February 28, 2020 7:30 pm - April 24, 2020 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

“From Here to Africa is a collection of captivating portraits of the Maasai people from Tanzania. I found myself deeply inspired upon meeting the Maasai tribe and realised the opportunity to document their unique culture which is being eroded by Western influence and modern technology. On a personal level, this reminds me of the true value of photography: preserving memories in order to relive special stories and pass them on to others. Through this series of carefully composed photographs, the Maasai people can share their rich culture with the world.

The collection is presented in a film-noir monochrome, capturing these portraits in a classically timeless style; lending a unifying appearance that emulates analogue lithographic techniques. I wanted viewers to focus on the humanity aspect of each portrait: expressions and body language, shapes and forms. I eliminated distracting colours to ensure that viewers focus on the people within the photos, and make emotional connections with these individuals.

I aim to depict the Maasai culture in an authentic and honest way, using a clear narrative style which shows people the significance of their culture, as well as their individual personalities. My goal is to provoke your imagination regarding the traditions of the Maasai people and the stories behind their portraits. In sharing this portfolio, I encourage viewers to show tolerance: to accept all people and to recognise the value of cultural diversity. We would all experience an enhanced sense of community if we took the time to appreciate interactions which allow us to discover the world beyond our familiar boundaries.”

Opening:  Friday, 28 February 7:30PM with keynote speaker: Sir Bob Harvey. RSVP:

Artist Talk:  Saturday, 7 March 11:00AM                                                    

Portraiture Photography Workshop:  Saturday, 7 March 12:00PM – 3:00PM    WORKSHOP DETAIL & BOOKINGS


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Coming soon: Uxbridge Art Sale

July 4, 2020 2:30 pm - August 30, 2020 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery


Awards Ceremony and Exhibition Opening 4 July 2020

The only contemporary art prize in Aotearoa New Zealand with ecology at its core. Artists were invited to research and respond to the Tāmaki Estuary, to underscore the ecological value of this vital waterway and encourage action against its pollution.

Our judge this year, Monique Jansen, is an Auckland based artist and Head of Visual Arts at the Auckland University of Technology. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and her work is held in many public and private collections. She was the winner of the inaugural Aotearoa/New Zealand National Parkin Drawing Prize in 2013. Monique is a committed environmentalist and organic gardener; working on transforming her home and community into a model of resilience, sustainable living, and active citizenship.

With a total prize pool of $8,300, the winning artworks are intelligent and innovative responses to ecology in the field of contemporary art.

EAA14 2020 – Call for Entries

Now Open for Submissions
Please submit your entry(ies) by 31 May as the selection of finalists will take place in early June. We hope to continue with the  Exhibition and Awards Ceremony in July/August as planned although this may have to move out to later in the year.

EAA14 – Entry Form

Exhibition of Finalists
4 July to 30 August 2020

Awards Ceremony
Saturday 4 July 2020, 2:30PM

Image: Mo Stewart, Echo, 2020
1st Place EAA13

April 10, 2020 9:00 am - May 31, 2020 4:00 pm

Youth Estuary Art Awards 2020

The only contemporary art prize in Aotearoa New Zealand with ecology at its core.

The Estuary Arts and Ecology Awards are back for 2020, this time with a twist! With the sudden outbreak of Covid-19 closing schools, we are thrilled to announce the introduction of Primary, Intermediate and High School entry levels for this year’s awards.

All young creatives are encouraged to research the history of the Tāmaki Estuary, the ecological value of this vital waterway and encourage action against its pollution. We can’t wait to see what you create!

YEAA – Call for Entries

YEAA – Entry Form

YEAA – Estuary Information

Entries Open
10 April to 31 May 2020

Age Range
Ages from 5 to 18 are welcome to enter.

Estuary Information
It’s hard to gather information on the Tāmaki Estuary right now – So we’ve created a short document with everything you need.




April 1, 2020 4:00 pm - April 8, 2020 11:08 am

Lockdown Heroes

We want to see your appreciation for essential workers through creativity and art!
With the sudden outbreak of Covid-19, we have become much more aware of the vital role our essential workers play. What would we do without them?

Lockdown Heroes – Call for Entries

Lockdown Heroes – Entry Form

Age Range
Ages between 5 and 18 are welcome to apply

Now Open for Submissions
Please submit your entry(ies) by Midnight 8th May

Exhibition of Finalists
While this is primarily an online exhibition, we are looking into exhibiting these works physically after the quarantine.