McCahon's Auckland

August 2019 marks a hundred years since the birth of Colin McCahon. To celebrate, we’re convening a programme of events over the weekend of August 17th and 18th: McCahon’s Auckland.

Throughout the weekend a bus will run between  Auckland Art Gallery, McCahon House, Te Uru, and back to Auckland Art Gallery. The bus will take the same route that Colin himself took when living in French Bay and working at Auckland Art Gallery. The bus trip will be narrated by former Waitakere City Mayor - at the time a young journalist cadet travelling on the bus with McCahon - Sir Bob Harvey.

To book a seat on the bus, email . Space on the bus is limited, so bookings are essential.

For the centenary weekend only, a selection of paintings made by McCahon whilst living in French Bay, will be on display in the house. 

Guided tours of the surrounding landscape which McCahon walked and painted will be offered three times a day throughout the weekend. The guided walks run for approximately one hour and will include information on McCahon’s artistic processes, the natural environment of the Waitakere ranges and Manukau harbour that informed his work, and the social history of the region.

The 45 minute bus ride will leave Auckland Art Gallery at 9 am, 11 am, 1pm and 3.30 pm (NB: McCahon will close at 4pm). Bookings essential.

The bus will return from McCahon House to Auckland Art Gallery (via Te Uru) at 9.45 am, 11.45 am, 1.45 pm and 4.15 pm. Bookings essential.

Guided walks will depart McCahon House at 10 am, 12 noon and 2 pm. Register on arrival at McCahon House.