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Artweek Opportunity | Changing Lanes

Changing Lanes is a collaborative project between Artweek Auckland, Auckland Council and Heart of the City. We are pleased to offer opportunities for an artist, or group of artists, to activate a LANEWAY in Auckland city centre for Artweek.

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Eden Arts Art Schools Award 2016

On from July 28 to August 12, 2016
Snowhite Gallery, Auckland

Now in its sixth year, the Eden Arts Art Schools Award offers a total of up to $8,500 in prize money to art school students. Launched by the Eden Arts Trust in 2011, this award brings together Central Auckland’s four major art institutions: Unitec, Whitecliffe, AUT and Elam.

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OPEN CALL | New Perspectives with Simon Denny

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.


Blikfang Event | Artist Talks

Friday July 15, 6 pm
Blikfang Gallery, Auckland

Blikfang is hosting one of their regular art events with five speakers presenting on arts related subjects, followed by supper and wine. Each talk is ten minutes long.

Ako mai, ako atu -ST PAUL St Symposium

Ako mai, ako atu | ST PAUL St Symposium

ST PAUL St’s 2016 Symposium, Ako mai, ako atu, takes its shape around questions of knowledge: knowing, learning, relationships of accountability. We believe that considering the institutional conditions within which we talk about knowledge is a fundamental concern for contemporary curatorial practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. This is important in the educational context that ST PAUL St Gallery occupies, for an increasing number of contemporary practitioners who situate their practice as researchers, as well as within a wider history of the public gallery performing an educative role.

Iris Fisher Scholarship

Supporting the next generation of New Zealand’s contemporary artists.

The Iris Fisher Scholarship is a national award of $5,000 to support a postgraduate student enrolled in a visual arts/fine arts course of study.

Since 2007, Te Tuhi in partnership with the Fisher family, have supported the development of emerging New Zealand artists with this generous and prestigious award. The 2014 Walter Prize nominee Kalisolaite ‘Uhila is just one artist in an impressive line up of past recipients and now is your chance to join their ranks.

Andrew Beck Double Screen 2016, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Photo Bryan James

Govett-Brewster Symposium | Practices in Contemporary Photography

Friday July 8, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth

What is the role of photography in shaping visual culture in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia? Given the widespread access to photographic technologies and the saturation of photographic images, how can curators make qualitative judgements and produce exhibitions that highlight difference? How can artists, curators and galleries respond to the new relationship between photography and digital technologies? Now that millions of people have the opportunity to record and comment on the world around them, how do artists go about telling new stories?


Place | Group Show

Opening Saturday July 9, 1 to 3pm
All Goods, Whau Arts Space, Auckland

Invited artists have contributed works on the theme of Place and what it may mean for each of us. The exhibition has been curated jointly by Lyn Dallison of Auckland and Sarah Williams of Whanganui.

Andi Regan - Skylands

Andi Regan | Skylands

Opening Wednesday July 6, 5.30pm
Form Gallery, Christchurch

‘Skylands’ featuring work by Wanaka based artist Andi Regan promises to be one of our most innovative and revolutionary exhibitions. Following patterns of order and process, and making observations about traditional craft techniques, all principle will merge to metaphorically and literally link together through the medium of readily found materials.

Katherine Rutecki - Bright Masses

Katherine Rutecki | Bright Masses

Opening Wednesday July 6, 5.30pm
Masterworks Gallery, Auckland

Bright Masses will be an exciting opportunity to see the latest developments in the art practice of Katherine Rutecki. Katherine is currently back on summer break from her postgraduate studies at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Illinois, USA, where Katherine is an MFA candidate in Glass.

THINKspace- What makes us human - Soo Jeong Lee

Soo Jeong Lee | THINKspace: What makes us human

Opening Wednesday July 6, 5.30pm
Masterworks, Auckland

Soo Jeong Lee’s practice has a quiet strength that is firmly grounded in the words and drawings that fill her journals. Her latest THINKspace installation sheds light on important relationship between the words that start her creative process and the resulting works.

Curious Objects - MIT Diploma students

Curious Objects | MIT Diploma students

Opening Wednesday July 6, 5.30pm
Masterworks Gallery, Auckland

Students from MIT (Manukau Institute of Technology) exhibit work created in their Contemporary Jewellery module. Selected by their tutors Mary Curtis and Fran Allison, this exhibition offers a professional platform and professional practice experience for these students, and is an important way Masterworks can help foster and educate the next generation of makers.


Guest Speaker Event | Juan Fernando Herrán

Artist Lecture Tuesday July 5, 6pm. Free
Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium

The International Guest and External Examiner for the Whitecliffe Master of Fine Arts (MFA) 2016 July seminar is the artist and academic Juan Fernando Herrán, from the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Columbia. Herrán will join MFA Faculty Noel Ivanoff, Tanya Eccleston and our Critic in Residence, Anthony Byrt in facilitating the assessment of the submitted work of all MFA students, and will deliver a public lecture on his work.

Laura Gregory Joins the Co-Op

Opening Monday July 4, 2016
Mid-exhibition launch Saturday July 9, 11am
Stuart St Potters Co-Operative, Dunedin

The Stuart St Potters Co-Operative is welcoming Laura Gregory to its membership. Laura’s current work comprises paintings on wooden cut-outs.

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


Julia Oram | Being Here

Opening Saturday July 2, 2 – 3.30pm
Depot Artspace, Auckland

Being Here explores the intersection between digital processes and the traditions of painting through photography, painting and moving image. Julia Oram’s work reflects on our experience of being in the world and the passage of time, where the moving image can re-create a sense of consciousness or “being here”. Oram’s process investigates the ephemeral nature of video, and the random extraction of snapshots of movement and change that capture the process itself. The fluid nature of the work and the medium draws us in to reflect on how much we are like our world, at the same time solid and liquid, and ready to change at any moment.

Building a Successful and Sustainable Career in the Arts

On Saturday July 2, 2016, 10am to 3.30pm
Old Oneroa Bowling Club, Waiheke Island

Headland Sculpture on the Gulf presents: Building a Successful and Sustainable Career in the Arts. Mark Amery, Jessica Pearless and Gillian Wess reveal strategies, show you methods and tips that work, and suggest some resources. Join a practical conversation on building a successful and sustainable career.

Cost: $20 per person. Places limited to 20
Please book and pay by Friday 25 June

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James Gilbert-Milne | Four Fingered Fandango

On from July 1 to July 23, 2016
Toi Poneke Arts Centre, Wellington

The Machines are Running the Gallery!

Four Finger Fandango considers the mundane and raises it to a robotic performative installation where the creation of an image is as important as the image created.

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Manu Berry | Prints of Basil Hooper Homes

Opening Friday June 1, 5pm
Mint Gallery, Dunedin

Port Chalmers-based artist Manu Berry brings his signature printing style to Mint Gallery once again this July, with his latest show Prints of Basil Hooper Homes.


Interconnection VI | Group Show

Opening Thursday June 30, 5.30pm
Waikato Museum, Hamilton

Vjekoslav Nemesh, Angela Wood, Carolyn Armstrong, Di Badham, Kirsty Peters, Lea Chapman, Sean Hurst, Tiffany Nightingale, Mirela Sandu, Wikitoria Smith


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.

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Literal Fuck and i.e. crazy | Mind the Rock

Performance Friday July 1, 8pm. One night only
Rockies, Auckland

Join Literal Fuck in the constructive vandalism of i.e. crazy’s siren songs. Assuming the delicacy of arson, a series of stumbling blocks, obstructions and interruptions (with the help of a few special guests) will send this string of torch tunes into a controlled emergency state.


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Chen Chieh-jen, Pip Culbert, Sabelo Mlangeni | Solo Presentations

Opening Friday July 1, 6pm
Artspace, Auckland

Solo presentations from Chen Chieh-jen, Pip Culbert and Sabelo Mlangeni take place within the framework of “Singular Pluralities ∞ Plural Singularities”, a series of solo exhibitions which began in 2015. Focusing on artistic research and exhibition methodology, the series experiments with installation strategies, and event structures. Through the three parallel exhibitions Artspace will explore studio processes and artistic approaches in conversation with the audience.

Li-Ming Hu + Daphne Simons

Li-Ming Hu + Daphne Simons | RIFF RAFF: Are we there yet?

Opening Friday July 1, 6 to 8pm
GLOVEBOX, Auckland

Riff Raff is a semi-imaginary artist-run initiative as durational performance by Li-Ming Hu and Special Guest Founding Member Daphne Simons. From 1 to 16 July it will be operating out of Glovebox as art installation / public programme.

Email riffraffnz@gmail.com to register for the eating contest, zine workshop, show & tell or if you are interested in performing something on the 14th.

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Talk | Geoffrey Batchen and Gavin Hipkins on Bullet Time

Thursday June 30, 6pm
City Gallery, Wellington

Art historian Geoffrey Batchen (Victoria University of Wellington) and artist Gavin Hipkins (University of Auckland) respond to works in the exhibition Bullet Time. They discuss past, present and future identities of photography and film, and through the works of Steve Carr and Daniel Crooks they look at how these mediums have developed and intergrated across time and genre. Followed by refreshments.

Gavin Hurley | Neatness / Disarray

Opening Tuesday June 28, 5.30 to 7.30pm
Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland

New paintings and collages by Gavin Hurley continuing his exploration of a bygone era of suit wearers and the dawn of the computer age.

Karyn Taylor Squared, 2016, acrylic, 600mm x 600mm

Kāryn Taylor | Line to Plane

Opening Tuesday June 28, from 5.30pm
Sanderson Contemporary Art, Auckland

Kāryn Taylor’s 2016 exhibition Line to Plane showcases a new body of work that investigates geometric space, notions of defined reality and the desire for logical outcomes. Taylor’s works seem to be made with some form of magic – a glowing line appears illuminated with no visible power source – for this reason the works often instill a sense of disbelief and wonder.

PJ Paterson Suburban War, 2016, digital collage photograph, artist's proof, 4065 x 1165mm

PJ Paterson | Boxer Rebellion

Opening Tuesday June 28, from 5.30pm
Sanderson Contemporary Art, Auckland

Boxer Rebellion is a selection of photographic and moving image works from artist PJ Paterson. The works come together to portray a post apocalyptic reality. As developers look to expand the outer limits of the city to accommodate population growth, inner city living becomes more and more elite. Paterson depicts a scenario where the populace is no longer concerned about the destruction of the earth – instead seeking refuge on another planet.


Mark Braunias | Field of Vision

Opening June 27, 6.00pm.
TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland.

Featured Image: Mark Braunias, Viewfinders (1994), Enamel on paper attached to board

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Group Exhibition | Painting Programme

Opening June 27, 6.00pm.
TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland.

Featured Image: Brent Hayward, Rivertribe in Technicolor, 2012, Oil on Canvas, Collection of the James Wallace Arts Trust.

Angela Reading

Angela Reading | I AM REaD

Opening June 25, 3pm with performance 3.30pm
Northart, Auckland

Performance by the Marvellous Theatre Company of one of Angela Reading’s poems, at the opening of her exhibition of paintings celebrating age and aging.

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Gabrielle Amodeo | Oscar: With a sinister hoist, the semaphore flag

Opening Friday June 24, 5.30pm
North Projects, Christchurch

Oscar: With a sinister hoist, the semaphore flag is a new body of work by Gabrielle Amodeo. The thinking behind this show stems from the title phrase, which refers to an alphabet signalling system mostly used on naval ships. Semaphore or ‘Oscar’ flags, usually coloured red and yellow, are waved by hand to communicate in emergencies or to signal a ‘man overboard’.

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He Tangata, He Tangata | Group Exhibition

Opening Friday June 24, 5.30 to 8pm
Geoff Wilson Gallery, Whangarei

He aha te mea nui o te ao?

He Tangata He Tangata

Welcome and Haere mai to an outstanding exhibition of artists from Gisborne, Auckland and Northland. Including storytelling, music with dance, large scale painting and graffiti, this collaboration of artists embodies a great variety of work, each expressing their individual concept of ‘value’.

Mitchell Bright - Traces

Mitchell Bright | Traces

Opening Friday June 24, 5.30pm
City Art Depot, Christchuch

A poignant record of the legacy of human interactions with
the natural environment.

Bill Culbert

Andrew Barber, Bill Culbert | The Key to the Fields

Opening Thursday June 23, 6-8pm
Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland

The Key to the Fields brings together new sculpture by Culbert and a major floor painting by Barber in a compelling dramatization of light and line. The exhibition considers two practices that, in different ways, mine the poetic potential of the domestic environment, collapse and conflate vernacular and modernist forms, and explore the transformative power of light.


Kerry Tunstall and Debra McLeod | ‘CURRENT’ WORK

On from June 24 to July 31, 2016
50 Works Gallery, Christchurch

This exhibition explores the potential of electrical current to make works of art. Kerry Tunstall uses high voltage to produce digital images and one-off artworks, while Debra McLeod uses lower voltage on acrylic sheet and film to create visual metaphors of the electrical patterns of the brain.

A Retrospective - Ruth Browne

Ruth Browne | A Retrospective

Opening Friday June 24, 5.30pm
Railway St. Studios, Auckland

An exhibition featuring an extraordinarily accomplished New Zealand artist with historical significance. Born at the turn of the century, Ruth Browne painted with Rita Angus and Olivia Spencer Bower in the 1920’s and 30’s, an iconic period in which New Zealand women artists flourished. This is a unique opportunity to purchase important works that are rarely available.

Tom Kreisler

Tom Kreisler | Two to Tango

Opening Wednesday June 22, 6pm to 8pm
Bowerbank Ninow, Auckland

Tom Kreisler was born in 1938 in Buenos Aires, where his Jewish Viennese parents had recently settled, after making their escape from Nazi persecution. Aged fourteen, Kreisler was sent to live with his uncle and aunt, George and Edith Roth, themselves refugees, in Christchurch. There he studied art at the Canterbury School of Fine Arts, and in 1968 took up a position as art teacher at New Plymouth Boys High; later he lectured in art at the Taranaki and Waikato Polytechnic Institutes. Kreisler travelled extensively in Central America, during visits in 1959-60, 1977-79, 1988 (and South America) and again in 2000, basing himself and his family in Mexico City for periods. He died in 2002, aged 63, and his funeral took place at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.



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).


John Walsh | Matakite

Opening Sunday June 19, 2pm
PĀTAKA, Porirua

Matakite is a title Māori give to a visionary; one with second sight who perceives life in translucent overlapping layers of time and space, both physical and metaphysical. John Walsh‘s paintings of monumental primordial landscapes populated by mysterious human-like creatures are beyond the realm of what most of us can imagine.


Gabby O’Connor | Studio Antarctica

Opening Sunday June 19, 2pm
Pataka, Porirua

Gabby O’Connor’s Studio Antarctica installation is the result of a creative collaboration between contemporary fine art and cutting edge scientific research. In 2015 O’Connor spent several weeks in Antarctica working in a shipping container laboratory on sea ice 4 metres thick over 500 metre deep McMurdo Sound.


Selling the Dream | Classic New Zealand Tourism Posters

Opening Sunday June 19, 2pm
Pataka, Porirua

Selling the Dream – Classic New Zealand Tourism Posters is a retro exhibition of more than 50 classic art posters that promote New Zealand as an idyllic visitor destination of outstanding natural beauty and adventure.


Richard Reddaway | Family

Opening on Sunday June 19, 2pm
Pataka, Porirua

The figures in Richard Reddaway’s Family speak to each other in a language of sound and story, inviting the viewer to construct their own interpretations of the relationships between them.


TS Crew 20 Years | Written History

Opening Sunday June 19, 2pm
Pataka, Porirua

Wellington’s longest-running graff-writing and mural group TS Crew celebrate 20 years of working together and at the same time get everyone drawing.

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*MASH* | Group Exhibition

Opening Friday June 17, 6pm
Skinroom Gallery, Hamilton

The *MASH* exhibition describes a group exploration into the physical qualities and functionalities of handmade recycled paper.

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Terrain | Group Show

Opening Friday June 17, 5 to 7pm
Photospace Gallery, Wellington

The absence and presence of light, the disruption of the photographic surface: Three photographers exhibit works exploring the material features of photography.

Naga Tsutsumi 'The Symphony', acrylic on canvas, 110x91cm

The Eternal | Naga Tsutsumi

Opening Friday June 17, 5 to 7pm
Gilberd Marriott Gallery, Wellington

Do I miss awe and excitement of placing the needle on the turntable, pushing the REC button on the cassette player, opening the book and turning pages?

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Hayley Theyers | I too have been to Arcadia - Et in Arcadia Ego

Opening Thursday June 16, 6:30pm
Black Asterisk, Auckland 

Theyers creates photographs because she likes to capture beauty. Her images, though, are not ‘prey’; instead, they also capture something of beauty’s other, horror. Theyers’ photography, at times playfully manipulated, takes the repertoire of the fashion editorial and transforms the commercial trope into chilling, yet still beautiful works


TOIHOUKURA: Te Whanau Marama | Group Exhibition

On From Thursday June 16 to Sunday July 17, 2016.
Pataka – Toi Gallery, Porirua.

Te Whanau Marama is an exhibition of recent artworks in customary and contemporary materials by senior students and tutors from Toihoukura School of Māori Visual Art and Design, Gisborne.


Adrian Jackman | Fields

Thursday June 16, 6pm
NKB gallery, Auckland

Adrian Jackman’s latest exhibition: Fields is a colliding of ideas and approaches framed within the language of formal abstract painting. Fields of flat solid colour are arranged and held together with clean sharp lines which diverge, align, and intersect across the surface of these new works.

Mary-Louise Browne, in her new exhibition Picturing

Mary-Louise Browne | Picturing

Opening Wednesday June 15, 5.30 to 7.30pm
Bartley + Company Art, Wellington

With characteristic wit Mary-Louise Browne, in her new exhibition Picturing, continues to use text in lieu of imagery. It is a refusal of the prevalence of images and their authority over imagination today – a power earlier held by printed the word and the spoken word before that. Here golden words inscribed on white and honey onyx — lustrous and beautiful — call us, seduce us, to take time to look, ponder, imagine, feel.

Minhal Al Halabi | New Work

Opening Tuesday June 14, 2016
Kaan Zamaan Gallery, Kerikeri

Minhal Al Halabi was born in Maj-del, a small village in the Golan Heights.
From a large apple orchardist’s family, finding something to paint on was sometimes difficult, so Minhal had to sometimes resort to firewood as his canvas.


Elizabeth Rees | Juncture

Opening Tuesday June 14, 5.30 to 7.30pm
Artis Gallery, Auckland

Through her practice Elizabeth Rees seeks to explore the relationships between the body, the mind and the environment in which we exist.

Her evocative works depict figures at ‘crossroads’ within moody and still landscapes. Each enigmatic space conjures a feeling of isolation, potential and mystery.


Soft Architecture | Group Exhibition

Opening Saturday June 11, 2:30pm
Malcolm Smith Gallery, Auckland

Artists: Katrina Beekhuis, Claudia Dunes, Richard Frater, Samer Hatam, John Ward Knox, Jeremy Leatinu’u, Shannon Novak, Jeena Shin, Sarah Smuts-Kennedy, Julia Teale

Curated by Balamohan Shingade

show_sell_shift | Events at Objectspace

June 11 – July 2, 2016
Objectspace, Auckland

Objectspace will be hosting a swathe of events – from jewellery making, to talks, to casual drinks – in June in conjunction with their exhibition show_sell_shift.

Exhibition Opening, The Non-Living Agent

Group Exhibition | The Non-Living Agent

Opening Saturday June 11, 4pm
Te Tuhi, Auckland

Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Dorota Broda, James Richards, Sorawit Songsataya.

Can an image plane be traversed like the threshold of a building, moving from inside to outside and back again? And if so, what are the effects of this movement? Have our bodies become so used to crossing the image plane that they accept and absorb the shrapnel of this collision? What does this kind of co-existence with images mean for our social relations?

Lloyd Harwood Exhibition at Red Gallery

Lloyd Harwood | From here to eccentricity

Opening Friday June 10, 5.30pm
Red Gallery, Nelson

Lloyd’s bright and magical paintings celebrate both the childlike wonder and the often adult folly of being human whilst revelling in satire and paradox.

Blikfang Presents Sarah Keber - a solo exhibition

Sarah Keber | a solo exhibition

Opening Friday June 10, 6pm
Blikfang Art & Antiques, Auckland

Keber’s first Solo exhibition before she departs in October to undertake MA studies at the prestigious Glasgow School of Art.

Dieneke Jansen, Dwelling on the Stoep

Dieneke Jansen | Dwelling on the Stoep

Opening Thursday June 9, 5.30pm
St Paul Street Gallery, Auckland

Dieneke Jansen’s lens-based practice takes several forms, including site responsive interventions, performative actions, installation and documentary practices. Through these she engages with and explores private and public social space – the lens always positioned as a witness of the events and activities of people in a social space. Her current focus is on ‘failed’ housing projects and the socio-political aspects of space: who owns it? Who uses it? Who has access to it, and under what conditions?


Entries Open | Portage Ceramic Awards 2016

Entries are now open for New Zealand’s premier ceramic event, The Portage Ceramic Awards. Established in 2001 and administered by Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, The Portage Ceramic Awards is the country’s best-known barometer for developments in the field of ceramics.

Caitlin Devoy, Latent Image 

Caitlin Devoy | Latent Image 

Opening Thursday June 9, 5.30pm
Enjoy Public Gallery, Wellington

Latent Image* responds both to the material qualities of the gallery space and its past incarnation as a photographic studio. Architectural details are miniaturized, inverted, burnt back. The familiar becomes unfamiliar, like the black sky in a photographic negative.

Paul Cullen 'Provisional Arrangements'

Paul Cullen | Provisional Arrangements

Opening Tuesday June 7, 5pm
Ilam Campus Gallery, Christchurch

Provisional Arrangements was developed with curator Allan Smith around an image of the 50,000 year old meteor crater in Odessa, Texas. Since the Odessa meteor vaporised on impact there remains only an eroded impression of its contact with the earth and consequently knowledge of it is based upon research and speculation. While being on the one hand a response to my visit to the meteor site, the installation is above all a sculptural exploration of material disjunction, incompletion and the potential for change.

Ngahuia Harrison You Can Eat Everything But The Rocks

Ngahuia Harrison | You Can Eat Everything But The Rocks

Opening Tuesday June 7, 5.30pm
Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin

E te whānau o Blue Oyster Art Project Space Te Tio Kikorangi, haere mai ki te whakakitenga hei whakanui i a Puaka Matariki Ōtepoti 2016. Joining the celebrations for this year’s Puaka Matariki Festival, Blue Oyster welcomes a new exhibition by Ngahuia Harrison, exploring one of Aotearoa’s most precious resources: wai.


Leftovers VI | USA Print Project

On from June 8 to July 3, 2016
Art at Wharepuke, Kerikeri

In 2010 Amy Nack, Wingtip Press, was cleaning out the flat files and wondered what to do with the little scraps of paper that were jamming up the drawers. She figured they weren’t the only printmakers with such delicious problems. So Wingtip invited a few printmaking pals to create prints from their scraps.


Ōtākaro | Bridget Reweti & Terri Te Tau

Opening Friday June 3, 5.30pm
Artist talk Saturday June 4, 12 noon
The Physics Room, Christchurch.

Ōtākaro is a new collaborative video work from Bridget Reweti and Terri Te Tau that explores the narratives and identities associated with the Ōtākaro Avon River. The river is an iconic feature of Ōtautahi Christchurch, flowing through the central city, eastern suburbs and an estuary before finally meeting the Pacific Ocean.

International Foodcourt-Global Classic

International Foodcourt/Global Classic | Annie Mackenzie & Dave Marshall

Opening Friday June 3, 5.30pm
Artist talk Saturday June 4, 12 noon
The Physics Room, Christchurch

International Foodcourt/Global Classic represents a dialogue between two artists based around working day jobs and the physical processes of making. Together Annie Mackenzie and Dave Marshall explore the notion of being ‘international’ or ‘global’ in order to look at what is close by, gathering material inspiration from their immediate surroundings.

Trent Parke-The Camera is God-Street Portrait Series

Trent Parke | The Camera is God: Street Portrait Series

Opening Friday June 3, 5pm
Two Rooms, Auckland

The Camera is God (2013) by award-winning Australian photographer Trent Parke features a series of anonymous portraits taken on the streets of Adelaide. For almost a year, Parke stood on the same street corner, at the same time of day, and captured images of the masses using a rapid shutter release. In executing the final prints, Parke isolates single figures amongst the crowds and enlarges them to the point where the subject is unrecognisable.

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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.

Conor Clarke - A Warm Welcoming Feeling

Conor Clarke | A Warm Welcoming Feeling

Opening Friday June 3, 5pm
Two Rooms, Auckland

As part of the Auckland Festival of Photography, Two Rooms presents an exhibition by Conor Clarke, one of New Zealand’s most promising emerging photographers. The exhibition, A Warm Welcoming Feeling, continues Clarke’s interest in subjects typically deemed unattractive, which she masterfully transmutes into the remarkable through a considered use of compositional framing, juxtaposition, and light. This latest body of work was completed during Clarke’s Auckland Regional Council Residency in 2015 at Waitawa Park, which was further supported by Creative New Zealand.

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x4 | Group Exhibition

Opening Thursday June 2, 5pm
Soul Gallery, Hamilton

Four talented New Zealand woman artists will feature their work at Soul Gallery opening the 2nd June at 5pm, this collective of woman artists have expressed their art work in different mediums and in their own unique way.
Come along to the opening and go in the draw to win a Kathryn Furniss print.

New Endings Untitled Subtraction

Matt Henry | New Endings

Opening Wednesday June 1, 2016
Viewfinder window frontage, Auckland Central Library

Running in consecutive fortnight-long displays, these works tread uneasy ground, using parody, critique and self-referential humour to communicate searches for a beginning, an end, or both.

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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.

Janet Lilo Status Update

Janet Lilo | Status Update

Opening Saturday May 28, 4 to 6pm.
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland.

Janet Lilo documents the contemporary moment, using experimental processes to turn the familiar into the extraordinary. The sites and sounds, places and publics that infiltrate our everyday actions become her raw material. Similarly, her interactions with people become the basis for community collaborations. This focus on real people and real experiences embodies an important social consciousness, bringing into the gallery people, images and technologies that are often overlooked because of their ubiquity. It is within mainstream behaviours and widely used technologies, however, that Lilo most keenly observes power dynamics between access, agency and representation.

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show_sell_shift | Group Exhibition

Opening Thursday May 26, 6pm.
Objectspace, Auckland.

Show_sell_shift marks the first show in Objectspace’s history where works of locally, handcrafted ware will be for sale in the gallery. This one-off exhibition will feature works from an extraordinary range of leading New Zealand artists, makers and designers with a focus is on functional and accessibly priced objects that people want to use and will love in their everyday life, raising the awareness of the incredible breadth of work being handmade in craft, applied art and design disciplines in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Sait Akkirman | Ferreting On Ponsonby Rd

Opening Friday May 27, 5.30pm.
Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland.

A selection of 50 images from a collection of over 3000 analogue and digital photographs taken during daily walks by the photographer on Ponsonby Rd, between 2000 and 2012.

Teaching a Butterfly to Swim- photography by John Savage

John Savage | Teaching a Butterfly to Swim

Opening Friday May 27, 5.30pm
Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland.

Teaching a Butterfly to Swim: Douglas Wright’s dance-theatre, photography by John Savage
Opening speaker: Gael Newton, Foundation Photography Curator Art Gallery of NSW and former Senior Curator of Photography National Gallery of Australia.

Celebrating Wood- Back to the Future

Celebrating Wood: Back to the Future

Opening Friday May 27, 5.30pm.
Talk Saturday May 28, 1pm.
Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland.

Wooden architecture defines nineteenth and twentieth century building in Aotearoa. Laurence Aberhart celebrates the vernacular building material in an exhibition supplemented with wooden exhibits and displays on the conservation of trees. In association with McNamara Gallery Photography.

Call for Applications | 2016 Rotorua Sculpture Symposium

The 2016 Rotorua Sculpture Symposium will be held at the Arts Village Green, November 19 – 27, 2016 alongside the recently completed sculpture trail in the Southern Government Gardens, Rotorua. This is a tranquil and picturesque lake-setting commonly used by walkers, runners, family groups, locals, domestic and overseas tourists.

Power of the Powerless, mixed media on canvas, 1500x1200mm

James Robinson | Undertow

Opening Sunday May 22, 4pm.
The Diversion Gallery, Picton.

Undertow is a title open to as many interpretations as James Robinson’s works themselves. There’s a literal tidal feeling about some of the works, hovering between painting and sculpture.

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Sunlight | Ihi Kōmaru

On From May 21 to August 14, 2016.
Family Day Sunday May 22, 2016, 10am to 3pm.
Rotorua Museum, Rotorua.

A new exhibition at Rotorua Museum is set to bring smiles and light to all who see it.
Sunlight – Ihi Kōmaru, is an interactive, science based exhibition, designed to help children and young adults learn about light and its point of origin, the sun.

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John Akomfrah and Bridget Reweti | Vertigo Sea and Tirohanga

Opening Saturday May 21, 2016.
Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch.

Vertigo Sea by John Akomfrah and Tirohanga by Bridget Reweti is a major exhibition of two artists reflecting on our relationship to the ocean and land. Both artists investigate personal and collective histories, memory about cultural, ethnic and personal identity, and the impact of colonialism, from African migration and Māori perspectives.

Open for Entries | Franklin Arts Festival 2016

Painting (5 categories)
Textile Art

First Prize $5000
Over $30K in category prizes and 800 artworks exhibited, this is one of Aucklands Premium Art Events!
18 Categories. All works for sale


Urban Dream Brokerage Dunedin | Call for Proposals

“Before the UDB this was just a dream, and now it’s just the norm.” Jonathan King, People’s Cinema

Urban Dream Brokerage are calling for proposals for the use of vacant retail space in Dunedin from artists, designers, businesses, community groups and social entrepreneurs, and interest from property owners in supporting them.


Birdbrain - Dislocation is a Place | Group Show

On from May 16 to July 15, 2016.
Calder & Lawson Gallery, Hamilton.

Featuring artists: Stuart Bridson, Carole Driver, Sylvia Sinel and Shaun Tan
Curator: Sybille Schlumbom
‘Birdbrain’ explores the possibility to find belonging in transit.
This exhibition brings together four artists that traverse with ease between cultural, geographical and emotional territories


Call for Entries | Wallace Art Awards

The Wallace Arts Trust are calling for entries to the 25th Annual Wallace Art Awards 2016, with prizes amounting to over $210,000 in value, including international art residencies, monetary prizes and stipends.


Inhabiting Space | Group Exhibition

Opening Friday May 13, 6pm
Adam Art Gallery, Wellington

Juliet Carpenter/ Evangeline Riddiford-Graham, Julian Dashper,
Mike Parr, Campbell Patterson, Fred Sandback, Sriwhana Spong
Curated by Stephen Cleland

Inhabiting Space is in-house Curator Stephen Cleland’s first full-gallery exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery. Spurred by the dynamic architecture of the Athfield-designed building, the exhibition brings together seven artists whose works set up situations that enable viewers to question what it means to ‘inhabit space’.

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.


Yayoi Kusama | The Obliteration Room

Opening Saturday May 7, 2016
Dunedin Public Art Gallery

The Obliteration Room is a dynamic artwork by leading contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama that transforms over time through the active participation of visitors. You are invited to enter the world of the artist and ‘obliterate’ an entirely white domestic space by adding colourful dot stickers to the furniture, objects and surfaces in this large-scale interactive installation. The space gradually transforms through this interaction and the mass accumulation of coloured dots ultimately changes the white interior into an extraordinary blur of colours.

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Space to Dream | Recent Art from South America

Opening Saturday May 7, 2016
Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland

Space to Dream is the first comprehensive exhibition of its kind to be generated in Australasia. It is a unique opportunity to explore the differences and connections across art from eight South American countries over the past 50 years.

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Call for applications | Balmoral fellowships 2017

The conditions for all fellowships with the exception of the curator fellowship are a completed course of study in art (MFA or comparable degree) and two to three years (depending on the respective fellowship) of continuous artistic work after the conclusion of the studies until the beginning of the fellowship.

Call for Proposals 2017 | Arts in Oxford

Arts in Oxford is currently requesting proposals from artists who wish to exhibit at Arts in Oxford gallery during 2017.

Proposals for utilising our Artist’s workshop are also invited. The workshop can be used for a wide variety of activities, including teaching workshops and artists in residence.


Faena Prize for the Arts | Open Call

Faena Art, the international nonprofit organization led by Artistic Director and Chair Ximena Caminos, recently launched the open call for the 2016–2017 Faena Prize for the Arts. A biennial international juried prize, the Faena Prize for the Arts recognizes artistic experimentation, encourages post-disciplinary and temporal exploration, and promotes inquiry of the infinite links among art, technology and design. The 2016 edition calls on artists or groups of artists from all over the world to develop proposals for original projects that engage with the concept of time and duration while also interacting with the monumental architecture of the Faena Art Center in a significant way.


Bodywork | From the Collection

Opening Saturday April 16, 2016
Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Bodywork presents an opportunity to take a closer look at three major works in the Dunedin Public Art Gallery collection. Each addresses the body as a central motif: from Luise Fong’s skin-like painted surfaces, to the physicality of Alicia Frankovich’s sculpture and the psychological drama of Ronnie van Hout.

Image credit: Alicia Frankovich

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Ewan McDougall | Fun and Fury

On from Friday April 15 to Sunday August 7, 2016.
Artist Talk on Friday April 15, 11am.
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North.

Fun and Fury aptly describes the work of Ewan McDougall. This neo-expressionist painter uses thick impasto and vivid colour to convey the wild abandon of his life in the 1960s-70s. From unbridled revelry and addiction through desperation and rage to the calmer waters of recovery, Ewan’s work celebrates a fraught but joyful connection to the world.

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

Light Switch and Conduit | the Jim Barr and Mary Barr Collection

Opening Saturday April 9, 2016
Dunedin Public Art Gallery

This exhibition explores the relationship between artworks and the domestic context by delving into the personal collection of Jim Barr and Mary Barr. Light switch and conduit focuses on their recent period of collecting and presents works by key figures in the rising generation of contemporary New Zealand artists, alongside more established national and international artists.

Call for Proposals | Performing, Writing

Performing, Writing: A symposium in four turns imagines how a text can be conceptualised, written, presented and figured with equal or more contingency and responsiveness to temporal and corporeal happenings, and vice versa.

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Cliftons Art Prize 2016 | Entries Now Open

We are pleased to announce that Cliftons Art Prize is now inviting artists to submit artwork.

An International judging panel will select state and regional winners, who will receive AU$2,000 and the chance to compete for the major Cliftons Art Prize title and AU$10,000 prize money. 

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Group Show | Bullet Time

On from Friday March 25 until Sunday July 10.
City Gallery Wellington, Wellington. 

Bullet Time showcases the work of two New Zealand video artists who conjure with time—Daniel Crooks and Steve Carr. It places them in the context of two historical photographers, pioneers of motion studies—Eadweard Muybridge (1830–1904) and Harold Edgerton (1903–90), acknowledging them as precursors, influences and reference points. In the process, it engages a complex history of interaction between science and art, photography and cinema, technology and consciousness, thought and feeling.

Call for Applications | Olivia Spencer Bower Award

The Olivia Spencer Bower Foundation is now calling for applicants who wish to receive an award leaving them the time to pursue their art free from the necessity to seek outside employment.

The objects of the foundation are to encourage and promote promising painters and sculptors in New Zealand with particular emphasis on future artistic potential.


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.


Liu Jianhua | Transfer

The Dowse Art Museum

Liu Jianhua: Transfer is a testament to the artist’s mastery of porcelain. From the white slipcast objects of Regular Fragile to the mercurial allure of the gold pools in Square, Liu Jianhua has created an exhibition that encompasses the history of Chinese porcelain in a commentary on contemporary Chinese life.


Interview | Public Share

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

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Call for Entries | Aesthetica Art Prize 2016

The Aesthetica Art Prize 2016 is now open for entries. The Prize presents an opportunity for emerging and established artists to showcase their work and further their engagement with the international art world.

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.

Hole of Yellow Archipelago

Opening Saturday September 5, 2015.
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

Hole of Yellow Archipelago is an innovative and inventive collaboration between Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, artist Judy Darragh, Balmoral Primary School children and AUT’s TurnSpace Collective.


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