• 2023 Term 1 (March)

Date & Time:

  • This one-day excursion takes place on Saturday 18 March 2023. Bus departs 9:00am from in front of the EarthDiverse Centre at 401 Anglesea Street and returns at 6:00pm.


  • Explore the taonga (treasures) of the Auckland Art Gallery with two art experts who have a background in art history and cultural history and who are themselves practitioners. The guided tours are interactive: A brief introduction into or contextualisation of the object d’art is followed by questions and answers and discussion. Using the two major shows ‘Myths of Masculinity’ and ‘Romancing the collection’ as a basis, we will have a look at portrait and landscape paintings, still lives and installations, myth making in and through art, social, political and cultural discourses in light of historical and modern art making.

  • Morning session: Guided tour through the exhibition ‘Manpower: Myths of Masculinity’ and Guided tour through the exhibition ‘Romancing the collection’ (focus on portrait paintings)

  • Lunch: on your own

  • Afternoon session: Guided tour through the exhibition ‘Romancing the collection’ (focus on landscape paintings and still lives) and Walls to Live Beside, Rooms to Own: The Chartwell Show

Meet our Instructors:

History, Literature & Philosophy Instructor Peter Dornauf, MA Dip Tchg

Peter Dornauf has taught in secondary schools, Wintec and Waikato University collectively for over 25 years. He is a well know Waikato artist, art critic and a writer of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. His book “Days of Our Deaths” serves as the basis for one of Peter’s other popular EarthDiverse courses, “A Cultural History of Death.” Peter also teaches our “The Spiritual in Modern Art” course and continues to develop additional EarthDiverse courses for future Terms.

German Instructor Dr Norman Franke , MA Hamburg, PhD Humboldt, Berlin

Dr Norman Franke is a New Zealand based scholar, poet and filmmaker. He has taught German as a second language for more than three decades to a wide range of learners, from refugees to academics. Norman has published widely about 18th-century literature as well as German-speaking exile literature (Albert Einstein, Else Lasker-Schüler, Karl Wolfskehl) and eco-poetics. Norman’s poetry has been broadcast on radio and published in anthologies in Austria, Germany, New Zealand, Switzerland, the UK and the USA. Norman also teaches other courses for EarthDiverse, including our new course on Sacred Poetry, and courses in Art, Literature and Philosophy.


EarthDiverse, 401 Anglesea St, Hamilton

We're located just a few shops north of the Hamilton Central Bus Station on the same side of the street. We're located on the first floor, above Copier Word. Our Entrance is on the left side of the building. Saturday all-day parking can be found in our dedicated car parks and also just in front on Anglesea Street.

Pricing options:

All prices include round-trip bus transportation to the Auckland Art Gallery (GST inclusive) and tour guides. Lunch not included.


  • There are no prerequisites for this excursion. This trip is family friendly.