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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.
Contemporary New Zealand painting, sculpture, video, drawing and unique photography and print are all eligible to be submitted.

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.


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.

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Auckland Photo Day 2016

Every June – midnight to midnight – 24 hours, one day, one city
We are pleased to announce that NIKON Auckland Photo Day will be held again in June 2016.

Tauranga Zine Fest

Tauranga Zine Fest

Event on Saturday June 4, 10am to 4pm.
Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga.

It’s official, the inaugural Tauranga Zinefest at Tauranga Art Gallery in collaboration with The Incubator is here!


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.

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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.

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LUMA Art Walk

On from June 3 to June 5, 2016.
Toi o Tahuna, Queenstown Gardens.

LUMA Art Walk is part of the LUMA Southern Light Project, taking place over Queen’s Birthday weekend in the Queenstown Gardens.

Curated by Toi o Tahuna director Mark Moran, the art walk will feature sculptures by New Zealand artists to be displayed in both a daytime setting and illuminated after dark.

Artist Talks | Blikfang Event

Event Friday June 3, 6 pm.
Blikfang Gallery, Auckland.

10 min. talks with images, by 4 to 6 speakers on an arts related subject followed by supper and more wine.

Confirmed speakers include:
John Trolove, Roger Horrocks, Gary Henderson

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Nik Hanton | Locked Rooms

On from Friday June 3 to Saturday June 25, 2016.
Toi Poneke Arts Centre, Wellington.

Hanton’s fascination with humanity, and what it means to be human, is evident in this body of work.
Her careful naming of pieces offers the viewer a glimpse of her psyche, hinting at hidden truths.
Made almost exclusively from materials more commonly associated with construction –
concrete, steel and wood for example – the exhibition approaches the notion of jewellery
in an unexpected way.


Auckland Festival of Photography 2016

From June 2 to June 24, 2016

2016 Auckland Festival of Photography 2 – 24 June. NZ’s only photographic festival, brings together artists, academics, curators, students, amateurs and professionals for the aim of encouraging the public to celebrate the art of photography.


Tuatara Open Late | Art Night Po Whakaatu Toi

Event Thursday June 2, 5-10pm
Galleries across Wellington

Under one magical Matariki sky, Tuatara Open Late joins galleries across the Wellington region for Art Night Po Whakaatu Toi. City Gallery Wellington joins Te Papa (Wellington), Pātaka (Porirua), Mahara Gallery (Waikanae), The Dowse (Lower Hutt) and Expressions (Upper Hutt) to celebrate Matariki with live music, exhibitions and special events after dark.

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Opening Friday May 27, 6pm.
Demo Project Space, Auckland.

PUBLIC DOMAIN Art Fair ’16 is a project proposed by Sarah Mohawk and developed in conjunction with DEMO co-director Hikalu Clarke. PDAF16 invited recent and current artist-run spaces from Auckland and Hamilton to put forward 1-3 representatives to present an independent art fair.

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Talk & Tour | Suburban Dreams

Event on Sunday May 29, 2pm.
The Dowse Art Museum, Wellington.

To farewell the exhibition Suburban Dreams, The Dowse invites you to join exhibition curator Sian van Dyk and Wellington artists Gabrielle Amodeo, Tim Barlow, Murray Hewitt, Kerry Ann Lee and Gina Matchitt in an insightful wander through this exhibition, which encourages us to consider the places we live as inspiration to express ourselves, challenge the status quo and dream of what may come.

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Job Opportunity | Gallery Assistant - Front of House

Gow Langsford Gallery is seeking a versatile and enthusiastic individual to fill a full-time position of Gallery Assistant / Front of House. The position of Gallery Assistant is a multi-faceted job which requires a broad knowledge of local and international art, a high level of organisation, excellent communication skills, initiative and energy.

Still Life

Opening Saturday May 28, 2016
Milford Galleries Queenstown

With work by Wendy Fairclough, Karl Maughan, Richard Orjis, Neal Palmer, John Parker, Reuben Paterson, Harry Watson, and Christine Webster.


Place | A Group Exhibition

Opening Saturday May 28, 5.30pm.
Space Gallery, Wanganui.

Curated by Lyn Dallison (Auckland) & Sarah Williams (Whanganui) this is an exhibition inviting artists living and working in different places to observe what a geographical location, familiar site or position in society might mean to them.

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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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Bella Vista | Jack Hadley, Oliver Gilbert & Zina Swanson

Opening Friday May 27, 5.30pm.
North Projects, Christchurch.

Bella Vista acknowledges the uncanny or mundane aspects of the immediate environment. Jack Hadley, Oliver Gilbert and Zina Swanson each present work that explores landscape, locale and narrative. This exhibition takes its cues from an eclectic range of influences, from interior design and decor, to overgrown gardens and symbols of contemporary Christchurch.

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Francis Upritchard | Jealous Saboteurs

On from May 28 to October 16, 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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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.

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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.

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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.


Julia Glover | I Am

Opening Wednesday May 25, 5pm
Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland.

In the visual typography of Western media and entertainment the bodies of people of African descent have been and continue to be painted as a symbol of perversion, poverty, crime and shame. Studies reveal that others confront individuals from migrant and refugee backgrounds with ascriptions.


Lindy Fish | You Am I

Opening Wednesday May 25, 5pm.
Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland.

The world of twins is explored in this photo-documentary series of black and white portraits featuring twins of all ages and cultures, identical and fraternal.

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Tamara Azizian | A School in the Desert

Opening Wednesday May 25, 5pm.
Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland.

Over the years the Jahalin Bedouin tribe in the West Bank of Israel has suffered the loss of children traveling to distant schools. In collaboration with an Italian NGO and architects a new school was designed and built using recyclable materials symbolizing hope for children from a community struggling to preserve its identity.



Opening Thursday May 26, 6pm.
Ivan Anthony, Auckland.

Artworks include:
Italian, Spanish, Flemish and German paintings, sculpture and antiquities from the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th Century.

Also featuring:
Janet Beckhouse, Jason Greig, Michael Harrison, Peter Madden, Liz Maw and Andrew McLeod.
Introducing Martin Selman.

Michael Dell- Between Nature & Nothing

Michael Dell | Between Nature & Nothing

Opening Thursday May 26, 6 to 8pm.
NKB Gallery, Auckland.

‘Between Nature and Nothing’ is Michael Dell’s first solo show in Auckland since 2005. In the 11 years since 2005 there has been significant shift of focus in Michael’s work, yet at the same time his distinctive surface quality and subtly of mark making remain. The paintings in Dell’s upcoming exhibition shift between his interest in representation and abstraction – the pictorial and the abstract.

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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Larisse Hall | Innuendo...

On from Tuesday May 24 to Saturday May 28,2016.
Studio One Window, Toi Tu, Auckland.

The trans formative quality of the light infused painting is more subtle in an everyday situation….the idea being that the painting ‘lives’ and ‘breathes’, as the slight changes of light ebb and flow during the day…much as our emotions and responses (the light within the work acting as the ‘body language’ – the truth subtly embracing or negating the spoken word). The window will allow the work to be ‘experienced’ at any time of the day. You are invited to view the work in the side walk window of Studio One Toi Tu, 1 Ponsonby Rd.

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John Akomfrah and Bridget Reweti | Vertigo Sea and Tirohanga

On from Saturday May 21 to Tuesday August 2, 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.

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Samantha Matthews | From Fordell

Opening Friday May 20, from 5pm.
Mint Gallery, Dunedin.

Mint Gallery welcomes back Samantha Matthews with her latest body of work, From Fordell. An exhibition in Samantha’s stark signature style – photographs exploring social spaces and places, the people who use them and, in this latest series, nostalgia and the revisit.

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Anton Parsons | New Exhibition

On from Thursday May 19 to Saturday June 11, 2016.
Artist Talk Thursday May 19, 6pm.
Suite Gallery, Wellington.

An exhibition of Anton Parsons’ sculptures will be on show at {Suite} from 19 May – 11 June, including two new braille-themed works inspired by his 2003 commission Invisible City (located on the corner of Lambton Quay and Grey Street in Wellington).

Melanie Kung | Empathy and Abstraction

Opening Wednesday May 18, 6pm.
RM Gallery, Auckland.

Empathy and Abstraction presents an iteration of a body of work that began with the idea of starting a collection — an interest in the greatness of the mundanity involved in this process of accumulation which is an easy-going, on-going, everyday activity. The resulting images are traces of a series of moments – moments of quiet that are not typically looked forward to or remembered but nevertheless form a technical calendar. The images have been conditioned to form an index in abstraction, tracing the distance from the moments themselves. This intangible distance offers the potential for the abstract dimensions of all things to surface and be cared for.

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2016 | Group Exhibition

Opening Tuesday May 17, 5.30pm.
Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington.

We are proud to present 2016; an exhibition that provides a record of our represented artists’ current practice.

Anne Noble, Bruissement bee wing photogram # 12, 2016, 423 x 1124 mm framed

Cameraless photography exhibition and book launch

Opening Wednesday May 18, 5.30 to 7.30pm.
Talk by Professor Batchen at 6.15pm.
Bartley + Company Art, Wellington.

We are delighted to invite you to the opening of this exhibition and the Wellington book launch of
Emanations: The Art of the Cameraless Photograph by Geoffrey Batchen.

This exhibition is a small contemporary take on the larger global historical survey contained in Batchen’s book and exhibition, recently opened at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth. The five artists included in this exhibition show the wide-ranging possibilities and huge diversity of results that may be achieved in the creation of cameraless photographs.

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Mark Whalen | Collisions

Opening Tuesday May 17, 5.30pm.
Sanderson Contemporary Art, Auckland.

Sanderson Contemporary is pleased to host Mark Whalen’s first solo exhibition in New Zealand. Whalen is an Australian artist now based in Los Angeles, USA who’s works are a “creation of private, governable, worlds…Whalen’s worlds exist in a sort of alternate art-historical universe; a kind of parallel art-historical world where the muscularly thrusting theatrics of Baroque painting has yet to breach painting’s viewer-excluding, pictorial, fourth wall. Where all ruction is safely ensconced in a depictive bell jar…” (Roger Boyce)

Kate van der Drift, Waitotara, June, 2015, Giclée Photograph on Matte Paper, 600mm x 600mm

Fabrications | Group Show

Opening Tuesday May 17, 5.30pm.
Sanderson Contemporary Art, Auckland.

Illusory effect is the central tenet to the selection of the works for Fabrications – a group show running concurrently with the Auckland Art Fair. The gallery show is intended to offer a deeper experience of our artists’ practice beyond the confines of the Art Fair stand.
Each of the artists represented are inventors of fictional, discrete objects or worlds. They enlist deliberate deception to create visual illusions; or mislead with the presentation of intricate manufactured universes.


NZ on TV Call for Proposals

NZ on TV Gallery is calling for proposals of video work, looking to establish an environment that supports video work exclusively. .

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.


Group Exhibition | "no matter what they say you don't have to stay in the lines"

Opening Sunday May 15, from 4pm.
Northart, Auckland.

Work from some of the most exciting young designers on the local scene will feature in our contemporary jewellery exhibition. Curator Michelle Wilkinson has collected together more than 20 emerging makers, each of whom has submitted a small series of pieces, resulting in a diverse and eclectic exhibition that promotes jewellery as an art medium, and highlights the breadth of creative talent within the field.


Drawings | Works on Paper

Opening Sunday May 15, 4 to 6pm.
Northart, Auckland.

Ross Ritchie, Karl Amundsen, Garry Currin, Frank van Schaik, John Oxborough, Clare Young, Sharon Vickers, Alistair Nisbet-Smith, Katie Theunissen, Penny Howard, Patrick Malone, George Ritchie, Belinda Griffiths, Carole Prentice and Allie Eagle.


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


Sara McIntyre | Observations of a Rural Nurse

Opening Sunday May 15, 3.00 – 5.00pm.
Anna Miles Gallery, Auckland.

Sara’s first exhibition at the gallery, Observations of a Rural Nurse, opens Sunday 15 May, 3-5pm, as part of this year’s Auckland Festival of Photography.

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Gil Eva Craig | On Heterotopian Boundaries

Opening Saturday May 14, 1pm to 3pm.
Photospace Gallery, Wellington.

Artist Gil Eva Craig loves to capture the un-definable areas on the edges of spaces and has created a photography exhibition celebrating the often-overlooked human defined ‘boundaries’ all around us.

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Laura Williams | Taking the Pastiche

Opening Thursday May 12, 6.30pm.
Black Asterisk, Auckland.

Sophisticated kitsch paintings of cultural phenomena, ‘Taking the Pastiche’ showcases a recent absorption in memory and image which drives Laura Williams towards her most refined and focussed exhibition to date. The impetus for this recent collection of works is summed up by philosopher and cultural critic Walter Benjamin in two statements; one – the past can be seized only as an image flashing up at the present moment and never seen again; and two – every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector’s passion borders on the chaos of memories.


Ekarasa Doblanovic | Modulated

Opening Thursday May 12, 6.30pm.
Black Asterisk, Auckland.

“The question of how colour is perceived has cast its spell upon me.

The nature of colour is that of movement and constant fluctuation. In fact, because of how the eye perceives colour, it is possible that an actual colour can never be definitively seen or known: the tonal value of colour is always dependent on an external light source and surrounding colours.


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’.

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Milli Jannides | The Company of Volcanoes

Opening Thursday May 12, 6 to 8pm.
Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland.

Loosely described as landscapes, or occassionally still life, Jannides’ terrains exist outside of time and geography. Her works begin with an idea of a scene, whether fictional (imagined from literature) or experienced first person. These scenes function as a hook, a way to start each painting, then the process takes over, moving toward the recognition of something in the ‘rectangle of oily mess’.

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Jay Hutchinson | Turn Left At The End Of The Drive

On from May 12 to June 4, 2016.
Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington.

Through physical and chemical processes, Jay Hutchinson’s elaborate hand-embroidered pieces recreate and relocate the quiet marks, colours and textures of Newtown, Wellington.

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Group Show | Te Ara Whakaata

Opening Thursday May 12, 4 to 6pm.
Geoff Wilson Gallery, Whangarei.

Gabrielle Belz, Keatley Te Moananui Hopkins, Alexis Neal, Natalie Couch, Vanessa Wairata Edwards, Faith McManus, Simon Kaan, Jasmine Horton, Maude Cook Davies, Samantha Farquhar.

Toi Whakaata Maori Print Collective are dynamic printmakers and are committed to pushing new ideas in their practice. Shown are pivotal works from diverse practices as a form of cultural expression.

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.


Encircle | Emily Siddell & Stephen Bradbourne

Opening Wednesday May 11, 5.30 to 7.30pm.
Masterworks Gallery, Auckland.

Following on from their first collaborative work for Counterpart at Corbans Estate Art Gallery in 2015, this solo exhibition continues their exploration of the connections and conversations that occur between their individual art practices. Sharing an appreciation for craft practice and a fascination in fine patterns, these new works by Emily and Stephen will be a physical manifestation of the dialogue between pieces as one influences another back and forth as well as intertwining into single combined works.

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Folding Form | Laura Jer

Opening Wednesday May 11, 5.30 to 7.30pm.
Masterworks Gallery, Auckland.

Folding Form is an investigation into the materiality and potential of thin metal sheet through the process of folding. Through this body of work, Laura presents objects that are sculptural as well as wearable. From a single thin, flat surface comes a three-dimensional form with depth, height and volume.

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Event Horizon | Group Show

Opening Friday May 6, 5pm.
Ilam Campus Gallery, Christchurch.

Hana Pera Aoake, Audrey Baldwin, Eddie Clemens, Toshi Endo, James Oram, and Daniel Strang
Curated by Jamie Hanton.


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.


Kate Lepper | DEAD BUG LIVE

Special Screening Monday May 16, 6:30pm.
Toi Pōneke Gallery, Wellington.

DEAD BUG LIVE is a novel viewing system pedestalling the carcass of a dead bush cricket,
kikipounamu or kihikihi pounamu. A live feed – ordinarily used for breaking news, CCTV
or as an observation method in conservation field work – here, elevates a shy bug to primetime.
The playful apparatus exploits an earnest childlike fascination for wilderness objects and ambiguously
prods the problem of Nature as spectacle.

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Uniform | Uniform presents: Exchange

Opening Event Saturday May 7, 5 to 7pm.
Closing Event: Saturday May 28, 2pm — see below for more events.
Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin.

We operate distinctly. North and South. The cities of Auckland and Dunedin. One sub-tropical, lush, loud, and neon. One gothic, gentle, and cool. Yet our punk whakapapa is transitory in nature. We have romanticised these states of difference and they have in turn become descriptors that make us cringe “dunedin sound” vs “auckland punk”. It is in shared experience that we have built our community.

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Emma McLellan | Artificially Translated

On from May 6 – June 5, 2016
Art at Wharepuke, Kerikeri.

For a long time, my work has explored genetic engineering through a blending of science fiction and reality; combining and juxtaposing literary fantasies with scientific possibilities.

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Locals Neke Moa | Caroline Thomas & Kathryn Yeats

On from Friday May 6, 2016.
QUOIL Gallery, Wellington.

Neke Moa: Mahi tahi, mahi ora, mahi mai, mahi mahi!
Caroline Thomas: My best pieces are often mistakes, the bastard offspring of an original vision… if I can recognise a still point in all the chaos, sometimes I can wrestle it into a successful material form…

Kathryn Yeats: There are particular qualities which draw me to buildings and sites… particularly when they haven’t been well maintained and there is a record of their existence on their surface…they are warm and alive, their narratives impressed into their surfaces…

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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.

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Group Show | Beachhead's PEACE OF MIND

Opening Thursday Mar 5, 6pm.
Artspace, Auckland.

Morehshin Allahyari, Marwa Arsanios, Khaled Barakeh, Don Driver, Harun Farocki & Andrei Ujică, Matthew Galloway, Bouchra Khalili, Şener Özmen, Savaş Boyraz, Khaled Sabsabi and Hito Steyerl
Welcoming speech with Khaled Sabsabi.

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Simon Payton | Wildfire

On from May 5 to May 31, 2016.
The Bank Art Gallery, Invercargill.

“Whoever coined the phrase ‘painting is dead’ has not experienced the energy and vitality present in Simon Payton’s studio environment…”
Dr. Carole Shepheard, ONZM
Retired Fine Arts Professor of Art
Elam School of Art


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Sean Chen | "Landmarks"

Opening Thursday May 5, from 5 to 8pm.
Flagstaff Gallery, Auckland.

“Landmarks” is Sean’s first exhibition in New Zealand for 3 years; Come along to celebrate Sean’s quirky paintings, energetic brush strokes and unusual colours! We are delighted to be exhibiting 16 stunning new works.


Commentarii | Lynn Kelly, Tania Patterson, and Lisa West

Opening on Wednesday May 4, 5.30pm.
Form Gallery, Christchurch.

In a society defined by technology, constant flux, and evolution, we are too often bombarded with everything occurring outside of ourselves that we forget to take note of particular moments crucial to us as an individual.

‘Commentarii’ featuring contemporary jewellery by Lynn Kelly, Tania Patterson, and Lisa West, challenges this idea. Not only have all three artists recorded their moments of genius or personal inspirations, but they have also utilized these moments to create something of beauty.

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47°South Rakiura | Five artists on Stewart Island

Open from May 4 to June 4, 2016.
Solander Gallery, Wellington.

Solander Gallery is excited to present a suite of artworks inspired by Stewart Island created as part of the 47°South Rakiura project, opening 4 May 2016.
On exhibition will be limited edition and unique works from the project artists: Auckland based John Pusateri and Jacqueline Aust, Dunedin based Jenna Packer and Inge Doesburg, and Wellingtonian Jacqui Colley.
Each artist brings a fascinating and unique perspective to this shared experience of Stewart Island.

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.

Jack Trolove

Jack Trolove

Opening Tuesday May 3, 5 to 7.30pm.
Whitespace, Auckland.

Jack’s work explores relationships between embodiment and liminal spaces, including intergenerational memory and other states of transition or in-between-ness. He approaches figurative work as a kind of re-membering.

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Annemieke Farmilo & Fiona Kerr Gedson | By Nature

Opening Saturday April 30, 3.30pm
Inspirit Studio & Gallery, Hamilton

Annemieke Farmilo works with raw Pounamu (New Zealand Nephrite Jade), glass and other natural materials to painstakingly recreate unusual and dynamic art works from her  studio near Cambridge. By intuitively arranging these mediums she creates strong visual, yet peaceful, abstract forms depicting the more rugged New Zealand landscapes of water and land. Stunning Great Barrier Island gives her inspiration.

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Eleanor Cooper | They say this island changes shape

Opening Friday April 29, 5.30pm
Artist talk Saturday April 30, 11am.
The Physics Room, Christchurch.

Curated by Rebecca Boswell.
While in residence on the pre-settler state of Raoul Island, the only inhabited island in the Kermadec archipelago north of New Zealand, Eleanor Cooper developed a series of new work They say this island changes shape investigating ideas of remoteness and possibilities of foregrounding nature.

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Sonya Lacey | Dilutions and Infinitesimals

Opening Friday April 29, 5.30pm.
Artist talk Saturday April 30, 11am.
The Physics Room, Christchurch.

For Dilutions and Infinitesimals, Wellington-based Sonya Lacey has created anew cast metal typeface. The exhibition continues Lacey’s interest in printing histories, typography and the physical forms of communication. Utilising the obsolete process of letterpress printing, Dilutions reveals language as a flexible encounter–at first discrete or stable, yet liable to adaptation and change.


Neal Palmer | Reflections on Form

Opening Saturday April 30, 2016
Milford Galleries Queenstown

Neal Palmer’s botanical works exhibit a tension between the flatness of the picture plane and the illusion of depth and space he creates with his brush. He uses strong diagonal forms and multi-toned colours as compositional elements to lead the eye across the painted surface and into its imagined background.


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.

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The Flame of the Pacific | Irwan Ahmett and Tita Salina

Opening Thursday April 21, 5.30pm.
St Paul St Gallery, Auckland.

Irwan Ahmett and Tita Salina are an artist duo from Jakarta. Their tactical, interventionist approach is developed in response to living in a megacity of 15 million people, and amid large-scale contemporary political power struggles. They frequently deal with social issues in public space, translating them into spontaneously unfolding events.

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Rebecca Ann Hobbs | Te Ihu o Mataoho

Opening Thursday April 21, 5.30pm.
St Paul Street Gallery, Auckland.

Te Ihu o Mataoho is an exhibition by Rebecca Ann Hobbs in consultation with mana whenua and in collaboration with other practitioners. The works advocate for the appreciation of ngā puia o Tāmaki Makaurau (the volcanic field of Auckland) by raising the profiles of volcanic features with artworks that celebrate the contemporary relationships that communities have with these precious sites.


Call for Entries | Estuary Art Awards 10th Anniversary

The only contemporary art prize in Aotearoa New Zealand with ecology at its core. Artists are invited to research and respond to the Tāmaki Estuary, to underscore the ecological value of this vital waterway and encourage action against its pollution. With a total prize pool of $8,300 the winning artworks will be intelligent and innovative responses to ecology in the field of contemporary art.


Open Call | Residency at the ESA and at the Ars Electronica Futurelab

This is the fourth residency conducted under the aegis of the European Digital Art and Science Network for which Ars Electronica cordially invites artists to apply. It’s an extraordinary opportunity to spend a scientifically inspired stay at one of the world’s foremost research institutions, the European Space Agency (ESA). Artists will get an up-close-and-personal look at Europe’s space program or experience two historic events live on site: the landing of the Rosetta space probe and the Exo Mars mission.


The Present Occupies No Space | Group Show

On from April 19 2016 to June 26 2016
Pah Homestead, Auckland.

This exhibition is curated by 2016 Summer Intern Sarah Hall and features work from the Wallace Arts Trust Collection.

We look for time in everything, yet it is rarely seen to exist in the same sense that you see an object or person. In a way an artwork is a document of time, histories preserved within the layers of a painted surface, or in the patience of a carefully timed exposure. Art as an object of time is revealed through its process, enabling time to be perceived as encapsulating a simultaneous past and present.

Applications Open | The Frances Hodgkins Fellowship

Applications are invited for New Zealand’s Premier Art Fellowship.

The University of Otago invites applications for the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship for the year 2017 from serious artists who are New Zealanders or normally resident in New Zealand.


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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Fran Dibble | A Beautiful Destruction

On from April 15 to June 26, 2016.
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North.

Two artists influenced this exhibition of new work by Fran Dibble – W. M. Turner (1775-1851), who emphasised human vulnerability when confronted with the power of nature, and Adrian Villar Rojas (1980-) who selects media for its temporary qualities, relishing the way his works break down while being exhibited. Fran responds to these influences with a sense of the awe and beauty of nature as a dynamic and changing spectacle.

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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.

2016 Print Awards | Call for Entries

Now calling for entries, the 2016 Print Awards are open to all British and international artists’ working in print. The Print Awards do not seek to define printmaking but invite submissions from artists working in a range of print-related media including works on paper, 2D, 3D, video, installation and site-specific works – making for the most diverse and exciting printmaking event in the UK.

Call for Proposals | Hastings City Art Gallery

The Gallery is calling for individual and collaborative exhibition proposals to be included in our 2017 Foyer and Alcove exhibition programme.
Our aim is to select work that adds to the Gallery’s vision of exhibiting work that engages, enriches and inspires, connecting with our people, place and identity.


Tonga 'I Onopooni | Tonga Contemporary

Opening Wednesday April 13, 2016.
City Gallery, Invercargill

Tonga ‘i Onopooni: Tonga Contemporary is an exhibition of work by thirteen Tongan New Zealand artists. From sculpture to painting, photography, video and installation, the exhibition showcases the strength and vitality of their work. This groundbreaking exhibition focuses exclusively on the work of artists of Tongan heritage living in New Zealand and is guest curated by art historian and curator Nina Kinahoi Tonga.


Parlour Games

Opening Monday April 11, 6pm.
Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland.

Parlour Games features works from the Wallace Arts Trust Collection and site-specific installations at the Pah Homestead by four contemporary New Zealand artists: Matt Coldicutt, Philippa Emery, Natalie Guy, and Amy Unkovich. The artists have integrated their own responses to modern life with resonances of past lives echoing in the Victorian domestic period of the Homestead, further articulated by works chosen from the Wallace Arts Trust.


2016 National Contemporary Art Award | Open for Entries

The National Contemporary Art Award can be described as brave, colourful and never shy, an award which takes on an exciting genre – contemporary art. Contemporary art is simply described as art that has been and continues to be created during our lifetimes. In other words, contemporary to us. Or more simply, the art of now. 

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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Dan Arps | Plastic Mouthfeel III

Open from April 2 to June 6, 2016.
Te Uru Contemporary Gallery, Auckland.

Dan Arps’ Plastic Mouthfeel III responds to the physical environment of West Auckland, and in particular the pyscho-geography of its suburban fringes – the complexity of the local environs informs his latest body of work. Architectural assemblages and household objects are made in response to the stacking and layering that is typical of native bush, as well as the interaction with architecture and the apparatus of the city. This exhibition returns to research he developed through his time at McCahon House as artist-in-residence from March to May 2014. After time to germinate, he has developed an installation at the interface between nature, mysticism and architecture.

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Craig McClure | Atlas

Opening Thursday March 24, 4:30pm
Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga.

Created for the vault, Atlas is a site specific installation that draws together the many threads of McClure’s art making.

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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.

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Frida Kahlo | Her Photos

Opening Saturday March 19, 2016.
Te Manawa, Palmerston North.

In 2016, images from Frida Kahlo’s personal and historic collection of photographs will be exhibited in New Zealand for the first time. Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History in Palmerston North, is the exclusive New Zealand venue for this exciting international tour.

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.


The Hive Hums with Many Minds: Part One

Opening Saturday March 12, 4 – 8pm.
Te Tuhi, Auckland

The Hive Hums with Many Minds: Part One features an eclectic constellation of artworks from large immersive video installations to contemplative photographs and drawings that addresses the significance of vast global infrastructures from the context of Aotearoa.


Kate Davis | The Unswept Floor

Opening Saturday March 12, 2016.
Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Born in New Zealand, Glasgow-based artist Kate Davis has spent the first months of 2016 living and working in Dunedin as part of the Gallery’s Visiting Artist Programme. Davis’ work strikes up a conversation with the past – creating opportunities to reconsider certain moments of social, political or historical significance, and to insert her own voice into these dialogues. The role and depiction of women in society and art history are among her key concerns.


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.


Fiona Pardington | A Beautiful Hesitation

Opening Saturday March 5, 10am.
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

Explore themes of death, sex, flesh and the female gaze in Fiona Pardington: A Beautiful Hesitation at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. With more than 100 photographs on display, A Beautiful Hesitation is a comprehensive presentation of 30 years of Fiona Pardington’s practice. Revealing the key elements that have helped to shape her work, the exhibition celebrates one of New Zealand’s most notable photographers.


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.


Call for Entires | The Parkin Drawing Prize

The Parkin Drawing Prize is Aotearoa New Zealand’s premier award for drawing. It promotes drawing in all its forms – as discovery, a testing of ideas, and decision making. Closes June 17, 5.00pm.


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.


Len Casbolt's Photography | ​From Soft Focus to Sharp Vision

Opening Saturday February 6, 10am.
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

Lennard Casbolt was a pioneering practitioner of Pictorialism, a photographic style that mirrors the effects of painting through dramatic use of light and composition, and via the evocation of mood. Browse this selection of photographs that conveys the artist’s life’s work to gain an understanding of his role at the forefront of art photography in post-WWI New Zealand.


Op + Pop

Opening Saturday February 6, 2016.
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu

Prepare to be dazzled as we take a look at the continued influence of two major international twentieth-century art movements—Op Art and Pop Art—on New Zealand art. Op, born in Britain in the early 1960s, and Pop, which started in the United States in the late 1950s, opened up dynamic new possibilities for making art.

Image Credit: Mervyn Williams Chromatic Invention No 11 (A), 1969, serigraph, collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu.


Warwick Freeman | The Family Jewels

The Dowse Art Museum

The Family Jewels is the Adeane/Freeman family’s name for the suite of Warwick Freeman works that formed his renowned 1995 Owners exhibition and Owner’s Manual publication.

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.


The Artists Alliance Bootcamp Mentoring Programme

In 2016, Artists Alliance will present a suite of short, sharp workshops designed to give your career a boost! We have a stellar line up of industry professionals delivering the programme and with each workshop being kept to a maximum of 15 participants you will have a unique opportunity to engage directly with each speaker.


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