Gow Langsford Gallery is located on the ground floor of the historic St James Building on the corner of Kitchener and Wellesley Streets opposite the Auckland Art Gallery, and only a short walk from Queen Street.
Street parking is available on Kitchener Street, or alternatively, there are five nearby parking buildings. Bus services to the central city run from most Auckland suburbs.
Gow Langsford is a commercial art space committed to fostering and promoting the best contemporary art from New Zealand and abroad. Located directly opposite the Auckland Art Gallery, Gow Langsford Gallery represents over thirty established New Zealand and international artists. Gow Langsford is one of the country’s most established galleries and is widely regarded as its most influential dealer gallery. Alongside a regular and varied exhibition schedule, Gow Langsford is a market leader in works on the secondary market.
From 2008 - 2021 the Gallery also ran a second viewing space on Lorne St which is now permanently closed to the public.
The Gallery’s experienced staff provide comprehensive art collection advice. This service is client-centered and encompasses acquisitions; valuations; restoration and framing advice; investment opportunities and collection management.
Gow Langsford Gallery was established by John Gow and Gary Langsford in a converted gas station in the Auckland suburb of Grey Lynn in 1987 and has developed into one of New Zealand's most significant dealer galleries. The Gallery celebrated thirty years in business in 2017.
The Gallery has been more than a vocation for both founding Directors who are passionate advocates for the visual arts and committed to the development of the careers of the artists they represent. In 2015, Anna Jackson also became Director of the Gallery. Together the Directors’ dedication has fostered the growth of contemporary art in New Zealand and enabled the careers of many of this country’s most notable artists, such as Judy Millar, John Pule, Max Gimblett, Dick Frizzell and Reuben Paterson. They have actively sought to introduce local audiences to international art, and in turn, international visitors to New Zealand artists. They have hosted one-man shows by Pablo Picasso (1998), Damien Hirst (2010), Bernar Venet (2006 and 2012), Donald Judd (2002), Tony Cragg (2005 and 2011) and Andy Warhol (2013). They have enjoyed success placing works in major collections both in public institutions and private homes, locally and internationally.
New Zealand has over 50 independent art galleries which showcase the work of thousands of local and international artists each year.
Together, we support artists with much needed income, ongoing career guidance, and hands-on support wherever possible – working with each of them to reach new audiences through shows, events, and art fairs.
It’s hard work, but we wouldn't have it any other way. And by supporting independent galleries, you’re not only helping artists with an income – you’re doing your bit to keep the arts in Aotearoa flourishing.
With extensive experience advising private collectors and acting as a consultant to corporate collections, museums and public institutions, John Gow is an expert in New Zealand art. Along with Gary Langsford, John is a founding director of Gow Langsford Gallery and was director of John Leech Gallery. Now with over thirty years in the industry, John has specialist expertise in historical New Zealand art and indigenous artefacts and a personal interest in collecting 19th and early 20th-century photography, contemporary New Zealand paintings and sculpture, and post-contact Maori objects.
Currently a member of the Northern Club Art Committee, John is also a member of the Mackelvie Trust Board which manages the bequest of the Mackelvie Estate to the Auckland Art Gallery. He also sits on the Spark Art Trust which owns and oversees the Spark art collection and the Britomart Arts Trust.
Gary Langsford is a founding director of Gow Langsford Gallery and is also co-owner of design55, a design store specialising in limited edition furniture and objects.
Gary has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sculpture) and Art History from Elam School of Fine Arts, and has worked as a specialist in contemporary New Zealand art for over three decades. Increasingly focussed on the global art market he travels frequently to art fairs and auctions abroad, particularly in Europe and America. He has specialist knowledge in 20th Century Applied Arts and has a significant personal collection of art, objet d’art and furniture that reflects this expertise.
Working closely with Gary and John, Anna manages the exhibition programme, staff, client services and Art Fairs. She oversees publications and online communications, and works alongside the artists in delivering exhibitions and events. Anna has a Master of Arts Management (2010) and a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Auckland University of Technology (2002).
Shona joined Gow Langsford Gallery in 2009 as Accountant. She is a member of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Hannah joined Gow Langsford in 2011. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts (2017) and a conjoint Bachelor of Fine Arts and Arts (Hons), majoring in Italian from the University of Auckland (2011). She works closely with the Directors preparing exhibitions and publications, and in client services and is the Gallery’s in-house designer.
As our International Operations Manager, Priya manages the logistics for the Gallery’s global affairs, including participation in Art Fairs as well as managing domestic freight and gallery databases. She also works alongside the Directors to deliver client services. Priya has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Arts (Hons), Elam School of Fine Arts (2011).
Cass assists with the general running of the gallery in the Front of House position and also manages the gallery's social media, website and e-commerce platform. Cass holds a Bachelor of Architectural Studies majoring in Interior Architecture (2011) and a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Art History and Theory, and Classics (2015).
Imogen works front of house, both aiding in the daily running of the gallery and assisting in the writing and editing of artist and exhibition texts. She also works with the Directors to provide client services. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from The University of Auckland (2014) and recently graduated from University of the Arts London with a Master of Arts in cultural studies (2020).
Working two days a week, Finn assists with gallery logistics and art freight. He is currently studying Art History Honours full-time at Auckland University; Finn has a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the Auckland University of Technology (2003); and over 15 years’ experience working in the museum and gallery sector.
Images published on this website are subject to legal copyright conditions. The reproduction of images or text without permission in writing from Gow Langsford Gallery on behalf of the author / artist or artist’s estate is prohibited.
How to Obtain Copyright Clearance
To apply for copyright permission, please contact the gallery stating why you wish to reproduce and the exact way you propose to use the image or text. If permission is granted, a reproduction fee may be charged by the Gallery, on behalf of the artist, author or the artist’s estate. To enquire: firstname.lastname@example.org