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Objectspace Symposium

Objectspace National Symposium on Craft, Applied Art and Design

August 26 – 28, 2016

Join Objectspace and Auckland Museum for a two-day symposium exploring the shifting state of contemporary practice in the fields of craft, applied art and design. International speakers will be joined by a range of local voices looking at the questions and research areas shaping making practices today in a climate of disruption and upheaval.

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.
Discover the clues in the portraits which point to who each sitter was and piece together the family history using the paintings to unlock the puzzle. Get to know each subject and the role they played within their family, and ponder the mystery of the woman whose identity still remains an enigma…

Image: Unknown Woman, c.1700-20, unknown artist, oil on canvas, private collection


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.

Artist Talk | Lisa Reihana

Thursday August 4, 6pm
Centre of Contemporary Art (COCA), Christchurch

Artist Lisa Reihana will discuss her practice in relation to Vertigo Sea by John Akomfrah and Tirohanga by Bridget Reweti. Lisa Reihana will represent New Zealand in the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017with the panoramic video In Pursuit of Venus [infected] commissioned by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.

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Artist Talk | Sarah Hillary

Thursday August 4, 2016, from 5.30pm
Rotorua Museum, Rotorua

Talk by Sarah Hillary – Identifying Lindauer: his materials and techniques

Image: Gottfried Lindauer, Te Paea Hinerangi (Guide Sophia) (1896) oil on canvas,830 x 717 x 60 mm
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915

$10 Friends members, $15 Non-members

Sarah Hillary is the Principal Conservator at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and specialises in the technical examination of Lindauer paintings.

In this talk presented by the Friends of Rotorua Museum, Auckland Art Gallery conservator Sarah Hillary examines how knowledge of an artist’s technique can help in authentication.

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Anneke Bester | Veiled

Opening August 3, 2016, from 5.30pm
Form Gallery, Christchurch

With this exhibition, Anneke explores the contrast of the exposed and the hidden. Where the female form had been celebrated in its purity, Anneke veils them in her latest work. The body of work exhibited explores the conflict of the exposed and the veiled. It challenges our perception of form and beauty by having the nude and the hidden side by side.

Vanessa Arthur

Vanessa Arthur | unmonumental fever - excavating the everyday

Opening on Wednesday August 3, 2016, from 5.30pm
Masterworks, Auckland

‘I excavate small moments in time, capturing these through the jewellery and objects I make.
The often overlooked elements within the streetscape are my muse: buffed walls, wet cement scrawling, fragments and objects left behind in the rush.
An exploration of the marks we make and the mark we make.
The biography of these objects, materials and spaces are what interests me.
Uncovering the mostly anonymous and constantly evolving stories they collect.’
– Vanessa Arthur, July 2016.

Image: Vanessa Arthur

Neke Moa

Neke Moa | Tai Timu Tai Pari 

Opening on Wednesday August 3, 2016, from 5.30pm
Masterworks, Auckland

The ebb and flow of the tides.

Te Moananui-a-Kiwa (Pacific Ocean) the huge blue expanse that we live in, connects us to  thousands of Islands with diverse cultures and people. The constant roar of waves lapping our shores, rolling in and rolling out.

Marama, Hine te iwaiwa, Hina, the moon controls the tides.  She takes many forms and with each form there is change.

Isaac Katzoff, Colours

Isaac Katzoff | Made Up

Opening on Wednesday August 3, 2016, from 5.30pm
Masterworks, Auckland

Made Up takes inspiration from forms and products associated with personal grooming and will open up Isaac’s work to the subtle use of colour from what has been predominantly a clear colour palette. This new series continues Isaac’s interest in making the audience stop and take note of the everyday and consider the design evolution behind these objects.

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

murray cammick

Murray Cammick | Flash Cars

Opening on Tuesday August 2, 2016, from 6.30pm
Black Asterisk, Auckland

Murray Cammick’s classic documentary photos of the V8 cars and crews are back in town August 3 to 31 at Black Asterisk.

Cammick spent many weekend nights from 1974 to 1981 photographing the Queen Street V8 scene – when the theatre patrons went back to the ‘burbs, Auckland’s main street was their place to park-up or cruise. Cammick was a shy and naïve 20 year old when he started this series and revellers would see his SLR camera and hassle him to – “take our photo!” – unaware that they were giving the quiet photographer the opportunity (and images) he was looking for.

Daegan Wells

Daegan Wells | Private Lodgings| Connah Podmore| I'd rather be both

Opening Tuesday August 2, 2016 from 5.30pm
Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin

Exhibition runs from August 3 – 27, 2016
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Free to attend, all welcome

Join the artists in conversation with Chloe Geoghegan: Wednesday 3 August, 12-1pm.

Join us to celebrate the opening of the Blue Oyster’s third annual parallel exhibition. Alongside Daegan Wells’ Private Lodgings in the front space, Connah Podmore presents I’d rather be both in the second space. While each artist presents work unique to their current practice, they are also in conversation with each other using a common thread of memory. This temporary overlap offers dual ideologies, research methods and multiple opportunities for engagement.


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.

Cat Fooks, Clam Bake, 2016, Mixed Media, 520 x 440mm

Cat Fooks | Pleasant St

Opening July 31, 2016, from 3 – 5pm
Anna Miles Gallery, Auckland

You are warmly invited to attend the opening of the Cat Fooks exhibition Pleasant Street.

Exhibition runs until September 2, 3pm

Image: Cat Fooks, Clam Bake, 2016, Mixed Media, 520 x 440mm

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Artist Talk | Janet Lilo

Sunday July 31, 2pm
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland

Janet Lilo: Status Update is the first survey of artist Janet Lilo’s work. Though unconventional in its approach, the exhibition is a deliberate attempt to examine the timely issues inherent in Lilo’s examination of the everyday. Join us to hear about some of these issues and the logic guiding the exhibition in an informal conversation between Lilo and curator Ioana Gordon-Smith.
We have lots more fun things planned as part of Janet’s show, which you can read about here. Get amongst it!

Lillian Hetet No Categories

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

cliftons 2016

Cliftons Art Prize 2016 | Entries Now Open

Final Call: Entries close July 31

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. 

DOswe opening

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.

The Brook Project

Saturday July 30, 2016 from 3 – 5pm
Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin
We are delighted to be launching the Blue Oyster’s fourth online publication featuring new writing from Kerry Ann Lee and Aroha Novak, designed by Ella Sutherland.

The Brook Project celebrates the socio-cultural history of Carisbrook and its surrounding neighbourhood and encourages new dialogues about the potential of disused public space and the process of making informed, conscious and relevant public art projects.

Wellington residency

Louise Hervé and Chloé Maillet | Initialise the Model

Saturday July 30, 2016, from 12 – 3.30 pm
You are invited to Initialise the Model, a performance work by Louise Hervé and Chloé Maillet

Meeting at 1 Queens Wharf, Wellington (opposite PortoFino Italian Restaurant) at 11.40

RSVP to l.redican@massey.ac.nz – Please note this is a one-off performance, RSVP as soon as possible as places are limited.

(free admission)


Rockies | Video Month

On from July 29 – August 12, 2016
Rockies, Auckland

From Friday July 29, Rockies is proud to present ‘Video Month’ – an ongoing series of video works by Matilda Fraser, Isabella Dampney // Theo Macdonald and Sophie McMillan.

Official dates for the Rockies Video Month programme are as follows…

Matilda Fraser: July 29 ~ August 2
Isabella Dampney & Theo Macdonald: August 3 ~ 7
Sophie McMillan: August 8 ~ 12

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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.


Caroline Earley and Kate Walker | Certain Ways

On from July 29 – August 20, 2016
Toi Poneke Arts Centre, Wellington

This collaborative exhibition explores ideas relating to borders, boundary crossing and the construction of gender.

The exhibition includes flocked, brightly coloured ceramic forms arranged like a mathematical equation and large scale cut canvas paintings loosely based on fence forms. The work aims to create a conversation between craft, art and ‘aesthetic’ form.

True Crime

Group Show | TRUE CRIME

Opening Friday July 29, 2016, from 5.30pm
Skinroom, Hamilton

Skinroom is proud to present TRUE CRIME, an exhibition of works by a group of local artists including:

Alex John, Craig McClure, Geoffrey Clarke, Rah Boo Ya!, Michele Rumney, Paul Nelson, Mason Holloway, Dane. B, Annelise Kearvell, Kieran Horner, Hannah Grocott, Ben Clancy, Priscilla McIntosh

Refreshments will be provided.

Shannon Williamson

Shannon Williamson | Continuous Positive

Opening July 39, 2016, 5.30pm
City Art Depot, Christchurch

Colour, object and cartographic line flex in and out of figurative form in this compelling exploration of corporeal sensation and embodied experience.

Exhibition: July 29 – August 16, 2016
Artist talk: Saturday July 30 at 2pm

Neal Palmer

Group Show | Former Things

Thursday July 28, 2016, at 6pm
NKB Gallery, Auckland

Former Things is a group exhibition which showcases significant new work from eight gallery artists: Hamish Allan, Anton Chapman, Glenys Brookbanks, Neal Palmer, Joy Chang, Ramon Robertson, Marcus Capes, Dene Hancock

Each of these practitioners work in entirely independent ways with notably different intentions and outcomes. However, one uniting feature between these artists is the use of strong clean line – with repeating motifs and structures which occur & reverberate throughout the work. Former Things explores the crossover and parallels between these disparate artists – whose work is not always as it appears to be at first glance. Beyond the surface, abstract works plant signposts and take reference points from the concrete – while representative & figurative works push in subtle ways – and not so subtle – ways towards abstraction. See more here

Image: Neal Palmer, (TBA) Acrylic and Silver Leaf on Board, 1720 x 1220mm


Mikala Dwyer | In the head of humans

Opening Thursday July 28, 2016 from 6 – 8pm
Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland

There is a story about this, which says that, with enlightenment and modernity, mankind broke with things and pronounced them dead on arrival. The conversation was brought to an end. The convoluted networks of thing-person-thing was unstitched and in its place a simple binary model of people and things was imposed. People over here. Things over there. Is this what we see when we gaze at Dwyer’s constellations of objects and walk around them, not quite knowing what to say or what to do? How close can we get? Can we speak to them? Are they listening, by chance? What are they saying to each other? What are they saying to us, if anything? Or is it all over between us and them?

Hopkinson Mossman is pleased to present In the head of humans, a solo exhibition of new work by Mikala Dwyer.

Mark Schroder

Mark Schroder | Swimming the 109

Opening on Thursday July 28, 2016, from 6 – 8pm
Glovebox, Auckland

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Enjoy 16th

ONCE THERE WERE NO WINDOWS | Enjoy Gallery Sweet Sixteenth

Opening July 29, 2016 at 7pm
Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington

On June 5, 2000 the windows were removed and the doors of an upstairs room at 174 Cuba St were opened for the first exhibition of Enjoy Gallery.

Sixteen years on and two hundred and seventy-nine exhibitions later, Enjoy Public Art Gallery is turning sweet sixteen. To celebrate the occasion, we are turning to our archives, looking back through the exhibitions, publications, and people who have made this occasion possible.

AUT Pilot

Group Show | AUT Pilot Series

Opening Wednesday July 27, 2016 at 5pm
St Paul St Gallery Three, Auckland

This week marks the first of the Visual Arts at AUT Pilot exhibitions, opening Wednesdays at 5pm,St Paul St Gallery Three.

Opening Wednesday July 27 – Saturday July 30: Interruption (Sosefina Andy, Harri Cuthers, Rochelle Edwards, Karina Irwin, Caitlyn Manning, and Nick VanOldenborgh)

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Open Call | INDOORS OUT Art Competition 2016

Welcome to INDOORS OUT Art Competition 2016 – an inaugural event taking place as part of this year’s Midnight Madness in Howick Village.  It is a visual display and competition for creative talent, encouraging hard material displays and artistic works for the Community to enjoy.

This event will provide artists with the opportunity to showcase their work to potential customers, and also compete for recognition and awards.

Yvonne Todd

Yvonne Todd | Spiral Franchise

From Wednesday July 27 – Saturday August 20, 2016
Ivan Anthony, Auckland

Opening drinks 6pm Wednesday, July 27

Image: Yvonne Todd, Still life with lemon (1999), C-type print, Edition 3/3, 310 x 250mm

Georgie HIll

Georgie Hill | Forecast (Detail)

From Wednesday July 27 – Saturday August 20, 2016
Ivan Anthony, Auckland

Opening drinks 6pm Wednesday, July 27

Image: Circle remains (II) (detail), 2016, Watercolour on paper with incisions, 422 x 385mm

Our First Night, 2016, Ink on paper, 1180mm x 1580mm, Framed, $5,250

Cruz Jimenez | Viaje

Tuesday July 26 – August 14, 2016
Sanderson Contemporary Gallery, Auckland

The Spanish title of Cruz Jimenez’s latest exhibition is Viaje – which, translated into English, means ‘journey’. The artist’s Mexican heritage is embraced in this new body of work, a series that describes Jimenez’s own development; his journey.

Cruz’s practice is immersive and intuitive; his large works celebrate the power of the mark. The pieces are snapshots, memories from Cruz’s own journey as an artist and a man. The exhibition is a raw and honest expression of his experiences, displaying a progression; a grown confidence and self-assuredness that shines through within each work.

Our First Night, 2016, Ink on paper, 1180mm x 1580mm, Framed

The Physics Room

Job Opportunities | The Physics Room

We are currently calling for applications for a Curatorial Assistant (35 hrs/pw) and a Marketing and Audience Development Coordinator (15-20hrs/pw)

How to apply:

Applications should include a CV and cover letter outlining your interests and experience relevant to the role.

645 - Vermigraph, 2016, watercolour on canvas, 1000mm x 1600mm, $4,150

Anita Levering | Writhe

Tuesday July 26 – August 14, 2016
Sanderson Contemporary Gallery, Auckland

In this exhibition Anita Levering attempts to eliminate artistic agency, with a body of work that displays her investigation into intuitive making. The series has a sense of playfulness; Levering’s paintings incite curiosity whilst avoiding the restraints of formalism.
As she allows her compositions to take shape, Levering considers the canvas as a “site for revealing life-forms, whose excursions lay direct traces that document their travels.” What remains on the canvas is a map, an impression of the writhing diary of unbridled liberty. Thus, Levering considers the work as an autonomous visualisation of an invisible idea. Vulnerability, randomness and chance are invited into a process that allows for the unexpected and speculative creation of an ideographic language.
The works are non-representational; a document of intuitive making that references the natural world.
645 – Vermigraph, 2016, watercolour on canvas, 1000mm x 1600mm
Ruth Cleland

Ruth Cleland | Concrete Abstraction

Opening Tuesday July 26, 2016 from 5.30 – 7.30pm
Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland

New paintings by Ruth Cleland extend a preoccupation with surface, texture and the fall of light in usually overlooked locations.  Following on from Kingdom Come, her previous solo exhibition at the Melanie Roger Gallery, Cleland continues her fascination with underground parking buildings and her exploration of the very grid structures she utilises in her processes.

Yukihiro Taguchi

Yukihiro Taguchi | In Formation

From July 25 – September 18, 2016
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland

Berlin-based Japanese artist Yukihiro Taguchi creates playful and temporary interventions that engage with any given environment he finds himself in. Using everyday materials found in the immediate vicinity, Taguchi creates formations that are animated through stop-motion techniques. In the constant flux of things becoming and disassembling, Taguchi revels in the potential for reinvention, performance and play embedded in any place, and the chain reaction that can be sparked by a single shift.

Fresh Gallery Otara

Call for Proposals | Fresh Gallery

Fresh Gallery Otara provides art exhibitions that relate to the context of its location and its communities. Fresh has a schedule of monthly exhibitions and is known as a unique space for contemporary Pacific art. The gallery has featured experimental art projects and collaborations with national and international artists while acting as a springboard for local emerging artists, giving them the profile and experience to exhibit nationally and internationally.

The gallery is calling for exhibition proposals for the January to December 2017 programme. Preference is given to artists from the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board area and the wider Auckland region.



Opening Monday July 25, 2016 at 5.30pm
PG Gallery, Christchurch

Invited artists respond to a 17th century engraving of Michelangelo’s fresco.
The engraving will also be on display

WIth artists Josh Bashford, Philippa Blair, Roger Boyce,
Darryn George, W.D.Hammond, Samuel Harrison,
Marian Maguire, John Reynolds, Aiko Robinson

Caohagan Island Quilts | Warming Body and Soul

From July 25 – August 10, 2016
Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts, Palmerston North

Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts is hosting a show and sale of hand-made folk quilts by artisans from Caohagan Island in the Philippines. Previously the gallery exhibited 40 quilts during the Quilt Expo held in Palmerston North in early 2015; 28 were sold at that time and an additional 6 are now available. Begun in 1996 under the tutelage of Japanese quilting tutor Junko Sakiyama, quilt making now accounts for one third of the income of this 5-hectare island in the central Philippines; 120 islanders are currently making quilts for world-wide markets.  Warming Body & Soul is only the third exhibition in New Zealand by this unique craft community.


Jayson Rollon | Sampling

From July 25 – August 10, 2016
Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts, Palmerston North

Sampling: Paintings by Jayson Rollon will feature eight works by this talented artist.

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Prue MacDougall | The Tender Trap

Opening Sunday July 24th 2:30pm

Printed artworks in two and three dimensions on paper and in metal with pearls, feathers and other found objects – that puzzle and amuse

Lady Annie Wilson ‘Jacobean Tapestry

Curator's Talk | REVEALED

On Saturday 23 July, 2016 at 11am
Sargeant GalleryTe Whare o Rehua, Whanganui

Join Jennifer Taylor Moore, Curator of Collections as she gives a guided tour through the wonderful new collection-based exhibition REVEALED, which highlights some of the discoveries made during the Gallery’s recent move.

Exhibition runs from June 11 – September 18, 2016

Image: Lady Annie Wilson ‘Jacobean Tapestry (The Tree of Life)’ Circa 1858-1930, wool embroidered on to linen, 1922/4/1.  Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare O Rehua, Whanganui. Gift of Lady Wilson, 1922. 

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.

Anthony DAvies

Anthony Davies | Plight of the Innocent

Opening Saturday July 23, 2016 at 5.30pm
Space Studio and Gallery, Wanganui


“What can you do?  Much of what goes on in the world seems beyond the control of most individuals.  Conflict, disaster, destruction, poverty, displacement, pollution – we might feel that such bad things should not exist, should be remedied, while equally feeling that they are beyond the control of any one person…”
“Time, Love and Tenderness”: Anthony Davies’ Plight of the Innocent

Robbie Fraser, Manifest Decadence

Robbie Fraser and Hugo Lindsay | A Standard of Measurement

Opening Saturday July 23, 10.30am
Papakura Art Gallery, Auckland

Robbie Fraser and Hugo Lindsay are both painters interested in the expanded field of painting and image making. They share an interest in abstract contemporary painting and while both custom make their own paint colours, neither sees colour as the primary concern. Their works are playful and it is easy to see that they take full enjoyment in the painting process.
In this exhibition Fraser and Lindsay have set up a conversation with their paintings, blending their works together throughout the gallery. The discussions between the painters, the works, the topic of painting and with the audience is what sits at the heart of this show. Let’s kōrero.

City Mission Depot

I Am the Art & The Art is Me / Ko au te toi. Ko te toi ko au

Opening Saturday July 23, 2016 at 2pm
Depot Artspace, Auckland

Depot Artspace is proud to present an exhibition of works produced by artists participating in the Auckland City Mission art classes and workshops.

The exhibition is titled I Am the Art & The Art is Me / Ko au te toi. Ko te toi ko au and will open to the public on Saturday 23 July at 2pm.

Prints for Devonport

Timothy Clarke | Prints for Devonport

Opening Saturday July 23, 2016 at 2pm
Depot Artspace, Auckland

“This exhibition will show my impression of Auckland City and its surrounds; all the parks big and small, our volcanoes, our wonderful ranges riding on Auckland’s back and our beaches.

I’ve chosen to print older buildings due to the amount of art, design and pride that went into their creation and bush scenes because there are so many to choose from in and around the city. With designs influenced by photos I have taken, I carve the final image into my lino and once satisfied start the printing process. I use the Ponsonby School of Arts print room where myself and a friend ink the lino and use wooden rollers to press and roll the heavy grade paper which leaves an embossed print, creating an entirely unique one-of-a-kind image every time” – Timothy Clarke

John LAwrence

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.

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Lee Brogan | Totem and Taboo

Opening July 22, 2016 at 6pm
Blikfang, Auckland

Freud’s Essays Totem and Taboo (1913) attempted to use psychoanalysis to interpret the minds and neurosis of people, proposing that all modern forms of socialization are shaped by the primitive culture of origin. He stated that all behaviours of conformity spring from a common primitive form, a totem or a symbol that shapes the identity of a group. Metaphysical inquiries is the crux of Brogan’s work. Influenced by surrealism and primitivism, Brogans investigates the totems by which we define ourselves in contemporary times, and the taboos or ideologies to which different people relate to, or retaliate against.

Billy blends

Billy Apple | Blends

Opening Friday July 22, 5.30pm
Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin

Billy Apple Blends presents an exhibition of Billy’s coffee and tea blends – both, as per all Billy Apple endeavours, are crafted to the Golden Ratio.

Image: Arie Hellendoorn, Discovery, 2016 (detail), acrylic on linen, 1375 x 2440mm

Arie Hellendoorn | Mind Mapping

Opening Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 5.30 – 7pm
{Suite} Gallery, Wellington

Please join Arie for the opening of his ninth exhibition with {Suite} Gallery:
241 Cuba St, Te Aro.

Image: Arie Hellendoorn, Discovery, 2016 (detail), acrylic on linen, 1375 x 2440mm

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.
Lux Festival

Call for Proposals | LUX Light Festival

Do you have a bright idea that will light up Wellington’s waterfront and laneways? LUX Light Festival is now accepting proposals for lightworks, performance, and projection for the 2017 festival, 12 – 21 May.

The deadline is 14th August 2016.

Head to the LUX website for more information, guidelines and application form.


Peter Wichman

Peter Wichman, Suspect | Richard Adams, Other Views

Opening Tuesday July 19, 2016, 5-7pm
OREXART, Auckland

19 July – 13 August 2016

Suspect continues Peter Wichman’s fascination with imagery drawn from literature, resulting in a series of beautiful and enigmatic paintings.
With Other Views, Adams pursues what he calls his key lines theme, that draws from the landscape, inspired by soft European light and tactile Venetian walls of gorgeous colours.

Image: Peter Wichman

Max Gimblett

Max Gimblett | 50 Years of Drawing

Opening Tuesday July 19, 5.30pm
Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington

Marcia Page and James Blackie are proud to present


A retrospective exhibition and accompanying book featuring
fifty years of the Master’s drawing practice.

Join us at the opening from 5:30pm on Tuesday 19th July

Contact the Gallery to order a copy of the book or to arrange a preview

Stella Brennan Black Flags

Stella Brennan | Black Flags

Opening Tuesday July 19, 5.30pm
Trish Clark Gallery, Auckland

With a practice spanning the handmade, new media, installation, curation, social projects and urban design, Stella Brennan’s work navigates the space and time between human subjects. Chief Curator at Wellington’s City Gallery, Robert Leonard, has stated, “Brennan explores the history and currency of modernity, the dream of human perfectibility and emancipation premised on rationality, technology, progress. She researches modernity’s grand schemes and utopian ideologies, and their fate in the brave new world of the present.”

Opportunity | Business Development Director with CoCA


Business Development Director

Two heads are better than one! CoCA is looking for an inspirational Business Development Director to work alongside and co-direct the organisation with our Artistic Director, Paula Orrell.

This will be an exciting and rewarding time for the successful applicant to join the organisation.
Closing Date for applications is: Thursday 11th August 2016


Allie Eagle ‘Untitled’ 2001, Watercolour on board 1000mm x 2000mm

On from  July 18 – August 3, 2016
NorthArt, Auckland

Meet the Artists Sunday 31 July 3.00pm

Have you ever looked at an artwork and thought it wasn’t quite finished, that it needed another component or a bit more paint? How do artists decide when to put down the paint brushes and say “that’s it, this painting is finished, it’s ready to go on exhibition”? Arrested Practice highlights that very problem. It is a show of unfinished artworks – works that are nearly there but not quite. Not complete enough to exhibit, but too good to cut up/paint over/throw out. Artists exhibiting include some of Northart’s most senior and established artists.

Artists: Karl Amundsen, Rosemary Theunissen. Frank van Schaik, John Oxborough, Ross Ritchie, Lindsey Kirk, Simon McIntyre, Sharon Vickers, Garry Currin

Image: Allie Eagle, Untitled (2001), Watercolour on board 1000mm x 2000mm

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.

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Amy Howden-Chapman | Brick Fall, Glass Wall

On from July 16 – August 20, 2016
The Physics Room, Christchurch

Brick Fall, Glass Wall is a new moving image and sound installation by Amy Howden-Chapman. The project looks at the phenomenological effects and ideological signifiers generated by a built environment dominated by glass. Historical examples of mirrored and glass architecture from the Southern California landscape are presented as early precursors to the glass buildings that have become ubiquitous in contemporary urban environments, as witnessed in the Christchurch rebuild.

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On from July 16 – August 20, 2016
The Physics Room, Christchurch

Brian Fuata’s practice is in text, improvisation and performance contextualised by his theatre history. His live 20 minute structured improvisations use the figure of the ghost as a point of departure. In these live works, Fuata veers between various modes of presentation, constantly re-contexualising the physical space of the gallery as both a place of objecthood and a theatrical stage of narrative and persona.

PLACEHOLDER is a film of a ghost performance with the figure of the ghost edited out. On top of the sequential moving images of emptied space are text slides, derived from poetic notations around an idea of omission. Together, the image and text operate on different time loops, infinitely random and continuous.

The film functions partially as a proxy in his physical absence, until he finally arrives at The Physics Room, then as backdrop in his two-week residency of performance actions.

Beth Caird | A Library

On from July 16 – August 20, 2016
The Physics Room, Christchurch

A-Library is a prototype temporary offline digital library that exists on a modem-like piece of hardware. When someone joins this network, rather than connecting to the internet, they are directed to the A-Library catalogue where texts can be uploaded or downloaded freely by users.

A-Library will be temporarily installed at The Physics Room from Saturday 23 July during a two-week residency by Beth Caird. The artist will host a discussion about how to use A-Library, and stimulate conversation around the biases of libraries and knowledge sharing in a digital, capitalist society.

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Group Show | The Brownie Collective

On from July 16 – 29, 2016
Creative Waikato, Hamilton

The Brownie Collective is the next showcase lined up for the Creative Waikato space. The collective of nine young Māori & Pasifika emerging artists (who all are current or past Wintec Media Arts students varying from Bachelors to Masters level) are about indulging in and enhancing our cultures, staying connected and united.

“Culture is key to who we are, it is the foundation of our thoughts, ideas and motivation.  Our collective is young and fresh and we aim to deliver just that – a young fresh native spin to the Waikato art scene.”
Opening night – Saturday 16th July, 5pm runs to Friday 29 July, Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm



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Ruth Thomas-Edmond | There is something seeing and there is something being seen

On from July 13 to August 6, 2016
Bartley + Company Art, Auckland

With what has become a signature mark, Ruth Thomas-Edmond’s soft brush stokes, daubs of paint, gently, meanderingly repeat and accumulate, constructing two and three dimensional patterns and forms that slip between the familiar and the edge of memory.

Overlapping strokes and transparent overlays create a sense of veiled vistas and a dual sensation of under-painting looking out and passersby glimpsing something not quite obscured.

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Imogen Taylor | In & Out

Opening Wednesday July 13, 6pm
Michael Lett Gallery, Auckland

Image: Imogen Taylor, The Moon on Tapestries, 2016, acrylic on hessian, 500 x 600 mm


Ed Lust | Haunts

Opening Tuesday July 12, 5.30pm
Chambers Art Gallery, Christchurch

An exhibition of work Christchurch artist Ed Lust.

Julia Holderness | The Group: Home-wares

Opening Tuesday July 12, 5.30pm
The National, Christchurch

Julia Holderness is a designer and artist who produces domestic wares within art narratives, combining factual and fabricated versions of a chosen story. Inspired by lists of pottery items from original catalogues, Holderness revisits the applied arts and objects from the historical exhibition series The Group Shows in Christchurch. Holding annual exhibitions from 1927 to 1977, The Group gained their reputation for showcasing the latest trends in contemporary New Zealand art, including painting, sculpture, drawing, prints, architectural plans, pottery and textiles.By revisiting particular epochs in New Zealand’s art history and conflating it with international movements such as the Bauhaus (1919-1933) and Omega (1913 – 1919) workshops, this installation explores appropriation, aesthetic lineages and combines several influential design archives as sources for contemporary fabrication.


Open Call | Artists in Residence - Asia New Zealand Foundation

Asia New Zealand Foundation is calling for applications for its artist in residence programmes to take place throughout Asia in 2017.

Successful candidates will live and work at prestigious residency organisations in Asia for three months and will have the opportunity to meet and work with other international artists and curators. 

Kerry Ann Lee, Alta, Vinyl printed scroll banner, 600 x 1200mm

Vacating and Inhabiting | Group Show

On from Tuesday July 12 to Sunday August 7, 2016
Whitespace, Auckland

Vacating and Inhabiting invites both viewer and artist to consider and question how reality is represented, created, and imagined. The new works presented here, by artists Erin Forsyth, Hanna Shim, Kerry Ann Lee and Krystie Wade, are simultaneously drawn from this world and seemingly separate from it. Through a variety of media, Vacating and Inhabiting blurs the lines between what is real and surreal, and juxtaposes the possible with the impossible.

Jessica Ellis Ecophobia, 12th - 30th July

Jessica Ellis | Ecophobia

On from July 12 to 30, 2016
Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland

Jessica Ellis, “Ecophobia”

Iconic Kauri Trees in the Spotlight – Kauri/Native Tree Series     


Rumours | Group Exhibition

Opening Saturday July 9, 10.30am
New Zealand Steel Gallery, Franklin Art Centre

This is a contemporary portraiture exhibition featuring six artists from Auckland and Wellington. The exhibition aims to bring together and showcase six different styles of painting, watercolour, drawing and collage. The works include whimsical portraits that aren’t necessarily a realistic representation but subtle approximations. Featuring: Anne-Sophie Adelys, Henrietta Harris, Gavin Hurley, Sam Mitchell, Seraphine Pick, Wayne Youle.

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Charlotte Parallel | Waves and bodies in waves in bodies

On from July 9 – July 30,2016
Blue Oyster Project Space, Dunedin

Opening anti-panel discussion: Saturday 9 July 2-3pm
Join an open conversation around sound and space with Leyton Glen, Rose James, Forbes Williams and Charlotte Parallel.
Free to attend, all welcome.

Final viewing/finissage: Friday 29 July, 5.30pm
Free to attend, all welcome.

“…our bodies and our lives are almost a kind of resonating chamber for media-borne perturbations that strike us and run through us, that strike us and strike beyond us simultaneously.” — Brian Massumi, Politics of Affect (2015).


Handshake 3

Opening Friday July 8, 6pm
Objectspace, Auckland

Founded by jeweller Peter Deckers in 2011 and in its third iteration, Handshake is a unique mentoring project pairing New Zealand based contemporary jewellers with mentors from throughout New Zealand and internationally who occupy a position of idol or revered maker, creating an ongoing relationship. Handshake 3 sees a shift in the mentor / mentee relationship, where the mentor becomes collaborator. Handshake 3 articulates the different nature and stages of a collaborative creative process and works range from marquete and test based experimentation, text and drawing through to finely resolved sculpture and jewellery.


Quishille Charan | Samundar and Haldi

Opening Friday 8 July, 6pm
Objectspace, Auckland

An exhibition in the Objectspace Vault of textile works by emerging artist Quishille Charan, focusing on her investigations into traditional Fijian textile craft.

Top Image: Quishille Charan, image courtesy of the artist

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


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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.


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.


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

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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.


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.


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.



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).


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.


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.


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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.

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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…

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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