Group Show | Under Kaipara Skies

Group Show | Under Kaipara Skies

On from December 3, 2016 – October 2017
Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens, Kaukapakapa

Against the backdrop of the Kaipara Harbour, a 1km trail winds through a secluded valley displaying the beauty of iconic New Zealand landscapes. More than 40 sculptures by emerging and established New Zealand and international artists are revealed at every turn.

Exhibition on show until late October, 2017. Open 7 days 9am to 5pm. Last admissions 4pm. Closed Christmas Day and Anzac Morning. Adults $12, Children (5 to 13) $6, under 5 free

Workshop | CANned Poetry Afternoon

Workshop | CANned Poetry Afternoon

January 2 to December 18, 2017 2-3pm
Creative Arts Napier, Napier

Every Monday afternoon at 2-3pm a group of writers and poets meet to read their works, exchange ideas, relax and make new friends in the informal setting of the workshop or mezzanine area of the CAN.

New members always welcome!

Reassemble | Mark Braunias

Reassemble | Mark Braunias

January 18 to August 23, 2017
Ashburton Art Gallery, Ashburton

Painted directly to the Gallery wall an eccentric assortment of organic forms hover inside a rectangular grid structure. Presented as specimens in the process of being classified, these ‘blob-like’ shapes are what Braunias refers to as “archaeological pop morphism.”

Braunias has long been interested in the notion of de-evolution, where biology is seemingly heading in the reverse direction, perhaps somewhere in a distant future Darwinism is cross fertilized with Walt Disney and the resulting hybrids resemble these biomorphic cartoons.

Forms in the process of forming.

Mark Braunias was born in Tauranga and now lives and works in the small coastal village of Kawhia. He studied at the Canterbury School of Fine Arts in Christchurch, graduating in 1987 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

He was the inaugural winner of the prestigious Wallace Art Award in 1992 and his work is held in major public and private collections in New Zealand and overseas.

Braunias is a well-recognised contemporary painter, and is known for his energetic, irreverent and witty visual language.

In 2010, Braunias was awarded a Fulbright/Wallace scholarship to take up a residency at the Headlands Centre for the arts in San Francisco.

Workshop | Painting Tuition with Helen Dynes

Workshop | Painting Tuition with Helen Dynes

January 19 to December 28, 2017 10:15am-12:45pm
Every Tuesday and Thursday
Creative Arts Napier, Napier

All skill levels welcome to join this relaxed and friendly painting environment.
Tap into your creativity and explore the options of mixed media techniques with the help and guidance from established artist, Helen Dynes.

$30 casual or $125 for bookings of 5 weeks.
Contact CAN or Helen on 021 556 006

Gallery Tour | Senoir Moments

Gallery Tour | Senoir Moments

Wednesday February 1, 2017 11am
First Wednesday of every month
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland

On the first Wednesday of every month, gallery staff give a free exhibition tour for older enthusiasts who enjoy a chat about art. This month Jodi Meadows introduces our Anne McCahon and Portage Ceramic Awards exhibitions. You can also visit our Lopdell Precinct neighbours and enjoy the views from the roof of historic Lopdell House, grab a coffee and a bite at Deco Eatery next door, or make a day of it and see McCahon House nearby in French Bay.

 

The River Lie | Group Show

The River Lie | Group Show

Opening Friday February 17, 2017 5:30pm
The Suter Art Gallery, Nelson

Revealing the ways in which our understanding of the world is imagined and constructed, this exhibition features work by emerging and leading contemporary New Zealand artists.

Exhibition | Once...

Exhibition | Once...

February 25 to June 11, 2017
The Dowse Museum of Art, Lower Hutt

Our very own Huttette turns 30!

You are invited to explore our collection and the world through the eyes of Huttette.

As Huttette turns 30 we imagine the adventures she has had over the years learning about the world through our collection of sculptures, paintings, and objects. She is a member of The Family, a collection of 35 dolls lovingly hand-made by the late Malcolm Harrison.

In 2008 Huttette turned 21, and we invited Vita Cochran, whose own work has been inspired by Harrison’s to reimagine her as she came of age. As part of that process we introduced Vita to objects from our collection which she used as inspiration to create this very special member of our Family.

For the very first time ever we will be displaying these works together Colin McCahon’s Caterpillar Landscape, Warwick Freemans Circle Necklace and Brain Brooch and Vita Cochrans Bloom in Once…

This exhibition was inspired by collaboration, and a love of the objects we hold in our collection. These values were carried through to the curation of the show which is shared by Jen Boland, community curator and our friends at Naenae clubhouse. Together they have created a magical space to share personal stories sparked by objects held here in Lower Hutt.

Acting as a home for Huttette, Malcolm Harrison’s Family and our objects has given us and our visitors a myriad of ways to discuss meaningful ideas in our community. Each object, and member of The Family has a special role in uncovering what we hold most dear and giving us a way to discuss meaningful ideas and initiatives.

We have loved creating this show and sharing our stories with our visitors. Now, we want to hear from you and your relationship with our exhibits and objects. You are invited to share your memories, draw a picture and place it in one of our frames to continue Huttette’s exploration of the world through our art museum.

Image: VITA COCHRAN, HUTTETTE AT 21, 2008. COLLECTION OF THE DOWSE ART MUSEUM

Workshop | Saturday Sittings

Workshop | Saturday Sittings

Saturday February 25, 2017 1-3pm
New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Wellington

Come on down to the New Zealand Portrait Gallery for an afternoon of portraiture on the last Saturday of each month.

These free portraiture sessions are for everyone – from the complete beginner to accomplished artists, and are relaxed, informal and fun.

We will have fresh brews from Mojo Coffee and refreshments.

Sand in the Apricot Jam | Rebecca Holden

Sand in the Apricot Jam | Rebecca Holden

March 4 to June 11, 2017
Waikato Museum, Hamilton

A visual arts project aimed at acknowledging the role of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles in the First World War. Sand in the Apricot Jam was first exhibited at Expressions Art Centre in Upper Hutt where the artist Rebecca Holden created most of the artworks on site.

The intention of the project and resulting exhibition was to be as inclusive of the local community as possible – from the local horse owners, who allowed Rebecca to sketch their horses, to young men who volunteered to pose for the paintings.

The works look at the role of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles in the Middle East campaign, as well as their contribution at Gallipoli. Rebecca’s grandfather served with the Auckland Mounted Rifles and was wounded at Gallipoli. He returned to serve with his regiment in the Sinai and Palestine until the end of the war.

Open Application | NZ Pacific Studio Winter Residency

Open Application | NZ Pacific Studio Winter Residency

WINTER OPPORTUNITY

Winter 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 Winter 2017.  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.

How to apply

HOW TO APPLY

We are accepting applications for Winter 2017.  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.

Workshop | Traditional Māori Korowai classes

Workshop | Traditional Māori Korowai classes

March 6 to November 26, 2017
Ohaki, Waitomo

Programme delivered via Noho – Weekend stayovers, a total of 10 in 9 months.

The Toi Paematua Raranga programme is based in the heart of the King Country (Waitomo) where tradition and legacy are key. If you have experience in Māori weaving and are looking to further your skills or gain a qualification, this could be the programme for you. Run over 36 weeks, classes are delivered over 10 weekends of the year with long distance weekly support options avaliable. This year our main focus will be to learn all elements needed to make your own traditional muka Korowai, including; the Maniapoto techniques of producing muka whenu and aho, preparation and attachment of feathers and hukahuka, traditional whatu and tāniko weaving techniques, Pāheke adornment techniques and more. We will also be making traditional Tukutuku as part of our group projects. Each project will require the following; rangahau/ research, design, planning, creating, documentation, reporting and reflection all of which will be taught and guided by your Kaiako.

For more information click here

Please contact Janaya Christie for more information Ngā mihi
Phone 02102474199
Email Janaya.Christie@twoa.ac.nz

 

Open Application | Botanical Art Worldwide Ngāi Tipu Taketake

Open Application | Botanical Art Worldwide Ngāi Tipu Taketake

Applications close November 16, 2017 5pm

New Zealand will be one of more than 15 countries around the world collaborating in an exhibition organised by the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA). This worldwide event will bring together artists, institutions and the public to highlight the role contemporary botanical artists play in bringing attention to the need of safe-guarding our botanical diversity.

GOALS
• To link the world’s people with plants through botanical art
• To build partnerships between artists, institutions, scientists and the public
• To increase appreciation and understanding of the world’s precious plant diversity
• To acknowledge and build upon the increasing connections between botanical
artists worldwide

DESCRIPTION
This collaborative exhibition will be held simultaneously in more than 15 countries with
May 18th 2018 being chosen as a ‘Worldwide Day of Botanical Art’. Participating countries will
curate their own exhibition and provide a digital slide show of up to forty works, (chosen by the
NZ steering committee) to be compiled with all other countries’ images. This will be shown at
each venue during the run of the exhibition held there.
New Zealand’s exhibition will be held in conjunction with the Botanical Art Society of
New Zealand (BASNZ) and the Auckland Botanic Gardens with support from Friends of the
Auckland Botanic Gardens Inc. This will be a juried show which will ensure that we have the
highest quality of botanical art New Zealand has to offer at this time.

THEME
NZ native plants. We hope artists will consider linking their plant choices to Matariki
and Rongoa. Jurors will be looking for botanical accuracy, as well as composition and technique.

EXHIBITION DATES
30 March – 1 July 2018

VENUE
Auckland Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre Gallery
102 Hill Rd, Manurewa, Auckland 2105
Botanical Art
Worldwide
Ngāi Tipu Taketake – Indigenous Flora
linking people to plants through botanical art

GENERAL INFORMATION

ELIGIBILITY
Open to NZ residents and all New Zealanders living abroad.

SUBJECT
2D original works of NZ native plants created 2015 and later. No photography, no digitally
generated work and no 3D work. All artwork must be for sale with a 25% commission taken
(20% to go to the Friends of Auckland Botanic Gardens Inc and 5% to go to BASNZ)

MEDIUMS
Watercolour, graphite, acrylic, gouache, oils and dry pastels will be accepted media.

SUBMISSION FEE
There will be a fee of NZ$35 for first artwork, NZ$10 for each additional artworks,
total maximum of 3 submitted per artist.

JURORS
We are delighted to have a very experienced team of jurors to curate our exhibition.
They are:

SRI BENHAM
Botanical artist
Sri initially trained and worked as a garden designer before becoming involved in botanical
illustration. Although a self taught botanical illustrator, she has successfully exhibited through
the American Society of Botanical Artists at the Missouri Botanical Garden and Longwood
Gardens as well as at The Royal Horticultural Society, London. Sri enjoys teaching and
encouraging students in the discipline of botanical art using her favourite media watercolour
and pen and ink. She started the Friends of the Auckland Botanic Gardens Art Group which is
still going strong today.

DR ROSS FERGUSON
Horticultural Scientist
Dr Ross Ferguson’s first degrees were in botany after which he specialised in plant biochemistry. He has worked for nearly forty years on the breeding of Actinidia (kiwifruit) and horticultural
history. A keen botanical art collector, he has a collection of more than twenty botanical works ranging from Besler, Buc’hoz, Weinmann, Ehret etc to modern artists such as Wendy Walsh,
Mary Grierson and Elizabeth Cameron.

REBECCA STANLEY
Plant Curator at Auckland Botanic Gardens
Rebecca’s botany career began at the National Herbarium at Te Papa over 20 years ago. It is
here she encountered the engravings of NZ native plants by Sydney Parkinson who, with
Joseph Banks, was on Cook’s first voyage to NZ on HMS Endeavour. Rebecca has been the
curator at Auckland Botanic Gardens for 3 years and prior to that worked on the Auckland
Regional Council parks and as a threatened plant botanist for the Department of Conservation.

CATALOGUE/PAMPHLET
With appropriate funding a pamphlet/catalogue will be prepared of accepted
art works using the submission images provided.

KEY DATES
16th November 2017 5pm Submissions close
30th November 2017 Selected artists will be notified by email
22nd (Thurs) – 24rd (Sat) March 2018 Receiving days
30th March 2018 Public opening of Exhibition
1st July 2018 Exhibition closes

POSSIBLE TOURING OF EXHIBITION
There is the exciting possibility that the exhibition may tour around the major cities
in New Zealand so artists (and buyers!) must be aware that their paintings may not
be available for most of 2018 or later.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR QUERIES, PLEASE EMAIL:
botanicartnz@gmail.com
putting “Botanical Art Worldwide” in the subject line

RUNNING NEO-GEO GAMES UNDER MAME | Petra Cortright

RUNNING NEO-GEO GAMES UNDER MAME | Petra Cortright

April 8 to August 13, 2017 
City Gallery Wellington, Wellington

New exhibition from ‘pioneer of post-internet art’

City Gallery Wellington presents the first New Zealand exhibition from Los Angeles-based artist Petra Cortright. Opening 8 April, RUNNING NEO-GEO GAMES UNDER MAME features a suite of digital paintings on linen and paper, screen-based video paintings, YouTube-hosted webcam videos and a series of Flash animations which apply the aesthetics of the desktop screensaver to the gallery wall.

Cortright rose to prominence in the mid-2000s with a series of webcam videos she posted to YouTube, layering the webcam software’s filters and default live effects. These videos have been hailed as key early proponents of ‘post-internet art’ and have evolved into an ongoing collaboration with fashion designer Stella McCartney.

In her new digital paintings, Cortright uses Adobe Photoshop to manipulate internet-sourced forms and imagery lifted from sites like Pinterest and Google Images. This material is transformed into layered painterly compositions that revisit traditional forms like landscape, still life or abstraction. This process has even seen Cortright called ‘the Monet of the 21st century.’

Curator Aaron Lister says, “Cortright’s painting is of and for the contemporary moment. This exhibition will shake or reaffirm people’s perception of what painting is or can be—her practice is redefining the role and possibilities for art in the digital age.”

“While challenging the idea of what painting can be, Cortright doesn’t have an antagonistic response to what’s gone before—she loves the language and romance of painting, she believes in beauty, but approaches it all through internet-based processes of making and presentation. She gives painting and the nature of aesthetic experience a system upgrade,” says Lister.

Image: Petra Cortright: RUNNING NEO-GEO GAMES UNDER MAME is a partnership with Tristian Koenig Gallery, Melbourne.

In Transit (Arrival) | Yona Lee

In Transit (Arrival) | Yona Lee

Opening Saturday March 11, 2017 4-6pm
Te Tuhi, Auckland

Te Tuhi presents In Transit (Arrival), a large-scale sculpture by artist Yona Lee that explores the structure and pulse of civilisation. This vast entangled structure, which you can walk through and sit within, is made of the stainless steel tube commonly used as barriers and handrails in train stations and airports around the world. Interwoven throughout the structure is a miscellany of everyday objects ranging from coat hangers to bus handles and from street signs to umbrellas. Through this elaborate construction, Lee provides an intriguing framework in which to consider the objects that surround us, the infrastructures that mobilise and the systems that control.

Te Tuhi CEO Hiraani Himona invites you to attend the opening of In Transit (Arrival) by Yona Lee from 4-6pm. The gallery will be open until 8pm for Te Tuhi’s Second Saturday Late Night. Stay to eat with us at the Pakuranga Night Markets.

Catch the free Art Bus to the opening 
The Te Tuhi Art Bus will depart from Artspace, 300 Karangahape Road, at 3:30pm on Saturday 13 August. It returns from Te Tuhi at 6pm

Lose Your Mind | David Shrigley

Lose Your Mind | David Shrigley

March 11 to May 28, 2017
Centre of Contemporary Arts, Christchurch

David Shrigley is a master of scathing one liners, crudely composed drawings and a creator of strange and amusing objects.

CoCA, with the support of Lane Neave, is proud to present Lose Your Mind by wildly popular British artist David Shrigley, presented in partnership with the British Council. Known for his darkly witty cartoons, Shrigley’s international career has seen him work across a variety of media, including drawing, photography, sculpture, animation, painting, unsettling intervention, spoken-word recordings and pop-music videos. The British artist’s work gained further profile in 2016 after winning the commission for the Fourth Plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square. In September he unveiled his bronze sculpture Really Good, a ten-metre-high hand giving a thumbs up.

David Shrigley: Lose Your Mind, a British Council exhibition, shows the breadth of Shrigley’s practice and his darkly witty imaginings. Amongst drawing, sculpture and animated film, key works include Ostrich, 2009, in which a taxidermied bird loses its head; Beginning, Middle and End, 2009, a ‘giant continuous sausage’ crafted from clay that is rolled out and arranged in the gallery; and Cheers, 2007 a pair of fishing waders filled with expanding foam.

With a sense of humour that crosses cultural and language boundaries with ease, David Shrigley: Lose Your Mind is an opportunity to have fun and feel better for it. You will almost certainly laugh, but expect to feel a little unsettled. Shrigley’s work is playful, but it’s challenging too.

The exhibition comes to Christchurch from Seoul, Korea, where the season was extended to satisfy public demand.

Competition | DYI Doofus

Competition | DYI Doofus

Runs Daily until August 23, 2017
Ashburton Art Gallery, Ashburton

Do you have what it takes to create your own Braunias inspired shapes and forms? Grab one of our entry cards and let your imagination run riot. You can use pencils, felts or anything you can get your hands on to create your own Doofus character. Just remember to use Mark’s lines as a starting point!

This competition is free and open to all ages and will run until the end of August 2017. Braunias will judge the competition and spot prizes will be given out throughout this time.

Come on in and give it a go!

Exhibition | When Dreams Turn To Gold

Exhibition | When Dreams Turn To Gold

March 18 to June 25, 2017
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin

The Benson & Hedges and Smokefree Fashion Design Awards 1964-1998
Offering glamour, spectacle, opportunity and reward, the Benson & Hedges Fashion Design Awards elevated the profile of New Zealand fashion from the 1960s to the 1990s.  The awards offered a platform for design excellence, high style, cultural change and political comment. Featuring garments, photography and film footage, When Dreams Turn to Gold explores the changing face of recent New Zealand fashion through the lens of this prominent award.
Co-curated by Lucy Hammonds and Dr Natalie Smith, with curatorial support from Andrea Bell.

The Bloggs | Nicola Jackson

The Bloggs | Nicola Jackson

March 18 to June 25, 2017
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin

Dunedin-based artist Nicola Jackson is known for her vivid use of colour, intricate detail, papier-mâché forms and her ongoing exploration of human anatomy. The Bloggs – a title that refers to the British colloquialism ‘Joe Bloggs’, to denote the typical everyday man – considers what it is that makes us human. Here, Jackson has created her version of an anatomy museum, filling vitrines and cabinets with a range of objects and adorning the walls with paintings. In these works Jackson has paired key anatomical elements with qualities that go beyond the physical but ultimately aid in classifying us as human.

The Body Laid Bare | Masterpieces from the Tate

The Body Laid Bare | Masterpieces from the Tate

Saturday March 18 to July 16, 2017
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland

Buy your early bird tickets before next weekend to save $5 off general admission to The Body Laid Bare: Masterpieces from Tate.

Journeying through time, The Body Laid Bare brings together masterpieces from the collection of Tate, London, by renowned artists including JMW Turner, Auguste Rodin, Pierre Bonnard, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Louise Bourgeois, Cindy Sherman, Sarah Lucas and many more.

Early bird tickets $18
Children 12 and under FREE
Members FREE – Become a Member

Click here to buy early bird tickets 

Call for Applications | Exhibition Proposals for Blikfang

Application deadline June 30, 2017
Blikfang, Auckland

Blikfang, a Danish word meaning ‘a trap for the eye’ invites us to wonder what it is that we find visually exciting. Blikfang Art and Antiques offers a hybrid spcae, an expanded concept, art in association with furniture, sculpture reflected in antique mirrors, accumulations of objects fascinating and mysterious, the ephemeral persisting alongside the eternal, the shock of the old set against the gleam of the new. Always asking the question what it is that attracts the eye?

During the year, we will be curating a small number of themed exhibitions, inviting artists to submit a proposal for selection. The areas featured are contemporary New Zealand art, New Zealand art photography, as well as ceramics and graphics from the 1950’s to 1960’s. By placing a permanent collection among art and objects, Blikfang Art and Antiques becomes not only an outlet where you can acquire items for your collection, but also provides material for stimulating informative experiences.

For the past 3 years, we have also been running the very successful Blikfang Event nights, inviting 4-6 presenters, each doing a 10 min presentation, talking about an art related subject along with images (usually a power point). You can show as many or as few images as you like, perform whatever you like, say just about anything you like as long as your presentation stays within the 10-min time frame and the subject is arts related.   The crowd is usually about 50, and our speakers range from artists, curators, actors, writers architects…. anyone in the creative field. We host a generous supper and plenty of wine after presentations and continue to support our participants where we can.

How to apply

Send your expression of interest with exhibition concept, a short bio, short cv and images ( no more than 3 pages) as a pdf to janie@blikfang.co.nz. OR e-mail for EOI to partcipate in the Blikfang Event Nights

Livng History | Richard Stratton

Livng History | Richard Stratton

Opening Friday March 24, 2017
Dowse Museum of Art, Lower Hutt 

Livng History, Richard Stratton’s exhibition, opening at the Dowse Art Museum on Friday 24 March presents work made since an extensive 2015 European research expedition.

Richard says: “Internationally, ceramics has played a key role to unlocking human history, helping us to date our growth via fragments of clay. New Zealand’s industrial ceramic history was based upon techniques reflected in sherds (pieces) I found while mudlarking on the Thames. These sherds are examples of processes our ceramic predecessors were influenced by and became the backbone of early New Zealand pottery. Living History melds these processes with new forms that consider negative space through the lens of modernist movements such as Cubism, Constructivism and Brutalism, which began to influence my practice during my residency in Guldagergaard, Denmark in early 2015.”

Open Call | Shoes Extravaganza

Open Call | Shoes Extravaganza

Application deadline August 3, 2017

A design event celebrating innovative and imaginative shoes in a catwalk extravaganza.

3 entry categories 2017:

Contemporary fashion: Using well resolved leading edge design to create shoes with retail potential, this category rewards excellence in innovation and imagination. Shoes need to be size 39-40 (European) and must be crafted from scratch.

Fantastical Shoe: Use your imagination to create outrageous impossible shoes which stimulate all the senses and inspire the fantasies of the audience. These need to be wearable and walkable for models on the catwalk and in size 39-40 (European). Use existing shoe components and adapt them so that at least 50% of your shoes are original in structure.

Shoe Sculpture: For artists, this category invites you to create a pair of shoes of an ordinary size for the sole purpose of sensory delight – a feast for the eye, the ear or the nose. The shoes in this category do not have to be wearable or walkable. They will be displayed on the night of the show.

Find out how to enter on the ‘About Shoes Extravaganza’ www.shoesextravaganza.com

How to apply

Shoes are at the heart of the Shoes Extravaganza event. You are invited to submit your entry once made for initial selection by uploading photographs via this website ENTER button online. Entries open 1st March. $15 per entry. Successful selected shoes must be sent to Auckland where they are catalogued and stored carefully then curated to a body/model for the choreographed show.
Prizes: Contemporary fashion winner – $2,2500; Fantastical shoes winner – $1,500.00; Shoe Sculpture winner – $1,500.00. 

Find out how to enter on the ‘About Shoes Extravaganza’ page @ www.shoesextravaganza.com

From Pressure to Vibration—The Event of a Thread | Emma Fitts

From Pressure to Vibration—The Event of a Thread | Emma Fitts

March 25 to July 2, 2017
The Dowse Museum of Art, Lower Hutt

From Pressure to Vibration—The Event of a Thread will engage the history of textiles in Aotearoa New Zealand through artist Emma Fitts working in response to and alongside a selection of works from The Dowse Art Museum collection.

Looking at the relationship of textiles to architecture, modernism, Māori weaving, garment making and the local textile industry, Fitts will draw out connections and the broader historical context for these collection works with a focus on the social dimension that is rarely captured in archives.

A rising interest in textiles internationally has brought fresh scholarship on fiber art and the Bauhaus Women Weavers, in particular weaver and writer Anni Albers, who was an important inspiration for weavers in New Zealand in the 1970s and 80s. Making textiles was a popular art form at this time, strongly related to the contemporary architecture, ceramics and education practices that flourished. After losing favour for a few decades, we are now seeing a resurgence of weaving within the arts due to its material tactility and the distinctive ability for textiles to tell stories. Fitts creates fabric works that are sculptural rather than weaving, but her work reflects on the figures, thoughts and feelings of various textile narratives and moments in time.

Image: EMMA FITTS, RESEARCH IMAGE, 2017

Jealous Saboteurs | Francis Upritchard

Jealous Saboteurs | Francis Upritchard

March 25 to July 16, 2017
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Christchurch

Experience exquisitely imagined, startlingly strange works by this internationally acclaimed, New Zealand-born artist. Animated by mystery, Francis Upritchard’s works reverberate with possible histories, both ancient and imagined. Come face-to-face with enigmatic figures, sprawling sloths and cabinets full of the unexpected in this unforgettable survey exhibition. Free entry.

Living History | Richard Stratton

Living History | Richard Stratton

March 25 to July 2 2017
The Dowse Museum of Art, Lower Hutt

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 explores how Stratton’s well known, intricate teapots and figurative representations have evolved into enigmatic, sculptural forms. Melding together small slabs of clay until they feel balanced and ‘right’, Stratton’s gradual, stream of conscious manner of making means each new piece can take over a month to complete. His final compositions draw from his immediate environment: abstracted representations of his daily life as both an artist and a stay-at-home father. Blending his insights on everyday experience with European ceramic histories and Modernist art movements, Stratton asks us to consider links between past and present.  He reflects:

“Internationally, ceramics has played a key role to unlocking human history, helping us to date our growth via fragments of clay. New Zealand’s industrial ceramic history was based upon techniques reflected in sherds (pieces) I found while mudlarking on the Thames. These sherds are examples of processes our ceramic predecessors were influenced by and became the backbone of early New Zealand pottery. Living History melds these processes with new forms that consider negative space through the lens of modernist movements such as Cubism, Constructivism and Brutalism, which began to influence my practice during my residency in Guldagergaard, Denmark in early 2016.”

Image: RICHARD STRATTON, LOST PAGE, 2016. COURTESY OF ANNA MILES GALLERY

People and Places of the Whakatāne District | William T Bray

People and Places of the Whakatāne District | William T Bray

March 25 to May 28, 2017

Sheaff Family Gallery Te Koputu a te whanga a Toi – Whakatāne Library and Exhibition Centre, Whakatāne

Whakatāne Museum and Arts presents William T Bray – People and Places of the Whakatāne District — works by a local photographer of the 60s and early 70s drawn from the Whakatāne Museum’s extensive photographic collection.

Initially based in in Kopeopeo, and then later setting up a studio in The Strand, Bray documented many functions and faces of the region, producing a portfolio of photographs he hoped to publish, but never realised. Bray lived in Haig Street and became well known in the arts community; he sponsored two arts and crafts exhibitions and brought many established New Zealand artists to exhibit in Whakatāne.

To support this valuable photographic resource for the future, we need your help to form a clearer picture of who William Bray was and to identify the people and places he photographed.

We invite you to share your local knowledge in the booklets provided in the exhibition.

Open Call | Where Shall We Call Home?

Open Call | Where Shall We Call Home?

Deadline May 24, 2017
Depot Art Space, Auckland

A fundraising arts event to assist refugee resettlement in Aotearoa. If you are concerned about the refugee crisis, here’s your chance to make something to express it and help people in need at the same time.

Get involved
Art for Change are organising a fundraising exhibition to help refugees resettle in Aotearoa.

We’d love you to donate a 10”x 10”x 1½” artwork to feature on the montage wall of the exhibition. Artwork should consider some aspect of the refugee experience or your reaction to it.

All funds raised will be given to two amazing local groups who help refugees: the New Zealand Red Cross refugee programme in Auckland, and the Auckland Refugee Family Trust (ARFT), who work toward reunifying refugees with their families in New Zealand. (Go to www.redcross.org.nz/what-we-do/in-new-zealand/refugee-programmes/ or www.facebook.com/RefugeeFamilyTrust/
for more info).

Dates: 17th June to 5th July 2017

Parallel to the exhibition are a fund-raising concert and a speakers evening with former refugees (to take place on World Refugee Day, Tuesday 20th June). Amnesty International, the Red Cross New Zealand and Auckland Refugee Family Trust will have a presence at the gallery.

We look forward to hearing from you

How to apply

To register your interest and receive a submission form, please email: artforchange2017@gmail.com

Open Application | The Parkin Drawing Prize 2017

Open Application | The Parkin Drawing Prize 2017

Deadline for applications June 16, 2017 4pm

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

Entries are now open

Chris Parkin and the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts invite all artists in New Zealand to submit drawings in the 2017 Parkin Drawing Prize. The award promotes excellence in drawing in all its forms and the winning entrant receives a prize of $20,000. 10 highly commended prizes of $500 each will also be awarded. The exhibition of finalists will be held at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Queens Wharf, Wellington, when the winner and highly commended prize winners will be announced.

Note: You can only submit your entry online through this form. Artists may submit up to two drawings. Please have the image(s) of your artwork at hand when you complete this form. Page one of the form collects information about you, the artist. Page two of the form collections information about your drawing(s).

The winning drawing shall become the property of the Parkin Drawing Prize once the prize money is paid to the artist(s).

Once your entry is completed, you cannot go back and change your entry. To complete an incomplete entry form login here. 

The form is best displayed in Google Chrome browser. Click here to view the Conditions of Entry

Image: The Catastrophe, Hannah Beehre, winner of the 2016 Parkin Drawing Prize

Call For Applications | Mahuki Roadshow 2017 Tauranga

Call For Applications | Mahuki Roadshow 2017 Tauranga

Applications Open April 2, 2017

Calling all entrepreneurs, start ups, investors and trailblazers! Mahuki is coming to you, Tauranga!

Mahuki is looking for applications to its unique four month accelerator programme working intensely with companies looking to innovate the GLAM sector of tomorrow! GLAM means Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums and 2017 marks the second year Mahuki is inviting ten pioneering teams to develop their startup ideas inside the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

You’ll have access to some of the 1.8 million visitors to the Museum to test your ideas and the expertise of the business and start up ecosytem, professional services as well as GLAM experts across the cultural sector both here in NZ and internationally.

Is Mahuki the best fit for you? Come along and meet us in person and find out! We’ll be in Tauranga on Wednesday March 29th 2017 at BaseStation.

Applications for the Mahuki 2017 programme open on Monday 3rd April, and as one of only a handful of cultural accelerators in the world, we want to share the juicy details about our fantstic programme and the 2016 successes each of the alumni companies have had so far. For more info on the programme and the 2016 teams check out our You Tube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nsZ2mXhiMM&index=1&list=PLFnJuWGaZVK1E0spLIH2gLeVZw8lz9r0u

You could be a…

  • A startup focused on the GLAM sector;
  • An established business interested in exploring a GLAM customer segment or looking to innovate or disrupt their existing business model;
  • Investors, developers, creative technologists and all round talented people who are curious about Mahuki.

We want to meet you all, So come along to the BaseStation on March 29th!

Want to ask us the hard questions about your idea in particular? Book a time to see us during the day at BaseStation here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_PRdET_-0anf_mSu0eJFtQwWLSJOh6eBy9eOY9m_Xxs/edit?usp=sharing

A huge thank you to Venture Centre and BaseStation for hosting us for this event. You can find out more about them here:

https://venturecentre.co.nz/

http://www.basestation.nz/en

Exhibition | From Afar

April 1 to June 4, 2017
The Suter Art Gallery, Nelson

Within our beautiful collection there exist many micro-collections, groups of objects that share a theme, genre, provenance, or are by the same artist. Through over a century of collecting The Suter has become known for its noteworthy holdings of John Gully, Toss Woollaston, New Zealand ceramics, and mid-century British modernist paintings. In 2011 another significant body of work was added to the collection with the acquisition of eleven Mervyn Williams artworks through a significant purchase and generous gifts.

In From Afar Williams’ work is displayed amongst ‘like-minded’ companions from the collection. Mysterious photographs, playful prints, hair embroidery, ceramic staircases, seascapes, colourful assemblages and carefully constructed tromp-l’oeil images sit alongside Williams’ optical works and illustrate the ways in which micro-collections weave together to create depth and meaning within the greater Suter collection.

Group Show | Welcome to the Jungle

Group Show | Welcome to the Jungle

April 1, to May 28, 2017

Opus Gallery Te Kōputu a te whanga a Toi, Whakatāne Library and Exhibition Centre, Whakatāne

Animals have been an integral component of human storytelling from early myths to modern fables, such as The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling published in 1894, George Orwell’s Animal Farm published 1945, and French author Pierre Boulle’s La Planète des Singes (better known as the Planet of the Apes) published in 1963.

Animals are used in an anthropomorphic manner: as metaphors, as representative symbols for human behaviour and interaction, as vessels for human emotions expressing innate animal instinct, environmental change, and political satire.

For this exhibition, the animals tell their stories in the jungle — a place that carries connotations of the untamed and uncontrollable, evoking emotions of confusion, powerlessness, disorientation and isolation, where the only law is perceived to be ‘survival of the fittest’.

This is said to reflect the modern city life: a concrete jungle with high density building and asphalt landscapes, disconnected from the natural world, where the relationships of accountability become less obvious and morality a question of deferred ethics.

This is expressed in the 80s anthem Welcome to the Jungle, by American rock band Guns N’ Roses, featured on their 1987 debut album, Appetite for Destruction. The song alludes that to live in this world we need to learn to live like animals and consider the comparative consequences of living in a type of jungle.

Interactive Exhibition | Memory Maker

Interactive Exhibition | Memory Maker

Saturday, 1 April 2017 (All day) to Sunday, 28 May 2017 (All day)
Whakatāne Community Board Gallery, Whakatāne

Memory Maker looks to capture your stories, your childhood recollections, the moments that shook the town, and the historical milestones that have shaped the District.

In this interactive oral history exhibition, a microphone has been set up in the Whakatāne Community Board Gallery, enabling visitors to record their own memories of times past.

Call for Applications | McCahon House Artists' Residency 2018

Call for Applications | McCahon House Artists' Residency 2018

Application deadline Friday June 16, 2017 at 5pm        

The McCahon House Trust is calling for applications from outstanding emerging and mid-career professional visual artists for the McCahon House Artists’ Residency programme.

Three residencies, each of three months duration, are available between January 2018 and December 2018.

The future potential of artists will be a major factor in the panel’s choice. The selectors must believe that the recipients of the residency have the potential to reach national and international standing and that the opportunity afforded by this residency will contribute to that potential.

Full criteria and application guidelines are available on their website.

Strangely Familiar | Portraits by Wayne Youle

Strangely Familiar | Portraits by Wayne Youle

April 6 to June 18, 2017
New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Wellington

Curated by Helen Kedgley

Wayne Youle’s bold, compelling portraits of art-world personalities of musicians, poets, writers and visual artists include important New Zealanders such as Colin McCahon, Rita Angus, Margaret Mahy and Len Lye. The vibrant, multi-coloured portraits with their abstract shapes and monochrome backgrounds are deceptively simple – yet remarkably alive.

Like many artists of his generation, Youle looks to Pop Art for inspiration with bright saturated colours, hard-edged style and appropriated imagery. He takes the portrait and reinvents it, demonstrating how portraiture can assert itself as a viable and relevant art form today.

Come take a ‘portrait tour of the arts’ through the 34 paintings of New Zealand’s best known figures in the creative arts.

Wayne Youle was born in Porirua in 1974 and is of Ngapuhi, Ngati Whakaeke and European descent. He was the recipient of the 2010 Rita Angus Residency and the SCAPE Artspace artist-in-residence, Sydney. He now lives and works in Amberley, north of Christchurch. He is represented by {Suite}, Wellington.

100 Chairs in 100 Days | Martino Gamper

100 Chairs in 100 Days | Martino Gamper

April 8 to August 13, 2017
City Gallery Wellington, Wellington

Martino Gamper says, ‘There is no perfect chair.’ Some ten years ago, the London-based, Italian-born furniture designer initiated his project, 100 Chairs in 100 Days. He made a chair a day for a hundred days by collaging components of old found chairs. By blending their stylistic and structural elements, he generated perverse, poetic, and humorous hybrids—each one unique. Creative restrictions were key to the experiment—being limited to materials at hand and the time available. Gamper’s ‘three-dimensional sketchbook’ brought him international recognition. It was exhibited in London in 2007, at the Milan Triennale in 2009, and at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in 2010. For our show, 99 chairs are lent by Nina Yashar, of Nilufar Gallery, Milan. When Gamper visits New Zealand to install, he will make a hundredth chair, especially for our show.

The Process of Making One Hundred Chairs

Martino Gamper

I didn’t make one hundred chairs just for myself or even in an effort to rescue a few hundred unwanted chairs from the streets. The motivation was the methodology: the process of making, of producing and absolutely not striving for the perfect one. This kind of making was very much about restrictions rather than freedom. The restrictions were key: the material, the style or the design of the found chairs and the time available—just a 100 days. Each new chair had to be unique, that’s what kept me working toward the elusive one-hundredth chair.

I collected discarded chairs from London streets (or more frequently, friends’ homes) over a period of about two years. My intention was to investigate the potential of creating useful new chairs by blending together the stylistic and structural elements of the found ones. The process produced something like a three-dimensional sketchbook, a collection of possibilities. I wanted to question the idea of there being an innate superiority in the one-off and used this hybrid technique to demonstrate the difficulty of any one design being objectively judged The Best. I also hope my chairs illustrate—and celebrate—the geographical, historical and human resonance of design: what can they tell us about their place of origin or their previous sociological context and even their previous owners? For me, the stories behind the chairs are as important as their style or even their function.

I wanted the project to stimulate a new form of design-thinking and to provoke debate about the value, functionality and the appropriateness of style for certain types of chair. What happens to the status and potential of a plastic garden chair when it is upholstered with luxurious yellow suede? The approach is elastic, highlighting the importance of contextual origin and enabling the creative potential of random individual elements spontaneously thrown together. The process of personal action that leads towards making rather than hesitating.

A project by Martino Gamper: Collection loaned by Nina Yashar, Nilufar Gallery.

Image: Martino Gamper Sonet Butterfly 2007. Photo: Martino Gamper and Åbäke

Exhibtion | Te marae o Rongotaketake: Redressing our Kahungunu History

Exhibtion | Te marae o Rongotaketake: Redressing our Kahungunu History

April 8 to September 3, 2017
Aratoi, Masterton

Aratoi in partnership with local iwi Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa is developing a large-scale exhibition redressing the long and rich history of the Wairarapa region and involving major loans of taonga from national and international private and public collections.

The exhibition title has a conceptual depth and a strong historical link to Kahungunu’s repudiation of the Crowns underhanded land purchases. The title contains three aspects; the retention of long lasting knowledge and learning; enduring peace and the marae built for the Kingitanga by Ngairo.


Image: Waistcoat, Harakeke, cotton, Gift of Barbara Nichol

On Going Out with the Tide | Colin McCahon

On Going Out with the Tide | Colin McCahon

April 8 to July 31, 2017
City Gallery Wellington, Wellington

This April, City Gallery Wellington presents an exhibition of work by New Zealand’s most celebrated artist, Colin McCahon (1919–87). On Going Out with the Tide explores McCahon’s evolving engagement with Māori subjects and themes in his works from the 1960s and 1970s. These works range from early treatments of koru imagery to later history paintings, referring to Māori prophets and highlighting land-rights issues.

On Going Out with the Tide seeks to understand these works in terms of tectonic shifts in New Zealand culture—emerging biculturalism. It restores a historical context to the work, by understanding it in terms of the times in which it was made, as well as considering the ways it has been read subsequently.

McCahon’s interest was fed by new resources on Māori culture, friendships with writers and artists, and the births of his Māori grandsons, Matiu and Peter (Tui).  While McCahon’s interest in Māori culture sustained and consolidated longstanding features of his work, it also fundamentally changed it.

On Going Out with the Tide fills the ground floor of the Gallery. There is a room of works from 1969 based on Matire Kereama’s book The Tail of the Fish, which includes The Canoe Tainui—the most expensive work to sell at auction in New Zealand. Other rooms address particular places: Muriwai (where McCahon had his studio), Parihaka, and Te Urewera.

City Gallery Chief Curator Robert Leonard says, “The exhibition is an opportunity to consider how increasing awareness of Māori culture and concerns shaped the work of New Zealand’s most celebrated artist’s most important period. We know there will be divergent views. The show does not presume to offer the last word on the work—its meaning, significance, and politics—but to provide a platform for discussion. As part of the project, City Gallery will be presenting an accompanying programme of lectures, talks, and screenings.”

On Going Out with the Tide features major works from public and private collections in New Zealand and Australia. The exhibition is curated by Wystan Curnow and Robert Leonard.

Image: Colin McCahon On going out with the tide 1969. Collection J.Gibbs Trust. Courtesy of the Colin McCahon Research and Publication Trust.

 

Untitled (McCahon House Studies) | Shannon Te Ao

Untitled (McCahon House Studies) | Shannon Te Ao

April 8 to July 30, 2017
City Gallery Wellington, Wellington

In 2016, Wellington artist Shannon Te Ao (Ngāti Tūwharetoa) won the Walters Prize for his video-performance two shoots that stretch far out (2013–4), in which he recites a waiata to a donkey, a swan, a wallaby, rabbits, chicken, and geese. In 2015, we presented it in conversation with Susan Te Kahurangi King’s work in our show From the One I Call My Own. Now we present another Te Ao video-performance alongside our Colin McCahon show, On Going Out with the Tide. Te Ao’s work reaches out to other artists, voices, and sites to create what art writer Martin Patrick has called ‘chaotic entanglements of past and present, then and now, Pākehā and Māori, bi-cultural nation state and indigenous traditions, belief systems, and protocols’. Similar entanglements are already at play in McCahon’s own work, especially in his appropriations of Māori culture—the subject of our show.

In Untitled (McCahon House Studies) (2011), Te Ao walks with and talks back to McCahon. It is one of a number of video-performances responding to historically charged sites that Te Ao has made with cinematographer Iain Frengley. In it, he occupies McCahon’s former family home in Titirangi. In the 1950s, McCahon made much of his work there, while—almost unbelievably, considering its tiny size—raising a family of four, with wife Anne. Now, it’s a Museum with an artist residency, administered by a Trust. Te Ao was not invited into the House as a resident, but entered of his own volition. He performed repetitive ritualised actions that channel aspects of McCahon’s life, addressing the competing psychological demands of creativity and family.

Call for Applications | Cliftons Art Prize 2017

Call for Applications | Cliftons Art Prize 2017

Application deadline July 30, 2017

Cliftons Art Prize is an annual competition that helps raise the profiles of local artists and encourages corporate patronage of the arts. Cliftons Art Prize offers international exposure for local artists across Asia Pacific. It is open to emerging and established artists in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore. Entry into the Art Prize is FREE.

The international judging panel will select state and regional winners, who will receive AU$2,000 and the chance to compete for the major Cliftons Art Prize title and AU$10,000 prize money.

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Image:Cai Xiang Loi,  Seeing Dusk Again, Oil on Canvas

Portraiture and The Group | Leo Bensemann and Friends

Portraiture and The Group | Leo Bensemann and Friends

Opening April 11, 2017 at 6pm
Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland

Curated by Peter Simpson for the New Zealand Portrait Gallery in Wellington, the Wallace Arts Trust is hosting Leo Bensemann & Friends: Portraiture and The Group, an intriguing exhibition showcasing the portrait paintings by The Group, a collective of outstanding 20th century New Zealand artists.

Portraits by and of Leo Bensemann are foremost among 50 outstanding examples created by the Christchurch-based artists known as The Group, in the middle decades of last century. Drawn from private and public collections, names such as Evelyn Page, Olivia Spencer Bower, Rita Angus, Toss Woollaston, Doris Lusk and Colin McCahon come to life as both subjects and artists. Collectively, says curator Peter Simpson, these artists re-invented the art of portraiture for their time and place, and provided images of their contemporaries which are vividly alive and still speak eloquently to us living in another century.

Bensemann is at the heart of this exhibition because of all these painters, who knew each other well and belonged to the same social networks, he favoured portraiture above all else. He is given priority, Simpson says, not because he is “better” than his friends and fellow Group members but because he is currently the least well-known of these, the leading visual artists of their generation, and is worthy of equal recognition as a portrait artist. Peter Simpson is the author of Fantastica: The World of Leo Bensemann (2011) and Bloomsbury South: The Arts in Christchurch 1933–1953 (AUP, 2016), shortlisted for the Ockham Book Awards 2017, and telling of the remarkable two decades in Christchurch where the works of a group of extraordinary men and women, artists, composers and writers, redefined the New Zealand’s mid-century cultural life. Thank you to the New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pukenga Whakaata for making this exhibition possible.

Image: Leo Bensemann, Caroline Oliver (1940), oil on board, 457 x 375mm. Private collection.

Their movements retain the light of the sun | Beatriz Santiago Muñoz

Their movements retain the light of the sun | Beatriz Santiago Muñoz

Opening Wednesday April, 12 2017 5.30pm
ST PAUL St Gallery One, Auckland

“Is this the way language is supposed to work – the same reflection for everyone?” asks one of the women in Beatriz Santiago Muñoz’s film, That which identifies them like the eye of the cyclops (2016). “Is it a language only to be understood among us?” The limits of language, that there are ethical, political, and material obstacles to what is able to be seen are points returned to across Santiago Munoz’s films. These are narratives constructed in collaboration with the protagonists. They include a group of women—political dissidents, teachers, farmers, artists—who are involved in political transformation in the artist’s homeland, Puerto Rico; and Pablo Díaz Cuadrado, who went to the Orocovis mountains with a commune in 1972 and stayed on alone, cultivating heritage seeds, monitoring the growth and decomposition of everything around him, breeding bees and poultry and preparing for the future.Beatriz Santiago Muñoz is a filmmaker based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her work combines observation and documentary conventions with elements of improvisation and imagined reality. She has always worked with people she knows, and over a long duration, an approach Muñoz has referred to as “an ethnography of what is possible to imagine together.” The work focuses on the relationships between local communities and the land, history and infrastructure. In each of these films, Muñoz works with a process of ‘recognition’: of daily work, collectivity and autonomy, and different ways of knowing and imagining places.

This exhibition opens alongside of Ngahuia Harrison: E takarae ki te muri i raro mata raranga mai kaewa ki te rangi ko au ki raro whakaaro rangi ai. I stumble on ahead my face turns skyward although I am below my thoughts are floating through the sky in ST PAUL St Gallery Two.

Image: Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, That which identifies them like the eye of the cyclops (production still), 2016. Three-channel digital video, sound, colour; 10:11 minutes. Image courtesy of the artist.

E takarae ki te muri i raro mata raranga mai kaewa ki te rangi ko au ki raro whakaaro rangi ai | Ngahuia Harrison

E takarae ki te muri i raro mata raranga mai kaewa ki te rangi ko au ki raro whakaaro rangi ai | Ngahuia Harrison

Opening Wednesday April 12, 2017 at 5:30pm
ST PAUL St Gallery Two, Auckland

Ngahuia Harrison:
E takarae ki te muri i raro mata raranga mai kaewa ki te rangi ko au ki raro whakaaro rangi ai
I stumble on ahead my face turns skyward although I am below my thoughts are floating through the sky

Ngahuia Harrison’s exhibition began as an exploration of the Treaty settlement process from a specific locale: Ngāti Rehua, a hapū of Ngātiwai iwi, of which she is a part. The project responds to two urgencies within this process, and specifically, to the belittling of kaumātua and kuia within it. The first urgency is imposed by the Government’s need to ‘finish everything off’, resolving settlements within a time limit. While Harrison’s whānau, hapū and iwi work under the pressure of legal deadlines, generations become further detached from tūrangawaewae, reo kāinga and tikanga kāinga.

A second urgency is the iwi’s own, in relation to kaitiakitanga of mātauranga. With the loss of many kaumātua and kuia who, with their knowledge of Ngātiwai history and relationships, are the kaiārahi (guides, mentors) for whānau, the stresses of numerous Waitangi Urgency Hearings take on additional weight. The project is an articulation of the urgent need to slow down.

The patere that is the exhibition’s title was recited by Harrison’s tupuna Hone Paama at the Māori Land Court hearings determining the tenure of Hauturu (Little Barrier Island). Taking its lead, rather than straightforward documentation of the settlement process, the project draws on the whakapapa of the rohe, Te Tai Tokerau and Aotea, and of Harrison’s whānau, hapū and iwi, toward an installation in which multiple ideas of time are at play. The exhibition includes large-scale photographic works, an audio recording, and Pūriri benches for sitting and listening.

Image: Ngahuia Harrison, Kahu who is named after his Great-Grandmother, 2017.

This exhibition opens alongside Beatriz Santiago Muñoz: Their movements retain the light of the sun in ST PAUL St Gallery One.

Group Show | Embedded

Group Show | Embedded

Opening Thursday April 13, 2017 at 6-8pm
Corban Estate Arts Centre, Auckland

Join Corban Estate Arts Centre for the opening of two exhibitions that feature textile and ceramics, exploring personal memories and heritage.

EMBEDDED
Curated by Maddie Gifford and Katie Smith

Featuring artists:
Annie Mackenzie | Audrey Boyle | Genevieve Packer | Gina Ferguson | Katie Smith | Nalani Gloor | Pip Steel

From the time we are born, we are all embedded in cloth. So too are our personal memories embedded in the clothing, fabric and textiles that we interact with throughout our lives. This group exhibition features the work of female artists who explore the relationship between textiles and the different memories we fold into them, both individually and as a wider society. Through tactility, colour and patterning, each artist pushes the boundaries of our usual interactions with textiles in everyday life.

TEU | Alma Proença

TEU | Alma Proença

Opening Thursday April 13, 2017 at 6-8pm
Corban Estate Arts Centre, Auckland

Join Corban Estate Arts Centre for the opening of two exhibitions that feature textile and ceramics, exploring personal memories and heritage.

TEU
Alma Proença

Auckland based artist Alma Proença explores her Portugese heritage through ceramic artwork that links traditional processes with modern subject matter. Her exhibition Teu, meaning ‘yours’ in Portugese, uses flora and fauna to link her dual Portugese and New Zealand ancestry.

 

 

Exhibtion | Colour is an Abstraction

Exhibtion | Colour is an Abstraction

Friday April 14 to November 26, 2017
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland

Enjoy the dynamism of works from the Auckland Art Gallery and Chartwell Trust collections in Colour is an Abstraction, and reflect on how international artists have explored colour in the late 20th and 21st centuries.

The exhibition includes works by the Australian artist John Nixon collected over the last 30 years and installed by the artist on a background of his colour palette. The explorative and multifaceted contemplations of these artists challenge traditional boundaries and encourage contemplation on the social and psychological role of colour.

Image: Imi Knoebel, AAMIII 2013 Chartwell Collection Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2014

Look Mum No Hands | Wayne Youle

Look Mum No Hands | Wayne Youle

April 14 to September 3, 2017
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Christchurch

Full to the brim with high energy, sharp-witted artmaking

This major solo exhibition features new and recent works in all manner of media, from a glistening cobweb in imitation gold chain and a supersized tyre swing, to hand knitted balaclavas and cast bronze gumballs. Deftly blending humour and provocation, Youle’s works traverse a range of concerns, including how different cultures perceive and label each other and how intangible qualities like loss, aging and love elude our attempts at measurement and explanation. Meticulously made and crisply presented, they all demonstrate Youle’s ability to complicate a simple visual premise with the lingering aftertaste of ambiguity.

Image: Wayne Youle Free of all distractions 2016–17. Cast bronze, enamel paint. Collection of the artist

Group Show | The Northerner

Group Show | The Northerner

Opening Saturday April 15, 2017 at 4-6pm
The Vivian, Auckland

You are warmly invited to the opening of ‘The Northerner’- A Group Show curated by Gregory O’Brien.

 

Group Show | Not Mush Room

Group Show | Not Mush Room

April 19 to June 4, 2017
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland

Not Mush Room brings together the work of three students from the Hungry Creek Art and Craft School Jewellery programme and the Otago Polytechnic School of Art. Behind plastic cases and upon laboratorial shelving, the work will continue to develop over the course of the exhibition, like a fungal mushroom upon an agar plate or inside a greenhouse. The title of the exhibition is thus a play on words referring to the rapid growth and dispersive nature of the mushroom in addition to the limited space of presentation.

The works here range from precious metals to industrial concretes to found objects, though all three jewellers concern themselves with an exploration into materials and the connotations and contrasts of the materials and forms we choose to wear.

Small Space follows on from the Curiosity Cabinet programme at Lopdell House Gallery and the Curiosity Corner programme at Te Uru. Using the landing of the floating staircase behind Gallery One, the space is dedicated to and supports contemporary jewellery and object-making practices.

Not Mush Room includes work from Ildikó Juhász, Nikki Perry and Madison Rogers.

Image: Nikki Perry Curls of Life, 2016. Sterling silver, plastic.

 

Open Application | The Frances Hodgkins Fellowship

Open Application | The Frances Hodgkins Fellowship

Application deadline June 1, 2017

The Frances Hodgkins Fellowship was established by the University of Otago Council in 1962 to aid and encourage painters, sculptors and multi-media artists, while at the same time associating them with the life of the University and fostering an interest in the Arts within the University. It was named after Dunedin-born Frances Hodgkins, one of New Zealand’s most distinguished painters.

The annual, 12-month Fellowship provides a studio/office space and not less than the minimum salary of a full-time university lecturer. It is open to artists who are normally resident in New Zealand and who, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, have executed work that demonstrates their talent, and would benefit from holding the Fellowship.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Call For Applications  | MAI Intern Programme 2017

Call For Applications | MAI Intern Programme 2017

Application Deadline May 23, 2017

WHAT IS THE MAI PROGRAMME?

The programme aims to develop future Māori arts managers, professionals and producers, to support the Māori arts infrastructure, and establish pathways for emerging Māori who wish to embark on a career in the arts. We have three internships available for people who are keen to build administration and management experience – in the arts area of their choice. We are now inviting applications from suitably qualified and enthusiastic people who are serious about making a career from the arts.

BENEFITS TO INTERNS

  • An internship provides the opportunity to gain valuable experience in a working environment to those looking to explore or gain the relevant knowledge and skills required to enter into a career in the arts.
  • Gain valuable work experience which you can add to your CV.
  • Apply knowledge learned in training or education in a work environment.
  • Enhance your skills and learn new ones through workplace based learning.
  • Explore a new career path. Enhance your career prospects. Gain networking opportunities and keep close to the labour market.
  • Build your confidence through work experience.
  • Access and connection with the Toi Māori Aotearoa networks.
  • Support from the Toi Māori office.

APPLICATIONS AND INFORMATION

Interns must be of Māori descent, have a tertiary qualification and/or minimum of three years continuous experience working in the arts as an artist, producer or administrator. The internships are paid and will run for a maximum of 20 weeks based on 37.5 working hours per week. The interns will be contracted with Toi Māori Aotearoa on a fixed term contract basis, which will be subject to tax. Interns are expected to set aside time to liaise with an assigned mentor in addition to the work hours. Toi Māori Aotearoa will seek placements for interns with arts organisations dependent on each intern’s interests and preference. The actual hours and period of work will be confirmed in conjunction with the host organisation.

PLEASE NOTE: The host organisations have not been confirmed so there may be a possibility of relocation.

How to apply

HOW DO I APPLY?

To apply email a cover letter telling us what your goals and aspirations for the future are and your curriculum vitae to Keriata Royal at keriata@maoriart.org.nz

Applications close Tuesday, 23 May 2017

For more information on the Programme, please visit our website – http://www.maoriart.org.nz/mai-programme-2017.html

Open Application | Artistic Director at Te Tuhi

Open Application | Artistic Director at Te Tuhi

Application Deadline Monday 29 May at 9am
Te Tuhi, Auckland

Te Tuhi is one of New Zealand’s foremost contemporary art spaces and a leader in supporting experimental practice.
This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic arts professional with proven leadership and management skills, and significant curatorial experience.  The Artistic Director leads the delivery of the exhibition programme for Te Tuhi.  Working alongside and reporting to the Executive Director, you will provide artistic direction and leadership to all aspects of Te Tuhi’s work.

You will curate and manage a minimum of twelve exhibitions a year, with at least half of the artworks exhibited being new commissions, sited both within the Te Tuhi premises in Pakuranga and throughout Auckland.  The programme will maintain a balance of national and international artists, and will address relevant socio-political issues that will engage and inspire the public of Auckland.

You will have proven curatorial ability and programming skills, along with excellent knowledge of contemporary art, internationally and nationally, and general knowledge of curatorial developments.  You will respect and work with New Zealand’s culturally diverse communities, understand our relationships in the Asia-Pacific region, and honour the Treaty of Waitangi as the nation’s founding document. You will have proven budget development and management skills and be entrepreneurial, creative and resourceful with budget planning.

To apply for this role please download the full information pack from tetuhi.org.nz/opportunities

Image: Bepen Bhana, The Facial Suite, 2011 Inkjet billboard print Commisioned by Te Tuhi, Auckland

Group Show | Mono: The Painterly Print

Group Show | Mono: The Painterly Print

April 22 to May 27, 2017
Franklin Art Centre, Auckland

Featuring John Pusateri this exhibition showcases work by five contemporary
New Zealand artists who use the monotype printmaking technique in their practice.

Pokepoke | Yukhiro Taguchi

Pokepoke | Yukhiro Taguchi

April 22 to June 18, 2017
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland

Using everyday materials found in the immediate vicinity, Yukihiro Taguchi creates formations that are animated through stop-motion techniques. In the constant flux of things becoming and disassembling, he revels in the potential for reinvention, performance and play embedded in any place, and the chain reaction that can be sparked by a single shift.

From the beginning of April, Taguchi will be in Tāmaki-makau-rau for, developing a new humorous project that travels through and reacts to the city. In addition to responding to the things that cross his path, the nature of Taguchi’s work often requires a team, as the objects need to be assembled and reassembled for each photograph that are then joined together to make a single video. In the past, this has opened up opportunities for local audiences to join in the making of an artwork.

Yukihiro Taguchi was born in Osaka, Japan in 1980 and has been based in Berlin, Germany, since 2005. Though he now works primarily in what he calls ‘performative installation’, he trained in oil painting at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Tokyo, Japan. He has held solo exhibitions in Tokyo, Austria, Switzerland and Germany, and has been included in group exhibitions in Denmark, Greece and Cuba. This will be his first visit to Aotearoa.

This project follows on from last year’s presentation at Te Uru of five stop-motion works as part of the exhibition Yukihiro Taguchi: In Formation.

Yukihiro Taguchi’s visit is supported by the Chartwell Trust.

 

Group Show | On Paper

Opening Friday April 28, 2017 at 5:30-7pm
Solander Gallery, Wellington

Please find details below for our upcoming exhibition ON PAPER: A celebration of works on paper featuring printmakers Dianne Fogwell (Aus), Catherine Macdonald, Kathryn Madill, Kyla Cresswell and Prue Mac Dougall

Group Show | Other Perspectives

Group Show | Other Perspectives

Opening Wednesday April 26, 2017 at 5-8pm
Mokopōpaki, Auckland

Mokopōpaki warmly invite you to join them on Wednesday the 26th of April, 2017, from 5 to 8pm to celebrate the opening of the group exhibition ‘Other Perspectives’ with:

A.A.M. Bos
Teghan Burt
Ursula Cranmer
David Kisler
LHOOQ/FANIA/PĀNIA!
Carole Prentice
Angela Reading
and Yllwbro.


Tea and club sandwiches will be served.

A Short History of the Club Sandwich:

It is generally agreed the club sandwich is an American culinary invention that first made an appearance in 1894 when Richard Canfield (1865-1914), a well-known New York patron of art, purchased the exclusive gentlemen’s retreat the Saratoga Club-House. At that time women, local people and all other non-members of the club were not allowed into the rooms.

To Make a Club Sandwich:

1. Toast two slices of bread and butter lightly

2. Cover one slice of toast with thin rashers of grilled bacon

3. Layer bacon with shredded cooked turkey or chicken

4. Pile on slices of ripe tomato and crisp leaves of lettuce

5. Spread lettuce with a generous amount of mayonnaise

6. Top with the remaining slice of toast

7. Press down and secure sandwich with a cocktail stick

Adapted from:
‘Good Housekeeping Everyday Cook Book’: a reproduction of the original 1903 edition. Isabel Gordon Curtis. Published by Ottenheimer Publishers Inc. (1998).

Open Call | Careers Lab

Open Call | Careers Lab

Explore and Pursue Meaningful Work with Creativity and Optimism

Creative Sector Mentoring
Career Development
Job Search Strategy

As a visionary career hub engaged for 15 years in New Zealand’s creative sector we know that creativity forms the basis of all meaningful work. We believe that careers are created, not predestined and that creativity is boundless. At Careers Lab we cultivate awareness of the creative as we practically support you on your career path.

Whether you are planning a change in employment, starting out on your career or moving your creative practice forward we can assist you. In some cases our services can be provided free of charge if you’re currently unemployed in Auckland.

Creative Sector Mentoring
Seeking guidance with your creative aspirations? We can align your aspirations, abilities and experiences with industry-fit roles or assist you to develop personal projects. Our creative sector mentors are able to evaluate your direction and identify steps to goal achievement.

Career Development
If you’re questioning where to go next in your career, or feel stuck and unable to make a career decision, the Careers Lab team will assist you to explore career possibilities and design a rewarding future that honours your vision and values. Great career decisions are made in the light of self-knowledge that grows with practical support and guidance.

Job Search Strategy
Careers Lab can coach you through your job seeking and develop a comprehensive, targeted CV and cover letter, an effective online presence, and interview techniques that prepare you to confidently attend and impress in interviews.

For further confidential information contact:
Lila Pulsford at Careers Lab (careers.lab@depotartspace.co.nz)  09 9632328

 

Open Call | Upstairs Gallery 2018 Programme

Open Call | Upstairs Gallery 2018 Programme

Application deadline June 25, 2017
The Upstairs Gallery, Auckland

Submissions are now open to exhibit in the Upstairs Gallery in 2018. All applicants must complete a proposal form and return it to the gallery by 25 June 2017. Due to very high levels of submissions sent to the gallery we do not guarantee a response. Please do not contact the gallery regarding your submission. If the selection committee is interested in your work you will be contacted.

The UPSTAIRS GALLERY is a fabulous community art gallery, governed by the Titirangi
Community Arts Council (TCAC), funded partly by the Auckland Council and charged with
promoting arts at the local level. We are located in the iconic Lopdell House Precinct in
Titirangi, the arts hub of West Auckland which attracts people from all over the globe as well
as Auckland wide. This gives an opportunity to show work to a wide cross section of the
public.

Thank you for your enquiry regarding an exhibition at the Upstairs Gallery, as we receive
many requests for exhibitions there is a certain process that we would like you to follow.
We are a community non-profit arts trusts and we offer exhibitions to solo artists, groups,
emerging artists and open themed exhibitions.
We are usually booked up to 12 to 18 months in advance.
This proposal must be completed and will be considered by our gallery team. On acceptance
of your proposal you will be contacted by one of our managers.
We look forward to reading your creative proposal. Please return this proposal to
gallery@upstairs.org.nz.

Click here to apply

Small Paintings IRL | André Hemer

Small Paintings IRL | André Hemer

Opening Wednesday April 26, 2017 at 5:30-7:30pm
Bartley + Company Art, Wellington

Greetings Artists, please join us to celebrate with André Hemer on the occasion of his sixth solo exhibition in the gallery.
Pondering painting in 2016, André Hemer wrote that painting today explores what it means to buy our shoes on Amazon. His art, with its integration of the digital and the handmade, captures something of that experience — embodying both seeing and experiencing.

As the exhibition title suggests these are paintings to be experienced viscerally in real life. Layered, luscious, flat and deeply textured, they combine hybrid modes of making with spray paint, acrylic, impasto and oil overlaid on open flat-bed scans of sky and outdoor natural imagery. Here documentary and a visual imaginary combine in a sensuous and material representation of contemporary experience, which like all art speaks to its moment of making.

Image: SP IRL #3, 2017, acrylic and pigment on canvas, 600 x 450 mm

Collages: Selected Works | John Nixon

Collages: Selected Works | John Nixon

Thursday April 27, 2017 at 6-8pm
Two Rooms, Auckland

This exhibition brings together more than 100 collages produced over the last 30 years by Melbourne based artist John Nixon. The Auckland Art Gallery is currently showing a 30 year survey of Nixon’s paintings drawn from the holdings of the Auckland Art Gallery and principally from the Chartwell Collection in the exhibition Colour is an Abstraction. These paintings have all been made and exhibited in New Zealand and were acquired by Rob Gardiner, a long-term supporter of Nixon’s work. Two Rooms presents a parallel exhibition, a survey of collages made in the artist’s Australian studio and previously un-exhibited. These collages offer an even more open and experimental vocabulary than the paintings.Esther Stewart  |  Double 54″ x 74″Melbourne based artist Esther Stewart has made a big impact on the Australian art scene in a relatively short time. At the end of her art degree in 2010 she was awarded a solo exhibition at TCB a highly regarded artist run space and she has exhibited every year since. She has seen her artworks translated into the Autumn/Winter 2015-16 Menswear Collection for Valentino and in 2016 presented an installation How to Decorate a Dump at Melbourne’s Heide Museum of Modern Art.
In this exhibition at Two Rooms, her first in New Zealand, Stewart employs geometric designs, referencing modernist abstraction yet acknowledging the ornamental trappings of architecture and interior decoration. Home decorating has associations with the feminine and Stewart will use this domestic vernacular to personalise her most recent abstract foray in the form of large scale fabric wall hangings.

 

Call for Proposals | ArtsPost

Call for Proposals | ArtsPost

ArtsPost, Hamilton

ArtsPost is located in a prime position next to Waikato Museum in Hamilton’s main street, Victoria Street. We offer a high profile space, high foot traffic and substantial sales and promotion opportunites for established and emerging artists and arts organisations.

If you would like to exhibit at ArtsPost, please download the writable application form. You can fill it out and send from your computer or print it out, complete it manually, scan and email or deliver it to ArtsPost.

Download the application form here. (The form must be downloaded rather than opened in a browser.)

If you would like more information, please email us or call 07 838 6546.

Exhibition | Wang Dongling

Exhibition | Wang Dongling

Opening April 28, 2017
FHE Gallery, Auckland

“Art is about the soul.”

-Wang Dongling

Born in a small coastal town in Jiangsu province, Wang Dongling studied under the master calligrapher Lin Sanzhi, from whom he learned a love for the art of the Chinese written language. Graduating from the China National Academy of Art in 1981, Wang is now regarded as one of the most successful and gifted modernist calligraphic artists working today.

Wang’s painting embodies the linkage between past and present China. We see traditional calligraphic forms reinterpreted through the embrace of gestural abstraction, placing emphasis on the act of painting as an expression of the relationship between art and the body. A dance between ink and brush; modernity and tradition.

His working possesses an expressive, rhythmic quality. Performed in a completely meditative spirit deeply rooted in the history of Chinese painting. Here we see an artist who places calligraphy at the heart of Chinese culture, one that has evolved and adapted immensely in recent years. Witnessed not only in a socio-cultural context, but also mirrored within the eye and hand of the artist.

Wang’s work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, Yale University Art Gallery and the Palace Museum, Beijing. He recently exhibited work at The Gus Fisher Gallery, as well as a presenting a performance piece at the Auckland Art Gallery in 2016.

The forthcoming exhibition Covered Our Eyes with Mercy will feature master works by this international painter. Exhibition begins Friday 28 April.

Geophagy | Ruth Watson

Geophagy | Ruth Watson

Opening Friday April 28, 2017 at 5:30pm
Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland

Opening speaker: Allan Smith, Senior Lecturer, Elam School of Fine Arts

Ruth Watson’s Geophagy is a project concerned with place, politics and subjectivity. Geophagy means ‘to eat dirt’ and here it is used as a metaphor for human activity and consumption, in particular relating to issues of overpopulation and white privilege.

The exhibition spans all Gus Fisher Gallery spaces. It comprises three new bodies of new work for the artist, plus one extant work made while on the Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award residency at the Headlands Centre for the Arts outside San Francisco.

 

Growth and Survival | Richard Hricko

Growth and Survival | Richard Hricko

Opening Friday April 28, 2017 at 4:30-6:30pm
Art at Wharepuke, Keri Keri

Richard Hricko is the Program Head, Printmaking at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA and is coming to Wharepuke as an Artist in Residence from April 23rd to May 4th.

Richard was the joint winner of the Wharepuke 4th International Open Printmaking Show.

We hope you are able to join us and Richard at his opening reception on Friday 28th April. At the opening there will also be an Artist’s Floor Talk.

More info on Richard and his work can be found here http://www.richardhricko.com/

Hungry Creek Art and Craft School | Short Courses Term 2

Hungry Creek Art and Craft School | Short Courses Term 2

Hungry Creek Art and Craft School

Define your place as an artist at Hungry Creek Art and Craft School; an institution where practitioners empower engaged students, artists and makers to realise their full potential.

Take a look at our Short Courses for Term 2!
You can take part in either weekend, evening and part-time courses in Jewellery, Ceramics, Painting and Computer Aided Design (CAD).

Click here to view Term 2 Short Course Brochure

Waterview Connection Photography Exhibition

Waterview Connection Photography Exhibition

April 28 to May 26, 2017
Alan Wood Reserve, Methuen Rd Lookout

Blockhouse Bay photographer Dianne Smith has been documenting the construction of the Waterview Connection since January 2013. As construction comes to an end she’s presenting an outdoor exhibition featuring a small selection of these images in the newly replanted Alan Wood Reserve beside the Methuen Rd Lookout.

Workshop | Expressive Life Drawing and Painting with Allie Eagle and Cushla Parekowhai

Workshop | Expressive Life Drawing and Painting with Allie Eagle and Cushla Parekowhai

Wednesdays, May 10 to July 5, 2017 runs for eight weeks
Corban Estate Arts Centre, Auckland

A supportive group learning environment, suitable for people of all skills levels wanting to explore contemporary and traditional life drawing and painting techniques.

Morning session (9:30am – 12:30pm): $270
Afternoon session (1:30pm – 3:30pm): $190

Click here to find out more, or to book a place: info@ceac.org.nz / (09) 838 4455

Growing Demand | Eve Armstrong

Growing Demand | Eve Armstrong

April 29 to July 9, 2017
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin

Eve Armstrong speaks in the language of the cast-off – interested in value, currency and sculptural possibilities of materials found and discarded.  Living in Dunedin over the summer as part of the Gallery’s Visiting Artist Programme, she has been exploring what the city’s rhythms, functions and histories might yield for her own art practice. In Growing Demand, Armstrong presents a series of new works that respond to an urban environment in flux – considering the way the city has been made and re-made, and the visibility and residue of our daily activities within it.

A Dunedin Public Art Gallery Visiting Artist Project supported by Creative New Zealand

Watching Windows | Andre Hemer

Watching Windows | Andre Hemer

Opening Saturday April 29, 2017 at 4pm
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland

Windows can be a division, a connection or a conduit between realities, channelling daylight into interior spaces or electric light into the darkened landscape outside. In art history, a painting’s frame can offer a window to another world, while in our interconnected digital age, screens have become a kind of electronic window that can record or transmit in real time, relaying scenes from one place to another, collapsing distance and connecting timezones of night and day.

In this exhibition, presented amidst the elevated skyscapes of Titirangi and developed in collaboration between artist Andre Hemer and curator Andrew Clifford, an international network of artists negotiate the physical and digital interplay of light and space as a way to communicate ideas of place – locally, globally and imagined. Featuring Ry David Bradley (Melbourne/London/New York), Catherine Clayton-Smith (Sydney), Andre Hemer (Christchurch/Vienna), Biljana Jancic (Sydney) and Céline Struger (Vienna).

Image: Andre Hemer, New Tuscan Sunset Scans 2015 (detail)

 

Workshop | Process Painting with Grace Wright

Workshop | Process Painting with Grace Wright

Mondays starts May 1,  2017 at 6:30-9pm runs for 9 weeks
Te Tuhi, Auckland

Explore contemporary abstract painting with this exciting new class. Open to all levels of experience, artist Grace Wright will guide you through ways of dealing with the image in the 21 century. Through exploring different abstracting processes, from geometric through to organic this class seeks to delve deeper into painting driven by concepts and emotive experiences. This course teaches many skills including how to stretch your own canvases.

ABOUT THE TUTOR:

Grace is an honours graduate of Elam School of Fine Arts at Auckland University. She is an emerging artist represented by Warwick Henderson Gallery in Auckland and La Vu Gallery in Hong Kong. She regularly exhibits at galleries nationally and is the 2017 inaugural artist-in-residence at Parlour Projects, Hastings.

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Getting To Know You | Richard Lewer

Getting To Know You | Richard Lewer

Opening Tuesday May 2, 2017 at 5-7pm
Gow Langsford  Lorne Street, Auckland

Gow Langsford Gallery is pleased to invite you to the opening of two new exhibitions; Richard Lewer “Getting To Know You” at Lorne St, and “In Print” at Kitchener St, on Tuesday 2 May from 5-7pm.

Following on from an outstanding year, which included a number of successful shows at private and public galleries and being awarded the prestigious Basil Sellers Art Prize for 2016, Richard Lewer returns to Gow Langsford Gallery with a new exhibition of works from the series, Getting To Know You.

Commenting on these new works, Lewer notes: “Getting to Know You is a series of portraits of people I’ve seen almost every day for the last 5 years. However, though we’ve spent significant time together, there’s never been an opportunity to really look at or study these individuals; and in the context we meet, it would be odd to dwell on their features and think too long about Dave’s eye colour, the slope of Koda’s nose or the crookedness of Chris’s mouth. Removing them from our usual sporting context has allowed this study to take place.”

Read more on our website or contact us for details of available works.

Image: Dave, 2017, enamel on oil primed canvas, 720 x 720mm

Group Show | In Print

Group Show | In Print

Opening Tuesday May 2, 2017 at 5-7pm
Gow Langsford  Kitchener Street, Auckland

To coincide with the Auckland Readers and Writers Festival (16 – 21 May), Gow Langsford Gallery presents In Print, a group exhibition of rare and limited edition publications from a selection of prominent local and international artists including Ai Weiwei, David Hockney, Damien Hirst, and Rohan Wealleans. For further information on this exhibition, see here.

Image: David Hockney, A Bigger Book, 2016

Workshop | Introduction to Woodblock with Toni Mosely

Workshop | Introduction to Woodblock with Toni Mosely

Tuesdays starts May 2, 2017 at 12-2pm runs for 4 weeks
Te Tuhi, Auckland
Have you always wanted to try a little printmaking? This is a great chance to try woodblock printing and learn how to print without a press. Some materials will be provided but there will be a small fee for Blocks, Ink and Paper. If you already own materials please bring along the first class. Also bring an apron or have an old shirt to work in.

ABOUT THE TUTOR:

Toni Mosley is an artist printmaker originally from Colorado/ Wyoming, she has a Masters of Fine Arts degree from The State University of New York in Buffalo. She has exhibited in New Zealand and Internationally, and her work is also held in many private and public collections.

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Workshop | Drawing Fundamentals with Toni Mosley

Workshop | Drawing Fundamentals with Toni Mosley

Tuesdays starts May 2, 2017 at 7-9pm runs for 10 weeks
Te Tuhi, Auckland

In this 10 week course we will experiment with different media and techniques to explore drawing. We will use the still life as a starting point to create interesting and expressive compositions.

Please bring an A3 pad of drawing paper and a pencil. All other materials will be provided and a small material fee will be collected on the first night.

ABOUT THE TUTOR:
Toni Mosley is an artist printmaker originally from Colorado/Wyoming, she has a Masters of Fine Arts degree from The State University of New York in Buffalo. She has exhibited in New Zealand and Internationally, and her work is also held in many private and public collections.

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Canoe Dreams | Doug Neil

Canoe Dreams | Doug Neil

Opening May 3, 2017 at 5:30pm
Form Gallery, Christchurch

Form Gallery will be hosting Doug Neil for a solo exhibition through the month of May, we are looking forward to displaying his impressive sculptures for the public and the art community – Doug’s idea of a canoe made of stone is certain to delight. We would like to warmly invite you all to the exhibition opening for ‘Canoe Dreams’, which will commence at Form Gallery at 5:30pm on Wednesday 3 of May. As with all of our exhibitions, this show will run for approximately three weeks – concluding on 23 of May.

American born sculptor Doug Neil began his work carving abstract totemic and metamorphic designs from timber, in Seattle, Washington. After immigrating to Christchurch in 1990, he began large works in Oamaru Stone. Several are sited in well known Canterbury gardens, including Ohinetahi in Governors Bay and the Seattle Sister City Garden in the Halswell Quarry. Since 1998 he has worked exclusively in marble, granite and volcano basalt often on a very large scale.

 

FrenchBayDarkly | John Reynolds

FrenchBayDarkly | John Reynolds

Opening Wednesday May 3, 2017 at 5:30-7:30pm
Starkwhite, Auckland

Please join us on Wednesday 3 May (5.30-7.30pm) for drinks and a talk by John Reynolds on his Starkwhite exhibition FrenchBayDarkly… John will take the floor at 6.15pm.

FrenchBayDarkly… is part of the artist’s ongoing exploration of Colin McCahon’s ‘missing hours’ when he tragically went missing in the Botanical Gardens on the eve of the launch of his 1984 Sydney Biennale satellite retrospective I Will Need Words. Reynolds’ evolving project is part missing person’s archive, part pilgrimage, part art historical vagabondage.

John Reynolds is developing his McCahon archive during a short stay at the McCahon House in Titirangi and later in the year he will present another large-scale, ‘missing hours’ wall drawing at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

Image: John Reynolds, FrenchBayDarkly… 2017 oil stick on acrylic, 3m x 5m

Group Show | Weeds

Group Show | Weeds

Opening Wednesday 3rd May from 5.30pm
Masterworks Gallery, Auckland

Bespoke. Multiple, Digitally, Hand made.

‘Weeds’ is an experimental platform that was initiated in 2005 by jewellers Fran Allison, Andrea Daly, Shelley Norton and Lisa Walker. After a number of exhibitions, publications and outings ‘Weeds’ took a break. In 2016 it was revived by Allison, Daly and Norton in recognition of its collegial, critical usefulness in their practices.

Image: Allan Macdonald

Looking Forwards and Backwards | Lucy Meyle and Ziggy Lever

Looking Forwards and Backwards | Lucy Meyle and Ziggy Lever

Opening May 2, 2017 at 5:30pm
Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin

Looking Forwards and Backwards playfully tests collaborative ways of looking and listening in exhibition making and practice. Working together in friendship depends on practicing the spaces between ideas, ways of seeing, and feeling. A collaborator’s motivations and ideas, no matter how well communicated, are always slightly hazy. Instead of being able to look straight on at thoughts [everything right ahead, everything in perspective], thoughts are caught in peripheral visions—glimpses of meaning come to the fore only every now and then. The interplay of ideas and experiences explored in this exhibition are drawn from a series of parallel letters between the artists. These letters generated the thinking and making of the exhibition. In the gallery, Looking Forwards and Backwards opens up this text as a field of potentiality for the viewer where subjectivities are made and remade.

Looking Forwards and Backwards is a continuation of Knowing You’re Wrong, an ongoing collaboration between Lucy and Ziggy. Previous iterations of the project include Drawing from Memory, part of the City Loop Project, Newmarket Park, 2017; Working Together, exhibition at ST Paul Street Gallery Three, 2015; Storage Solutions, part of Group Shower, FUZZY VIBES, 2015; Knowing You’re Wrong (I&II), exhibition at ST Paul Street Galleries One & Three, 2014.

Ziggy Lever is a practicing artist and co-director at RM Gallery and Projects since 2014. His work is concerned with an expanded field of exhibition making where stories, histories, and myths are unfolded. Often based in relation to a particular site or image, Lever’s work uses video, sound, installation, and collaborative strategies that play out duration as an expanding and contracting experience of temporality. Thinking about the contiguity of time-based documents in the field sets up an inquiry into the nature of spatio-temporality in the practise of meaning-making. He is currently completing a practice-led PhD at AUT. Recent exhibitions include: Metre for Measure, solo exhibition at ST Paul St Gallery Three, 2016 and Crystallising Universe, solo exhibition at Skinroom Gallery, Hamilton, 2016.

Lucy Meyle‘s practice consists of sculptures, drawings, and installations. Often working collaboratively, her work also includes publications and texts that are distributed for free either during exhibitions or in other public spaces. She is currently undertaking a practice-led PhD at AUT, in which her research is focussed on the transformative possibilities of humour and care. Lucy’s recent projects include: Lonely God, ST Paul Street Gallery 3, 2016; Serving Suggestions, RM Gallery, 2016; Various Sources, free research publication distributed bi-weekly, 2016.

Manaia | Mike Crawford

Manaia | Mike Crawford

Opening Wednesday 3rd May from 5.30pm
Masterworks Gallery, Auckland

‘In Māori mythology the manaia is a guardian that is said to cross between the spirit and human world.  Depicted as part-bird and part-human, it is a figure that to me reflects an ongoing connection between people and birds within the world we both inhabit. I’m interested in the different values we place on our native birds – how we record them, desire to protect them, or draw on them as symbols of nationhood or identity.’  – Mike Crawford, April 2017

Join us and Mike at the preview to celebrate this latest series of works.
Contact the gallery for more information or to view an e-catalogue.

Image: Kumete Manu, 2017

This Might Be The Place | Emil McAvoy, Caroline McQuarrie, and Johanna Mechen

This Might Be The Place | Emil McAvoy, Caroline McQuarrie, and Johanna Mechen

Opening Tuesday May 2, 2017 at 5pm
Ilam Campus Gallery, Christchurch

This Might Be The Place
Emil McAvoy, Caroline McQuarrie, and Johanna Mechen
Curated by Alice Tappenden

How do artists look at places they’ve called home? What are the stories they can tell that others cannot? And how do photography and film support and complicate their mission? Bringing together lens-based works by three contemporary artists, This Might Be The Place explores and extends upon the conventional answers to these questions.

Emil McAvoy, Caroline McQuarrie and Johanna Mechen visually mine Lower Hutt, Hamilton and the South Island’s West Coast respectively, conjuring archaeologies and micro-histories that are woven in fact and fiction, and that fluctuate between the real, imagined, and reconstructed. While their works appear documentary-like in nature, these artists choose to interrogate and question not only these places, but also the media of photography and film. Like the exhibition’s uncertain title (its more assured alternative, This Must Be The Place, has already been called into play for several exhibitions of place-based photography), their works provoke viewers to consider how alternative perspectives might change our impression of the places we think we know, and the mechanisms we’ve traditionally trusted to capture them.

Alice Tappenden is a Wellington-based writer and curator. She holds a BFA in Photography from the Ilam School of Fine Arts and an MA in Art History from Victoria University of Wellington. In 2016 she was the Blumhardt Curatorial Intern at The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt.

Image:  Caroline McQuarrie, Swimming pool, Waiuta, December 2011. (2015).

What I Am, You Cannot See | Selina Shanti Woulfe

What I Am, You Cannot See | Selina Shanti Woulfe

Opening Wednesday 3rd May from 5.30pm
Masterworks Gallery, Auckland

In our bulb gallery this month we have What I Am, You Cannot See an experimental jewellery installation by Selina Shanti Woulfe that contemplates the evolution of portraiture in relation to the differing values we place on representation versus reality.
Intangible images that are shared and stored in the digital realm, are extracted and preserved as tactile objects and adornment.

Image: Selina Shanti Woulfe

Workshop | Contemporary Painting with Andrew Barns-Graham

Workshop | Contemporary Painting with Andrew Barns-Graham

Starts May 3 and 4, 2017 runs for 10 weeks
Wednesday 9.30am – 12pm
Wednesday 12.30 – 3pm
Thursday 9.30am – 12pm
Thursday 12.30 – 3pm
Te Tuhi, Auckland

This class is for beginners through to advanced painters wishing to express themselves in acrylic or oil painting in their own choice of subject.

Cost: $201
Students are welcome to enrol in two classes on the same day and receive a discount of $20.

ABOUT THE TUTOR:

Andrew Barns-Graham is a full-time practicing artist and a graduate of Elam school of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. Andrew shows regularly at Sanderson Gallery. A Wallace Art Award finalist and artist in residence at Kings College, his work has been featured in many publications including “New Zealand’s favourite painters”. As a specialist in acrylic painting, his own work explores the human form. Working initially from photography allows Andrew time to edit and recompose the image, ultimately amplifying and simplifying elements. The result is the hard edged, flat and antigestural style for which he is known.

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Workshop | Watercolour Magic Untutored (Term 2 only)

Workshop | Watercolour Magic Untutored (Term 2 only)

Starts May 3, 2017 runs for 9 weeks
Wednesday 1pm – 4pm
Wednesday 6pm – 9pm
Te Tuhi, Auckland

This class is untutored for Term 2 only. Come along and work in a supportive social environment. Bring your own subject matter including any research and resources you may need.

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Caressing The Silver Rectangle | Jesse Bowling, Louise Lever and Maddy Plimmer

Caressing The Silver Rectangle | Jesse Bowling, Louise Lever and Maddy Plimmer

Opening Wednesday 3 May, 2017 at 5:30pm
Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington

As digital technologies shift and evolve, they open up new and increasingly complex interfaces with notions of identity and embodiment. In this way, the design language of media such as spam ad banners, laptop track pads and voice assistants like Siri each betray underlying assumptions about the needs and desires of the user.

Caressing the silver rectangle brings together three artists who explore this space of encounter. Jesse Bowling, Louise Lever and Maddy Plimmer consider the embodied and gendered dynamics of the techno-cultural sphere, presenting works that play between intimacy and alienation.

About the artists

Jesse Bowling is a Wellington-based artist who graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) in 2015. Recent exhibitions include Pool Party (2016), MEANWHILE (group), NowNow (2016) 19 Tory St. (group), and stay_on.pdf (2015), 8 Egmont St (group). Jesse is a co-director of artist-run initiative MEANWHILE.

Louise Lever is an artist and filmmaker based in Melbourne. She holds an MFA (Hons) from the Elam School of Fine Arts. Her most recent exhibition was New Perspectives, Artspace (2016) which featured her documentary Queer Words. Louise is interested in producing works that highlight feminism, gender, sexuality and political activism.

MaddyPlimmer is a graduate of Massey University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons), and a resident artist of the JPEG2000 collective. Based in Wellington, her emerging practice is currently focused on Post Internet research; specifically how the Internet has influenced the dissemination and documentation of corporeal art. Her work aims to re-examine the ready-made in the context of this information-saturated era, through use of collected and re-presented data. In the massive web of the Internet, these selected fragments serve to probe wider themes of the intersection between culturally nurtured identities and the stereotype threat

Workshop | Open Photography with Chervelle Athena

Workshop | Open Photography with Chervelle Athena

Thursdays 1-3pm
CLASS A: Starts May 4, 2017 runs for 5 weeks
CLASS B: Starts June 7, 2017 runs for 5 weeks
Te Tuhi, Auckland

Enrol in both classes and receive a $10 discount.

Take your photography skills from amateur to pro with this exciting new course. Learn to take professional photos using any sort of camera – from a DSLR to a smartphone. This course will equip you with the skills behind taking engaging and creative images, culminating in a compilation of your best images in an impressive photo book.

Over the term you will explore photographic techniques, including lighting, composition and narrative along with the process behind bookmaking. Please bring your choice of camera to each class.

ABOUT THE TUTOR:
Chervelle is a qualified practicing artist with a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the Auckland University of Technology (AUT). She has a fun, all-inclusive approach to photography with a passion for sharing the genre with all ages.

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Workshop | Sarah Walker-Holt

Workshop | Sarah Walker-Holt

Thursdays, 6:30-9pm
CLASS A: Starts May 4, 2017 runs 5 weeks
CLASS B: Starts June 8, 2017 runs 5 weeks
Te Tuhi, Auckland

Aimed at beginners to intermediate, Contemporary Jewellery offers students an insight into using cold joining techniques and non precious materials. Lessons will begin with a technique demonstration exposing students to different approaches, building a strong knowledge base to develop their own ideas. Enjoy exploring and experimenting while being mentored by an experienced New Zealand Contemporary Jeweller.

A starter kit of materials will be provided for a fee on the first night.
Cost: $118.00 Enrol in both classes and receive a $10 discount.

ABOUT THE TUTOR:

Sarah Walker-Holt is a full time visual artist with a BVA from Auckland University. She is well renowned for her complex 3 dimensional compositions as an art jeweller and is represented by Fingers Gallery. Sarah exhibits nationally and internationally and is an experienced art tutor and mentor that is passionate about helping students find their own visual voice.

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DIRTY EDGES/CLEAN LINES | Lisa Munnelly

DIRTY EDGES/CLEAN LINES | Lisa Munnelly

May 5 to May 27, 2017
Toi Poneke Arts Centre, Wellington

In Dirty Edges/Clean Lines, line ventures out into the white expanse, feeling its way around the paper. Lisa Munnelly’s drawings develop as a play of folds, folding/unfolding, enfolding/withholding. The artist’s signature large-scale charcoal drawings are immersed in a movement of light and sound. The artist returns every Tuesday afternoon to install a new drawing onsite.

Group Show | Acting Out

Group Show | Acting Out

Opening Friday May 5, 2017 at 6pm
Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi , Wellington

Join us at 6pm on Friday 5 May at the Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi for the opening of Acting Out.

Jack Body/ John Miller, Edward Bullmore, VALIE EXPORT, Sarah Lucas, Sarah Munro, Glenn Otto, Pipilotti Rist, Signe Rose, and Sorawit Songsataya. Curated by Stephen Cleland

Image: Jack Body, Sexus, 1972, 16mm film still from multimedia performance.
Courtesy of Nga Taonga Sound and Vision, Wellington. © The Estate of Jack Body

Kali Yuga Blues | Brendan Jon Philip

Kali Yuga Blues | Brendan Jon Philip

Opening May 5, 2017 at 5pm
Mint Gallery, Dunedin

This new body of work returns primarily to the emblem of the skull as an essential human signifier. Stripping away surface appearances of flesh and form, the skull denotes a universal humanity in its most material essence.

 

Open Application | Gallery Shop Coordinator & Administrative Assistant

Open Application | Gallery Shop Coordinator & Administrative Assistant

Applications close Tuesday May 23, 2017 at 5pm 
Corban Estate Arts Centre, Auckland

Corban Estate Arts Centre is a large and busy multi-arts facility in West Auckland.  This frontline role works as part of a team and is responsible  for some reception duties, contributes to the administration of courses and coordinates the Gallery Shop retail business.

The successful candidate will be customer focused, well-organised and methodical, have proven administrative skills, be accurate with figures and have a good eye for detail.

We require an effective communicator, who will build and maintain positive relationships with suppliers and contractors including artists and art tutors, and who will contribute positively in a team environment.   Applicants with an arts background and a good visual eye, have a distinct advantage.

20 hours per week (2.5 weekdays)

Hourly rate:  $18.00 – $21.00

Position starts: June 2017

For a full Position Description and further information: http://ceac.org.nz/about_ceac/positions_available.aspx

t: (09)838 4455                   e: info@ceac.org.nz        w: www.ceac.org.nz

How to apply

To apply forward a current CV and a covering letter.  In their
covering letter applicants need to demonstrate how their skills,
experience and competencies match the requirements outlined in the
Position Description.  Applicants must have NZ residency.

Apply to:  info@ceac.org.nz

Open Applications | The Lovepost : Writers, Photographers, Illustrators and Artists Wanted

Applications close August 18, 2017

The Lovepost will be an online platform that transmits love through thought-provoking, uplifting, entertaining and informative writing, photography & illustrations.

We will offer articles with diverse perspectives that explore interconnecting relationships of love – every kind of love. Love offers a positive answer to the troubles of the planet and to channel more of it is the purpose of The Lovepost.

Our website is now under development and we are looking to add to our contributor base with more keen writers, photographers and illustrators. Get in touch with us if this sounds like you.

How to apply

Email: rowena@thelovepost.co.nz

Workshop | Creating the Portrait with Nicole Peacock

Workshop | Creating the Portrait with Nicole Peacock

Starts May 5, 2017 at 1:30-4:30pm runs for 10 weeks
Friday 10am – 1pm
Friday 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Te Tuhi, Auckland

This course is great for students eager to explore painting or drawing the portrait. Using a photo reference (students own or tutor provided), students will be introduced to the structure of the head, facial features as well as offering tips and methods for correct lighting, shading and colour choices. This class will cover the methods that simplify the challenge of capturing a likeness. All abilities are welcome as the class is structured to give one on one instruction to each student. Come and learn about your chosen medium (oil, acrylic or pastel) and how to create timeless and expressive portraiture step by step.

Students can enroll in both classes and receive a discount of $20.

ABOUT THE TUTOR:
Nicole Peacock spent many years studying and teaching drawing and painting in New York and London. She was traditionally trained (MFA – New York Acadany of Figurative Art) and loves to share what she has learnt with others. Nicole simplifies techniques with a step-by-step approach making learning clear and fun.

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Fresh, Fur & Flesh | Niki Hill

Fresh, Fur & Flesh | Niki Hill

May 6 to May 24, 2017
Depot Artspace, Auckland

Niki Hill’s exhibition, Fresh, Fur & Flesh is a contemporary still life collection of artworks with a unique take on fashion and contemporary conversation. Serving as a retrospective for her career over the past decade, this bizarre and tantalising collection showcases two bodies of works, which sit together within their own unique genre and ephemerality. Fresh, Fur & Flesh features a stunning collection of 27 works, comprising of photographs and a select few paintings from her previous exhibitions Bizarre High Tea and Quasi Fantasy Collection. The exhibition addresses a variety of subjects and each series features unique printing processes, which Hill has undertaken since 2008.

Group Show | Pacific Currents

Group Show | Pacific Currents

May 6 to May 27, 2017
Orexart, Auckland

In conjunction with ANZ Private Bank, OREXART presents Pacific Currents, a show of works by artists from New Zealand and the Pacific. 10% of sales will be donated to The World Child Cancer Charitable Trust.

Every child deserves a fair, fighting chance against cancer. When they began work in Tonga, Samoa and Fiji, the odds of any child surviving cancer in these islands were precariously low. Now, in collaboration with Auckland’s Starship Blood and Cancer Centre and the Children’s Haematology Oncology Centre in Christchurch, The World Child Cancer Charitable Trust works with doctors and nurses in Tonga, Fiji and Samoa to share the knowledge and procedures that have contributed to an 80% survival rate of childhood cancer in New Zealand.

Image: Evelyn Dunstan Puni (2017) [green]

Group Show | Something Blue

Group Show | Something Blue

Opening Saturday May 6, 2017
Quirky Fox, Hawera

Contrasting styles and mediums come together in this group show featuring four award winning New Zealand artists.

‘Something Blue’ features works by ceramic artists Sue Scobie and Kate McIntyre sitting next to glass works by Di Tocker and Katie Brown. Each of the two artists working within the same media have contrasting styles and techniques: Kate’s hand carved works deviate from Sue’s pinched and coiled pieces; Di’s cast glass creations differ from Katie’s dramatic blown glass sculptures.

The four artists have each produced three to five works with at least one of the works featuring the colour blue giving the name of the exhibition.

‘Something Blue’ opens Saturday 6 May.
Join us from 10.00am to view pieces.

The exhibition will be available to view online from Saturday.

Surplus Reality | Nova Paul

Surplus Reality | Nova Paul

May 6 to June 11, 2017
The Physics Room, Christchurch

Surplus Reality draws on two distinct spaces of encounter: the space opened by mana wahine through the karanga in the pōwhiri and the warming up phase in psychodrama therapy where trust and rapport are established between participants. Both of these rituals function as temporal and spatial openings for the experience of wairua.

Paul has taken the karanga as a moment of exchange, intent and connection and produced a vocal piece that calls the viewer into the space. Accompanying this sound work is the moving image element of Surplus Reality, which utilises three filters of red, green, and blue to create a technicolour effect. Taking the changing light of the interior spaces of The Physics Room as its subject, this work shifts chromatic registration to consider how a film can open up new ways of encountering the everyday.

This exhibition draws on a key principle in psychodrama therapy whereby participants are freed from ordinary conventions and constraints of their everyday reality in therapy sessions and encouraged to work with, and in, a ‘Surplus Reality’, in order to imagine new possibilities for themselves. See more. 

Image: Still from Surplus Reality, Nova Paul, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist.

Westerlund 2 | Hannah Beehre

Westerlund 2 | Hannah Beehre

May 6 to June 11, 2017
The Physics Room, Chrsitchurch

Hannah Beehre’s Westerlund 2 reorients The Physics Room’s South gallery with an immersive installation, dislocating the gallery with four walls lined floor-to-ceiling in velvet nebula.

Westerlund 2 occupies a disjunctive space between reality and unreality. Beehre uses imagery from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope photographs of the star cluster Westerlund 2, located in the Milky Way, to blend iconic galactic imagery with an anti-monumental focus on familiar detail and scale, seen in the use of household Axminster carpet. The deliberate use of such recognisable and culturally oversaturated images contributes to the series of counterpoints constructed within the work – kitsch/high art, lo-tech/hi-tech, near/far. See more. 

Image: Westerlund 2 (detail), dye, acrylic, and Swarovski crystals on velvet, Hannah Beehre, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist.

Workings and re-Workings | Andrew Drummond

Workings and re-Workings | Andrew Drummond

Opening Saturday May 6, 2017 at 5pm
The Suter Art Gallery, Nelson

Workings and re-Workings is landmark exhibition that brings Andrew Drummond back to his birth place of Nelson. One of New Zealand’s pioneering performance artists and sculptors, this exhibition presents reworked artworks from the last two decades that sit alongside new large scale pieces.

Drummond’s canny juxtapositions of machine and human, nature and culture, old world industrial aesthetics and kinetic technologies, act as the artist says, “as a meditation on my observations over a period of time, of the natural world and the forces at play both within and upon the earth.”

Join us at 5pm Saturday 6 May to celebrate the opening of the exhibition.

Followed by an artist talk 2pm Sunday 7 May in which Andrew Drummond will be in conversation with Suter Curator Sarah McClintock.

Image: From Afar exhibition

Brand New | Recent Acquisitions

Brand New | Recent Acquisitions

May 8 to June 25, 2017
New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Wellington

A selection of artworks acquired by the New Zealand Portrait Gallery are on display in the Deane Gallery; from Shannon Novak’s abstract portrait of Michael Smither to an intimate portrait by Trevor Moffitt of his wife’s friend and carer.

The Deane Gallery programme is generously supported by Sir Roderick and Gillian, Lady Deane.

Group Show | Recent and Not So Recent

Group Show | Recent and Not So Recent

May 8 to May 24, 2017
Northart, Auckland

Meet the artists 3pm Sunday 21 May

The combined talents and works of five of Northart’s most accomplished painters – Frank van Schaik, Ross Ritchie, John Oxborough, Garry Currin and Matthew Carter –  promise a show that is variously challenging, thought-provoking and entertaining.

As the name implies, each artist will either draw on some of their older pieces, or more recent works. Frank will feature a selection of figurative paintings produced over the past few years, Ross a couple of works from his 1986 mannequin series as well as his 2015 character studies and John’s contribution will include life drawings and a few of his earlier cowboy series. Garry will exhibit some of his hallmark atmospheric land/mindscapes, and Matthew his signature cityscapes.

The free opening function on 7 May is set to be a lively affair, but if you are not able to make that, you have another opportunity to meet the artists on Sunday 21 May at 3pm.

 

Call For Proposals | Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens 2018

Call For Proposals | Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens 2018

Proposals close June 19, 2017

Our upcoming exhibition will be a milestone one, celebrating 10 years of exhibiting sculpture from contemporary New Zealand and overseas sculptors. Proposals are now sought for exhibiting at the upcoming Exhibition 2018 at Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens. Proposals will be considered that reflect current New Zealand art practice including object, installation, video, participatory and ephemeral works.

We will be specifically looking for works that are informed by the site near the Kaipara Harbour, north of Auckland. Works will relate to, reflect and explore the natural beauty, the flora and fauna, threats to the environment, the history of the land, colonisation and socio-political issues relating to this area, New Zealand and where New Zealand fits in the global arena.

http://www.kaiparacoast.co.nz/sculpturegardens.php

This project is seeking work for installation from Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th and Monday 6th November 2017 with the opening of the exhibition to the public on Saturday 2nd December 2017. Exhibition runs until November 2018. A site visit is available at 10am on Sunday 28th May to familiarise yourself with the land and the features of the area. Please email sculpture@kaiparacoast.co.nz to request a proposal form, book a place on the site visit and submit your proposal. Please submit your proposals by 5pm Monday 19th June and we will advise you of your acceptance or not by Tuesday 11th July. You are welcome to submit more than one proposal. I look forward to seeing your proposals and working with you to create a great exhibition for this, our celebration of 10 years!

Call For Proposals | Youkobo Art Space Residency, Tokyo 2018

Proposals close Friday June 30, 2017

Asia New Zealand Foundation and Creative New Zealand are calling for applications for an artist in residence programme in Tokyo, Japan, for visual artists.

The successful candidate will live and work in Tokyo at Youkobo Art Space, a prestigious residency organisation in central Tokyo, for three months in September-November 2018. They will have the opportunity to meet and work with other international artists and curators.

Asia New Zealand Foundation will provide a NZ$9000 grant to the successful applicant to cover airfares and living expenses for three months. The artist may need to contribute some of their own funds, or secure funding from other avenues to supplement their living or production costs.

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • be professional, practicing visual artists. That is, they must make the bulk of their income from practising art or working within artistic fields;
  • have had at least one group and one solo show;
  • be emerging to mid-career artists with a record of achievement. Students or artists within two years of finishing under-graduate study are not eligible to apply;
  • be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents;
  • be currently residing in New Zealand, and intending to live in New Zealand for at least one year after they complete the residency.

Assessment

An independent panel appointed by Asia New Zealand Foundation will select a shortlist of candidates, from which Youkobo Art Space will make a choice.

Selection criteria will include:

  • record of achievement – artists must have had at least one group show and one solo show
  • a specific artistic rationale for wishing to be resident in Tokyo
  • the quality and significance of the proposed residency project. This may include research, meeting with identified artistic/cultural influences, creating a new body of work and/or artistic collaborations, and must include an element of community engagement
  • ability to develop networks and work collaboratively
  • an understanding of the aims of the Asia New Zealand Foundation
  • ability to adapt to living and working in a new environment.

Participants are selected based on the strength of their proposal and its suitability to the Youkobo facilities, as well as the quality of previous work.

Preference will be given to projects with potential for artistic collaboration, community engagement, and development of networks.

Successful candidates will be announced by Friday 30 June and the residency will take place in September-November 2018.

Terms and conditions

Successful applicants will be required to agree to the standard Terms and Conditions for Asia New Zealand Foundation funding recipients.

Reporting Requirements

Foundation grantees are expected provide reports on their experience, seek opportunities to share their experience on their return to New Zealand, and remain engaged with the Asia New Zealand Foundation – this could mean an exhibition, a series of presentations or artists talks, or publication of articles.

Residency recipients are required to write a 600 word article (with photos) on their residency experience (to be submitted during or no longer than a month after returning from the internship) that will appear on the Foundation’s website.

How to apply

  • Please fill out the residency application form provided and email or Dropbox it with supporting material to mturner@asianz.org.nz
  • Material by email or dropbox is preferred but if you need to post supporting material please send it to the address below
  • Support material will not be returned – do not include original material in an application.

DEADLINE: Applications must reach the Asia New Zealand Foundation office no later than 5pm Monday 5 June 2017. Late applications will not be accepted and extensions will not be granted.

Post to:

Monica Turner
Asia New Zealand Foundation
PO Box 10 144
Wellington 6143

Courier to:

Monica Turner
Asia New Zealand Foundation
Level 16, Fujitsu Tower
141 The Terrace
Wellington

For further information please contact:
Monica Turner: 04-815 8439, mturner@asianz.org.nz

 

Surface Deep | Katie Thomas

Surface Deep | Katie Thomas

Opening Tuesday May 9, 2017 at 5:30-7:30pm
Chambers Art Gallery, Christchurch

You are warmly invited to the opening night of Surface Deep A Collection of work by Katie Thomas at Chambers Art Gallery

Parking on Opening Night
Bike Barn are kindly leaving their gates open
until 7.30 pm on opening night for your convenience.

The Nude Reviewed: Looking At Images of the Human Body In Art History

The Nude Reviewed: Looking At Images of the Human Body In Art History

May 9 to May 30, 2017 11am-1pm
University of Auckland, Auckland

Join Associate Professor Linda Tyler, Director, Centre for Art Studies, The University of Auckland, and Milica Madanović, MA Belgrade, for a four-week Continuing Education course on The nude reviewed: Looking at images of the human body in art history.

The course is arranged in conjunction with Auckland Art Gallery and timed to coincide with The Body Laid Bare: Masterpieces from Tate and will address questions such as ‘What is a nude? How is it different from being naked?’ and explore concepts such as ‘body’, ‘masculinity’, ‘femininity’ and ‘nudity’, which in the past could claim consensus. Over recent decades, however, these terms have come to be contested. This course will take participants on an expedition into art history, tracing representations of the body from the nineteenth century to the present day.

Each week key concepts will be explored in relation to the works in The Body Laid Bare, and the course will culminate in a guided visit to the exhibition.

For more information, visit the Lifelong Learning website or phone 0800 864 266.

Course outline:

Week 1: Nineteenth-century art and the academic nude
Introduction to the course, Manet and Giorgione, and the concept of the male gaze. British Neoclassicism and the representation of antiquity.

Week 2: The Naked Truth: Late Impressionists and early twentieth-century practice
Modernism and the nude, Picasso, Matisse, Schmidt-Rotluff.

Week 3: Eroticism in art: Women artists and the body
Rodin’s The Kiss, and male homosexuality represented by David Hockney.

Week 4: Visit to The Body Laid Bare
Guided visit to the exhibition to discussion of some of the works in the show.

$150 members, $190 non-members

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Image: Auguste Rodin The Kiss 1901–4 (detail) Tate: Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund and public contributions 1953 Photo credit: © Tate, London 2017

Exhibition | Angela Murray

Exhibition | Angela Murray

Opening Wednesday May 10, 2017 at 5:30pm
The Little Gallery, Auckland

The Little Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition and talk by Angela Murray.

Angela Murray is a multidisciplinary creative, working as an artist as well as a life and creative thinking coach. In her 35-year management career working with leading international brands, Angela has seen how creativity leads to bold thinking, innovation, happiness and success in the workplace. She has also seen businesses fade away when people are squashed into tight little boxes, playing by the rules, hiding their gifts and afraid to take risks.

Through her creativity and communication workshops, Angela helps people in business let go of the ‘rules’ and focus on nurturing their inner creativity and passion.

Angela will be giving a presentation at the opening event of her exhibition: How creative thinking is guaranteed to help you succeed in life and biz. 

This will cover topics including:

  • Dispelling the ‘I’m not creative’ myth
  • How creativity will help your career and business grow
  • Teaching an old dog new tricks – with corporate creativity
  • Simple creative techniques to reduce stress at work and home

All are welcome! Wine and nibbles will be provided

Open Call | Adam Portraiture Award 2018

Open Call | Adam Portraiture Award 2018

Entries close December 8, 2017 at 4pm

Time to start finding subjects and painting faces. Entries are now open for the biennial Adam Portraiture Award. With a major cash prize of $20,000 and international judge Angus Trumble of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia in Canberra – it is set to be a great competition.

Entries will close at 4pm on 8 December 2017 – so plenty of time to perfect those paintings.

For forms and online entry head to our website – nzportraitgallery.org.nz/entry-form-for-adam-award-online

Past winners and finalist can be found here.

The Adam Portraiture Award is generously sponsored by the Adam Foundation.

Paintings | Lynette Rawlingson

Opening Sunday May 14, 2017 at 2:30pm
Mahara Gallery, Waikanae

Mahara Gallery warmly invites you to the opening of Lynette Rawlingson’s new exhibition. There will be a short floor talk with Barbara Mountier and Lynda Mapplebeck followed by light refreshments. All welcome.

Volunteer | New Zealand Portrait Gallery

Volunteer | New Zealand Portrait Gallery

New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Wellington

Volunteer with us!

We are always looking for friendly, outgoing, art and people loving volunteers to join our team. If you have even a few hours free a month we would love to hear from you.

We also love to hear from people who would be interested in sitting for our monthly Saturday Sittings. More information can be found here.

Contact Ruby on office@nzportraitgallery.org.nz for more information.

Workshop | Jewellery with Renee Bevan

Workshop | Jewellery with Renee Bevan

Every Wednesday May 10 to July 12, 2017 at 6-9pm runs for 10 weeks
MIT Faculty of Creative Arts

$230.00

MAKE JEWELLERY NIGHT CLASS with Renee Bevan. A basic introduction to jewellery making; this course is designed for the absolute beginner. Participants will be taught by professional experienced jewellers in a supportive learning environment. No experience necessary.
Alternatively if you have some experience and would like to spend three hours a week realising your own jewellery ideas this is a great opportunity to learn new skills and tap into the expertise offered by our tutors in our world class workshop.

Workshop | Contemporary Photography: Theory & Practice with Emil McAvoy

Workshop | Contemporary Photography: Theory & Practice with Emil McAvoy

Wednesdays 6:30-9pm
CLASS A: Starts 10 May, runs 4 weeks
CLASS B: Starts 7 June, runs 4 weeks
Te Tuhi, Auckland

Enrol in both classes and receive a $10 discount.

An exciting introduction to the history and theory of photography with experienced tutor Emil McAvoy. Participants will engage in a series of exercises including sharing and critique of new and existing work. You will develop a small suite of works throughout the course alongside regular group discussion.

Open to all levels of experience, Contemporary Photography also covers a range of practical and technical advice to support students in their practice. Bring your own camera (any camera is fine, even your phone camera), pen and notebook.

ABOUT THE TUTOR:

Emil McAvoy is an artist and arts writer currently based in Auckland, New Zealand. He has an MFA (First Class Honours) from the Elam School of Fine Arts, and is the recipient of a number of awards and scholarships, exhibits widely and is represented in public and private collections. His practice critically investigates concepts of the artist as medium, activist, citizen and public intellectual. His work directly engages contemporary issues circulating in the public sphere, and manifests in a range of media including photography, video, painting and text.

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The Longing | Matt Palmer

The Longing | Matt Palmer

May 11 to May 30, 2017
NKB Gallery, Auckland

Matt Palmer’s New Zealand is iconic, yet intimate. Memories & Elements of his past are intentionally and effortlessly reshaped and retold from a sense of developed personal mythology and the experience of his present circumstance: an expat New Zealander, living in Australia. The Longing explores this nostalgic distance, an area of particular interest and tension in Palmers recent work – reconciling the land of his childhood with his experience of it today. These highly personalised landscapes are constructions of first hand experience buried under layers of memory, trapped somewhere between myth and reality.

Palmer’s work lies somewhere between photograph, painting and film. A background in filmmaking has lead to experimentation with the landscape genre, attempting to bridge the gap between his painting and film work, the result, paintings which are both photographic and painterly. Palmers compositions are cinematic – and while objects, like buildings and trees are articulate, even photographic – the brush work, particularly in the foreground and surrounding areas is loose and painterly.  Palmer works quickly and spontaneously in these areas, building up layers with thin glazes of paint, carful to avoid texture and impasto, rubbing back the surface where required.

This new body of work is in atmospheric, brooding in tone and loaded with narrative. Though the works are devoid of human activity: though roads, dilapidated buildings, fence posts and other civilizing signs are playfully set against the vibrancy and lushness of the natural landscape, exposing both the tension and congruity of our relationship with the land.

We are homesick most for the places we have never known” Carson McCullers

 

Earthpushers | Jeremy Leatinu'u:

Earthpushers | Jeremy Leatinu'u:

May 13 to October 22, 2017
Te Tuhi, Auckland

Image: Jeremy Leatinu’u, Earthpushers, 2017 (video still). Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Auckland. Cinematography by Ian Powell

Exhibition | Gillie and Marc

Exhibition | Gillie and Marc

Opening May 13, 2017
Flagstaff Gallery, Auckland

Join us for the launch of renowned artists Gillie & Marc into the North Island. The Flagstaff Gallery will be showcasing 20 sculptures in bronze, resin and fibreglass, many of which are small-scale versions of their iconic public artworks.

We will be celebrating in style 10am5pm Saturday 13 May, with complimentary Nespresso Coffee and Devonport Chocolates to sample as you browse the collection.

With a 20 year history of collaboration, Gillie and Marc’s works have received acclaim worldwide and are held in collections both nationally and internationally.

I Swear | Bruce Barber

I Swear | Bruce Barber

May 13 to October 22, 2017
Te Tuhi, Auckland

Image: Bruce Barber, Situation Room, 2008 (install view). Part of Bruce Barber: Reading and Writing Rooms curated by Blair French and Professor Brad Buckley, Artspace, Sydney. Photo by Jennifer Leahy

On A High Note | Laughing Pottery for Waihi

On A High Note | Laughing Pottery for Waihi

Opening Saturday, May 13
18 Rosemont Road, Waihi

Andrew Killick is a master craftsman who is producing, exhibiting and teaching his craft. Laughing Pottery studio and store is peaceful and quiet, leaning toward a natural, tactile environment, where Andrew will provide traditional values and no hurry experience.
In keeping with his vision, the ancient craft of pottery making will be on display as he works at the wheel providing passive engagement with the creative process for people to enjoy as they shop. The Autumn/Winter collection has just been released and 6 homeware ranges are also available in store. Guest artists will be displaying their work alongside Andrews. ​Opening Saturday, May 13 at 18 Rosemont Road, Waihi in time for Mother’s Day.

Group Show | Tang's Studio: Chihui Tang and Students

Group Show | Tang's Studio: Chihui Tang and Students

Opening Sunday May 14, 2017 at 4pm
Northart, Auckland

Since immigrating to New Zealand two decades ago, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts graduate Chihui Tang has tutored many young artists at the North Shore-based Tang’s Studios. His guidance has helped students produce artwork for school projects and for competitions, and to prepare portfolios for entry into university courses. Both his own talents and those of the students he’s developed will be on show in this engaging exhibition.

Nominations Open | Wellington Community Awards

Nominations Open | Wellington Community Awards

Nominations close May 31, 2017

These awards are designed to recognise volunteer groups making valuable contributions to their communities. They are supported by Wellington Airport, in partnership with Wellington Community Trust, Wellington City Council and the four other local councils.

You may nominate any not-for-profit group or organisation working in the interests of the community, including one of which you are a member. Nominations for the 2017 Community Awards close on 31 May, and can be made online on the Community Awards website.

Pictured: Cuba Dupa 2016 Supreme Winners. Photograph by Amandala Photography

Untitled 3 | Sam Norton

Untitled 3 | Sam Norton

Masons Lane, Wellington

Untitled 3 creates an air of psychological tension as unresolved and elusive as the subject itself. The camera’s voyeuristic and predatory gaze is lent an added sense of unease through a slowly disintegrating soundtrack and the artist re-recording the original video off a screen.

Supported by Wellington City Council and programmed by CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand, Masons Screen presents a new artist’s work each month.

The screen is located on Masons Lane – a pedestrian walkway between The Terrace and Lambton Quay.

Pictured: Sam Norton, Untitled 3 2015 Digital Video, Sound 5 minutes 35 seconds

Workshop | Drawing with Sian Torrington

Workshop | Drawing with Sian Torrington

Thursdays starts June 8 runs for 6 weeks at 7 to 9pm
Toi Poneke Arts Centre, Wellington

Sian Torrington will be running a queer and trans* drawing class for 6 weeks, starting Thursday 8 June, from 7pm to 9pm. Supported by Toi Pōneke Arts Centre, this class will explore self-representation, seeing ourselves, mark-making and expression. It’s about finding ways to be in our body and let it speak through drawing; seeing ourselves, and being ourselves. Siân Torrington holds an MFA with distinction from Massey University, has exhibited nationally and internationally, and works from a studio in Wellington. To register your interest, contact siantorrington@gmail.com 

Call for Entries | Paper House

Call for Entries | Paper House

Entries close May 25, 2017

Paper House is a installation for the Auckland Festival of Photography that is seeking photo submissions. The theme for the photos is: ‘A Piece of Home’. These photos will be printed with the photographers name on A4 card, and be scrolled up to become the walls of the ‘house’ structure. Visitors are invited to take away the prints one by one, taking part in the deconstruction of the sculpture, and participating in the shared nature of the work. Photos simply need to be emailed to albertonpaperhouse@gmail.com by May 25th.

Group Show | Here, Now, Then, Always

Group Show | Here, Now, Then, Always

Opening Tuesday May 16, 2017 at 6-8pm
Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland

Please join us for the Opening Celebration of our photography exhibition, Here, Now, Then, Always.

Here, Now, Then, Always is a diverse photography exhibition curated from the extensive body of photographic works held by the Wallace Arts Trust. The collection, accumulated by Sir James Wallace over several decades, is made of many photographic works, across different mediums and periods. This not only presents a wide ranging historical view of New Zealand but is testament to the importance of photography as a witness to our times. The Wallace Arts Trust Collection continues to evolve.

Image: Zahra Killeen-Chance, Solomon Mortimer, Red (2017), Digital Image on Silk

This exhibition is presented as part of the Auckland Festival of Photography.

Online and Onsite | Shortly after emergence, and at any subsequent stage or growth

Online and Onsite | Shortly after emergence, and at any subsequent stage or growth

Opening Tuesday May 16, 2017 at 5:30pm
Window Galley, Auckland

Shortly after emergence, and at any subsequent stage or growth is a composite presentation of material developed by students within the framework of the paper ‘Modern Writing and Critical Thinking’. This paper is written and led by poet and academic Lisa Samuels, and it explores theories and practices of writing and criticality in academic, civic, and artistic contexts in order to consider the scripts that organise literate social practices. At its heart are questions of how we navigate, are affected by, and transform our immersive world of signs, and how we construe and read literary and non-literary texts for different purposes.

One key term of this paper is Samuels’ concept of ‘Liquid Writing’, which denotes imaginative responses of the writing subject/s that form passages through a variety of experiential and ideational texts and contexts. This term has been extended to  a consideration of the visual, conceptual and physical dimensions of expanded fine arts practice with the assistance of curator and writer Elle Loui August.

Contributions by Matthew Aitken, Desirée Albuquerque, Tempany Appleton, Meredith Brocklebank, Elisha Chye, Lucy Clarke, Irene Corbett, Sophie Dodd, Darnielle Donnelly, Juliet Ede, Sienna Edmondson, Georgia Edwards, Naomi Valaulu Faautaga, Cassandra Fellows, Samuel Hagen, Eliza Jackson Kearns, Tessa Johnston, Phoebe Joiner, Jaswinder Kaur, Bridget Keene, Frances Kubiak, Louise Mark-Brown, Jessica Marshall, Zachary Martin, Lillian Matthews, Emma McEvoy, Sam Mills, Kevin Najaidee, Harley Ofoia, Antony Palmer, Anjula Prakash, Kendal Rea, Rachel Roberts, Zech Soakai, Tracy Solea, Luke Sweeney, Raewyn Tan, Theresa Tietie, Jesse Tipace, Jamie Trower, Sophie van Waardenberg, Brianna Vincent, Celeste Volschenk, Emily Walker, Chi Liam Wan, Kirsty Wyllie

Wall rendering by Maximillian Quy

Curated by Elle Loui August and Dexter Edwards

The participants acknowledge the support of the University of Auckland’s Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education (CLeaR) in making this ENGL 305 exhibition outcome possible.

Unearthed | Gary Currin, Scott McFarlane and Lisa Rayner

Unearthed | Gary Currin, Scott McFarlane and Lisa Rayner

Opening Tuesday May 16, 2017 at 5-7:30pm
Whitespace Contemporary Art, Auckland

Gary Currin, Scott McFarlane and Lisa Rayner

UNEARTHED features three outstanding New Zealand painters, all paint expressive
imagined spaces. Each artist presents us with a view of our world that is almost
recognisable but somehow slips away into a past memory.

Group Show | Ceramics

Group Show | Ceramics

May 17 to June 16, 2017
Northart, Auckland
 
If you were unfortunate enough to miss the very successful survey exhibition on the North Shore’s studio pottery movement over the past 60 or so years, ‘An Obsessive Pursuit’, you can at least enjoy a selection of some of the striking ceramic pieces that were on display in our window gallery from mid-May to mid-June

Modern Letters | Tony de Lautour

Modern Letters | Tony de Lautour

Opening Wednesday May 17, 2017 at 6pm
Ivan Anthony, Auckland

Image: Modern Letters 2, 2017, oil and acrylic on board in found frame, 1130 x 610mm

Workshop | Colour My World with Julie Moselen

Workshop | Colour My World with Julie Moselen

Wednesdays May 17 June 21, 2017 at 7-9pm runs for six weeks
Corban Estate Arts Centre, Auckland

Learn colour theory and how to mix colours, applying them to abstract paintings to create mood, impact or tell a story.

$150

In Der National Collection | Sandra Schmid and Caroline Thomas

In Der National Collection | Sandra Schmid and Caroline Thomas

May 18 to June 10, 2017
The National, Christchurch

The works in this exhibition discuss ideas of nationality and nationhood, about what it means to be introduced or indigenous, about borders and boundaries (both real and conceptual) and the meaning of home.

Both artists employ a variety of materials and forms to explore their own individual experiences of nationhood and of being an immigrant. For her inspiration Schmid uses the form of a ball as a universal metaphor for global communities coming into being and passing away which opens the question of separation versus integration. Thomas combines pewter with other media to discuss ideas of categorisation and value and our compulsion as human beings to organise ourselves into tribes.

Schmid and Thomas each present their individual works as national collections, in a move that might be perceived as audacious. However the two argue that the word is infinitely open to interpretation. After all, does a universally acknowledged authority exist that can categorically define what constitutes a national collection and confidently claim that something is undoubtedly German, indisputably English, irrefutably Kiwi?

Singular Pluralities - Plural Singularities | Yuki Kihara, Sarah Smuts-Kennedy and Shannon Te Ao

Singular Pluralities - Plural Singularities | Yuki Kihara, Sarah Smuts-Kennedy and Shannon Te Ao

May 18 to July 1, 2017
Artspace, Auckland

“Every poetics is a palliative for eternity.” Edouard Glissant

Exhibitions from Yuki Kihara, Sarah Smuts-Kennedy and Shannon Te Ao take place within the framework of “Singular Pluralities ∞ Plural Singularities”, a series of solo presentations which began in 2015. Focusing on artistic research and exhibition methodology, the series experiments with installation strategies, and event structures.

Yuki Kihara, Odalisque (After Boucher), 2017, from the series ‘Coconuts that grew from concrete’.

Call for Applications | Christchurch Art Gallery Volunteer Guides

Call for Applications | Christchurch Art Gallery Volunteer Guides

Applications close May 28, 2017
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu

Want to join our team of Volunteer Guides?
The Gallery has an incredible team of forty volunteer guides – and we want more! We’re currently seeking expressions of interest from ten enthusiastic individuals to join us.

If you share our passion for art and want to extend your arts knowledge, are confident speaking publicly to small groups and willing to give your time and skills to the wider community, then we’d love to hear from you.

Email Rebecca Ogle at volunteer@christchurchartgallery.org.nz or phone 941 7347 for more information and an expression of interest form.

Ink and Watercolour Drawings | Robert Thompson

Ink and Watercolour Drawings | Robert Thompson

Opening Friday May 19, 2017 at 5-7pm
Gilberd Marriott Gallery, Wellington

Never a Straight Line.

Is there a logic to be followed?
Connections to be made?
                You well may ask…
Yet image telling
                Never a straight line.

BOUNDLESS | INFLUX | KEREAMA TAEPA: Whakapī

BOUNDLESS | INFLUX | KEREAMA TAEPA: Whakapī

Saturday May 20, 2017 at 2pm
Pātaka Art + Museum, Porirua

The Director of Pātaka, Reuben Friend, warmly invites you to the opening of three new exhibitions on Saturday the 20th of May 2017 at 2pm.

BOUNDLESS printmaking beyond the frame
INFLUX
KEREAMA TAEPA: Whakapī

TALKS 
1pm: Dr Carole Shepheard will discuss the works in BOUNDLESS – printmaking beyond the frame with Curator Mark Hutchins-Pond
2.30pm: Artist Kereama Taepa will talk about his installation Whakapī
3pm: Artist and Curator Ane Tonga will facilitate a discussion with artists in Tauti’s INFLUX exhibition

Contemplating the Classical | Michael Haggie

Contemplating the Classical | Michael Haggie

Opening Saturday May 20, 2017 at 5.30pm
Space Studio and Galllery, Whanganui

“I am imagining that the classical world visits the contemporary and the relationships that occur” – Michael Haggie, 2017

Lambhill | Samantha Matthews

Lambhill | Samantha Matthews

Opening Friday May 19, 2017 at 5-7pm
Photospace Gallery, Wellington

This collection of photographs explores the interior spaces of Lambhill Homestead. Through a personal photographic investigation, these quiet exposures attempt to reveal the many layers of time, history and memory present in this building.

“For as long as I can remember I have been looking at the outside of Lambhill. Situated just off Warrengate Road near Fordell, it is visible from most parts of my parent’s farm, positioned high on a hill facing west toward Whanganui. It sits comfortably in the rural landscape just like the old hawthorn tree hedges that still line parts of the lanes and fences of the land. The trees now permanently bent in the prevailing westerly wind are slowly making their way closer to the earth, but the house still stands. Lambhill continues to hold a prominent part in the history of the rural area and in my own family history today.”

Shout Whisper Wail! The 2017 Chartwell Show

Shout Whisper Wail! The 2017 Chartwell Show

May 20 to October 15, 2017
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland

Explore how 11 contemporary New Zealand and Australian artists use ‘voice’ – and indeed who they speak to – in this triennial exhibition dedicated to the Chartwell Trust, whose important collection of contemporary art has been under the guardianship of Auckland Art Gallery for 20 years.

Shout Whisper Wail! The 2017 Chartwell Show looks at how an artist might use forms of performance, sound, music or the tools of rhetoric to activate the idea of an audience within their work.

The exhibition features new commissions by emerging New Zealand artists Juliet Carpenter and Biljana Popovic; a new installation by Auckland-based Janet Lilo; the first new work shown at the Gallery in 12 years by Jacqueline Fraser; and a new work by Australian artist Stuart Ringholt.

There are recent acquisitions not previously shown at the Gallery by New Zealand artists Luke Willis Thompson, Julian Dashper, et al. in collaboration with composer Samuel Holloway, Alicia Frankovich, and Australian artist Marco Fusinato. Marco Fusinato will also present his renowned Spectral Arrows performance at Auckland Art Gallery on Saturday 22 July.

Free entry
29 Years a Retrospective | Dave Roy

29 Years a Retrospective | Dave Roy

May 21 to June 3, 2017
Zeus Gallery, Tauranga

Zeus Gallery Presents Dave Roy: 29 Years a Retrospective- May 21 – June 3

Celebrate 29 years of fine art by local artist Dave Roy in retrospective exhibition. 29 years encapsulates Dave’s ever changing approach to art, and represents work from 16 solo exhibitions and countless group shows.

The National at Anna Miles Gallery

The National at Anna Miles Gallery

May 21 to May 27, 2017
Anna Miles Gallery, Auckland

Leading specialist in contemporary object art, Christchurch dealer, Caroline Billing presents Containment: featuring works by Peter Bauhuis, Vito Bila, Julie Blyfield, Robin Bold, Crystal Chain Gang, Warwick Freeman, Karl Fritsch, Gavin Hipkins, Craig McIntosh, Lindy McSwan

Purapura O Ngā Whetu | Bob Tulloch

Purapura O Ngā Whetu | Bob Tulloch

Opening Wednesday May 24, 2017 at  5:30pm
Creative Bay of Plenty – Te Moana a Toi, Tauranga

Purapura O Ngā Whetu exhibition bought to you by Creative Bay of Plenty Te Moana a Toi in partnership with Ongare Trust, previously exhibited with support from Ngati Ranginui, Te Runanga o Ngaiterangi, Ngati Pukenga and the Tauranga Arts Festival.

We are delighted to be able to exhibit these beautiful portraits of Tauranga Moana Kaumatua, as part of the schedule of events celebrating Matariki throughout May and June.

Photographed by Bob Tulloch and first commissioned and exhibited as part of the 2015 Tauranga Arts Festival, these images show the wisdom and poignancy of our elders in their twilight years.

Studio One Toi Tū Courses | Intaglio Print Plus

Studio One Toi Tū Courses | Intaglio Print Plus

Tuesday May 23, 2017 at 10am-12pm
Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland

INTAGLIO PRINT PLUS
BETH SERJEANT

Learn intaglio with printmaking artist, Beth Serjeant. Touching on the primitive and the contemporary this project focused course will cover direct/relief printing such as zinc, wood and linocut as well as an introduction to etching, polymer plate intaglio and pronto plate. Work with expressive mark making through the versatile medium of print. Beth has worked as an artist in print and bookmaking for over 30 years having collaborated with many established New Zealand writers and exhibiting her work nationally and internationally. Suitable for students at all levels.

TUESDAYS 10AM – 12PM
STARTS 23 MAY
LENGTH 6 WEEKS
COST $200
CLASS 6 MAX
MATERIALS NOT INCLUDED

Panel Discussion | Drawing: construct-connect-converse

Panel Discussion | Drawing: construct-connect-converse

Tuesday May 23, 2017 at 5:30pm
Toi Poneke Arts Centre, Wellington

In association with Drawing Open: An International Drawing Research Community recently formed at Massey University’s College of Creative Arts. Chaired by Sam Trubridge, Lisa Munnelly, Emma Febvre Richards and Maria O’Toole reflect upon the role of conversation, connectedness, and collaboration within contemporary drawing practice.

Calendar | Alex Laurie

Calendar | Alex Laurie

Wednesday May 24, 2017 at 6pm
RM, Auckland

Join us on Wednesday evening for the opening of Calendar by Alex Laurie.

 

An exhibition by Alex Laurie with text by Evangeline Riddiford Graham

Group Show | No One is Sovereign in Love

Group Show | No One is Sovereign in Love

Opening Wednesday May 24, 2017
MEANWHILE, Wellington

Dear friend and/or associate

We warmly invite you to the opening exhibition and publication launch, No One is Sovereign in Love , curated by Simon Gennard at MEANWHILE, level 2 99 Willis St, 530 Wednesday 24 May.

Freya Daly Sadgrove
Laura Duffy
Robbie Handcock
Alexandra Hollis
Ruby Joy Eade
Aliyah Winter

Sunday 28 May, 2 pm: Talking Together
readings by Freya Daly Sadgrove and Alexandra Hollis; group discussion with Ruby Joy Eade, Aliyah Winter, Laura Duffy, and Simon Gennard

Publication cover and poster design by Sean Burn

This show runs from the 25 May – 10 June
Opening hours 12 – 530, Wednesday – Saturday.

How Are You? | Simon Devitt Prize for Photography

How Are You? | Simon Devitt Prize for Photography

May 24 to June 3, 2017
George Fraser Gallery, Auckland

The Simon Devitt Prize for Photography Exhibition is now in its ninth year, showcasing the unique photographic perspectives of 16 student finalists from our architecture, contemporary art, music, dance, urban planning, and urban design disciplines.

Answering to the theme “How are You?”, the winner of this compelling competition will be awarded in recognition of the most impressive entry featured at the exhibition.

With thanks to our primary sponsor Simon Devitt for his continued support of our emerging creators.

Workshop | Space Between

Workshop | Space Between

Wednesday May 24, 2017 at 6pm
The Dowse Museum of Art, Lower Hutt

Free for Friends of The Dowse | $15 for non-members
Join The Friends of The Dowse on the night and entry is FREE
Full booking details can be found here.

The Friends of The Dowse  invite you to an informative evening with Jennifer Whitty from Space Between, an initiative at Massey University’s College of Creative Arts which addresses the wastefulness of the current textile/clothing system using design thinking. This will be a talk/interactive session on changing consumer behaviour and aims to develop competencies and more sustainable approaches to buying and using clothing.

Space Between work collaboratively with private and not-for profit partners to develop a new kind of sustainable fashion system, one that can create value for people, planet and profit. They have worked with NZ Post to take their old uniforms and turn them into the Fundamentals Range.

As part of the workshop, please bring along an item of clothing that you wear often, and another item of clothing that you don’t wear very often.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Image: Courtesy of Space Between

Death of The Brickworks | Ace Firers

Death of The Brickworks | Ace Firers

Opening Thursday May 25, 2017 at 7pm
Te Toi Uku Crown Lynn Museum, Auckland

Join us for the opening of Death of The Brickworks an installation by Mark Goody & Emily Siddell, collectively known as Ace Firers.

Emily and Mark have created a new body of work inspired by the West Auckland Brickworks including chimney pots, crocks, mantle dogs, urns and other curiosities which have been deliciously salt glazed.

The kiln outside Te Toi Uku is being used as a new display space to showcase work by contemporary potters. This space has been named Chamber which will have ongoing installations.

More info

Group Show | Joie de Vivre: The Joy of Life

Group Show | Joie de Vivre: The Joy of Life

Opening Thursday May 25,  2017 at 5:30pm
The Little Gallery, Auckland

This exhibition brings together a new collection of work by The Little Gallery’s stable of New Zealand artists, inspired by Henri Matisse’s painting, Le Bonheur de Vivre (The Joy of Life), 1905-6.

During its time Matisse’s painting sparked public outrage when first exhibited in the Salon des Indépendants, for its departure from traditionally accepted styles of painting. The work is now regarded as one of the foundations of modernism, marking a new direction for the future of painting.

Our artists were proposed to flesh out their own Joie de Vivre, whether in response to Matisse’s original version, or their own visual representation of what ‘joie de vivre’ means to them.

We envision this exhibition to be a lively, vibrant array of colours and styles, bringing as much joy to our visitors to view as our artists to create.

All are welcome to the opening event! Wine and nibbles will be served.

Image: Joie de Vivre: The Joy of Life – A new group exhibition at The Little Gallery Auckland.

Objects of Desire | Beatrice Carlson

Objects of Desire | Beatrice Carlson

Opening Friday May 26, 2017 at 6pm
Blikfang Gallery, Auckland

Celebrate the opening of the show Objects of Desire as a part of the Auckland Festival of Photography on Friday May 26, 2017.

 

 

Theatre of the Mind | Roger Ballen

Theatre of the Mind | Roger Ballen

Opening Saturday 27 May, 4pm
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland

Born in New York in 1950 and based in South Africa for over 30 years, Roger Ballen is one of the most important photographers of his generation. In his early works, Ballen’s connection to documentary traditions is clear, but his more recent series employ drawings, painting, collage and sculptural techniques. It is this invention of a hybrid aesthetic that makes Ballen’s practice distinctive. This is Ballen’s first solo exhibition in New Zealand. Read more

Image: Roger Ballen, Take Off, 2012 (detail)

Curator Tour | Roger Ballen's Theatre of the Mind

Curator Tour | Roger Ballen's Theatre of the Mind

Saturday May 27, 2017 3pm
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery

Professor Colin Rhodes, curator of Roger Ballen’s Theatre of the Mind, will give an exhibition tour, preceding the official opening at 4pm. The exhibition — a collection of 75 images drawn from the last two decades of work by photographer Roger Ballen — is conceived as five suggestive ‘theatres’: Theatre of the AbsurdTheatre of the Real and Unreal,Theatre of the Hidden, Forbidden Theatre and Theatre of the Mind.
Read more

Image: Roger Ballen, Cat and Mouse, 2001

Exhibition | Northart Mid-Year Member's Show

Exhibition | Northart Mid-Year Member's Show

Opening Sunday May 28, 2017 4pm
Northart, Auckland

While format for the latest of Northart’s popular members’ shows is fixed at 305 x 305mm, that won’t restrict the fascinating range of works selected for exhibiting by the many talented artists associated with the gallery – from paintings to photography, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture. None of the pieces will have been previously shown at Northart

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Talk | Curator Peter Simpson with Linda Tyler

Sunday May 28, 2017 at 1pm
Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland

Curator Peter Simpson in conversation with Linda Tyler, Director of the Centre for Art Studies at the University of Auckland.

Walking Clay Tour | With Robyn Mason

Walking Clay Tour | With Robyn Mason

Sunday May 28, 2017 at 1-3pm
New Lynn War Memorial, Auckland

Local historian Robyn Mason will lead a walking tour around the historic and clay-rich sites of New Lynn, visiting surviving clay remnants and uncovering stories of the West Auckland brick-making and ceramic heritage. The tour will see sites including Te Toi Uku Crown Lynn Museum, New Lynn Brickmaker’s Memorial, Peter Lange’s brick sculptures and the Ceramco House. Read more
Bookings 09 817 8087 or info@teuru.org.nz

Image: Yukihiro Taguchi

DA Type Swilling Social Night | Nicole Arnett Phillips

Friday May 28, 2017 6-8pm
Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland

You’re invited to join Brisbane-based type designer Nicole Arnett Phillips for this innovative Auckland type, wine, and design appreciation evening.

Typography (like language) is expressive as well as functional. We most often think of the expressive qualities regarding volume, tone and voice. But type can equally convey a mood, an event, a sense of place, time and culture. Sarah Hyndman (aka type tasting’s) groundbreaking research also confirmed type could express sensory characteristics like taste and smell. So, what font comes to mind when indulging in your favourite Friday night drink? That feeling of having finished your client’s last deadline and transitioning into the weekend? The relaxed smoothness of a shiraz or the delicacy of something sparkling?

Nicole Arnett Phillips (aka typographHer) likes wine *almost* as much as type. In collaboration with Design Assembly, we invite you to explore how to use visual language and typography to convey the characteristics of New Zealand’s quality wine culture.

Share a Friday night drink with other designers on Friday the 26th of May!

In this very social Masterclass we will talk, draw, swill, sniff (and probably slug!) a few wines, investigating the typographic characteristics that match what we see, feel, taste and smell before getting hands-on and designing (analogue) some wine labels that visually express the experience of each drink.

Project Kai

Project Kai

May 6 to June 25, 2017
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland

Kelston Girls’ College presents a photographic exhibition of still life that reflects the student’s interpretation of what food means to them. Throughout this project these photographers have been privileged to work with numerous professionals. Artist and founder of SaVAge K’lub Rosanna Raymond ran a word workshop which assisted in the writing of their brief, ‘The Creative Souls Project’, and supported some of the students in the creation of their still life arrangements. Finally, they worked alongside photographer Desmond Burdon learning how to photograph their work in context. The result is an intriguingly diverse range of work that celebrates individuality and culture.

 

Talk |  Wystan Curnow on Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide

Talk | Wystan Curnow on Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide

Monday May 29, 2017 at 6pm
City Gallery Wellington, Wellington

Curator Wystan Curnow talks about Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide, examining how Māori themes and subjects profoundly altered the direction and meaning of McCahon’s work just as he was reaching the height of his powers as a painter. Free event. Part of the Deane Lectures series, presented in association with Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide and supported by the Deane Endowment Trust. Cash bar available.

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Image: Wystan Curnow

Indecent Literature | Robbie Handcock

Indecent Literature | Robbie Handcock

Opening Wednesday May 31, 2017 at 5:30pm
Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington

“[d]rawing’s second-class status increases its eroticism. The more “pathetic” an erotic practise, the more I esteem it. The more “pathetic” an artistic medium, the closer it resembles my ideal sexual underground.”
–Wayne Koestenbaum, Contemporary Erotic Drawing, 2005.

Beginning with film stills and photographs from 1970s gay cinema and print erotica, Robbie Handcock’s paintings explore historic depictions of gay sexuality in order to consider contemporary queer existence. Indecent Literature comprises a suite of works that revisit canonical North American examples of gay media including the film Pink Narcissus (1971) by James Bidgood and Physique Pictorial—a quarterly magazine produced by Bob Mizer which featured young muscled men in bodybuilding poses, passing off the erotic as an interest in fitness in order to evade the period’s censorship laws.

By re-working the visual imagery from these sources through casual sketches that becomes the basis for each painting, the artist acknowledges the social and historical contexts of a particular kind of gay underground aesthetics. Engaging with the idea of a queer utopian memory, these works present a framework for looking back to moments of “sexual possibility” in order to invoke utopian visions across intergenerational divides. Through revisiting the past, Indecent Literature explores gay sexuality, its ability to reimagine and restructure notions of intimacy, and its role in resisting gay assimilationist narratives.

Whitecliffe Open Days Schedule Announced 2017

Whitecliffe Open Days Schedule Announced 2017

May 31 to August 17, 2017
Whitecliffe, Auckland 

Considering a career in Fine ArtsPhoto MediaFashion Design or Graphic Design? Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design would like to invite you to take part in our OPEN DAYS Programme for 2017. The next commencement date for the BFA programmes is February 2018, and July 2017 for our Level 4 Certificate programmes:

OUT OF TOWNERS OPEN DAY – Wednesday 31 May *

CERTIFICATES OPEN DAY – Tuesday 20 June
PHOTO MEDIA OPEN DAY – Wednesday 9 August
FINE ARTS OPEN DAY – Thursday 10 August
FASHION DESIGN OPEN DAY – Wednesday 16 August
GRAPHIC DESIGN OPEN DAY – Thursday 17 August

* All programmes are presented in the one morning. This event is intended for individuals or school groups travelling to Auckland for the day.

The Department Head will present an overview of the programme taught in Years 2, 3 and 4 of the BFA degree. You will also learn about the application process and how to prepare for the interview. The day includes observation of Year One art classes, a tour of the campus and lunch with current students who are studying in the department you are interested in. This is a great opportunity to ensure you have the knowledge to make an informed decision about your tertiary study options in arts and design.

REGISTER NOW to take the first step towards your cutting-edge career as a leader in the Creative Industries

Studio One Toi Tū Courses | Bookbinding

Studio One Toi Tū Courses | Bookbinding

Wednesday May 31, 2017 at 6-8pm
Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland

BOOKBINDING FOR SELF-PUBLISHING AND ARTISTS’ BOOKS
GABI LARDIES

Explore traditional bookbinding skills alongside self-developed techniques to create quality books with simple tools eliminating the need for a book-bindery. Be guided through binding processes, and complete a new project each week with a new book to take home. Learn about the materials used, different finishing options and ways to get experimental with the resources you need to continue your bookmaking practice.

WEDNESDAYS 6 – 8PM
STARTS 31 MAY
LENGTH 6 WEEKS
COST $220
CLASS 12 MAX
ALL MATERIALS INCLUDED

Group Show | Pūkana whakarunga! Gaze wildly to the realm above! Pūkana whakararo! Gaze wildly to the realm below!

Group Show | Pūkana whakarunga! Gaze wildly to the realm above! Pūkana whakararo! Gaze wildly to the realm below!

June 1 to June 24, 2017
Toi Poneke Arts Centre, Wellington

A collection of works from leading Māori and Pacific artists inhabit Toi Pōneke Gallery alongside a virtual showcase of taonga from The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Artists include: Kauri Hawkins, Reweti Arapere, Ngatai Taepa, Kereama Taepa, David Hakaraia, Stevei Houkamau, Robyn Kahukiwa, Lonnie Hutchinson and Reuben Paterson.

Image: Reuben Paterson Afternoon Delight 2017 glitter and synthetic polymer on canvas. Courtesy of Milford Galleries Dunedin

Talk | Learning How to Listen: Sarah Smuts-Kennedy and Natasha Conland

Thursday June 1, 2017 at 6-7pm
Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium, Auckland

Since concluding her residency in November 2016, Sarah Smuts-Kennedy has been busy working on multiple projects. Sarah’s inner city bee project “For the Love of Bees” is a social sculpture and recently featured in Paperboy Magazine.

Sarah is also in a parallel solo exhibition at Artspace alongside works from Yuki Kihara and Shannon Te Ao opening 18th May.  Her post-residency show opens in October at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery.  In early June Sarah will talk about her residency experience “In Conversation” with Natasha Conland, contemporary art curator at Auckland Art Gallery. Details as follows:

A Closer Look... | Marion Mertens

A Closer Look... | Marion Mertens

Opening Friday June 2, 2017 at 5:30pm
The Moray Gallery, Dunedin

The Moray Gallery invites Artists Alliance to join with Marion for the opening of her exhibition on Friday 2 June 2017 at 5:30pm.

The exhibition runs from Saturday 3 to Thursday 29 June 2017, images and details will be available on our website from 5 June 2017 under Exhibitions/A Closer Look…

Click here to RSVP

Real Pictures: Imaging XX

Real Pictures: Imaging XX

Sue Gee, Megan Jenkinson, Marie Shannon, Deborah Smith and Jenny Tomlin.
Curated by Nina Seja in conjunction with PhotoForum.

Exhibition | Jo Dixey

Exhibition | Jo Dixey

June 3 to July 23, 2017
Whakatane Museum and Arts Whakatāne Community Board Gallery, Whakatane

Applying traditional embroidery techniques to create contemporary works connected with the modern world.

The Accessories of a Mystical Globetrotter | Christina Conrad

The Accessories of a Mystical Globetrotter | Christina Conrad

Opening Saturday June 3, 2017 at 5pm
Pierre Peeters Gallery, Auckland

Sydney-based Christina Conrad will read from her poetry at the opening at Tivoli Gallery, Oneroa, Waiheke. Pierre Peeters and Claire Ulenberg of the Pierre Peeters Gallery will launch the exhibition.

I am a timid child flung by an invisible force into the dark realm of my mother’s long hallway. 

I see myself on quavering legs, a mysterious power fills me, the white fire of my central eye penetrates the great looming shadows of life upon life, the masks – skeletons of those lives gyrate around me. 

I become part of the ancient bodiless life. Each life the same play, different voices, different faces, stored in the bloody cage of the heart, the miser’s vault – the mind. 

I see myself in a schoolroom sharing a double desk of ancient wood with metal legs. On the lid of the desk, hundreds of names scarred in the wood. On the double seat next to me a girl sits. On her head above of her high polished forehead a blue bow trembles. She puts her hand inside my side of the double desk. The hand takes my fat chalks; the hand puts them in her side of the double desk.                          
CONRAD in conversation with poet Gene Tanta. Chicago, Feb, 2011

Todo el Mundo es Kitsch Art | Blake and Raytown

Todo el Mundo es Kitsch Art | Blake and Raytown

Sunday June 3, 2017 at 3-7pm
58 Surrey Crescent, Grey Lynn

Come and indulge yourself at my first and foremost solo exhibition at the very eloquent, the very tight, Sans Studio.

Todo el Mundo es Kitsch will be presenting original paintings from both myself, and the extremely mysterious, highly elusive Raytown.

Bring a friend, or bring that rich uncle of yours and most importantly, drink all of the beer.

We hope it will be an enriching experience for you all. And promise the release of all 7 Chakras.

Blake & Raytown

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OzTZtfbPx70

Call for Applications | Artists Alliance Internship 2017

Call for Applications | Artists Alliance Internship 2017

Artists Alliance Administration and Programmes Intern
Deadline Wednesday June 5, 2017

The Artists Alliance Internship Programme 2017 is now calling for applications from recent graduates for a fixed term, paid internship with Artists Alliance. The aim of the programme is to provide a valuable opportunity for graduates to obtain significant work experience in the art industry. The programme has been made possible with generous funding from Foundation North.

Artists Alliance is the national organisation for visual artists. Established in 1991, Artists Alliance has represented and advanced the professional interests of the visual artists of Aotearoa/New Zealand for 25 years. In providing resources, career advice, networks and advocacy Artists Alliance is the trusted source of information for the visual arts sector.

Eligibility

For the purposes of this internship programme those eligible to apply will need to have graduated within the past five years (from 2012 onwards) with a New Zealand Visual Arts tertiary level qualification. The applicant must be based in Auckland for the duration of the internship.

Position Title

Administration and Programmes Intern
Reporting to: Maggie Gresson

Location: Artists Alliance Offices, 1b Ponsonby Road, Newton, Auckland

Tasks / Key Responsibilities

Tasks will include but not be limited to:

  • Assisting in the upkeep of office systems and databases (training and mentoring will be provided)
  • Sourcing, uploading and managing content on the Artists Alliance website (www.artistsalliance.org.nz) and blog (artistsallianceblog.com) and other social media
  • Preparing and distributing monthly regional newsletters
  • Assisting with the organisation, planning and execution of Artists Alliance events, workshops and other programmes
  • Assisting in general office tasks

Artists Alliance is a small organisation where everybody works on a variety of tasks and projects. For the Administration and Programmes Intern we are looking for someone to make their own contribution to the opportunity, alongside the core responsibilities.

Desired Attributes

  • Knowledge of the arts sector
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proven written skills
  • Flexibility and adaptability in managing multiple priorities
  • Excellent time management skills
  • High level of professionalism
  • Initiative and motivation
  • Reliability and promptness
  • Advanced PC skills including Microsoft Office Suite
  • Some experience in InDesign and MYOB a bonus

Timeframe and Remuneration

The internship will consist of a fixed term contract for 24 hours per week for a 24 week period beginning Monday July 3, 2017. Remuneration will be $18 per hour.

How to Apply

Please email your CV including two referees and a covering letter explaining why you think you would be suitable for the above position to: Maggie Gresson maggie@artistsalliance.org.nz

Deadline for Applications

Applications must be completed in full and emailed to Artists Alliance no later than 5pm Monday June 5, 2017. Interviews will take place the week of Monday June 12 – Friday June 16. Applicants must be available for a potential interview during this week. If you live outside of Auckland a Skype interview can be arranged.

Exhibition | Star Gossage

Exhibition | Star Gossage

June 5 to September 2017
Opus Gallery, Whakatane

Immerse yourself in the wistful dreamscapes of leading Māori artist Star Gossage, presenting paintings inspired by her ancestral homeland – Pakiri Beach.

Workshop | Reductive Woodblock Printing with Toni Mosely

Workshop | Reductive Woodblock Printing with Toni Mosely

Tuesdays starts June 6, 2017 at 12-2pm runs for 4 weeks
Te Tuhi, Auckland

This course is to build on ‘Introduction to Woodblock’ or for those have always wanted to try printing several colours from one block. We will use one block to carve and print from during the course. Some materials will be provided but there will be a small fee for Blocks, Ink and Paper. If you already own materials please bring along the first class. Also bring an apron or an old shirt to work in.

ABOUT THE TUTOR:

Toni Mosley is an artist printmaker originally from Colorado/ Wyoming, she has a Masters of Fine Arts degree from The State University of New York in Buffalo. She has exhibited in New Zealand and Internationally, and her work is also held in many private and public collections.

Click here to book

 

Studio One Toi Tū Courses | Breaking Borders

Studio One Toi Tū Courses | Breaking Borders

Thursday June 8, 2017 at 6:30-8pm
Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland

BREAKING BORDERS
HAN NAE KIM

Explore mediums and techniques through unlimited ideas and play. Embrace art and art making with a different approach to push the boundaries of what we consider as drawing, painting or sculpture. Experiment through a series of process-oriented practices, which will incorporate the intervention of immediacy and haphazard mark-making. Han Nae will suggest different methodologies and processes as you translate your ideas into tangible forms while being introduced to different techniques and how to combine dry and wet mediums such as charcoal, oil sticks, ink, shellac and watercolour.

THURSDAYS 6.30 – 9PM
STARTS 8 JUNE
LENGTH 4 WEEKS
COST $110
CLASS 12 MAX
MATERIALS NOT INCLUDED

Solo Exhibition | Fraser Chatham

Solo Exhibition | Fraser Chatham

Opening Friday June 9, 2017 6-9pm
Olly, Auckland

Come and check out Fraser Chatham’s solo exhibition on Friday the 9th of June at Olly.

Fraser’s abstract photographic compositions attempt to strip back the photographic medium to purely colour, light and form.
The work is created through technical studio lighting and postproduction processes to create clean graphic images.

We would love to see you there!

Symposium | On an Island: Len Lye, Robert Graves and Laura Riding

Symposium | On an Island: Len Lye, Robert Graves and Laura Riding

Friday June 9, 2017 at 10am-5pm
Pat Hanan Room (Arts 2 501) University of Auckland, Auckland

FREE

Email enquiries and registrations to: symposium@govettbrewster.com

This year the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery published Len Lye and Robert Graves’ ‘joint announcement’, Individual Happiness Now, a 1941 essay calling for a definition of freedom in the face of rising fascism. Previously unpublished, this collaboration between the New Zealand-born artist and the acclaimed British writer is now a deeply relevant statement for contemporary politics.

Behind the publishing of Individual Happiness Now is the Govett-Brewster’s current exhibition On an Island: Len Lye, Robert Graves and Laura Riding, a survey of Lye’s working relationship with Graves and his partner, the American poet and critic Laura Riding. To accompany the exhibition, the Govett-Brewster brings together scholars from New Zealand and Australia to expand upon the work and confluence of these influential Modernist figures.

Talk | McCahon House: History and Mythology with Vivienne Stone, Aaron Lister, Shannon Te Ao

Talk | McCahon House: History and Mythology with Vivienne Stone, Aaron Lister, Shannon Te Ao

Monday June 12, 2017 at 6pm
City Gallery Wellington, Wellington

In the 1950s, McCahon and his family lived in the Titirangi bush, in a small house, where he painted some of his most important works. The house now operates as a museum and artist residency. McCahon House Director Vivienne Stone reflects on its history and programme. Curator Aaron Lister explores artists’ responses to the house, including projects by Martin Basher, Ben Cauchi and Glen Hayward. Artist Shannon Te Ao discusses his work Untitled (McCahon House Studies).

Part of the Deane Lectures series, presented in association with Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide and supported by the Deane Endowment Trust.

Cash bar.
Free event

BOOK NOW

Talk | McCahon House: History and Mythology with Vivienne Stone, Aaron Lister, Shannon Te Ao

Monday June 12, 2017 at 6pm
City Gallery Wellington, Wellington

In the 1950s, McCahon and his family lived in the Titirangi bush, in a small house, where he painted some of his most important works. The house now operates as a museum and artist residency. McCahon House Director Vivienne Stone reflects on its history and programme. Curator Aaron Lister explores artists’ responses to the house, including projects by Martin Basher, Ben Cauchi and Glen Hayward. Artist Shannon Te Ao discusses his work Untitled (McCahon House Studies).

Part of the Deane Lectures series, presented in association with Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide and supported by the Deane Endowment Trust.

Cash bar.

BOOK NOW

Return to Paradise and Peace | Ana Teofilo

Return to Paradise and Peace | Ana Teofilo

June 13 to July 1, 2017
Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland

Emerging artist Ana Teofilo (NZ born Samoan), who graduated with a Bachelor of visual Arts in 2013, and a Masters in 2015, is a very talented and inventive artist whose roots are firmly based around her traditional Samoan heritage.  This will be Teofilo’s first solo exhibition in Auckland.

Image: “Nga Huia” (Tiki), Tapu Head series, Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40cm, 2017, $2,500

Exult | For Arts Sake Conference the Bay of Plenty

Exult | For Arts Sake Conference the Bay of Plenty

Thursday June 15, 2017
Historic Village, Tauranga

Are you an Art Practitioner? Want to learn more about sustainability, social enterprise, funding, memberships, donorship, collaborations, hear about successful art and business model projects and learn more about crowdfunding? In a nutshell – how can you make your arts practice work for you?

EXULT – Helping non-profits grow – have joined forces with a number of local and national organisations to bring its first For Arts Sake Conference to the Bay of Plenty. As usual for Exult events, BayTrust has sponsored a subsidy for BOP locals.
This should be a fantastic day of networking, ideas, inspiration and advice.
Check out the website for more information and registration details.

http://www.exult.co.nz/index.php/arts-sake-programme/

Judge’s Tour | Estuary Art and Ecology Prize 2017

Judge’s Tour | Estuary Art and Ecology Prize 2017

Thursday June 15, 2017 at 6-7pm
Malcolm Smith Gallery, Auckland

Join 2017 Judge Ane Tonga for an insight into this year’s Awards including commentary on the Award Winners.

Ane Tonga is an artist and curator. Currently, she is the Lead Exhibitions Curator at Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa and has also held curatorial roles at City Gallery Wellington, The Dowse Art Museum and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Nimble Web Workshops

Nimble Web Workshops

Learn how to create and update your own creative portfolio website in a supportive, low stress, small group environment

Studio One Toi Tū Courses | Cinematography with Super 8

Studio One Toi Tū Courses | Cinematography with Super 8

Saturday June 17, 2017 at 10am-4pm
Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland

CINEMATOGRAPHY WITH SUPER 8
IAN POWELL

Initially designed to meet the needs of the amateur, Super 8 film is now sought after by professionals and artists for its unique look. In this hands-on workshop you will shoot and project one cartridge of your own black and white Super 8 film. In the process you will learn the basics of analogue cinematography and develop confidence to make your own movies.

SAT 17 & SAT 24 JUNE, 10AM – 4PM
LENGTH 2 WEEKS
COST $150
CLASS 10 MAX
INCLUDES ONE CARTRIDGE OF BLACK AND WHITE FILM. PROCESSING BY REVERSAL AND SCANNING TO A DIGITAL FILE.

Bird Illustration Workshop | Estuary Art and Ecology Prize 2017

Bird Illustration Workshop | Estuary Art and Ecology Prize 2017

Saturday June 17, 2017 at 1-4pm
Malcolm Smith Gallery, Auckland

Learn about the bird species in the Tamaki Estuary and learn to use pen and watercolour wash to create beautiful illustrations with multi-award winning artist Ginette Wang.

Ginette Wang is a multi- award winning New Zealand watercolour artist, illustrator, published author and teacher, residing in Auckland. While Ginette is well-versed in many media, in recent years, she has developed a deep love for watercolour in both Western and Chinese free style painting.

$69 incl. materials

Register via exhibitions@uxbridge.org.nz

Talk | Gregory O’Brien on Holy Water: McCahon, James K Baxter, the Beach Walk and the New Land

Talk | Gregory O’Brien on Holy Water: McCahon, James K Baxter, the Beach Walk and the New Land

Saturday June 17, 2017 at 3pm
City Gallery Wellington, Wellington

Writer and curator Gregory O’Brien responds to Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide, highlighting the artist’s non-conformist relationship with Catholicism, his enduring love of poetry, and his reverence towards nature. Free event.

Image: Colin McCahon Tui Carr celebrates Muriwai Beach 1972, private collection, courtesy Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney. Courtesy Colin McCahon Research and Publication Trust.

Exhibition | Art for Education

Exhibition | Art for Education

June 30 to July 2, 2017
449 Mount Eden Rd, Auckland

Join us in raising money and awareness for the millions of girls around the world who are being excluded from education due to discrimination, poverty and war.

‘Art for Education’ is bringing together an eclectic range of New Zealand artists to sell pieces for the Malala Fund. This organisation helps facilitate the education of girls in places such as Syrian Refugee camps and Nigeria where many are missing out on this basic human right. A percentage of each art sale will go to the Malala Fund.

Come along on the opening evening for a night of art, drinks, nibbles and jazz, or visit us on Saturday or Sunday.

Friday June 30th 5:30pm-10:30pm
Saturday July 1st 11:00am-6:00pm
Sunday July 2nd 11:00am-6:00pm

~FREE ENTRY- donations welcome~

The show will include works from:
Toni Gill (@toni_gill)
Sophie Miya-Smith (@sophiemiyas)
Sophie Blazey
Nic Little (@nic.little)
Melissa Young
Maxi Quy (@maxiquy)
Mark Rayner
Lizzie Snow (@fortyonehundred)
Kate Bedford
Karlin Morrison Raju
Jeffrey Kirby
Holly Schroder (@schroder_art)
Henry Christian-Slane
Henrietta Harris
Geo Smith (@linesbygeoxsmith)
Gabi Lardies
Fern Ngatai
Ella Stanford (@ella_stanford)
Connor Crawford
Chippy
Cait Johnson
Benjamin Gary Richards
ahnand.unka
Amy Bridgford (Takatu Studio)
Annie Sandano

Thanks to our great sponsors at Brothers Beer, SignFX, Little Bite Creations and Lux & Co Interior Design.

Pop Up Mobile Gallery | Arthouse Revolution

Pop Up Mobile Gallery | Arthouse Revolution

Arthouse Revolution is a free community based project, showcasing the work of local amateur artists. A pop-up gallery that travels the country, exhibiting art, by the people, for the people.

Some of our most talented local artists don’t have an outlet, or never make it into our galleries because of the costs associated with securing exhibition space. Arthouse Revolution aims to make art as freely accessible as possible, and in doing so, grow the profile of our local arts community.

Arthouse Revolution is asking for your help with the project. Check out the website: http://www.arthouserevolution.com

And donate on Boosted: https://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/arthouse-revolution