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Art galleries (1st of 3)

Art galleries

When it opened in 1888 Auckland Art Gallery (at the right of the photograph) was described as ‘the first permanent Art Gallery in the Dominion’. By the mid-20th century, however, storage space was at a premium and it was clear that the gallery would eventually need to be expanded. In 1995 a new gallery opened in a converted telephone exchange building across the road. By 2004 there were plans for a redevelopment of the main gallery, which will involve seismic strengthening and improvements to the design of the interior.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Creative life - Visual arts and crafts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/1807/art-galleries (accessed 25 January 2020)

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