Parnell Gallery was established in 1976 by Sally Souness at the age of 23, and was initially called the Hang Up Gallery. Over the ensuing twenty years, as the gallery expanded, both in its stable of artists and in its physical size, in 1996 it rebranded and became known as Parnell Gallery dealing solely in New Zealand art. At this stage the gallery began a regular and varied exhibition schedule, fostering emerging New Zealand artists, alongside more established artists, with works ranging from paintings to limited edition prints and predominately bronze sculpture.
Over the years the Parnell Gallery has cultivated an impressive stable of established, and emerging, New Zealand artists who bring an exciting frisson to the Auckland art scene. Specialising in original paintings, sculpture and limited edition prints from artists all over New Zealand, Parnell Gallery features permanent stock works on display in the street level gallery, as well as the exhibition works in the first floor space.