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Learn more about Hocken's Art and Photography Collections.

Services for researchers

Hocken Art and Photography Collections

The Hocken Art and Photography Collections reading room is open by appointment 10am–3pm Tuesday to Friday.

Please call or make an appointment.


Search archives, pictures and photographs on Hākena

See our guide for help with searching:

Hākena Search Help guide

Digitised photographs and artworks

Search for digital material on Hocken Digital Collections

Explore a selection of over a thousand digitised artworks:

Conditions of use and price list

Read our conditions of use and prices for our scanning, copying and reproduction services:

Staff can help with finding images and information on artists in the collections. A free reference service is offered for queries relating to New Zealand art, photography and Hocken's collections.

Copies of images can be ordered, subject to preservation and copyright conditions.

Group visits and tours

General tours of Hocken are offered on Thursdays at 11am and can include viewing art "on the racks".

Researchers, curators, school, tertiary and community groups can arrange specialised research visits of pictorial collections:

Tel +64 3 479 8871


Hocken's Pictures Collection has more than 17,000 artworks relating to New Zealand and the Pacific, dating from 18th century voyagers through to contemporary artists.

This is a magnificent resource for the study of New Zealand art history and provides abundant research material for the history and culture of New Zealand.

Artists with works in the collection include:

Dr Hocken's original collection of pictures represents illustrative material intended for use by geographers, ethnologists and natural scientists.

Significant additions to the collection include artwork amassed by Charles Brasch, Mona Edgar and Rodney Kennedy.

Research Guide for Art History sources at the Hocken (PDF)


The Photographs Collection includes well over a million historic images from all over New Zealand, the Pacific, early Australia and Antarctica but with a focus on Otago.

Formats range from daguerreotypes, prints, albums, postcards, panoramas, 35mm slides to lantern slides, glass and film negatives and digital files.

Historic photographers represented include:

While the policy in recent times has been for collecting documentary photography (as opposed to art photography housed with the paintings), contemporary photographers spanning the divide include:

  • Gary Blackman
  • Di Ffrench
  • Lloyd Godman
  • Adrienne Martyn
  • Christine Webster
  • Nigel Yates

See what's on in the Gallery

The Hocken Gallery hosts a regular programme of exhibitions showcasing collections, artwork by Frances Hodgkins Fellows and travelling exhibits.

Current exhibition


Art and Photography staff

Tel +64 3 479 8871

Further help

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Search publications on LibrarySearch|Ketu

Our research guides help you to find resources in the collections.

Links to recommended sources

  • Double

    F. M. Hodgkins, 'Double Portrait', 1922, oil on canvas. Acc 73/169

  • Portrait

    Framed ambrotype of John Richard Jones and his daughter Mary Louise Sarah, P2014-001. S14-001

  • The

    G. P. Nerli, 'The Quarry, Water of Leith' Dunedin c. 1895, watercolour, Acc 11,318

  • Main

    Main Street Dunedin 1957 Main St (George St) Dunedin N.Z., 1957, P2013-017-2 Ray Hargreaves Collection. S13-127a

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