Nature and Spirit | Debsi Gillespie and Greta Cabrita

Aberhart Starts Here | Laurence Aberhart

Aberhart Starts Here | Laurence Aberhart

Friday September 15 2017 to Tuesday February 6 2018
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Christchurch

Iconic and unseen early photographs of Christchurch by Laurence Aberhart

Aberhart started here. Between 1975 and 1983, when the internationally-renowned New Zealand artist lived in and around Christchurch, he began to photograph the everyday world around him. Christchurch is where Aberhart developed his eye for the things that later brought his work to international prominence: his interest in the vanishing past, vernacular histories, and typological series, all emerged over this period. Aberhart’s early photographs, some of them now iconic but many unseen or little known, reveal a city – and a way of life – that no longer exists. Long-gone fast food joints, masonic lodges, lonely monuments and cemeteries are brought together with stucco houses, weird domestic scenes and haunting family groups.

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Summer Residencies | New Zealand Pacific Studio

Summer Residencies | New Zealand Pacific Studio

Applications close Wednesday January 31, 2018

SUMMER OPPORTUNITY

Summer is a wonderful time of year to be at New Zealand Pacific Studio, where artists / writers / academics / creative practitioners can take a week, a few weeks, or up to three months to focus on a specific project.

Since 2001, several hundred writers, visual artists, environmentalists, natural and cultural historians, storytellers, film-makers, curators, musicians, dancers, performers, choreographers, animation artists, scientists, post-graduate students and academics have stayed at our centre.

Our non-profit, multi-disciplinary, and cross-cultural residency centre is based in a beautifully restored 1911 villa with four fireplaces.

  • Located north of Masterton, home to Aratoi Museum of Art and History, and right beside Pukaha Mount Bruce, a bird sanctuary
  • Six unique living/work spaces, with 3 larger studios, and a smaller writing studio
  • An extensive library of 2,000+ titles
  • Norwegian-style cottage with studio, skylight, kitchenette, and firebox
  • Large loft with beautiful views of hills
  • Sauna, vegetable garden, woodland gardens
  • Complimentary entry to Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
  • Assistance with setting up any workshop, seminar, exhibition, performance
  • Live-in house management and support
  • Nearby caretakers
  • Free wifi, free landline telephone calls within NZ
  • Full linens, laundry facilities, weekly cleaning service
  • More information on the facilities: http://www.artistresidency.org.nz/433676

If you would like to commit to, and enjoy, a period of productive work, then we encourage your application. Residencies are self-funded and self-catering, priced from $280-$400 per week, with pick-up from Masterton/Palmerston North included, if required. (An additional $25/week applies for transportation support, if you do not bring a vehicle.)

HOW TO APPLY

We are accepting applications for Summer 2017 / 18.  Just e-mail us (info@artistresidency.org.nz) with

– a short biography (under 75 words)
-a photograph of yourself
-2-3 samples of your work / a link to your website
-an outline of what you plan to work on at NZ Pacific Studio (under 300 words)

Please keep your document under 1mb, thank you.

Applications are also accepted on a year-round basis.

Key skills sought:
Artists / researchers who are serious about their practice.

Leading Ladies | Group Show

Leading Ladies | Group Show

Opening Saturday October 14, 4pm
Exhibition runs from Saturday October 7 2017 to Sunday January 28 2018
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland

The arts and crafts movement in the early twentieth century was a vital moment in the education and uptake of ceramics in Aotearoa New Zealand. Though most histories of New Zealand studio pottery begin with the Anglo-Oriental movement in the mid-twentieth century — which features the  emergence of key ceramic figures — the earlier arts and crafts movement holds many examples of sophisticated and serious pottery, often made by women.

This exhibition looks at the work of five key female potters working in the early twentieth century with the aim of understanding how their contexts enabled their work and shaped the directions their practices took. As Curator Moyra Elliott notes, in “the early Twentieth Century it was necessary to be a woman of singular purpose and determination if making pottery was the aim, whether for economic independence, contributing towards family income or artistic expression. Here is the work from some of the pioneers.”

Curated by Moyra Elliott, with work by Briar Gardner, Elizabeth Matheson, Minnie F. White, Olive Jones and Elizabeth Lissaman.

Landlines | Juliet Novena

Landlines | Juliet Novena

October 9 2017 to March 2018
Artist talk | 9 October 10:30am
Ashburton Art Gallery, Ashburton

For several days from the 30th of September Dunedin based artist Juliet Novena Sorrel will use observational drawing and mapping as tools for exploring Mid-Canterbury’s natural identity. She will spend the first two days in the Ashburton area making drawings of natural and built features of the landscape which will act as her source material for a large aerial drawing which will be done directly on our foyer wall. Her observations will be arranged and fragmented to provide glimpses of Mid-Canterbury.

Glen Hayward | dendrochronology

Glen Hayward | dendrochronology

Saturday October 14 2017 to Sunday February 18 2018
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin

Glen Hayward is known for replicating and re-contextualising everyday objects – smoke alarms, security cameras, office furniture, tools, buckets of paint, animal skulls. These sculptures, while seemingly authentic and convincing are in fact hand-carved and hand-painted wooden imitations, devoid of their intended functions. In dendrochronology, Hayward has sculpted a life-sized replica of a 1980s Toyota Corolla. While it will appear unfinished externally, internally will be an exact duplication – inviting viewers to explore every minute detail.

Grahame Sydney | Etched in Time

Grahame Sydney | Etched in Time

Saturday October 14 2017 to Sunday February 18 2018
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin

Early works from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Collection

Grahame Sydney is one of New Zealand’s pre-eminent artists. Born in Dunedin in 1948 and having lived most of his life in Otago, Sydney’s distinctive style and subject matter have become synonymous with the landscapes of Central Otago.

Largely self-taught, Sydney began learning the ‘etching craft’ in 1975 not long after he returned from studying Old Masters in Europe. The etching medium befitted Sydney, who developed a compact, linear and highly skilled etching technique. Valuing artistic traditions and formal qualities, Sydney uses lines, light, shadows and diagonals to create optical illusions.

Etched in time, a boutique exhibition drawn from the collection of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery reveals a sense of the art-making process in Sydney’s early development, specifically the interplay between his detailed studies, finished etchings and watercolours.

Louise Menzies | Gorgon Malkin Witch

Louise Menzies | Gorgon Malkin Witch

Opening Saturday October 14, 4pm
Exhibition runs from October Saturday 14, 2017 to Sunday January 28, 2018
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland

Louise Menzies, an Auckland-based artist, offers us objects, images and situations that explore the past and present through attention to the way they are already represented. For this exhibition, Menzies delves into feminist histories, via the Germaine Greer Archive held at the University of Melbourne.

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Andrew Mcleod

Andrew Mcleod

Opening Saturday October 21, 5pm
Exhibition runs from Satruday October 21, 2017 to Sunday February 11, 2018
Whakatāne Library and Exhibition Centre, Whakatāne

You’re warmly invited to attend the opening of Andrew McLeod’s first solo exhibition in Whakatāne, opening at Te Kōputu a te whanga a Toi – Whakatāne Library and Exhibition Centre.

Featuring grand figurative works and playful miniatures (2000 -2017), McLeod combines a mastery of realist technique influenced by a host of significant art history names, like Hieronymous Bosch and Henry Fuselli, with a collection of postmodern and contemporary visual culture.

Andrew will be joining us for the opening on Saturday, 21 October 2017, and presenting an informal floor talk starting at 5 pm.

MATATAU | Group Show

MATATAU | Group Show

Saturday November 4, 2017 to Sunday February 18, 2018
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North

Be first in to see a range of works by graduating students of Toioho ki Āpiti – Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts, Massey University. Themes around mana tangata (the power, or authority, of the people) are explored with a range of disciplines including sculpture, digital media, photography, and mixed media. The degree provides a culturally-based education in design that pushes students to achieve creatively and academically as they develop their art practice. Featuring work by Maihi Potaka, Maia Rose Week, Noel Hilliard, Tegan Hautapu and Clayton Tansley.

Sally Burton | Pale History

Sally Burton | Pale History

On 17 June 1843 twenty six people perished in the Wairau Valley. Violently clashing over land rights, this was the first major confrontation between Māori and colonials since the 1840 signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi.

Nelson artist Sally Burton has approached The Wairau Incident as a three dimensional history painting. The monochromatic figures, constructed from found wood and draped in delaminated tapa cloth, are strong, cunning, raw, frail, passionate, evocative and ambitious. Burton freezes the figures in the moment that ignited conflict. Through this installation, and the inclusion of contextual artwork, Burton allows viewers to stop and reflect on the path that led to this violent confrontation and where it has taken us as a nation.

Image: Sally Burton, detail of Te Rauparaha, 2017, mixed media

Portage Ceramic Awards 2017

Portage Ceramic Awards 2017

Awards night, Thursday November 9, 6pm | Tickets $40 from portage@teuru.org.nz
Friday November 10 2017 to Sunday February 11, 2018
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland

As an annual update on the state of ceramic practices in Aotearoa, the Portage Ceramic Awards provides insights on current directions and future possibilities. Established in 2001, the awards are a hallmark event for the New Zealand ceramics community, showcasing some of the best contemporary work, and serving as a platform for dialogue about developments in the ceramics field.

Whanganui-based curator and writer, Emma Bugden, is the 2017 judge and will select finalists and winners for this year’s event, organised and hosted by Te Uru with support from The Trusts Community Foundation.

This year’s finalists are: Greg Barron, Owen Bartlett, Blue Black, Tony Bond, Maak Bow, Phil Brooks, Annette Bull, Rachel Carter, Madeleine Child, Peter Collis, Bronwynne Cornish, Ann Crane, Bridgit Day, Andrea du Chatenier, Lang Ea, Kate Fitzharris, Mel Ford, Yasmin Franzmayr-Davis, Grancy Fu, Jacquelyn Greenbank, Kairava Gullatz, Philip Jarvis, Jinho Jeong, Chuck Joseph, Temmina Kuijpers, Peter Lange, Virginia Leonard, Cheryl Lucas, Paul Maseyk, Gaeleen Morley, Kiya Nancarrow, John Parker, Michael Potter, Robert Rapson, Vivian Rodríguez, John Roy, Rick Rudd, Amanda Shanley, Liz Sharek, Duncan Shearer, Janet Smith, Gary Stewart, Richard Stratton, Christine Thacker, Stephan Thomas, Janna van Hasselt, Chris Weaver, Sarah Wigley and Helen Yau.

There will be a free exhibition tour with this year’s judge on Saturday 11 November, 12noon, which is also part of the Auckland Festival of Ceramics’ Ceramic Safari. For other Portage-related information and events, visit the Portage homepage or follow our Facebook page. Visit the Auckland Festival of Ceramics Facebook page for information on further festival events.

Gordon Walters | New Vision

Gordon Walters | New Vision

Saturday November 11, 2017 to Sunday April 8, 2018
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin

Gordon Walters: New Vision is a major survey of one of New Zealand’s great modernist artists. Walters’ abstraction was centred on a deceptively simple geometric language, and the infinite potential to be found in a limited range of forms. New Vision asserts the importance of Walters’ works from the 1950s, and connects this body of small and colourful paintings with some of his best-known works of the subsequent decades. Two years in the making, and including more than 150 works, this exhibition presents a unique opportunity to explore all aspects of Walters’ remarkable art practice for the first time.

Gordon Walters: New Vision is a partnership project between the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki with support from the Walters estate.

Image: Gordon Walters, Painting J,1974, Acrylic on canvas, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Courtesy of the Walters Estate

Sculpture in the Gardens 2017-2018

Sculpture in the Gardens 2017-2018

Saturday November 11 2017 to Sunday February 25, 2018
Auckland Botanic Gardens, Auckland

Sculpture in the Gardens is a free public event held for 3 months biennially at the Auckland Botanic Gardens. The exhibition’s main feature is a 2km sculpture trail through the Gardens. 20 outdoor works from the exhibiting artists will be exhibited. The event also features an extensive indoor gallery of small sculptural works, glass, medallion works, and jewellery. Free guided walks, entertainment and workshops can be sought out; and specialty walks for elderly, and for blind guests are also provided.

The upcoming exhibition will be the 6th Sculpture in the Gardens, and will celebrate 10 years since its inception – as such we will also celebrate the permanent sculptural works that now form a collection of over 20.

Serene Velocity in Practice: MC510/CS183 | Michael Stevenson

Serene Velocity in Practice: MC510/CS183 | Michael Stevenson

Sunday November 12, 2017 to Sunday February 4, 2018
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland

Serene Velocity in Practice: MC510 & CS183 will be Stevenson’s first solo exhibition at a New Zealand public gallery in more than 15 years. For the occasion Stevenson has developed a significant new large-scale installation which has been commissioned by Auckland Art Gallery with partners the Biennale of Sydney 2018 and Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA).

Serene Velocity in Practice: MC510 & CS183 is based on two seemingly unrelated academic courses, MC510 and CS183, which were modules taught for a short time in Californian higher-learning institutions. The installation takes the form of an imagined tertiary institution of two classrooms, each of which represents one of these courses.

Image: Michael Stevenson, ‘Classroom furniture for CS183’, in Serene Velocity in Practice: MC510/CS183 2017, Commissioned by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki with commissioning partners the Biennale of Sydney 2018 and Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA.
Supported by the Contemporary Benefactors of Auckland Art Gallery; Chartwell Trust; Auckland Contemporary Art Trust; Auckland Art Gallery International Ambassadors; and Michael Lett, Auckland.

Sam Hamilton | APPLE PIE

Sam Hamilton | APPLE PIE

Tuesday November 14, 2017 to Sunday February 4, 2018
Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland

Completed in 2017, APPLE PIE is a ten-part creative inquiry into the relational intersections between astronomy and the evolution of human agency.

Image: Film still from Apple Pie, by Sam Hamilton

Frances Hodgkins | People

Frances Hodgkins | People

Thursday November 16, 2017 to Wednesday February 14, 2018
Curator’s Talk “Putting on a Show” | Saturday November 18, 12.30pm
Talk “The Generation Gap?” | Wednesday November 22, 1-2pm
Main Gallery, New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Wellington

Curated by Dr. Pamela Gerrish Nunn

Waiclay National Ceramics Award 2017

Waiclay National Ceramics Award 2017

Opening night and winners announced | Friday November 17
Exhibition runs from Saturday November 18, 2017 to Saturday February 18, 2018
Waikato Museum | Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, Hamilton

Waiclay was established in 2001 at a national convention in the Waikato which included a national ceramic exhibition at Waikato Museum. Waiclay has continued this special relationship with Waikato Museum by holding a national exhibition at the Museum every two years.

The Waiclay team and Waikato Museum works together as a partnership to develop a ceramic exhibition that is now considered to be one of the best in New Zealand.

Image: Detail, Still life for Keith and Ernie, John Parker, collection of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato.

Anna Rankin | hail to

Anna Rankin | hail to

Saturday November 18, 2017 to Sunday February 25, 2018
Te Tuhi, Auckland
hail to is a Te Tuhi Billboard Project by Anna Rankin which explores positions of loss, grief, weakness and death through poetry and imagery in order to invoke transitional and unstable relationships of time in relation to the self and to the divine. The works negotiate subjectivity through contradictory and convergent experiences of weakness and ephemeral elation. In hail to she explores and locates desire, fantasy, allegory, delusion, memory, trace and displacement.

Image: Anna Rankin, the same fate; mirror, marc jacobs lipstick, 2017, commissioned by Te Tuhi, Auckland

Billy Apple | Further Alterations

Billy Apple | Further Alterations

Saturday November 18, 2017 to Sunday February 11, 2018
In conversation: Billy Apple, Wystan Curnow, Simon Rees | Saturday November 18, 12–1pm
Gallery 1, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth

Since its permanent installation and acquisition for the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Collection in 1980 Billy Apple’s Altered Staircase has been ‘re-altered’ on two occasions linked to renovations and changes to the Govett-Brewster’s architecture. This exhibition completes its third and most recent iteration affected by the construction of the Len Lye Centre and the relocation of the Govett-Brewster’s principal portal (and point of entrance and egress) that was a crucial element of the original work. Working with long-time collaborator Wystan Curnow, the artist has produced a display about its history, updated the graphic and textual elements of the work, and re-contextualised the work for the future.

Curated by Wystan Curnow

Image: Billy Apple Alterations: The Given as an Art Political Statement 1980, photolithograph. Govett-Brewster Collection

Gary Peters | A Slow Take

Gary Peters | A Slow Take

Opening Saturday November 18, 4-6pm
Exhibition runs from Saturday November 18, 2017 to Sunday February 25, 2018
Te Tuhi, Auckland

A Slow Take by Wellington-based painter Gary Peters is a site-responsive exhibition commissioned by Te Tuhi that explores the legacy of formal abstraction through the geometry of the everyday. Using architectural features as compositional devices, Peters brings observations about the surrounding environment into the viewer’s conscious perception of space.

Image: Gary Peters, study for Slipped Monochrome #2, 2017. Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Auckland

Shannon Te Ao | With the sun aglow, I have my pensive moods

Shannon Te Ao | With the sun aglow, I have my pensive moods

Opening Saturday November 18, 4-6pm
Exhibition runs from Saturday November 18, 2017 to  Sunday April 22, 2018
Te Tuhi, Auckland

Curated by Sorcha Carey and Bruce E. Phillips

Te Tuhi is proud to present With the sun aglow, I have my pensive moods, a major new work by Wellington-based artist Shannon Te Ao (Ngāti Tūwharetoa) and a joint commission between Te Tuhi and the 2017 Edinburgh Art Festival. This two-channel video installation features footage filmed in three separate locations in Aotearoa New Zealand, documenting a dance, a highway and a farm. These visuals also contain a myriad of references that create a convergence between Te Ao’s personal socio-geography, his tīpuna and the imaginings of other artists, directors and musicians from distinct times and places.

Image: Shannon Te Ao, With the sun aglow, I have my pensive moods, 2017 (video still) two channel video, colour and sound, cinematography by Iain Frengley, commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival and Te Tuhi, Aotearoa New Zealand

Te Rongo Aaniwaniwa/A Dissonant Harmony | Group Show

Te Rongo Aaniwaniwa/A Dissonant Harmony | Group Show

Saturday November 18, 2017 to Sunday February 18, 2018
Waikato Museum | Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, Hamilton

Bringing together work by artists from across Waikato and beyond to explore the complexity of our relationship with the kauri tree and its forest, Te Rongo Aaniwaniwa/A Dissonant Harmony inhabits the space where concepts of art, science and cultural knowledge intersect. Once a powerful presence across Northern Aotearoa, from Waikato to Cape Reinga, kauri forest now exists in scattered fragments and as a legend in the imaginations of the people. Working in collaboration with artists, scientists, iwi and community, this exhibition uses art to expand awareness of the crucial place of kauri in our biological and cultural landscape, and the threat posed to this unique species by kauri dieback disease. Kauri ki uta, Kauri ki tai – May Kauri once again flourish from hilltop to the sea.

Exhibition curators: Chris McBride and Ariane Craig-Smith

Image: Learn To Swim, Nicole Charles

The New Zealand Tree Project

The New Zealand Tree Project

Saturday November 18, 2017 to Saturday February 18, 2018
Waikato Museum | Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, Hamilton

In 2015, climbers, scientists and photographers spent more than 100 hours over four weeks high in the boughs of giant rimu and kahikatea trees within the biodiverse Pureora Forest. Using a specially-designed camera rig suspended from the canopy, they captured 120,000 images, 1,200 video clips and 28 epic time-lapse sequences of this revered historic forest. The result is a never-seen-before, high-resolution image from a level viewpoint with no distortion, of a mature native tree.

The New Zealand Tree Project is a film and photography project sharing imagery of majestic trees and native forests from perspectives that are rarely experienced. United in the aim of igniting interest and action in nature conservation, the team members come from a variety of backgrounds, including ecologists at the University of Waikato, arborists from Wintec and skilled visual artists from Australia.

Image: Arborist Andrew Harrison in his tree-top office. Photo: Steven Pearce.

As Time Goes By (elements from The Ground Swallows You) | Matthew Galloway

As Time Goes By (elements from The Ground Swallows You) | Matthew Galloway

Thursday November 23, 2017 to Friday February 9, 2018
ST PAUL St Gallery, Auckland

In The Ground Swallows You Matthew Galloway investigates the geopolitical implications of using imported fertiliser in our agricultural industry. Part I of this project traced the path of the container ship Josco Suzhou, carrying Rock Phosphate from the occupied territory of Western Sahara in North Africa to Dunedin, Aotearoa New Zealand in late 2015. Galloway has subsequently developed the project to raise questions about our continued trade relationship with this disputed territory­, despite the human rights issues involved. Adapting and deploying the symbols of the fertiliser corporations and countries involved as a new visual language on these flags, As Time Goes By highlights our ongoing participation in Morocco’s illegal occupation and use of Western Sahara’s resources. Here the flags are accompanied by a free newspaper providing information on the background and context for this long-running conflict. As a whole the project sets out to reveal the factors behind the continued import of this resource, and an awareness of the economic and political connection between these two countries on opposite sides of the world.

Image: Matthew Galloway, The Ground Swallows You (Part II), installation view. Courtesy of The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, 2017. Photo: John Lake.

6148 CUPS OF COFFEE | Group Show

6148 CUPS OF COFFEE | Group Show

Friday November 24, 2017 to Sunday March 4, 2018
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North

This exhibition will showcase portfolio projects from students in their final year of study from UCOL’s Bachelor of Applied Visual Imaging (BAVI). Each student’s project is self-directed and will be an accumulation of an entire years worth of research and creative development. The BAVI degree prepares students for professional careers within creative industries that contribute to contemporary visual culture. Students build broad knowledge and experience in areas of illustration, moving image, 3D modelling, visual journalism, design and photography.

Sharon Fitness | Finding Jewelleryness

Sharon Fitness | Finding Jewelleryness

Friday November 24, 2017 to Tuesday January 23, 2018
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland

Sharon Fitness explores the concept of ‘jewelleryness’ through moving image. Finding Jewelleryness includes instructional videos that share her love of wearing readymades alongside a selection of wearable screens. Sharon aims to anthropomorphise jewellery, asking the viewer what their jewellery thinks about being jewellery, and about the world in general. Sharon Fitness is a jeweller, living and working near Auckland, who believes in saving the world one brooch at a time.

Image courtesy of Te Uru

Gavin Hipkins | The Domain

Gavin Hipkins | The Domain

Saturday November 25, 2017 to Sunday March 25, 2018
The Dowse Art Museum, Wellington

New Zealand artist Gavin Hipkins’ career is characterised by a remarkable fluidity, spanning a wide range of photographic media, from slide transparencies to photograms to moving image.

The Domain will be an expansive survey of Hipkins’ work, bringing together 25 years of art-making. It will reveal an ever-evolving practice which returns again and again a set of core concerns: photography as the predominant form of modernist visual communication; the nation state and national identity; exploration and colonisation in the modern era; how social and political ideologies visually shape the world we live in.

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GAVIN HIPKINS, THE COLONY, INSTALLED SAO PAULO BIENNALE, 2002

Kushana Bush | The Burning Hours

Kushana Bush | The Burning Hours

Opening day artist talk | Saturday November 25, 3pm
Opening Saturday November 25, 4pm
Exhibition runs from Saturday November 25, 2017 to Wednesday February 28, 2018
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland

Kushana Bush (b. 1983) inhabits a singular position within contemporary New Zealand art. Reaching across history, culture and society, her meticulously detailed compositions, multi-ethnic characters and open-ended narratives combine to create a unique visual language. It is an approach that has attracted significant attention for this Dunedin-based artist, drawing audiences into the complex choreography of her world.

The Burning Hours focuses on works made between 2014-2016, showing audiences what happens when Bush pushes her compositional limits and uses the entire surface of the paper. This recent body of work is rich with detail – each surface, of gouache and gold, is filled with references to illuminated manuscripts, Persian miniatures, European art history and modern life. These disparate sources bind Bush’s works to both the past and the present; the historical and the contemporary. Human interactions, humour, ambiguity, dramatic tension and intimate scale are her tools to draw viewers into a private conversation and, in some cases, a spiritual space.

Image: Us Lucky Observers 2016 (detail). Collection of Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Reuben Paterson | The Golden Bearing

Reuben Paterson | The Golden Bearing

Saturday November 25, 2017 to Sunday January 28, 2018
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth

The well-loved, shimmering golden sculpture is presented at the Govett-Brewster for the first time. And join us for a wonderful programme of related workshops for kids of all ages. Check them out here.

Image: Reuben Paterson The Golden Bearing 2014. Govett-Brewster Collection

Stephen Allwood | Darkness and Delight

Stephen Allwood | Darkness and Delight

Saturday November 25, 2017 to Sunday January 28, 2018
Aratoi, Masterton

Wairarapa artist Stephen Allwood presents a variation of the vanitas theme; a category of symbolic art works especially associated with 16th and 17th Century still life paintings in Flanders and the Netherlands. These paintings reference traditional Christian views of earthly life and its fleeting nature. Common symbols include skulls as a reminder of the certainty of death, rotten fruit referencing decay and smoke, watches or hourglasses alluding to the brevity of life.

Image: Glasses (2017), Oil on canvas

Wendy Fairclough | Common Ground

Wendy Fairclough | Common Ground

Saturday November 25 to Sunday February 11, 2018
Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui

Australian-based, Whanganui born glass artist Wendy Fairclough was artist-in-residence at Tylee Cottage in 2016. Her post-residency exhibition Common Ground features cast glass and bronze works exploring Māori and European food sources. Running alongside this is a selection of the artist’s works from 2003-2014.

Image: Wendy Fairclough Rain at Night (detail) 2017, cast glass. Courtesy of the artist.

26th Annual Wallace Art Awards 2017

26th Annual Wallace Art Awards 2017

Opening Saturday December 2, 6-8pm
Exhibition runs from Wednesday November 29, 2017 to Sunday January 28, 2018
Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville

The Wallace Gallery Morrinsville is proud to host the exhibition of 2017 finalists and winners from the 29th of November to the 28th of January 2018 in the Wallace Arts Trust Collection Gallery.

The Annual Wallace Art Awards was started by Sir James Wallace in 1992 to encourage the visual arts in New Zealand and in particular to reward those producing outstanding work with residencies and educational grants as well as to give artists exposure to the public by way of exhibitions.  The Awards are the longest surviving and largest annual art awards of their kind in New Zealand, with a value amounting to over $220,000.

The Awards began with just one Paramount prize and have since grown to encompass four major prizes of international residencies and three other monetary prizes. The judges change each year and consist of a panel of practitioners, institution leaders, past winners and academics.

Almost all of the winners were emerging artists at the time they won and have since gone on to establish very successful careers in the arts.  Most have received great critical acclaim and have enjoyed acquisitions by major collections both in New Zealand and overseas.

 

Two Artists | Lynda Wilson & Amanda Watson

Two Artists | Lynda Wilson & Amanda Watson

Wednesday November 29, 2017 to Saturday January 28, 2018
Living Room Gallery & Art Space

Two fine artists – Lynda Wilson (ceramics) and Amanda Watson (painting) present their new work, in this small works exhibition.

We are looking forward to showing our new work together in this amazing space. All the work is new and fresh of the block!

Two artists, two days.

Nigel Brown | I AM, WE ARE

Nigel Brown | I AM, WE ARE

Saturday December 2, 2017 to Sunday March 18, 2018
Waikato Museum | Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, Hamilton

A wide-ranging yet cohesive exhibition, I AM, WE ARE features exemplary works from many distinct periods of Brown’s artistic exploration over the last 35 years.

The diverse themes represented in the exhibition are all drawn together by Brown’s unmistakeable painterly style, along with his iconic symbolism and use of text. The result is a lively and high-impact exhibition celebrating the work of this prolific and engaging artist.

Image: The Meeting House, Nigel Brown.

Philip Jarvis | Toothpaste Tubes doing Parkour

Philip Jarvis | Toothpaste Tubes doing Parkour

On from December 2, 2017 to February 25, 2018
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin

Philip Jarvis, a Dunedin-based artist renowned for his off-beat ceramics, has turned the Rear Window Gallery into a bathroom filled with parkour-practicing toothpaste tubes. Balancing on furniture and diving off walls, it is their extraordinary core strength and stamina which allows them to tackle this extreme sport.

Riddle | Enigmatic work from the collection

Riddle | Enigmatic work from the collection

Saturday December 2, 2017 to Sunday February 25, 2018
Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui

Inspired by a selection of recent additions to the Sarjeant collection, this exhibition features works that are intriguing and elusive in their use of materials, technique or subject matter.

Image: Peter Ireland The Fifteen Mysteries (Paekakariki, Canterbury, Makorori) [detail] 1987-1988, oil on bison board, 2015/9/2. Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Gift of Don Lawson, 2015.

Freedom and Structure | Cubism in New Zealand Art 1930-1960

Freedom and Structure | Cubism in New Zealand Art 1930-1960

Wednesday December 6, 2017 to Monday April 2, 2018 | FREE
Waikato Museum | Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, Hamilton

A revolutionary style, Cubism’s influence spread globally beyond Europe and the United States to Asia and Australasia, affecting other disciplines including architecture, design and fashion.

Freedom and Structure looks at the significant effect of Cubism on New Zealand painting, and reveals its impact on the work of initial adopters John Weeks, Louise Henderson and Colin McCahon, and others including Melvin Day, Charles Tole and Wilfred Stanley Wallis. This exhibition explores how these artists incorporated the radical language of this style, weaving it into their work in inventive ways.

Image: Colin McCahon, French Bay 1957, oil on canvas on board, Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1984.

John Hodgson | Kirikōpuni

John Hodgson | Kirikōpuni

Opening Wednesday 6 December, 2017 from 6pm to 8pm
Mokopōpaki, Auckland

Nau mai! Haere mai! Push the boat out, People! Jump on board and explore with us the wide, YELLOW-BROWN reaches of a formative internal waterway some will see as memory. Feel fires in the land and LONGFIN EELS swarm the banks. Get to know a Pākehā boy born in the fifties and be introduced to a PERSONAL GEOGRAPHY intimately shaped by a slow, horseshoe bend in the Northern WAIROA RIVER.

Tea will be served with TUNA PĀKEHĀ sandwiches

KIRIKŌPUNI. Auckland prov. Locality in Hobson County. Farming. Twenty-two miles by road from Whāngārei. 17 miles by road from Dargaville. Road from Parakao and Kaikohe junction here. Railway station 13 miles from Waiotira Junction, 19 miles from Dargaville. Altitude 17ft. The name is that of a variety of eel.

Kōpuni. 1. In a body all together. Kia kōpuni te haere, kaua e takitahitia.
2. Dark, black. He tuna kiri kōpuni.

Image: John Hodgson, Worldly Goods (2017), oil on canvas on board, 30 x 30cm. Photo: Arekahānara

Summer Fine Art Catalogue

Summer Fine Art Catalogue

Wednesday December 6, 2017 to Saturday February 3, 2018
Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland

This year our Summer Fine Art Catalogue includes work by Viky Garden, Nigel Brown, Robyn Kahukiwa, Ana Teofilo, Emma Prill, Mark Wooller, Rachael Dewhirst and others.

Image: “Perpignan” by Rachael Dewhirst, Acrylic on canvas, 120 x 100cm, 2016

The Eight Hours Plan | Matilda Fraser

The Eight Hours Plan | Matilda Fraser

Thursday December 7, 2017 to February, 2018
Masons Screen, Wellington

The Eight Hours Plan is an homage to Samuel Duncan Parnell, a carpenter and joiner who initiated the 8-hour working day. It features images of the Hutt Road, site of one of the earliest labour strikes in New Zealand history.

Image: Matilda Fraser, The Eight Hours Plan. Digital Video, Sound, 2017.

Ground Work | Craig McIntosh

Ground Work | Craig McIntosh

Friday December 8, 2017 to Sunday February 18, 2018
Objectspace, Auckland

‘Ground Work’ is a solo presentation by contemporary New Zealand Jeweller Craig McIntosh, which features a new body of work developed in his Dunedin studio over an 18 month period. Primarily working in Pakohe (Metamorphosed Argillite) and Basalt, McIntosh’s making practice has been shaped by an ongoing relationship with the geological history and stone harvesting sites of New Zealand’s South Island.

Image: Untitled No. 14, Craig McIntosh, courtesy of Objectspace

Kahoa Kakala | Sione Monu

Kahoa Kakala | Sione Monu

Friday December 8, 2017 to Sunday February 18, 2018
Objectspace, Auckland

‘Kahoa Kakala’ is a solo exhibition by Māngere-based artist Sione Monu, centred on Monu’s experimental work with nimamea’a tuikakala; or the Tongan fine arts of flower designing using the form of kahoa or Tongan garland. Weaving connections between place, people and the different environments in which he works, Monu’s exhibition brings his expanded family and aspects of the spiritual and ecological contexts of art-making in Tonga and Tāmaki Makaurau together in this ongoing series.

Image: Neil Kymani’che Manumua, Sione Monu, courtesy of Objectspace

Opal Moon, Local Lime | Erica van Zon

Opal Moon, Local Lime | Erica van Zon

Friday December 8, 2017 to Sunday February 18, 2018
Objectspace, Auckland

Banh Mi, Killer Croc, Sage Fried Egg, Brutal Grid, Crescent Moon, Space Shuttle, Fukushima Fruit…

The title list for artist Erica van Zon’s 2017 body of work ‘Opal Moon, Local Lime’ reads like an unlikely set of coordinates. The more than forty objects plot a trajectory of associations between person, place and thing, mapping the recognisable and deeply human connection to the matter we surround ourselves with in daily life. Tracing architectural forms, touristic souvenirs, op shop finds, domestic furnishings and the ubiquitous shapes and forms of daily ritual and activity, ‘Opal Moon, Local Lime’charts a course through the material culture of the every day.

This new body of work by van Zon is the result of her time as Tylee Cottage artist-in-residence at the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui in early 2016. Where van Zon spent time researching, walking around Whanganui, scouring op shops and becoming immersed in her surroundings. Inspired by objects, locations and historical events discovered through this process of exploration, and which resonate widely with enduring themes of New Zealand’s provincial identity, van Zon has adopted ‘landmarks’ in the shape of different objects from her time in Whanganui. The installation remains connected throughout, without one object assuming importance over any other, and each work providing a connecting point to another.

Abstract form and line borrowed from thrifted objects , architectural details, and urban spaces repeat throughout the installation building a pattern language which maintains throughout ‘Opal Moon, Local Lime’. van Zon has a history of recreating the world she sees around her using traditional handcrafted methods such as tapestry, beadwork and ceramics. In this project she has also enlisted the help of various craftspeople for the fabrication of steel, leadlight and printed fabric pieces, allowing her the freedom to take on the role of auteur while maintaining her vision and signature in the work.

‘Opal Moon, Local Lime’ was initiated by Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua with support from Creative New Zealand. Six new works have been commissioned from van Zon by Objectspace for this installation of her work in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Image: Erica van Zon, courtesy of Objectspace

Yuki Kihara | Te Taenga Mai o Salome

Yuki Kihara | Te Taenga Mai o Salome

Artist’s Floor Talk | Friday December 8, 4pm
Friday December 8, 2017 to Tuesday June 5, 2018
MTG Hawke’s Bay, Napier

Poetic and visually alluring photographs and video works from leading interdisciplinary artist Yuki Kihara place the symbolic figure of Salome in the landscape of Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga – Hawke’s Bay.

Kihara was inspired to set her works in the Hawke’s Bay region after reading an account of the great Takitimu waka, built in the artist’s homeland of Sāmoa many generations before carrying ancestors of Ngāti Kahungunu to Aotearoa.

Salome is seen visiting various sites of layered historical and contemporary significance, exploring the connections between local tangata whenua and the people of Sāmoa while critiquing colonial systems.

As the Situation Unfolds | Anthony Davies

As the Situation Unfolds | Anthony Davies

Opening Saturday December 9, 4pm
Artist floor talk | Sunday December 10, 11am
Exhibition runs from Saturday December 9, 2017 to Sunday February 11, 2018
Whakatāne Library and Exhibition centre, Whakatāne

Anthony Davies investigates recent socio-political events in New Zealand through the language of printmaking. He is interested in how people live their lives and believes ‘people should be aware of what’s going on in the world.’

Image: Anthony Davies, Aotearoa #6, Drypoint etching, ink on paper 2008-2010

Elizabeth Thomson | Cellular Memory

Elizabeth Thomson | Cellular Memory

Saturday December 9, 2017 to Monday April 2, 2018
Aratoi, Masterton

Curated by Gregory O’Brien

For over three decades, Elizabeth Thomson’s art has engaged with issues to do with science, imagination, culture and, increasingly, what it means to live in the South Pacific in the 21st century. Thomson’s art has been described, variously, as hypnotic, intense, soothing, transformative and magical. The works in Elizabeth Thomson – Cellular Memory speak of such timely concerns as global warming, over-fishing of oceans, pollution and environmental degradation.

The exhibition is accompanied by a highly illustrated publication with contributions from Gregory O’Brien, Lloyd Jones and Jenny Bornholdt.

Image: the cascades II (DETAIL) 2016, Cast vinyl film, lacquer on contoured and shaped wood panel, 1400mm x 2020mm.

James Robinson | Doors: Hyper objects of the cthulucene

James Robinson | Doors: Hyper objects of the cthulucene

Saturday December 9, 2017 to Sunday June 3, 2018
Te Manawa Public Art Gallery, Palmerston North

This stunning exhibition presents a new series of compelling, experimental large paintings and drawings created specifically for this exhibition by award-winning artist James Robinson. Using a series of actual doors he explores the concept of the cthulucene – the concept of a new age when ‘humans, as refugees from environmental disaster, come together to create new worlds based on balance and living in harmony with nature – or what’s left of it’.

Image courtesy of the Diversion Gallery

Mataraupō | Tangimoe Clay

Mataraupō | Tangimoe Clay

Opening Saturday December 9, 4pm
Exhibition runs from Saturday December 9, 2017 to Sunday February 4, 2018
Whakatāne Library and Exhibition centre, Whakatāne

Mataraupō is a new exhibition from contemporary Māori weaver, Tangimoe Clay.

A sculptural installation of sensitively and skillfully crafted forms that speak of ‘an illusion of the past’. Mataraupō illuminates the journey of raupō from a fundamental material of early Māori life, to become an act of remembrance through waiata and poi.

Image: Artist, Tangimoe Clay, Ōpōtiki

Paratene Matchitt | Hui

Paratene Matchitt | Hui

Saturday December 9, 2017 to Sunday March 18, 2018
Hastings City Art Gallery, Hastings

Paratene Matchitt is one of New Zealand’s most prominent senior artists. Matchitt’s 60-year career has seen his work in most public art gallery collections in this country. The gallery is thrilled to present new work in ‘HUI’ Matchitt’s first major exhibition in three years.

Image: Paratene Matchitt,’s HUI,. Photograph taken by Richard Brimer, 2017

Richard Stratton | Living History

Richard Stratton | Living History

Saturday December 9, 2017 to Sunday March 11, 2018
i-site upstairs, Taupo

In Living History, Wellington artist Richard Stratton presents a series of new work that continues his interest in bringing together ceramic decoration and production techniques, art histories and social narratives. This exhibition is toured by the Dowse Art Museum and supported by Creative New Zealand.

Image: Richard Stratton: Living History installed at the Dowse Art Museum in 2017. Image courtesy of the Dowse.

Yayoi Kusama | The obliteration room

Yayoi Kusama | The obliteration room

 to Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland

The obliteration room (2002–present) is a family-friendly and participatory installation by one of the world’s most popular, well-loved artists, Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929 Matsumoto, Japan).

Beginning as a stark white interior, it encourages you to transform the space of our Creative Learning Centre by saturating it with a rainbow of brightly coloured dots. Watch as, over time, a dizzying blur of colour is built up by visitors applying brightly coloured stickers in various sizes to every surface.

With the familiar characteristics of a typical Aotearoa New Zealand home, The obliteration room at Auckland Art Gallery encourages visitors, especially children, to experience and engage with the artwork with little or no prompting.

Originally developed by Yayoi Kusama for the Queensland Art Gallery’s APT 2002: Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, The obliteration room has toured to London, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janiero, Brasilia, Sao Paulo, Mexico City, Shanghai, South Korea, Switzerland, France and Dunedin.

Image:
Yayoi Kusama
The obliteration room 2002–present
Collaboration between Yayoi Kusama and Queensland Art Gallery. Commissioned Queensland Art Gallery. Gift of the artist through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2012.
Collection: Queensland Art Gallery, Australia. Photograph: QAGOMA Photography.

Call for Applications | Artist in Residence | Auckland Council

Call for Applications | Artist in Residence | Auckland Council

Applications close Friday February 16, 2018

Each year we select an artist to live and work in an Auckland regional park. We give them space and time (two months) to create work, related in some way to that place or the experience.

There is accommodation offered (opposite the sea) and a weekly artists fee to assist with the purchase of materials, tools or and equipment.

Info and application details are available on line now here

Videos of some previous artists sharing their experience of this residency available here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNiuqKCzobSw1LBfi2ETBtNly5fmPQWd_

 

Euan Macleod | Painter

Euan Macleod | Painter

Monday December 11, 2017 to Sunday February 25, 2018
Whangarei Art Museum, Whangarei

The first major touring exhibition of Macleod’s work on this side of the Tasman. Christchurch-born, but resident in Sydney since the early 1980s, Euan Macleod has produced a singular, remarkable and gripping body of work. Spanning three decades of a prolific career, canvases in the exhibition take us on a journey not only through physical landscapes but also through states of mind and being. As well as asking how each of us engages with nature, the exhibition hints at myths and narratives from human history–processes of discovery, conflict and resolution.

Curated by Gregory O’Brien and toured by Exhibition Services.

Image courtesy of Whangarei Art Museum

NZ Art Show | Call for Applications

NZ Art Show | Call for Applications

Heading into its 15th year, the NZ Art Show continues its reign of success: over 10,000 attendees each year cementing the show as New Zealand’s number 1 show of its kind; around $1 million dollars in art sales each year sees around $750,000 going back to the artists.

Applications for the 2018 show are now open and we are seeking contemporary artists. The show is one of the best platforms for artists to showcase their art to thousands of people; and it’s popular with art buyers as nothing is more than $5,000.

All information regarding exhibition categories, fees, and application forms can be found here http://www.artshow.co.nz/artists/

New category | Emergent 2018

Are any of your artists currently studying art at a recognised art school, or recently graduated? They might like to apply for our new initiative Emergent 2018

  • A special section dedicated to art students
  • Limited to 40 artists
  • Artists currently studying at a recognized art school, or recently graduated, are eligible
  • No fees to apply or exhibit – but commission on sales is 35%
  • You may apply for both Emergent 2018 AND the show itself
  • If selected for both, you may exhibit in both
  • All participating artists are automatically entered in the draw for one of the RT Nelson Emerging Artist Awards – four awards of $2,500
  • Information about Emergent 2018, and application form – http://www.artshow.co.nz/emergent/
Brendon Leung | ZENINIMALISM

Brendon Leung | ZENINIMALISM

On from December 12, 2017 to February 11, 2018
Pah Homestead, Auckland

In the reflection of the inner nature of things, they saw the thing itself, the whole. The whole which is entirely different from the sum total of its parts. The whole which is indivisible and cannot be divided.

There is an interdependent nature between the ceramics, paintings and the viewer that evokes an energy and a vibration within the room. A vibration that attempts to elicit momentary states of awareness within the viewer and of the space itself, to serve as a reminder that tranquility can be found within a mindful existence in the world.

Brendon Leung explores the correlations between minimalist arts with eastern philosophical ideas which he draws from living in a westernised art society and being raised in a Chinese household. Influenced by nature, space and the human condition, his works feature pared-back paintings made with unconventional materials and soft forms of ceramics. The artist concentrates on ideas of imperfection, impermanence and atmospheric qualities of the material to evoke momentary states of awareness within the viewer and the physical space itself. Born in 1994 in Auckland, New Zealand, the artist is currently pursuing his Master of Design at Unitec Institute of Technology.

Image courtesy of Wallace Arts Trust

Playtime | Group Show

Playtime | Group Show

Exhibition runs from Tuesday December 12, 2017 to Wednesday January 24, 2018
Muse, Hawkes Bay 

Earlier this year, we supplied over 40 local artists with 30cm round boards called “Tondos”, to do something playful with. The idea being that each of the works would be able to be bought for the very reasonable sum of $300, regardless of who the artist is. Although the works are signed on the back, they are being exhibited anonymously.

Some people will arguably get a bargain, but we hope everybody who purchases from the show will be taking home a piece of art they have chosen because they love it.

Image courtesy of Muse

Call for Submissions | Matariki Festival 2018

Call for Submissions | Matariki Festival 2018

Applications close 10 February 2018.

In 2018 Matariki Festival will celebrate the Māori New Year with events across the Auckland region from 30 June to 22 July.

Matariki Festival has grown to become Auckland’s premiere winter festival, with more than 100 events taking part in the 2017 festival. The festival brings together events across the region to celebrate Matariki and share Māori culture with a diverse and growing audience.

Applications are welcomed from events that are within at least one of the following festival genres:
•Hapori (Community)
•Kai (Food)
•Kōrero (Lectures/Presentations)
•Ngā Mahi Toi (Visual Arts)
•Taiao (Environment)
•Wānanga (Workshops)
•Whakangahau (Performance), and
•Whare Tapere (Theatre).

Events accepted for Matariki Festival 2018 will be included on the festival website and supplied with marketing templates to assist with promotion. They may also be promoted as part of other festival marketing and publicity activities.nn

For more information, email matarikifestival@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

To apply, just complete the application form. Applications close 10 February 2018.

Matariki Festival

Call for Entries | Changing Threads Contemporary Fibre Art Awards 2018

Call for Entries | Changing Threads Contemporary Fibre Art Awards 2018

Entries close Friday February 9, 2018

Showcasing Contemporary New Zealand Fibre & Textile Arts

‘Encouraging fibre & textile artists to produce creations which challenge the public perceptions of work that is traditionally associated with these media’

Eligibility: The Awards are open to anyone currently living in New Zealand. Closing Date for Enries: 9th February 2018

Artworks must predominantly feature fibres or textiles, which may be natural, synthetic or any combination of these. Work may use any technique or mix of techniques, and may be two or three dimensional. There is no limitation on size of work which may be free -standing, wall mounted or suspended.

Work will be selected for the exhibition on ORIGINALITY; the emphasis being on work which stretches the boundaries of fibre art to give a contemporary twist to the more traditional view of this medium. Priority for selection will be given to new work which has not been previously exhibited. If work has been exhibited previously, please state details of this on your entry form. Work must be the artist’s own design and execution.

Artists may submit up to 3 entries free of charge. Works selected for the final showcase will however, be subject to an exhibition fee of $30 per work, to help defray costs associated with the event.

Enquiries ~ Arts Council Nelson: 03 548 46 40 artscouncilnsn@gmail.com

Entry is by submission of hard copy photograph with entry form. Please refer to Terms and Conditions – full details at:  www.acn.org.nz

Kevin Capon | Portraits 1984-85

Kevin Capon | Portraits 1984-85

Friday December 15, 2017 to Thursday January 25, 2018
Mokau Museum and Gallery, Mokau

Mokau Museum and Gallery is pleased to present this collection of photographs made by Kevin Capon as selected by Carol Te Teira Capon.  This photographic project was undertaken over the period 1984-85, with funding received from the QEll Arts Council.

The collection consists of 40 black and white portraits of prominent New Zealanders from within the arts community (of which 26 are shown in this exhibition). It offers a fascinating insight into a particular moment in this country’s cultural heritage and includes images of key figures from the visual arts, architecture, dance, theatre and television.

Ann Shelton | Dark Matter

Ann Shelton | Dark Matter

Saturday December 16, 2017 to Sunday April 15, 2018
Artist Talk | Saturday December 16 2017, 2pm
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Christchurch

An expansive view of Ann Shelton’s tightly conceived, large scale and hyperreal photography

Ann Shelton is one of New Zealand’s leading artists, operating where documentary and conceptual photography meet. Seeking insight and understanding of our collective histories and cultural memories, Shelton excavates narratives buried within, or sitting upon, a psychological and hyperreal landscape.

Exhibition organsied by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Image: Ann Shelton The Courtesan, Poroporo (Solanum sp.) from the series jane says 2015–ongoing. Pigment print

Geophagy | Ruth Watson

Geophagy | Ruth Watson

Saturday December 16, 2017 to Sunday February 18, 2018
Toi Moroki Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch

CoCA presents Geophagy, the first major Ōtautahi Christchurch exhibition by Canterbury born Auckland-based artist Ruth Watson.

First exhibited at the Gus Fisher Gallery in Auckland, this critically acclaimed exhibition is reworked and up-scaled to respond to CoCA’s galleries. Featuring a towering sculptural installation, poetic video works and photography, Geophagy is an exploration of overpopulation and environmental issues in the dystopian present.

The artworks specifically provide an all-encompassing picture of how international transportation, instant communication, digital mapping and surveillance, environmental degradation and global migration have fundamentally changed our social fabric and natural ecosystem.

Image: Ruth Watson, Geophagy, (detail) 2017 installation with recycled pallets, second-hand clothing, monitors with 5-single channel, looped HD videos. Photo by Sam Hartnett.

Hannah Beehre | Mures, et Terram

Hannah Beehre | Mures, et Terram

Saturday December 16, 2017 to Sunday February 18, 2018
Toi Moroki Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch

In collaboration with Jonathan Smart Gallery, CoCA presents Mures, et Terram by Christchurch-based artist Hannah Beehre.

This large, seven-panel drawing explores chance as both artistic strategy and subject.
Expressive applications of ink on canvas create the chaotic composition from which mice, frogs and lizards emerge in finely sketched charcoal line. These small creatures are human surrogates created to evoke insecurities such as our to our inability to control life circumstances. Beehre explains:

“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 contains for me a very human story of fear, loss and recovery.”

Image: Hannah Beehre, Mures, et Terram, 2016. (detail) Ink and charcoal on canvas. Courtesy of Jonathan Smart Gallery.

Len Lye | Big Bang Theory

Len Lye | Big Bang Theory

Exhibition tour by Curator Paul Brobbel | Saturday December 16, 11am-12pm
Saturday December 16, 2017 to Sunday March 18, 2018
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth

We unveil for the first time since 1980 Len Lye’s large ‘myth’ paintings, capturing Lye’s interest in ancient mythology and human identity, searching our primordial DNA for the ‘happiness acid’.

Image: Len Lye in studio with Land and Sea c.1979, a painting in the Big Bang Theory exhibition. Courtesy of the Len Lye Foundation

State of Play II | Group Show

State of Play II | Group Show

Opening Saturday December 16, 4-6pm
Exhibition runs from Saturday December 16, 2017 to Sunday January 28, 2018
The Vivian, Matakana

This is one of our most bold annual shows, bringing together an exciting group of artists who share a common objective. The central premise that drives their art practice is the continual impulse to investigate new fields of inquiry, thus producing art works that incessantly exude a fresh, unique and lively quality.

Colour & Surface | JS Parker

Colour & Surface | JS Parker

Preview Monday December 18, 6pm
Exhibition runs from Tuesday December 19, 2017 to Saturday January 27, 2018
The Diversion Gallery, Picton

Our Christmas exhibition this year focuses on some of the last, masterful works by JS Parker (1944-2017), and runs parallel to a tribute show at the Millennium Public Art Gallery in Blenheim launching a delightful book of JS Parker’s poems and drawings from throughout his career.

JS Parker was a master of colour and rhythm. In his last few years, he was a painter on fire, confidently and superbly working on the large scale that established him nationally from his earlier career, such as the two anchor works to this exhibition. Plain Song: Mindscape – Red in the Affirmative, (1220x1520mm, 2016) below, is an emphatic statement of determination and uplift – you can’t stand before this painting and feel anything other than positive energy. He balanced it with softer, lyrical works, like the achingly beautiful Plain Song: Mindscape – Off Kaikoura, 2016 (above).  No matter how abstract, the light of land, sea and skies usually found its way in.

Image: Plain Song – Mindscape, Off Kaikoura 2016

Attunement | Flo Wilson and Olivia Webb

Attunement | Flo Wilson and Olivia Webb

Exhibition Dates | Saturday January 13 to Saturday February 3, 2018
Free Public Workshops | Monday January 22 & Monday January 29, 2pm
Artist’s Talk | Sunday January 28, 2pm
Closing Event and Live Performance | Friday 2 February 2, 5pm
Toi Pōneke Gallery, Wellington

Flo Wilson and Olivia Webb join forces as Wellington’s 2017-18 Toi Pōneke / New Zealand School of Music sound artists in residence. Their exhibition Attunement features new sound and performance works that explore the voice and identity. Alongside the exhibition the artists will hold two public workshops focusing on modes of attunement and embodied listening.

For more info visit: www.toiponeke.nz/whats-on/
To register for workshops email: artscentre@wcc.govt.nz

RITUALS Peter Walsh

RITUALS Peter Walsh

 

RITUALS

PETER WALSH

 

Wednesday 24 January – Saturday 10 February 2018

Opening Preview: Tuesday 23 January, 5:30pm

Free to attend, all welcome.

Sisyphus was condemned to spend an eternity hauling a boulder up a mountain, only to watch it roll down again and for the process to be repeated; an unimaginable and obscene punishment to be endured. In spite of the apparent hopelessness of the situation, there is liberation and calm within his task. Sisyphus, through the constraints of his punishment, has a set purpose, a reason to live, regardless of how arbitrary and absurd it may seem.

Rituals is a new solo exhibition by Tāmaki Makaurau-based emerging Artist, Peter Walsh. With the aim of connecting to the sensorium, the working materials within the installation take priority over the traditional object. Rituals comprises of a suite of actions and perceptions, removed from the idea of a singular, finished work to a purposeful ritual of collection and making within an integrated, material-oriented practice. These actions and materials are foregrounded as the locus of meaning production, existing in a space of change, rest and potential.

Peter Walsh is an artist and musician born in Harare, Zimbabw and grew up in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. He holds a BFA from Whitecliffe College of Art and Design (2017). His practice focuses on the meditative aspects of art making, utilising sound, natural reclaimed materials and manual hand-based processes. Peter draws inspiration from spiritual architecture, mythology, science fiction and philosophy, with an emphasis on purpose, belief and the absurd. Recent exhibitions include Meditations/Histories, TÜR Studio, Auckland (2017) and PLATFORM, HOTDATE, Auckland (2016).

EXODUS | Richard Burgoyne

EXODUS | Richard Burgoyne

Opening Tuesday January 23, 6-8pm
Exhibition runs from Wednesday January 24 to Friday February 2, 2018 | Mon-Fri 9am-3:30pm
Allpress Studio, 8 Drake Street, Freemans Bay, Auckland

EXODUS is series of geometrical abstract paintings by Richard Burgoyne, conceived as a study in colour contrast and perception EXODUS is a visual exercise in Lateral Thinking.

“Lateral Thinking” was first published in the late 1960’s and written by Dr Edward De Bono. De Bono proposed that the brain as a self organising information system forms asymmetric patterns and then uses the patterned information in every similar situation. Lateral Thinking is concerned with the perceptual part of thinking, and is a deliberate system of creative thinking techniques for changing concepts and perception and is based on an understanding of this self organising system to move across these patterns and generate new ideas.

Image courtesy of the artist

Raglan Arts Weekend 2018

Raglan Arts Weekend 2018

Saturday January 27 to Monday January 29, 2018
Raglan

Raglan Arts Weekend will once again return to Raglan over the Auckland Anniversary Weekend. As well as the weekend event, artists registering will be included within the new 2018 Raglan Arts Trail Guide, which will be launched 1st December of 2017.

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

The new 2018 official Raglan Arts Weekend Guide will be available 1st December 2017.

Copies will be available at the Raglan i-SITE (15 Wainui Rd), the Raglan Old School Arts Centre (5 Stewart St), at Raglan cafes and galleries and other locations around the Waikato.

See more here

Exodus The End of Ordinary

Exodus The End of Ordinary

Exodus The End of Ordinary

Featuring   Dan Arps   Iain Cheesman   Dale Frank   Virginia Leonard   Hugo Koha Lindsay   Fiona Pardington and   Patricia Piccinini.

Image:Patricia Piccinini – Sphinx, 2012 © Patricia Piccinini

3rd February –18th March 2018

Opening Preview Saturday 3rd February at 4pm

Director’s Talk

Sunday 4th February at 12pm

 

Exodus. The word has numerous connotations – religious; as a verb to signify mass movement of people; and a significant cultural shift from old to new.

This exhibition focuses on the mass movement away from politics and religion as the traditional ‘meta narratives’ (or guiding principles) in our lives, and explores the role of art in re-connecting us back to our ‘place’ in the world. The hypothesis explored is a simple one: As we move away from these traditional frameworks, what are we moving towards?

Exodus showcases outstanding work from seven emerging and established artists from New Zealand and Australia. It’s an exhilarating show that captures the sense of exploration, freedom, and hope that art can bring to our lives – and perhaps our very existence.

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Art Today with Lois Perry

Art Today courses are year long but students tend to continue year after year as they gain confidence. There is no set programme for these classes but rather the course material and topics considered develop from current events in the art world. These may be exhibitions or events in New Zealand, New York, London, Sydney or elsewhere.

There is discussion on exhibitions to visit locally and interesting art places to visit overseas. We also make class trips to galleries in Auckland from time to time, and students have the opportunity to visit art events in other places with Art Today groups.

There are no examination requirements and students are encouraged to learn at their own pace.

For further information or to enrol in a class, please contact Te Tuhi
(09) 577 0138
grace@tetuhi.org.nz

Click here for Terms & Conditions.

New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award Exhibition

New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award Exhibition

Opening night and awards | Thursday February 15 2018, 6-9pm | $10
Exhibition runs from Friday February 16 to Sunday February 18, 2018
Hamilton Gardens Pavilion, Hamilton

The New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award (NZPPA) is an exhibition of the work of the finalists selected by this years judge, Dianne Fogwell. Dianne Fogwell is a renowned Australian artist who works in both paint and print.

The opening night for the NZPPA is the Thursday the 15th of February from 6pm-9pm where Dianne Fogwell will announce and present the $20,000 First Prize, as well as the Merit Award. Ticket sales can be made prior to the event at the Waikato Society of Art, or on the door.

If you would like to know more, please visit our website: www.wsa.org.nz