Exhibition | Bad Hair Day

Exhibition | Bad Hair Day

Opening Saturday June 4, 2016 Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch Bad Hair Day investigates the wild and wonderful ways of hair through painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography and video.

Group Show | Under Kaipara Skies

Group Show | Under Kaipara Skies

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

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

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

Workshop | CANned Poetry Afternoon

Workshop | CANned Poetry Afternoon

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

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

New members always welcome!

Reassemble | Mark Braunias

Reassemble | Mark Braunias

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

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

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

Forms in the process of forming.

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

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

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

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

Workshop | Painting Tuition with Helen Dynes

Workshop | Painting Tuition with Helen Dynes

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

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

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

Exhibition | Sunlight Ihi Komaru

Exhibition | Sunlight Ihi Komaru

January 21 to April 30, 2017
Waikato Museum, Hamilton

We reveal the secrets of the Sun in a fun and interactive, science-based exhibition for all ages. The award winning Sunlight – Ihi Kōmaru brings new life to the story of sunlight through interactive games, challenges and dynamic multimedia. Discover how sunlight is created, play with the properties of light, follow a photon, activate the amazing process of photosynthesis and shine your UV torch to reveal hidden wonders. What does the Sun sound like? Climb inside a giant inflatable Sun to find out. How fast are you compared to the speed of light? Race your family and friends to see how long it would take you to travel the distance from Earth to the Moon. Power a photon on its quest through space, starting from the core of the Sun, to nourish life on Earth. See first-hand how light is created. Test how fast light travels and learn how light behaves and reacts to various mediums. Understand how light has influenced life and culture for millions of years!

Door Sales only
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Gallery Tour | Senoir Moments

Gallery Tour | Senoir Moments

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

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

 

Group Show | Open Air, Still Life

Group Show | Open Air, Still Life

February 4 to May 14, 2017
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin

Taking Frances Hodgkins’ painting Still Life with Fruit Dishes (c.1937) as a starting point, this exhibition brings together a selection of contemporary and historical artworks including painting, ceramics and printmaking, to explore the subject of ‘still life’ as a medium for artistic expression. With works by Frances Hodgkins, Erica van Zon, Imogen Taylor, Saskia Leek, Vanessa Bell, Ronald Grierson and Joanna Margaret Paul, curated by Andrea Bell.

It Shows Really, A Rather Beautiful Spirit | Susan Frykberg

It Shows Really, A Rather Beautiful Spirit | Susan Frykberg

February 11 to May 7, 2017
Sargeant Gallery, Whanganui

Current artist-in-residence at Tylee Cottage, sound artist and composer, Susan Frykberg responds to the life and works of artist Edith Collier. The exhibition features artworks by Collier in the context of an immersive sound and film scape created by Frykberg in collaboration with video artist, Brit Bunkley.

The River Lie | Group Show

The River Lie | Group Show

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

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

Exhibition | Once...

Exhibition | Once...

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

Our very own Huttette turns 30!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Picturing Asia: Double Take | The Photography of Brian Brake and Steve McCurry

Picturing Asia: Double Take | The Photography of Brian Brake and Steve McCurry

Opening Saturday February 25, 2017 4pm
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland

Stunning images, complex narratives, a fascinating conversation: pictures of Asia by two of the great masters of documentary photography. Picturing Asia: Double Take pairs and contrasts the work of New Zealander Brian Brake (1927-1988), and American Steve McCurry (born 1950).

Brake, best known for his Monsoon photo essay in Life magazine in 1961, inspired McCurry with that series. McCurry later became famous for his 1984 photograph of Sharbat Gula, known as Afghan Girl and published on the cover of National Geographic in June 1985. Not just pictures of Asia, these photographs are also invitations to ‘picture this’ – to find the stories within. A satellite component of the exhibition locates Brake in Titirangi where he lived from 1977 until his death in 1988.

This exhibition was commissioned by Asia Society Hong Kong to commemorate the Society’s 60th anniversary. Co-presented by Auckland Arts Festival and Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, supported by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Curated by Ian Wedde.

Images – Left: Brian Brake. Film director Akira Kurosawa standing before an image of his principal star, Toshiro Mifune, Tokyo, Japan, 1963. 35mm transparency. Collection Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Gift of Wai-man Lau, 2001. Right: Steve McCurry, Sharbat Gula, ‘Afghan Girl’, at Nasir Bagh refugee camp near Peshawar, Pakistan, 1984 © Steve McCurry

 

Workshop | Saturday Sittings

Workshop | Saturday Sittings

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

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

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

We will have fresh brews from Mojo Coffee and refreshments.

Dilemma Hill | Rodger Mortimer

Dilemma Hill | Rodger Mortimer

February 26 to May 21, 2017
Pataka Art + Object, Porirua

Roger Mortimer has been described as ‘a contemporary visual mythologist’. His paintings portray beauty and barbarity, warning of the eternal perils of the human condition and expressing the hope of overcoming them.

The exhibition Roger Mortimer: Dilemma Hill surveys the last 16 years of Mortimer’s art practice; from the elaborate calligraphy of quirky early works based on bills, bureaucratic documents and mail order catalogues, to his recent exploration of imagery drawn from illustrated manuscripts of Dante’s 14th century epic poem, the Divine Comedy.

Mortimer’s menacing yet delicately coloured depictions invite both psychological and political readings and remind us of the human capacity for both evil and redemption. Graphic imagery lifted from medieval manuscripts set on New Zealand marine charts powerfully reflects contemporary global turmoil.

Free admission

A joint project between Pataka Art + Museum and Gus Fisher Gallery, University of Auckland, Roger Mortimer: Dilemma Hill will be Mortimer’s first major solo exhibition in a public institution

Everything between you and me | Rachael Rakena and Hana Rakena

Everything between you and me | Rachael Rakena and Hana Rakena

February 26 to May 7, 2017
Pataka Art + Museum, Porirua

Rachael and Hana Rakena are sisters from Rāpaki who grew up in Hokitika and currently live in Palmerston North and Sumner respectively. In 2005 they exhibited with their father Otene, a pounamu carver, at SOFA Christchurch in a show called Taonga Whanau. 2017 will mark the ten-year anniversary of Otene’s passing.

Everything between you and me speaks about a space between two distinct points. Beginning with you as the most distant point and ending in me, this space holds all that has and will exist between us. Hana’s ceramics act as stand-in protagonists whilst Rachael’s moving images explore the fluidity of relationships as they evolve, responding to interference but also considerate of potential.

Free admission

Image courtesy of the artist

Exhibition | 25th Annual Wallace Art Awards 2016

Exhibition | 25th Annual Wallace Art Awards 2016

February 26 to May 7, 2017
Pataka Art + Museum, Porirua

The Annual Wallace Art Awards are 25 years old this year. They are the longest-surviving and largest annual art awards of their kind in New Zealand, with a prize value amounting to over $220,000.

The Awards continue to encourage and support the visual arts in New Zealand, as well as highlighting artists who are creating remarkable work. This year’s exhibition features the winning artworks and a selection of the finalists, including the Paramount Award winner André Hemer – a previous Pātaka exhibitor.

With a mixture of well-known and emerging artists including several more familiar names to Pātaka visitors, the exhibition provides a glimpse of what is happening in the contemporary art field in New Zealand right now.

FREEDOM AND STRUCTURE | Cubism and New Zealand Art 1930–1960

FREEDOM AND STRUCTURE | Cubism and New Zealand Art 1930–1960

February 26 to May 21, 2017
Pātaka Art + Museum, Porirua

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.

Curated by Julia Waite and toured by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Freedom and Structure features works from the collections of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Waikato Museum, The University of Auckland, Victoria University of Wellington, The Hocken Library – University of Otago, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and private lenders.

Exhibition | 2017 Belton, Smith & Associates Ltd Whanganui Arts Review

Exhibition | 2017 Belton, Smith & Associates Ltd Whanganui Arts Review

Opening Friday March 3, 2017 6-8pm
Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui

Please join us for the opening of the 2017 Belton, Smith & Associates Ltd Whanganui Arts Review

Unquestionably, one of the highlights of the Sarjeant Gallery exhibition programme is the annual Whanganui Arts Review sponsored by Belton, Smith & Associates. Open to all artists living in the Whanganui region, including all areas that link to the Whanganui River (Whanganui, Ruapehu, Rangitikei), this exhibition is a great reflection of the diverse creative talent that resides within our region.

Sand in the Apricot Jam | Rebecca Holden

Sand in the Apricot Jam | Rebecca Holden

March 4 to June 11, 2017
Waikato Museum, Hamilton

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

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

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

Open Application | NZ Pacific Studio Winter Residency

Open Application | NZ Pacific Studio Winter Residency

WINTER OPPORTUNITY

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

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

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

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

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

HOW TO APPLY

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

– a short biography (under 75 words)

-a photograph of yourself

-2-3 samples of your work / a link to your website

-an outline of what you plan to work on at NZ Pacific Studio (under 300 words)

Please keep your document under 1mb, thank you.

Applications are also accepted on a year-round basis.

 

Key skills sought:

Artists / researchers who are serious about their practice.

How to apply

HOW TO APPLY

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

– a short biography (under 75 words)

-a photograph of yourself

-2-3 samples of your work / a link to your website

-an outline of what you plan to work on at NZ Pacific Studio (under 300 words)

Please keep your document under 1mb, thank you.

Applications are also accepted on a year-round basis.

Workshop | Traditional Māori Korowai classes

Workshop | Traditional Māori Korowai classes

March 6 to November 26, 2017
Ohaki, Waitomo

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

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

For more information click here

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

 

Nabokov Blue's: The Charmed Circle 2017 | Fiona Pardington

Nabokov Blue's: The Charmed Circle 2017 | Fiona Pardington

Opening Wednesday March 8, 2017
Starkwhite, AUckland

As the most famous novelist of his time, Vladimir Nabokov often featured on the cover of or inside Time, Life, Vogue, and the like, catching butterflies—and so became also the most famous lepidopterist of his time. Most assumed he was just a hobbyist, although a few specialists realized he was a world class scientist, as has been borne out in research, books, and exhibitions from the 1980s to the 2010s.

Internationally renowned New Zealand photographer Fiona Pardington has made it part of her practice for years to reanimate dead material she finds near her home or in museums around the world: birds, mushrooms, plaster life casts of Maori heads, fragments of archival handwriting. She interrogates death and celebrates collecting and preservation.

A Nabokov lover since her teens, she was stunned to read in 2011 how science had vindicated his hunches about the populating of the Americas by the Blues (Polyommatinae) he specialized in. To pay homage, she has photographed, in European and American museums, only butterflies Nabokov caught and killed, words or diagrams in his hand, butterfly images on printed pages he marked: “The butterflies must be his own, their thorax crushed by the fingers that held the pen with which he wrote. Butterflies taken, like relics. One degree of separation. Love and death fold together.”

After waiting for years for the right camera breakthrough, as Nabokov would wait for the right weeks and weather to catch the species he stalked, Fiona has found ways to disclose the beauty and strangeness of what he could see in“the charmed circle of the microscope” (“On Discovering a Butterfly,” 1941). University Distinguished Professor Brian Boyd

Image credit: Fiona Pardington

Open Application | Botanical Art Worldwide Ngāi Tipu Taketake

Open Application | Botanical Art Worldwide Ngāi Tipu Taketake

Applications close November 16, 2017 5pm

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

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

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

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

EXHIBITION DATES
30 March – 1 July 2018

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

GENERAL INFORMATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RUNNING NEO-GEO GAMES UNDER MAME | Petra Cortright

RUNNING NEO-GEO GAMES UNDER MAME | Petra Cortright

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

New exhibition from ‘pioneer of post-internet art’

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Transit (Arrival) | Yona Lee

In Transit (Arrival) | Yona Lee

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

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

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

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

Lose Your Mind | David Shrigley

Lose Your Mind | David Shrigley

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

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

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

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

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

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

Call For Applications | Art of Technology 2017

Call For Applications | Art of Technology 2017

Applications close April 30, 2017

We want you to be part of Art of Technology 2017. You need to read “What is Art of Technology 2017” to get some context of what we will present to the nation and to the world. It is exciting and ground breaking stuff

Our track record
Like most things we started small. 80 visitors to our first exhibition in 2013 and it was tame. Testing the waters. Over 1600 visitors to the next one and it stretched imaginations and concepts considerably. This time our aim is for 5000 visitors and an experience that is world class amazing. People will walk out the door having experienced whole new types of art in new ways.

Who do we want?
This experience will stretch your thinking about just what an artist is. Technology is allowing a whole new set of people to create things that are in the realm of art – you might be a coder, a hacker, an animator, an engineer, an artist in conventional mediums, a writer, a muscian, an inventor, or a tinkerer. You might also be one of those people and need the help of another one of those people to make your wonderful idea work. Or maybe you want to be involved to help with someone else’s wonderful idea. We can help match you up.
What do we need?
You to answer “No” to this… “Would this work exist if the (digital) technology it depicts or is used to create it or present it did not exist?”

This will be a curated show but here are some pointers so you can see if what you do aligns with our vision for this remarkable experience:

We see these as Art of Technology

  • Gif art
  • Interactive digital art
  • Art combining digital and conventional
  • Projection Art/Video/animation art
  • 3D printed art
  • Music or sound based art
  • Digital art
  • Technological themed sculpture or installation art
  • Robots and automation
  • Wearable technological themed art
  • Virtual Reality art
  • Augmented Reality art
  • Conventional art with a tech theme/subject
  • Gaming Art
  • Digitally worked photography (but not just digital photos)

If you need resources to make it work – we can help.
Just talk to us early. Projectors, computers, internet access – all easy.

It costs just $25 NZ to submit your work for entry (non-refundable).

You can make that plus more back: Sell your work (or versions of your work) OR get a portion of the entry fee where you have non-saleable art (in effect we charge people to see it). We will have an “exit through the gift shop” structure where saleable work and experience souvenirs can be purchased. Think about what you could do here.

Dates: 18 Oct to 5 November 2017. Tauranga New Zealand

This event will be heavily marketed and associated with VIP events and special openings. We will be part of the Tauranga Arts Festival 2017.

Competition | DYI Doofus

Competition | DYI Doofus

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

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

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

Come on in and give it a go!

Group Show | Vanished Delft

Group Show | Vanished Delft

Opening Tuesday March 14, 6pm
Pah Homestead, Auckland

Please join us for the opening celebration of Vanished Delft: Handmade Material Culture at The Pah Homestead, curated by Anna Miles, presented by the James Wallace Arts Trust and the Auckland Arts Festival.

Wine and nibbles will be provided.

Vanished Delft is an exhibition of contemporary objectmaking within rooms that were once home to one of New Zealand’s most extravagant collections of furniture and fittings. Today, this late 19th Century Italianate mansion is again home to a collection: the Wallace Trust’s extensive holdings of contemporary New Zealand art.

For the period of the exhibition, the finely carved marble mantelpieces of the Ballroom and Drawing Room will be repopulated with domestic accoutrements. The Wallace Trust’s Collection of Arts and Crafts furniture will be pressed into service alongside an extensive display of contemporary handmade material culture by more than 40 artists.

 

Try A Craft Day - Call for Artists

Try A Craft Day - Call for Artists

3-4 culturally diverse artists who are local to the Three Kings area are being sought to work on an event called Try A Craft Day taking place on Saturday, May 6 from 11am- 3pm.

Try A Craft day celebrates the diverse cultures in Puketāpapa and provides people a chance to learn a new craft and the culture it comes from.

The theme of the event is gift giving so ideally artists will be able to work with the public to create something for gifting.

Artists will be paid and materials costs covered. This can be discussed in further detail on application.

To speak further with the organisers and to register your interest please contact Mary Notton: mnotton@gmail.com

 

Exhibition | When Dreams Turn To Gold

Exhibition | When Dreams Turn To Gold

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

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

The Bloggs | Nicola Jackson

The Bloggs | Nicola Jackson

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

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

The Body Laid Bare | Masterpieces from the Tate

The Body Laid Bare | Masterpieces from the Tate

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

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

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

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

Click here to buy early bird tickets 

Call for Applications | Exhibition Proposals for Blikfang

Application deadline June 30, 2017
Blikfang, Auckland

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

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

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

How to apply

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

Exhibition | Beyond the Cordon

Exhibition | Beyond the Cordon

March 24 to May 14, 2017
Waikato Museum, Hamilton

The 22 February 2011 Canterbury earthquake triggered the largest emergency response operation ever seen in New Zealand. The task of visually documenting the rescue and victim recovery operation in the weeks following the earthquake fell inadvertently to New Zealand Police photographers. The 23 photographers took every possible opportunity to record what they saw around them, including aspects of the operation that would rarely be documented, such as victim recovery and mortuary operations.

The photographers faced hostile conditions: smouldering rubble burnt through their boots, shards of concrete went flying as diggers cleared sites, and there was always the threat of aftershocks as they perched precariously on collapsed buildings. As an integral part of the recovery operation, Police photographers were the only photographers with long-term access to the central city throughout the following weeks.

Education programmes are available for this exhibition.

Image: Poplar Lane, Monday 28 February 2011, 9.56am, New Zealand Police photographers. 

Group Show | Welcome to The Jungle

Group Show | Welcome to The Jungle

March 24 to May 20, 2017
Whakatane Museum and Arts, Whakatane

This group exhibition explores the way artists have used animals as metaphors for the human condition; serving as vessels for human emotions, environmental issues, political satire and more.

Includes Hanna Shim and Julie Ross

Livng History | Richard Stratton

Livng History | Richard Stratton

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

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

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

Lost and Remembered | Rozana Lee

Lost and Remembered | Rozana Lee

March 24 to May 11, 2017
Corner Window Gallery, Auckland

Project 035: Rozana Lee

Artists Statement: I have installed twelve Batik fabrics created with primary school students from central Auckland using copper stamped wax-resist method. The installation includes rows of Batik squares cut from the remnant of ready-made Batik collected from my father’s tsunami-ridden shop in Aceh, Indonesia in 2004. Each square represents a life that was lost in the natural disaster of 26 December 2004 and a life that was remembered. In Auckland, these Batik squares were once pinned by the community from around Auckland to the calico walls provided at Tsunami Hour… exhibition (2013) and Patches of Life 2004-2014 (2014) touring exhibitions.

Batik is a cultural fabric that is traditionally made using hand written wax-resist dyeing. It has existed as a form of art-making since the 12th century and has become a strong source of cultural identity for Indonesians. Its unique motifs take their themes from daily life, incorporating patterns such as flowers, sea waves, folklore, and traditional festivals. An early belief was that certain types of cloth had mystical powers capable of warding off ill fortune, while other pieces are believed to bring good luck.

New Zealand and Indonesia both sit on the Pacific Ring of Fire where continental plates collide making the area subject to frequent seismic and volcanic activity. Despite this location many of those living in the region in areas most affected by the Boxing Day 2004 Earthquake had little or no knowledge of tsunamis. In many places there was no proper tsunami warning system in place and very few knew what to do in the event of a tsunami.

Image: Lost and Remembered, 2017 Site-specific Batik fabric installation

Open Call | Shoes Extravaganza

Open Call | Shoes Extravaganza

Application deadline August 3, 2017

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

3 entry categories 2017:

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

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

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

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

How to apply

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Image: EMMA FITTS, RESEARCH IMAGE, 2017

Jealous Saboteurs | Francis Upritchard

Jealous Saboteurs | Francis Upritchard

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

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

Living History | Richard Stratton

Living History | Richard Stratton

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

In Living History, Wellington artist Richard Stratton presents a series of new work that continues his interest in bringing together ceramic decoration and production techniques, art histories and social narratives.

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

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

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

People and Places of the Whakatāne District | William T Bray

People and Places of the Whakatāne District | William T Bray

March 25 to May 28, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Open Call | Where Shall We Call Home?

Open Call | Where Shall We Call Home?

Deadline May 24, 2017
Depot Art Space, Auckland

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

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

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

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

Dates: 17th June to 5th July 2017

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

We look forward to hearing from you

How to apply

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

Open Application | Gallery Assistant at the NZ Art Show

Open Application | Gallery Assistant at the NZ Art Show

Application deadline April 30, 2017

Your main role will be assisting customers and artists at the NZ Art Show in Wellington over Queens Birthday weekend … if someone wants to purchase an artwork; you will be there to assist them by taking it off the wall and taking them through the sales process. Wearing white gloves and a staff t-shirt you can keep – its fun fun fun ..

Thursday June 1st: We are seeking assistants for the gala evening starting from 3pm

Friday – Monday June 2nd – 5th: starting from 10am

  • Minimum requirements – excellent customer service skills, a positive ‘can-do’ attitude and a clean and tidy appearance.
  • The ability to work well unsupervised and remain calm under pressure is a must.
  • Experience with handling art is preferred but not necessary.
  • Read and speak English well.
How to apply

If you are interested, please email work@artshow.co.nz and we will give you all the details

Open Application | The Parkin Drawing Prize 2017

Open Application | The Parkin Drawing Prize 2017

Deadline for applications June 16, 2017 4pm

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

Entries are now open

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

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

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

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

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

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

Open Application | Volunteer Gallery Assistants

Open Application | Volunteer Gallery Assistants

Application deadline May 6, 2017

We are looking for enthusiastic and friendly voluntary staff aged 16 and over to assist us with a wide variety of tasks at CoCA Toi Moroki. As a member of our team of volunteers you’ll primarily be the friendly face greeting our visitors at reception. This role includes front-of-house and administrative duties, fielding general enquiries, gallery minding as well as giving exhibition tours (optional). There are also opportunities to get involved with hosting after hours events, to help artists with the production of their works and to gain hands on practical experience during installation/deinstallation of exhibitions.

You don’t need gallery experience or indepth knowledge of art necessary –  reliability, a willingness to learn, as well as a love of art and communicating are key attributes.

Our cohort is hugely varied, from highschool students to retirees, from artists to accountants and scientists – we’re a friendly bunch and welcome your unique perspectives.  We also welcome those on working holiday visas – conversational English is required, but you’re welcome to speak your language to our guests from your part of the world. So if you’re 16 or over and want to be part of our CoCA Whanau, get in touch!

Ideally, we request that you commit to one shift per week of 3.5 hours. CoCA is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10-5pm, and most shifts are within these hours.
If you have extra time, you can also opt to be on-call and / or assist at public events.

Benefits:

  • Hands-on experience working in a contemporary public art gallery
  • Volunteer training sessions
  • Exclusive Volunteer talks with curators and artists in our exhibitions
  • Free attendance to CoCA Events
  • Free yearly membership to CoCA after 40 hours of volunteering
  • Gain valuable skills in gallery management and customer service
  • Make connections with likeminded arts lovers and organisations

You will also receive a comprehensive inducution, three-monthly exhibition briefings from the curator, a CoCA t-shirt and acknowledgment on our website.

To apply, follow the link from http://coca.org.nz/volunteer/

How to apply

To apply, follow the link from http://coca.org.nz/volunteer/

Depending on demand, we will be hosting volunteer inductions with times to be advised on Wednesday 1 & Thursday 2 March, and Saturday 4 March.

Open Call | Proposals for Potocki Paterson Art Gallery 2017

Open Call | Proposals for Potocki Paterson Art Gallery 2017

Proposal Deadline May 1, 2017
Potocki Paterson Art Gallery, Wellington

Potocki Paterson Art Gallery welcomes artists and curators to propose an exhibition for 2017

The gallery, together with a team of outside contemporary art assessors, will consider each submission. If the exhibition proposal meets the required standards, the applicant will be notified of available exhibition dates.

Priority is given to artists who have an established exhibition history; particularly those who are mid career and seek further develop their practice.

However, a strong ethos at the gallery is to also promote and show emerging artists in the early stages of their career.

Group shows are welcome.

How to apply

Please visit www.potockipaterson.co.nz to download a copy of the Exhibition and Proposal Guidelines, or altenatively, contact dylan@potockipaterson.co.nz

A Line That Was Not | Mikaela Marshall

A Line That Was Not | Mikaela Marshall

Opening Wednesday March 29, 2017 at 5:30pm
The Physics Room, Christchurch

A line that was not continues Mikaela Marshall’s open-ended exploration of movement, meaning, and form. Using The Physics Room’s inner city setting for her exploration of point-to-point connection, the exhibition maps everyday interactions around the High Street and Tuam Street intersection. By a process of translation – where movement becomes line – her drawings become the distilled record of anonymous movements.

For this new body of work, Marshall has taken her practice outside of familiar, interior spaces and moved from working with people that she knows to anonymous participants. Through these shifts, her process is subtly reshaped to present a
flattened transliteration of how we navigate the inner city.

Marshall’s work draws on the vast reservoir of unnoticed, trivial, and repetitive actions which make up the common ground of daily life. Her drawings function in a space between and beyond documentation; exposing the movements of anonymous participants to sculptural scrutiny. By attempting to document a succession of instances these works approach the impossibility of embedding movement as a text or diagram, thereby freeing the line from its representational responsibility. As such, her work is a personal meditation on the point at which a
gestural act, like drawing or walking, embodies a conscious act.

Mikaela Marshall is a Christchurch based artist, who recently completed a MFA at
Ilam School of Fine Art. Mikaela’s interdisciplinary, and process-based art practice
is centred upon movement, meaning and form.

Image: Photograph of Tuam Street and High Street intersection overlaid with a drawing from ‘Stage Patterns’ series, pen on butter paper, 2017

Call For Applications | Mahuki Roadshow 2017 Tauranga

Call For Applications | Mahuki Roadshow 2017 Tauranga

Applications Open April 2, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

You could be a…

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

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

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

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

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

https://venturecentre.co.nz/

http://www.basestation.nz/en

Monuments and Other Reminders | Reuben Moss

Monuments and Other Reminders | Reuben Moss

Opening Wednesday March 29, 2017 at 5:30pm
The Physics Room, Christchurch

Monuments and other reminders is a mini-retrospective of Portugal-based New
Zealand artist Reuben Moss. The exhibition includes works that span over ten years,
as well as a new three-channel video installation.

Moss works across a number of disciplines including installation, performance, and
digital media. His work is deeply concerned with the urban experience and the
systemic economic and political forces that govern how city-dwellers live day-today.
His work modifying and disrupting computer games and videos speaks back to
the top-down power structures that seem to be impenetrable or unchangeable in
contemporary society.

These actions of resistance are also present in his earlier ‘live’ works produced
when Moss lived in Dunedin between 2005-2010. The title of the
exhibition, Monuments and other reminders, has been drawn from a series of
sculptural interventions that utilised recycled playground equipment, the
documentation of which is shown here for the first time.

There is a dark and dry humour in Moss’ work that hinges on the failure of the
modernist idea of a progressive utopia – that the more we plan and work at
imposing our will on the world around us the worse things become. By cutting and
collaging historical artefacts of popular culture, Moss highlights the redundancy and
bittersweet obsolescence of both the content and the medium.

Monuments and other reminders is the first of two exhibitions of Moss’ work at The
Physics Room in 2017. The second exhibition will occur in December and consist of
new work made in New Zealand. In the lead-up to this exhibition, Moss will travel to
Christchurch to occupy The Physics Room’s residency space.

Reuben Moss (1985) lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal. Recent exhibitions
include, The Hive Hums With Many Minds Part Two, Te Tuhi (group) 2016, Erre que
Erre que Erre que Erre, C/ Encarnación González 8, Madrid (group), 2016, Arte y
Propaganda Libertaria, C/ Encarnación González 8, Madrid (group) 2015, 5×5
Catello, Espai d’art contemporani de Castelló (group), 2013, Arte Útil 1, Off Limits,
Madrid, (group), 2011.

Image: Still from ‘The Existential Crisis of the Individual in the Postmodern City’ from Trilogy, 2011 – 2017

Open Application | Store Manager at the The Poi Room

Open Application | Store Manager at the The Poi Room

Deadline for application April 30, 2017

About the business and the role

Right from the beginning The Poi Room has been all about making a positive difference….

We are looking for a self motivated experienced Store Manager to take control of our flagship store in the fashion centre of Newmarket.

So if you want to lead a motivated team selling only New Zealand made art and objects to our wonderful customers this could be the job for you.

The Poi Room has always prided itself on being a fantastic employer and if you have the right competencies, the package we come up with together should exceed all expectations.

You will definitely need to have a level of flexibility in the days you work, as the role will involve weekend work.

Job tasks and responsibilities

Do we really need to go into this? Surely if you have done this job before your will know the score…..

From recruiting, managing and training staff, selling, doing those lovely reports we all need to do, that H&S stuff and best of all acheiving the goals and targets set by the team, and a little bit of everything in between.

Skills and experience

We would love you to have an in depth understanding of our fantastic New Zealand culture, what makes us all tick and what drives our desires to be who we are!!!

“Art” is such a big word and although we all know what we know at The Poi Room you will be exposed to some of New Zealand’s best contemporary Artists and their products. We don’t expect the right person to know all our suppliers and processes, but it would be helpful if you knew some.

You must have had exemplorary experience in the role of a Store Manager and whoever gets shortlisted should be able to demonstrate their past acheivements.

You must be proficient with computer skills and have a positive can-do approach to the job.

Job benefits and perks

Every staff member gets a generous staff discount on all products.

We even have a bonus scheme when targets are achieved, more later on this.

Best of all you get to work in Newmarket…. and sell amazing contemporary New Zealand Art and Design.

How to apply

Email us at clayton@thepoiroom.co.nz

Quantum | Shirley Collinson

Quantum | Shirley Collinson

Friday March 31, 2017 at 6-7:30pm
The Upstairs Art Gallery, Auckland

If there is one exhibition you need to see this year, its this one. Shirley Collinson is a NZ artist whose individual style uses colour and shape to evoke the power and wonder of life and the Universe. Shirley started painting seriously about 30 years ago. After building her house and garden she decided to follow her passion for art. Now at 97, she still paints almost every day and continues to experiment with technique and colour – always learning and striving for something better. Shirley is also planning her next exhibition!

Exhibition | From Afar

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

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

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

Group Show | Welcome to the Jungle

Group Show | Welcome to the Jungle

April 1, to May 28, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hanker | Mica Still

Hanker | Mica Still

Opening Saturday April 1, 2017 at 6-9pm
Black Coffee, Wellington

HANKER
verb

  1. to have a restless or incessant longing to do something

Mica Stills first Wellington exhibition in six years brings her rainbows, animals and stories to the walls of Black Coffee. Mica is excited to share a few of her recent work from her solo Hope Land series with some added treats. Don’t be fooled by her absence from the fine art world, Mica has been busy honing her new skills spray painting in the street and expanding her drawing language.

Mica finds inspiration in her plastic toy animals – ‘I was in a deep creative rut, so I started using my collection as a starting point to express how I was feeling at any given moment. The animals gave me hope that I could sustain my creative voice at a time that was difficult to find it.’ Her use of rainbows has also became an expression of her voice within the composition. Seven years ago Mica’s rainbows were descriptions of oh-la-la moments in her 1970’s erotica inspired series. She developed this concept further to use them as a detail that brings lightness to her work, a tool that connects elements of relationships and emotions as a clue to her world.

Mica Still invites you to experience the her newest paintings and drawings in Hanker, you’ll be inspired to ‘dream of rainbows and happy things’.

Interactive Exhibition | Memory Maker

Interactive Exhibition | Memory Maker

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

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

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

Call for Applications | McCahon House Artists' Residency 2018

Call for Applications | McCahon House Artists' Residency 2018

Application deadline Friday June 16, 2017 at 5pm        

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

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

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

Full criteria and application guidelines are available on their website.

Human Era | Craig McClure

Human Era | Craig McClure

Opening Thursday April 6, 2017 at 6-8pm
HOLM, Auckland

Opening hours:
Monday – Friday 7.30am – 4pm
Saturday 8.30am – 3pm

 

 

 

Rock Action | James Robinson

Opening Monday April 3, 2017 at 5:30pm
PG Gallery, Christchurch

This opening will feature an improvised sound piece by SIMON MCLAREN – ‘Psychic Maps’
(from about 6.30pm)

 

Sweet Dreams | Ellie Batten and Jaz Bennett

Sweet Dreams | Ellie Batten and Jaz Bennett

April 4 to May 1, 2017
Simpson Grierson Gallery, Tauranga

Ellie Batten and Jaz Bennett are fantastic young and vibrant artists. Come on down to check out their exhibition Sweet Dreams on until 1st of May.

Second Screening | Jamie Chapman

Second Screening | Jamie Chapman

Opening Wednesday April 5, 2017 at 5:30-8pm
Blikfang Art & Antiques, Auckland

Blikfang are very pleased to show a selection of Chapman’s work from the Rear Window exhibition as well as some new work that touches on the same themes- Voyeurism, ego, transference and ‘stalker-scenes-in-thriller-movies’.

To illustrate his view of self-awareness, Jean-Paul Sartre tells of the voyeur, who when peeping through the keyhole, at a scene they are not part of or privy to, will be completely immersed in the act of watching, self-awareness lost to the scene. Being caught in this act of looking, is an awkward moment of self-awareness but also a state of reflective consciousness. When the viewer becomes aware that they are caught in the act of watching, they suddenly become self-aware, an object of another’s gaze.

Looking at these paintings creates a sense of Sartre’s keyhole metaphor. ‘People watching’ is something of a staple past time activity these days whether it is looking at passers-by at the coffee shop, into the lit windows of houses at night, or sneaking a glimpse into the open inviting villa fron door on a Sunday stroll. Then also, gawking at that ex-girlfriend’s Facebook profile while sitting next to your new crush, or suavely surveying the crowd at yet another art opening, looking and hoping to be seen.  There is a subconscious element of self-awareness that comes with almost every act act of looking. Chapman explores this in these paintings when gazing becomes obsessive and boundaries are crossed. Chapman’s paintings play on the uncertainty of the viewers’ role; are they merely a spectator or do they become implicated as the antagonist?

High Tide | Marita Hewitt

High Tide | Marita Hewitt

Opening Thursday April 6, 2017 at 5:30pm
Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington

Image: Of Itself – Receipts and Shopping Lists, 2016 Watercolour on handmade paper 510 x 780 mm

Strangely Familiar | Portraits by Wayne Youle

Strangely Familiar | Portraits by Wayne Youle

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

Curated by Helen Kedgley

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

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

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

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

Call For Applications | Emerging Artists Trust Grants

Call For Applications | Emerging Artists Trust Grants

Application deadline May 22, 2017
Wellington

The Emerging Artists Trust 2017 grant round opens on 10 April. Detailed information will be available on EAT’s new website (currently under construction!) For  projects or project components starting after 3 July 2017. Grants must have connections to Wellington and are project based. Closing 22 May. A maximum of: $1000 – Theatre, $1000 – Visual Arts, $3000 – Film

www.eatwellington.org.nz

Call For Proposals | Toi Pōneke 2018

Call For Proposals | Toi Pōneke 2018

Proposal deadline May 1, 2017

Toi Pōneke exhibits contemporary work by solo artists, groups and curators, with priority given to Wellington-based artists. We support both emerging and established artists and curators. Community and recreational artists with high standards of technical ability and presentation are also considered.

Each year, there are two opportunities to submit an exhibition proposal to show your work at Toi Pōneke. The proposal round for the January–July 2018 exhibition programme closes on 1 May 2017. Applications are reviewed by the Toi Pōneke Exhibition Panel.

Group Show | Biographies of Transition: Too Busy To Think

Group Show | Biographies of Transition: Too Busy To Think

Opening Friday April 7, 2017 at 6pm
Artspace, Auckland

Anoushka Akel, Halil Altındere, Billy Apple®, Marie-Louise Ekman, Hamishi Farah, Ayesha Green, Gil Hanly, David Hockney, Cengiz Tekin, Hito Steyerl, Matthew Ward for Miko Revereza

Opening talk with Hamishi Farah and Misal Adnan Y
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Too Busy To Think (as a term, condition, and exhibition) emerges from the nature of the time we share with machines. Machines that think. We, as machines.

Biographies of Transition, parallel spaces of intimacy, transformative environments of crisis, psycho-geographies of conflict, and the political narratives of human lives are each given consideration by revisiting Hannah Arendt’s protest. In a 1934 letter to Gershom Scholem Arendt wrote: “One feels very lonely in this country; this has to do in particular with the fact that everyone is very busy and that for most people the need for leisure simply ceases to exist after a certain amount of time.” More.

Image: Hamishi Farah, “pics or it didn’t happen”, 2014, 8 hardcover books (“curators”, “image surplus”, “life aint nothin but a sandwich”, “monoculture:standing together”, “your pictures deserve more lies”, “use this book’s static energy to charge your phone”, “flattening and other actions”, “alien selfies”), each 255pages, edition 1/3

 

Group Show | Limit:less

Group Show | Limit:less

April 7 to May 4, 2017
Geoff Wilson Gallery, Whangarei

Artworks created by inmates from Ngawha Prison will go on display at an exhibition at NorthTec’s Geoff Wilson Gallery next month.

The exhibition, entitled Limit:less, is the result of a collaboration between the Department of Corrections and NorthTec.

Alysn Midgelow-Marsden, NorthTec’s Creative Industries Education Coordinator, said: “This is an exciting, collaborative exhibition between three diverse groups of artists. Each artist has worked using different limited conditions either imposed by their work or their life.

“There are four artists from the Northland Region Corrections Facility, four ex-students from NorthTec (Hamish Oakley-Browne, Sean Gray, Andy Kingston and Trish Clarke), and four professional working artists – Jeff Thomson, Piet Nieuwland, Beth Hill and Leanne Jackson. They have been teamed in a game of ‘art-tag’ for which each participant has created an artwork, this work has been passed on to the next artist in their team and so on. The participants are from a broad range of specialities, including paint, carving, music, writing and metal.”

The use of art as an intervention is an established method of working with offenders. Evidence shows that this is associated with reductions in reoffending and raising awareness of the criminal justice system, reducing rule-breaking and improving relationships in prison, delivering basic and key skills and developing the prison education system, changing attitudes to offending, building up human and social capital and addressing poor thinking skills and lack of empathy.

Visualising Imaginations | Gus Hunter

Visualising Imaginations | Gus Hunter

April 7 to May, 2017
Bottle Creek Gallery Pataka Art + Museum, Porirua

Visualising Imaginations is an exhibition of Gus Hunter’s personal conceptual artwork. His work employs compositional design to take the viewer on a journey to other worlds and environments. The work explores Aotearoa and wider South Pacific narratives, dynamic conflicts between humanity and beast; and battles between good versus evil.

100 Chairs in 100 Days | Martino Gamper

100 Chairs in 100 Days | Martino Gamper

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

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

The Process of Making One Hundred Chairs

Martino Gamper

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

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

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

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

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

Exhibtion | Te marae o Rongotaketake: Redressing our Kahungunu History

Exhibtion | Te marae o Rongotaketake: Redressing our Kahungunu History

April 8 to September 3, 2017
Aratoi, Masterton

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

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


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

Lynda Mapplebeck  | Liminal

Saturday April 8, 2017 at 5pm
Mahara Gallery, Waikanae

Mahara Gallery warmly invites you to the opening of Lynda Mapplebeck’s exhibition Liminal.

On Going Out with the Tide | Colin McCahon

On Going Out with the Tide | Colin McCahon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Untitled (McCahon House Studies) | Shannon Te Ao

Untitled (McCahon House Studies) | Shannon Te Ao

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

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

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

Group Show | An Obsessive Pursuit

Group Show | An Obsessive Pursuit

Opening Sunday April 9, 2017 at 5pm
Northart, Auckland

Floor talk/meet the artists 3pm Sunday 23 April

The North Shore’s impressive ceramic tradition is highlighted in a fascinating survey exhibition that explores the local studio pottery movement from its beginnings in the early 1950s, through the enormously productive 1970s – during which potters could barely keep up with the popular demand for domestic ware – to the present day as ceramics enjoys a resurgence.

Original pieces by Barry Brickell and Ian Firth, founding members of the North Shore Potters Society, the first of its kind when it was formed in 1951, feature alongside works by other prominent potters through the periods such as Graeme Storm, Merilyn Wiseman, Peter Collis, Peter Shearer and Campbell Hegan.

Those with a keen interest in ceramics can meet a number of the potters and hear about how the craft has developed at a floor talk on Sunday 23 April.

Call for Applications | Cliftons Art Prize 2017

Call for Applications | Cliftons Art Prize 2017

Application deadline July 30, 2017

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

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

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

Call for Applications | Gallery Administrator Position

Call for Applications | Gallery Administrator Position

Application deadline Monday May 1, 2017 5pm
The Whangarei Art Museum, Whangarei

The Whangarei Art Museum – Te Manawa Toi is looking to appoint a part-time Gallery Administrator (30 hours per week) to join its small and dedicated team. The Gallery Administrator provides a high level of administrative support for the museum and contributes actively to its work by ensuring the smooth running of its systems. This position is ideally suited to someone who has or is keen to develop knowledge of art museum/gallery work and to build experience in various aspects of museum/gallery administration, including promotion, communications, and relationship building; archives and record management; and office and financial administration systems.

Key Skills/Experience: Gallery reception, financial administration, general administration support for curatorial and collections staff, assisting with events, archiving and records management, maintaining Friends and Supporters networks.

For a full position description and to apply please email: Ruth Green-Cole ruth.green-cole@wdc.govt.nz

Call for Proposals | Studio One Toi Tu Workshop Programme July-September 2017

Call for Proposals | Studio One Toi Tu Workshop Programme July-September 2017

Proposal deadline Sunday 30 April 2017 at 12am
Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland

Jul-Sep & Spring 2017 School Holidays.

Do you have an idea for a creative course or workshop? We are seeking inspiring proposals from you to include in our Studio One Toi Tū July to September 2017 and Spring School Holiday programme. All creative ideas are welcome so go ahead and submit your proposal now, we will contact applicants if further information is required.

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact us via email at studioone@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz, phone on 09 376 3221 or visit us at 1 Ponsonby Road.

Call for Applications | The Big Hoot Auckland 2018

Call for Applications | The Big Hoot Auckland 2018

Application deadline Monday May 15, 2017 5pm

In early 2018 Auckland’s streets, parks and open spaces will play host to up to 40 individually designed and beautifully created 1.6m tall Owls. These Owls will be displayed on a trail across the city as part of the Big Hoot art event. Submissions from artists interested in designing and creating an owl of their own are now OPEN.

The Big Hoot fibreglass owl sculpture will provide a quirky canvas for artistic expression. The sculptures, which will be sponsored by local businesses and organisations, lend themselves to a raft of multimedia approaches. What makes the experience special for the artistic community, is the opportunity to be part of an event that celebrates the mass appeal of public art – made accessible and fun. Taking art out of traditional arts venues and onto the streets, for everybody to enjoy interacting with, can popularise art and encourage a wider appreciation of artistic techniques. It is anticipated that the Big Hoot will attract thousands of visitors and generate a considerable amount of media attention during its ten week run in the autumn of 2018. At the end of the Big Hoot, each Owl will take centre stage at a charitable auction to raise funds for Child Cancer Foundation.

If you feel inspired to create a design for an owl for The Big Hoot, visit www.thebighoot.co.nz to download the Artist Pack and Submission Form.

The deadline for submitting designs is 5pm, Monday 15 May 2017.

The project is presented by Child Cancer Foundation in partnership with the international creator of the event, Wild in Art. Wild in Art has worked on similar events all over the world and are renowned for high quality, high profile and exciting events. The events provide a unique and high-profile platform for the talents of artists and local creative communities to get their work noticed.

 

Call for Proposals | Corban Estate Arts Centre Exhibition Programme 2018

Call for Proposals | Corban Estate Arts Centre Exhibition Programme 2018

Proposal deadline April 30, 2017
Corban Estate Arts Centre, Auckland

The Corban Estate Arts Centre public gallery presents a high quality and engaging exhibition line-up, profiling artists that are both nationally and locally recognised. Exhibitions feature a wide range of visual art mediums that respond to contemporary, historical and multi-cultural themes to represent a diverse range of artistic perspectives. The annual exhibition programme also links to a selection of local and regional arts and cultural events. Exhibitions are accompanied by a full range of free public programmes including artist talks, exhibition tours and art workshops for kids. We accept exhibition proposals from practitioners of any artistic discipline, individually or in groups. Proposed exhibitions need to appeal to a broad cross section of gallery visitors. A higher priority is given to artists with an acknowledged exhibition record.

Proposal requirements:

  • A 300-500 word outline of your proposed project, with key themes in the exhibition, media, an indication of your target audience and ideas of a related public programme such as an artist talk or exhibition-based workshop.
  • 4-5 images (max) of the works you intend to exhibit or examples of relevant previous works
  • A concise CV from all participating artists outlining past exhibitions, arts education, art residencies, art awards etc. 1 page per CV
  • Possible dates for the exhibition – when is your proposed exhibition available and does it relate to a specific event or festival
  • Email your proposal to the curator in a single PDF file that includes CV, supporting images and links. (please note files must be under 5MB to be received via email, otherwise please use a service such as WeTransfer.com)

Proposals will be responded to within 7 weeks of the proposal deadline.

Hiraeth | Cruz Jimenez

Hiraeth | Cruz Jimenez

11 April 11 to April 30,  2017
Sanderson Contemporary Art, Auckland

This new body of work from artist Cruz Jimenez draws on ideas of nostalgia. The works depict fragments of memories and nostalgic wanderings, as well as a visual depiction of the artists premonition of his future. Hiraeth is defined as a homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was; the nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for the lost places of your past.

Panem Et Circenses | PJ Paterson

Panem Et Circenses | PJ Paterson

April 11 to April 30,  2017
Sanderson Contemporary Art, Auckland

In his latest series of portraits, PJ Paterson casts celebrities under the gritty realism of the police mugshot, using found internet images as source imagery. Unlike most widely-distributed images of the famous, mugshots exist within the public domain – allowing Paterson to sample the images freely. Paterson’s mode of sampling sees him painstakingly reconstruct photographs using a pointillist painting technique, applying overlaid dots and squares to the reverse side of Perspex sheets.

Paterson frequently utilises popular culture as a way to expose holes in the narratives of progress that define contemporary society. In a culture where celebrities are glorified, and their public images highly moderated, these candid shots can be seen as a glimpse of truth within the complex fabrications that comprise the celebrity machine. Paterson strips away the significance of fame by naming his portraits not for their subjects but for the crimes for which they are accused – Possession, Failure to Appear.

Panem et circenses, from the phrase ‘bread and circuses’, refers to distractions supplied by government to subdue public discontent. At this time of political theatrics and public unease, Paterson alludes to the absurdity – and danger – of the diversions provided by celebrity culture.

Portraiture and The Group | Leo Bensemann and Friends

Portraiture and The Group | Leo Bensemann and Friends

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

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

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

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

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

Brothers & Psalms II | John Z Robinson, Annie Nevin and Rob West

Brothers & Psalms II | John Z Robinson, Annie Nevin and Rob West

Wednesday April 12, 2017 at 5:30pm
RED Gallery, Nelson

Our favourite Dunedinites are back with another group show. You are warmly invited to join us at the opening of ‘Brothers and Psalms II’,  the latest exhibition by John Z Robinson, Rob West & Annie Nevin next Wednesday 12 April at 5.30pm – all welcome.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Group Show | Embedded

Group Show | Embedded

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

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

EMBEDDED
Curated by Maddie Gifford and Katie Smith

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

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

TEU | Alma Proença

TEU | Alma Proença

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

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

TEU
Alma Proença

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

 

 

Exhibtion | Colour is an Abstraction

Exhibtion | Colour is an Abstraction

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

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

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

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

Look Mum No Hands | Wayne Youle

Look Mum No Hands | Wayne Youle

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

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

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

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

Be There, Be Square | Depot Artspace Members Exhibition 2017

Be There, Be Square | Depot Artspace Members Exhibition 2017

April 15 to May 3, 2017
Depot Artspace, Auckland

The annual Depot Artspace Members Exhibition provides an opportunity for members to unleash and activate their creative brain cells. After our off the planet extravaganza last year, the UFO Show, we decided a few parameters could be equally challenging. This year all works are 10″ x 10″ and under $250.

Be There, Be Square features over 110 new works across all media including print, ceramics, drawing, painting and photography. The size restriction did not curtail the ambitions of our members, and this year we are thrilled to be exhibiting several new members. Come buy some unique works of art!

Call for Applications | Deport Artspace Members Exhibition 2017

Call for Applications | Deport Artspace Members Exhibition 2017

Depot Artspace, Auckland

We invite current and new members to participate in our annual Members Exhibition. Be There, Be Square’ – 10” x 10” works will form the basis of your artwork and apart from the size and the ceiling price of $250, subjects and mediums are entirely up to you.  Your work doesn’t need to be limited to a wall or a 2D form – you may decide on a sculpture or diorama on a 10” x 10” base.

We are also looking for participating Members to volunteer during the Members Exhibition. If you are available: April Sunday the 16th, 23rd or 30th or Monday the 17th, please contact our Gallery Manager, Amber Lamana.

For further information please e-mail  amber.lamana@depotartspace.co.nz

Group Show | Foundations

Group Show | Foundations

April 15 to May 8, 2017
NKB Gallery, Auckland

Foundations features a presentation of new and recent works by gallery artists and guests:

Brad Bannan,  Joy Chang,  Michael Dell,  Russell Jackson,  Peter Gibson Smith
Adrian Jackman,  Peter Lange, Thomas Paster  Neal Palmer,  Graeme D Hitchcock

Image: Thomas Paster, Pohutukawa Grove, Mangawhai Acrylic on Canvas 760 x 1020mm

Group Show | The Northerner

Group Show | The Northerner

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

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

 

Group Show | Hatched

Group Show | Hatched

Opening Sunday April 16, 2017 at 4-7pm
The Little Gallery, Tairua

These new works are a collaboration between The Little Gallery’s artists and Auckland-based artist Gary Brooks, who has become well-known for creating beautiful concrete orbs.

Gary Brooks’ orbs are some of The Little Gallery’s most popular artworks. Each orb is individually hand-cast in concrete, and inlaid with gold or silver leaf or shimmering paint, giving them a beautiful iridescent quality. Their forms have been likened to cracked eggs, and no two are alike. Produced in a range of colours and patterns, they are universally appreciated as both beautiful art objects and functional home décor pieces.

For ‘Hatched,’ Gary has provided The Little Gallery’s artists with plain concrete orbs and they have responded by creating unique orbs in their own distinctive styles of painting and art-making.

“Our artists’ practices span a diverse range of styles and mediums, and we are excited to present the unique and quirky outcomes of this collaborative initiative,” says Sarah Holden, owner of The Little Gallery.

The Little Gallery is gaining a reputation as one of the Coromandel region’s top art galleries, and one of the must-visit attractions in Tairua.  The ‘Hatched’ exhibition aims to offer another reason to visit the gallery, explore the art and enjoy the fun creations from this never-before-tried partnership between styles and mediums.

Blue Book | Gil Hanly

Blue Book | Gil Hanly

Opening Wednesday April 19, 2017 at 6pm
Bowerbank Ninow, Auckland

In collaboration with Artspace NZ

Gil Hanly calls her old notebook the “blue book.” In it, Hanly records the chronology of her photographic works, and as such it is a fundamental guide to engaging with her archive. She has a personal, unique and original system for categorizing her photographs, and this exhibition borrows its title from the fundamentally biographical nature of this element of her practice. The blue book serves as an index to Hanly’s photo-boxes, encoding the social interactions that the photographs represent and making them part of an extensive project, the aim of which is the preservation of information. Taken together, the information encoded in the blue book forms a comprehensive document of how politics impacts on individual happiness, tempered by an acceptance and understanding of the human condition and the human consequences of larger socio-political movements.

This exhibition is an attempt to understand her way of thinking, working and operating as a documentarian, focusing on her engagement with Auckland’s social, political and artistic landscape throughout the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s. At the outset, it is important to recognise the sheer scale of Hanly’s project, and the immense amount of material that her boxed archive represents. As such, this exhibition can only serve as an orientation, a first small step into a vast territory and an acknowledgement of the magnitude of Hanly’s practice.

Exhibition | Earth Pigments

Exhibition | Earth Pigments

April 19 to May 13, 2017
Northart, Auckland

John Perry curates a selection of works from his personal collection that looks at the ways in which various cultures in Australia, Africa and the Pacific have used natural materials from the earth to decorate domestic and ceremonial objects, and to express their spiritual and philosophical beliefs.

Group Show | Frottage Cottage

Group Show | Frottage Cottage

April 19, to May 20, 2017
Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland

Oscar Enberg, Gabriel Hartley, Milli Jannides,
Pentti Monkkonen, Alex Vivian

NB: There is no opening function for this exhibition

Image: Oscar Enberg, Pågen Family Support (detail), 2014, walking sticks, Swedish lottery tickets, 1700 x 1600 x 100 mm

Group Show | Not Mush Room

Group Show | Not Mush Room

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Liquidoscope | Jae Hoon Lee

Liquidoscope | Jae Hoon Lee

Opening Wednesday April 19, 2017 at 6pm
Ivan Anthony, Auckland

Image: Recurring Harmony, 2017, inkjet on photo rag paper, edition of 3 + 1 AP, 1240 x 1300mm

Open Application | The Frances Hodgkins Fellowship

Open Application | The Frances Hodgkins Fellowship

Application deadline June 1, 2017

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

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

Click here for more information and to apply.

Solo Exhibition | Jae Hoon Lee

Solo Exhibition | Jae Hoon Lee

Opening Wednesday April 19, 2017
Ivan Anthony, Auckland

Ivan Anthony is pleased to announce that they now represent Jae Hoon Lee. Jae Hoon’s inaugural solo exhibition will open on Wednesday 19 April.

Image: Iceberg 1, 2017, lightjet print on metallic paper, edition of 5, 1530 x 1000mm

Tears For Our Fallen | Elywn Stone

Tears For Our Fallen | Elywn Stone

April 19 to April 30, 2017
The Lido Cinema, Hamilton

‘Tears For Our Fallen’ is a commemorative art installation created by Hamilton artist Elywn Stone The poignant installation involves 100 teardrops, embellished with a poppy for remembrance, cascading from a generic wooden cross cradled in barbed wire, symbolic of pain and loss. The piece has toured New Zealand and is now installed at The Lido Cinema in Hamilton until the end of April.

Call For Applications  | MAI Intern Programme 2017

Call For Applications | MAI Intern Programme 2017

Application Deadline May 23, 2017

WHAT IS THE MAI PROGRAMME?

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

BENEFITS TO INTERNS

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

APPLICATIONS AND INFORMATION

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

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

How to apply

HOW DO I APPLY?

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

Applications close Tuesday, 23 May 2017

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

Open Application | Artistic Director at Te Tuhi

Open Application | Artistic Director at Te Tuhi

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

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

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

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

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

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

Open Call For Applications | Arts and Culture Programmer

Open Call For Applications | Arts and Culture Programmer

Application deadline May 1, 2017

Based in Central Auckland (with regular travel to regional Auckland locations)

  • Have expertise developing and delivering arts & culture programmes?
  • Experienced project management skills?
  • Contemporary knowledge of Pacific arts, culture and media?
  • Developed network of Pacific artists, arts companies and cultural organisations?
  • Audience development knowledge?

Join Auckland Council to help design and deliver programmes that enable the diverse communities in Auckland to engage with arts and culture, and to experience our city, our region and each other in new ways.

We’re looking for an Arts and Culture Programmer to join our team.

We deliver an exciting range of festivals and events, each year including Waitangi Day Family Celebrations, Pop, Matariki Festival, Stand Up Stand Out and Urbanesia. We programme Council owned facilities including Studio One, Mangere Arts Centre, Fresh Gallery Otara, Otara Music and Arts Centre, Papakura Art Gallery, Te Oro, Franklin Arts Centre and Nathan Homestead and we produce a wide range of public art projects regionally. This is a varied and stimulating opportunity.

The Opportunity

In this role, you’ll focus on the planning and delivery of Urbanesia and PopUrbanesia is an annual series of live events that create a platform for new expressions of contemporary Pacific art and identity. Pop is an annual series of temporary place making activations that invite Aucklanders to participate in the arts.

What you’ll bring

We’re looking for someone with established Pacific arts and creative networks and sound knowledge of the arts and creative industries in Auckland; an inquiring mind who likes problem solving and has experience working with diverse Auckland communities. You’ll be experienced in developing and delivering programmes in the creative sector that respond to communities’ needs. To be successful in this role, it’s essential that you have project management experience as well as creative industry experience. Ideally you’ll also have experience in a large organization and understand what it means to develop work within the context of an overall vision, for the benefit of communities.

You’ll have strong relationship building, negotiation and customer service skills. Your existing relationships across diverse and thriving Pacific communities will enable our team to deliver high quality programmes and events.

The team

You’ll join a team who are passionate about customer service and who thrive on developing engaging activities and programmes for communities of Tamaki Makaurau.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced programmer who is looking to refine their skills, develop their programming experience and evolve their approach with diverse communities. Apply now!

Applications for this role close on Monday 1 May 2017 at 10:30pm.

Please note that due to the nature of arts and culture programmes and seasonal events, some evening and weekend work may apply, so you will need to demonstrate your willingness to work these hours as required.

A full, clean driver’s licence (or other alternative modes of travel) is desirable for this role as it will involve travel between venues across Auckland.

How to apply

To apply for this job, please visit our job site careers.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz and enter the job code 94715.

Sacred Land Collection | Daphne Mason

Sacred Land Collection | Daphne Mason

Opening April 20, 2017 at 5pm
Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland

This show gives visitors a unique opportunity to view new works by established artist Daphne Mason, whose career spans over 50 years.

Daphne’s sense of responsibility as guardian or steward of her conservation block north of Auckland, in the face of rapidly encroaching land development in the area, inspired the title of this exhibition. In the 70’s, the late Ngati Maniapoto leader Dr Pei Te Hurinui Jones JP OBE, suggested the name “Whenuakura” (Sacred or Red Land) for the block. It is this land, and its birdlife threatened yet still protected, that inhabits these works.

Uprooted | Ilze Jansen van Rensburg

Uprooted | Ilze Jansen van Rensburg

Opening Thursday April 20, 2017 at 5pm
Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland

Ilze Jansen van Rensburg is an environmental scientist by day and an artist always.

Her works consist of backgrounds of ink washes with sensitive pen drawings in the foreground, usually of trees as subjects. llze’s creations have a magical fairytale-like charm, often with a threatening element just below the surface. Ilze takes the viewer on the emotional journey of putting down roots in a new country, having recently relocated from South Africa to New Zealand, and comments on the destruction of nature by humans.

What brings you here? Translating a Silent Language | Thomas Slade

What brings you here? Translating a Silent Language | Thomas Slade

Opening Thursday April 20, 2017 at 5:30-7:30pm
Photospace Gallery, Wellington

This is Thomas Slade’s first solo exhibition and features two bodies of work. ‘What brings you here?’ comprises environmental portraits and scenes from the towns of Waverly and Shannon, captured on large format (8″x10″) colour film. ‘Translating a silent language’ is a series of photos made in 2016 in which the chosen subjects were photographed in urban environments under the direction of the photographer and the constructed scenes were captured using a high-end digital camera. Exhibition info.

 

 

 

Working Girlz | Katy Soljak

Working Girlz | Katy Soljak

Opening Thursday April 20, 2017 at 5pm
Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland

Known in Aotearoa as a songwriter, Soljak is new to painting, with a naive style. Her paintings are inspired by the vulnerability and beauty of working girls in their dangerous lifestyle throughout the world.

Soljak reflects on the working girls she saw every day when she drove down Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles. These girls of the street were later the subject of Katy’s song; ‘Sex 4 Sale’, released in New Zealand in 2013. Soljak uses bold and dramatic acrylic colours to represent this dangerous subject and integrates textile materials from different countries on her canvases.

Talk Series | Immerse II

Talk Series | Immerse II

Fridays, April 21 to Mayt 12, 2017 at 10:30am
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Christchurch

$20 per session, $75 for the series

Join Christchurch Art Gallery for the fascinating four-week lecture series Key Moments in European Art from the Renaissance to the Rococo presented by Dr Ian Lochhead, focusing on four key moments in which new ways of thinking about art were crystallised in works of some of the most admired European artists.

21 April: The Dramatic Moment: Leonardo da Vinci and The Last Supper

28 April: The Expressive Body: Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel Ceiling

5 May:  Redefining Portraiture: Rembrandt’s Night Watch

12 May: The Invention of the Fête Galante: Watteau’s Embarkation at Cythera

Proudly presented by the Gallery’s strategic partner Chapman Tripp.

Frame Works | Walkable Art Trail and Auction

Frame Works | Walkable Art Trail and Auction

Art trail April 22 to April 30, 2017
Art auction May 2, 2017
Auckland CBD, Auckland

Ninety Kiwi artists create walkable art trail to raise money for asylum seekers. More than 90 artists from around New Zealand are contributing to an art walk around Auckland CBD to raise money for the Asylum Seekers Support Trust. The inaugural event, entitled Frame Works, sees artists given a wooden picture frame to transform into a unique and desirable work of art.

Artists include sculptor Jeff Thomson, painters Evan Woodruffe, Flox, Peata Larkin and Anna Leyland.

From 22 April, these frames will be displayed in shop windows in a walkable trail from Britomart to AUT through the Laneways, High Street and Lorne Street. Art lovers, families and the community will be encouraged to find and choose their favourite pieces, with an app and a map to help locate the artworks, learn about the artist, bid online or donate directly to the charity. The event will culminate with an art auction on 2 May. The frames will be sold in a gala event, by live and online auctions, with art auctioneer Charles Ninow of Bowerbank Ninow, at the Quay Project in Britomart. This fundraiser is run by the Asylum Seekers Support Trust – a charitable organisation that advocates for and supports asylum seekers – and proceeds will be used to continue our important work with these vulnerable members of our community.

Event curator, Alix Bachmann, an experienced arts manager, has been working on the event on a mainly voluntary basis for over a year. She says the ‘frame work’ theme reflects the needs of the asylum seekers that the event is supporting:

“For many people, and some entire social groups, the framework of their lives has suddenly disappeared because of war, a change of political regime, persecution, violence and terror. They are looking for a safe haven, a place to rebuild their lives, to re-establish their framework of home, work, family and friends.”

 

 

Group Show | Korean Fine Arts

Group Show | Korean Fine Arts

Saturday April 22, 2017 at 4pm
Northart, Auckland

The annual exhibition of the New Zealand Korean Fine Arts Association offers the opportunity to experience a broad range of styles – from traditional to European, and some a fascinating blend – by local Korean artists working in jewellery, sculpture, painting, print-making and other media.

Group Show | Mono: The Painterly Print

Group Show | Mono: The Painterly Print

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

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

Pokepoke | Yukhiro Taguchi

Pokepoke | Yukhiro Taguchi

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Group Show | On Paper

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

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

Group Show | Other Perspectives

Group Show | Other Perspectives

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

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

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


Tea and club sandwiches will be served.

A Short History of the Club Sandwich:

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

To Make a Club Sandwich:

1. Toast two slices of bread and butter lightly

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

3. Layer bacon with shredded cooked turkey or chicken

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

5. Spread lettuce with a generous amount of mayonnaise

6. Top with the remaining slice of toast

7. Press down and secure sandwich with a cocktail stick

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

Open Call | Careers Lab

Open Call | Careers Lab

Explore and Pursue Meaningful Work with Creativity and Optimism

Creative Sector Mentoring
Career Development
Job Search Strategy

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Open Call | Upstairs Gallery 2018 Programme

Open Call | Upstairs Gallery 2018 Programme

Application deadline June 25, 2017
The Upstairs Gallery, Auckland

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

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

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

Click here to apply

Small Paintings IRL | André Hemer

Small Paintings IRL | André Hemer

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

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

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

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

The Spirit of the Thing Given (Māori) | Ayesha Green

The Spirit of the Thing Given (Māori) | Ayesha Green

Opening Wednesay April 26, 2017 at 6pm
RM, Auckland

Ayesha Green (Ngati Kahungunu, Ngai Tahu) (1987) is an Auckland based painter. She completed a diploma in Museums and Cultural Heritage in 2016 and gained her MFA at Elam in 2013. Recent exhibitions include Biographies of Transition: Too Busy To Think, Artspace (2017), On The Grounds, Starkwhite Gallery (2017), and Seagers Walters at Mirage Gallery (2016).

Collages: Selected Works | John Nixon

Collages: Selected Works | John Nixon

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

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

 

Call for Proposals | ArtsPost

Call for Proposals | ArtsPost

ArtsPost, Hamilton

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

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

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

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

Exhibition | Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award

Exhibition | Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award

On now until May 22, 2017
Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, Hamilton

The Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award celebrates innovation by challenging artists to create artworks using No.8 wire, an iconic Kiwi agricultural product. The award draws on a traditional farming implement and translates this through talent and ingenuity into an art form. Read more.

Image: 2017 Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award winner, The No.8 Wire Lettering System: Fence vs Walls, Jill Godwin.

Exhibition | Wang Dongling

Exhibition | Wang Dongling

Opening April 28, 2017
FHE Gallery, Auckland

“Art is about the soul.”

-Wang Dongling

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

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

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

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

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

Geophagy | Ruth Watson

Geophagy | Ruth Watson

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

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

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

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

 

Growth and Survival | Richard Hricko

Growth and Survival | Richard Hricko

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

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

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

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

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

Hungry Creek Art and Craft School | Short Courses Term 2

Hungry Creek Art and Craft School | Short Courses Term 2

Hungry Creek Art and Craft School

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

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

Click here to view Term 2 Short Course Brochure

Ultra Modern | Murray Clode

Ultra Modern | Murray Clode

Opening Friday April 28, 2017 at 5:30pm
MacandMor Gallery, Tauranga

Murray Clode and the team at Macandmor will be hosting the opening of the new “Ultra Modern” exhibition this Friday the 28th April from 5.30pm on at their retail gallery space in the Goddards Arcade. Come and check out this exciting exhibition.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Group Show | Space Turns 5!

Group Show | Space Turns 5!

Opening Saturday April 29, 2017 at 5:30pm
Space Studio and Gallery, Whanganui

We are set to celebrate this milestone birthday this weekend!

Space Studio and Gallery’s 5th birthday exhibition will showcase works from Sarah’s private collection alongside a new piece/response from each artist.

Viewing until 5th May

Part of the collection: Amy Blackburn, Humming Heart.

Growing Demand | Eve Armstrong

Growing Demand | Eve Armstrong

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

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

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

Watching Windows | Andre Hemer

Watching Windows | Andre Hemer

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

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

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

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

 

Panel Discussion | Social Fabric: The New Patterns in Contemporary Textile Art

Panel Discussion | Social Fabric: The New Patterns in Contemporary Textile Art

Saturday April 29, 2017 at 12pm
Corban Estate Arts Centre, Auckland

Panel discussion featuring prominent figures in the New Zealand textile community including Audrey Boyle, Gina Ferguson, Anna Hanson, Cait McLennan Whyte and Katie Smith.

Public programme in association with current exhibition Embedded featuring Annie Mackenzie, Audrey Boyle, Genevieve Packer, Gina Ferguson, Katie Smith and Nalani Gloor.

Curator's Talk | Freedom and Structure

Curator's Talk | Freedom and Structure

Sunday April 30, 2017 at 11am
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland

Auckland Art Gallery assistant curator Julia Waite’s terrific exhibition (and accompanying book) Freedom & Structure examines Cubism and modernity in a New Zealand context. It includes Colin McCahon’s paintings from his “Titirangi years”, along with a strong body of work by Louise Henderson, John Weeks, Melvin Day, Wilfred Stanley Wallis and Charles Tole.

The Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki warmly extends an invitation to McCahon House newsletter subscribers to hear Julia speak about the exhibition and book at this free special Members Only event. Julia will also be signing books after the talk.

Click here for more information.

Image courtesy of Auckland Art Gallery

Workshop | Printmaking Masterclass with Dianne Fogwell

Workshop | Printmaking Masterclass with Dianne Fogwell

Sunday April 30, 2017 9am-5pm
Solander Gallery, Wellington

To coincide with Dianne’s exhibition at Solander this celebrated Australian artist and educator will be running a one day masterclass exploring the relief process, the artist book and collaboration. Sunday 30 April. Click Here

Talk | The Changing Ideal of the Nude In Art with Robin Woodward

Talk | The Changing Ideal of the Nude In Art with Robin Woodward

Sunday April 30, 2017 1-2pm
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland

Join Dr Robin Woodward, Senior Lecturer Art History, University of Auckland as she discusses how the classical ideal of the nude maintained its hold over 19th century Western art. This was soon to be thrown out in the early part of the 20th century by a young Spaniard painting in Paris.

The illustrated talk will be followed by a short focus talk in front of some of the works in the exhibition.

It is advised that you purchase your exhibition entry ticket for this part of the programme before the talk in the auditorium.

Workshop | Process Painting with Grace Wright

Workshop | Process Painting with Grace Wright

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

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

ABOUT THE TUTOR:

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

Click here to book

Studio One Toi Tū Courses | Emblems of Power

Studio One Toi Tū Courses | Emblems of Power

Starts Monday May 1, 2017 at 7-9pm
Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland

EMBLEMS OF POWER: CERAMIC BOWLS FROM LOCAL CLAYS
JACK TILSON

Transform local Auckland clay into the quintessential object, the bowl. Prepare local clay for throwing on the pottery wheel. Learn how to craft tools from natural materials found in your surroundings. Discover how to mix and apply glazes before firing your work in a kiln to gain an understanding of how clay changes at high temperatures. Revel in the power of making with natural materials and interacting with the landscape in a radical way. Connect with specific places and histories as you create an emblem of power.

MONDAYS, 7-9PM
STARTS 1 MAY
LENGTH 4 WEEKS
CLASS 6 MAX
INCLUDES ALL MATERIALS AND FIRINGS

Studio One Toi Tū Courses | Expressive Life Drawing & Painting

Studio One Toi Tū Courses | Expressive Life Drawing & Painting

Starts Monday May 1, 2017 at 7-9pm
Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland

EXPRESSIVE LIFE DRAWING AND PAINTING
JARAD BRYANT

The human form is our inspiration in this fun life drawing course for all levels of experience. Each week, develop confidence in your own artistic abilities and intuitive direction as you work through guided exercises with a Life Model. Explore numerous drawing and painting techniques with references to art history in a relaxed environment while listening to music.

MONDAYS 7 – 9PM
STARTS 1 MAY
LENGTH 9 WEEKS
COST $225
CLASS 15 MAX
INCLUDES MODELS’ FEES

*FOR ALL PAID TERM BOOKINGS YOU WILL RECEIVE FREE A MATERIALS PACK WITH PAPER AND DRAWING MATERIALS WITH YOUR REGISTRATION

Group Show | Under Pressure

Group Show | Under Pressure

Openign Tuesday May 2, 2017 at 5:30
Creative Bay of Plenty Te Moana a Toi, Tauranga

“Under Pressure” is the upcoming diverse exhibition from three talented local artists. The works held together with the common thread of being “under pressure” not only to inform but also to produce the works.
Each artist has produced pieces which encompass elements of this turn of phrase either literally by way of production or figuratively in terms of tight deadlines.
Jill Hay utilises pressure of the print press to produce her exquisite work, while Deborah Forkert uses both pressure and incorporates material formed under pressure in her multilayered artworks. Followed by Marilyn Cairns whose abstract simplicity placing pressure on the audience to interpret her ethereal representations in indian ink.
As artists the demands to produce and exhibit are often unrecognized and unspoken. “Under Pressure” is an exhibitiom which pays more than lip service to these particular words.
Come and join these amazing talents to celebrate the opening of their new exhibition next Tuesday 2 May from 5.30pm at Creative Bay of Plenty – Te Moana a Toi.

Moving Wild | Caroline Bellamy

Moving Wild | Caroline Bellamy

Opening Tuesday May 2, 2017 at 5:30pm
Parnell Gallery, Auckland

Caroline Bellamy is a young emerging New Zealand artist who recently graduated from the IIlam School of Fine Arts in Christchurch.

Born in Nelson, Caroline started painting at a young age and sold her first painting in the Rutherford Gallery Nelson aged 14. Her father being a sign writer and painter and mother a medical illustrator, she has always been surrounded with artistic careers and skills.

Image: Turquoise Flow, Whitcombe River, oil on board, 1500 x 1000mm

Workshop | Introduction to Woodblock with Toni Mosely

Workshop | Introduction to Woodblock with Toni Mosely

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

ABOUT THE TUTOR:

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

Click here to book

 

 

Studio One Toi Tū Courses | Unique Clay Vessels

Studio One Toi Tū Courses | Unique Clay Vessels

Starts Tuesday May 2, 2017 at 7-9pm
Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland

UNIQUE CLAY VESSELS
KAIRAVA GULLATZ

This course will cover the design and production of unique ceramic vessels for beginners and advanced students. Shapes give way to your creative imagination and nearly everything is possible! Techniques on how to form and build with clay will be demonstrated including ways to decorate the surface with slip colours, carvings, embossments or 3D applications. This first project will make you familiar with hand building skills with clay. You will then go on to work on your own projects while being supported by Kairava. Pottery wheels are available to enjoy the process of throwing vessels. Glazing techniques are also part of the teaching. www.ceramicdesign.co.nz

TUESDAYS, 6 – 9PM
STARTS 2 MAY
LENGTH 9 WEEKS

OR
WEDNESDAYS, 6 – 9PM
STARTS 3 MAY
LENGTH 9 WEEKS

COST $375
CLASS 9 MAX
INCLUDES UP TO 10KG CLAY, GLAZES AND FIRINGS FOR THIS AMOUNT OF CLAY.

Workshop | Drawing Fundamentals with Toni Mosley

Workshop | Drawing Fundamentals with Toni Mosley

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

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

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

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

Click here to book

Canoe Dreams | Doug Neil

Canoe Dreams | Doug Neil

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

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

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

 

Group Show | Weeds

Group Show | Weeds

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

Bespoke. Multiple, Digitally, Hand made.

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

Image: Allan Macdonald

Looking Forwards and Backwards | Lucy Meyle and Ziggy Lever

Looking Forwards and Backwards | Lucy Meyle and Ziggy Lever

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

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

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

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

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

Manaia | Mike Crawford

Manaia | Mike Crawford

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

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

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

Image: Kumete Manu, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What I Am, You Cannot See | Selina Shanti Woulfe

What I Am, You Cannot See | Selina Shanti Woulfe

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

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

Image: Selina Shanti Woulfe

Workshop | Contemporary Painting with Andrew Barns-Graham

Workshop | Contemporary Painting with Andrew Barns-Graham

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

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

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

ABOUT THE TUTOR:

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

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Workshop | Watercolour Magic Untutored (Term 2 only)

Workshop | Watercolour Magic Untutored (Term 2 only)

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

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

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Studio One Toi Tū Drop In Studio | Ceramics

Studio One Toi Tū Drop In Studio | Ceramics

May 3 to May 10, 2017 at 10am-2pm
Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland

DROP-IN STUDIO: CERAMICS
Technician: Jack Tilson

Need some studio time to work on a project? Want some technical advice on your process? Our sculpture and printmaking studios are open for practitioners to drop-in during the day. A technician will be available to support you with the tools and equipment available during our Open Studio hours. Workshops can be booked individually as well.

CERAMIC STUDIO
OPEN WED, 10AM – 2PM

Bookings are requested as space is limited. Cost $20 per booking. Contact info@studioone.org.nz for more information.

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

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

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

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

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

About the artists

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

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

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

Demo | Kate Russell

Demo | Kate Russell

May 4 to May 7, 2017
DEMO, Auckland

Kate Russell’s Everything I Own is a week-long project that culminates in a three-day exhibition at DEMO. At the beginning of the week, everything the artist owns will be installed in the exhibition space. Throughout the duration of Everything I Own, the artist will continue to live her normal life borrowing what she needs from others, cataloging and listing the transactions and objects as she borrows them, for us to see and think about.

Everything I Own presents us with an unedited material document of the artist’s life, and attempts to reveal something of the complex interrelationship between ownership and identity.

Studio One Toi Tū Courses | Clay Sculpture

Studio One Toi Tū Courses | Clay Sculpture

Thursday May 4, 2017 at 10am-1pm
 Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland

CLAY SCULPTURE
KAIRAVA GULLATZ

Using figurative or abstract forms as inspiration, this is an opportunity to discover and enjoy expressing your ideas with clay. While you follow your individual concept and ways of handling the soft material, you will be supported with demonstrations of a wide range of sculpting techniques. Students will also have time to engage in the process of treating surfaces with textures, carvings, applications as well as decorating it with slip colours and glazes. www.ceramicdesign.co.nz

THURSDAYS, 10AM – 1PM
STARTS 4 MAY
LENGTH 9 WEEKS
COST $375
CLASS 9 MAX
INCLUDES UP TO 10KG CLAY, GLAZES AND FIRINGS FOR THIS AMOUNT OF CLAY

Workshop | Open Photography with Chervelle Athena

Workshop | Open Photography with Chervelle Athena

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

Enrol in both classes and receive a $10 discount.

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

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

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

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Workshop | Sarah Walker-Holt

Workshop | Sarah Walker-Holt

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

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

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

ABOUT THE TUTOR:

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

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Studio One Toi Tū Courses | Raku Pottery with Local Materials

Studio One Toi Tū Courses | Raku Pottery with Local Materials

Thursday May 4, 2017 at 7-10pm
Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland

RAKU POTTERY WITH LOCAL MATERIALS
JACK TILSON

Learn how to make traditional raku pottery on the banding wheel with specially prepared local clay. Craft contemporary works from clay that draw upon a rich tradition of making ceramic sculpture. Prepare glazes and experiment with glaze application. You will work with raku processes and pull fired works from the kiln for immediate results.

THURSDAYS, 7 – 9PM
STARTS 4 MAY
LENGTH 4 WEEKS
COST $200
CLASS 6 MAX
INCLUDES ALL MATERIALS AND FIRINGS

Workshop | Creating the Portrait with Nicole Peacock

Workshop | Creating the Portrait with Nicole Peacock

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

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

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

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

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Fresh, Fur & Flesh | Niki Hill

Fresh, Fur & Flesh | Niki Hill

May 6 to May 24, 2017
Depot Artspace, Auckland

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

Te Tuhi Secret Art Sale

Te Tuhi Secret Art Sale

May 6 and 7, 2017 at 11am-4pm
George Fraser Gallery, Auckland

Preview: 10-11am Saturday 6 May

Please join us for the inaugural Te Tuhi Secret Art Sale.
Come to the preview and view the work in advance of the sale opening at 11am.
Coffee and donuts will be served.

For one weekend only, original works by emerging and established artists and designers will be available to purchase. Take home a work by one of New Zealand’s foremost artists, or an early work by a future star.

What’s the secret? Artworks will be exhibited anonymously and buyers will not know who the artist is until they have completed the sale. All the postcard-sized artworks are priced at $80 and have been generously donated by those involved.

The Te Tuhi Secret Sale includes works by:

Joyce Campbell | Pip Cheshire | Elliot Collins
Sarah Hughes | Gregor Kregar | Kerry Ann Lee

For more information visit tetuhi.org.nz

All proceeds will go directly to the Te Tuhi Commissioning Fund, established in 2015 by a generous donation from Walters Prize-winner Shannon Te Ao.

Workings and re-Workings | Andrew Drummond

Workings and re-Workings | Andrew Drummond

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

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

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

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

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

Image: From Afar exhibition

Artist Talk | Alma Proença

Saturday May 6, 11am-12pm
Corban Estate Arts Centre, Auckland

Join Corban Estate Arts Centre as artist Alma Proença shares her art practice through stories of travel, culture and updates us on her current residency at Studio One.

Free entry, all welcome

Artist Talk | Matthew Ward for Miko Revereza

Artist Talk | Matthew Ward for Miko Revereza

Saturday May 6, 2017 at 2pm
Artspace, Auckland

Image: Hamishi Farah, “pics or it didn’t happen”, 2014, 8 hardcover books (“curators”, “image surplus”, “life aint nothin but a sandwich”, “monoculture:standing together”, “your pictures deserve more lies”, “use this book’s static energy to charge your phone”, “flattening and other actions”, “alien selfies”), each 255pages, edition 1/3

Artists Talk | Caressing The Silver Rectangle

Artists Talk | Caressing The Silver Rectangle

Saturday May 6, 2017 at 2pm
Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington

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

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

Artist Talk | Fashion and High Tea In conversation with Niki Hill

Artist Talk | Fashion and High Tea In conversation with Niki Hill

Sunday May 7, 2017 at 2pm
Depot Artspace, Auckland

Join us for a ‘Fashion and High tea’ conversation with Niki Hill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Course outline:

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

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

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

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

$150 members, $190 non-members

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

Paintings | Lynette Rawlingson

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

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

Studio One Toi Tū Courses | Silver Ring Casting

Studio One Toi Tū Courses | Silver Ring Casting

Wednesday May 10, 2017 at 6:30-9pm
Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland

SILVER RING CASTING
WHAU STUDIOS

No experience is required for you to take part in this three-part starter jewellery course. The first two sessions will introduce you to specialist jeweller’s wax to scrape, file, drill, sand and shape your own unique carved ring. Your design will then be cast in silver – a true ‘one off’ as once the wax is melted the mould is lost. In the final session you will learn how to finish your casting resulting in a distinct piece of jewellery.

THURSDAYS 6.30 – 9PM
STARTS 10 MAY
LENGTH 3 WEEKS
COST $150
CLASS 8 MAX
INCLUDES JEWELLERS WAX FOR CARVING. CASTING PRICE VARIES BETWEEN $10 – $60 DEPENDENT ON PIECE WEIGHT.

Workshop | Contemporary Photography: Theory & Practice with Emil McAvoy

Workshop | Contemporary Photography: Theory & Practice with Emil McAvoy

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

Enrol in both classes and receive a $10 discount.

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

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

ABOUT THE TUTOR:

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

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Wairarapa Art Sale 2017

Wairarapa Art Sale 2017

Opening Thursday May 11, 2017 at 6pm
Featherston Community Centre, Featherston

Wairarapa Art Sale to benefit the Featherston Community Centre. Local artists from Featherston and the Wairarapa working in a variety of media and styles. Buy great local art and support the Community Centre!

The Wairarapa Art Sale showcases Wairarapa talent – from established artists to complete newcomers.  The show is at the Featherston Community Centre during the Featherston Booktown celebration, so it promises to be a vibrant weekend. Opening night is 11 May from 6pm where people can get an early look and meet the artists. Art lovers will easily find something to add to their collection or find a stunning gift while supporting local artists. Drawings, paintings, sculpture and pottery in a full range of styles and prices mean there will be something for everyone. It is a cash and carry exhibition, so it will pay to go early. A portion of sales will directly benefit the Featherston Community Centre. Emily Greenberg, Chair of the Community Centre’s Board, said, “As a 100% community-owned trust, the centre depends on grants,

Workshop | Overview of Digital for Designers 2017

Workshop | Overview of Digital for Designers 2017

Friday May 12, 2017 at 9am-12pm
Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland

Join UX Architect Lead, Armig Esfahani, from Pixel Fusion for this half-day Auckland workshop providing overview about current industry trends in digital.

While companies are now all familiar with the traditional uses of websites and mobiles, technology is progressing fast. Artificial intelligence, big data, smart watches, virtual reality, smart homes, augmented reality etc. are big industries on their own now and are growing.

Artificial Intelligence alone is a $15 billion industry already, and estimated to be a $70 billion industry by 2020. The principles of user-centric design lay the groundwork for building future products that support these new technologies, however designers and businesses will need to adapt and learn more about the new technologies.

In this workshop we will talk about what is already being done, current stats and predictions, main challenges and key opportunities using examples that can be applied to various industries in the near future.

We will discuss the current industry climate and trends, then talk about some of topics which are predicted to be the key pillars of good UX:
– UX metrics and post-launch strategies
– Artificial intelligence
– Virtual reality
– Anticipatory design
– Personalised data
– Integration of CX & UX

Artists Talk | Blikfang

Friday May 12, 2017 at 6pm
Blikfang, Auckland

10 min. talks with images, by 4 to 6 speakers on an arts related subject followed by supper and wine

Julian McKinnon – Artists/writer
Deborah White – Director of WHITESPACE
Debbie Fish – Sculptor/artist
Christina Berth – Peace Poppies Project

$25 per person

Studio One Toi Tū Workshops | Natural Perfumery: The Chypre

Studio One Toi Tū Workshops | Natural Perfumery: The Chypre

Saturday May 13, 2017 10am-1pm
Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland

NATURAL PERFUMERY: THE CHYPRE
FLEURS DU MAL (Vanessa York)

One of the five main fragrance families, the chypre (pronounced ‘shee-pre’) takes its name from Francois Coty’s 1917 perfume of the same name, although the style itself is far older. Chypre perfumes are generally characterised by a haunting contrast between a fresh, citrus top and a woody/mossy base. Some great chypre perfumes include Mitsouko (Guerlain), Femme (Rochas), Caleche (Hermes), Miss Dior (Dior), No 19, Pour Monsieur, and 31 Rue Cambon (Chanel). In this workshop we’ll look briefly at the history of the chypre then concentrate on the natural aromatics that are typically used in creating these fragrances. You will have the opportunity to explore blending accords and make your own chypre perfume to take home. This class builds on the material covered in Introduction to Natural Perfumery, although it is not necessary to have done this workshop to participate.

SATURDAY 13 MAY, 10AM – 1PM
LENGTH 1 DAY
COST $85
CLASS 10 MAX
INCLUDES ALL MATERIALS

Studio One Toi Tū Workshops | Watercolour Workshop

Studio One Toi Tū Workshops | Watercolour Workshop

Saturday May 13, 2017 at 10am-3pm
Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland

WATERCOLOUR WORKSHOP
CLAUDIA SLANEY

An in-depth exploration through the ways watercolour can be used with an emphasis on watercolour skills learning. Guidance will be given to support the development of your work as you experiment with application techniques such as wet in wet, dry brush and using alternative materials. Learn how to create effects through the addition of substances such as salt, water, pigment splatter and more. Practice with colour theory to create depth and aerial perspective while you work through your composition and develop your understanding, resulting in a finished work.

SATURDAY 13 MAY, 10AM – 3PM
LENGTH 1 DAY
COST $95
CLASS 12 MAX
MATERIALS NOT INCLUDED

Workshop | Identity Vessels

Workshop | Identity Vessels

Saturday May 13, 2017 at 10:30am-12pm
Corban Estate Arts Centre, Auckland

Saturday Gallery Club # 26
Come and design a piece of pottery that tells a story about where you are from, in a workshop inspired by Alma Proenca’s exhibition of illustrated ceramics. This month Saturday Gallery Club coincides with the Kids Arts Festival, so make a day of it!

Workshop | Digital Art with Kerry Ann Lee

Workshop | Digital Art with Kerry Ann Lee

Explore digital art making with Wellington-based artist Kerry Ann Lee at Capital E’s MediaLab and create a computer-based artwork using online source material. This workshop is aimed at computer-literate people who are 18 years+ and interested in digital, post-internet art practice. In association with Petra Cortright: RUNNING NEO-GEO GAMES UNDER MAME.

Bookings available soon 

Image: Petra Cortright 007goldeneye.sexual_videoconferencing_characterscheatsharks.edu 2017

Artist Talk | Mother's Day with Niki Hill

Artist Talk | Mother's Day with Niki Hill

Sunday May 14, 2017 at 2pm
Depot Artspace, Auckland

Mother’s Day talk with high tea refreshments.
Please RSVP if you plan to attend the talk.

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

Please RSVP here 

Dark City | Melissa McDougall and Kiran X

Dark City | Melissa McDougall and Kiran X

May 15 to May 21, 2017
Thistle Hall, Wellington

Dark City is a masterful collaberation between Melissa McDougall’s oil paintings and Kiran X’s multi media paintings, featuring iconic Wellington scenes juxtoposed with cinema vixens, neon abstraction and evocative city lights.

NZIA City Talks | Roger Walker

NZIA City Talks | Roger Walker

Image: Roger Walker

Studio One Toi Tū Courses | Drawing Studio: Wet & Dry Media

Studio One Toi Tū Courses | Drawing Studio: Wet & Dry Media

Tuesday May 16, 2017 at 6-8:30pm
Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland

DRAWING STUDIO: WET & DRY MEDIA
CHARLOTTE MAGUIRE

Explore drawing in a relaxed atmosphere using both wet and dry drawing media. Suitable for beginners as well as those wanting time and space with a tutor on-hand, Charlotte will demo options to combine pencil, charcoal, ink, liquid watercolours, caran d’ache and acrylic wash while observing the different moods/effects possible. Experiment freely with a range of materials with a tutor experienced in working to individual’s abilities and extending those with more experience.

TUESDAYS 6 – 8.30PM
STARTS 16 MAY
LENGTH 8 WEEKS
COST $220
CLASS 12 MAX
MATERIALS NOT INCLUDED

Tour | Art Break

Wednesday 17 May, 2pm
Corban Estate Arts Centre, Auckland
Much like a coffee break, Art Break encourages members of our community to make some time in their day for art, and to visit the newest exhibition with a private tour by the curator.

Free entry, all welcome.

Workshop | Colour My World with Julie Moselen

Workshop | Colour My World with Julie Moselen

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

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

$150

Workshop | Applying Design Thinking to creating Māori Graphic Design

Workshop | Applying Design Thinking to creating Māori Graphic Design

Friday May 19, 2017 at 9am-12:30pm
Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland

Design Assembly welcomes back Johnson McKay from Fly to present this half-day Auckland workshop focussing on Maori Graphic Design.

As New Zealanders, we grow up with tikis and taniwhas, pukanas and chur bros, but not many of us know or understand the meanings behind these familiar icons of Kiwi-ness. The Māori culture and its rich visual narratives inspire our architecture, movies, products, brands and businesses, both at home and on the global stage. It also drives a growing market of products and services by Māori who wish to speak with their own authentic voice. This expanding inclusion of Māori cultural concepts in the mainstream will only accelerate as the world seeks increased diversity and authenticity.

As creatives, we work comfortably within a European concept of design thinking, language and modes of expression, but we sometimes feel nervous about how best to engage with Te Ao Maori — the Maori world. In this workshop, we will explore:
– Why it is essential for the New Zealand creative community to have an understanding of Te Ao Māori.
– How we can get over the fear of incorporating Māori art and concepts into our creative work.
– How we can celebrate and express Māori concepts and art without the risk of cultural appropriation.
– Key considerations when incorporating Māori concepts into your work.
– Learnings from work being produced by Māori and non-Māori design studios and creatives around Aotearoa.

Led by Johnson McKay – Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Scotland.

Studio One Toi Tū Workshops | Introduction to Taxidermy

Studio One Toi Tū Workshops | Introduction to Taxidermy

Saturday May 20, 2017 10am-3pm
Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland

INTRODUCTION TO TAXIDERMY: BIRDS AND SMALL CREATURES
ANTOINETTE RATCLIFFE

Ever wanted to learn how to taxidermy? Antoinette is a practicing artist who incorporates taxidermy into her artworks. She will demonstrate you the basics of small animal taxidermy and help you to make your own first piece. Together you will discuss the ethics involved in taxidermy, as well as what to expect during the process including health and safety elements and mounting considerations.

SATURDAY 20 MAY, 10AM – 3PM
LENGTH 1 DAY
COST $150
CLASS 8 MAX
MATERIALS INCLUDED

Studio One Toi Tū Courses | Intaglio Print Plus

Studio One Toi Tū Courses | Intaglio Print Plus

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

INTAGLIO PRINT PLUS
BETH SERJEANT

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

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

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Talk | Curator Peter Simpson with Linda Tyler

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

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

DA Type Swilling Social Night | Nicole Arnett Phillips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Image: Wystan Curnow

Whitecliffe Open Days Schedule Announced 2017

Whitecliffe Open Days Schedule Announced 2017

May 31 to August 17, 2017
Whitecliffe, Auckland 

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

OUT OF TOWNERS OPEN DAY – Wednesday 31 May *

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

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

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

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

Studio One Toi Tū Courses | Bookbinding

Studio One Toi Tū Courses | Bookbinding

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

BOOKBINDING FOR SELF-PUBLISHING AND ARTISTS’ BOOKS
GABI LARDIES

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

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

Workshop | Reductive Woodblock Printing with Toni Mosely

Workshop | Reductive Woodblock Printing with Toni Mosely

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

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

ABOUT THE TUTOR:

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

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Studio One Toi Tū Courses | Breaking Borders

Studio One Toi Tū Courses | Breaking Borders

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

BREAKING BORDERS
HAN NAE KIM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cash bar.
Free event

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

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

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

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

Cash bar.

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Exult | For Arts Sake Conference the Bay of Plenty

Exult | For Arts Sake Conference the Bay of Plenty

Thursday June 15, 2017
Historic Village, Tauranga

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

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

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

Studio One Toi Tū Courses | Cinematography with Super 8

Studio One Toi Tū Courses | Cinematography with Super 8

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

CINEMATOGRAPHY WITH SUPER 8
IAN POWELL

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

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

Bird Illustration Workshop | Estuary Art and Ecology Prize 2017

Bird Illustration Workshop | Estuary Art and Ecology Prize 2017

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

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

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

$69 incl. materials

Register via exhibitions@uxbridge.org.nz

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

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

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

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

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