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Experience Wellington Annual Report 2020/21

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Tamariki thrive with whānau-focused events

In March, Capital E celebrated Children’s Day with a festival on Queens Wharf. Capital E’s Digital, LIVE, and Public Programmes teams came together to produce an incredibly varied and vibrant day of activities.  Local drag king Hugo Grrrl emceed the day of performances for and by children. The line-up featured StarJam, Virtuoso Strings, Kozo Kaos, and highlights from our National Theatre for Children production Seasons. Off-stage, tamariki constructed Bloom sculptures, contributed to the Coolest Little Time Capsule, and experimented in OnTV. PlayHQ saw 716 visitors during the festival, marking the highest number of visits since moving to Queens Wharf. The festival was a huge success with approximately 3,000 joining the Children’s Day celebration.

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We Collect Wellington

From Steven Adams’ size 18 basketball boots, to a fire-starter coffee roaster, the last financial year signalled a turning point in the collecting practices of Museums Wellington. After several years of planning, the collections team shifted into a programme of contemporary collecting focussed on the region’s cultural identity.

Casting back to the gritty Cuba Street scene of the 1980s, Museums Wellington acquired a significant donation by Claire Croskery, founder of Anatomy Clothing Company (1986 – 1993) and a pair of pants belonging to Head Like a Hole lead singer Nigel ‘Booga’ Beazley. Another Cuba Street highlight is Havana’s first coffee roaster—the prototype Voltair No.1 - notoriously combustible and responsible for almost burning down the Midnight Espresso building in 1990.

In addition to these uniquely Wellington items, the Museum collections continue to inspire visitors with a range of displays that celebrate the region’s colourful past, including our maritime history.

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State of the Art

City Gallery Wellington feels incredibly fortunate to have brought world-renowned contemporary art to our capital city in a time of travel restrictions. During the last financial year, 88,885 people visited the gallery, this figure far exceeds the COVID-adjusted target for the year (56,200). Visitors experienced provocative and emotive exhibitions including A Place Apart, Marianna Simnett: CREATURE and Every Artist with the pandemic making itself felt.

Simon Ingram Stonewall Alp Cliff 2019, and Beyond Range Stonewall Alp Cliff 2020.
our purpose

Working together with and for Wellington to
create remarkable experiences, generating vitality, strengthening
the city we love.

Christian Thompson Loom Aura 2 2018 in Oracles, City Gallery Wellington, 2020

Engaging with our Visitors

We are proud of our achievements throughout this last year and the ongoing scale and growth of programmes and audiences reached.

Total Visitors

155% of target achieved

Social Media Followers

106% of target achieved


We are proud of the huge efforts by our teams to ensure that our sites operated safely throughout the COVID pandemic alert level changes and that, despite financial challenges,
we were able to deliver a rich and diverse array of local content to audiences.

Total Revenue

Non-Council Revenue

Building our Cultural
and Sustainable Capabilities 

We are embracing te ao Māori, reducing our impact on the environment and delivering quality experiences for our local audiences. 

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Inside City Gallery Wellington
Visitors at City Gallery Wellington
Tukutuku panel and hei paraoa artwork in Wellington Museum

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