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Arts Ball

New Zealand Arts Ball 2019 | What to Expect

Presenting the Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi’s first ever (and SOLD OUT) New Zealand Arts Ball. We’re ballin’ in the name of art, Aotearoa style, and can’t wait to see you. Here’s what to expect.

Saturday August 31
6PM - 12AM
Shed 10, Auckland Waterfront

How does one ‘Ball’ in 2019?

We’ll be hosted by comic genius and actor Madeleine Sami, for a night of celebration and energy around New Zealand’s great art talents. You’ll be part of a table of ten, and libated by the best in Aotearoa. You’ll be celebrating ten new Laureates, each awarded $25,000 in recognition of their outstanding practice, the potential the award will bring to their future, and the impact they’re having on Aotearoa. You’ll be dancin’ by the end (seriously, bring your sneakers). And of course, we’ll be fundraising on the night – so warm up those bidding arms. All ‘round, it’s going to be a good time and a night to make your mark on the arts.

The dress code

Creative black tie. Come expressing what art is to you, with footwear for a heritage woolshed floor, and knowledge that there will be dancing. (Sneakers can definitely be checked in at the coat check to call on later in the night).


We suggest you taxi to Shed 10. We’ll have organised taxis out front for your departure.

Will it be warm enough?

As well as having a night that may just change your view on what art is, we’ll make it a priority that you’re warm. Leave your coat at the door!

What’s to eat and drink?

We’ve got you covered with canapés, Bollinger, New Zealand’s finest wines from Craggy Range and three courses exploring New Zealand’s great produce. If you have any dietary issues, please let us know at hello@thearts.co.nz

Kicking off Arts Month this September

New Zealand Arts Ball will take place on the eve of Arts Month – a month to kick off a nationwide korero on what ‘art is’ to Aotearoa New Zealand. How can we increase the support and visibility of the arts if we’re not sure how to talk about them? Arts Month aims to shine a spotlight on arts and creativity around the regions, thanks to our creative partners (the Chartwell Trust and Creative New Zealand), our media partners (NZME, Go Media and Phantom Billstickers), arts organisations, schools and libraries – we’re asking New Zealanders from Kaitaia to Bluff what art is to them. If we can raise the visibility of arts and creativity in Aotearoa, we can begin to understand their value for all New Zealanders.

Our food and libation creators

Champagne Bollinger

Craggy Range


East Imperial


Sawmill Brewery

The Collective

Our Ball creatives




Brown Bread

Blink Ltd


Lux Productions

Art + Object



BJ Ball

Spectrum Print


Singapore Airlines