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

Group Show | Set in Motion

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

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

In Lye’s Zebra (1965), a steel rod spins and sways while in the contemporary artworks, fans whirr, magnetic tape flies, and Plexiglass shimmers. A display of archival material and process drawings offers a window into each of the artist’s making, thinking and ideas.

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

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Yvonne Todd | Barnacles/Fictitious Bodies

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

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

Please RSVP office@artgallery.org.nz

Antarctic Biennale

Open Call for Proposals | The 1st Antarctic Biennale

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

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

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Finalists Announced | 25th Annual Wallace Art Awards 2016

The Wallace Arts Trust has announced the finalists for the 25th Annual Wallace Art Awards 2016. This year the Trust received 371 entries from which 88 entries have been selected as finalists.The finalists have been selected by the 2016 judging panel, comprising of by prominent members of the arts sector’ Andrew Clifford, Georgina Ralston, Philip Trusttum, Richard Maloy and Sam Mitchell.

The finalists are:

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Eden Arts | Young Artists Awards 2016

The Young Artists Awards are held in August/September each year and are open to artists between the ages of 16 and 25 who live or attend school within the wider Mt Eden area.Culminating in an exhibition of work and judged by well known artists, the awards comprise of generous cash and other grants to further the winners’ art careers.


Marketing Coordinator | Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki is New Zealand’s largest and most inspiring visual arts experience. Through our exhibitions and special events, we engage diverse audiences from throughout Auckland, across the country and around the world. To support our work in growing the Gallery’s visitation and reach, we’re looking for a smart, bright and capable Marketing Coordinator.  

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Call for Artists | Handshake 2017 - 2018

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

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Judy Millar | Turning The World Inside Out: 30 Years A Painter

On from  August 31 – September 24, 2016
Gow Langsford Gallery (Lorne Street), Auckland

While working on a group of new paintings during the summer of 2015 Judy Millar had a flashback to a work painted almost 30 years earlier. She was struck by the similarity between a work she had painted in 1987 and her new work both in palette and the overlaid drawn line used to establish depth in the image.

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Communications Manager | The Centre of Contemporary Art

The Centre of Contemporary Art (CoCA) is committed to establishing and maintaining a vibrant, relevant, accessible and world-class contemporary gallery in the heart of Christchurch. To ensure that CoCA can achieve its vision, they are seeking a talented and energetic Communications Manager to join the team.


Proposals Invited | NZ Sculpture OnShore 2016 Indoor Gallery

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


Anchor Point | Performance Development in the Gallery

On from Tuesday August 30 – Saturday September 3
Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch

Hyde productions presents Anchor Point; a tactile exploration of sculpture, dance, sound and light, which will be developed in the CoCA gallery space during Contemporary Christchurch.

The process will be open to view Tuesday 30 August – Saturday 3 September 2016 during gallery opening hours: 10am – 5pm


Group Show | The Artist as Prophet

Opening Sunday August 28, 2016 from 4 – 6pm
Northart, Auckland

Northart presents The Artist as Prophet.  Curated by Deborah White, with artists Michael Hall, Garry Currin, Nic Moon, Bing Dawe, Greer Twiss and Lianne Edwards

Also opening:New and Recent Works

Gayle Forster, Craig Humberstone, Barry Ross Smith and Nancy Synnestvedt each have very different approaches to art making and their group show of new and recent works promises to be a fascinating one. Long-time Christchurch resident Gayle Forster’s many years in the earthquake affected city have had a significant impact on her work, and she will exhibit a series related to Denniston Plateau and mining – showing what lies both above and below the earth’s surface.


Nicola Gregory | Once upon a vixen

Opening Saturday August 27, 2016 at 5.30pm
Space Studio and Gallery, Whanganui

New paintings by Manawatu artist Nicola Gregory exploring concepts of solitude and identity through narrative. Viewing until 2nd September

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

Matt Henry | Long Division

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

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.

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Petra Stueben | The hereafter and the here-now - part II

On from August 26 – September 17, 2016
Toi Pōneke Gallery, Wellington

A picture taken at a specific moment in German history with a clear intention is the starting point for The hereafter and the here-now – part II. This exhibition by Petra Stueben revisits photographs taken by her grandmother of her own possessions in Germany during the 1930s.


Lana Lopesi | Seki

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

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

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

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Terry Haines | Beneath The Surface

Opening Thursday August 25, 2016, from 4 – 6pm
Geoff Wilson Gallery, Whangarei

We live our lives behind a mask or a front that we put up, my intention is to be transparent and open.
This show opens up the inside of the sculpture.’

Terry is looking at sculpture through new eyes. By working in clear Perspex he allows the viewer to see into the inner workings of the sculpture, looking more in depth than is possible with traditional sculpture.

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Dilohana Lekamge | For any who come to take from here

August 25 – September 17, 2016
Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington

Through a series of moving image works and performative actions, For any who come to take from here considers the home as a site of knowledge, refuge and isolation, asking what memories can be found in spaces we live and have lived in.

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Dr Rangihiroa Panoho | Writing Maori Art

Thursday August 25, 6pm.
City Gallery, Wellington

Free admission

Auckland-based art historian Dr Rangihiroa Panoho discusses themes in his 2015 book Maori Art: History, Architecture, Landscape and Theory. He is joined in conversation with art historian Peter Brunt (Victoria University) and curator Megan Tamati-Quennell (Te Papa).


Eva Llorens| Somnium

Opening Thursday August 25, 2016 at 5.30pm
Railway St Studios, Auckland

View from August 25 – September 13, 2016

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Group Show | AUT Pilot Series

Opening Wednesday August 24, 2016 at 5pm
St Paul St Gallery Three, Auckland

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

Opening Wednesday August 24 – Saturday August 27: Doppler Shift (Gillian Green, Janna Isbey, Natsha Nandabhiwat, Aydriannah Tuiali’i, Hannah Wharfe, Sandy Xu)


Group Show | CLINK Project

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

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

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Hannah Eames | i think a lot about how i killed them

Opening Wednesday August 24, 2016 from 6pm
RM Gallery, Auckland

i think a lot about how i killed them is an archive of objects, video, sound and numerical data, that have all originated from two trees which were planted together, fifteen years ago. Transformation machines have extracted this information from the trees. They continuously change the state of them, in the way of cutting, burning, measuring and re-articulating their physical properties. In the death of their original state, the machines ensure that they are always simultaneously living and dying; their architectural information is now gone, but a fuzz of documented information still allows them to exist.

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Ellie Smith and Cathy Tuato’o Ross | Collecting Shadows

On from August 24 – September 16, 2016
Geoff Wilson Gallery, Whangerei

Ellie and Cathy are both highly experienced artists in projects which examine our quiet, small and personal moments, recollections and losses.

The artists have been working with the Whangarei Heritage Museum at Kiwi North selecting specific objects that may have lost provenance or their personal stories. The shadow or reflection of an object is intimately connected to its subject and ceases to exist once subject and light are removed. With this in mind the artists are inviting you to come along to the Geoff Wilson Gallery with a chosen object that will be photographed while the exhibition project is in place. The artists will be photographing the shadow of your object while you wait about ten minutes (we have a great café on campus). The image will be printed out then hung in the growing exhibition of ‘things that have lost their meaning’. These images and a building collection of images created from the objects bought in by you to the gallery will be displayed until 16th September.

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Visitor Host | McCahon House

McCahon House is a culturally significant House Museum and Artists’ Residency located in Titirangi, Auckland. The Trusts mission is ‘to recognize the life and art of Colin McCahon through a residency of international standing and to preserve the McCahon house as a place for the public to visit.’The Trust supports the development of outstanding contemporary visual art and facilitates great visitor experience at the McCahon House Museum.

This part time Sunday position (3 hours) will suit someone interested in building a career in the arts and heritage sector, and who is able to swap with the Saturday Visitor Host position during sick and holiday periods.

Miranda Parkes

Art Bus Pays Visit to Auckland Girls Grammar School

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

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

Thomas Hancock, Object on White #2 (2016), oil on board, 585x550mm

Group Show | Battersea

Opening Tuesday August 23, 2016 at 5.30pm
Chambers Art Gallery, Christchurch

A group exhibition featuring artists who have studio spaces at Battersea Street studios:

Janie Bruce | Olivia Chamberlain | Sam Clague | Thomas Hancock | Katharina Jaeger | Tim Middleton | Martin Sagadin | Malcolm Terry

Image: Thomas Hancock, Object on White #2 (2016), oil on board, 585x550mm


Group Sculpture Show | Parnell Gallery

Opening on Tuesday August 23, 2016 at 5:30 pm
Parnell Gallery, Auckland 

Participating artists include Trevor Askin, Martin Carryer, Shane Dudley, Olivier Duhamel, Matt Gauldie, Nejat Kavvas, Gerard McCabe, Josh Olley, and Richard Wells.

Image: Trevor Askin, Sunrise, Bronze, 400 x 420mm

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Open Call | Contemporary Art Research Residencies

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São Paulo, Brazil.

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

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Studio One Toi Tu Creative Residencies | Open Call for Proposals


Creatives from all disciplines can now spend time honing their craft in the leafy, inner city suburb of Ponsonby by applying for the creative studio residency at Auckland Council’s Studio One Toi Tū.

Recipients of the residencies will receive nine months of free studio space at Studio One Toi Tū from November 2016 to July 2017, including 24-hour access to facilities and mentorship to help achieve their project goals.

Submission deadline: Sunday 25 September


Group Show | Contemporary Christchurch

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

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

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

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Neil Dawson | Selected Works

August 20 -September 14, 2016
Milford Galleries, Queenstown

Neil Dawson is a master of the sculpted motif, his laser-cut metallic friezes and free-standing installations often charged with repeated enmeshed iconography. His practice, which encompasses both large, site-specific public works and more intimate wall-hangings, uses these repeated patterns to play optical tricks, becoming some form of three-dimensional analogue to M. C. Escher’s famed drawings and prints.


Group Show | Beauty is in the Street

On from August 20 – September 24, 2016
Objectspace, Auckland

Opening event Saturday August 27 at 5.30pm

Reimagining the city through the eyes of critically attuned and collective making practices which engage in the vital issues and materials of our contemporary landscape with resilience, humour, energy and transmutation.

Including contributions from Areez Katki, Sione Monu, Lula Cucchiara & Ash Mosen / Mosen Studios, Rawiri Brown, Luisa Tora and Molly Rangiwai-McHale, Liv Worsnop, Eleanor Cooper, Oliver van der Lugt, Luka Mues, Dawn Blood, Lulu Fang, Annie Mackenzie, Jack Tilson, John Mutambu, Bridget Riggir, Lana Lopesi, Ella Sutherland and Billie Popovic

Curated by Elle Loui August

Image: Areez Katki, Constantinople Dress, 2016 (detail)

Barry Lett

Group Show | Invocations

On from August 20 – September 6, 2016
nkb Gallery, Auckland

Invocations features new and unseen work from Artists:

Michael Dell, Carl Foster, Russell Hollings, Barry Lett, Soodesh Jooron, Katherine Simpson, Marcus Capes

Image: Barry Lett The Poet’s Bird, Acrylic on board, 670 x 920mm


Johanna Zellmer | Forged

On from August 20 – September 24, 2016
The Vault, Objectspace, Auckland

Opening event Saturday August 27 at 5.30pm

An exhibition examining political subjectivity through the iconographic languages employed in the forging of a nations currency. Drawing on themes of migrancy, movement and identity Forged reflects on the political codification of personal experience through the language of jewellery.


Panic Art Sale | Skinroom

Opening on Friday August 19, 2016 at 6 pm
Skinroom Gallery, Hamilton 

Back Room presents the 慌的 PANIC ART SALE 艺术品销售, featuring new and old works by Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia recipients:

Adam Edwards, Eliza Webster, Mark Peter, Mason Holloway & Rosie Stanaway. 
All donations to the sale will support the students’ time in China as they complete their Bachelor of Media Arts through Wintec and Chengdu University.

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On from August 19 – September 3, 2016
Rockies, Auckland

Rockies is proud to present ‘Price Less’ – an onsite and online exhibition by Taylor Wagstaff.

Check out the show in ROCKIES window and the video work ‘The Price of Things’ @ https://vimeo.com/179007924

There will be no opening


Call for Emerging Artists | Upstream Art Trail

2017 Theme: STRUCTURE

The Call: the Upstream Art Trail is looking for sculptural projects by emerging artists and designers that address the broad theme of STRUCTURE, as well as respond or interact with specific sites within Central Park in Brooklyn, Wellington.

The Art Trail is focused on emerging artists and designers, most likely recent graduates or those in the early years of their creative practice. The event is intended to serve as a hothouse for showcasing local emerging talent, in line with one of the Wellington City Council’s strategic goals.


Sandra Bianciardi | Exploration

Opening Friday August 19, 2016 at 5pm
Mint Gallery, Dunedin

Sandra Bianciardi is a French artist, now settled in Dunedin. Her large oil paintings have a European Expressionist feel. Although based on the New Zealand landscape, the soft pastel-tones and treatment of the subject matter give the works an air of ambiguity.

 ‘I did not know even yesterday that I was going to do it. Maybe it’s explaining phonetics to others or maybe it’s the desk against the wall – that distracts you less.

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Group Show | Silent Lover

Opening Friday August 19, 2016 at 6 PM
Skinroom Gallery, Hamilton

Skinroom is happy to present SILENT LOVER, an abstract painting installation show with works by:

Delaney Parker, Rachel Peary & Lia Mitchell.
Silent Lover will run until the 4th of September, and the Panic Art Sale will be open only until the 26th of August, so you’d better get in quick!


Applications Open | Grant for Artists with Children

The Sustainable Arts Foundation is offering awards of up to US $6,000 (NZ $8,200) to writers and artists with children. The money can be used for costs such as child care, workspaces, new equipment, research and travel.

There are two funding rounds each year and typically a total of ten grants are made in each round: five Sustainable Arts Foundation Awards valued at $6000 each and five Sustainable Arts Foundation Promise Awards valued at $2000.

To be eligible to apply for a grant you must have at least one child under the age of 18.  Applicants can be based anywhere in the world and there are no citizenship restrictions.


Call for Proposals | Whau Arts

The Whau Community Arts Broker and Whau Local Board are interested in supporting arts based projects that are accessible and visible, and that engage with and reflect the diverse population of the area. We are also interested in community initiated projects with an emphasis on embedding creativity in everyday life and engaging with youth. The scope of what can be supported is broad and can include public events, shows and exhibitions or workshops and activities which place an emphasis on process, participation and social agency.

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Michele Bryant and Jonathan Brough | Going Back Again

Opening Wednesday August 17, 2016, from 5.30 – 7pm
Solander Gallery, Wellington

Michele and Jonathan’s recent return to Hawkes Bay informs much of Michele’s recent works. They have found rural life is strongly separated between being inside houses and the external experience of the land. The backgrounds to Michele’s recent prints are influenced by textile patterns from her childhood and the interior of houses where a lot of time has been spent. Overlaying these backgrounds are symbols of the work outside, cutting and planting of trees, planes coming and going from the local airfield. Slices of wood from the family farm have also been used for sketches from childhood memories, combined with recent experiences of rural life.

Jonathan started a suitcase series a few years ago, initially as a background for a portrait, he then realised that the geometrical shapes and colour combinations of the tower/stacks were compelling as both a visual study and also symbolic of many relocations. The scars and the tags on these cases document the dramatic process of shifting a life from one place to another.

Supreme Award winner Alex Miln with his entry Genuine miles

Miles Art Awards | Exhibition

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

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

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

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2016 Fingers Graduate Award

On from August 17 – 30, 2016
Fingers Gallery, Auckland

Featuring Nik Hanton, Whitireia Polytechnic
Kylie Sinkovich, Hungry Creek Art & Craft School
Kim Whalen, Manukau School of Visual Arts

Image: Kim Whalen, Pearl necklace. Concrete, pearls, sterling silver and
Chain link necklace. Sterling silver

Boundary, 2016. Wood, lead, oil. 50 x 50 x 910mm

Anita DeSoto | Vintage | Simon Allison | Six Days

Opening Tuesday August 16, 2016 from 5 – 7pm
OREXART, Auckland

Anita DeSoto’s Vintage works find sources in anonymous vintage snapshots that are intimately presented. This photo-based figurative painting explores the relationship between the two and the use of paint to evoke pathos, memory, and nostalgia. View here.

Simon Allison works with a strong physical and direct material language. His sculpture often discusses the power and fragility of the physical and spiritual balance. Six Days is a continuation of the series the sculptor has been working on and showing in London. View here.

Image: Simon Allison, Boundary (2016) Wood, lead, oil. 50 x 50 x 910mm


Tjalling de Vries | no guts no glory

On from August 16 – September 10, 2016
Antoinette Godkin Gallery, Auckland

Most recently Tjalling has been painting on canvas and billboard fragments using a mishmash of found cartoon imagery and gestural painterly marks. Each of the paintings in this new body of work develops around a series of questions concerning the formal aspects of image-making. In particular the works explore and experiment with colour relationships, spatial disorientation and the forcing together of figurative and abstract forms. Structured around the principles of collage (another idiom that frequently resurfaces in Tjalling’s practice), the works involve a playful layering of imagery and painterly textures that complicate the pictorial surface of the images through the juxtaposition of forms that become absurd in their recontextualisation. In this sense, Tjalling’s works are humorous ruminations on the very act of painting.

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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.

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind... | Matthew Jones

Opening on Saturday August 13, 2016 from 2 – 3:30 pm
Depot Artspace, Auckland

Photographic works exploring the beauty of marine habitats and creatures. Habitats range from Auckland sites between the tides to offshore sites nearly two kilometres in depth. Historically, as inshore species were depleted fishing industry activities have moved offshore. Knowledge (science) has often lagged well behind exploitation if it followed at all. Very little was known regarding fragile deep-sea ecosystems beyond target species.

Driven by ignorance and greed, the lust for profit has overridden notions of sustainability. As a consequence fisheries have collapsed and ecosystems have been degraded or destroyed. It may never be known what was lost…

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Group Show | Share/Cheat/Unite

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

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

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

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

Natasha Matila-Smith | Lonely Island

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

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


Beth Te Aroha McGill | Manu Tukutuku – Decorative Birds

Friday August 12, 2016 from 5 -7pm
Taylor Jensen Gallery, Palmerston North

Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts exhibits the unique painting skills of Palmerston North-based artist Beth Te Aroha McGill. Manu Tukutuku – Decorative Birds will showcase a gallery full of realistically portrayed New Zealand birds, flowers, trees and greenery delicately painted on bird feathers.  Using one feather to as many as five, McGill captures the colourful plumage and distinctive characteristics of our iconic native birds. “My acrylic feather canvases capture the detail and personality of common and endangered birds, flora and fauna of New Zealand.”  Manu Tukutuku will feature 54 framed works providing an ample number of Beth’s artwork from which to choose. Selecting a single artwork for purchase from the array presented may be a difficult task as we New Zealander’s cherish all our birdlife, most of which are not found anywhere else on the planet. 

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eddie ramshackle and the blackboard series | Simon Kerr

Opening Saturday August 13, 2016 at 2 – 3:30 pm
Depot Artspace, Auckland 

“eddie ramshackle is a raw and basic representation of myself (Simon Kerr). I have found that, in general, it is more acceptable to people to be confronted with the views of a fictional character rather than those of an actual person.

I am comfortable with eddie but I hope that he has room for development and growth. This blackboard series reaches out to those who view it and asks them to be a part of that growth. But eddie has strong views that seem black and white and I recognise the challenge of showing distortions of his views. eddie is my mirror.”

Simon Kerr, one-time member of the infamous Hole-in-the-Wall gang, prison escapee and activist has turned his remarkable talents to painting, creating a body of work which is both narrative and allegorical, the story of his life and redemption and a commentary on the place of human beings in the world. These works are often autobiographical in nature, exploring Kerr’s controversial history and his Devonport upbringing.

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Dreamtime | Cristina Beth

Opening Saturday August 13, 2016 from 2 – 3:30 pm
Depot Artspace, Auckland

Exhibition includes paintings and printed works by Cristina Beth. There is something very familiar about these vintage and nostalgic patterns. Inspired by fabric fragments collected from abandoned mattresses, they offer a corridor to memories and carry our imagined scenarios, memories, facts and emotions embedded deep within their surfaces.

The traces of repetitive thread lines echo the rhythm and rituals of everyday life and passage of time. An integration and meditation of breath occurs. Echoes between life and secret lingerings. Between memories, dialogue and silence. Each individual thread is carefully rendered in isolation yet belongs to the continuum of the whole structure.

Snippets of our busy lives gather like whispers and float out from under the blankets and onto the walls. The fabric carries within it the essence of our human fragility and becomes a confessional container for all life’s dramas and emotions.


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Some Recent Paintings | Jim Overall

Opening Saturday, August 13, 2016 from 2 – 3:30 pm
Depot Artspace, Auckland

Jim Overall’s paintings reflect his interest in two-dimensional images that embody a response to vision.

Overall is interested in the influence of photography on painting, citing David Hockney’s publication Secret Knowledge, as “one of the single most influential things I have ever read.” Along with his avid interest in photography, Overall prefers a more manual approach to his practice and has increasingly turned toward hand preparation of oil colours.

His eclectic list of influences include the likes of Jan van Eyck, Raphael, Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Ingres, along with contemporaries Chuck Close, Gerhard Richter and George Shaw.

Sian Torrington

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

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

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


Book Launch | Caroline della Porta

Opening Friday  August 12, 2016 from 5.30pm
Detour Gallery, Blenheim

The exhibition of artist and illustrator Caroline della Porta’s latest illustration work, “Whisker the kiwi chick” written by Narine Groome and published by BigWordsBooks, will be accompanied by a book launch on opening night. This is a rare chance for art lovers to see the original illustrations before they are transformed into a children’s book.  One illustration has been reproduced into a limited edition print.  Each one has been individually embellished by the artist and will be available exclusively from Detour from opening night.

Rokeby Portraits

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

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

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


Shannon Novak | Leitmotif: Abstract Portraits

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

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

Drain the swamp. Cut the wood, put up the flagpole

Iain Cheesman, Jacquelyn Greenbank, Wayne Youle | Drain the swamp. Cut the wood, put up the flagpole

Opening Wednesday August 10, 2016 from 6.30pm
Ashburton Art Gallery, Ashburton

The Ashburton Art Gallery staff and committee request your presence at the opening of the new exhibition Drain the swamp. Cut the wood, put up the flagpole by Iain Cheesman, Jacquelyn Greenbank and Wayne Youle  Ashburton Art Gallery

Both Iain and Jacquelyn will speak at the opening.
All are welcome to attend.    

Claudia Jowitt

Claudia Jowitt | South of North

Opening Wednesday August 10, 2016, from 5.30 -7.30 pm
Bartley + Company Art, Wellington

Delicate but demanding, cool but hot. Some of the best painting you are likely to see in 2016.
— Warwick Brown on Claudia Jowitt’s work

Bartley + Company Art is delighted to present a solo exhibition by this exciting new artist, Claudia Jowitt, whose work was first seen in the gallery in February.

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Raewyn Walsh | Shelley Norton

Opening Tuesday August 9, 2016 from 5.30pm.
The National,Christchurch

The National warmly invites you to join them for the Opening of two exhibitions on Tuesday the 9th of August, from 5.30pm. Both artists will be present. For a catalogue of works for the exhibitions please contact the gallery by phone, or email caroline@thenational.co.nz


Group Show | Collaborations – Celebrating Collective Creativity

Opening Tuesday August 9, 2016 from 5.30pm
Lysaght Watt, Hawera

A new exhibition called Collaborations – Celebrating Collective Creativity opens at Lysaght Watt Gallery in Hawera this August. Curated by South Taranaki District Council Arts Co-ordinator Michaela Stoneman, the show will present 19 projects from Taranaki and New Zealand that demonstrate a wide variety of interpretations of artists working together.

Many of these joint ventures offer insight in to the creative process and showcase innovative ways of sharing ideas, concepts, experience and the freedom discovered in the shared act of making.


Group Show | Fine Lines

Opening Sunday August 7, 2016, from 4pm
Diversions Gallery, Marlborough

Bing Dawe, Denise Copland, Graham Bennett and Robyn Webster refine a vast & weighty subject – sustainability – down to the personal and the beautiful; to objects and images that engage the viewer and stimulate discussion…

This quartet raises many questions; the gallery looks forward to encountering your responses to this challenging, yet visually uplifting, exhibition, and they will be happy to discuss their work and ideas at the Preview on Sunday.

Public art call

Public Art Call | Creative Tauranga

Tauranga City Council and Creative Tauranga seek to commision an artist to transform the new pump station located at Memorial Park, Tauranga, into a work of public art.

Please make contact with Creative Tauranga to receive the full brief, including the timeline, budget and images of the site.

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John Fields | Signature Series

Opening Friday August 5, 2016, from 5 -7 pm
Photospace Gallery, Wellington

This exhibition features the late John Fields’ ‘Signature Series’ vintage prints in gallery rooms 1 and 2, and a suite of vintage prints in room 3. The work on show will appeal to lovers of fine, silver based photography, and it contributes to the appreciation of John Fields’ position in NZ photography as one of the first to adopt a Modernist aesthetic.

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Hana Aoake and Nathan Gray | Soft Indicator

From August 6 – 27, 2016
North Projects, Christchurch

Curated by Grace Ryder, Soft Indicator features work by Hana Aoake and Nathan Gray. Exploring the dynamics of conversation and instruction, Aoake and Gray both gravitate towards the unsubtle and abrupt. Both artists prompt us to reflect on the what we consider ‘public’ and ‘private’ gestures in the contemporary moment.

Jen Laracy

Group Show | Collect

Exhibition opens Friday August 5 until 31, 2016
Quoil, Wellington

New Work by Hen Laracy, Neil Adcock, Tania Patterson and Sandra Schmid

The Last of the Milk and Honey
Hunter, gatherer, maiden fair
Mourning a golden age
What remains
But bones ashes dust

Poem & image by Jen Laracy; Distant Shore locket & Last Drop hatpin on stand

Youth Art Awards

The National Youth Art Awards 2016

On from August 5 – September 15, 2016
Waikato Museum | Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, Hamilton

Opening celebration Friday, August 5 at 5.30pm, Free Entry

This exhibition displays the finalists in the National Youth Art Awards 2016. It showcases the extraordinary talent of our young New Zealand artists. The Waikato Society of Arts National Youth Art Awards is a competition for artists aged between 15 – 27 years, resident in New Zealand, working in any media, including 2D, 3D and video technology.

Waikato Museum

Campbell Smith | The Printmaker and the Playwright

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

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

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

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Cath Rogers | nouveau electro

Opening Friday August 5, 2016, from 5.30 pm
Potocki Paterson Art Gallery, Wellington

This exhibition marks the long awaited return of Cath Rogers and her new show nouveau electro – a collection of medium to large-scale, abstract paintings that deliver punchy, lustrous, dynamic statements.

These paintings reflect spontaneity and a zest for life with their bold, sweeping brushstrokes that dive through layers of ordered geometric shapes, giving a vital tension to the work. Eccentric and playful in their nature, these new pieces invite the viewer to stop, look & take and deep dive into the wilds of expressive abandonment.

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Mark Soltero | Images End

Exhibiting August 5 – September 4, 2016
50 Works Gallery, Lyttelton

Images End brings together a collection of work that form a reflection on the nature of images in a networked world. The materials and processes: black, white and grey, applied as if printed, through stencils on hessian or paper, reflect the evolution of the artist’s ideas about painting. Soltero’s ideas stem from an intellectual imagination, but are driven by an emotional need to create.

Mark Soltero’s work explores critical moments in his personal history and draws heavily on the environment in which he developed as an artist. The largest work Galaxy is inspired by an experience he had as a youth when he saw the first showing of Star Wars in the Coronet theatre in San Francisco. His works are emotional responses to events in his life and also to the artists he admires and whose works have influenced him.

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Group Show | Gallery 33

On from August 5 – 26, 2016
Gallery 33, Wanaka

New works from Louise McRae, Kirsty Warman, Annie Smits Sandano, Janna Van Hasselt, Alice Toomer.

Nick Eggleston

Group Show | Soul Gallery

Opening Thursday August 5, 2016, from 5 -7 pm
Soul Gallery, Hamilton
Three talented New Zealand artists will feature their work at Soul Gallery opening the 4th August at 5pm. This collective of artists are all a little bit cheeky…

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Group Show | Imagine the Present

Opening Thursday August 4, 2016, 5.30pm
St Paul St Gallery, Auckland

Projections of the future form the dominant part of environmental discussions, particularly in climate change discourse. The image of the future is also a primary point of orientation in many discussions around contemporary art. Imagine the Present asks that we shift focus to the present, to a number of often invisible, suppressed or fantastical aspects of our current ecological situation. Held within this broad view of ‘now’ are multiple timescales; the past too is a presence in many of the works in the exhibition, which respond through narrative to the personal, cultural, and material effects of ecological change.

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Daniel Crooks | Vanishing Point

From August 3 – 27, 2016
Starkwhite, Auckland

Opening Wednesday August 3, from 6 – 8pm

Starkwhite is pleased to present Vanishing Point, by Daniel Crooks. The exhibition will premiere a new series of single channel works which further investigate the artists interest in the convergance of time, trains and cinema. Concerned with multiple worlds and parallel realties these new videos can be seen as an expansion of Crooks’ recent project Phantom Ride which Daniel completed earlier this year, as the recipient of the second Ian Potter Moving Image Commission.



Open Call | Public Domain | Publication 1

PUBLICATION is a new document working towards a more social art scene, and giving a platform for piloting new work and ideas. We are seeking submissions from artists and art writers of text and images that will be distributed both in print and digital format.

The specific work and ideas you submit must not have been published recently ie. shown in a gallery, published on an online publication. We would like to show ‘failed’ content – works that were made but never intended to show, text that was written but never published, etc. The unresolved and immediate can be more interesting and more truthful than the carefully curated.

Blue Oyster

Open Call | Blue Oyster Project Space

Proposal Deadline: 31 August 2016

Blue Oyster is pleased to announce a call for solo, duo, group and curated exhibition proposals for the first half of 2017. A proposal call for the remaining 6 months of the coming year will be announced early 2017.

We prioritise proposals that are speculative and display new, innovative, experimental and non-commercial art practices. Proposals are selected by the Director and Trust on the relevance, depth and quality of the project proposed regardless of career stage or education. The best proposals speak to an artist’s practice and the artistic community as a whole and allow for the project to develop and challenge current perspectives relating to the wider world.

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Call for Artists | Raglan Arts Weekend 2017

Raglan Arts Weekend will once again return to Raglan over the Auckland Anniversary Weekend (Saturday January 28 to Monday January 30, 2017) and local artists are now invited to register for the event.

Running every year since 2009, this well-organised weekend is a much-anticipated fixture on the Raglan summer calendar and a wonderful opportunity to show your work to a wide and appreciative audience. The event is marketed extensively throughout the North Island and draws hundreds of arts lovers from both the local and wider area, many of whom book the weekend into their diaries many months in advance.

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Interview | Kate Hursthouse @ 1B Ponsonby Road

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

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

David McCracken

David McCracken | Plain View

Opening Tuesday August 2, 2016, from 5 – 7pm
Gow Langsford Gallery (Kitchener Street), Auckland

Image: David McCracken, Carmine (2016), Stainless Steel, 1800 x 550 x 550mm

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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.

Kiss me or kill me

Group Show | Kiss me or kill me

Opening Tuesday August 2, 2016, from 6pm
George Fraser Gallery, Auckland

You are warmly invited…

I couldn’t go outside, it was too dangerous, or impossible, maybe dangerous because there was “this whole thing, these huge vessels of water in the air that you would pour over you if you got contaminated, and this guy was telling us how sometimes on really hot days the liquid inside boiled, and you would be drenched in the burning chemicals.” But I managed to be okay outside, no panic. Went out to a tree, climbing alongs its branches. Trying to get food for the people inside. Some girl came up, was really flippant about my efforts, “you’re trying to get these?”

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.

Melvin Day

New Zealand Portrait Gallery | Melvin Day: In Private

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

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

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


Group Show | Katharsis

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

Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm

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

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

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

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

Weaving Demonstration and Floor Talk 

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

Exhibition runs until October 30, 2016

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


Michel Tuffery and Flox | Matariki Colab

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

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

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

Warren Viscoe

Warren Viscoe |Satellite Skies Don’t Tell Lies

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

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

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Andrew Barber and Jeena Shin | Movement

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

30 July – 27 November 2016

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

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


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.

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.

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.

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John Lawrence | The Human Expression

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

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

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - June 10: Artwork Copyscans for Sian Torrington June 10, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Mark Tantrum/ http://marktantrum.com)

Queer activism 30 years on in Courtenay Place

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

Great Britten! A work by Billy Apple

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

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


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. 

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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


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

Sabelo Mlangeni, Xolani Ngayi, eStanela, (2009) from the Country Girls series

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.


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.


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

rivertribe in technicolor

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.



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

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


John Walsh | Matakite

Opening Sunday June 19, 2pm
PĀTAKA, Porirua

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


Gabby O’Connor | Studio Antarctica

Opening Sunday June 19, 2pm
Pataka, Porirua

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


Selling the Dream | Classic New Zealand Tourism Posters

Opening Sunday June 19, 2pm
Pataka, Porirua

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


TS Crew 20 Years | Written History

Opening Sunday June 19, 2pm
Pataka, Porirua

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

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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.

Francis Upritchard Tourist 2012

Francis Upritchard | Jealous Saboteurs

Opening Saturday May 28, 2016
City Gallery, Wellington

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

Janet Lilo Status Update

Janet Lilo | Status Update

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

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


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.

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


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.

aesthetica art prize

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.


Opinion | The importance of teak bannisters

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

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Kalee Jackson | Love Your Work: Fan Art Swap

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


Artists Alliance Mentee Profile | Emil McAvoy

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


Review | The Turner Prize

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


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

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


The Artist’s Studio | Evan Woodruffe

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


Gary Peters | Making it #9

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


Emma Pratt: A Return to the Heart of Things

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


The Artist’s Studio | Sian Torrington

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


Dornwell Studios

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

Mount Everest from my window seat on plane

Lorene Taurerewa | Diary from Nepal

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


The Artist’s Studio | Michelle Beattie

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


Interview | Estella Castle

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


Five Questions | Corrina Hoseason

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


The Artist’s Studio | Alex Bartleet

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


Sam Mitchell | William Hodges Fellow 2014

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


New York City Rooftop Gardens

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


Making it | Gary Peters

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


Review | Journal at ICA, London

Journal, currently on show at ICA is an immensely engaged and often strikingly personal collection of works. The show features five major contemporary artists in the gallery proper alongside a series of other projects and events of “equal status,” which run concurrently with the central exhibition. The artists collectively take as a starting point, social and historical events both on a global scale