green and healthy. Weather permitting, we expect to have it opened up again for beanbag lounging in the sun from Thursday 9 May.

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