|Crowds enter the Gallery on opening day|
But before that could happen, we had to start moving everything back in… Being allowed to explore the newly restored building was an exciting and humbling experience. The moment when the first painting was hung in the developed galleries was momentous. Finally we took over the new office spaces and the Gallery and its Māori dimension commissions were blessed in a dawn ceremony.
And finally on 3 September 2011 we opened, with fanfare and fun and performances and street art and crowds. Hearing the feedback from visitors in those opening weeks never gets old:
In the last year we’ve:
- Held 32 exhibitions
- Seen the gallery spaces taken over by dancers, string quartets, blues bands, and hip-hop crews
- Released multiple publications
- Won 12 awards for our beautiful building
- And welcomed more than 677,000 visitors through our doors!