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Workshop | Residencies - Artists' Perspectives and Studio Visit

An Artists Alliance workshop, with artists Sam Mitchell and Lyn Dallison. Sam and Lyn will share their experiences as resident artists on both local and international programmes. Both have been involved in a number of residencies and can provide insight into how the different types of residencies can work.

This workshop will conclude with a visit to the studio of artist Gabi Lardies who is the 2016 Artists Alliance Resident Artist during her open studio as part of Artweek Auckland. There will be an opportunity to ask all three artists questions.


Josephine Cachemaille | FEEL UP!

Opening Friday October 14, 2016 from 5.30pm
Sanderson Contemporary, Auckland

Josephine Cachemaille’s exhibition FEEL UP! urges us to join her in an optimistic animist fantasy where we’re more connected positive beings, traversing modern boundaries between persons and things. The gallery installation appears to be the site of a kind of “encounter group” therapy session with costumes and comical prop-like objects, coaxing us to touch, prod and investigate ourselves, each other and our relationship with the material world.


Peter Hackett | New Works

Opening Tuesday October 11, 2016 at 5:30 PM
Parnell Gallery, Auckland

Peter Hackett returns to Parnell Gallery in October with an exciting body of new works. Hackett is inspired by nature, in particular the meadow flowers that surround his studio in season. The work is full of intense colour and vigorously applied oil paint, which literally advances from the picture plane to dramatic visual impact.

Image: Peter Hackett, Anonymous Neighbors, Oil on Canvas, 1200 x 1200 mm


Artist Talk | Mandy Patmore

Sunday October 9, 2016 at 1 PM
Depot Artspace, Auckland

Mandy Patmore will discuss her works exhibited in the group show To and Fro which includes work from artists Numa Mackenzie,Kenneth Merrick, Michael Prosee and curator Jermaine Reihana.


Artist Talk | Veronica Herber

Saturday October 8, 2016 at 11 AM
Franklin Art Centre, Auckland

Join installation artists Veronica Herber and Jae Kang as they talk about their work. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP for catering purposes.


Deborah Crowe | An Other World

Opening Saturday October 8, 2016 from 12 – 2pm
1b Ponsonby Road, Auckland

Deborah Crowe builds complex constructions: images, objects and installations that fuse references from natural and built environments. In this informal talk Crowe will discuss ideas behind the exhibition, An Other World. Part field photography, part proposition, and part representation of Crowe’s fears and hopes about potential future environments, this exhibition features digitally collaged mashups and assemblage.

Artist Talk: Tuesday 11 Oct, 12pm – 1pm


Artweek Auckland

Artweek Auckland is owned and presented by the New Zealand Contemporary Art Trust, a charitable trust established in 2005 with the objective of creating opportunities for artists, promoting the visual arts industry, and facilitating greater public access to and engagement with the visual arts community.

Since the inaugural annual event in 2010, Artweek Auckland has presented exhibitions, art tours, workshops and artist talks across the Auckland region, encouraging audiences to explore and celebrate our city’s diverse and vibrant contemporary art scene.

The 2016 Artweek Auckland festival presents the work of over 1000 artists, in more than 100 venues, over ten days. View full information about participating galleries, exhibitions and events on the website.

Enjoy the week!


Free Children's Workshop

October 7 from 3:30 to 4:30 PM
Franklin Art Centre, Auckland

Put on by artist Veronica Herber. Available to children 6 to 12 years old.

In a fun workshop involving tape and objects, children will make a unique artwork to take home. Booking is essential – please phone 09 238 8899 or email nansi.thompson@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz


June Black | The Intellectual Fashion Show

Opening Friday October 7, 2016 at 5:30 PM
Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland

The Intellectual Fashion Show 2016 considers the transformative power inherent in our sartorial choices using artist June Black’s metaphorical costumes as provocation. Black’s original Intellectual Fashion Show of 1959 included paintings, ceramic wall sculptures and a provocative commentary, presenting the concept of an ‘intellectual fashion house.’ The modern iteration will explore the idea that what we wear can provide a platform to experiment with identity.

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korero toi | a symposium for emerging gallery workers

Friday October 7, 2016 from 10am – 5pm
Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium, Auckland

kōrero toi is a new symposium for young gallery and art community professionals. Join us for a day of stimulating and engaging korero from and for our community.

Speakers include those already working in public, private and community galleries. Come and be inspired by their stories and connect with others looking to work in the visual arts.


Group Show | The Artists Are In Town

Opening Friday October 7, 2016
Hauraki House Gallery, Coromandel

Festive nine-day EXHIBITION heralding new & diverse work from 28 participating Coromandel Arts Tour artists – putting a new SPRING into the step of the popular Arts Tour.

A chance to lighten up, dress up, show up & meet up with the artists in person!  See new and diverse work from one of New Zealand’s most “artistic” regions as the iconic “Coromandel Arts Tour” moves from its traditional Autumn date into the Springtime.

Opening & welcome by special guest-performance artists, “Sutra” at 6.00 pm


Fraser Hoffe and Heather Bradley | Church Gone Bush

Opening Thursday October 6, 2016 from 5:30 – 7 PM
Roar! Gallery, Wellington

Fraser Hoffe’s show is a visual, colourful, imaginative experience.
“My art is playful, vibrant and tactile.” 
Gravity and paint move him and he wants to share this energy with his work
“Get up and exercise your imagination.  Before it’s too late.”

Taking inspiration from Isla de las Muñecas (Island of the Dolls) in Mexico, Heather Bradley has created a collection of soft sculptural creatures.
These furry animals, winged and sometimes with tails, festoon the gallery and include a shrine to their creation.


Karla Cosford | Connectivity

Opening Saturday October 1, 2016 from 4 – 8 PM
The Little Gallery, Tairua

At The Little Gallery, we don’t normally host solo exhibitions but we have made an exception for artist Karla Cosford who has been working on a body of work that tells the story of how everything is connected.

These new works have never been exhibited before and each tells the unique story about how everything in the universe is linked. Join us in Tairua and listen to Karla talk about her work and tell you the tale, inspiration and meaning behind each piece.


Group Show | Bad Visual Systems

Opening Saturday October 1, 2016 at 5:30 PM
Adam Art Gallery, Wellington

Ruth Buchanan’s first major show in Wellington will be a full-gallery installation featuring audio, visual, textual and sculptural elements integrated with important works by German artists Judith Hopf and Marianne Wex. Here Buchanan is uniquely combining the roles of artist, curator, and designer in a show especially conceived for the architectural spaces of the Adam Art Gallery.


Lana Lopesi | Artist Talk and Cooking Demonstration

On Saturday October 1, 2016 from 11.30am
Kākano Cafe and Cookery School, Christchurch

Please join The Physics Room for a very special event this weekend. Lana Lopesi will be discussing her current exhibition Seki and ongoing research relating to food sovereignty with Jade Temepera of Kākano Cafe and Cookery School. During the discussion, Lana and Jade will prepare a surprise lunch for the audience to enjoy together. 


Workshop | Painting Nature with Paris Kirby

On Saturday October 1 – Sunday October 2, 2016
Sanderson Contemporary, Auckland

Sanderson Contemporary is transformed into Paris Kirby’s studio for the day and you are invited to participate in creating a collaborative painting in the artist’s signature style.

Throughout the day Paris will encourage you to think deeper about what plants and the bush means to us both culturally and personally.The all-day workshop is designed to engage in the discipline of painting and it’s resulting meditative state of being.


Position Available | Lecturer / Senior Lecturer - Photography & Media Arts

Whitecliffe is the country’s leading private art school. It is looking for a part-time lecturer / senior lecturer to work within the Photo-Media department.

Whitecliffe is seeking an experienced lecturer to join the teaching team within the BFA & MFA programme. Your primary focus will be students majoring in Photo-Media, although some teaching in the Fine Arts department may also be required.


Rachael Smith | Heart Standing Still

Opening Friday September 30, 2016 from 5 – 7 PM
Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts, Palmerston North

Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts is pleased to present an exhibition of 28 framed landscape photographs by Rachael Smith. Currently living in the Manawatu with her husband and family, Heart Standing Still is Ms Smith’s inaugural exhibition of photographic prints personally produced by the artist to honour and recognise the place she now calls home. Born and raised in Te Puke in the Bay of Plenty, she has lived in various parts of New Zealand as well as five years overseas in the USA and Malaysia. Landscape photography has allowed Rachael to spend time in the outdoors with her three sons and very supportive husband. Photography, wildlife, travel, growing her own produce and turning it into delicious food and beverages are some of the things that make Rachael tick!

Rachael is interested in a wide range of photographic techniques rather than one specific niche. She is currently working on a series of images using the ‘Intentional Camera Movement’ method. The artist doesn’t like carrying a lot of equipment around and prides herself in achieving maximum results with minimal gear. Her landscape and travel images have won awards within New Zealand at the NZIPP Awards (Silver Distinction and 2 Bronzes) and she has had award-winning images published in Germany and the USA.


Julie Blyfield | Rare Collection

Opening Friday September 30, 2016 from 6 – 9pm
Objectspace, Auckland

Rare Collection sees Australian jeweller Julie Blyfield respond to the 1861 book of plant illustrations, Wild flowers of South Australia, made by Fanny De Mole in 1861 in Adelaide, South Australia. It was the first book to illustrate the flora of South Australia. The old volume contains 20 plates and illustrates 38 different flowering plants from South Australia. Each of the delicate, hand coloured prints is accompanied by a name plate with a description of the plant species with the botanical / common names. It is believed that in the mid 1800’s Fanny’s plant illustrations were sent to England where they were made into Lithographs and returned to Adelaide for hand-colouring with assistance from her family and friends.

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Luke Kelly | Migration

On from September 30 – October 29, 2016
Toi Gallery, Pātaka Art + Museum, Porirua 

Kapiti based artist-designer Luke Kelly uses nautical and aeronautical materials to create wall-hung and freestanding sculptures that celebrate voyaging histories common to all New Zealanders.

His strangely familiar aerodynamic constructions seem to float and fly across the gallery walls, evoking themes of migration, transportation, family histories and cross-cultural references.

Image: Luke Kelly, Dazzle Lines (2015).Enamel, acrylic and bitumen on cedar wood, canvas and brass nails.1550 x 700 x 160mm

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Position Available | LEOTC Educator | Te Tuhi

Te Tuhi is hiring an LEOTC Educator:
40 hours per week, filled by 1 full time or 2 part time posts

The LEOTC Educator is solely responsible for the development and delivery of the schools education programme at Te Tuhi in accordance with its Ministry of Education contract. This role will maintain and actively seek to increase Te Tuhi’s outreach in its catchment area, develop new practical art-making workshops and initiatives in collaboration with schools, and deliver these programmes to high standard.


Johnson Witehira | Half Blood

Opening Friday September 30, 2016 from 6 – 9pm
Objectspace, Auckland

Half-blood is an exhibition that challenges the history and myths associated with both Māori and Pakeha identity through two playable digital artworks by graphic designer Johnson Witehira. The works, projected side-by-side in the gallery space, present two narratives; the arrival of Māori and the arrival of Pakeha in Aotearoa New Zealand. The audience are invited to take up the controls and navigate a Pacific or British character through the alien landscape, with each forced to overcome challenges in their newly-discovered worlds. For Māori this included taming the harsh environment; for Pakeha it was taming the savages.


Peter Miller | Presence

Opening Thursday September 29, 2016 at 6 PM
nkb Gallery, Auckland


1.   A being present
2.   Immediate proximity
3.   Impressive personal appearance or bearing
4.   An invisible spirit felt to be nearby

Portraits are a moment frozen in time, a moment where existence ceases to exist, and all that existence contains- happiness, sadness, illness, aging and death- also ceases.


Position Available | Head of Department, Arts Management

Whitecliffe seeks to provide life-transforming educational experiences in arts & design through teaching and research, educating students to shape culture through the practice and critical study of the arts.

Whitecliffe delivers a Post-Graduate Diploma in Arts Management, which is delivered in part-time weekend modules. Students can progress to a MA in Arts Management on completion of a research component.

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Lynn Kelly and Sue Cooke | For the love of nature

From September 29 – October 6, 2016
Sue Cooke Artist Gallery, Whanganui

Critic Hana Aoake writes “. . . . the jewellery of Lynn Kelly highlights both a connection to and a concern for the environment. Kelly’s work is inspired by New Zealand plants and historical botanical drawings, and uses materials which feature both New Zealand landscapes and native flora and fauna.”


Book Launch | Anthony Byrt—This Model World

Event on Wednesday September 28, 6pm. Free.
City Gallery, Wellington

Writer Anthony Byrt presents his new book, This Model World: Travels to the Edge of Contemporary Art (2016) with a reading and talk, followed by questions and book signing.

Refreshments served. In association with Auckland University Press.


Moniek Schrijer | Double Happiness

Opening Tuesday September 27, 2016 from 5:30 PM
The National, Christchurch

“Throughout human history, jewellery has been worn as a symbol of self-expression and identification. In Double Happiness, Schrijer connects this function of jewellery with architecture, commercial production and the reproduced image.  She is interested in the shift of meaning that occurs when the same subject is rendered across several forms of media. Juxtaposing the analogue and digital, the hand-made and the commercial, she unfolds the ebb and flow of value in the cross-overs between technological change, cultural association, taste and memory”.*


Alberto Garcia-Alvarez

On from September 27 – October 22, 2016
Tim Melville, Auckland

Although several of his students at Auckland University’s Elam School of Fine Arts during the ’80s and ’90s have become household names, 88-year-old Alberto Garcia-Alvarez’ own work is rarely seen. Tim Melville is proud to present an exhibition of re-discovered works from as early as 1977 alongside a suite of large paintings created in 2016. Garcia-Alvarez’ artworks are held in collections including Te Papa and Auckland Art Gallery. An exhibition at Barcelona’s ‘Fundacio Vila Casas’ is planned for early 2017.

Image credit: ALBERTO GARCIA-ALVAREZ, Adoneus Bed (black-white) 1977, mixed media on canvas 540mm H x 450mm W (frame) Photo: Kallan MacLeod


Hugo Koha Lindsay | Hugo Koha Lindsay

Opening Tuesday September 27, 2016 from 5 – 7 PM
Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland

Gow Langsford Gallery are pleased to exhibit new works from young, emerging Auckland artist, Hugo Koha Lindsay. Currently working towards a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland, Lindsay is already making waves with a number of exhibitions throughout the country. Last year, at the 24th Annual Wallace Art Awards, Lindsay won the 2015 Kaipara Wallace Arts Trust Award which included a three-month residency at the Altes Spital in Solothurn, Switzerland.


Graham Fletcher | Dear Stranger

Opening Tuesday September 27, 2016 from 5 – 7 PM
Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland

Dear Stranger sets the scene for strange encounters. Recalling first contact experiences between Western and non-Western peoples, thesenew works further examine aspects of the highly complex and dynamic relationships that develop when histories, cultures and identities collide and intermingle. From within these borderline environments, masks, totems, Van Gogh flowers and Tulip chairs are many such items carefully arranged to achieve maximum effect within vibrant colourful settings. Here, the intention is to solicit multiple intertextual readings by creating New Worlds built up from the cultural fragments of the Old.


Group Show | THE XX FACTOR

Opening Tuesday September 27, 2016 from 5.30pm
Trish Clark Gallery, Auckland

A play on the doubled chromosome and subversive of the commonplace glib male evaluation of women’s ‘x factor’, THE XX FACTOR is a lively, challenging and satisfying mix of moving image, photography and painting by noted international and New Zealand artists.

With work from Marina Abramović / Pilar Albarracín / Alexis Hunter / Julia Morison / Carolee Schneemann / Marie Shannon / Ann Shelton / Patti Smith / Heather Straka / Christine Webster



Group Show | Shared Studios

Opening on Sunday September 25, 5pm.
Hauraki House Gallery, Coromandel

“Shared Studios” was an experiment this winter. Artists braved the challenge of working in a studio with another artist present and working too. Artists are often private people, not liking the idea of someone else present during the creation process. Seeing and sharing the successes, the failures, the trials, the serendipidies.
Would it work?


Claire Delaney | Wings and Things

Opening Saturday September 24, 2016 from 2 – 3:30 PM
Small Dog Gallery, Depot Artspace, Auckland

Artist and tutor Claire Delaney celebrates the magic of storytelling and the playfulness of mixed media through a collection of paintings, prints and objects. This exhibition follows the theme of wings after the success of her first award winning children’s book Little Wing.

Delaney’s characters are inspired by the juggling of a creative life full of artistic adventures.


Greg Smith | Last Property

Opening Saturday September 24, 2016 from 2 – 3:30 PM
Depot Artspace, Auckland

An exhibition showcasing work by Greg Smith as part of the Auckland Heritage Festival whose theme is Now and Then – the Changing Face of Auckland. The Modern era of architecture, design, literature and the arts has only recently been acknowledged as a defining period in our cultural history, yet sadly many of its finest works have already been lost or destroyed.


Group Show | Still Figuring It Out

Opening Saturday September 24, 2016 from 4 – 6 PM
The Vivian Gallery, Auckland

Artists include Sue Collins, Bronwynne Cornish, Vicki Fanning, Charade Honey, Hilary Kerrod, Kate McLean, and Christine Thacker. The show is curated by Bronwynne Cornish.

“When the Vivian asked me to curate a ceramic show it seemed like a great opportunity to invite a group of women ceramists working loosely in a figurative way, to put together a group of works. My intention as curator was to give each of them plenty of room to explore their own themes and ideas, maybe that they had on the back burner for a while.”


Rachael Garland | The Nightingale and the Rose

Opening Saturday September 24, 2016 at 5:30 PM
Space Studio and Gallery, Whanganui

The Nightingale and the Rose (exhibition) is a response to Oscar Wilde’s evocative short story of unrequited love, transformation and sacrifice.


Group Show | To and Fro

Opening Saturday September 24, 2016 from 2 – 3:30  PM
Depot Artspace, Auckland

A group exhibition showcasing and promoting a diverse array of painting practices by emerging artists situated in West Auckland; curated by Jermaine Reihana, Depot Artspace’s current artist in residence who is based at Corban Estate Arts Centre.

Reihana recently exhibited a successful solo show Te Matahi 2.0 at the Depot and is taking this opportunity to bring together two communities that can benefit collectively from a culturally rich art experience. Reihana will be presenting the painting practices of artists Mandy Patmore, Numa Mackenzie,Kenneth Merrick and Michael Prosee alongside his own work.


Veronica Herber | Resonance

Opening Saturday September 24, 2016 from 4 – 6 PM
Franklin Art Centre, Auckland

Image: Veronica Herber. 29x45x2=2520 (detail). Washi tape.


Group Show | New Perspectives | With Simon Denny

Opening Friday September 23, 2016 at 6pm
ARTSPACE, Auckland

A perspective is not only the way in which objects appear to the eye, but it also represents a close relationship between vision and mathematics. An artistic perspective is not only a graphic input system, but also includes psychological, social and political layers, which bring new questions on the culture and environment we share.
Artspace NZ has invited internationally renowned New Zealand artist Simon Denny to collaborate on an exhibition project that aims to distill a panoramic picture of young artistic research and production in Aotearoa. Selection for the exhibition was made from an open call that asked new and emerging artists to respond to three questions. The project will bring a number of positions together on the basis of Denny’s and the Artspace Curatorial team’s selection from the open call.

Justine Walker | For sale: baby shoes, never worn

On from Friday 23 September to Saturday 15 October
Artists Talk: Saturday October 15 2pm
Toi Poneke, Wellington

Wellington artist Justine Walker wanted to be a mother, but after years of fertility treatments
has found herself childless. For sale: baby shoes, never worn gives you a glimpse into
the absence and loss of something that never existed. Consisting of video and
photographic works, this exhibition responds to Walker’s journey and what happens next.


FLOX | Homage

Opening Friday September 23, 2016 from 5 -7 PM
Solander Gallery, Wellington

Working with spray paint and stencil, Flox creates delicate, intricate images inspired by the natural world in her first ever Wellington solo show. With a practice spanning over a decade there are consistent themes and elements of her work that make a Flox piece so recognisable. The vibrant, confident colour; the scale combined with delicacy; intertwined with references to a childhood filled with nature’s flora and fauna now recognised as both a vulnerable and precious taonga.

After residencies in Taiwan in 2015 and a month in India during September, Flox returns to her roots and her first solo show in Wellington.


Greta Anderson | National Geographic

On from September 23 – October 22, 2016
Two Rooms, Auckland

Greta Anderson’s exhibition, National Geographic, at Two Rooms features a markedly diverse selection of subjects ranging from a rugged amethyst crystal, to a rushing cascade of water, to a serpentine goose head, and even the back of a woman’s head that sports two luminously-blonde French braids. Unification is provided through technique, with all works showing their subjects looming out from an inky, velveteen black ground. This distinctive visual aspect is the result of using a ‘day for night’ technique. The term derives from Francois Truffaut’s (1932-1984) eponymous 1973 film, Day for Night, which is famous for the number of scenes filmed outdoors in daylight using film stock balanced for tungsten light and underexposed to appear as though filmed at night. In Anderson’s work, this technique has the effect isolating the thing of interest from the context.


Joe Jowitt | SHUT UP EDIFICE (a Civil Surface)

Opening Thursday September 22, 2016 from 6 – 8pm
Glovebox, Auckland

A half-utterance, a pause, unsatisfactory, before the sense that something else must be coming, the verb at the very least, to locate, to settle, to finalise. When is an image complete? When is an image ready to be viewed? At what point should we ignore the coming-of-the-image, the acts and processes that deliver the image to us, and instead behave as though the image was always there, always waiting? Crucially, does the image legitimate the frame that supports, surrounds and delivers in the very act of superseding the frame by drawing the eye from it? Consequently, the image is never here, never finished or completed, only ever – or always ever – arriving, iteration after iteration. This is especially the case for the advertising image. It is never done and, therefore, never successful. How else to understand the frenzied activity that surrounds it, the many industries that profit from its incompletion and replacement with the next, more perfect, utterance? The paradox of advertising is that the next image, the one that promises completeness, satisfaction, repletion, is never the one the arrives but always the one yet to be, the next partner in the chain. Half an arrow, and then half of that half, and then half again, never to arrive, endlessly deferred. 


Assistant Gallery Director | St Paul Street Gallery

Fixed term, Full-time position available

The School of Art and Design is looking for an Assistant Director for a Fixed term role, ST PAUL St Gallery. This is backfill role for Assistant Director while they are Acting Director during the Gallery Director’s leave of absence between March 2017 and March 2018.

The Assistant Director role helps to support development and delivery of programmes and to ensure the efficient administrative operation of ST PAUL St Gallery.


Group Show | Hexology

Opening Thursday September 22, 2016 from 4 – 6 PM
Geoff Wilson Gallery, Whangarei

Hexology is an exhibition showcasing the art works of six Art Academy students. The title is not only suggestive of the number of student exhibiting, but is also illustrative of a sense of cohesiveness within the quality of the works. Much like a literary production there is an emotive and visual story being woven together. The exhibition touches on broad issues such as the hierarchical relationships within the natural world, culture and symbols of belonging and separation. Within these philosophies and value systems the sense of illumination between dark and light is echoes in the strong sense of chiaroscuro in many of the art works. Overall the students suggest that the viewer bring their own interpretation to their works, and take with them an opening for further thought and questioning.


Position Available | General Manager, Mairangi Arts Centre

Mairangi Arts Centre (www.mairangiarts.co.nz) is a vibrant, community-based, visual arts education facility and exhibition venue. Their mission is to educate and foster growth in the creative arts by providing access to and participation in the arts for all.

Their General Manager is moving to a greater challenge and they are now looking for an innovative, enthusiastic and skilled person to take over the role. This is a rare and exciting opportunity to lead the thriving Centre into the future.


Group Show | Influx

Opening Thursday September 22, 2016 from 5.30pm
St Paul Street Gallery, Auckland

Since Paul Tangata, the first artist of Pacific heritage to graduate from the Elam School of Fine Arts in 1965, there has been an influx of Pacific students training across art institutions. Many of these students have gone on to shape, and push the boundaries of, contemporary art in Aotearoa.

Influx marks a moment where student practices within an academic context find a renewed sense of purpose, embedded in their wider political and social field. Artists such as Jasmine Togo-Brisby draw our attention to the legacy of colonisation and the complexities of the South Sea Islander identity. Further provocations can be seen in work by Pati Solomona Tyrell which makes visible Pacific narratives of LGBTQI experiences.


Richard Killeen | Two Cut-outs

Opening Wednesday September 21, 2016 at 6 PM
Ivan Anthony, Auckland

Image: Black White No. 1, 1981, Alkyd on aluminium, 12 pieces, variable hanging


Serene Timoteo | See my pretty flower, flower, flower

Opening Wednesday September 21, 2016 at 5pm
Studio One Toi Tu, Gallery One, Auckland

Using woven silk ribbon with plastic mats, Serene Timoteo’s exhibition is a vibrant and hybrid take on traditional Pacific craft. The large scale and intricate hand woven pieces acknowledge the work of her grandparents in planting a beautiful garden for her family and also a beautiful life here in Auckland. The works explore the way different Pacific flora have created a sense of nostalgia for the artist as well as the artist’s grandparents in moving from Samoa to Auckland in the 1960’s.


Sarah Louise Keber | Limitless

Opening Wednesday September 21, 2016 at 5pm
Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland

Through processes of layer and discovery, discarded trash become useful, even beautiful. Using found and donated materials, Sarah Keber’s paintings explore the potential of paint to both obscure and reveal new forms through a dedicated process of layering and manipulation. Layering acts as a continual process, a way of working through past and present


Meng Hong Li | A Heaven in a Wild Flower

Opening Wednesday September 21, 2016 at 5pm
Studio One Toi Tu, Gallery Two, Auckland

Buddhists once asked Buddha for the meaning of Buddha Dharma. Buddha did not say anything but held a flower. The other Buddhists did not know what it meant except Kassapa Thera, who understood the mysteries of the universe which exists in the wild flower. Meng Hong Li tells us this story, how Buddha sees the nature of the universe through a microcosm. Every flower is a world and every leaf is Buddha. Flowers will bloom when spring comes and leaves will fall when autumn approaches.


Timothy Clarke | The Print

Opening Wednesday September 21, 2016 at 5pm
Studio One Toi Tu, Gallery Four, Auckland

Timothy Clarke is inspired by Ponsonby and its architecture. With its hidden and not so hidden parks, often with great sculptural surprises. Each print is lovingly handmade using lino cutting techniques through drawing, carving and hand rolling processes. Timothy has found himself emerged in the world of print after an accident has left him unable to work again. He grows his skill and passion finding inspiration in the world around him.


Annie Mackenzie | walking forwards backwards

Opening Wednesday September 21, 2016 at 5:30 PM
Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington

walking forwards backwards explores the practice and traditions of weaving within contemporary social and economic systems.

For her first solo exhibition Annie Mackenzie has produced textiles woven on a loom, which are presented alongside transcripts of conversations undertaken with a small group of weavers living in Aotearoa. This body of work explores the artist’s own position in an expansive field, and the specific kind of learning that takes place through handworked labor.


Group Show | These and Other Shores

Opening Wednesday September 21, 2016 from 5 – 7 PM
Rathdown Galleries, Melbourne

Joshua McClelland Print Room and Rathdowne Galleries are pleased to present These and Other Shores:
etchings inspired by India, Oman, New Zealand, and Australia.



Penny Howard | Karakia Precari

Opening Tuesday September 20, 2016 from 5 – 7:30 PM
Whitespace Contemporary Art, Auckland

There will be an artist talk held on Saturday September 24 at 2 PM.

Penny Howards latest solo show at Whitespace explores the notion of Religion through diaspora and colonisation, with the context of early Maori/European history. In Particular Catholocism juxtaposed with traditional Maori religion. The exhibition is an extension of her body of work about her 3 x Great Grandmother Te Kuri O Te Wao.


Call for Proposals | Meanwhile

Established in July 2016, MEANWHILE is a new artist-run initiative based at 35 Victoria Street, Wellington, New Zealand. MEANWHILE facilitates and promotes emergent and experimental writing, curation and contemporary art practice, in all forms, on and offline.

MEANWHILE is pleased to announce an open call for proposals for their 2017 programme. They are accepting proposals for their physical space, as well as their online platform.


Frances Stachl | Fiction in the space between

On from September 17 – December 4, 2016
Opening Friday September 23 at 6pm
Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui

Contemporary jeweller Frances Stachl has created a new body of work made in response to objects – precious, found and remembered that have been offered by a broad range of people. Each of the objects have come to Stachl with personal narratives that have inspired a beautiful new body of work. This exhibition has been generously supported by Creative New Zealand. Exhibition takes place at 31 Taupo Quay

Artist Talk Saturday 24 September, 11:00am at 31 Taupō Quay.  

Image: Frances Stachl, It’s Knitting Jim but Not as We Know It, Knitting needles, 2016


Group Show | Port Collective

Opening Friday September 16, 2016 at 5 PM
Mint Gallery, Dunedin

Robert Scott, Dave Sharp, Manu Berry and Philip Maxwell return to Mint Gallery for the second, annual Port Collective exhibition.

Ceramics, painting and printmaking from well established Port Chalmers-based artists with nautical and industrial themes.


Deborah Crowe @ 1B Ponsonby Road

We interviewed our friend and neighbour Deborah Crowe in her ‘old/new’ studio at 1B Ponsonby Road.

Deborah you’ve been our neighbour at 1B for quite some time now! What do you like about having your studio at 1B Ponsonby Road?

Yes, I’ve been resident at 1B for seven years and have just recently moved back downstairs to the room I originally rented (and recently saw referred to as ‘The Parlour’ in an Auckland Council document). Fancy. Back in 2009 I moved in for a couple of the summer months – and stayed!

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Oscar Perry | Essential Oils

Opening Wednesday September 14, from midday
Bowerbank Ninow, Auckland

Oscar Perry’s new works offer a commentary on the political and cultural legacy of late modernism. According to the artist, “Instead of starting with figurative or landscape [subjects] and slowly building to the point of abstraction, I started with paranoid conspiracies and hundreds of hours of audio material. The paintings became misguided attempts at trying to document something that couldn’t be explained.”


Viky Garden and Justin Summerton | Seven by Two

From September 14 – 30, 2016
Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland 

Following a successful launch of new work at the Auckland Art Fair, Viky Garden has produced seven further works which show a dramatic departure from the artist’s previous work. Justin Summerton’s recent works concentrate on Auckland, in particular the Waitemata, its beaches, volcanic cones and endearing landscape. To view all works available by Viky Garden and Justin Summerton please see the Warwick Henderson Gallery website here

Image: Viky Garden “Untitled 1 August “


Ella Scott Fleming | Snakeskin Boot

Opening Wednesday September 14, 2016 at 6 PM
RM, Auckland

In fashion when they ask you about your mood board they say “who’s your “girl”?”. My “girl” is me in different projected fantasy worlds. My “girl” has dyed hair, she wears cowboy boots and leather or leopard print pants. She has a tramp stamp and she’s slutty with pencil thin eyebrows. She’s my baby sitter in the 90s and her hair smells like apples. She loves Leonardo Dicaprio, Britney Spears, and The Backstreet Boys. She’s a party girl, sometimes she takes too many drugs. She loves; bad boys break her heart constantly. She listens to Nick Cave & PJ harvey. She is the Christina Ricci quote. Guess ad Drew Barrymore, junkie Angelina. When she dresses she is sometimes medieval, sometimes baroque, sometimes renaissance, often with a peasant blouse. She loves her gay friends and to go out dancing to vocal house music with them on e.


Tim Webby | Coca-Cola Life

Opening Wednesday September 14, 2016 at 6 PM
RM, Auckland

When a product is marketed, pictured, within a landscape, it is about identifying the ‘makings’ of the product, which is “where it comes from” as “what it is”. A product pictured in its environment is an advert that visualises “how the product came to be”. In order to advertise its “real flavours”, Ben & jerry’s ice cream cups spill out grass fields and cows or even workers harvesting cocoa. Coca­cola does not promote real flavours, but on dairies in Auckland Coca­cola bottles are pictured lying in snow before a red background. Ice on the bottle becomes a bed of snow. The red background is a hot sunset, the colour of the cola nut, of the red colour in the black under light. Coca­cola is not a healthy treat, and its economy is not natural. Its soul is a spark of mystery; Coca­cola, the black drink, “The Real Thing”.


Group Show | AUT Pilot Series

Opening Wednesday September 14, 2016 at 5pm
St Paul St Gallery Three, Auckland

July 27, 2016 marks the first of this year’s Visual Arts at AUT Pilot exhibitions, opening Wednesdays at 5pm,St Paul St Gallery Three.

Opening Wednesday September 14  – Saturday September 17: SITUATION COGNITION  (Annabel McKinnon, Esther Ige, Jenny Palmer, Lewis Booth, Tayla Glossop, Jess Ngaika, Leah Iti)


Graham Bennett | Heed

Opening Tuesday September 13, 2016 at 5:30 PM
Chambers Art Gallery, Christchurch

Bennett continues to use the language of way-finding and navigating to explore a way through social and environmental woes. Over time questions have re-occurred: – Where are we going? What and where are the tipping points? Using playthings and devices of the past for finding and selecting pathways Bennett’s work infers that contradictory messages abound, selective attention prevails, and manipulation is inherent in decision making.


Amy Unkovich | Pastoral Schemes

Opening Tuesday September 13, 2016 at 5:30 PM
Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin

Pastoral Scheme is an ambitious new solo exhibition by Auckland based aritst Amy Unkovich. Comprised of a series of four unique painterly and sculptural interventions covering both gallery spaces, Pastoral Scheme uses interior elements of the Blue Oyster to explore both painterly and spatial concerns such as composition, form and surface.


Hannah Batty | Boundaries

Opening Tuesday September 13, 2016 at 5:30 PM
Chambers Art Gallery, Christchurch

Please join with the artist at the opening of Boundaries, an exhibition of new works by Hannah Batty.


International Open Call | Media Art Biennale WRO 2017

The program is open to various forms of expression and communication applying the artistic potential of new media and completed after January 1, 2015.

WRO 2017: Draft Systems
Overheated technological development considered at all stages has proven costly to the planet; barely established synergy is getting dissociated again, democracy as “best of the systems” seems to no longer be sustainable; we accept shaky, precarious and temporary positions; while seeking personalised alliances, we commit ourselves to loyalty towards communication procedures.


Expressions of Interest | The 2016 New Zealand Outsider Art Fair

Following the success of the inaugural event in 2014, the Outsider Art Fair New Zealand is gearing up again and seeking expressions of interest from artists and creative spaces for several exhibition opportunities.

This year the OAF will be growing out from Britomart to include galleries and ‘pop-up’ venues around Auckland.  The fair is again looking to make outsider art as accessible as possible by connecting art, food and fashion and bringing it to the people with live art, events and workshops.  All of these are linked together via the Art Trail Map



On from September 9 – October 1, 2016
Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland

Art from a private collection, curated by ARTHIST734
Art Writing and Curatorial Practice class of 2016

Image: Anne Wallace, Beautiful Soul, 2002, oil on canvas


Group Show | Te Pātaka a Rākaihautū – Stories of Banks Peninsula

On from September 9 to October 2, 2016
50 Works Gallery, Lyttleton

Te Pātaka a Rākaihautū – the food basket of the great explorer Rākaihautū – is the name given to Banks Peninsula by successive generations of Māori.

The 15 accomplished and emerging artists in this exhibition illuminate some of the many stories, past and present, of the Banks Peninsula area and ask what the human influence has been on this plentiful environment.


Susan St Lawrence and Helen Perrett | Library of Legends

Opening Thursday September 8, 2016 at 5:30 PM
Waikato Museum, Hamilton

Library of Legends opens the next chapter in the narrative work of Perrett and St Lawrence.

Since their last show at ArtsPost in 2014 (wishUwereHere), these artists have launched two exhibitions (STuF: from the collections of St Ursula Ferrett, New Plymouth, and Small Stories II, Auckland), each of them focused around the delights of story-telling through clay. Library of Legendsallows us an opportunity to both consolidate our collaborative artistic experience and to explore new plots, rumours and epic stories.

Share-Cheat-Unite research initiative - Open call for participants

Share/Cheat/Unite research initiative | Open call for participants

Discussion group: Thursday 8, 15, 21 and 29 September, 2 – 4pm
Presentation by Melissa Laing: Saturday 17 September, 1:30pm
Te Tuhi, Auckland

FREE, open to the public
Join us for the first of four discussion groups taking place throughout September as part of Share/Cheat/Unite at Te Tuhi. Artist and academic Melissa Laing and the Performance Ethics Working Group will be exploring the practice of conversation in contemporary art. Four discussion groups will be held at Te Tuhi on Thursdays 8, 15, 21 and 29 September from 2-4pm. Melissa Laing will also be giving a presentation on the motivation behind the research initative at 1.30pm on Saturday 17 September.

Te register email: exhibitions@tetuhi.org.nz
For more information please visit our website.


Group Show | Slice of Life

Opening Thursday September 8, 2016 at 5:30 PM
Waikato Museum, Hamilton

Artists include Kate Howard, Barbara Kavermann, Janet Lambarth, Yoke Martens, Louise Porter, Lesley Rawlings, Leanne Rogerson and Janet Ryan. They have exhibited together as 8 Perspectives on four occasions since 2007.

Whether their works are inspired by an object from everyday life, family relationships or a love of textile and colour, they use a variety of techniques: dyeing, printing and collage, on a range of fabrics worked in different stitching techniques.

Image: Library Chair, Leanne Rogerson, 2015.


Freeman White & Matthew Carter | New Paintings

Opening night Thursday September 8, from 6pm
nkb Gallery, Auckland

Freeman White and Matthew Carter‘s combined exhibition of New Work sees both artists exploring their respective environments. Freeman’s lush, vibrant rolling hills are contrasted by Matthew Carter’s cool, angular rhythms of concrete.

Extra City Open Call

International Open Call | Extra City

Extra City is a Kunsthal that finds inspiration in the city for depicting different visions of our future, by encouraging new links between contemporary (inter)national art and artists, researchers, and city dwellers. The full mission and vision can be found here.

Last year, Extra City Kunsthal in Antwerp, Belgium, updated its mission and renewed its structure. From 2017 onwards, it will be coordinated by a director who will carry out the concrete implementation of the programme together with a small team of (international) curators and artists, each for a maximum period of three years.

In that context, Extra City is launching an open call for project proposals to be realised during 2017–19. Applicants can submit a proposal for a one-off project or for a long-term, intensive collaboration via a segment of the programme or a project spread over a maximum of three years.

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Chris Johnson and Asheley Elizabeth | Vibrancy of Depth

Opening Wednesday September 7, from 5.30pm
Form Gallery, Christchurch

Ceramic and Sculpture Combine…

For the first time in Form Gallery’s 23 years of operation, Ceramic artist Chris Johnson and Mixed Media Sculptor Asheley Elizabeth are coming together for a truly dynamic collaborative exhibition.


Call for Entries | Schmuck Munich 2017

Applications are now being sought for Schmuck 2017. This is an excellent opportunity for New Zealand contemporary jewellers to exhibit their work in a large and prestigious European venue.
Established in 1959, Schmuck is the oldest contemporary jewellery exhibition in the world and is one of the most highly regarded exhibitions and awards on the annual contemporary jewellery calendar.
In 2016 guest curator Peter Skubic selected 66 jewellers from 22 countries including two from New Zealand. Each year three exhibiting artists are awarded the prestigious Herbert Hoffman Prize. One of these was awarded in 2016 to New Zealand jeweller Moniek Schrijer.


Call for Entries | Talente Munich 2017

Applications are now being sought for Talente 2017. This is an excellent opportunity for the best of New Zealand’s young designers and makers to exhibit their work in a large and prestigious European venue.
Talente is one of Europe’s most prestigious platforms for young artists in craft/object art, design and technology to launch their creative careers in Europe. In its 36th year, Talente is held annually as part of the International Trade Fair for the Skilled Trades in Munich, Germany.
In 2016, over 600 applications from 36 countries were received. Of these, 102 young artists from 26 countries were invited to show their work, including five New Zealanders.

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Lisa West | Counter-Histories

Preview Wednesday September 7, from 5.30pm
Masterworks, Auckland

‘These pieces of work are inspired by a journey through France, Spain, and Portugal.
I always regard travel as an opportunity to collect experiences of art, architecture, history, culture, local fare and libations, and this trip was no different. This work is shaped by some places we’ve been and things we’ve seen.

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Marie Le Lievre | Bulletproof falling

Opening Tuesday September 7, 5.30pm.
Bartley and Company Art, Wellington

Bartley and Company Art is delighted to present Marie Le Lievre‘s solo exhibition Bulletproof falling, which is now available for viewing on their website or in the gallery.

Image: Marie Le Lievre, Bulletproof (panels), 2016, graphite, oil, inkjet print, ink and gesso on wood panel, 600 x 600 mm each panel

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Victoria McIntosh | Burnt

On from September 7 to 27, 2016
Masterworks, Auckland

As a collector my world overflows with objects.
And occasionally I set them on fire.
I source, I sort and I arrange.
Then I arrange again . . . and again. . .
All the time looking and waiting for new stories to emerge.

Image: Burnt…with teapot, 2016


Marie Le Lievre | Bulletproof Falling

Opening Wednesday September 7, 5.30 – 7.30pm
Bartley + Company Art, Wellington

In her new exhibition at Bartley + Company Art, Marie Le Lievre reveals and expands on the diversity of interests and strategies that have characterised her work over the past decade.


Expressions of Interest | RE:TRACE

Fresh Concept is now calling for interest to take part in our Photography project RE:TRACE which will be going live during Artweek (8 – 16 October).

RE:TRACE is a project designed to reflect and celebrate the heritage of Auckland neighbourhoods through storytelling and personal photographic archives. 

Andre Hemer - Big Node #10

Award Winners Announced The 25th Annual Wallace Art Awards 2016

Award Winners Announced The 25th Annual Wallace Art Awards 2016

The 25th Annual Wallace Art Awards 2016, with prizes amounting to over $220,000, will be presented by the Chairperson of the Jury for the first awards in 1992 and for a number of years thereafter, Philippa Lady Tait at the Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Monday 5 September 2016.
This year the Wallace Arts Trust received 371 entries from which 88 were selected as finalists. From the finalists 47 have been chosen for the Award Winners & Travelling Finalists exhibition and the balance is represented in the Salon des Refusés.

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Open Call | 4 Plinths Sculpture Awards

The Wellington Sculpture Trust commissions temporary sculptures at two yearly intervals for siting on the four concrete ‘plinths’ on the harbour-side boundary of the forecourt of Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand, Wellington.

Through the quality of the artworks installed in previous rounds, the growing awareness and reputation of the project, and the prominence of the site which is one of the most visited in New Zealand, this project provides a prestigious opportunity for established and emerging artists alike. 


Anoushka Szybowski | Flock

On from September 3, 2016
Quirky Fox, Taranaki

‘Flock’ is a small solo show from West Coast artist Anoushka Szybowski. Featuring just eight works, a mixture of framed and unframed pieces, the exhibition showcases New Zealand’s unique birdlife in stunning detail.

The majority of the pieces are intricate graphite drawings in simple shades of grey although one work, ‘Saint Kotare’, features gold leaf.

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Rembrandt Remastered and Inner Worlds | The Art and Life of Walter Bakkenes

On from Saturday September 3, 2016
Rotorua Museum, Rotorua

This September Rotorua Museum is going Dutch with two new exhibitions; Rembrandt Remastered and Inner Worlds: The Art and Life of Walter Bakkenes.
While diverse and distinct in style, the exhibitions are linked by a common Dutch origin theme and both open this Saturday 3 September.


Blaine Western | Masques

On from September 3 to November 20, 2016
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin

Is the façade of a building intrinsic to its function? What tensions lie between conservation, restoration and legibility in the built environment? This Visiting Artist project by Blaine Western offers a speculative avenue into ways of reading and interpreting aspects of Dunedin’s architectural heritage.

The Visiting Artists programme is supported by Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa

Rebecca Baumann Once More with Feeling 2014. Trivision Billboard, plexiglass, theatre spotlight, 3300 x 4300 x 140mm. Courtesy of the artist and Starkwhite. Photo Bo Wong.

Group Show | Set in Motion

On from September 3 – November 27, 2016
Govett-Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth

A fascinating exhibition of light, sound and movement. Kinetic sculpture by Len Lye alongside the work of four contemporary artists: Rebecca Baumann, Žilvinas Kempinas, Taree Mackenzie and Ross Manning. Each artist’s practice is an experimentation and improvisation with materials and movements.

The New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award 2017

Call for Entries | The New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award 2017

The Waikato Society of Arts is calling for entries for the NZPPA 2017 to be held in conjunction with the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival in February .The judge for the 2017 award is well known painter and Ilam Art School Lecturer, Roger Boyce.

The $20,000 award is again generously sponsored by the Philip Vela Family Trust. Entries close on November 14, 2016

Yvonne Todd

Yvonne Todd | Barnacles/Fictitious Bodies

Opening Friday September 2, 2016 at 5.30pm
Tauranga Art Gallery Toi Tauranga, Tauranga

Barnacles: New work by Yvonne Todd, and Ficiticous Bodies: Costume in Yvonne Todd’s photography.
Curated by Claire Regnault

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Ring Show 2016

On from September 2 to October 5, 2016
QUOIL, Wellington

We think Dr. Seuss has sprinkled his fairy dust over our annual Ring Show this year ~ it’s a stunner. We see truffula trees, flying saucers, obelisks, mirror-like puddles and faces everywhere in the work of Neil Adcock, Jen Laracy, Ben Flynn, Maike Bartaldres, Jeremy Leeming, Sandra Schmid, Jane Dodd, Fran Carter…..

Ana Iti

Ana Iti | Is the past a foreign country?

Opening Friday September 2, 2016 at 5.30pm
North Projects, Christchurch

Is the past a foreign country? is a new body of work that examines the colonial architecture of cities. Incorporating sculpture, drawing and text, Ana Iti reflects on built walls and barriers as symbols for the construction of histories and hegemonic power.

This work departs from two locations with fraught colonial histories: Ōtepoti Dunedin and Adelaide, where the artist recently undertook research residencies. As well as reflections of place, Is the past a foreign country? also grapples with the difficulty of navigating personal identity through institutional and anecdotal representations of the past.

Wayne Youle

Wayne Youle | Bad Idea

Opening Thursday September 1, 2016 from 5.30 – 7pm
{Suite}, Wellington

An exhibition of paintings portraying Robert Muldoon, Donald Trump, Margaret Thatcher and Kanye West, set among an army of Village characters.

For further information please contact David Alsop on +64 4 976 7663 or david@suite.co.nz

Antarctic Biennale

Open Call for Proposals | The 1st Antarctic Biennale

“Antarctica is the last free continent. It belongs to no state and, according to international agreements, is intended exclusively for creative activities and scientific research in the interests of all of humanity. It is pure, hard to reach, and mysterious—like Art itself! The sixth continent resembles a white sheet of paper, upon which artists from different countries might draft new visions for life in the 21st Century.”
–Alexander Ponomarev (Commissioner, The Antarctic Biennale)

The Organising Committee of the Antarctic Biennale is pleased to announce an international open call for an artistic project to be realised in Antarctica, as part of the 1st Antarctic Biennale. Artists under the age of 35, working in any medium (including installation or performance), are invited to apply.

tahuna beach sculpture

Call to Sculptors and 3D Artists | The Tahuna Beach Sculpture Walk Competition

The Tahuna Beach Sculpture Walk Competition has been established in partnership between the Tahuna Beach Holiday Park and Arts Council Nelson as one of several activities planned to celebrate the fact that the site has been available for holidaymakers and locals to enjoy since 1926. The temporary outdoor sculpture exhibition will take place from 24 December 2016 through to 10 January 2017 in Nelson’s peak summer visitor season to offer artists a maximum audience. It is hoped that this will become a regular event, either annual or bi-annually.

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Call for Artists | Handshake 2017 - 2018

The international mentor and exhibition program, HANDSHAKE, continues with a new cumulative two-year project for NZ jewellery makers. The purpose of the new HANDSHAKE 4 (HS4) program (2017-2018) is to provide opportunities for professional development within the context of innovative art jewellery, studio and exhibition practice using new and existing communication technologies (e.g. Skype, email and studio visits). Participating in the Handshake exhibitions is an integral part of the program.


Proposals Invited | NZ Sculpture OnShore 2016 Indoor Gallery

NZ Sculpture OnShore is now inviting submissions for the Indoor Gallery at NZ Sculpture OnShore 2016 is now open. In 2014, the gallery raised tens of thousands of dollars for Women’s refuges and artists around the country.  If you’re an artist working in small sculpture or quality objet d’art, and would like your work to be seen by an arts-focused audience of 20,000 while supporting a good cause, then they want to hear from you.

Matt Henry Structural Relief (installation view), 2014-15, Te Tuhi. Commissioned by Te Tuhi

Matt Henry | Long Division

On from August 27 – November 27, 2016
Govett-Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth
For this new exhibition Henry responds to the architecture of the galleries in which his work is displayed. Matt Henry grew up in New Plymouth and knows the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery intimately. Now, following major renovations and the addition of the Len Lye Centre, Henry is rediscovering the spaces that were once so familiar to him.


Lana Lopesi | Seki

On from August 27 – October 1, 2016
The Physics Room, Christchurch

Taking viral recipe videos from the Facebook page ‘Tasty’ as a starting point, Seki reflects on the Internet as a powerful and potent form of the archive that has potential for democracy and diversity.

For this project in The Physics Room library, Lana Lopesi has reworked a format used to circulate Western (or Westernised) recipes, incorporating Indigenous knowledge types from Samoan culture. Seki includes an e-publication and two ‘Tasty style’ videos.


Margaret Estall @ 1b Ponsonby Road

Margaret, entering your studio was a real treat. Your work is immaculate considering your chosen tools are notably messy! How do you manage this?

Preparation is the key, if you want a clean finish you can’t just charge in and start making. As my works are large I spend a day cleaning, masking and clearing the area before starting a work . I find this is a good way  to think though the work before I get started.


Group Show | CLINK Project

August 24 – September 30, 2016
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland

CLINK Project is a contemporary jewellery collaborative that plays with the experience of disruption or
intervention, often in the form of unannounced pop-up events in central Auckland, such as jewellery
making on the street or deploying clear plastic umbrellas as moving showcases. Each year, CLINK Project
gathers for a week of brainstorming, planning, collaborative making and public interaction, in an
endeavour to share contemporary jewellery with a diverse audience. In 2016, for its third showcase,
CLINKProject#3: Collaborism is working with the challenge of how to enact these driving forces within
the context of the public gallery setting at Te Uru.

UberBau House residency

Open Call | Contemporary Art Research Residencies

Uberbau_house Contemporary Art Research Residencies
São Paulo, Brazil.

Open Call to the Uberbau_house (Contemporary Art Research) residency, managed by Cooperativa de Arte, together with  Curatoría Forense – Latin America. These month-long residencies will be carried out from September to December of 2016.The residency Uberbau_house [Contemporary Art Research] is an instance of reflection, research and documentation on contemporary art, as well as an opportunity of exchange with local agents and organizations.The initiative is oriented to researcher visual artists, historian and art researchers, curators, art management’s, art teachers and other cultural agents.

Miranda Parkes

Art Bus Pays Visit to Auckland Girls Grammar School

The Real Art Roadshow, or the “Art Bus” as it is nicknamed, camped out at the Auckland Girls Grammar School on August 3, 2016. It was parked next to the sports fields, which offered a scene of a truly well-rounded education composed of physical and artistic learning.

The Art Bus operates out of a double wide trailer which can be folded up into half its width to be transported on the road. High school girls milled around the trailer with their tutors examining the art; several captured photos on their smart phones. Some even used Snapchat to zoom on the faces of the subject in Harry Watson’s Focus and apply various effects on him: the raccoon, the rainbow mouth.


Group Show | Contemporary Christchurch

On from August 20 to November 6, 2016
Centre of Contemporary Art (CoCA), Christchurch

This survey exhibition has been selected by an expert panel of influential art figures – curators, writers, and artists. The artworks in Contemporary Christchurch are all linked to the city, and have been produced in the past three years. The exhibition captures a moment in time, demonstrating the vibrancy of the local community and exploring the city as a stimulating environment for creative people.

Artists include Ana Ti, Daegan Wells, Emma Fitts, Jacquelyn Greenbank, James Oram, Louise Palmer, Nina Oberg Humphries, Pauline Rhodes, Rob Hood, Scott Flanagan, Steve Carr, Tim J. Veling, and Tjalling de Vries.

Supreme Award winner Alex Miln with his entry Genuine miles

Miles Art Awards | Exhibition

On from  August 12 – October 16, 2016
Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga

The fourth biennial Miles Art Awards and Exhibition, which started in 2010, has been generously supported by The Venetta Miles Trust. Venetta Miles was one of Tauranga Art Gallery’s original donors, and with these awards she is being remembered for her foresight and generosity.

This year’s judge Ane Tonga said she was very impressed with the variety of work that traversed a range of subject matters, art making traditions and mediums. She said that overall, the works entered showcased some innovative approaches to art making traditions which I’d attribute to the thriving arts scene in the Bay of Plenty region. 

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Group Show | Share/Cheat/Unite

Opening Saturday August 13, 2016 from 4 – 6pm
Te Tuhi, Auckland

Exhibition Opening & Second Saturday Late Night
Te Tuhi CEO Hiraani Himona invites you to attend the opening of Te Tuhi’s Spring exhibitions. The gallery will be open until 8pm for Te Tuhi’s Second Saturday Late Night. Stay to eat with us at the Pakuranga Night Markets.

Opening performances by Mark Harvey, Ivan Mršić & the Share/Cheat/Unite orchestra, and a social intervention by YOUAREHEREWEAREHERE

Natasha Matila-Smith Futuristic Coconut (from the series Lonely Island), 2016, inkjet billboard print

Natasha Matila-Smith | Lonely Island

Opening Saturday August 13, 2016 from 4 – 6pm
Te Tuhi, Auckland

Exhibition Opening & Second Saturday Late Night
Te Tuhi CEO Hiraani Himona invites you to attend the opening of Te Tuhi’s Spring exhibitions. The gallery will be open until 8pm for Te Tuhi’s Second Saturday Late Night. Stay to eat with us at the Pakuranga Night Markets.
Catch the free Art Bus to the opening
The Te Tuhi Art Bus will depart from Artspace, 300 Karangahape Road, at 3:30pm on Saturday 13 August. It returns from Te Tuhi at 6pm

Sian Torrington

Sian Torrington | We Don’t Have to Be the Building

From August 12 – December 5, 2016
Courtenay Place Park light boxes, Wellington

Artist Sian Torrington’s latest project We Don’t Have to Be the Building features in the Courtenay Place Park light boxes from August until early December. The assemblage works photographed for the light boxes are the result of an extensive, interactive, community-based project exploring queer activism around Homosexual Law Reform 30 years ago, and asking what queer activism is today.

Rokeby Portraits

The Rokeby Portraits: Family Portraits from the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries

On from  August 11 – October 16, 2016
New Zealand Portrait Gallery (Main Gallery), Wellington

An exploration of the role portraits play in family history through 17th and 18th century paintings from the Rokeby collection. A stunning collection of historic paintings from Britain that have never before been publicly exhibited, depict branches of the Rokeby family tree over two centuries.


Shannon Novak | Leitmotif: Abstract Portraits

On from  August 11 – October 16, 2016
New Zealand Portrait Gallery (Main Gallery), Wellington

Shannon Novak uses the language of geometric abstraction and colour to create portraits of people who have inspired and influenced him – his mentors, heroes and family members – from Swiss-German artist Paul Klee, to leading scholar of Maori art, Jonathan Mane-Wheoki. A synesthete, the portraits in Leitmotif reflect the relationship between sound, colour, form, time, space and social connections, while questioning our preconceptions of a ‘likeness’ within portraiture.

Waikato Museum

Campbell Smith | The Printmaker and the Playwright

On from August 5 – October 2, 2016
Waikato Museum | Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, Hamilton

Campbell Smith was an intuitive thinker. Widely known as a printmaker, playwright and curator, Smith was one of the most influential figures in the Waikato arts scene. As an artist he sought to understand the complexities of life, nature and history. Read more.

Image: Halley’s Comet remembered, Campbell Smith, MNZM, wood engraving on Japanese Bizen paper, 1990. Gift of the Friends of Waikato Museum – Te Whare Taonga o Waikato.


Veronica Herber @ 1B Ponsonby Road

We’re running a series of articles on the creative inhabitants (and our neighbours) at 1B Ponsonby Road. Today’s article features artist Veronica Herber in her studio.

Veronica, when we visited your studio you were working on a striking large artwork for an upcoming award. Can you tell us a bit about your practice and process?

I have two threads running; large scale site specific installations and indoor works on paper. The material I use is Japanese Washi Tape and I am deeply interested in its material quality.

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Interview | Kate Hursthouse @ 1B Ponsonby Road

We’re running a series of articles on the creative inhabitants (and our neighbours) at 1B Ponsonby Road. Today’s article features Kate Hursthouse, an artist and designer specialising in calligraphy, lettering, illustration and typography.

We visited Kate’s studio and asked her a few questions:

Melvin Day

New Zealand Portrait Gallery | Melvin Day: In Private

On from  August 2 – October 30, 2016
New Zealand Portrait Gallery (Deane Gallery), Wellington

In 2014 Melvin Day generously donated nine self-portraits to the New Zealand Portrait Gallery. Spanning fifty years of his work, these previously unseenworks reflect Day’s shift in style from his early cubist works to his fauvist period and then to his later more realistic work.

Image: Self Portrait (unfinished) (detail), c.1948, Melvin Day, oil on canvas, New Zealand Portrait Gallery Collection


Group Show | Katharsis

On from  August 1 – September 30, 2016
Calder & Lawson Gallery (Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato), Hamilton

Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm

Katharsis presents an introductory and widely varied selection of works by twelve contemporary visual artists. Selected for the curators’ experience of the artists’ visual output and dedication to time spent in the studio, the exhibition celebrates the significant role that the physical process of making can represent.

An artist’s practice and their work can be considered in the balance of a theoretical research and hands on making. Chosen for this exhibition were works which in our estimation evidence the importance of drawing as a deliberately kinetic, intellectual process, whereby everyday observations and ongoing thoughts may be tried and tested through the act of resolving a pictorial composition.

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Legacy: The Art of Rangi Hetet and Erenora Puketapu-Hetet

Sunday July 31, 2016, from 11am – 2pm
The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt

Weaving Demonstration and Floor Talk 

From the jaw-droppingly beautiful cloaks to the intricately worked carvings, Legacy: The Art of Rangi Hetet and Erenora Puketapu-Hetet is a stunning tribute to two exceptional artists, Rangi Hetet and Erenora Puketapu-Hetet. On Sunday July 31, enjoy another dimension to this wonderful exhibition – Veranoa Hetet will be demonstrating weaving in the gallery from 11-2pm and Lillian Hetet will give a floor talk at 11.30am and again at 1.30pm.

Exhibition runs until October 30, 2016

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Andrew Barber and Jeena Shin | Movement

Opening Saturday July 30, 11am
The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt

30 July – 27 November 2016

Opening this weekend, Movement is a large scale collaborative painting installation by Andrew Barber and Jeena Shin. The artists invite visitors to step into an all-encompassing abstract landscape to get lost in the moment.

OPENING DAY TALK — Sat 30 July, 11am | FREE
Join Andrew Barber and Jeena Shin as they discuss the new work they’ve created for The Dowse.


Michel Tuffery and Flox | Matariki Colab

On from  July 30 – November 20, 2016
The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt

The Dowse is pleased to present the work of Michel Tuffery and Flox. The artists joined forces in early 2014 seeing the onset of a collaborative, artistic journey for both working practitioners.

TALK & TOUR: MICHEL TUFFERY AND FLOX — Sun 7 August, 11.30 am | FREE
Join artists Michel Tuffery and Flox for a discussion around their collaboration and their art practice.

Warren Viscoe

Warren Viscoe |Satellite Skies Don’t Tell Lies

On from July 30 – November 27, 2016
The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt

The Dowse has an eclectic collection filled with all kinds of treasures! For the first time in almost twenty years, we’re proud to re-present Satellite Skies Don’t Tell Liesan evocative installation from our collection, made by Warren Viscoe. Roughly carved wooden hands coasting through an imaginary ocean, razorblade compasses and parachutes anchored with glass bottles feature in the artist’s interpretation of the foundations of New Zealand society.

Sister Corita's Summer of Love

Sister Corita's Summer of Love

Opening Saturday July 23, 2016
City Gallery, Wellington

On 23 July, City Gallery Wellington unveils an exhibition by an unsung hero of pop art, Roman Catholic nun Sister Corita Kent (1918–86). In the 1960s, Corita captured the pop/hippie/protest-movement zeitgeist with her technicolour graphics. Inspired by Andy Warhol, the Los Angeles–based screenprinter repurposed text from advertising and product packaging, road signs and pop songs to spread messages of joy, love and peace, protest and faith.

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John Lawrence | The Human Expression

Opening Friday July 22, 2016
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North

An exhibition by Dannevirke-based artist John Lawrence exploring facial physiognomy and the human need to alter, decorate and transform one’s appearance. Influenced by Picasso and other artists’ portraiture and interpretations of the human expression, John Lawrence’s ceramics celebrate the human body as art, exploring the idea of “the face being the mirror of the soul” and its relevance in today’s world.


Tiffany Rewa Newrick | Interview

Hi Tiffany – last time we met you were hard at work crafting beautiful keepsake boxes for your silent auction as the 2012 Artists Alliance resident artist. It’s been four years since then, what direction has your practice taken?
A lot has happened on a personal note. We moved to Melbourne in 2013 and had a few kids so my practice has definitely evolved. Not having the same time available to me has meant that my sculptural works have taken a sabbatical and I find I do more drawing and photography, media that can be easily picked up and packed away so it can slot into my daily life.
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - June 10: Artwork Copyscans for Sian Torrington June 10, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Mark Tantrum/ http://marktantrum.com)

Queer activism 30 years on in Courtenay Place

 Artist Sian Torrington‘s latest project We don’t have to be the Building features in the Courtenay Place light boxes from August until December. The assemblage pieces photographed for the lightboxes are the result of an extensive, interactive, community-based project that explores queer activism around homosexual law reform 30 years ago, and asks what queer activism is today.
John Britten, 1995. Photo: Kerry Walker

Great Britten! A work by Billy Apple

On from July 16 – November 6, 2016
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, Christchurch

New Zealand conceptual artist Billy Apple has built his career on blurring the line between life and art. This new installation focuses on his other great passion – motor racing – and celebrates the achievements of John Britten, the visionary Christchurch designer whose small team created the world’s most innovative motorcycle.

Image credit- Emma Camden, Untitled, 2015. Collection of the artist. Photo- Richard Wotton

Emma Camden | NOW

Opening day talk Saturday July 2, 11am
The Dowse, Wellington

NOW features the work of Emma Camden, one of New Zealand’s most accomplished artists working in the medium of cast glass.

Join Emma Camden and exhibition curator Greg Donson for a tour and talk as they discuss the monumental and complex forms in Emma’s exhibition.


Seung Yul Oh | Slit Scan

Artist talk Friday July 1, 11am
Opening Friday July 1, 5.30pm
Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga

Petrus van der Velden | Art of two halves, Opening Night Friday July 1, 5.30pm
Natura Naturans | A Moving Image Survey by Denise Batchelor, Opening Night Friday July 1, 5.30pm

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Group Show | Ridiculous Sublime

On from July 2 to October 24, 2016
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin

The distinct vision of a contemporary artist can offer a new lens through which to see our everyday – reshaping the intersections between the familiar, the ridiculous and the magnificent.  This exhibition brings together recent works by four contemporary New Zealand artists currently working in Dunedin – Nick Austin, Jane Dodd, Scott Eady and Rachel H. Allan.  Their diverging views offer opportunities to examine our relationships with everyday places, spaces, objects and materials – celebrating the absurd, re-valuing the ordinary, or escaping into fantasy.

‘The sublime and the ridiculous are often so nearly related that it is difficult to class them separately. One step above the sublime makes the ridiculous and one step above the ridiculous makes the sublime again.’

Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason: Part II. c1795



Call for Proposals | Franklin Arts Centre

The gallery is calling for exhibition proposals for the October 2016 – June 2017 programme. Preference is given to artists from the Franklin Local Board area and the wider Auckland region. The call for proposals closes on 1 December 2016.



The following is an interview with Sarah Mohawk the organizer of artist-run initiative PUBLIC DOMAIN.

Tanya Martusheff, Daphne Simons and Rosa Gubay sat down with her in the Artists Alliance office recently to discuss her latest project – the PUBLIC DOMAIN Art Fair 2016 (PDAF’16).

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Exhibition | Bad Hair Day

Opening Saturday June 4, 2016
Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch

Bad Hair Day investigates the wild and wonderful ways of hair through painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography and video.

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Francis Upritchard | Jealous Saboteurs

Opening Saturday May 28, 2016
City Gallery, Wellington

Spanning twenty years of work, this is the first major survey exhibition of New Zealand-born sculptor Francis Upritchard.

Urban, 1365 x 1360mm, acrylic, ink, fabric, and paper on canvas, 2016.

Interview | Rozana Lee

Recently making her way to INSTINC SOHO in Singapore for a one month residency, Rozana Lee sat down with us to speak about her work, her residency experience, and the benefits of being a mature student and a mother.

Between Tides 2016

Lyn Dallison on Between Tides

With the fifteenth iteration of the one-day art event Between Tides about to take place, Lyn Dallison shared with us images from previous years and answered a few questions about the event’s history and philosoph


Photo Essay | 20th Biennale of Sydney

Our executive director Maggie Gresson spent a week in Sydney exploring the Biennale, on until June 5. Shown here (below) are just a small selection of the hundreds of works on show around the city. See more about Biennale of Sydney and participating artists here.


2016 Artists Open Studios Whanganui

Each year Artists Open Studios Whanganui sees over a hundred artists open their studio doors and welcome the public behind the scenes to explore their studio practice at the source. Visiting Whanganui during the two middle weekends of March, you find bright yellow flags dotting the cityscape marking points on the map where artists’ studios can be found.


Interview | Balamohan Shingade

Balamohan Shingade, manager and curator of the Malcolm Smith Gallery and previous Artists Alliance mentee, answered a few questions about himself and the soon to open gallery.


Interview | Public Share

In late 2015, the artist collective Public Share let Rosa Gubay into their Auckland studio as they worked on future projects.

Art Today 2016

Art Today with Lois Perry

Art Today provides Auckland with an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the world of contemporary art. The aim of the Art Today classes is to develop confidence and understanding in looking at and experiencing today’s art.

Memorphosis by Sophie Giblin. Photography by Steven Glashier.

Interview | Sophie Giblin

Sophie Giblin, artist, feminist, educator, and curator is a 26 year old power house who is constantly demanding positive change in the arts. She moved from England to New Zealand in October of 2015 and spoke to Artists Alliance about her past and upcoming projects.


Safe creative space in London: Art Guard

Written by Lia Boscu.

In the past year, since arriving in London, I’ve tried to negotiate this conflicted distance through my work. Collage has been my medium of choice as it allows me to draw and redraw the borders of images and question the validity of their intended statements. The resulting images are my attempts to create possible structures for expression and positive discourse to fit in the existing holes of the dominant narrative.

Collecting images and found materials takes up physical space. When I was faced with paper and works piling up and the daunting prospect of having to juggle all surfaces in order to continue working out of the box room I was inhabiting at the time, I decided it was time to move out. London is not kind to anyone looking for accommodation on a very small budget, so I didn’t set my hopes up.


Interview | Nikau Hindin

Nikau Hindin fills us in on her research project, revitalising the tradition of beating Māori tapa cloth.


On Her Own Terms | The Women’s Art Initiative 

The Women’s Art Initiative (WAI) is a collective of women from diverse backgrounds, who come together regularly to create and exhibit art anonymously in Palmerston North. WAI was established in 2013, as part of Karen McIntyre’s Master of Maori Visual Arts research and has since grown with two new collectives due to open in Wellington and Blenheim early next year.


Opinion | Graduate Show Seasonal Round-Up

Now in mid-November, we’re already well in the midst of the graduate show season. Art school graduate shows are, for me, a highlight of the years end. It’s an excellent way to get to know fresh faces, familiarise yourself with new or recurring concerns of artists, and can offer a contextual basis to an artist’s work you may get to see develop over the coming years.

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Interview | Fresh and Fruity

Collaboration is a difficult exercise and there are lots of compromises to make, but I think that’s what it gets down to: accepting that a few brains together can develop better ideas than a brain by itself can do, and that there is not any loss of “integrity” in doing so.


Philanthropic Alternatives | The C Art Trust Award

Artists forge their own path in many ways, self-generated and self-funded projects and events are the norm. The size and instability of the market here also means even artists that are seen as successful often have second jobs in or outside of the sector to support their art making. In light of this, at Artists Alliance we are always excited to hear of opportunities for New Zealand artists


Good Reads | A selection of our favourite art blogs and sites

It is easy to feel cut off from the art world, things can change quickly, as thoughts and ideas, artists and –ism’s evolve. In recognition of this we thought we’d round up a number of our favourite blogs and websites that keep us informed and engaged with Art World Goings-On without having to leave the house.


Melissa Laing | Negotiating Consent

As artists have increasingly moved towards research based, documentary and participatory practices the question of consent has become one we must grapple with. Both in terms of what constitutes consent, and how it might best be negotiated. Ideally consent processes are ways to recognise the autonomy of individuals and communities and their right to choose to participate or not. They can range from a one off contractual process where the participant is provided with sufficient information to decide if they want to participate and makes a clear affirmation of their decision to ongoing collaborative processes where the power of shaping the research and its outcomes is shared with the participants.


Opinion | The importance of teak bannisters

I recently attended a student exhibition opening in Auckland with the aim of recording people’s conversations. Yes, this makes me sound like a creep, but I assure you it was merely an innocuous social experiment.

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Kalee Jackson | Love Your Work: Fan Art Swap

It’s kind of a mixture of the desire to make a likeness of a person as tribute, and a kind of labour-of-love-as-proof-of-dedication activity. It’s often breathless and enthusiastic and done by people with dubious drawing skills.


Artists Alliance Mentee Profile | Emil McAvoy

Emil McAvoy is an artist and writer based in Auckland. His practice tests art’s capacity to engage contemporary cultural and political issues, often excavating moments in our recent past. He works across a range of media including photography, video, sculpture, painting, text and live video performance.


Review | The Turner Prize

It’s difficult to talk about the Turner Prize without discussing the seemingly inevitable swath of controversy that comes along with it. While some years have undoubtedly seen more drama and public gnashing of teeth than others, the Turner Prize seldom seems to be awarded without a healthy measure of public disagreement, either due to those chosen as finalists, the selection of judges or the institutionalised nature of the prize itself.


Photo Essay | Lyn Dallison, Lani Keha: A Hawaiian Residency

Arriving at Lani Keha, you drive up an arcade of tall trees with extraordinary illuminated spaces framed by lush foliage, then you emerge into the full light and the house sits nestled under a sharp volcanic hill, locally known as ‘The Sleeping Giant’.


The Artist’s Studio | Evan Woodruffe

Evan Woodruffe – artist, Artists Alliance board member, and avid collector of colourful shirts – opened his studio doors for us in February and spoke about his processes, experimentation, and the benefits of working in a shared space.


Gary Peters | Making it #9

Ciccadas and sunshine. Clicking away. I type. A podcast playing. A world of noise. And I’m not in the studio. Again. Juggling the “jobby job” with trying to make work while not really dealing with a hangover of tiredness and lethargy. Meh.


Emma Pratt: A Return to the Heart of Things

December 2014, Seville. The night before, overcome by tiredness, I had dumped my clothes, including my new ivory-coloured silk shirt on the bidet in lieu of a convenient hook (gosh, three French loan words there). The bidet taps hadn’t been turned off properly and a…


The Artist’s Studio | Sian Torrington

Sian Torrington makes her sumptuous works by sculpting, drawing and assembling from her Lyall Bay studio in Wellington. She has generously allowed us into her studio space and talks to us about the benefits of having a studio near the beach but importantly, without…


Dornwell Studios

We visited the shared artist space ‘Dornwell Studios’ in Three Kings, Auckland recently and spoke to some of the current residents about the studio and what it’s like to share a space with other artists. The eight artists presently occupying Dornwell are: Amy MacKinnon, David Petersen, Jane Thorne, Jo Dalgety, Mark Bosley, Raewyn…

Mount Everest from my window seat on plane

Lorene Taurerewa | Diary from Nepal

New York-based, NZ artist Lorene Taurerewa has recently embarked upon a residency in Kathmandu, Nepal. Lorene keeps in touch with us at Artists Alliance and has agreed to let us publish her recent email from Nepal along with some stunning images she has taken on her…


The Artist’s Studio | Michelle Beattie

We caught up with our good friend Michelle Beattie recently in her Auckland studio for our latest ‘behind the scenes’ look into where the magic happens! Thanks for having us Michelle.


Interview | Estella Castle

Our London-based writer Will Gresson interviews London-based New Zealand artist Estelle Castle after her recent residency at Degree Art Gallery in Hackney.


Five Questions | Corrina Hoseason

We interviewed artist Corrina Hoseason on her return from a recent residency in China. Corrina is both a past mentee and was one of our artists in residence at Artists Alliance, so we have been watching her career unfold for some time. Whilst in China, her Instagram imagery of both the place itself and the work she was creating had us enthralled. We’re pleased to say she has generously shared some of those images, they can be viewed at the bottom of this article.


The Artist’s Studio | Alex Bartleet

We caught up with artist Alex Bartleet in his studio at AUT University where he is currently completing his Post Graduate Honours degree. Visiting artists’ studios has to be one of our favourite activities, but when it’s also in an art school during term holidays it’s even better. So much work on the go, far from the polished, pristine work we get to see at the end of year grad shows…a privilege to see so much work in the creative stage.


Sam Mitchell | William Hodges Fellow 2014

Artist Sam Mitchell has recently returned from her residency as the 2014 William Hodges Fellow in Invercargill. We wanted to hear about her experiences in the South and what effect this type of residency can have on an artist’s practice.


New York City Rooftop Gardens

Every year at Artists Alliance we host an intern from Boston University in the US. The interns are always fascinating, studious, intelligent and fun people. In 2011 we had the lovely Melissa Kuzoian. We’ve kept an eye on what Melissa has been up to since she left and we recently interviewed her to hear more about her latest ventures on top of New York City’s rooftops.


Making it | Gary Peters

Snippets of conversations with friends, thoughts and observations made over the last few weeks.


Review | Journal at ICA, London

Journal, currently on show at ICA is an immensely engaged and often strikingly personal collection of works. The show features five major contemporary artists in the gallery proper alongside a series of other projects and events of “equal status,” which run concurrently with the central exhibition. The artists collectively take as a starting point, social and historical events both on a global scale (like the 2011 Tsunami in Japan) and of a more intimate nature(Paulo Nazareth’s personal journey across the African continent).