Parnell Gallery was established in 1976 by Sally Souness at the age of 23, and was initially called the Hang Up Gallery. Over the ensuing twenty years, as the gallery expanded, both in its stable of artists and in its physical size, in 1996 it rebranded and became known as Parnell Gallery dealing solely in New Zealand art. At this stage the gallery began a regular and varied exhibition schedule, fostering emerging New Zealand artists, alongside more established artists, with works ranging from paintings to limited edition prints and predominately bronze sculpture
Parnell Gallery became a bona fide ‘family business’ when Sally’s daughter Anna joined her at the gallery in 2011 after six years living and working in London. Specialising in project management and coordinating corporate events, both of which stood her in good stead in her initial role as Gallery Manager and more recently as a Director and joint owner. As Sally says, “Anna was bought up ‘behind the counter’ surrounded by art and could not help but be drawn to running the gallery as, having worked part time there through her school years, she had developed a keen appetite for art and loved the buzz engendered by the milieu of artists and their exhibitions.”
Parnell Gallery has been curating monthly exhibitions in their upstairs gallery for many years now, which are eagerly anticipated by the art community of Auckland and beyond. Parnell Gallery has a close and loyal following as connoisseurs appreciate they will always discover exciting works of distinctive quality at these exhibitions, in addition to the constantly changing selection on display in the lower gallery. Many of their clients return year after year due to the discerning range of fine New Zealand artwork available. The gallery is perceptive and meticulous in considering the artists and works that they represent, in order to maintain the quality and innovation they have become known for.
As one of Auckland’s longest standing galleries, and a leading contemporary art gallery, Parnell Gallery has become a benchmark for quality and integrity in the New Zealand art scene. Situated in the heart of Parnell, it is renowned for its excellence and innovation in the art world.
Over the years the Parnell Gallery has cultivated an impressive stable of established, and emerging, New Zealand artists who bring an exciting frisson to the Auckland art scene. Specialising in original paintings, sculpture and limited edition prints from artists all over New Zealand, Parnell Gallery features permanent stock works on display in the street level gallery, as well as the exhibition works in the first floor space.