Auckland Art Gallery’s Christmas Art Challenge

Auckland Art Gallery has set a Christmas Art Challenge (as below.)  I’m going to take it up (but not just from their collection.)

This morning it occurred to me that it’s nearly 12 days before Christmas (it will be on the 14th).

So this year, to get in the Christmas mood I have set myself (and all of you) the challenge of finding an artwork in our collection that relates to each of the twelve days, as taken from the popular Christmas song, and popping them on the blog. (Even though according to wikipaedia, the song is actually about 12 days after Christmas)

So, in my variation which starts 12 days before Christmas, These are the objects/animals for each day:


12 Drummers Drumming (14 December)
11 Pipers Piping (15 December)
10 Lords a-Leaping (16 December)
9 Ladies Dancing (17 December)
8 Maids a-Milking (18 December)
7 Swans a-Swimming (19 December)
6 Geese a-Laying (20 December)
5 Gold Rings (21 December)
4 Colly Birds (often given as “Calling Birds”) (22 December)

3 French Hens (23 December)
2 Turtle Doves (24 December)
A Partridge in a Pear Tree (25 December)



This is also my challenge to you! If any of you have any suggestion for artwork for any, or indeed all of the days, from our collection preferably to avoid copyright issues, I’d be glad to profile your answers on the blog. Otherwise I will promise to deliver some kind of relevant artwork each of the twelve days before Christmas, however tenuous the link.



So it’s a challenge to you out there, and to me!!”

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