Art History Society

Welcome to the University of Auckland Art History Society.

Our mission is to provide an environment in which everyone has the opportunity to learn, discuss, experience and enjoy art and its history. Art history isn’t just another subject. We want to engage with and create relationships between our members, the University and real world cultural institutions. We love it, you’ll love it.

Join us for gallery tours and talks, behind the scenes visits, movie nights, wine, networking and being with a group of art lovers who know how to have a good time.

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“We live in a country abundant in creativity”

Jacinda Ardern

The Executive

Toshiko Frederiksens


Toshi is a second year BA student majoring in Art History and Anthropology. She is particularly interested in Pop Art and her favourite artists are Yayoi Kusama and Andy Warhol.

Daniel Payne


Daniel is a second year BA/Law student majoring in Politics and European studies. His favourite art movements are Neoclassicism and Impressionism.

Monica Wang


Monica is a third year BA/BFA student majoring in Art History. She is interested in the intersection of craft and fine art.

Ahmed Alassafi


Ahmed is a fourth year BA/LLB student majoring in French. He is particularly passionate about classical music and art.

Emelie Harrison

Social Media Manager

Emelie is a second year student majoring in Art History and Philosophy. She is interested in photography, modern and contemporary art.

Kate Harris

Journal Editor

Kate is a third year BA student majoring in Art History and Anthropology. She is passionate about clothing and textile history and is the Editor of our Journal 'Perspective'.

Alanna O'Riley

General Representative

Alanna is a fourth-year BA/BComm student majoring in Art History, Marketing and Management. Her favourite artistic movements are Impressionism, Surrealism and Abstraction.

Erin Lee

General Representative

Erin is a third year BA student double majoring in Art History and History. She is interested in diasporic and indigenous art focusing on New Zealand contemporary art and New Zealand History.

Ju Kim

General Representative

Ju is a first-year student at the University of Auckland. She joined the society as a member in 2018 while still in high school. She hopes to encourage students and nurture our community of art-lovers in Auckland.

Chani Balmer

General Representative

Chani is a third year BA student majoring in Art History. Some of her favourite movements are the Baroque, Pre-Raphaelite, and Post-Impressionist.

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Art History Courses

238/338 Maori Art History: Mana Taonga

July 28, 2017

236/336 Artists and Patrons in Renaissance Italy

July 28, 2017

233/333 The Art of Gender Politics

July 28, 2017

231/331 Framing the Viewer: 20th Century Art

July 28, 2017

230/332 Art Crime

July 28, 2017

224/324 Power and Piety: The Baroque

July 28, 2017

222/322 Radical Transformations: Modern Art 1875-1950

July 28, 2017

214/314 Art and New Zealand: Pasts and Presents

July 28, 2017

204/334 Ways of Seeing Contemporary Art

July 28, 2017

203/303 Northern European Art 1400-1600

July 28, 2017

202/302 Crisis and Change: Mid 19th Century Art in France and Britain

July 28, 2017

201: Art and Revolution 1750-1850

July 24, 2017

115: Global Art Histories

July 24, 2017

114/114G: Understanding Art from Da Vinci to Warhol

July 24, 2017


Art and Auckland

There are lots of things for art lovers to do in Auckland, here’s a map to get you started

Books, Articles & Podcasts

How To Look At a Painting (Justin Paton)

An excellent introduction to how to engage with (and criticise) art by an internationally-renowned NZ curator.

Early Modern Courts

This blog focuses on the political value of female agency and patronage and covers early modern portraiture, beauty practices, jewellery and apparel, collecting, architecture and garden design.

The Pantograph Punch

A great resource for all things art and culture in NZ society.

Museum Podcasts

Podcasts by museums. For industry specific listening, click here.


The School of Life: History of Art

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Founding Executive Team

Megan Shaw

President (2017-2019)

Megan revived the Art History Society in 2017 and was its President until March 2019. Megan also founded the annual Culture Matters Symposium and the Art History Schools Outreach Programme at the University of Auckland. She finished her Bachelor of Arts in History and Art History in 2018. Megan now works for the Chartwell Trust and is completing her BA Honours in Art History. Her dissertation is on Katherine Villiers, the Duchess of Buckingham (d.1649) with a primary focus on portraiture and the agency women at the Stuart Court. She hopes to continue advocating for the arts and working in the GLAM sector.

James Holt

Secretary (2017-2018)

James Holt was the founding Secretary of the Art History Society. He completed his BA in Anthropology and Art History in 2017 and his BA (Hons) in Anthropology in 2018. James’ BA (Hons) focused on pre-European Māori music and its influences on contemporary Māori music today. His whakapapa connects him to the far north iwi of Ngati Kahu and the east coast iwi of Ngati Kahungunu ki te Wairoa which shaped the unique te ao Māori perspective he advocated in the society. His artistic interests centered on early modern art in Europe and pre-European and contemporary Māori art. James currently works for Auckland Transport in the Māori Policy and Engagement team.

Petra Bogle

Treasurer (2017-2019)

Petra joined the society in 2017 as our founding Treasurer. In 2018 she moved to a General Representative position and trained our newer members. Petra is currently completing her fourth year of a Bachelor of Arts and Law Degree majoring in Art History at the University of Auckland.

Aviva van den Heever

Secretary & Vice-President (2017-2019)

Aviva joined the society as Secretary in late 2017, and became Vice-President in 2018. She completed her BA/BFA (Honours) in 2018, specialising in modern and contemporary art. Her views run alongside the mission statement of the Art History Society; as she is passionate about art accessibility. Aviva hopes to pursue a career in Art Therapy in the future and assist survivors of trauma. In 2018, Aviva was the recipient of the Wright Family Scholarship and spent two months working as an intern at The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.