The gallery is closed until January 23rd 2018.
We are Open by Appointment during this time and welcome visitors. Please contact Director Caroline Billing on 021 0430 533.
249 Moorhouse Avenue
+64 3 366 3893
Director / Caroline Billing +64 (0)21 0430 533
All prices on the website are in NZ$. Please note some prices are subject to change and availability of works may vary. Contact the gallery for further information or a quote. We welcome commission enquiries. Laybys (payment plans) are available and we are a member of MyArt – interest-free NZ art loans.
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The National is a dedicated dealer gallery owned by Director Caroline Billing.
Specialising in contemporary jewellery by New Zealand and selected international artists, The National represents more than 40 jewellers, and also exhibits sculptural ceramics, glass, and object based works.
The gallery’s exhibition schedule seeks to act as a platform for the ideas and contexts that inform current practice. Billing is committed to showcasing established and emerging artists, with a curatorial focus on solo exhibitions of new work, as well as collaborative projects and curated group exhibitions.
Celebrating the thirteenth year of the gallery in 2017, and a recent move to new premises, the gallery continues a commitment to supporting the development of new work in the field and developing new audiences for contemporary jewellery and object, nationally and internationally.
The gallery started in 2004 and was originally located in High St, a growing vibrant area with cafes, boutiques and galleries. After the 2011 earthquakes destroyed the area, Billing remained committed to presenting jewellery in the city, exploring alternatives to a gallery space. Following pop-up exhibitions, The National presented “Host A Brooch” with jeweller Jacqui Chan. 7 months after the quakes, The National reopened in a shared space in Madras St and continued to develop its exhibition programme, providing a space for the city to view art. In July 2014, The National relocated to 241 Moorhouse Avenue, alongside fine art gallery and artist studios at Chambers241.
The gallery has recently relocated to 249 Moorhouse Avenue, only doors away from its previous site, but now in larger premises and also hosting two studio spaces, one for a contemporary jeweller, and the other for the 2018 Olivia Spencer Bower residency recipient.