Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery is a regional gallery locally rooted in West Auckland but globally minded. We have a distinctive West Auckland focus but a national and international perspective. Through our programmes, we create a world stage for art that is relevant for our audiences, to put local art, artists and ideas in conversation and context with national and international developments in contemporary practice. We present a diverse programme of contemporary exhibitions, events and activities, including art, craft and design, to reflect and strengthen the full diversity of cultural identities, interests and potential of our community.
As a destination gallery, Te Uru operates from an award-winning building that is part of the recently re-opened Lopdell Precinct. The gallery originally opened in 1986 as the Waitemata City Arts and Cultural centre, later known as Lopdell House Gallery, sited in the historic Lopdell House building in the heart of Titirangi, gateway to the Waitākere rain forest and en route to Auckland's famous west coast beaches. From 2012, during an extensive redevelopment programme, the gallery delivered exhibitions and outreach style programmes from a temporary base in nearby New Lynn. We reopened as Te Uru on Saturday 1 November 2014 in our new purpose-built facilities alongside Lopdell House, offering extraordinary exhibitions and spectacular views of the surrounding area.
Te Uru receives core operational funding from Auckland Council through the Waitākere Ranges Local Board.
Our name, Te Uru, makes reference to Te Hau a Uru, the wind that blows from the west, a powerful characteristic of the region and an important story for local iwi, Te Kawerau ā Maki, who have bestowed us with this new kaupapa. The west wind shares the messages and vision of the people that live in the west, brings change, sets direction and influences Auckland City from its mountainous perch atop the Great Forest of Tiriwa. Te Uru will be a source of information and ideas that will project across the region - a fitting framework for a contemporary gallery. The new name was launched at a special members' meeting in April 2014.
To provide contemporary visual art and design experiences in Waitākere that inspire, engage and challenge. We recognise Māori as Tangata Whenua and foster the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi internally and externally to enhance and develop our programme.
We have six values that guide us in achieving excellence and making the gallery a trusted and valued member of the community: manaakitanga, innovation, collaboration, responsiveness, inclusiveness and sustainability.
Te Uru welcomes diversity. We are committed to manaakitanga and providing a safe environment for everyone. Our full Safe Spaces statement can be found here.
Te Uru is also a supporting member of Safe Space Alliance, an organisation which aims to help identify, navigate and create safe spaces for LGBTQI+ communities.