Auckland Society of Arts
The Auckland Society of Arts occupies a two-storey building at 4 Eden Crescent, which provides roughly 600 running feet of exhibition space in its several galleries. There is a spacious members' lounge, library, and artists' studios. The building itself is interesting, having been built in kauri in 1898 on the site of Bishop Selwyn's School and Home for Ministers. The history of the society goes back to 1869 when a group of people formed themselves into the Auckland Society of Artists. The title, The Auckland Society of Arts, dates from 1880.
The society is administered by a president and an administrative council of 12, the staff consisting of a secretary-treasurer. About 14 exhibitions are staged each year, four regular society exhibitions, eight one-member exhibitions, and two special exhibitions. Average sales on behalf of artists amount to £1,500. The society maintains a permanent collection.