Gallery Hire

Shed 11 can be hired for corporate events. Bookings are accepted at the discretion of the Director and the Board of Trustees of the New Zealand Portrait Gallery.

Shed 11 provides an excellent space for corporate events. It:

  • is located in the heart of the city, right on the waterfront
  • is an elegant, spacious heritage building,
  • recently refurbished and earthquake strengthened to 85% compliance with the current new building code
  • can accommodate 350 people
  • provides a large, uncluttered space
  • can be partitioned into smaller spaces as required
  • has a small kitchen, equipped with a double drawer dishwasher, small refrigerator, and good bench space  (180 glasses are available)
  • has space adjacent to the kitchen where food can be set out, ready for serving
  • has a mezzanine floor which can serve as a minstrels’ gallery
  • has a reliable BOSE sound system
  • has 80 folding chairs
  • usually has an exhibition or a selection of the Portrait Gallery’s own collection on display

Shed 11 is normally available for exclusive hire every night from 6.30pm until 9.00pm and throughout the week from 8.00am to 10.00am for breakfast events. The Gallery opens to the public at 10.30 am and closes at 4.30pm. The setting up and tidying away of events needs to be completed outside those hours so that public access to the gallery is not disrupted.

Shed 11 is also available from time to time for exhibitions from other organisations where the exhibition is broadly related to the objectives of the New Zealand Portrait Gallery.

Booking applications are accepted only if the events are considered reasonable and appropriate. Strict terms and conditions apply in order to safeguard the recently refurbished gallery and the Portrait Gallery’s collection.

Click here to download our Hire Brochure.