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Launch | Common Ground Hutt Public Art Festival | Groundwater

Tuesday November 22, 2016 at 5.30pm
The Dowse Museum of Art, Lower Hutt

Common Ground: Groundwater explores our relationship with water. Five art projects have been commissioned, partnered with an extensive public programme. The artists will present
at the launch, alongside key public programme partners.

Inviting widespread public participation, the launch will be an opportunity for you to find out how you can be involved. All are welcome.


Cindy Sherman

On from November 19, 2016 – March 19, 2017
City Gallery, Wellington

None of the characters are me. They’re everything but me.
– Cindy Sherman

She’s good enough to be a real actress.
– Andy Warhol

Cindy Sherman has changed the face of contemporary art, by constantly manipulating her own image. For over forty years she has used herself as her own model in staged photographs, transforming her appearance through make-up, costumes, wigs, prostheses, and more recently, digital effects. 


Graduate Show | SITE | Dunedin School of Art

Opening Saturday November 19, 2016 from 10 – 4 PM
Dunedin School of Art, Dunedin

With much delight, the Dunedin School of Art opens its doors to the public for the annual SITE exhibition. Spanning the entire area of the School, SITE transforms the working environment of a contemporary art school into a gallery for five days. Art lovers will be engaged and inspired by a varied range of unique artworks in this celebrated end-of-year exhibition, and works will be available for purchase.

Whether you have a penchant for painting, print or photography, jewellery, electronic art, sculpture, ceramics, textiles or printmaking – all disciplines will be represented. Prepare to be impressed by the talents of this next generation of artists.


Te Uru | The Anniversary Show | 30 Years Later

November 19, 2016 – January 29, 2017
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland

Opening Saturday 19 November, 4pm

On Wednesday 19 November 1986, the Lopdell House Society opened the Waitemata City Arts and Cultural Centre in Lopdell House, 56 years to the day after Lopdell House itself first opened in Titirangi as a Hotel. The building’s original developers described it as the ‘castle on the fringe of heaven’. But this is the story of the arts centre’s earnest beginnings, initially operating from a converted hotel dining room, and now flourishing 30 years later as Te Uru, alive and kicking as a major regional gallery.

This exhibition launches a commemorative year with a slice of history sampled from the last three decades through publications, ephemera and documentation. The exhibition will also re-visit key works that help tell the story of West Auckland as a place for risk-taking, and the gallery as a thriving site for contemporary practices, where many important artists have taken significant formative steps.


A Table of One’s Own | The Creative Life of Anne McCahon

On from November 19, 2016 – February 12, 2017
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland

Visitors to McCahon House often want to know more about Anne McCahon (née Hamblett). To meet the demand for this constant interest, McCahon House embarked on a journey of discovery with curator Linda Tyler, researcher Jessica Douglas and Andrew Clifford and his team at Te Uru.

The team worked closely with family members – whose enormous support has made the exhibition rich in content. In particular daughter of Anne and Colin McCahon – Victoria Carr, as consultant curator, has contributed precious ephemera, her mother’s documents and art works and penned personal memories for the exhibition catalogue.


Susan Holmes | Fabric Artist

Opening November 18, 2016
Objectspace, Auckland

“I always start with the fabric. I feel it and look at it and drape it about to see how it behaves.” Susan Holmes

Working as a fabric artist since 1971, Susan Holmes is now most recognised for her contribution to the wearable arts, but her work has also spanned the fields of craft, fashion and fabric art, tracing the ever-changing key developments of these sectors in New Zealand. Constantly improvising and devising new techniques, over time she developed her own methods for treatments such as block printing, stencilling and spraying fabrics, along with dyeing and fabric manipulation, such as crinkle silk. An intuitive engagement with fabrics is the cornerstone to her creativity, with the material always influencing the design in many ways.


Graduate Show | GD16 | Whitecliffe

Opening Friday November 18, 2016 from 5.30 – 8.30pm
Silo Park, Auckland

A showcase of graduation projects from Whitecliffe College’s Graphic Design Department. Featuring a broad range of work from experimental typefaces to 3D generative design and everything in between.

November 18th – 20th
19th — 10am – 3pm
20th — 2 – 6pm


Jem Noble | Dream Dialects

Opening Saturday November 12, 2016 from 4 – 6 PM
Te Tuhi, Auckland

Dream Dialects is a solo exhibition of online, offsite and gallery-based artworks by Jem Noble, a British artist based in Vancouver (Unceded Coast Salish Territories) and Melbourne (Kulin Nation). In this Te Tuhi commissioned exhibition, Noble draws from ongoing research investigating technical media artifacts and processes: as intimate entanglements of matter, subjectivity and culture, through which the conditions of globalisation are both produced and contested. To do so, Noble takes materials and ideas on diverse journeys of translation and transformation, featuring widespread and obscure forms of technical media including but not limited to 16mm film, VHS, DVD, Laserdisc, books, posters and networked devices – fabricated, documented, ordered, outsourced, collected, uploaded and broadcast.


Toby Raine | ManCrush

Opening Friday November 11, 2016 at 5:30 PM
Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland

Julian McKinnon will be the guest speaker at the opening.

Marking the conclusion of Toby Raine’s doctoral studies at Elam School of Fine Arts, the solo exhibition ManCrush celebrates the male icon, not as a patriarchal form of oppression or chauvinism, but a tribute to maleness, a subject seemingly unfavourable today. The Beard Portraits included in his show relate to the father, the magician, the rock god, the messiah, the prophet and the pride of facial hair that is part of the primary composition of the male sex. Raine also investigates identity considering the primordial or the predecessor, investigating how men fashion their masculinity on historic examples.


Graduate Show | AD16 | AUT Art + Design Student Festival

Opening night Friday November 11, 2016 from 6 – 10pm
AUT Art + Design, Auckland

Festival runs November 12 – 16, 10am – 4pm

In this year’s Art & Design festival, rather than putting the emphasis on just art or just design, the school ishighlighting the ‘&’. The ampersand represents everything between the two disciplines. The ‘&’ speaks to the interdisciplinary nature of AUT’s School of Art & Design. Showcasing work by graduating students from AUT’s School of Art & Design, AD16 will display work in the fields of Digital Design, Fashion Design, Spatial Design, Product Design, Textile Design, Communication Design & Visual Arts.


Portage Ceramic Awards 2016

On from November 11, 2016 – February 5, 2017
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland

Established in 2001 and administered by Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, The Portage Ceramic Awards is the country’s best-known barometer for developments in the field of ceramics.

Congratulations to all finalists whose works have been selected: 
Brendan Adams, Stephen Bailey, Greg Barron, Owen Bartlett, Maak Bow, Susannah Bridges, Claire Bryers, Annette Bull, Madeleine Child, Jim Cooper, Suzy Dünser, Phillipa Durkin, Caroline Early, Penny Ericson, Liz Fea, Mel Ford, Kirsty Gardiner, Mark Goody & Emily Siddell, Kairava Gullatz, Peter Henderson, Charade Honey, Jane Johnson-Matua, Chuck Joseph, Tammy Kuypers, Yi-Ming Lin, Jane McCulla, Royce McGlashen, Nyree McInally, Kate McIntyre, Annie McIver, Matt McLean, Melissa McMahon, E.M. Mertens, Marion Mewburn, Gaeleen Morley, Elena Renker, Louise Rive, Rick Rudd, Trish Seddon, Liz Sharek, Duncan Shearer, Sang Sool Shim, Keum Sun Lee, Susan St Lawrence, Cat Thompson, Janna Van Hasselt, Chris Weaver, Sarah Wigley, Paul Winspear and Helen Yau.


Group Show | Potentially Yours, The Coming Community

On from November 10 – December 22, 2016
ARTSPACE, Auckland

Contemporary capitalism [coerces] us all to ‘live up to our potential’ by getting with the program, by playing the game, by giving it everything.

– Sven Lütticken, 20141

Newell Harry, Louise Menzies, Dan Nash, Fatima Al Qadiri and Khalid Al Gharaballi, Mika Rottenberg, Sorawit Songsataya, Martine Syms; Curated by Tendai John Mutambu, Artspace Curatorial Assistant 2016


The Friday Drawing Group | Square

On from November 8 – 27, 2016
Pah Homestead, Auckland

The Friday Drawing Group first drew breath in late 1981 when it was founded by sculptor Terry Stringer. Sometimes known as The Auckland Drawing Group, or “Terry’s Group”, it boasted such early members as Jan Nigro, Mary McIntyre, Glenda Randerson, Jo Smith, Margaret Lawler-Bartlett and Sylvia Siddell.  Since then many other well-known Auckland names have come and gone.  Now only four of the original members still remain, and the local art scene has changed greatly.  Commitment, today, however, continues to be strong.

Katie Blundell | Idioms Countryside | Gallery + Studio Opening

Saturday November 5, 2016 from 2 – 4pm
Katie Blundell Gallery + Studio, Auckland

Katie Blundell Artist will be opening her Gallery+Studio with the Art Exhibition ‘Idioms Countryside’ in Clevedon, Auckland.

All are welcome to the opening at 331 North Road Clevedon on the 5th of November from 2-4pm. The exhibition will run Thursday-Sunday 10-4pm from the 6th November to the 18th December.


Gow Langsford | Christchurch Pop-up

Opening Thursday November 3, 2016 from 5 – 7 PM
Gow Langsford Gallery, The Tannery, Christchurch

Gow Langsford Gallery is popping up in Christchurch to showcase an exciting new exhibition. For three weeks in November the exhibition will feature works by New Zealand and international artists, including Gregor Kregar, Dick Frizzell, Sara Hughes, Reuben Paterson, James Cousins, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Pablo Picasso, Gordon Walters and Colin McCahon. Follow the Gallery on Facebook and Instagram and see the project unfold.

Friday 4 – Sunday 20 November, 2016
Open daily 10 – 5pm


Group Show | The Great Curve

Opening Thursday November 3, 2016 at 6pm
Pierre Peeters Gallery, Auckland

Grant Hanna, Sean Kerrigan, Malcolm Lyons, Laura Marsh, Roger Morris, Marianne Muggeridge, Gareth Price, Kate Sellar, Natalie Tozer, Anya Whitlock

The Great Curve is about the great struggles, sacrifices and turmoil one must go through to reach personal achievement. The ending of the great curve is the resolution and the satisfaction from achievement.

“Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.” ~ Jack Kerouac 


Group Show | Art Sale for Phoenix

Wednesday November 2, 2016 from 5.30 – 7.30pm
Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust, Auckland

A curated art-sale event, selling art in support of Jason and Arna Suttie. The family is raising funds for stem cell treatment for their special little boy, “Phoenix”, who has cerebral palsy.

Contributing artists include Elliot Collins, Owen Dippie, Charles and Janine Williams, Frances Hansen, Rebecca Hobbs, Jackie Wilson, Richard Orjis, Emma Mclellan, Qingze Nan, Ana Hall, Denise MK Tito, and Darnel Ngarimu-Cooper – with more to be announced.


Graeme Hitchcock | Different Thoughts

Opening Wednesday November 2, 2016 at 5.30
Form Gallery, Christchurch

“I hope that my art will make the observer smile, laugh or question.” Graeme Hitchcock, 2016.

Form Gallery would like to invite you to join them in welcoming their latest exhibition, Different Thoughts, a solo show featuring the work of Auckland-based artist Graeme Hitchcock.

Through the utilisation of various methods of painting and glass sculpture, the work of this exhibition endeavours to take you on a journey. The smallest details and slightest changes, indicative of the ever-evolving narrative, present in all Hitchcock’s work.


Roger Mortimer | Resolution Island

Opening Thursday November 3, 2016 from 5.30 – 7.30pm; Artist talk at 6pm
Bartley + Company Art, Wellington

Roger Mortimer has been described as a contemporary visual mythologist. In his paintings beauty and barbarity combine as he grapples with the timelessness of the big issues of history and humanity.

With this exhibition Roger continues his distinctive exploration of imagery drawn from illustrated manuscripts of the 14th century Dante poem ‘Divine Comedy’ which details the poet’s journey through the inferno of hell, to purgatory and potentially paradise.


Stephen Howard | New Works

Opening Tuesday November 1, 2016 at 5:30 PM
Parnell Gallery, Auckland

Following fourteen years based in Woodhill, Auckland, Stephen Howard has recently relocated to Nelson. Fresh inspiration from the coast of the South Island can be seen in his new works. Howards’ unique painting style combines attention to detail and the building of many layers of paint to result in an organic but highly focused impression of the subject of interest.

A fascination with isolated stands of trees along the coastal road continues a theme which has seen the artist explore the many moods of a particular stand of Kauri back in Woodhill. His new ‘Tree Island’ series demonstrate colour as an important aspect in expressing each trees individuality within the whole, varying shades denoting each ‘life force’ nurtured by chlorophyll and sunlight. There is a poetic dichotomy of movement and stillness within the works, giving a sense of captured growth or time within each piece.


Helen Calder | Gamut

Opening Tuesday November 1, 2016 at 5:30 PM
Trish Clark Gallery, Auckland

Following Helen Calder’s participation in 2015 in SOLID COLOUR: Part 1, Trish Clark Gallery is delighted to present Gamut, a solo show of new works by Calder.

Exhibiting since 2003 in New Zealand and internationally, Christchurch-based Calder has pursued an intense engagement with painting – its history, language, and position in the wider arts – for almost 40 years, most of those in art education. In a little more than a decade her work has evolved rapidly, her prior decades of experience facilitating highly ambitious work, sensuous and challenging, underpinned by strong theoretical foundations. Paint is poured, left to dry; then these ‘skins’ are attached to steel pins, flopped over wires or racks, or gathered and hung using thick rubber chords.


Expressions of interest request | Pānui

Proposed artwork for integration into Ōtara creek pedestrian bridge

Auckland Council requests expressions of interest (EOI) from artists or artist-led groups wanting to be considered to work as part of a team that will integrate public art in the design and construction of the new Ōtara Creek pedestrian bridge. The new bridge will replace an existing narrow, wooden pedestrian bridge over the Ōtara Creek.The artist (or group) selected via this EOI process will be required to collaborate with the consultant bridge engineers.


DOC ROSS | WALKING with eyes open

Opening Monday October 31, 2016 at 5.30pm
PG Gallery, Christchurch

Doc Ross will discuss his photographs with Dr Andrew Paul Wood on Tuesday November 8, at 12pm


Robin Slow, Brian Flintoff and Bob Bickerton | Tuku Iho

Opening from Monday October 31, 2016 at 5.15pm
RED Gallery, Nelson

Korero tukuiho (stories of the past), with its tikanga, memory and thoughts, provide us with an avenue of not only survival but an enhancement of that survival. Paintings by Robin Slow, carvings and Taonga Pūoro (traditional Māori instruments) by Brian Flintoff & music created for the exhibition using Taonga Pūoro by Bob Bickerton.

“We celebrate the survival of these stories, taonga, taonga pūoro & music
Kei a te Po te timatatanga o te waiatatanga mai te Atua. Ko te Ao marama, ko te Ao tu roa.
It was the night, that the Gods sang the world into existence. From the world of light, into the world of music.”

Join the Gallery for the Karakia on Monday October 31st  5.15pm, followed by the opening preview


Interview | Urban Dream Brokerage

For those unfamiliar with Urban Dream Brokerage, could you give us a wee breakdown of what it is you do?

Letting Space’s service Urban Dream Brokerage brokers the use of vacant space for innovative ideas that bring more public participation and sharing to our centres. We want to hear from anyone with a new idea and we then help broker a space for it, providing insurance and support.


Scratch Film Workshop with Sam Heydt

Sunday October 30, 2016 at 2 PM
Earthskin, Muriwai

Sam Heydt (new media & social practice artist – United States) will be giving a Scratch Film workshop open to all ages the last Sunday of the month. For those who missed Fun Palace or whose curiosity was peaked while at the event, this is your chance to learn more about the process, technique and history behind the medium and create a collaborative film with your peers.

More information on Sam Heydt can be found at www.samheydt.com


Whenua Hou | New Māori Ceramics

On from October 29, 2016 to January 29, 2017
Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga

This exhibition is a survey of current uku (clay) practice. It features the diverse work of 8 Māori artists who explore a range of responses to the physical and conceptual properties of this very tactile artform.

Whenua Hou includes work from Dan Couper, Davina Duke, Stevei Houkamau, Hera Johns, Tracy Keith, Jess Paraone, Hana Rakena and Aaron Scythe.


Daniel Anngow | The Ethereal Mist

Opening Saturday October 29, 2016 at 5pm
Mint Gallery, Dunedin

Daniel Anngow brings a fresh mix of his signature poured paintings and complex photographic/mixed media composition works on paper.

‘I once had a dream, butterflies and rainbow dust,
the adaption of fevers grew, wound up in betrayal of trust,
as times grind through it becomes less so clear,
the irrelevance of nonsense with the ritual of drinking air.


Group Show | Brothers & Psalms

Opening Saturday October 29, 2016 from 12pm
Moray Gallery, Dunedin

New pictures by Annie Nevin, John Z Robinson & Robert West. The Moray Gallery invites you to join with Annie, John & Robert for the opening of their exhibition on Saturday 29 October 2016 at 12noon.


Artist Talks | Bad Visual Systems

From Saturday October 29, 2016 at 2pm
Adam Art Gallery, Wellington

Marianne Wex in Wellington: roundtable discussion
Saturday 29 October, 2pm

Ann Weatherall discusses feminism and psychology
Saturday 5 November, 2pm

The Adam Art Gallery is pleased to present two talks over consecutive weekends which each focus on Marianne Wex’s major body of work Let’s Take Back Our Space, currently on show in BAD VISUAL SYSTEMS.


Workshop | Seen and Heard: Public Displays and Public Discourses

Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 October 2016, 10am-5pm
The Physics Room, Christchurch

Seen and Heard: Public Displays and Public Discourses
A critical writing workshop convened by The Physics Room

This workshop takes mainstream media visual arts coverage as its point of departure to discuss the notion of public criticism. Drawing on recent media ‘controversies’ around public art in Ōtautahi, Christchurch, the workshop will pose questions regarding the value and role of arts coverage in non-specialist media in relation to more specialised formats.


Seeking Director | Artspace

Artspace NZ is seeking its next Director. The role presents a unique opportunity to make a significant contribution to the development and creative vision of an organisation that has been operating at the forefront of contemporary art in New Zealand Aotearoa for 30 years.

As part of the New Zealand art map, Artspace NZ defines a particular frequency of high-energy activity. Its rich archive reflects exceptional contributions from different generations of artists, curators, directors, designers and other creative practitioners from New Zealand and abroad.


Alexandra Howe | Halcyon Days

Opening Friday October 28, 2016 at 5.30pm
Railway Street Studios, Auckland

Alexandra Howe has a longstanding interest in the New Zealand environment and landscape. Her interest has been heightened by her recent explorations in the South Island, visiting the Franz Joseph, Fox and Tasman Glacier. The drastic rate of glacial retreat that Howe observed during the preparation of these images inspired her to donate a portion to an environmental charity. She hopes to increase awareness of the issues that impact every New Zealander who treasure memories of halcyon days spent exploring the Southern Alps.


Jade Townsend | R.I.P. Kirks

Opening Friday October 28, 2016 at 6pm
Precinct 35, Wellington

R.I.P Kirks is inspired by photographs taken during the closing-down sale of iconic department store Kirkcaldie & Stains. In collaboration with Wellington Museum, Jade has re-contextualised pieces from their recently acquired collection of memorabilia alongside her own artworks.

A mix of both real and staged moments, the images and artefacts present a synthetic ‘instant’ view of the afterlife of consumerism.


Veronica Herber | Continuum

On from October 28, 2016 to March 12, 2017
Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga

Veronica Herber is an Auckland based artist who has built a significant art career centered around her installations using Japanese Washi tape which resembles utilitarian masking tape.

After graduating from Auckland University of Technology in 2012, Herber quickly developed an international profile making outdoor sculptural works using her signature material.

For Tauranga Art Gallery Herber has produced a site-specific installation for the atrium. Using the walls, floors and stairs, she has traced a gridlike pathway that leads you around the gallery.


Group SHow | HANDBUILT made in clay

Opening Thursday October 27, 2016 from 6 – 8pm
Two Rooms, Auckland

Curated by Denis O’Connor, featuring Janet Beckhouse, Graham Fletcher, Peter Hawkesby, Virginia Leonard, Julia Morison, Tanja Nola, Denis O’Connor, Alex Pittendrigh, Nichola Shanley, Richard Stratton, Isobel Thom, Jake Walker, Lauren Winstone


Jacqui Colley | Bloom

Opening Friday October 28, 2016 from 5:30 – 7 PM
Solander Gallery, Wellington

Jacqui Colley pursues themes explored in her 2016 Residency 47 degrees South on Stewart Island, responding to the relationship between nature and human activity in our oceans and the increasing frequency of algae blooms. Her large abstract oil paintings and ink drawings form a dialogue titled Bloom. Visually an algae bloom can be a beautiful phenomenon existing in an environment with lack of containment, causing them to spread often thousands of kilometers from their source. Sometimes they are harmless but sometimes they are deadly.

Image: Jacqui Colley, Bloom, oil on canvas, 2016.


Nic Goodwolf | Transit

Opening Friday October 28, 2016 from 5:30 – 7 PM
Solander Gallery, Wellington

“Transit” explores the inherent need of transition for life to flourish. Goodwolf’s imagery include ark like structures, symbolizing movement of people to distant shores to create new life. Similarly Goodwolf depicts seeds travelling vast distances in order to find new ground to continue the biological sequence as well as microbes, spores and cell formations executing journeys to create new life.

Goodwolf draws on a variety of printmaking techniques, a strong use of colour, direct drawing on the print surface and energetic mark making as an integral part of his art making process. In this chaos is spontaneity, creativity and playfulness.

Image: Nic Goodwolf, Inland Seascape, multiplate etching, 2016.



Cora-Allan Wickliffe | Greetings from Canada

Opening Wednesday October 26, 2016 at 6pm
RM Gallery, Auckland

“I was biking back from town one day and as I slowed towards the buffalo museum an old native man was watching me. I kept pedaling and went home to drop off my groceries; however after I was done I had a sudden urge to go back to the old man.

When I walked back he saw me coming and stared, then when I stopped in front of him he asked “Are you Indian?”

I replied “no I’m Maori from New Zealand!”


Opportunity | Gallery Manager | Depot Artspace

Now in its 21st year, Depot Artspace is a continually evolving, socially conscious creative community. It includes galleries, a recording studio, a professional development programme for artists, publications and myriad other creative initiatives.

Depot Artspace are seeking an engaging and astute person, passionate about the arts in a changing environment, and about offering outstanding care to artists and visitors, to join their committed team in the position of Gallery Manager. This is a full-time position from 6 February 2017 with a focus on the arts and community development.


Position Vacant | Exhibitions Coordinator

New Plymouth District Council is looking for an exceptional Exhibitions Coordinator to lead the technical management of the exhibitions, projects and workshop of the Govett Brewster Art Gallery and Len Lye Centre.

The Govett Brewster Art Gallery is New Zealand’s first and only museum of contemporary art. The latest addition to the Govett-Brewster – the Len Lye Centre – is New Zealand’s first institution dedicated to a single artist, the pioneering filmmaker and kinetic sculptor, Len Lye.

Engaging closely with artists, curators and the Collections team, you will manage the technical delivery of exhibitions, installations and projects, develop schedules and budgets, and ensure the highest standards of artwork and gallery presentation are maintained.


Ben Timmins | Spirit of Alcedonia

Opening Saturday November 12, 2016 from 4 – 6 PM
Te Tuhi, Auckland

Known for his photo realistic portrayals of nature on nature Ben Timmins is an award winning artist that revels in playing with people’s perceptions. The first artist to ever win the NZ Art Show People’s Choice award three times, Ben uses wood grains, copper and kanji script as the ‘canvas’ on which he produces large scale oil paintings.

His exhibition ‘Spirit of Alcedonia’ will launch a new collection of works he has named ‘circlets’. These artworks are mounted archival prints, with a satin archival varnish finish, framed with a copper band.  This is a rare opportunity to purchase an introductory ‘circlet’ before Ben increases both the size and the price of the new collection.


Manon van Kouswijk | 1488 Beads 16 Colours 7 Materials 1 Ceiling

Opening Tuesday October 25, 2016 from 5.30pm
The National, Christchurch

Manon van Kouswijk is a Dutch artist and contemporary jeweller who lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.  She studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where she held the position of Head of the Jewellery Department before relocating to Australia in 2010.

Manon’s working methodology is based on exploring and translating archetypal jewellery forms and motifs through a range of materials and processes. An integral aspect of her practice is the framing and contextualising of her work through the making of exhibitions and artist publications often in collaboration with other practitioners. Her most recent publication is ‘Findings’, published in Melbourne in 2015.

Manon’s work is exhibited in galleries and museums and is part of private and public collections worldwide including: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; ABN-AMRO Art Collection, The Netherlands; Røsska Museet, Gøteborg, Sweden; FNAC, Paris, France; NGV, Melbourne, Australia; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia; Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Marseille, France; NGA, Canberra, Australia; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK.

Manon will be signing copies of her publication “Findings
available for purchase at the gallery.


Group Show | Social Matter

Opening Wednesday October 25, 2016 at 5:30 PM
Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin

Artists include Public Share, Valasi Leota-Seiuli, Janet Lilo, Lana Lopesi, and Sione Monu.
Curated by Louisa Afoa.

Growing up, the word ‘social’ to me meant church socials — fundraisers for the Samoan choir that parents, aunties and uncles would attend on a Saturday night. With that is also the memory of bring-ing home suppers, a treasure trove of various cuisines including potato salad, chop suey, chicken curry, corned beef and taro.

Today, in an art context, the term social has taken on various new meanings and new ways to navigate the everyday. ’Social practice’ and ‘socially engaged art’ are not new terms for artists, curators and critics. A century ago the surrealists were creating hands on events attempting to liberate imagination. Recently more closer to home, the Auckland based collective FAFSWAG have been creating important self determining spaces for the queer brown body through art and their now iconic balls.

Social Matter is an exhibition not necessarily interested in ‘social practice’ but the idea of social as material — how ‘the social’ reveals itself and is shaped in different ways by various artists and their practices. The social will always be an integral part of art and the everyday as we as producers seek to engage with and create platforms for the communities around us.


Mark Graver | Fenestra

On from October 25, 2016
Art at Wharepuke, Kerikeri

This exhibition is made up of four main bodies of work.  The Kerikeri River and So with Present Time prints are part of an ongoing series relating to water and the passage of time inspired by a Leonardo da Vinci quote

“In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time”.

The three larger works use images taken in Hobart, Tauranga Bay and Tonga.


Group Show | transactions, frank

Opening Tuesday October 25, 2016 at 5:30 PM
Blue Oyster Art Space Project, Dunedin

I do not consider myself a male performer. I consider myself The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

The fruits of a restricted libidinal economy.

The tension between laziness and being really prolific.

A series of frank transactions between artists, curator and project space facilitators so that an exhibition might take place.

A cartooning of bodies. A cartooning of masculinities? Calligraphic and heroic mark-making. Brands and bootlegs. Zines and Pokemon tumblrs. Personae, alter-egos, surrogates and signatures. Rich image and poor. Textiles, fabric, a whisper…

transactions, frank is a new exhibition of works by four artists usually based in Auckland, New Zealand.


The Māori Portraits: Gottfried Lindauer’s New Zealand

On from October 22, 2016 – February 19, 2017
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland

The remarkable and revealing exhibition The Māori Portraits: Gottfried Lindauer’s New Zealand opens Saturday October 22 at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

The free exhibition of more than 120 portraits by artist Gottfried Lindauer features prominent Aotearoa New Zealand historical figures and rangatira from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These include the second Māori King, Tawhiao, of Ngati Mahuta; Tamati Waka Nene; James and Isabella Dilworth; Bishop Selwyn, and many more. Auckland Art Gallery Director Rhana Devenport invites all New Zealanders and internationals visitors to The Māori Portraits. ‘This exhibition offers a very rare opportunity to experience in one place so many original portraits by Lindauer of Māori and Pākehā ancestors from all over the country.’ ‘These unique paintings depict in vibrant, almost living, colour a time in New Zealand’s history that was otherwise only captured in early black and white photography,’ she says.


Josette Chiang | Coastline Paradox

On from October 21 to November 12, 2016
Toi Poneke Arts Centre, Wellington

Coastline Paradox is a multimedia installation by Hong Kong/UK artist Josette Chiang. The year 2016 marks the official acknowledgement of the Anthropocene epoch brought about by the dramatic effects of human existence upon the planet.

Featuring video, sculpture, sound and text, Coastline Paradox is a subjective study of 7000 years of tectonic uplifts whose presence remains etched on the landscape of Turakirae Head Scientific Reserve, located 20 km south of Wainuiomata, at the end of the Coast Road.


Positions available | The Hocken Collections | University of Otago

The Hocken is one of the foremost historical research libraries in New Zealand and global interest in the collections is ever increasing. In response, the Hocken are working to ensure greater access and the delivery of a broad client focussed researcher service. To realise this vision, there are a number of opportunities suitable for experienced professionals from the Documentary Heritage sector who share a passion for supporting research focussed on Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific.


Tom Hinton and Josh Solomon | It Is Forbidden to Forbid

On from October 21 – November 4, 2016
Rockies, Auckland

Rockies is pleased to present ‘It is forbidden to forbid’ – a new exhibition by Tom Hinton and Josh Solomon.

Come along to see custom designed skateboards with commissioned paintings by Josh Solomon.

All hand painted boards will be for sale and housed in steel formwork used in skate park construction. Following the show closing, the steel framing will be filled in with concrete and skated.


Pointillism Paintings by Elka | Dot's Nice

Opening Friday October 21, 2016 from 5 – 7pm
Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts, Palmerston North

Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts is honoured to present an exhibition of ten recent paintings by Elka.  Dot’s Nice: Pointillism Paintings by Elka will feature in the gallery from 21st October through 12th November.  Proceeds from the sales of these paintings will be donated to the Manawatu Cancer Society in memory of Elka’s late brother. Elka’s vivid paintings find inspiration in the colourful mosaic work of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, bright colours and decorative designs of Gustav Klimt, Andy Warhol’s popular culture portraits and the ‘dotting technique’ of Australian aboriginal art. While she has always loved drawing, Elka only started painting in 2015. This collection, her first public exhibition, illustrates a transition from geometrical shapes to the more fluid presence of human and animal forms.


Collection Assistant | Photography

MTG Hawke’s Bay is “an exciting and dynamic organisation focused on telling relevant stories through exhibitions, public talks and other programmes to our local Hawke’s Bay community and visitors to the region”.

An opportunity exists for a highly motivated and skilled Collection Assistant – Photography to join MTG Hawke’s Bay at an exciting time of development and renewal. The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring the management, documentation and delivery of MTG collections is consistent with council strategies and policies. The position manages external image requests, copyright permission and takes reference photography of collections.  This position reports to the Collections Coordinator.


Group Show | Speculative Utopias for the Ideal City

Opening Thursday October 20, 2016 from 6 – 8 PM
Artspace, Auckland

Colin Fournier, Manfredo Manfredini and Herman Ang with Angelo Bueno, Edward Duncan, Tanyalak Chalermtip, Anita Chin , LiWen Choy, Derek Deng, Mengolong Feng, Linus Goh, Bevin Liang, Megat Othman, Young Ki Park and Farzad Zamani

The close connections between artistic research and architectural thinking find a place within New Perspectives. Artspace is proud to host an event as an outcome of long term conversations with the “Ideal City” research group from the School of Architecture and Planning at The Untiversity of Auckland.


Neal Palmer | Horsing Around

Opening Thursday October 20, 2016 from 6 – 8pm
nkb Gallery, Auckland

“My latest show ‘Horsing Around’ evolved from a work I created as part of a show in 2004 called ‘35K & The Golden Apple’. The brief was to create a piece which represented the value of Billy Apple’s solid gold apple, the centerpiece of the show. It started a train of thought about monetary valuation within aspects of our cultural landscape.


Sam Thomas & Fu-On Chung | NETS

Opening Thursday October 20, 2016 at 6pm
Glovebox, Auckland

Sam Thomas (1989) is a painter based between Auckland and Rarotonga. His works have been included in Porgies at Ramp Gallery with James Wylie curated by Karl Bayly, Hamilton (September 2016), Sacred Economies curated by Balamohan Shingade at Uxbridge Gallery Howick (August 2016), Thomas has collaborated with Denys Watkins on You know more than I know, at Bath St Gallery Parnell (May 2016).

Fu-On Chung (1991) is an Auckland based painter. Recent exhibitions includeSeagar’s Walters Prize at Mirage Gallery (September 2016), Painting: A Transitive Space curated by Simon McIntyre at St Paul Street Gallery Three (August 2016) and Drawing Rehearsals at Two Rooms (February 2016).


Frances Hodgkins | The Hidden Portfolio

Opening Wednesday October 19, 2016 from 5 – 7 PM
Studio One, Auckland

From a private collection comes an astonishing portfolio of works by the highly acclaimed ex-patriot New Zealand artist, Frances Hodgkins. Discovered in a house clearance in the southern English town of Weymouth, the selection of twelve pieces date from 1930’s and 40’s. Included are previously unknown self-portraits, water-colours. oils and extremely rare textile designs.


Garth Steeper | After Nga Tapa

Opening Wednesday October 19, 2016 from 5 – 7 PM
Studio One, Auckland

Consisting predominantly of one large painting accompanied by preparatory oil sketches, Steeper’s exhibition is a historical depiction of Māori prophet and war leader Te Kooti Te Turuki. The paintings depict Te Kooti fleeing from government colonial forces accompanied by his wife Heni Kumekume after a prolonged siege at the ancient hilltop pā of Nga Tapa.


Negin Dastgheib | Subtle Perceptions

Opening Wednesday October 19, 2016 from 5 – 7 PM
Studio One, Auckland

Negin Dastgheib is inspired by what our natural environment can reflect to us. These works explore notions of our emotional connection with nature and their influence on our inner worlds. Subtle Perceptions presents a selection of small works which are part of a larger series of paintings.


Cristina Beth | Dreamtime Series Part 2

Opening Wednesday October 19, 2016 from 5 – 7 PM
Studio One, Auckland

Traces of repetitive thread lines echo rhythms and rituals of everyday life and the passage of time. Inspired from fabric fragments collected from abandoned mattresses, each ‘thread’ is individually rendered with a meditation of breath, adding to the continuum of the whole. Cristina Beth’s paintings act as a corridor to memories; embedding fantasies, facts and emotions within the surface.


Paul Jackson | New Paintings

Opening Tuesday October 18, 2016 from 5 – 7 PM
Orexart, Auckland

With some fifty years as an exhibiting artist, Paul Jackson draws upon his strong feelings and memories of the country of his birth, and his joint Tongan/New Zealand heritage.

In his current show, he expresses admiration for the work of other artists such as Bill Hammond in Hat For Bill. He shows his support of the All Blacks through All Black, Only the Brave. He explores Christianity and the Maori culture using New Zealand cultural references; a pounamu cross and a Huia feather. Jackson’s version of a still life, Red Heart, alludes to the typically green landscape and cultural symbols of pounamu as he harkens back to New Zealand.

The artist’s mix of Pakeha and Polynesian makes his awareness, understanding and sympathy for ‘tangatawhenua’ (Maori cultural references) a recurring, though not literal, theme in his work. These are his connections, his archaeologies, his ways to explore foundations both factual and fictional, remembered and re-imagined.


Terry Stringer | Model with the Sculptor’s Hands

Opening Tuesday October 18, 2016 at from 5.30 – 7.30pm
Artis Gallery, Auckland

Terry Stringer is a leading New Zealand sculptor and a key figure in the history of art in New Zealand. He graduated in 1967 with Honours from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland and in the following years received virtually every significant scholarship and award available to New Zealand artists. In 2003 Stringer was awarded the Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to sculpture.

The Model with the Sculptor’s Hands is a group of works made by the artist while reflecting on a long practice of sculpture making; hence the presence of sculptor’s hands along with the model as subject. At first glance the model prevails in each piece, but then the presence of the maker comes into view.

Image: Terry Stringer, Fomison in Positive and Negative, 2015. Bronze, 550 mm high, Edition of 3

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Job Opportunities | Te Tuhi

Nanette Cameron School Tutors

Te Tuhi are looking for new tutors to join The Nanette Cameron School. Our tutors are experienced design industry professionals who are passionate about sharing their knowledge with engaged adult students. Our tutors work on a part time basis and hours are dependent on which modules they are teaching and what terms and days these modules are scheduled for. A list of modules and more information about the course can be found on the School’s website.


precious plants and people, people, people

a reflection on Gabi Lardies time in residence with Artists Alliance

There is a delicacy to Gabi Lardies work, a natural loveliness which she light-heartedly bemoans. In her initial proposal for her residency at Artists Alliance, she expressed a desire to experiment with intaglio, a print-making method in which the image is scratched into a smooth surface before ink is spread across it, sinking into the incisions then being pressed into paper as it is pushed through a printing press. It is the precise opposite of relief printing methods like wood and linocuts where the image is stamped and sits atop the surface of the paper. With intaglio, lines are bodily and fraught with feeling – think of Käthe Kollwitz’s bodies flayed by sadness or Goya’s tumbling twilight atrocities. There is frustration in the slowness of a method which is not so ponderous and deliberate as carving, but hasn’t the ease and immediate gratification of sketching or painting, either.


Call for entries | Molly Morpeth Canaday Award: Painting and Drawing

This annual non-acquisitive award is a highly regarded art award dedicated to excellence across contemporary and traditional painting genres.

Criteria: About painting and drawing. Size of works not to exceed 1520mm on the longest side.

Awards :This is a non-acquisitive award with 12 awards totaling in excess of $20,000, including the major award : Molly Morpeth Canaday Trust – $10,000


Call for Proposals | Forecast - International Platform for Pioneering Ideas

Forecast is an international platform for knowledge transfer that is now calling on pioneers from diverse disciplines to submit their project ideas by November 30, 2016. This year’s lineup of mentors—curator Hou Hanru (China), designer Heather Martin (United Kingdom), video artist Bjørn Melhus (Germany/Norway), architect Philippe Rahm (Switzerland), choreographer Richard Siegal (USA), and composer Jennifer Walshe (Ireland)—are offering their expertise and will invite 30 creative minds to present their concepts during the Forecast Forum 2017, at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW). Forecast encourages interdisciplinary exchange and public discussion on the ideas of the future.


Group Show | New Voices

Opening Sunday October 16, 2016 at 3pm
Masterworks Gallery, Auckland

New Voices: Betty Chung, Kate McIntyre, Eloise Worrall-Bader

Exhibition runs until Nov 16, 2016

Image: Eloise Worrall-Bader, detail


Chester Nealie | Alchemy

Opening Sunday October 16, 2016 at 3pm
Masterworks Gallery, Auckland\

18 October – 15 November 2016
preview Sunday 16 October at 3pm with artist talk 

Image: Chester Nealie, studio detail, Alchemy Image credit: Ian Hobbs 2015


Ruth Castle | Wovenware

Opening Sunday October 16, 2016 at 3pm
Masterworks Gallery, Auckland

Image: Ruth Castle, Tall Baskets, 2016, Wovenware.


Fatu Feu'u | Sekia: Salute to the Kermadecs

Opening Sunday October 16, 2016 at 4pm
Diversion Gallery, Marlborough

Tradition and future align – leading Pacific-NZ artist Fatu Feu’u makes a powerful statement on the proposed Kermadec Sanctuary. 

A fierce belief in the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary inspired one of the largest paintings in recent years from leading Pacific-NZ artist Fatu Feu’u, anchoring this solo exhibition which also marks the artist’s 70th birthday this year. The scale of Ola (above), stretching nearly three metres across, was a conscious decision, says Feu’u, to express the magnitude of the issue.


Tony Brown | Swims on

Opening Friday October 14, 2016 from 6 – 7:30 PM
The Upstairs Gallery, Auckland

Upstairs Gallery is proud to present an exhibition by Tony Brown. Tony uses his Māori heritage alongside a keen interest in photography, to depict Māori people at work and leisure in our society. Inspiration for his drawn and painted works incorporates elements of Māori culture. Tony currently combines photo-realism with references to traditional Māori art forms including, whakairo (carving) and tā moko (traditional Maori tattoo) in his practice, which typically culminate as highly rendered drawings or paintings. They are an exploration of his own identity, explaining that the subjects are “more about me being Māori and through photography and painting I’m learning more about who I am.”


Catherine Manchester | Model Habitats

Opening October 13 at 5:30pm
Potocki Paterson Gallery, Wellington

The series features various models in an environment balancing human and natural design. Advertising these habitats are mainly people, lizards and an owl. An owl features in one painting as it looks over ‘Roads of National Importance’ suggesting a strain between other inhabitants and ourselves in a largely human dominated world.

Catherine revisits and revises old and new images in a refining process by sifting through her works of life-drawing, photography, collage and portrait.


Annabel Neall | Window to the Falling Sun

Opening Thursday October 13, 5:30pm
Potocki Paterson Gallery, Wellington

An exhibition of works  described by the artist as whimsical thoughts that cover her past, developed from early collages; each designed to make a statement.

The other ideas in her paintings are references to people, shapes and landscapes which are familiar to her. The shapes often recur and she looks on them as providing a theme for these works. The lines and angles interweave with the shapes which complete and balance the work.

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Job Opportunities | Te Tuhi

Audience Engagement & Administration Assistant

Te Tuhi has two Audience Engagement and Administration Assistants who share front of house responsibilities between them across 7 days per week.  The posts work closely together with the Chief Executive Officer, the Centre Administrator and the evening Duty Managers, to provide excellent and professional reception and audience engagement services for Te Tuhi. The role’s primary purpose is to communicate the exhibition programme in an accessible way to all visitors through digital mechanisms and print. Reception and building services for various user groups and classes also form a substantial part of the workload.


Hannah Beehre | Mures, et Terram

Opening Tuesday October 11, 2016 at 5 PM
Ilam Campus Gallery, Auckland

Mures, et Terram is a large, seven panel drawing that explores catastrophe and movement and taps the resulting forms for content and narrative.
Small creatures are perceived, uncovered, found with charcoal, their essence already present in the initial painterly action. I was interested in creating an epic in which motion, chaos and instability were the main drivers. The narratives that surface within the work are based in situation and circumstance, describing actions and responses of those subjected to/overwhelmed by its violent nature. It is an event— and contains for me a very human story of fear, loss and recovery.


Bob Kerr and Bing Dawe | Inland

Opening October 11, 2016 at 5pm
Whitespace, Auckland

Bob Kerr’s creative practice combines his two artistic endeavours: painting and writing. Through the eyes and voices of scientists, conscientious objectors, and war veterans, Bob tells the story of New Zealand’s history, people, and the landscape.

Bing Dawe’s upbringing in Glenavy, South Canterbury, alongside the Waitaki River was a formative experience that has fed into both his personal and artistic lives.  It has sustained a life-long interest and respect for the environment; its bio-diversity and eco systems and the ways in which human beings interact with these delicate and self-sufficient series of relationships



On from October 11 to November 4, 2016
Page Blackie, Wellington

Join the Gallery from 5:30pm on Tuesday 11 October to view this incredible new show and meet the artist.

Contact the Gallery for more information or to arrange a preview.


Open Call | 20th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil

Starting on October 3, registration for the 20th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil is open. Until November 17, 2016, artists from the Global South and from Portuguese-speaking countries may register, free of charge, their works on any theme, already exhibited or not. Initially focused on video, since 2011 the Festival has included other languages and media, accepting registration of collages, drawings, sculptures, films, photographs, prints, installations, sound pieces, artist’s books, objects, performances, paintings, actions involving the public, tapestries, and videos.

Open call for artists
Registration for artists from the Global South and Portuguese-speaking countries
October 3–November 17, 2016


Interview | Mark Graver

Mark, you have recently returned from a residency in Hobart. Can you tell us a bit about the residency and what it involved?

It was a 5-week International Artist Residency within the Tasmanian College of the Arts, part of the University of Tasmania, based at their Hunter Street campus in Hobart, specifically, within the printmaking department.

I was given a private studio and accommodation in an artist residence flat within the university with 24-hour access to the building and the printmaking studios.


Reg Mombassa | Antipodean Scenery: Views from the eyes of a car

Opening Saturday October 8, 2016 at 3 PM
Whitespace, Auckland

Artist Reg Mombassa (also known as Chris O’Doherty) bridges the disciplines of painting, design, music, and poetry in his prolific and ubiquitous creative practice. Reg was born in Auckland and migrated to Australia with his family in 1969. He attended what is now the National Art School in Darlinghurst in 1969, but left the following year. He returned in 1975, obtaining his Diploma of Painting in 1977. Since 1975, Reg has exhibited his paintings, drawings, and prints at Watters Gallery in… >>

There will also be a book launch for his exclusive limited edition: The Landscapes of Reg Mombassa. 
Signed and numbered limited edition book and print.


Group Show | Accumulative

On from Saturday October 8 to November 2, 2016
Arts in Oxford, Christchurch

Exhibiting artists include Rachel McRobb, Ruth McLeod, Ruth Killoran, Kris Walden, and Celia Wilson. ‘Meet the Artists’ is held on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at from 4 – 6 pm.

Artists will be working in gallery between 10:30 AM and 4 PM on the following Sundays:

16th, Ruth Killoran sculpting & Kris Waldin painting
23rd, Celia Wilson paintmaking
30th, Rachel McRobb pastel painting


Spring Group Show | 50 Works Gallery

On from October 8 to November 6, 2016
50 Works Gallery, Christchurch

Exhibiting from 8 October until 6 November 2016, 50 London Street, Lyttelton

50 Works Gallery’s Spring Group Show features new works from eighteen artists who have exhibited at the gallery throughout the year, along with works from guest artists. Works in the exhibition include sculpture, paintings and prints.

Image: Ratten, Rachel. Hand Work. 


50 Works Gallery Spring Group Show

On from October 8 to November 6, 2016
50 Works Gallery, Lyttleton

50 Works Gallery’s Spring Group Show features new works from eighteen artists who have exhibited at the gallery throughout the year, along with works from guest artists. Works in the exhibition include sculpture, paintings and prints.

Image: Rachel Rattan


June Black | The Intellectual Fashion Show

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

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


Bruce Hutchinson and Rob McGregor | New Zealand on a Palette

As part of the upcoming New Zealand on a Palette Exhibition by Bruce Hutchinson and Rob McGregor, Creative Bay of Plenty – Te Moana a Toi, proudly presents their Artists in Residence on Saturday the 8th of October. For the first time we will host both of these accomplished Artist’s in the Simpson Grierson Gallery with a live demonstration of the creation of new work.

Bruce and Rob are known for their respective distinctive styles and this event will showcase the creation of a new work of art called “Ngauruhoe” by both Artists in their signature styles. This is your opportunity to come and meet the Artists and to engage with them and their creative process.”

If you wish to attend the opening night event on Friday night, from 5 -7pm, please RSVP to pare@creativebop.org.nz so we have an idea of numbers.


Kathryn Madill | Blue & Co.

Opening Friday October 7, 2016 at 5:30 PM
City Art Depot, Christchurch

Within a landscape at once barren and enthralling, a cast of human and animal figures appear on the mutable boundaries of legend, literature and history.



Young Country

On from October 7 to November 27, 2016
Waikato Museum, Hamilton

This fresh and engaging exhibition brings together nineteenth-century photography and contemporary poetry to offer a new and often surprising view of New Zealand’s past. The images are by William Williams, a Railways employee who worked and photographed widely through the country. His outstanding photographs reflect the rawness of New Zealand’s changing landscape as well as its beauty, and offer intriguing and unusual portraits of family and friends at work, home and play. Their rich detail, striking composition and absorbing content will be revelation to many viewers. This is work that encourages contemplation, and rewards getting up close, looking and re-looking.


Group Show #54 | Mass and Pattern

On from October 7 to November 12, 2016
Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch

recent work by: Neil Dawson  Kristin Hollis  Rob Hood  Marie Le Lievre  Leigh Martin  Melissa Macleod  Julia Morison  Fiona Pardington  Peter Peryer  Pauline Rhodes  Heather Straka  Zina Swanson



Group Show | Passionate Instincts

Opening Friday October 7, 2016 at 5:30 PM
The Physics Room, Christchurch

Exhibiting artists include Alexis Hunter, Shahriar Asdollah-Zadeh, Darcell Apelu, Ana Iti, Joanna Neumegen, val smith, and Jaimee Stockman-Young.

Curated by Henry Davidson, Amelia Hitchcock, Emma Ng, and Ted Whitaker

‘Passionate Instincts’ is an exhibition curated by Henry Davidson, Amelia Hitchcock, Emma Ng and Ted Whitaker. With this act of collective curating as a working method, ‘Passionate Instincts’ explores the tension between a desire for individual identity – specifically the desire for a radical selfhood – and the wish to construct, be located within, and contribute to a community that strives for the betterment of everyone.


Ben Clement | The Wit's End

Opening Friday October 7, 2016 at 5:30 PM
The Physics Room, Christchurch

Circling The Physics Room library is the presentation of The Wits’ End, a paste-up frieze. Acting as a collaged storyboard tracking despair and violence within and against the workplace, the work weaves together self-published material from technophobic factions and lone-wolf transgressives into a caricature of male hysteria, which idolises the apocalyptic fantasy of survivalism.

Presented on the obsolete format of fax paper; etched steel plates and objects are heated, scorching an image into the scroll through momentary contact.


Andrew Blythe | Portraits

Opening Thursday October 6, 2016 from 5pm
Toi Ora, Auckland

As part of Artweek and Mental Health Awareness Week, and in association with Tim Melville Gallery, Toi Ora proudly presents Andrew Blythe’s latest exhibition, Portraits.

The 2017 Andrew Blythe Calendar will be available for sale at Portraits — more information here.


Black Asterisk 5th Birthday Group Show

Thursday October 6, 2016 at 6:30 PM
Black Asterisk, Auckland

Five years of fine art slog and Black Asterisk has made it to the half decade mark and, yes, it’s time for a bit of revelling.

To celebrate five years at 10 Ponsonby Road, the Gallery is throwing a show together and having an opening. We’ll be showcasing new works from our represented artists, including Tony Lane, Holly Zandbergen, Laura Williams, Gary Freemantle, Murray Cammick, Patrick Tyman, Michael Springer and others. The entire two-floor gallery will be dedicated to showing how far Black Asterisk has come and a taste of what’s ahead.

The preview – well it’s a celebration really – is 6.30pm Thursday 6 October. And just announced, Murray Cammick will be selecting the vinyl. The exhibition runs 7 – 29 October, which begins just in time for this year’s Art Week in Auckland. See you at The Asterisk.


Ruth Buchanan | Never Not a Body

Opening Thursday October 6, 2016 from 6 -8pm
Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland

In her essay “Against Ordinary Language: The Language of the Body” Kathy Acker reflects on the body in the bodybuilders studio. She starts the essay by describing her long term desire to write about her work as a bodybuilder, and the difficulties that this desire causes. She attempts to keep a diary of her activities in the studio, vowing that after each work out she will immediately write in that diary; however, she states: 


Roger Boyce & Richard Lewer | Means to an End

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

The works in this exhibition share a commonality in people dying, loving people when they die, and how to deal with that.

Richard Lewer’s Worse Luck I am Still Here tells the true story of an elderly couple’s failed suicide pact. His second work The Sound of Your Own Breathing recounts an accident, a death and a regretted action.

Roger Boyce’s Means to an End is a ‘how-to’ in bringing about your own death; with wall mounted gas tanks, a wall text detailing the science of dying by breathing nitrogen, and a video in which characters act out their suicide.


SunSoo Kim | Into the Layers of the Abyss: 1,000 Years of Korean Lacquer

Opening Thursday October 6, 2016 at 5:30 PM
Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland

Korean lacquer art practice known as Ottchil (옻칠) has been used by skilled artists for thousands of years. Master Ottchil artist SungSoo Kim learned the Mother of Pearl lacquer ware finish and wood work process, and developed his own techniques with the unconventional use of materials. The beauty of form, colour and nature are blended with the special inlay technique on a variety of materials.

This Auckland Artweek Kim and his Ottchil students will visit from Korea to share the mesmerising beauty and techniques of Ottchil art culminating in an exhibition of work at Gus Fisher Gallery.


Fraser Hoffe and Heather Bradley | Church Gone Bush

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

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

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


A Visual Encounter with New Zealand History: Photography Exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery

As an American, I saw New Zealand as a place largely bereft of political or racial unrest. But of course, no country is without scars, and the exhibition ‘Opening the Past to the Ever-Changing Present’, running until June 25, at the Auckland Art Gallery aims to illuminate the untidiness of the history of New Zealand. The photographs in the exhibition span from 1944 to 1985 and feature people in public spaces throughout New Zealand.  However, the untidy parts of history are also the most vibrant, which is especially evident in A Moment of Unity before leaving Te Puea Marae by Gil Hanly. This scene of fists raised immediately elicits mental pictures of the Black Panther movement in the US. There’s something beautiful about people standing together with one purpose, but there’s something equally sombre when one considers the events that took place that brought them to this place.


Joyce Campbell | Flightdream

Opening Tuesday October 4, 2016 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Bartley + Company Art, Wellington

The artist will discuss her work at 6:15 PM.

We are delighted to be able to show Joyce Campbell’s highly acclaimed video Flightdream in Wellington and to announce the release of new digital stills specially created for her Wellington exhibition.

Flightdream has had three major showings this year. It was included in the Sydney Biennale and is currently showing in the Christchurch Art Gallery and at the Auckland Art Gallery as part of the Walters Prize finalists exhibition — the winner of which will be announced on Friday night.


Open Call | Popular Members Show

The Upstairs Gallery popular Summer members show opens on 9 December with a Twilight Market planned for Saturday 10 December (details about this market will be sent soon). Make sure you get your entries in for this popular members show, this year we have called it Summer Lovin’, and it is open to your own interpretation. We accept all mediums and require you to fill in and submit a registration form. No work will be accepted without a completed registration form.

Registrations must be in by Friday 25th November.


Group Show | Bad Visual Systems

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

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


Laith McGregor | Swallow the Sun

Opening Saturday October 1, 2016 from 5 – 7 PM
Starkwhite, Auckland

During his recent travels in South East Asia, Laith McGregor has been exploring the conceptual foundations of portraiture, from primitive mark making through to contemporary practice, and the discourses surrounding it, while being immersed in various cultural communities. He says: “The resulting work is an outcome of my ongoing research to understand the complexity of the human experience and my place within it, in particular investigating the relationship of various interpretations of portraiture as a common vernacular, through the use of masks, deities and notion of the self.”


Julie Blyfield | Rare Collection

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

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

Luke Kelly Dazzle Lines

Luke Kelly | Migration

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

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

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

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


Johnson Witehira | Half Blood

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

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


Group Show | THE XX FACTOR

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

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

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



Veronica Herber | Resonance

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

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


Group Show | Still Figuring It Out

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

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

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


Group Show | New Perspectives | With Simon Denny

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

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

Group Show | Influx

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

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

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


Call for Proposals | Meanwhile

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

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


Frances Stachl | Fiction in the space between

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

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

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

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


Deborah Crowe @ 1B Ponsonby Road

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

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

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


International Open Call | Media Art Biennale WRO 2017

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

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

Andre Hemer - Big Node #10

Award Winners Announced The 25th Annual Wallace Art Awards 2016

Award Winners Announced The 25th Annual Wallace Art Awards 2016

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


Blaine Western | Masques

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

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

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


Group Show | On Repeat: The Disruptive Copy

“In principle a work of art has always been reproducible”, opens Walter Benjamin in his famous essay ‘The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction’. From casting to photography to newer digital technologies, the multiplied artwork exists as a very real possibility, albeit mostly unrealised. However, both artistic modernism and consumer culture predominantly place value on things that are rare, unique, exclusive and new. To protect the status of any object as ‘original’, external conventions are put in place to limit the production, display and distribution of what would otherwise be inherently reproducible.

_Walter Bakkenes  Untitled 1943  Collection of Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa

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

On from Saturday September 3, 2016
Rotorua Museum, Rotorua

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


2016 National Contemporary Art Award

On from September 3 to December 4, 2016
Waikato Museum, Hamilton

“Art is defined as a form of intensification of ta – time, and reconstitution of va – space, and involves transformation from a condition of chaos to a state of order through sustained rhythmic production of symmetry, harmony and, more importantly, beauty.” –Dr Hufunga Okusitino Mahina – Ta-Va Theory

Artists bravely place their work under our scrutiny. In this exhibition, each artist shares something they have never exhibited before. By looking at and responding in some way to these artworks, you change from ‘stranger’ to ‘participant’.

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

Group Show | Set in Motion

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

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

The New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award 2017

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

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

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

Yvonne Todd

Yvonne Todd | Barnacles/Fictitious Bodies

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

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

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

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

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.


Margaret Estall @ 1b Ponsonby Road

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

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

UberBau House residency

Open Call | Contemporary Art Research Residencies

Uberbau_house Contemporary Art Research Residencies
São Paulo, Brazil.

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

Miranda Parkes

Art Bus Pays Visit to Auckland Girls Grammar School

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

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


Group Show | Contemporary Christchurch

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

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

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

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.


Veronica Herber @ 1B Ponsonby Road

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

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

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

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

Kate Hursthouse Blog Post

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:

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

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

Weaving Demonstration and Floor Talk 

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

Exhibition runs until October 30, 2016

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Andrew Barber and Jeena Shin | Movement

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

30 July – 27 November 2016

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

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


Michel Tuffery and Flox | Matariki Colab

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

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

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

Warren Viscoe

Warren Viscoe |Satellite Skies Don’t Tell Lies

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

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

John LAwrence

John Lawrence | The Human Expression

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

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


Tiffany Rewa Newrick | Interview

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

Queer activism 30 years on in Courtenay Place

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

Great Britten! A work by Billy Apple

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

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

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

Emma Camden | NOW

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

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

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


Call for Proposals | Franklin Arts Centre

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



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

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

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Exhibition | Bad Hair Day

Opening Saturday June 4, 2016
Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch

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

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

Interview | Rozana Lee

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

Between Tides 2016

Lyn Dallison on Between Tides

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


Photo Essay | 20th Biennale of Sydney

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


2016 Artists Open Studios Whanganui

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


Interview | Balamohan Shingade

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


Interview | Public Share

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

Art Today 2016

Art Today with Lois Perry

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

Memorphosis by Sophie Giblin. Photography by Steven Glashier.

Interview | Sophie Giblin

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


Safe creative space in London: Art Guard

Written by Lia Boscu.

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

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


Interview | Nikau Hindin

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


On Her Own Terms | The Women’s Art Initiative 

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


Opinion | Graduate Show Seasonal Round-Up

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

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Interview | Fresh and Fruity

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


Philanthropic Alternatives | The C Art Trust Award

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


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

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


Melissa Laing | Negotiating Consent

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


Opinion | The importance of teak bannisters

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

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Kalee Jackson | Love Your Work: Fan Art Swap

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


Artists Alliance Mentee Profile | Emil McAvoy

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


Review | The Turner Prize

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


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

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


The Artist’s Studio | Evan Woodruffe

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


Gary Peters | Making it #9

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


Emma Pratt: A Return to the Heart of Things

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


The Artist’s Studio | Sian Torrington

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


Dornwell Studios

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

Mount Everest from my window seat on plane

Lorene Taurerewa | Diary from Nepal

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


The Artist’s Studio | Michelle Beattie

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


Interview | Estella Castle

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


Five Questions | Corrina Hoseason

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


The Artist’s Studio | Alex Bartleet

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


Sam Mitchell | William Hodges Fellow 2014

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


New York City Rooftop Gardens

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


Making it | Gary Peters

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


Review | Journal at ICA, London

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