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Capital Galleries

So it’s your first week at university and you’re already thinking it’s going to be a long, dry year with all this management and statistics. You need some creative stimulation, and where better to find it than at the many outstanding art galleries around Wellington.

Let’s start with the big guns. Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand’s national museum, has a very respectable collection of local and international art, both historic and contemporary. Check out Toi Te Papa Art of the Nation for a formidable introduction to art throughout New Zealand’s history, and Collecting Contemporary (until June 2012) for a recently refreshed exhibition of Te Papa’s latest acquisitions.

Cruise around the waterfront from Te Papa and find the New Zealand Portrait Gallery in Shed 11. The Portrait Gallery shows New Zealanders as seen through the eyes of a wide range of artists.

The Adam Art Gallery is Victoria University’s gallery right on campus. Located next to the Student Union building, the Adam is staffed by student volunteers and offers a range of interesting exhibitions and public programmes throughout the year. Pop in for a browse between lectures; the current exhibition shows the works of four very diverse photographers and has something for everyone.

Located in the old Wellington Library building facing Civic Square, City Gallery Wellington reliably showcases fresh contemporary art. Until June, the City Gallery is showing The Obstinate Object, an exhibition of recent New Zealand sculptural works that explores the nature of sculpture and its ‘object-ness’.

Enjoy Gallery is a hidden gem tucked upstairs on Cuba Street. The art shown in this one-room gallery is often quirky and fun, and Enjoy is recognised for its position at the forefront of contemporary art. On show until March 10 is an exhibition of twelve artists’ works responding to their zodiac signs.

If you’re ever unfortunate enough to find yourself in Lower Hutt, make the experience slightly less unpleasant and visit the Dowse Art Museum. The big space in the Dowse allows for a diverse display of art, and is currently showing contemporary jewelry and art.

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