Art Writing Workshop | Lana Lopesi

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!

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

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.

TUTORS | Visual Arts tutors

TUTORS | Visual Arts tutors

Closing date: Sunday December 31

Seeking confident tutors to be part of the Incubator’s Art learning space – The Artery

Confident, experienced tutors with own database and followers – The Incubator practices a ‘DIT’ Do it together philosophy to create a cohesive art community.

Classes can be self managed or managed by the Incubator team- both supported and promoted for maximum attendance.

The Artery offers an extensive arts learning programme which encapsulates a dynamic and diverse range of workshops, classes, presentations and to encourage adults to connect through creative learning.

Already The Artery has established itself as a well-respected provider of arts classes that have produced far-reaching outcomes. Not just the art created, but the friendships, the community involvement and the new groups of learners, connected by an artery.

When funding was cut to adult education, there opened a void that needed to be filled and quickly. It serves as a forum to connect people outside the workplace or home. The Artery does this very well and has already seen the emergence of The Incubator Ceramics Club,The Artery Printmaking Club and The Incubator’s own poetry group, whose roots were founded in The Artery.

The range of classes and learning opportunities already  supplied by The Artery includes creative writing, printmaking, pottery, harakeke weaving, sculpture, art welding, silversmithing and more.

Our of town tutors are welcome to suggest workshops and classes as we provide weekday and weekend workshops.

For any enquiries please email mail@theincubator.co.nz

Dark Horizons | Abdul Abdullah, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah & Khaled Sabsabi

Dark Horizons | Abdul Abdullah, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah & Khaled Sabsabi

Artist Talk | Sunday August 27 at 2.30pm
Sunday August 27, 2017 to Monday January 22, 2018
Pataka Art + Museum, Wellington

Dark Horizons is a suite of three interconnected solo exhibitions by Abdul Abdullah, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah and Khaled Sabsabi. Each of these artists presents an individual contemplation on migration and multiculturalism explored through sculpture, film, photography and painting. Through a process of personal introspection, the artists shed light on our own complicity in contributing to the economic, environmental and social conditions afflicting our international neighbours.

Kerry Ann Lee | Fruits in the Backwater

Kerry Ann Lee | Fruits in the Backwater

Opening Sunday August 27 at 2pm
Sunday August 27, 2017 to Monday January 22, 2018
Pataka Art + Museum, Wellington

Wellington-based artist Kerry Ann Lee’s new installation celebrates Aotearoa New Zealand as a remote archipelago – a place where diversity has a chance to grow roots deeper than it might in more densely populated centres.

Photographic cut-outs of tantalizing images from glossy commercial advertising are suspended amongst lightboxes with locally-specific references. This installation has the look and feel of a glossy tourism brochure, but it’s fractured and verging on rupture as Lee takes stock of the cultural nuances that make us who we are.

Nandita Kumar | Tentacles of Dimensions and Birth of BrainFly

Nandita Kumar | Tentacles of Dimensions and Birth of BrainFly

Sunday August 27, 2017 to Monday January 22, 2018
Pataka Art + Museum, Wellington

Nandita Kumar is a new-media artist who creates immersive environmental spaces using sound, video, animation and digital technology. Her installations, interactive sculptures and animations seamlessly integrate new media, highlighting contradictions within the techno-industrial revolution and natural landscape.

Pātaka will be exhibiting two of Nandita’s animated short films: Birth of BrainFly – a surreal exploration of the fragmentation of identity the artist experienced when she migrated from India to New Zealand; and Tentacles of Dimensions – another surreal journey of a brain, now  unplugged from  its cultural programming and indulging purely in the senses.

Both films include adult content, discretion is advised.

Bridget Reweti | Irihanga

Bridget Reweti | Irihanga

Saturday September 9 2017 to January 2018
Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga

Wellington-based artist Bridget Reweti (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi), who is originally from Tauranga Moana, has created an installation highlighting the 150 years since the Tauranga Bush Campaign that resulted in the raupatu (confiscation) of Tauranga Moana. Drawing on Pai Marire iconography and native flora, Reweti’s work portrays the complex ecosystem of the Kaimai, the area where the scorched earth policy was most intensely enforced.

Irihanga, which means to suspend or to hang, references various devices that have been used throughout early colonial history in Aotearoa. Haki (flags) and heke (rafters in a meeting house) have at various times both been employed as a way to communicate unification, dissension or to signal change.

Aberhart Starts Here | Laurence Aberhart

Aberhart Starts Here | Laurence Aberhart

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

Iconic and unseen early photographs of Christchurch by Laurence Aberhart

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

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Summer Residencies | New Zealand Pacific Studio

Summer Residencies | New Zealand Pacific Studio

Applications close Wednesday January 31, 2018

SUMMER OPPORTUNITY

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

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

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

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

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

HOW TO APPLY

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

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

Please keep your document under 1mb, thank you.

Applications are also accepted on a year-round basis.

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

Geometry | Group Show

Geometry | Group Show

Saturday September 23, 2017 to Sunday January 14, 2018
Waikato Museum | Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, Hamilton

Artists from almost every culture create art that is based upon geometric shapes. Everything in nature has a shape, so the very nature of drawing from nature is an attempt at recreating geometric shapes. At times, abstraction employs only pure shapes to create imagery. Pure geometric abstraction is interested in nothing other than creating illusion of depth, distance and scale by the use of line, colour, tonal scale and contrast.

Heaven to Earth, Northland Under the Stars

Heaven to Earth, Northland Under the Stars

Saturday September 23 to Saturday January 13, 2018
TeKōngahu Museum of Waitangi, Waitangi

A new exhibition will open at TeKōngahu Museum of Waitangi on Saturday 23rd September. Heaven to Earth, Northland Under the Stars, is an astrophotographic map of Northland through the eye of Kerikeri photographer Chris Pegman.

25 images will be on display, showcasing Northland at night, accompanied by 25 complementary smaller day images. Works include Astro Doggy (Matai Bay), Surfer at the Gates of Dawn (Matapia Rock, 90 Mile Beach), TaneMahuta Under the Stars and Watcher of the Skies (Rainbow Warrior Memorial).

Chris Pegman says: “Some people see bugs and details. I’m wired such that I’m always turning my head side to side (at least 180 degrees) onsite contemplating panoramas. I feel in awe of the scene before me and I yearn to capture the emotion along with the hugeness of it. I’m so often aware when in front of a landscape or a night sky that there’s more to life than just this Earth. It’s my hope that viewers see that from many of my images. There is so much for me to capture up here, particularly when you consider Northland’s beautiful clear air which is ideal for my astrophotographic work”.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds Collections & Public Programmes Coordinator Caitlin Timmer-Arends explains the idea for the exhibition sprang during a meeting with Chris enquiring about taking photos at the Treaty Grounds. “When he showed us one of his amazing photographs, the planning of the exhibition started. It has been a year of hard work, with unreliable weather and night shoots on top of full days of work. People wanting to find out more about Chris’s work and astrophotography should come along on 1st December from 6 to 7pm, when Chris is giving a talk about his work”.

Roger Ballen's Theatre of the Mind

Roger Ballen's Theatre of the Mind

Saturday September 23 2017 to January 2018
Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga

Roger Ballen is one of the most important photographers of his generation. He was born in New York in 1950 but has been living and working in South Africa for over 30 years. Over the past thirty years his distinctive style of photography has evolved using a simple square format in stark and beautiful black and white. In his earlier works his connection to the tradition of documentary photography is clear but through the 1990s he developed a style he describes as ‘ballenesque’.

In his recent series he has employed drawings, painting, collage and sculptural techniques to create elaborate sets. Ballen has invented a new hybrid aesthetic in these works but one still rooted firmly in photography.

He has published over 20 books internationally, most recently The Theatre of Apparitions (Thames & Hudson, UK).  Since 2014 he has held over 50 solo exhibitions worldwide. This autumn will also see the publication of a retrospective of Ballen’s career – entitled Ballenesque.

Call for submissions | The Grace Butler Memorial Foundation Award at Ara

Call for submissions | The Grace Butler Memorial Foundation Award at Ara

Submissions close December 15, 2017

  • The Grace Butler Memorial Foundation Award at Ara consists of a three month residency, inclusive of a grant of $20,000 and studio at Ara School of Art and Design.
  • The Award is for an artist who has an association with Canterbury whose work “gives consideration to place and environment – natural and/or built.”
  • The Grace Butler Memorial Foundation Award at Ara was established by the artist’s daughter, Grace Adams (1923 – 2012), and the Grace Butler Memorial Foundation.
  • For more than four decades Grace Butler captured the light and colour of Canterbury, particularly the Arthur’s Pass region and New Brighton. Her paintings bridged the divide between 19th century landscape painting and the modernity and regionalism of the 1930s.
  • As a woman artist, working in the early decades of the 20th century, Grace Butler’s paintings provided a model for the generation that followed, giving credibility to landscape as an appropriate subject for women artists.
  • The selection panel for the inaugural award is; Lecturer in Art History and Theory at the University of Canterbury, Barbara Garrie, artist Jacquelyn Greenbank, and curator at the Christchurch Art Gallery, Peter Vangioni.
  • The Grace Butler Memorial Foundation says that it is “honoured and excited to be supporting the work of contemporary Canterbury artists and for the legacy of Grace Butler to contribute to advancing the visual arts in New Zealand for generations to come.”
  •  Requests for submissions from artists for the Award are now requested, closing December 15 2017 with the inaugural recipient announced in February 2018.

For full details and to complete an entry form go to:  www.gracebutleraward.org.nz

Mentor Expressions of Interest | Artists Alliance Mentoring Programme

Mentor Expressions of Interest | Artists Alliance Mentoring Programme

The Artists Alliance is now calling for expressions of interest from experienced visual arts practitioners to be mentors on our 2018 Mentoring Programme. The aim of the programme is to provide a valuable opportunity for emerging artists to focus on their career with the help of an experienced mentor. The programme has been made possible with generous funding from Foundation North.

Mentors will provide advice and guidance in the following ways:
• Providing advice about professional practice
• By helping to develop the skills needed for effective networking and approaching curators in public institutions and dealers in private galleries
• Assisting with the completion of applications and proposals for exhibition involvement.
• Giving an open dialogue and practical direction for discussing ideas
• Giving mentees the confidence to pursue a career in the visual arts once they have left the supportive structure of the art school environment

Matched mentors will be receiving a total of $1000 (Inclusive of GST) for 20 hrs mentoring in 2018. Payment schedule will see the mentor receive half at the beginning of the mentorship and half upon completion.
In addition to payment, each mentor on the Mentoring Programme will receive a complimentary membership to Artists Alliance for the year (valued at $84).

Mentor Pool – Who is guiding the future of New Zealand Art?
The Artists Alliance Mentoring Programme has a large pool of mentors to draw on which means each accepted mentee will be appropriately matched with the best arts practitioner in terms of what the mentee wishes to achieve. The programme will take into consideration (but is not limited to); the medium they work in, the networks they are hoping to develop; and where they would like to situate themselves within the art world both in New Zealand and internationally.

To Register Your Interest, Please Provide:
• A brief outline of your practice and experience
• What you aim to achieve by participating in this programme
• A Curriculum Vitae

Email to: Maggie Gresson maggie@artistsalliance.org.nz

Deadline for Applications
Applications must be in PDF format, to be received by Artists Alliance no later than Monday, January 15, 2018.

What is Artists Alliance?
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 over 25 years. In providing resources, career advice, networks and advocacy Artists Alliance is the trusted source of information for the visual arts sector. To learn more go to the About Page.

Artists Alliance is a not-for-profit organisation which receives valuable income from their members and other stakeholders. The Mentoring Programme is funded by Foundation North.

Leading Ladies | Group Show

Leading Ladies | Group Show

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

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

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

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

Landlines | Juliet Novena

Landlines | Juliet Novena

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

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

Four exhibitions | Adam Art Gallery

Four exhibitions | Adam Art Gallery

Openings Friday October 13, 6–8pm.
Exhibitions run from Saturday October 14 to Thursday December 21, 2017
Adam Art Gallery, Wellington

Please join us for the opening of our final exhibitions for 2017 at Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi.

From the College Collection

What Remains, The Karori Commission
Anna Sanderson, Gavin Hipkins, Philip Kelly

Future Islands: The New Zealand Exhibition at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale

Apparitionsthe photograph and its image
Curated by Geoffrey Batchen and his Honours students

Apparitions | the photograph and its image

Apparitions | the photograph and its image

Talk: Collecting Photography, with Geoffrey Batchen | Saturday December 16, 2pm
Saturday October 14 to Sunday December 17 2017
Adam Art Gallery, Wellington

Curated by Geoffrey Batchen and his Honours students

Apparitions examines the dissemination of photographic images during photography’s earliest decades. Curated by Geoffrey Batchen and his 2017 Honours class, the show draws on both private and public collections (including Te Papa, the Turnbull Library and the Auckland Museum). Apparitions displays rare daguerreotypes from England, France, Germany, and the United States, calotypes by photography’s English inventor William Henry Fox Talbot, and lithographs, wood engravings, steel engravings and other illustrations based on early photographs. The focus is on the reproducibility and mobility of the photographic image.

Apparitions is supported by the Ronald Woolf Memorial Endowment.

Image courtesy of Adam Art Gallery

Future Islands | The New Zealand Exhibition at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale

Future Islands | The New Zealand Exhibition at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale

Saturday October 14 to Sunday December 17 2017
Adam Art Gallery, Wellington

Future Islands was the New Zealand exhibition at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. Drawing on narratives of islands as sites of possibility, or of other ways of living, Future Islands presents built, not-yet-built and speculative projects by fifty architectural practices from throughout New Zealand. Reconceived as models that perch on an archipelago of ‘island’ forms suspended to take full advantage of the Adam Art Gallery’s unusual spaces, the exhibition uses sophisticated yacht-building technology, recycled materials, audio-visuals and hand-crafted elements, to offer new, often-unsettling perspectives on architecture in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Public Programmes

Saturday December 2, 2pm
Nick Bevin gives a personal account of the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale

Join architect Nick Bevin (of Bevin & Slessor) as he recounts his experiences as a guide at the Future Islands exhibition during its time in Venice. We’ll hear about the exhibition in the context of the wider Venice Architecture Biennale, who visited, and their impressions of the New Zealand pavilion.

Thursday December 7, 5.30pm
Short stories: featuring Kylee Herbert, Christine Norman, Robin Aitken, Chris Kelly and Jesse Matthews

In our second Architects Talk, we hear stories about Wellington architects and their buildings, several of which are featured in the Future Islands exhibition.

Image courtesy of Adam Art Gallery

Glen Hayward | dendrochronology

Glen Hayward | dendrochronology

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

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

Grahame Sydney | Etched in Time

Grahame Sydney | Etched in Time

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

Early works from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Collection

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

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

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

Louise Menzies | Gorgon Malkin Witch

Louise Menzies | Gorgon Malkin Witch

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

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

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The Future Machine | Group Show

The Future Machine | Group Show

Saturday October 14 2017 to January 2018
Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga

In this group exhibition, Tauranga Art Gallery has conceived its own future machine to explore ideas of city and community. The Future Machine will infiltrate the central city environs, highlighting some of the more surprising imagery, historical and physical spaces we have in our own backyard.

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

Andrew Mcleod

Andrew Mcleod

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

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

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

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

Martin Poppelwell | Index

Martin Poppelwell | Index

Saturday October 21, 2017 to Sunday January 21, 2018
Waikato Museum | Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, Hamilton

This exhibition, toured by Hastings City Art Gallery, exhibits a new body of work from Hawke’s Bay artist Martin Poppelwell.

This idiosyncratic look at the alphabet uses images and icons that Poppelwell has built up over years. Exploring the idea of the ‘alphabet’, the project is an acknowledgement of how in the context of New Zealand, te reo Maaori is entirely integral to how we think about English.

Oriental Painting Class

Oriental Painting Class

Tuesday October 24 to Tuesday December 12, 2017 | 9.30-11.30am
Studio 1 WSA Art School, Hamilton

To enrol in the class please contact
artschool@wsa.org.nz
07 839 1018
120 Victoria st, 3240

Ex-ante | Group Show

Ex-ante | Group Show

Opening Friday October 27, 6pm
Exhibition runs from Friday October 27 to Friday December 22, 2017
Artspace, Auckland

Fiona Amundsen, Tanya Busse and Emilija Škarnulytė, Seamus Harahan, Chia-Wei Hsu, Susan Schuppli

Utilising observation, forensic, and analytical strategies, the work of six artists offer cinematic approaches to capturing community-based realities. Through their exhibition, and a series of reading groups and events, ‘Ex-ante’ is interested in tying stories and storytelling from the Canadian North, Northern Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, and Aotearoa.

Public Programmes
Saturday November 18, 3pm 
| Screening event
Saturday November 25, 2pm | Open reading group
Tuesday November 28, 6pm
 | Artist talk with Fiona Amundsen and Chia-Wei Hsu
Saturday December 2, 2pm
 | Open reading group
Thursday December 14, 6pm | Open reading group

Image: Chia-Wei Hsu, ‘Huai Mo Village’ 2012, one-channel video installation, 08:20 (still).

Harry Culy | Rose Hill

Harry Culy | Rose Hill

Opening Wednesday November 1, at 5.30pm
Exhibition runs from Wednesday November 1 to Friday December 22, 2017
Parlour Projects, Hastings

Parlour is pleased to present Rose Hill, an exhibition of new work by Harry Culy that documents and explores the wider Hawke’s Bay region.

Te Ahi Pūmau | Group show

Te Ahi Pūmau | Group show

Opening Wednesday November 1, 6-8 pm
Exhibition runs from Wednesday November 2, 2017 to January 12, 2018
Te Toi Uku – Crown Lynn & Clayworks Museum, Auckland

Te Toi Uku and Auckland Festival of Ceramics present – Te Ahi Pūmau

An installation by Ngā Kaihanga Uku – Māori Clay Collective. Featuring nine of the collective’s members – Baye Riddell, Rhonda Halliday, Davina Duke, Stevei Houkamau, Hera Johns, Dorothy Waetford, Amorangi Hikuroa, Todd Douglas, Carla Ruka and Karuna Douglas.

Te Ahi Pūmau is the inner fire that burns within artists; it is the enduring and consistent fire that cooks ceramics in the kiln; it is the drive into the future and the eternal flame from the past.

Image: Carla Ruka, Whakahono (from Hineukurangi Series) from the private collection of Alec Nathan. Photographer Mervyn Atkinson

Strangely Familiar | Wayne Youle

Strangely Familiar | Wayne Youle

Friday November 3, 2017 to Sunday January 7, 2018
Waikato Museum | Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, Hamilton

Curated by Helen Kedgley, this exhibition consists of a series of bold, stylised portraits of well-known, recognisable New Zealand art world personalities Wayne Youle admires – from Ralph Hotere to Rita Angus to Philip Clairmont.

For some years now, Youle has been investigating the relationship between the current generation of New Zealand artists and the heroic modernists, highlighting the cross-connections between them. In his current series of portraits, he pays homage to the way artists connect across time in an ongoing visual conversation. He paints portraits of artists, both historical and contemporary, who have influenced his practice in some way – writers, poets, musicians and visual artists who have shaped our culture.

MATATAU | Group Show

MATATAU | Group Show

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

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

Sally Burton | Pale History

Sally Burton | Pale History

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

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

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

Portage Ceramic Awards 2017

Portage Ceramic Awards 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Gordon Walters | New Vision

Gordon Walters | New Vision

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

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

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

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

Sculpture in the Gardens 2017-2018

Sculpture in the Gardens 2017-2018

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

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

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

Serene Velocity in Practice: MC510/CS183 | Michael Stevenson

Serene Velocity in Practice: MC510/CS183 | Michael Stevenson

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

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

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

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

Notes Towards a Speculative Fiction

Notes Towards a Speculative Fiction

Opening Celebration Monday November 13, 6pm
Exhibition runs from Tuesday November 14, 2017 to Sunday January 21, 2018
Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland

There is a Kingdom; there is a King.

Tim greeted me at his front door. He led me in to the ballroom where I was struck by plush deep blue wallpaper and the warmth of a roaring fire. I immediately joined Cosmos his pet unicorn by the hearth.

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Image: Tim Thatcher, The Moment of Flames (2003), acrylic and varnish on board.

Red Gate Residency | Open Call for Winter (December 2017-February 2018)

Red Gate Residency | Open Call for Winter (December 2017-February 2018)

Deadline: Rolling, until spaces are filled.

Red Gate Residency is now accepting applications for December 2017 to February 2018.

Experience temple fairs, fireworks, and red lanterns on every corner during China’s most important festival, Chunjie (Chinese New Year), which runs from February 16-March 2.

Red Gate Residency provides artists, curators, writers, and academics an opportunity to live and create work in China. We work with artists who can organize their own funds or have received grants to cover their residency. Spaces are filling up quickly so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible!

Included in the residency program:
‣ Living/working space
‣ Airport pickup
‣ Welcome dinner
‣ Survival Chinese language and culture workshop
‣ Artist talks
‣ Open Studios event
Residents are responsible for:
‣ Program fee
‣ Visa fees
‣ Airfare
‣ Living expenses
‣ Materials costs

Introduction to Red Gate Residency | 红门国际艺术家驻地项目简介

Red Gate Residency is one of the largest and longest-running International artist residency programs providing artists, curators, writers, and academics with the opportunity to live and create work in China.

Our objective is to provide facilities for artists to easily start their projects and offer a community in which they can participate as much as they like. Residents have a choice of living in downtown apartments or self-contained studio/lofts on the north side of Beijing.

As a member of China Residencies, ResArtis, Residency Unlimited, Alliance of Artist Communities and TransArtists we are committed to the promotion of multicultural arts dialogue within an immersion setting.

Included in the program fee is the Red Gate Care Package that covers airport pickup, a walking neighborhood orientation, a local mobile SIM card, WIFI internet, a welcome packet with everything from local maps, taxi instructions and guide books, some bread, fruit, fresh towels, daily necessities, and a welcome dinner for you to meet the other residents. Other activities that often occur are resident artists talks, gallery tours, and open studios.

Apply Online here

Please visit our website for facility pictures and more information. For program fees and inquiries please contact residency@redgategallery.com

 

 

Sam Hamilton | APPLE PIE

Sam Hamilton | APPLE PIE

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

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

Image: Film still from Apple Pie, by Sam Hamilton

Rea Burton | Dirty Girl's Daydream

Rea Burton | Dirty Girl's Daydream

Opening Wednesday November 15, 6pm
Wednesday November 15 to Friday December 22, 2017
Ivan Anthony, Auckland

Image: Modern Mother, Tell Me What We’re Doing Here, 2017, oil on canvas, 1520 x 1020mm

Frances Hodgkins | People

Frances Hodgkins | People

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

Curated by Dr. Pamela Gerrish Nunn

People | Harriet Bright

People | Harriet Bright

Opening Thursday November 16, 5.30pm
Exhibition runs from Friday November 17 to Monday December 18, 2017
Waikato Museum | Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, Hamilton

‘I enjoy the simple and expressive qualities of line, attempting to reproduce the immediacy and intimacy of working from life. When I am consistent and committed in my drawing and painting practice, I find it is a process in which I feel fully and deeply alive and at play.’ Read more.

Image: Drawing Room, Harriet Bright.

Recollections | Richard Horner

Recollections | Richard Horner

Opening Thursday November 16, 5.30pm
Exhibition runs from Friday November 17 to Monday December 18, 2017
Waikato Museum | Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, Hamilton

A love of the land and sea has led to landscapes being Richard Horner’s favoured subject. He has exhibited in several group and solo exhibitions around New Zealand and had commissions from as far afield as the United States and France. Read more.

Image: Karapiro Valley, Richard Horner.

Relatives | Jenni Taris & Rene Goodfellow

Relatives | Jenni Taris & Rene Goodfellow

Opening Thursday November 16, 5.30pm
Exhibition runs from Friday November 17 to Monday December 18, 2017
Waikato Museum | Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, Hamilton

Relatives is an exhibition about the ceramic works of two sisters, Jenni Taris and Rene Goodfellow. Each sister has their own style, but their relationship is a part of their pieces. These works show a snapshot of the knowledge pool the two share and how it translates to the final outcome of their projects. Read more.

Image: Toe Toe Pair, Rene Goodfellow.

Denys Watkins | DYNAMO HUM

Denys Watkins | DYNAMO HUM

Opening and book launch Friday November 17, 5.30pm | Guest speaker: Anna Miles
Exhibition runs from Friday November 17 to Friday December 15, 2017
Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland

Denys Watkins: DYNAMO HUM features a selection of key paintings by Denys Watkins – one of New Zealand’s outstanding visual artists. The exhibition is the first travelling survey of recent works by Watkins, a practising artist for nearly fifty years, whose work is featured in public and private collections around the country.

Accompanying the exhibition programme will be a new hardcover monograph covering Denys Watkins’ practice over the same time period, featuring writing from leading New Zealand art writers, Allan Smith, Anna Miles, Francis McWhannell, photographs by Sam Hartnett, designed by Jonty Valentine, and printed by Rim Books. The book will be available for sale at the gallery.

This exhibition is presented in association with Bath Street Arts Trust.

Image: Denys Watkins, Coney Islands of the Mind, 2005, acrylic on linen, private collection

KIMSOOJA | Kimsooja

KIMSOOJA | Kimsooja

Preview Friday November 17, 5.30pm
Exhibition runs from Friday November 17 to Friday December 22, 2017
Trish Clark Gallery, Auckland

Trish Clark Gallery is pleased to present internationally acclaimed artist Kimsooja in the first solo exhibition of her work in a private gallery in Australasia. Three key video works from different periods will create an immersive environment for local audiences, which will, together with a screened Bloomberg documentary, introduce them to the rich humanism of Kimsooja’s work. Her art practice, described by esteemed curator Harald Szeeman as ‘existential doing’, has been dedicated over a span of thirty years to discovering and expressing the inherent oneness of life, unifying the physical and the metaphysical.

Image: Bottari Truck – Migrateur, 2007, Single Channel Video Projection, silent, 10:00, loop, performed in Paris. Commissioned by Musée D’Art Contemporain du Val-De-Marne (MAC/VAL), Still Photo by Thierry Depagne, Collection of Musée D’Art Contemporain du Val-De-Marne (MAC/VAL)

Michael Zavros | The Silver Fox

Michael Zavros | The Silver Fox

Friday November 17, 6–8pm
Exhibition runs from Friday November 17 to Saturday December 16, 2017
Starkwhite, Auckland

Michael Zavros turns his gaze inward, to home and self, depicting and documenting the Zavros lifestyle in his work. He paints what he appears to have become – a poster boy for a life perfected.

Viewed collectively The Silver Fox offers something of a family portrait, albeit a non-conventional one. The exhibition hinges on the tension between truths and fictions. In an essay published in a new book on Zarvos, Laurence Simmons makes an analogy with the great Renaissance chronicler Giorgio Vasari whose famous tome The Lives of Artists melded fact and fiction. Whether by design or fate Zavros’s own (brief) history has become the stuff of fictionalised legend – that he paints only in suits, that he lives a life of unrestrained glamour, that his Instagram depicts his best life. The Silver Fox plays with the veracity of the image and the life – his life – that it depicts.

At the opening we will have advance copies of the new book, Michael Zavros, published by Manuscript in association with Starkwhite and Philip Bacon Galleries and designed by Inhouse. It includes writing by Robert Leonard, Chris Saines and Laurence Simmons, along with interviews by Rhana Devenport and Beatrice Page.

Image: Michael Zavros, Leo is Six, 2017, oil on board, 300 x 300 mm

Waiclay National Ceramics Award 2017

Waiclay National Ceramics Award 2017

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

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

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

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

Anna Rankin | hail to

Anna Rankin | hail to

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

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

Billy Apple | Further Alterations

Billy Apple | Further Alterations

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

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

Curated by Wystan Curnow

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

Gary Peters | A Slow Take

Gary Peters | A Slow Take

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

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

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

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

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

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

Curated by Sorcha Carey and Bruce E. Phillips

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

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

Simon Denny | The Founder's Paradox

Simon Denny | The Founder's Paradox

Opening Saturday November 18, 12–2pm
Saturday November 18 to Friday December 22
Michael Lett, Auckland

Michael Lett is pleased to present a new body of work by Simon Denny, his fifth exhibition with the gallery. Featuring new sculptures and wall-based works developed in close conversation with author and journalist Anthony Byrt, The Founder’s Paradox uses the framework of gaming to reflect on competing political visions for New Zealand’s future within a global climate of uncertainty and changing social relations. In an increasingly fractured and fractious world, the “neoliberal status quo” in New Zealand is starting to be questioned at both ends of the political spectrum.

On Thursday 16 November, we are pleased to present a public conversation with Simon Denny. Simon will be joined by Mark O’Connell, the Irish journalist and author of To Be a Machine, and Anthony Byrt, author of This Model World, in conversation with Paperboy editor Jeremy Hansen. This talk will take place at the Auckland headquarters of Warren and Mahoney, 139 Pakenham St. West, at 6pm. Seats are limited.

Te Rongo Aaniwaniwa/A Dissonant Harmony | Group Show

Te Rongo Aaniwaniwa/A Dissonant Harmony | Group Show

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

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

Exhibition curators: Chris McBride and Ariane Craig-Smith

Image: Learn To Swim, Nicole Charles

The New Zealand Tree Project

The New Zealand Tree Project

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

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

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

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

In Splendour Moot, Adornment Re-Framed

In Splendour Moot, Adornment Re-Framed

Opening November 19, 2:00pm
Exhibition runs from November 20, 2017 to January 21, 2018
Ashburton Art Gallery, Ashburton

The amalgamation of the past and present is reflected in Lyttelton-based contemporary jeweller Elfi Spiewack’s exhibition, In Splendour Moot. Jewellery has always been worn as a symbol of self-expression and identification even if the meaning, purpose, materials and designs have changed drastically over the centuries. Spiewack seeks to challenge preconceived ideas of jewellery by re-examining it, questioning material value and juxtaposing the beautiful and precious with the abject.

Elfi Spiewack is represented in galleries throughout New Zealand and has shown in numerous group and solo shows in New Zealand, Australia, Germany, The Neatherlands and USA since 1993.

Image: Elfi Spiewack, Eleanor of Toledo by Agnolo Bronzino, antler, bone, sterling silver and pearls on print, 2017. Copyright © AAG.

Call for Applications | The Waiheke Artist in Residence Programme

Call for Applications | The Waiheke Artist in Residence Programme

Applications must be received by the Gallery no later than 5pm on Friday January 12, 2018.

The Waiheke Community Art Gallery Te Whare Taonga O Waiheke invites submissions from artists wishing to participate in its Artist in Residence programme commencing April 2018. The Artist in Residence programme presents an artist with the opportunity to reside on Waiheke Island usually for a 12-week period, and create a body of work for exhibition at the conclusion of the residency.

Read more about how to apply here

 

Fogo Island Arts | Call for Residency Applications 2018-19

Fogo Island Arts | Call for Residency Applications 2018-19

Application Deadline Thursday December 21, 2017

Fogo Island Arts Residency Applications
Fogo Island Arts is seeking applications for its international residency program and The Hnatyshyn Foundation-Fogo Island Arts Young Curator Residency. Residencies will take place in Spring and Fall 2018 and 2019.

I. FIA Residencies
Fogo Island Arts residencies provide opportunities for artists to live and work on Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada, for one to two months. Artists-in-residence are provided with a studio, accommodation in a traditional Newfoundland home, a vehicle for on-island use, and a weekly stipend to offset the costs of materials and day-to-day living expenses. Most travel expenses are covered. Artists-in-residence must give one public presentation, performance, workshop, or similar event during their residency.

FIA residencies are intended for professional contemporary artists with specialized training, recognition among their peers, and a history of public presentation of their work in a professional context.

About Fogo Island Arts
Fogo Island Arts is a residency-based contemporary art venue that supports research and production of new work for artists, filmmakers, writers, musicians, curators, designers and thinkers from around the world. Since 2008, FIA has brought some of the most exciting emerging and renowned artists of today to take part in residencies and programs on Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada. Combining contemporary art, iconic architecture and social innovation in a singular setting, FIA is a world-class institution that is uniquely rooted in community. FIA is an initiative of Shorefast, a registered Canadian charity with the mission to build economic and cultural resilience on Fogo Island.

Residency Periods 
April 15 to June 15, 2018
October 1 to November 30, 2018
May 1 to June 30, 2019
October 1 to November 30, 2019

How to Apply
The program guidelines and application portal are available online at Fogo Island Arts.

II. The Hnatyshyn Foundation-Fogo Island Arts Young Curator Residency Applications
Fogo Island Arts and The Hnatyshyn Foundation are seeking applications from young Canadian curators for a six-week residency in Spring 2018.

About the Residency
The Hnatyshyn Foundation-Fogo Island Arts Young Curator Residency provides an opportunity for an emerging Canadian curator between the ages of 25 and 30 to participate in a six-week residency with Fogo Island Arts.

The residency will cover the costs of travel to and from Fogo Island, accommodations in a traditional Newfoundland home and use of a vehicle for on-island transportation. The residency also includes a stipend to cover food costs and incidentals. During the residency period, participants have opportunities to work and interact with Fogo Island Arts staff, Canadian and international artists-in-residence, and members of the community. Candidates are selected based on their body of work and their ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

Residency Period: May 15 to June 30, 2018

How to Apply:
The program guidelines and application portal are available online at The Hnatyshyn Foundation.

Necessary Threat | Hikalu Clarke

Necessary Threat | Hikalu Clarke

Opening Tuesday November 21, 5.30pm
Artist Talk | Wednesday November 22, 12pm
Wednesday November 22 to Friday December 15, 2017
Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin

Necessary Threat questions how permanent colonisation is often implemented initially through temporary occupation. Temporary scaffolding configurations will dominate the exhibition space, forcing the audience to negotiate their spatial agency within the gallery.

Denys Watkins | Another Green World

Denys Watkins | Another Green World

Opening Saturday November 25, 11am-1pm
Exhibition runs from Wednesday November 22 to Saturday December 23, 2017
Parlour Projects, Hastings

Parlour Projects is honoured to present Denys Watkins: Another Green World, the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. On view from November 22 to December 23, the exhibition presents eight new paintings by one of New Zealand’s outstanding visual artists.

Using the eponymous title of Brian Eno’s seminal 1975 record, Another Green World explores the visual language of layers, shallow spaces and organic forms. Morphing from microscopic shapes, cells and flora & fauna, the structures are supplemented by blips and curves that allude to techno data and the composition and structure of the history of painting. Employing transparency as well as solid forms, these hybrid works re-invent utopian ideas of classic modernism.

Image: Denys Watkins, Another Green World (2017), acrylic on wood panel, 300 x 300mm

Natural Forces | Group Show

Natural Forces | Group Show

Preview Tuesday November 21, 6pm
Wednesday November 22 to Saturday December 16, 2017
The Diversion Gallery, Picton

Wayne Seyb
Nigel Brown
Fatu Feu’u
Mary McFarlane
James Robinson
Don Driver
Josh Bashford

Group exhibition centred on the forces of nature, and the need for nurture

Image: Buller River, oil on canvas

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

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

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

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

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

Emma McIntyre | Pink Square Sways

Emma McIntyre | Pink Square Sways

Opening Thursday November 23, 6-8pm
Exhibition runs from Friday November 24 to Saturday December 23, 2017
Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland

In Emma McIntyre’s paintings simple shapes, patterns, marks, and motifs build into complex surfaces imbued with spatial and psychological depth. In recent paintings, multiple grid structures (lattices, harlequin, chequerboard etc.) appear and disappear, as underlying structures receding into the middle distance, stitched into the canvas itself, and scoured across the topmost layer of paint.

For McIntyre, the grid functions both as a primary organising principle (with references to art history, architecture, craft, and technology) and as a metaphor for a key modality of creative life. Grids create their own network; infinite structures filled with gaps and fissures, but also moments of connection and synchronicity, establishing contact between different registers usually thought of as distinct or discrete.

Image: Emma McIntyre, Grid (black dot), 2017 (detail), oil, spray paint and acrylic on linen, 1600 x 2200mm

I digress | David Bennewith, Gregory Kan & Matilda Fraser, Victor & Hester

I digress | David Bennewith, Gregory Kan & Matilda Fraser, Victor & Hester

Opening Wednesday November 22, 5:30pm
Exhibition runs from Thursday November 23 to Saturday December 16, 2017
Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington

David Bennewith, Gregory Kan & Matilda Fraser, Victor & Hester

Curated by Sophie Davis

Delving into different modes of address and encounter, I digress explores the transmission of language through different technologies as a relational and open-ended activity. The artworks and collaborative approaches of this exhibition consider the forms of labour, exchange and unexpected detours of this process. Read more

Image: Diana Agrest, Les Échelles (detail), 1975, Heresies Magazine 2, pg 106

PHOTON | art school and beyond

PHOTON | art school and beyond

Exhibition runs from Thursday November 23 to Saturday December 22, 2017
The Shutter Room, Whangarei

PHOTON: art school and beyond showcases 20 artists that have either studied or teach on NorthTec’s photography programme. It that looks at ‘what came next’ for these artists, and how their art education prepared them for the rich tapestry of life beyond art school – working lives interwoven with research, travel, exhibitions, residencies, community projects and much more. This exhibition highlights a diverse range of photographic approaches, from alternative silver-based processes to contemporary commercial work, and fully manipulated digital imagery.

The Shutter Room is a community photographic gallery and is located behind the Old Library.

6148 CUPS OF COFFEE | Group Show

6148 CUPS OF COFFEE | Group Show

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

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

Kaitani | curated by Ema Tavola

Kaitani | curated by Ema Tavola

Exhibition Preview Friday November 24, 5.30pm
talanoa | conversation with Ema Tavola and Kulimoe’anga Stone Maka | Saturday November 25, 1pm
Exhibition runs from Saturday November 25 to Sunday December 24, 2017
The Physics Room, Christchurch

Featuring the University of Canterbury Fijian Students Association and new work by Kulimoe’anga Stone Maka

Curated by Ema Tavola

In Fijian, kaitani refers to one who is from outside, or from another community, province or country.

As the culmination of curator, Ema Tavola’s residency with the University of Canterbury Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies, Kaitani interrogates the presence of Pacific art in the contemporary gallery space.

Accompanying her curatorial manifesto, a short video made during her residency reflects Tavola’s long-held interest in the creation of safe space and genuine engagement of Pacific peoples, their ways of seeing and being, art histories and cultural narratives.

In the work of East Christchurch-based painter, Kulimoe’anga Stone Maka, multisensory memories of Tonga are embedded in his mark making technique. In recent paintings, paraffin lamp smoke stained canvas captures the ephemerality of time and space in brooding, galactic landscapes of blackness and whiteness and everything in between.

The exhibition’s soundscape pays homage to the unifying act of singing as a group. The Fijian song, Vanua Domoni was sung on the occasion of this year’s Fiji Independence Day by students and community members at the University of Canterbury. The song lyrics reflect a deep love and longing for Fiji, and evokes the pride and identity of Fijians both at home and away.

Image: Detail, Untitled (2017) by Kulimoe’anga Stone Maka. Photography by Hōhua Ropate Kurene.

 

Photobook NZ Masterclass

Photobook NZ Masterclass

Wednesday March 7 and Thursday March 8, 2018
College of Creative Arts, Massey University, Wellington

The deadline for all applications is December 15, 2017.

Photobook NZ is excited to offer a two-day international masterclass in which we will explore the processes of creating and publishing photobooks.

Targeted for artists and photographers who have a photo based project in development, the workshops offer opportunities for each participant to work through the process of how to turn their own body of work into a completed photobook.

Presentations from international guests will explore approaches to concept development, editing and sequencing, design, funding and finding your audience – i.e. getting your book out into the world.

Working one on one and in groups the workshop experience is structured to enable the exchange of ideas and expertise with peers as well as our international and New Zealand guests who are experienced photographers, photobook makers, editors and designers; able to offer practical advice to support the development of projects and inspiration to enable them to develop in new and surprising ways.

Masterclass facilitators and teachers will work across two groups. Places are limited to 10 participants per group.

How to Apply:

Please submit a brief (500 word) summary of the project you would like to focus on during the workshop accompanied by a selection of 10 images from your project and a short biography with links to appropriate websites. Format: One single PDF (including 500-word summary, 10 images, bio and links).

Masterclass Fees:

  • 16 places available at $440.00 per person
  • 4 subsidised places, students or unwaged available at $220.00 per person.

Please indicate on your application if you fall into the category of being a student or an unwaged individual, as you will be considered for a subsidised fee.

We will provide you with Morning, Afternoon Tea and Lunch on both days.

The deadline for all applications is December 15, 2017. Application to be sent to Jonathan Kay, at j.kay@massey.ac.nz

Read more about the international guests here

Image courtesy of Massey University

Property is Theft! | Reuben Moss

Property is Theft! | Reuben Moss

Exhibition Preview Friday November 24, 5.30pm
Artist Talk | Saturday November 25, 2pm
Exhibition runs from Saturday November 25 to Sunday December 24, 2017
The Physics Room, Christchurch

Property is theft! is the second exhibition by Portugal-based New Zealand artist Reuben Moss at The Physics Room in 2017. This exhibition is a continuation Moss’ interest in the contemporary urban environment as a space controlled by pulsing and unequal flows of capital and labour.

In contrast to Monuments and other reminders, Moss’ previous exhibition at The Physics Room, which was a ‘remote’ mini-survey of a decade of his work, Moss has travelled to Ōtautahi, Christchurch to occupy The Physics Room residency for six weeks. During this time he has conducted research into the current state of the Christchurch re-build. The results of this research will manifest in two new installations informed by a unique post-crisis architectural vernacular and a property development cycle that favours homogenisation.

Working with found materials, Property is theft! explores the everyday visual signs indicative of the hiccups and failures of large scale urban planning and rejuvenation that characterise the Central Business District of Ōtautahi, Christchurch in 2017.

Image: Josep Branguli. Barcelona, 1939

Sharon Fitness | Finding Jewelleryness

Sharon Fitness | Finding Jewelleryness

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

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

Image courtesy of Te Uru

Strangers Arrive |  Emigrés and the Arts in New Zealand 1930-1980

Strangers Arrive | Emigrés and the Arts in New Zealand 1930-1980

Exhibition opening and book launch | Friday November 24, 5.30pm
Exhibition runs from Friday November 24 to Friday December 15, 2017
Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland

None of us had the faintest idea where we were going [but] during 1938–39 . . . the town [Christchurch] was made strangely interesting for anyone like myself, [with the] scattered arrival of ‘the refugees’. All at once there were people among us who were actually from Vienna, or Chemnitz, or Berlin . . . who knew the work of Schoenberg and Gropius.
– Antony Alpers, 1985

From the 1930s through the 1950s, refugees from Nazism and displaced people after World War II arrived in New Zealand from Europe. Among them were artists and writers, photographers and architects, whose European modernism radically reshaped the arts in this country. Strangers Arrive exhibits works by talented émigrés, who introduced new practices and ideas to this country. They include photographers Frank Hofmann and Richard Sharell, artists Theo Schoon, Frederick Ost, Kees Hos and Tom Kreisler, and architects Imi Porsolt and Henry Kulka. The exhibition also features works by New Zealand-born expatriates (émigrés in reverse) James Boswell and Douglas MacDiarmid, whose art was crucially informed by their experiences of Continental European people and pictures.

Curated by Associate Professor Len Bell.

Image: Frank Hofmann, Helen Shaw (Hella Hofmann), 1950, black-and-white photograph

Brendon Wilkinson | a loose maths

Brendon Wilkinson | a loose maths

Opening Saturday November 25, 2pm
Exhibition runs from Saturday November 25 to Saturday December 16, 2017
Robert Heald Gallery, Wellington

Image courtesy of Robert Heald Gallery

Gavin Hipkins | The Domain

Gavin Hipkins | The Domain

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

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

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

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

Kushana Bush | The Burning Hours

Kushana Bush | The Burning Hours

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

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

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

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

Reuben Paterson | The Golden Bearing

Reuben Paterson | The Golden Bearing

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

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

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

Stephen Allwood | Darkness and Delight

Stephen Allwood | Darkness and Delight

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

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

Image: Glasses (2017), Oil on canvas

Wendy Fairclough | Common Ground

Wendy Fairclough | Common Ground

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

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

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

Flying Carpet | Group Show

Flying Carpet | Group Show

Opening Sunday November 26, 3-5pm
Exhibition runs from Sunday November 26 to Saturday December 23, 2017
Anna Miles Gallery, Auckland

Adrienne Vaughan, Joanna Campbell & Rowan Panther, Vita Cochran, Octavia Cook, Cat Fooks, Allan McDonald, Solomon Mortimer & Zahra Killeen-Chance, Amelia Pascoe, Lucien Rizos, Kate Small, Richard Stratton, Amber Wilson

Book Launch
Zahra Killeen-Chance & Solomon Mortimer’s new book, Many things were not in the fantasy will be launched at the opening this Sunday 26 November at 3pm. To reserve your copy please contact Anna.

Image: Richard Stratton, Tricoleur Agateware, 2017

It Gets Different | Frances Stachl

It Gets Different | Frances Stachl

Preview Sunday November 26, 2-4pm
Exhibition runs from Sunday November 26 to Saturday December 23, 2017
Masterworks Gallery, Auckland

Frances Stachl is quite an exceptional jeweller, her masterful skills belie the deeply personal nature of creative practice, with all its doubts and vulnerabilities.

Image: Leigh Mitchell-Anyon

Pocket Edition | Small Works for Large Walls

Pocket Edition | Small Works for Large Walls

Opening Sunday November 26, 4-6pm
Exhibition runs from Monday November 27 to Thursday December 21, 2017
Northart, Auckland
Cash and Carry

Northart draws a very successful year to an end with one of its most popular annual shows. Thirty members – ranging from well-established professional painters to emerging artists – were each given 10 pieces of good quality postcard-sized card and asked to create a series of works. The result is an eclectic mix of landscapes, portraits, figurative works, studies from nature, abstract works and still lifes, as well as some works that defy categorisation. All the pieces are exhibited unframed and will be sold on a cash and carry and very affordable basis, with framing arranged at a small additional cost. Sold works are replaced with copies so that each series, and the show, remains intact over the whole period.

Participating artists are Karl Amundsen, Frances Atkins, Victoria Anderson, Matthew Carter, Garry Currin, Sonja Drake, Robert Ellis, Fiona Lee Graham , Heather Grouden, Richard Higham, Craig Humberstone, Lindsey Kirk, James Lawrence, Patrick Malone, Malcolm McAllister, John Nicol, John Oxborough, Joon Hee Park, John Perry, Carole Prentice, George Ritchie, Ross Ritchie, Frances Rood, Barry Ross Smith, Rosemary Theunissen, Drisana Tonga, Sharon Vickers, Tim Vickers, Mark Whippy and Janelle Wills.

Image: Sharon Vickers ‘Bath VIII’ OII oil on paper

This Unconquerable World | Kate Fitzharris

This Unconquerable World | Kate Fitzharris

Preview Sunday November 26, 2-4pm
Exhibition runs from Sunday November 26 to Saturday December 23, 2017
Masterworks Gallery, Auckland

‘I’m always thinking in stories, make believe and true – being surrounded by this immense world and remembering; part sheela-na-gig ancestral heritage, part childhood toys, part my mother’s and grandmothers’ handiwork. Part surrender and part determination.’
Kate Fitzharris, 2017.

Image: detail of Run, 2017, Kate Fitzharris.

Fibre Force | Group Show

Fibre Force | Group Show

Monday November 27 to Saturday December 23, 2017
Lysaght Watt Gallery, Hawera

A touchable fibre experience showcasing the use of natural fibres and a broad range of skills – by artists driven by the magic of natural fibres.

Visitors will be able to interact with artists who will be demonstrating spinning, weaving, felting or knitting on Sat 2, Sat 9 & Sat 16 Dec.

This is a ‘cash & carry’ show – so you can take your purchase with you on the day.

Gallery/Shop | Group Show

Gallery/Shop | Group Show

Monday November 27, 2017 to Saturday January 20, 2018
Lake House Arts Centre, Auckland

Lake House presents an exhibition dedicated to the art of retail. For two months our store will take over our gallery and provide a space for fashion designers, silversmiths, ceramicists, and other artisans to exhibit their talents, featuring; Sly and Company, Herbert and Wilks, Tina De Suza, Throwing feathers, Dark Heart Beard Co. and many others. Come join us and shop a curated collection of the most stylish New Zealand designed products.

Māori Arts Internship (MAI) Programme 2018 | Calling for Hosts!

Māori Arts Internship (MAI) Programme 2018 | Calling for Hosts!

Applications due by Friday December 22 2017, 5pm

​Toi Māori Aotearoa are thrilled to be running the Māori Arts Internship (MAI) Programme again in 2018.

We have six paid 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 suitable New Zealand based arts organisations, who want to contribute to our goal of developing leaders within Māori arts infrastructure in Aotearoa and provide the best possible learning experience for our interns through this unique programme.

By taking part in the MAI Programme, your organisation will:

  • Give a person the opportunity to gain relevant work experience
  • Access potential future employees
  • Enhance the performance of your organisation by offering an internship to motivated individuals with enthusiasm and a passion for developing their career in the arts
  • Bring in fresh talent, fresh ideas and new thinking
  • Access newly trained interns with recent skills sets or skilled workers that add real value to your organisation.​

Host Organisation Eligibility
Each organisation must:

  • Have a dedicated, senior staff member who can mentor the intern during the course of the intern’s 20 week tenure and oversee the work of the intern.
  • Be a New Zealand based arts and cultural organisation for example festivals, theatre or dance companies, performing arts venues, archives and art galleries (including galleries that are operated by a Tertiary Education Organisation). Schools and education organisations are not eligible to be hosts.
  • Be able to submit a position description which clearly outlines the capabilities that are required for the role and the key tasks and outcomes that are to be achieved when undertaking the role.
  • Be aware of the Health and Safety Act 2015 and must have health and safety policies and procedures within their own organisations.

Call for Expressions of Interest:                     27 November 2017
Applications Close:                                          22 December 2017
Interview dates:                                                29 January – 2 February 2018
Confirmation of Host Organisations:             5 February 2018
Placement begins:                                            21 May 2018*
* dates may vary slightly

To apply to become a potential host organisation for the programme please submit the following information

  • A completed Expression of Interest (EOI) Form
  • A position description for the intern which outlines the core capabilities, key tasks and outcomes for the intern’s role

Expression of Interest (EOI) Form
Host Organisation Information
Frequently Asked Questions

More information can be found on our website.

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY 5.00PM, FRIDAY 22 DECEMBER 2017

Applications are to be submitted to Keriata Royal-Taeao at keriata@maoriart.org.nz. Any questions or queries may be directed to her also.

ALL ABOARD | Group Show

ALL ABOARD | Group Show

Opening Tuesday November 28, 5-7pm
Exhibition runs from Tuesday November 28 to Saturday December 23, 2017
Solander Gallery, Wellington

Our end of year exhibition for 2017 ‘ALL ABOARD’ will feature an exciting collection of smaller scale drawings, paintings and prints on ‘ready to hang’ custom made wooden panels. Our 30 selected artists have really excelled this year with a fantastic variety of exceptional quality works.

Featured Artists: Basia Smolnicki, Belinda Griffiths, Ben Reid, Catherine Macdonald, Damon Kowarsky, Denise Copland, Dick Frizzell, Duncan Pepe Long, FLOX, Inge Doesburg, Jacqui Colley, Jacqueline Aust, Jo Ogier, John Pusateri, Jonathan Brough, Kyoko Imazu, Lynn Taylor, Margaret Elliot, Marci Tackett, Margaret Silverwood, Matt Palmer, Michele Bryant, Milarky, Richard Adams, Rona Green, Sam Broad, Simon Kaan, Sheyne Tuffery

Joe Sheehan | Dislocation

Joe Sheehan | Dislocation

Opening preview Tuesday November 28, 6pm
Exhibition runs from Tuesday November 28 to Friday December 22, 2017
Tim Melville Gallery, Auckland

SUMMER SHOWCASE | Group Show

SUMMER SHOWCASE | Group Show

Tuesday November 28, 17 to Sunday January 21, 2018
Sanderson Contemporary, Auckland

Summer Showcase presents a forecast for 2018, offering a glimpse into the exciting programme of exhibitions and events that we have in store for the next 12 months.

The gallery’s programme for 2018 includes major new exhibitions from our stable, curated group shows, and exhibitions from guest artists, as well as participation at local and international art fairs. Summer Showcase brings together impressive new pieces from our stable alongside exciting pieces from guest artists.

Image: PJ Paterson, Akihabara, 2017, digital collage on rag paper, edition of 3 (2 AP), 370mm x 500mm

26th Annual Wallace Art Awards 2017

26th Annual Wallace Art Awards 2017

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

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

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

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

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

 

Don't Sweat The Small Stuff

Don't Sweat The Small Stuff

Opening Saturday December 2, 6-8pm
Exhibition runs from Wednesday November 29 to Wednesday December 20, 2017
Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville

The Wallace Gallery Morrinsville is proud to present Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff, an exhibition of small works with a maximum price of $100 to celebrate the end of the year.

Home | Sixty years of Ans Westra in New Zealand

Home | Sixty years of Ans Westra in New Zealand

Opening Wednesday November 29, 1pm
Exhibition runs from Wednesday November 29 to Friday December 15, 2017
{Suite} Gallery, Wellington

Born 1936 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Anna Jacoba (Ans) Westra immigrated to New Zealand in 1957.  Since then she has amassed the most comprehensive documentation of day-to-day life here.

This exhibition celebrates sixty years of Ans Westra photographing in New Zealand, and will occupy both floors of the gallery.  On show over both floors of our building will be several (black and white, and colour) images that have been printed for the first time ever, following a three-year project between {Suite} and the National Library of New Zealand to digitise Westra’s negatives.

Image courtesy of {Suite} Gallery

Two Artists | Lynda Wilson & Amanda Watson

Two Artists | Lynda Wilson & Amanda Watson

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

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

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

Two artists, two days.

Build Up | Judy Darragh

Build Up | Judy Darragh

Private view Thursday November 30, 6-8pm
Exhibition runs from Friday December 1 to Friday December 22, 2017
Two Rooms, Auckland

This exhibition consists of four bodies of work developed from Darragh’s second visit to the prestigious Lucas Artists Residency, Montalvo in San Francisco in September this year. Because of her remoteness from the usual art supply stores she developed a working methodology for her situation. She decided not to drive so relied on the local supermarket for resources, a half hour walk from her studio. Scouring materials from the aisles of hardware stores, her shopping list included clear silicone, expanded foam, super glue, plastic chain, aluminium foil and bamboo kebab sticks. The resulting artworks expose the physical difficulty of making in limited circumstances, a true study in time and motion.

Image: Judy Darragh, Papercraft, 2017

Model Painting | Group Show

Model Painting | Group Show

Private view Thursday November 30, 6-8pm
Exhibition runs from Friday December 1 to Friday December 22, 2017
Two Rooms, Auckland

Selina Foote, Noel Ivanoff, Leigh Martin, Simon Morris, Milan Mrkusich, John Nixon, Jan van der Ploeg, Jeena Shin

This group exhibition examines the materiality and technique of painting as a key to the understanding of its meaning. Referencing the seminal book by Yve-Alain Bois, Painting as Model published by MIT Press in 1990 the exhibition focuses on the formal elements of abstract painting, being line, colour and texture, surface and scale, offering new insights in the light of current art practices. The culmination of certain interests modulate them all and typically raise questions about the process of making art. Although some of these works were made in the previous century they still foster critical thinking in the present moment.

Image: John Nixon, Model Painting, 1990

PULSE/REPEAT | Group Show

PULSE/REPEAT | Group Show

Opening and performance by Robyn Jordaan | Thursday November 30
Exhibition runs from Thursday November 30 to Wednesday December 20, 2017
The Audio Foundation, Auckland

Curated by Priscilla Howe
with work by Magdalena Hoult, Diva Blair, Willow McCarthy, Alexandre Larose

Curated by Priscilla Howe and commissioned by CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand with the support of Creative New Zealand and The Audio Foundation, PULSE/REPEAT brings together four artists whose work addresses the relationship between technology and the body. Using digital video, stone and wool, the works in PULSE/REPEAT move between rapid-fire cut, paste and dissemination to an extended sense of time and bodily awareness. The video of Magdalena Hoult and Diva Blair addresses the pulse in the machine and the mechanized, while Willow McCarthy’s sculptures explore the unnoticed patterns in the everyday. Canadian artist Alexandre Larose was CIRCUIT’s 2017 International Artist-in-Residence. Howe says the physicality of Larose’s 16mm film flicker contrasts with his imagery which she describes as “soft, mundane, beautiful…”

Priscilla Howe is an artist and designer currently based in Lyttelton, New Zealand. She is CIRCUIT’s 2017 Curatorial Intern. Priscilla describes PULSE/REPEAT as arising from research into “what defines being human in the object obsessed human condition that we are currently living in”. Howe’s installation takes place in an epoch where we drawn into Pulse cycles both abject and celebratory; from social media auto-updates, to new digital tools on ubiquitous personal devices at cost-price affordability to the club sound system. For some the pulse is thrilling, signaling a rush of possibilities and liberation, for others it presents a closed system; does the Pulse reinforce or reject/dismantle? Does it define structure or threaten it? How does the human body negotiate and occupy this space? Does the Pulse bring us together or maintain distance?

Elliot Collins | Surveyor

Elliot Collins | Surveyor

Friday December 1 to Friday December 15, 2017
ST PAUL St Gallery, Auckland

This exhibition attempts to elucidate through a process of travel, research and making, the way memory markers reveal or conceal themselves in differing circumstances, specifically discussing ideas of enigma, signature, place-naming, silence, absence and speech. By observing and referencing signs, signwriting, tombstones and monuments there is a repeated encounter of human interventions with and in landscape. Whilst I walk the tracks and paths towards these markers I am repeating the action of advancing and retreating from memory, I also perform a kind of pilgrimage/research interaction that reveals to me the complex and differing layers of memory that exist within the social spaces of Aotearoa New Zealand. These experiences of mine in the field, both physical and cerebral are then articulated into the art works that constitute the thesis of this practice led PhD.” — Elliot Collins, 2017.

Image: Bridge remnant, Maketū. Photo: Elliot Collins, 2015.

Repose | Dominique Marriott

Repose | Dominique Marriott

Opening preview Friday December 1, 5.30-7.00pm
Friday December 1 to Saturday December 23, 2017
The Framing Workshop, Hamilton

Image courtesy of Creative Waikato

Ziggy Lever | Title (To Be Specified)

Ziggy Lever | Title (To Be Specified)

Friday December 1 to Friday December 15, 2017
ST PAUL St Gallery, Auckland

“A form of synchronic research plays an important part in my work, in which I re-turn materials, sitting sometimes for a long time, waiting for a trace to follow. Slowly, as this research gestates and unfolds, a kind of temporary condition can arise where archive becomes image. This idea of research as a tracing or staking out of terrain has led me to a mode of installation practice in which a modular and temporary framework sets up the conditions for things to play out.  The question of contiguity in the field is investigated via enfoldment and entanglement in a textural interlocution, where these terms articulate the field and the trace in the production of subjectivities.In this research, installation borders are considered as porous, interstices liminal and littoral as they oscillate. Installation is the field where these discourses meet, in a swirling of energy and matter the gravitational pull of contiguous elements form waves/waveforms that temporarily suspend the structure, meaning, and veracity of discourse. Images are textual conditions of the field in dynamic flux.” — Ziggy Lever, 2017.

Image: Ziggy Lever, Crystallising Universe, 2016. Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Bevan Smith | Saving Our Species: New Zealand Birds

Bevan Smith | Saving Our Species: New Zealand Birds

Opening Saturday December 2, 2.00-3.30pm
Exhibition runs from Saturday December 2 to Wednesday December 20, 2017
Back Gallery, Depot Artspace, Auckland

Saving Our Species: New Zealand Birds is emerging artist Bevan Smith’s singular effort to provide a visual education on a serious conservation issue.

Smith’s articulate graphite pencil drawings expertly capture the desperate situation of New Zealand native birds and shine a spotlight on New Zealand’s less iconic native birds facing the threat of extinction, such as the Black Robin and the New Zealand Dotterel.

Saving Our Species will showcase different sized works to demonstrate the diversity of New Zealand birds, accompanied by detailed descriptions of each species and the subsequent threat to its habitat and/or existence. This exhibition is kindly supported by Forest and Bird.

Image courtesy of Depot Artspace

Maraha Arts Review

Maraha Arts Review

Opening and awards presentation | Saturday December 2, 5pm
Exhibition runs from Sunday December 3, 2017 to Sunday January 14, 2018
Mahara Gallery, Waikanae

Nigel Brown | I AM, WE ARE

Nigel Brown | I AM, WE ARE

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

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

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

Image: The Meeting House, Nigel Brown.

Now and Then... | Belinda Weir

Now and Then... | Belinda Weir

Saturday December 2, 2017 to Wednesday January 17, 2018
Artist in Residence Belinda Weir | Saturday December 3, Tuesday December 5 and Wednesday December 6
Arts in Oxford Gallery, Oxford

Philip Jarvis | Toothpaste Tubes doing Parkour

Philip Jarvis | Toothpaste Tubes doing Parkour

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

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

Riddle | Enigmatic work from the collection

Riddle | Enigmatic work from the collection

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

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

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

Sayed Ali Karam Jawhary | The Reed Pens Tale

Sayed Ali Karam Jawhary | The Reed Pens Tale

Opening Friday December 8, 6pm-8pm
Exhibition runs from Saturday December 2 to Wednesday December 20, 2017
Vernacular Lounge, Depot Artspace

The Reed Pen’s Tale is the first New Zealand solo exhibition for Afghanistan born calligraphy artist, Sayed Ali Karam Jawhary (Ali). The exhibition will feature 12 distinctive Persian calligraphic works.

Ali is a Master calligrapher, having practised calligraphy for 37 years. For him art is a universal language that transcends culture and travail, functioning as a sacred refuge. Ali is a former refugee whose ultimate goal is to introduce New Zealander’s to Persian Calligraphy – this exhibition resembles an important rite of passage in aligning with his new life in New Zealand.

Also on display in The Reed Pen’s Tale will be a collection of Ali’s bamboo calligraphy pens. Ali has received fantastic support to put together this exhibition from; Art for Change, New Zealand Red Cross, Depot Artspace and Auckland Refugee Family Trust.

Image courtesy of Depot Artspace

Te Wairua | Joanna Tokona

Te Wairua | Joanna Tokona

Opening Saturday December 2, 12pm
Exhibition runs from Saturday December 2 to Saturday December 23, 2017
Moray Gallery, Dunedin

Image courtesy of Moray Gallery

A Christmas Show

A Christmas Show

Opening event Sunday December 3, 5pm
Exhibition runs from Monday December 4 to Thursday December 21, 2017
Northart, Auckland

The Christmas Show provides the perfect opportunity to hunt out a unique gift for an art lover. A diverse selection of painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, glass, textile art, and even ‘comfy designer wear’ will be on show and available for purchase.

Image: Freda Brierley ‘After Pierre Auguste Renoir’ Machine stitch 140 x 140 mm

Ngā Kākano: The Seeds | Johnson Witehira

Ngā Kākano: The Seeds | Johnson Witehira

Opening December 2017
Civic Administration Building, Wellington

Developed in conjunction with Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o te Ika

An exciting artwork, Ngā Kākano: The Seeds by Johnson Witehira, has just been installed on the hoardings surrounding a Council building on Wakefield Street.

The artwork has been redeveloped at a significantly larger scale with some new visual elements from The Land of Tara, originally commissioned and developed for the Courtenay Place Park light boxes in 2014.

Ngā Kākano: The Seeds was developed in conjunction with Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o te Ika, and features graphic representations of tūpuna Māori (Māori ancestors), including the navigator Kupe, and those who came with and after him: Kuramarotini, Toi, Whatonga, Reretua, Hotuwaipara, Tara-ika, Tautoki and Wakanui.

Find out more

Pictured: Johnson Witehira detail from: Ngā Kākano:The Seeds, 2017.

XMAS'17 | Group show

XMAS'17 | Group show

Opening Monday December 4, 5.30pm
Exhibition runs from Monday December 4 to Friday December 22, 2017
PG Gallery, Chirstchurch

Joanna Braithwaite, Nigel Buxton, Hamish Coleman, Darryn George, Julia Holden, Katharina Jaeger, Andy Leleisi’uao, Euan Macleod, Richard McWhannell, Marian Maguire, Simon Ogden, Chris Pole, Tim J. Veling 

Call for Applications | Extended Conversations

Call for Applications | Extended Conversations

Applications close Friday January 12 2018, 5.30pm

Blue Oyster Art Project Space and Enjoy Public Art Gallery are calling for applications to Extended Conversations, a new programme for emerging art writers based in Aotearoa. Part online publishing platform, part mentoring programme, this initiative will build, sustain and share dialogue between a group of established and early career writers between March – November 2018.

PROGRAMME OUTLINE

Taking the idea of ‘critiquing art criticism’ as a starting point, the programme is centred around two intensive workshops and the subsequent development of two long-form texts by each participant in separate halves of the year, to be published online at extendedconversations.org.nz. Part one will begin with a weekend workshop in Ōtepoti in March, and part two will begin with a weekend workshop in Te Whanganui-a-Tara in July. During the programme, participants will receive individual guidance and feedback from an established writer and their peers in the programme.

Considering the specific social and political contexts of Aotearoa, these two intensives will explore questions around the challenges, ethics and efficacy of critical writing about art. We expect participants to extend, elaborate on, or challenge aspects of these conversations from their own perspectives. Blue Oyster and Enjoy seek applications from those who are interested in exploring art writing as a critical activity. The form, genre or orientation of this writing—art historical, fictio-critical, personal, journalistic, etc.—is not predetermined.

FURTHER INFORMATION AND APPLICATION CRITERIA

  • This is a free professional development programme but participants will need to cover their own travel to both intensives.
  • There are eight positions available and participants will be selected based on their applications, past work and commitment to this field of practice.
  • The term ‘emerging’ denotes those who are early career rather than belonging within any age bracket.
  • Applicants must be able to provide three pieces of written work as part of the application, and at least two of these must be published work.
  • Participants are required to commit to attending both workshops and producing two commissioned texts with the support of mentors and Blue Oyster and Enjoy Staff.

HOW TO APPLY

Please download and complete the application form, which outlines all required material, and send as a single PDF to info@extendedconversations.org.nz by Friday 12 January 2018, 5.30pm. You will be notified of the outcome of your application by Wednesday 31 January 2018.
Download the application here.

ABOUT BLUE OYSTER ART PROJECT SPACE & ENJOY PUBLIC ART GALLERY

Located in the North and South Islands respectively, Enjoy and Blue Oyster support practitioners to develop critical perspectives within supportive and non-commercial environments. This programme is independent to the exhibition programming of both organisations. Both Enjoy and Blue Oyster receive funding from Creative New Zealand, who have generously provided additional support for Extended Conversations.

Call for Proposals | RM Summer Residency Programme

Call for Proposals | RM Summer Residency Programme

Summer residency proposals are due on December 21 2017, midnight

RM supports and promotes new developments in the contemporary arts. This summer we are opening up RM gallery to accommodate five practitioners who share an interest in using the space to work on their respective practices throughout January until end of February.

Please include:

Written statement of interest (500 words)
Please include a written outline of your proposed work, with a background of yourself, your practice, and an overview of what you hope to achieve at RM. Ideally this text should be written and presented in a way that you feel best reflects your practice. Some outlines may tend to be specific in terms of the installation and execution of the work, whereas others may tend to focus on the ideas and methods that will help generate the body of work. Do include documentation such as photographs of previous work, writings or other material you feel best represents your practice. Clearly outline why you need the space, and what you wish to achieve with the programme.

Artist CV
An artist CV is not required, however applicants are free to include one.

Contact details
Please include a contact phone number and email address.

Please email applications to info@rm.org.nz as a single PDF document.

Summer residency proposals are due on 21 December 2017, midnight.

Any further information or clarification can be sought from the RM Collective, email: info@rm103.org

Kerry Ann Lee | Foreign Correspondence

Kerry Ann Lee | Foreign Correspondence

Tuesday 5 December to Saturday 23 December
Whitespace, Auckland

Photographic ephemera recovered from disparate sources float, hang and coalesce as mementos from time spent in in ‘other places’. Portable and pictorial, these eclectic arrangements offer a look into life in transit and the archival impulses of settlers and sojourners. Lost and found artifacts, exotic vistas, karaoke and still lifes punctuate the domestic realm as subconscious souvenirs. The works evoke a lost-in-translation-ness of being at home elsewhere in places we know of, have heard about, or can never know, yet still try to understand and get sentimental about anyway.

Image: Bombora (2017), Vinyl printed scroll banner, 600 x 1200mm

Populism | Weston Frizzell

Populism | Weston Frizzell

Opening Tuesday December 5, 5.30–7.30pm
Exhibition runs from Tuesday December 5 to Sunday December 17, 2017
ARTIS Gallery, 
Auckland

Weston Frizzell is a mixing and remixing – of identities, images, ideas, art, advertising, music, politics, and people. Although the name may deceive you, the self-titled art brand is a fusing of the creative energies (and surnames) of two separate individuals, Mike Weston and Otis Frizzell. Together they draw from a vast pool of cultural images, bringing the iconography of commerce into direct confrontation with the “high art” of New Zealand modernism to produce their own visually arresting and witty works of art.

Underneath the painted surface of Weston Frizzell works, the remixing of New Zealand art with commercial culture occurs on a molecular scale. Extending an artistic tradition beginning with Jackson Pollock, Otis and Mike use paints more commonly found on the outside of houses and cars than in artworks. Often these are glossy, vintage enamels and specialist industrial coatings found on one of their regular excursions to recycled paint dumps. A significant moment for Weston Frizzell came with the realisation that such paint could be engineered to match, if not surpass, that of New Zealand modernists. The artworks produced with these engineered materials are, additionally, more durable than traditional oil painting, and the paint layer much more chemically stable than that of the domestic enamels pioneered by Pat Hanly and Colin McCahon.

Observing Weston Frizzell’s works, one is struck not only by their originality, technical achievements, visual splendour, and wit, but also by the intense sense of familiarity that they evoke.

Image: Weston Frizzell, Unity, Alkyd & enamel on ply 2000 x 1200 mm. Signed & dated 2017

Salt of the Earth | Melissa Macleod

Salt of the Earth | Melissa Macleod

Opening Tuesday December 5, 5.30pm
Project runs from Tuesday December 5 to Monday December 18, 2017
The Physics Room, Christchurch

Salt of the Earth is a major new temporary public artwork by New Brighton-based artist Melissa Macleod. The monumental sand sculpture will symbolically and materially link the east side of Christchurch to the central city. This latest work is an ambitious continuation of Macleod’s practice, which has engaged with the coastal areas of Christchurch, particularly the environmental and social challenges faced by these communities, for a number of years.

Salt of the Earth takes place in the Christchurch Residential Redzone with the permission of Land Information New Zealand. The redzone could be considered a liminal–or inbetween– space that buffers the central city from the eastern suburbs. By creating a giant sand wedge, evocative of a doorstop, the intersection of Linwood Avenue, Woodham Road, and Avonside Drive will be prised open. Literally bringing parts of the coast inland, Macleod will physically shift the experience of sand into another part of the city. In this area sand becomes a loaded material, especially considering the liquefaction that engulfed roads and properties across the eastern suburbs during the February 2011 earthquake.

It is highly likely that due to environmental and human impact Salt of the Earthwill have a very short lifespan. Reflecting the uncertain post-quake situation in the east side of Christchurch, we acknowledge the potential disintegration of the work and hope that it speaks to the strength and fragility of a community that is both determined and “trodden under foot”. Read more

Image: New Brighton beach.

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

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

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

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

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

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

It's O.K. | Group Show

It's O.K. | Group Show

Wednesday December 6 to Saturday December 23, 2017
Bartley + Company Art, Wellington

The exhibition takes its title from Elliot Collins’ striking text painting: It’s O.K. It was all so beautiful. Text also appears in Cat Auburn’s fun pendants riffing off her background in pony club events. And of course we couldn’t have text without Mary-Louise Browne’s beautifully crafted words on leather. All these three artists bring our imaginations into play as we create our own imagery from their words.

As you enter the gallery, one of Marie Le Lievre’s newest paintings stands quietly, strongly and seductively with its deep and lustrous layers pulling us into its world. The Roger Mortimer, again in a painting showing here for the first time, challenges us to think about what is going on and why in his strange medieval world set on the approaches to Oamaru harbour. There’s also work by Lonnie Hutchinson, Helen Calder, Rebecca Hasselman, Brett Graham and Anne Noble.

Image: Elliot Collins, It’s o.k. it was all so beautiful, oil on canvas, 1000 x 1500 mm

John Hodgson | Kirikōpuni

John Hodgson | Kirikōpuni

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

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

Tea will be served with TUNA PĀKEHĀ sandwiches

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

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

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

Summer | Group Show

Summer | Group Show

Opening Tuesday December 5, 5.30-7.30pm
Wednesday December 6 to Friday December 22, 2017
Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland

A changing exhibition of new and recent work by selected gallery and guest artists.

KIRSTIN CARLIN presents a new series of still-life oils based around the nasturtium flower. These are a continuation of her exploration of colour and form and how they interact with familiar tropes of art history and image production.

A selection of new and earlier works by GAVIN HURLEY will include paintings and collages as well as his quirky moustache postcards. Hurley has long worked in collage creating his own unique visual language and style. In recent years this has included the addition of embroidered beards and moustaches to his rendered characters.

New ceramic works by SAM MITCHELL are featured as a wall based installation but are available individually. Mitchell began exploring this medium when based in Invercargill in 2014 as the William Hodges Fellow. New works are highly detailed and reflect both her painting and watercolour practice extending her oeuvre into object-making. Typically, subject matter ranges from the historical to contemporary politics and popular culture.  A selection of images are available online.  For a full image list with prices, please contact the gallery.

A new body of work by SHANNON NOVAK reflects research, experiments, and personal experiences in the use of various objects/artifacts prevalent in the lives of many. The work uses a technique where everyday objects are pulverised into dust and mixed with paint to augment and emotionally charge the paint, much like the artist augments the world using digital forms and mobile devices. Novak is the 2017 winner of the Kaipara Foundation Wallace Trust Award giving him a three month residency in Switzerland in 2018. This is his first time showing with Melanie Roger Gallery.

Master printmaker and painter STANLEY PALMER will show a selection of small oil paintings and monoprints of New Zealand landscapes ranging from Otago Peninsula in the South to Mercury Island off the Coromandel. His renderings are sensitive, considered and unique evocations of remarkable views that visually transport viewers to the places beyond the gallery.

A selection of new and earlier ceramic works by Hawkes Bay based artist MARTIN POPPELWELL will be featured. Poppelwell has been exhibiting ceramics in contemporary art spaces for over 20 years and has been using the medium as a way of inhabiting and manipulating the cultural and historical readings that the practice, by its nature, inherits. Both small and larger pieces will be available individually – a selection of which will be included on our website.

Image: MARTIN POPPELWELL (works are indicative only and may not be those included and available in exhibition)

Summer Fine Art Catalogue

Summer Fine Art Catalogue

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

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

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

Wishlist VII | Group Show

Wishlist VII | Group Show

Opening Wednesday December 6, 5.30pm
Exhibition runs from Wednesday December 6 to Sunday December 24, 2017
Form Gallery, Christchurch

The Christmas season has come around again, which means it’s time for Form Gallery’s annual group exhibition, where we will be showcasing a selection of glass and ceramic artworks by:

Owen Bartlett, Katie Gold, Graeme Hitchcock and Tatyanna Meharry.

Expedition One | Te Ika a Maui

Expedition One | Te Ika a Maui

Thursday December 7 to Saturday December 16, 2017
play_station, Wellington

Bent
Ben Lysgaht
Floyd Garland
Chevron Hassett

Image courtesy of play_station

Richard Adams | LX

Richard Adams | LX

Opening Thursday December 7, 5-7pm
Exhibition runs from Thursday December 7 to Friday December 22, 2017
OREXART, Auckland

Richard Adams’ latest body of work LX was inspired by a recent artist residency in Wellington where the harbour, the often changeable weather, and very specific light reawakened his passion for surfaces and landscapes. In this series, he uses a colour palette he has developed over the years to translate the views and imagery he finds inspiring. LX is also Richard’s way of celebrating turning sixty, his love of painting and on-going dedication to his art practice.

Image: LX 1 (2017) acrylic on archival paper, 580 x 770mm (framed)

The Eight Hours Plan | Matilda Fraser

The Eight Hours Plan | Matilda Fraser

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

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

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

The Summer Exhibition | Group Show

The Summer Exhibition | Group Show

Opening Saturday December 9, 10am-4pm
Exhibition runs from Thursday December 7 to Sunday December 24, 2017
nkb Gallery, Auckland

Hamish Allan
Todd Butterworth
Matthew Carter
Michael Dell
Adrian Jackman
Russell Jackson
Samantha Lissette
Des Helmore
Ramon Robertson
Amanda Watson

Image: Adrian Jackman, Still Life with Landscape No.2 (2017). Acrylic on Linen, 845 x 845mm

Tony Ogle | Down the Line

Tony Ogle | Down the Line

Opening Thursday December 7, 6–8pm
Floor Talk | Saturday December 9, 11am
Exhibition runs from Thursday December 7 to Sunday December 31, 2017
Flagstaff Gallery, Auckland

Having lived in Gisborne on the East Cape of the North Island for the last eight years now, this is Tony’s second solo exhibition in that time and the first that derives its source material solely from his home location.

He has put together a selection of subjects that showcase his surroundings – images that resonate strongly with his personal vision.

Tony’s attention to detail is evident along with his careful compositional placement within the frame.  He has challenged himself to represent in his own way this region where he and his family live.

Tony has devoted most of 2017 to honing his free painting skills and putting together an array of exciting new images which he cannot wait to bring ‘up the line’ to the Flagstaff Gallery for his end of year show.

Warp & Weft | Group Show

Warp & Weft | Group Show

Opening Thursday December 7, 5pm-9pm
Exhibition runs from Friday December 8 to Thursday December 14, 2017
Dilana Rugs, Christchurch

Warp & Weft brings together works that explore the tapestry of identity; the multiple strands that create a family and the ties that bind. It aims to bring into focus the role of traditional craft in contemporary art as both a physical and conceptual practice of weaving together sometimes disparate materials, ideas and approaches.

We are thoroughly excited to be hosting the Christchurch launch of Garland magazine at this event. With a special ceremony and acknwledgement of contributors to the publication.

Many thanks to Dilana Rugs for hosting this exhibition.

Featuring work by:

Robyn Webster
Annie Mackenzie
Margaret Lewis
Hannah Louise Heslop
Jacquelyn Greenbank
Maia Abraham
Ron Tekawa
Louise Sutherland
Mandy Cherry Joass
Hamish Allan
Ruby Prattley-Jones
Kara Burrowes
Sarah Rossiter and Hannah Gavey
Stone Kulimoe
Tahlia Walsh
Rhiannon James

This event is proudly supported and made possible by: The Christchurch City Council, Pablo at 383 Colombo St, Ara Institute of Technology, BNS Design and Print and The Colombo.

Call for artists | The lazy days of summer member exhibition

Call for artists | The lazy days of summer member exhibition

Friday December 8, 2017 to Sunday January 14, 2018
Upstairs Gallery, Auckland

Registrations must be in by Friday 24th November.

Our popular Summer members show opens on 8 December with a Twilight Market planned in the Lopdell Precinct (details about this market will be sent soon). Make sure you get your entries in for this popular members show, this year we have called it The lazy days of Summer, so make sure you fit in with the theme. We accept all mediums and require you to fill in and submit a registration form. No work will be accepted without a completed registration form.

Download registration form here

Gallery Coordinator

Gallery Coordinator

The art world is changing significantly and in this diverse, exciting, often challenging sector, artists need empathetic and professional support to ensure their exhibition experience is positive, likewise audiences for whom engagement is part personal, part educational.

The Depot galleries are part of a creative community with recording studios, a professional development programme for artists, and a publications arm. We are a small committed team with complementary skills which include curation, promotion, research and community development. Together we build a profile for the arts as a valued aspect of community and society.

We have developed for 2018 a diverse exhibition programme and we are seeking a Gallery Coordinator to work with the wider Depot team to provide successful exhibition experiences for exhibitors and visitors.  If you are familiar with contemporary NZ arts and arts practice, enjoy building relationships with artists, audiences and volunteers and have a professional approach which includes strong administration skills, value collaboration with other places and projects, we invite you to apply for this position.

Essential Qualities required for the position:

  • Passionate about offering outstanding care to Depot visitors with an engaging and warm manner
  • Outgoing, adaptable and committed to participating in The Depot’s creative activities
  • Able to work collaboratively and independently
  • Able to display sound judgment and  show initiative

Essential Skills required for the position

  • Significant Volunteer or paid work history within arts organisations. (museum/gallery/artist-run space)
  • Highly organised with the ability to implement good operational systems and to plan, organise and schedule in an efficient, productive manner
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both oral and written
  • Demonstrated ability to build a variety of networks with artists and organisations
  • Flexible approach to work schedule to meet varying requirements of exhibitions and other initiatives
  • Coordination and training volunteer staff

This opportunity is a full time position and you must be available for occasional Saturday rostered work and other out of hours commitments.

If you are interested in this position, please request a job description before sending in your application. All applications require a CV and Cover Letter. Contact Linda Blincko. linda.blincko@depotartspace.co.nz 

Ground Work | Craig McIntosh

Ground Work | Craig McIntosh

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

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

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

Kahoa Kakala | Sione Monu

Kahoa Kakala | Sione Monu

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

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

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

Opal Moon, Local Lime | Erica van Zon

Opal Moon, Local Lime | Erica van Zon

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

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

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

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

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

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

Image: Erica van Zon, courtesy of Objectspace

Yuki Kihara | Te Taenga Mai o Salome

Yuki Kihara | Te Taenga Mai o Salome

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

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

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

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

As the Situation Unfolds | Anthony Davies

As the Situation Unfolds | Anthony Davies

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

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

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

Elizabeth Thomson | Cellular Memory

Elizabeth Thomson | Cellular Memory

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

Curated by Gregory O’Brien

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

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

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

James Robinson | Doors: Hyper objects of the cthulucene

James Robinson | Doors: Hyper objects of the cthulucene

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

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

Image courtesy of the Diversion Gallery

Mataraupō | Tangimoe Clay

Mataraupō | Tangimoe Clay

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

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

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

Image: Artist, Tangimoe Clay, Ōpōtiki

Paratene Matchitt | Hui

Paratene Matchitt | Hui

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

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

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

Richard Stratton | Living History

Richard Stratton | Living History

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

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

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

Yayoi Kusama | The obliteration room

Yayoi Kusama | The obliteration room

 to Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland

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

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

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

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

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

Call for Applications | Lavinia Winter Fellow at New Zealand Pacific Studio

Call for Applications | Lavinia Winter Fellow at New Zealand Pacific Studio

Application deadline: Midnight New Zealand time, January 20 2018.

Applicants should be in the early stage of their creative ‘careers’. They can be working in any art medium and should have a particular creative project in mind for their residency.

The 2018 Lavinia Winter Fellow will be in residence for three weeks at Normandell, an historic 1911 villa that in 2001 was restored and converted into New Zealand Pacific Studio, a year-round international residency centre.

A non-profit centre, NZ Pacific Studio has welcomed hundreds of creative practitioners from around the world. The five-acre facility has several studio spaces, a cottage, a large library, an art collection, four fireplaces/woodstoves, sauna, gardens, and offers complimentary access to Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre.

If it is of interest to a Fellow, there is the opportunity to draw on the resources of the Wairarapa Archive during the Fellowship.

The Lavinia Winter Fellowship has been generously sponsored by the Winter family of Masterton since 2009.

Accommodation costs are sponsored (valued at NZ $1,050) for the Lavinia Winter Fellow and complimentary transportation is provided from the airport/train/bus station in Masterton/Palmerston North. The residency is self-catering. The successful Fellow would need to bring necessary equipment and supplies with her.

The Lavinia Winter Fellowship is available to an individual. However, an applicant is welcome to propose a collaborative project, but the Fellowship would only apply to the applicant and additional parties would need to cover the cost of their 3-week residency themselves. Additionally, an applicant is welcome to propose a project of more than three weeks in duration, but accommodation and transportation costs beyond the sponsored three week period would have to be met by the applicant.

Fellows are encouraged to provide a community activity during their residency. An Open Studio Day may also be planned during the residency.

Fellows can consider donating a work of art to their sponsor or to the residency centre.

Visit http://www.artistresidency.org.nz/433676/ to see what is offered at the residency centre.

To apply please e-mail NZ Pacific Studio with the following in ONE PDF/Word file under 1mb:

1. Your biography (under 100 words)
2. A description of your proposed project and why it is important to you (under 300 words)
3. A list of any specific requirements you may have
4. A statement of how the Lavinia Winter Fellowship would benefit you at this time (under 300 words)
5. A sample of your work – if you are a writer, no more than 1,000 words; if you are a visual artist, no more than 5 images.
6. Please provide links to any work online.
7. Please indicate which three weeks you would be interested to undertake your residency in the 2018 calendar year. Dates of residency are open to negotiation during 2018.
8. Please provide the names and email addresses of two references whom we will contact if you are shortlisted.

Application deadline: Midnight New Zealand time, 20 January 2018.

Key skills sought:

A commitment to, and passion for, writing and/or the arts. An interest in communicating with other creative practitioners.

Selection will be made on the nature of an applicant’s proposed project and the degree to which they will benefit from having the space and time to focus on a project of importance to them.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Email: info@artistresidency.org.nz
Website: www.artistresidency.org.nz
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MtBruceNZ/

Image: Lavinia Winter

 

Call for Works & Proposals 2018 | Kings Theatre Creative

Call for Works & Proposals 2018 | Kings Theatre Creative

Kings Theatre Creative is a creative community space in Kawakawa Bay of Islands. Known as the cultural junction and gateway to the Bay of Islands and Far North district, we are home to the world famous Hundertwasser Toilets and Bay of Islands Vintage Rail.

Last summer we hosted over 6 exhibitions, 100 artists and 60,000 visitors. We are open 5 days/week (7 days over peak) and have been operating successfully for 3 years this December with the thanks of our incredible local talent and volunteers.

We are calling for works for our summer/autumn season, particularly from artists who whakapapa back to Te Taitokerau or are working and practicing in Northland. We also accept artists from throughout Aotearoa who communicate an authentic expression of our people, place, flora, fauna, culture and heritage.

We have two group summer exhibitions open for submissions (deadline 20 Dec and 20 Jan) and we are also calling for proposals for solo or group exhibitions, events, performance and workshops for our annual programme 2018-2019.

Email proposals, ideas and samples of works along with your artist profile and contact details to kingstheatrecreative@gmail.com. Phone Laurell Pratt on 021 024 57571 for a korero first if you want to talk through your idea and or works. We run four Seasonal Programmes each year (summer, autumn, winter and spring) with a range of group and solo exhibitions, workshops, literary events, book launches, poetry events, live performance and theatre and more. We have three separate exhibition spaces, studio spaces in development, and upstairs workshop and can seat 80-100 people for an event. We welcome all proposals for consideration for the 2018 calendar and all new artist submissions. We sell artworks on behalf of artists, with a commission scale of 15 – 40% depending on artist commitment and availability and also like to work with other curators to bring an exhibition to life.

Image: Gallery Kings Theatre Creative, Kawakawa, Bay of Islands

Call for Applications | Artist in Residence | Auckland Council

Call for Applications | Artist in Residence | Auckland Council

Applications close Friday February 16, 2018

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

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

Info and application details are available on line now here

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

 

NZ Art Show | Call for Applications

NZ Art Show | Call for Applications

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

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

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

New category | Emergent 2018

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

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

Brendon Leung | ZENINIMALISM

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

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

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

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

Image courtesy of Wallace Arts Trust

CHRISTMAS PARTY AT CHAMBERS | Group Show

CHRISTMAS PARTY AT CHAMBERS | Group Show

Opening Night Party Tuesday December 12, 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Exhibition runs from Tuesday December 12 to December 22, 2017
Chambers Art Gallery, Christchurch

Works by Edwards + Johann, Tim Middleton, Ross Gray, Liam Dangerfield, Jason Greig, Doc Ross, Rebecca Harris, Rachael Dewhirst, Ed Lust, Jane Barry, Robyn Webster, Kara Burrowes, Hamish Southcott, Natalie Sweetapple, Matt Akehurst, Viv Kepes, Ben Reid, Michael Springer

To all of our wonderful clients and artists, we hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a safe and joyful New Year. You will be able to take your purchases with you on receipt of payment at any time throughout the exhibition.

The Toi Two Hundy | Group Show

The Toi Two Hundy | Group Show

Opening Tuesday December 12, 5.30pm
Exhibition runs from Wednesday December 13 to Thursday December 21, 2017
Toi Ponoke Gallery, Wellington

The Toi Two Hundy is back for its third year, showcasing great art at an affordable price. Artworks are all made by Toi Pōneke studio artists, and include paintings, photography, jewellery, sculptures and more. Everything is $200 or less. Bring cash, EFTPOS or credit card to purchase artworks.

Book Launch | Martin Patrick: Across the Art/Life Divide

Book Launch | Martin Patrick: Across the Art/Life Divide

Tuesday December 12, 5:30pm
Robert Heald Gallery, Wellington

“In this inspired consideration of 20th and 21st century international avant-gardes, Martin Patrick reveals secret histories, tendencies, and subtexts that defy the weary exchangeability of institutional contemporary art. Looking beyond the usual suspects, Patrick charts the charged space between art and life, and channels the artists and art works that describe the indescribable.”
– Chris Kraus

Please join us for the launch of Martin Patrick’s Across the Art/Life Divide: Performance, Subjectivity, and Social Practice in Contemporary Art, published by Intellect Books, University of Chicago.

In Across the Art/Life Divide Martin Patrick explores the ways in which contemporary artists across media continue to reinvent art that straddles both public and private spheres. Examining the impact of various art movements on notions of performance, authorship, and identity, Across the Art/Life Divide argues that the most defining feature of contemporary art is the ongoing interest of artists in the problematic relationship between art and life. Looking at underexamined forms, such as stand-up comedy and sketch shows, alongside more traditional artistic media, he situates the work of a wide range of contemporary artists to ask: To what extent are artists presenting themselves? And does the portrayal of the “self” in art necessarily constitute authenticity? By dissecting the meta-conditions and contexts surrounding the production of art, whether aesthetic or conceptual, social or political, Across the Art/Life Divide examines how ordinary, everyday life is transformed into art.

Copies of the publication will be available for purchase.

Thick Cinema | CIRCUIT Commissions 2017

Thick Cinema | CIRCUIT Commissions 2017

Tuesday December 12, 7pm
The Theatre, Lopdell House, Auckland

Thick Cinema is a cinema screening of five new works by contemporary New Zealand artists; Fiona Amundsen, John Di Stefano, Sam Hamilton, Kim Pieters, Joyce Campbell. Curated by Mercedes Vicente and commissioned by CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand with the support of Creative New Zealand.

Each artist in Thick Cinema was asked to make a work of up to 10 minutes which considered the role of the body and sensorial experience in cinematic intelligibility and meaning. Shot in New Zealand, Japan, USA and Italy, the five resulting works engage variously with the legacy of fascism, the sexual union of eels, public gardens, the sunset and memory.

The CIRCUIT Artist Cinema Commissions are an annual programme produced by CIRCUIT. This Auckland Premiere screening is presented for free in association with Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery.

View the trailer here

Image courtesy of Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery

Permanent House Keeper | Cait Johnson

Permanent House Keeper | Cait Johnson

Launching Wednesday December 13, 6pm
Window online, windowgallery.co.nz

Permanent Housekeeper enquires into histories of reproductive labour, beginning with the personal and unravelling outwards. The relationship between the artist’s great-grandparents, the history of colonisation in Aotearoa and slavery in North America’s Deep South are addressed in relation to the domestic, framed by Marxist feminist theory. As the reader is guided through these texts, linkages are suggested and distances are compressed between these varied contexts.

Image courtesy of Window

Pity must not sway the jury | Jaimee Stockman-Young

Pity must not sway the jury | Jaimee Stockman-Young

Opening Wednesday December 13, 6pm
Window, Auckland

Tonight I’ve watched
the moon and then
the Pleiades
go down

The night is now
half-gone; youth
goes; I am

in bed alone.

—Sappho

Building on her interest in archival material, forgotten histories and queer ecologies in Aotearoa, Jaimee Stockman-Young presents Pity must not sway the jury. A text by writer Anna Rankin will accompany the exhibition.

Image courtesy of Window

Street Prints Mauao 2017

Street Prints Mauao 2017

Thursday December 14 to Wednesday December 20, 2017
Mount Maunganui, Tauranga

Street Prints is the imagery of leaving creative footprints in the Street. Mauao is our sacred maunga (mountain) in Mount Maunganui.

PAINT presents Street Prints Mauao, bought to you by TECT and Powerco. A community led project and initiative to inspire and uplift our rangatahi and people of Tauranga.

18 International and National Artists will paint beautiful murals in downtown Mt Maunganui based on our theme.

‘He aha te mea nui o te ao, He Tāngata, He Tāngata, He Tāngata. ‘What is the most important thing in the world? It’s the People, It’s the People, It’s the People.’

*Witness large scale artworks
*Engage in Art Workshops, Art Tours, Art Auction, Youth Mentoring and Entertainment
*An experience, Free to the community to enjoy!

See Facebook event here

Kevin Capon | Portraits 1984-85

Kevin Capon | Portraits 1984-85

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

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

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

Publication Launch | Femisphere

Publication Launch | Femisphere

Launch on Friday December 15, from 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Strange Haven, Auckland

You are warmly invited to join us for the launch of the very first issue of Femisphere, a new ongoing series of publications edited by Judy Darragh & Imogen Taylor.

Femisphere is a long-term project interested in encouraging inclusivity and visibility of women*’s practices in the visual arts sector of Aotearoa. Femisphere is our attempt at presenting a structure to support diverse conversation around female* artists’ work from the past, present and future. This structure has recently commenced as a series of publications, each one showcasing responses and expressions from a rotational selection of artists.

The first group of contributors are:
Elle Loui August
Philippa Blair
Heidi Brickell
Bek Coogan
Judy Darragh
Ayesha Green
Rebecca Ann Hobbs
Claudia Jowitt
Andrea Low
Natasha Matila-Smith
Judy Millar
Ahilapalapa Rands
Rosanna Raymond
Ella Scott-Fleming
Imogen Taylor

*We believe women/woman/female/her/she to be inclusive to all variations of gender that identify with these terms/labels, whether it is in the past, present or future.

Strange Haven (used to be Rainbow Youth, across from Family bar) 281 Karangahape Road.
Publications and refreshments will be provided.

If you can’t make it to the launch and would like a copy of Femisphere, or would like to be a part of Femisphere in the future, please email femispherepublication@gmail.com

Thanks to Chartwell Trust!

Ann Shelton | Dark Matter

Ann Shelton | Dark Matter

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

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

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

Exhibition organsied by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

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

Geophagy | Ruth Watson

Geophagy | Ruth Watson

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

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

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

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

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

Hannah Beehre | Mures, et Terram

Hannah Beehre | Mures, et Terram

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

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

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

“I was interested in creating an epic in which motion, chaos and instability were the main drivers. The narratives that surface within the work are based in situation and circumstance, describing actions and responses of those subjected to/overwhelmed by its violent nature . . . it contains for me a very human story of fear, loss and recovery.”

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

Inside The Fish Tank, The Exquisite Crone | Phoebe Lysbeth Kay Mackenzie

Inside The Fish Tank, The Exquisite Crone | Phoebe Lysbeth Kay Mackenzie

Opening Preview Saturday 16 December 2017, 4pm | Click here to join Facebook event
Exhibition runs from Sunday December 17, 2017 to Saturday January 20, 2018
Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin

Please join us for our last opening for 2017, Inside The Fish Tank, The Exquisite Crone, a new work by Phoebe Lysbeth Kay Mackenzie, situated in the window of Blue Oyster Art Project Space over the summer of 2017/2018.

Mackenzie’s constructed (self)portrait of an intriguing figure stares out defiantly from the window, surveying Dowling Street with no movement but the authoritative snap of it’s fingers. Their pensive expression of ease and self-assuredness rests within their pose, reminiscent of classical portraiture.

Image courtesy of Blue Oyster

Len Lye | Big Bang Theory

Len Lye | Big Bang Theory

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

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

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

State of Play II | Group Show

State of Play II | Group Show

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

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

World View | Mapping the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Collection

World View | Mapping the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Collection

On from December 16 to 30, 2017
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin

World View takes a journey through the Dunedin Public Art Gallery collection, mapping the geographical strengths that have come to shape it over time. From the Italian Renaissance, through Edo period Japan, to 20th century New Zealand art, this exhibition celebrates the history and diversity that gives this collection its unique character.

Image: Toyohara Kunichika, Actors on Parade in the Chu Shin Gura (detail) Woodblock print on paper. Collection Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Christmas Night Market | Callout for Stalls

Christmas Night Market | Callout for Stalls

Saturday December 16 2017, 5.30pm-8.30pm
Space Studio and Gallery, Whanganui

We are now seeking expressions of interest for our next Night Market event!

If you’d like to be a stall holder in our Christmas Night Market on the 16th of December please get in touch now.

We have outdoor stalls available for this event and also seek a beverage/coffee cart.

We’d love to put forward a wide range of makers for our patrons to create a dynamic and interesting outdoor area with Christmas buying in mind! This includes (but is not limited to) art, designer crafts, sculptural items,woodwork, artisan food, fashion, plants etc.

Stalls are $40 each with 1.8m trestle table provided with every stall.

To express interest in this night market event please email sarah@spacestudiogallery.co.nz being sure to include images and details of your products.

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Colour & Surface | JS Parker

Colour & Surface | JS Parker

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

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

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

Image: Plain Song – Mindscape, Off Kaikoura 2016

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