St Paul st Gallery AUT

About us

Established in 2004, ST PAUL St Gallery is a suite of purpose‐built galleries and project spaces located within the School of Art and Design and Te Ara Poutama at Auckland University of Technology. The gallery is dedicated to the development of contemporary art and design through an international programme of exhibitions, events, symposia and publications. ST PAUL St Gallery embraces one of the primary instructions for universities in the New Zealand Education Act (1989), that they "accept a role as critic and conscience of society." Through our programmes we also interrogate the proposition that the arts have a particular capacity to speak critically about society.

ST PAUL St is staffed by Charlotte Huddleston, Gallery Director and Curator (currently on leave); Abby Cunnane, Acting Director, Balamohan Shingade, Assistant Director; Louisa Afoa, Curatorial Assistant and Eddie Clemens, Gallery Technician.

The Strategic Advisory Group which supports the vision and kaupapa of ST PAUL St Gallery comprises Fiona Amundsen (Chair), Eu Jin Chua, Eddie Clemens, Abby Cunnane, Miriam Harris, Charlotte Huddleston, Dieneke Jansen, Desna Jury, Lana Lopesi, Thomas Mical, Natalie Robertson and Zara Stanhope.

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Location and Hours

ST PAUL St Galleries One & Two occupy Level 1 of the School of Art and Design (WM) building at 40 St Paul St. Gallery Three is housed within Te Ara Poutama, Wellesley Campus, AUT.

Gallery One and Two

Level 1 WM Building
40 St Paul Street
School of Art and Design
Auckland University of Technology
Opening Hours: 10 am ‐ 5 pm Tuesday to Friday, 12 pm ‐ 4 pm Saturday.
Closed Sunday, Monday and Public Holidays and during exhibition changes.

Gallery Three

WB Building
63 Wellesley Street East
Te Ara Poutama,
Auckland University of Technology

Opening Hours: Please check individual exhibitions for hours.
Admission: Admission to both galleries is free.

Contact Us

Phone: +64 (09) 9219999 Ext 8313

Become a Volunteer

Volunteering for ST PAUL St Gallery is a great way to be involved in the art world and learn more about how it functions behind the scenes. Our volunteers are a valuable part of our team and we are always looking for more. To volunteer, contact the gallery at to discuss this further.

ST PAUL ST Gallery: The Name

ST PAUL St Gallery sits on the ridge known as Rangipuke that runs down to Rerenga-ora-iti (later Point Britomart), once the site of the pā Tangihanga Pukeā. The name Rerenga-ora-iti  can be translated as ‘the leap of the survivors’, commemorating the capture of that pā by Kawharu of Kaipara and the beginning of Ngāti Whātua occupation in the region in the 17th century.

Ngāti Whātua held mana whenua into colonial times, and in 1840 made available 3 000 acres (1 214 hectares) of what is now central Auckland to the Crown for cash and goods worth £341. Six months later 44 acres (17 hectares) were sold by the Crown at public auction for £24 275. The rest was mostly sold by 1842 for a total of over £72 000.

Before European arrival two other pā were sited here, Te Reuroa near the present High Court, and Te Horotiu in the north-western corner of Albert Park. All had ready access to the natural spring Te Wai Ariki (‘chiefly waters’) located in the current The University of Auckland Faculty of Law grounds.

Taniwha often inhabit swampy locations, and in these waterways lives Horotiu, a Tainui name also claimed by Ngāti Whātua. Wai Horotiu was a stream that ran down present day Queen Street and flowed into the bay Horotiu (later Commercial Bay). The AUT University marae revives this awareness through its name Ngā Wai o Horotiu. In 1840 settlers renamed Wai Horotiu the Ligar canal after the engineer C.W. Ligar. It was commonly known as Ligar’s Folly, due to the structure’s inability to tame the flow from Auckland’s seasonal rains. It later became a sewer canal, and finally disappeared from view altogether, with the water and the taniwha now moving under the streets of the CBD.

The site of the first St Paul’s church in Auckland was in Emily Place, close to Te Wai Ariki. Governor Hobson on 28 July 1841 laid the first stone, having promised a Treasury grant of £1 500, funds largely raised from the Ngāti Whātua land deals. In 1894 the church site was moved to its present location near St Paul Street, eventually lending a new name to what until the 1920s was Abercrombie Street.

Like many in the former British Empire, St Paul’s church takes its name from the New Testament author. Born a Jew, Saul of Tarsus had the Latin name Paul in addition to his Hebrew one and inherited Roman Citizenship through his father. Growing up in a Pharisee environment Saul had been the more expedient name to carry, but upon conversion to Christianity (after the Damascus road experience, variously interpreted as epiphany or heatstroke), he became known as Paul since it was a name to which the Gentiles he wanted to convert were accustomed.

Taking its name from the street as it is currently named, ST PAUL St Gallery Two stands on the footprint of a building that was used as a brothel in the mid-20th century. The movement of the Auckland Society of the Arts (ASA) from its original location (also near Te Wai Ariki in Eden Cresent) to Ponsonby, and the subsequent acquisition by AUT University of the ASA’s Bachelor of Visual Arts programme led to the expansion of the School of Art + Design and the subsequent construction of the WM Building at 40 St Paul St. Discussions about the name for the gallery proposed for the new building were documented in a meeting on 24 July 2004. While some senior AUT University staff felt that the gallery should carry the AUT brand, the name ‘ST PAUL St’ was chosen over various variations [SPS, etc.] and alternatives such as ‘Large Glass’ and ‘Article’.

- Local Time, May 2012.

Tote Bags

We have two ST PAUL St Gallery tote bags, one is a yellow tote with blue printing and the other is a blue tote with white printing. They are available for $15 each from the gallery. Please email for enquiries.

SPS Totebags

Submissions to the programme

ST PAUL St Gallery is open to individual and group proposals for consideration and inclusion in the schedule of exhibitions and events. Please be aware that our programme schedule is confirmed well in advance, including a season of AUT student graduating exhibitions at the end of the year. There are no designated submission deadlines. It is strongly reccomended that you make contact with the Gallery to express your interest prior to submitting a proposal.

Proposals submitted to the gallery are typically reviewed by the Director who will where appropriate consult with selected external referees (see panel membership below) before making a final decision. Decisions are made on the basis of the quality of the submission and on the appropriateness for inclusion in the overall balance of the curated programme.

External referees: Christina Barton, Natasha Conland, Heather Galbraith, Emma Bugden, Aaron Lister, Léuli Eshraghi, Nina Tonga, Bruce E. Phillips, Bianca Hester and Dr Huhana Smith.