PAST EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS

15 January to 3 February 2019

Roma Anderson is a local artist who recently graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts.  Throughout her studies she has been investigating the nearby Tamaki Estuary, documenting the ever-changing environment and surrounding flora and fauna with a wider focus on the agency of environments and how they are valued aesthetically and politically.

For this exhibition, Anderson will showcase several images from her Estuary investigation, bringing focus and attention to this fragile ecosystem.

Anderson is an avid analogue and digital alternative method artist, she never does things quite in the way they are conventionally done. Alongside her environmental concerns, she is particularly interested in politics of female representation in cinema, and the roles of spectator, voyeur, auteur and character in film.

3 December 2018 to 13 January 2019

Briana Woolliams is a recent Elam graduate who will be exhibiting a selection of works in December.  Her practice incorporates poetry, sculpture and printmaking and reconnoitres issues related to the contemporary female experience and gender politics.  Through personal experiences, Woolliams explores the potential to renegotiate a feminine persona that defies easy categorization or conformity.

Briana Woolliams has exhibited at George Fraser Gallery, Tacit Gallery and as part of the Arts Out East Festival.

3 December to 27 January 2019

Opening Saturday 1 December, 2.30PM

Chroma, a new exhibition by Wendy Hannah, explores colour, pigment and materials, creating an immersive environment reflecting the different facets of her practice.

Wendy Hannah has been painting for fifteen years.  She began her practice with community art courses before attending Elam School of Fine Arts.  Through her Bachelor studies she developed a keen interest in the alchemy of paint, experimenting with chemical reactions and the science of artmaking.

This exhibition brings Hannah’s interest of pigment investigation into a new dimension, incorporating think, thin, sticky and vicious pigments with unexpected sculptural supports.

She has been working with Colin Gooch Technical Director and Mike Clowes Technical Manager of Resene Paints with a tool box of pigments and additives to create an ambitious homage to colour and form.

Event: Interactive Painting

24 January, 11.00AM to 1.00PM

Join Wendy Hannah for an interactive look at her painting practice. Wendy will talk about how she utilises a spinning table in her art making practice and participants will be able to create a work using the techniques discussed.

Free to attend, suitable for all ages.

20 October to 25 November 2018

Gabriel Tiongson is a visual artist, born in the Philippines and currently resides in Auckland.  He draws inspiration from a range of childhood stimuli – American cartoons, toys, comic books, video games, and Japanese pop culture.  Tiongson explores and combines these sources to create illustrations, paintings and sculptures that fuse brilliant colour and experimental mark making with organic forms and cartoon distortions.

His latest works endeavour to harmonize the fortuitous and the intentional. The introduction of the grid was an unforeseen welcome, as in previous works he favoured curvy lines and bulbous forms. Here, he plays with these more fluid elements and adds light and dark layers on the grid, giving contrasting compatibility. This body of work considers minimal moves and sharp corners while playfully integrating his colourful and rotund sensibilities.

 

Gabriel Tiongson completed his Visual Arts degree at Unitec and continues to develop his art practice. His work has been shown in various galleries around Auckland and internationally throughout Asia.

4 November 2018

Please join us for a series of events celebrating renowned ceramic artist, Richard Stratton

Demonstration | 10AM to 12PM

A unique opportunity to see Richard Stratton demonstrating some techniques used in creating Living History.

Limited to 20 attendees, register by emailing exhibitions@uxbridge.org.nz
Free to attend.

Artist Talk | 12.30PM to 2PM

Please join us for a tour of Living History with Richard Stratton.
Free to attend, all welcome.

Exhibition Opening at Anna Miles Gallery | From 3PM

Visitors are encouraged to attend the opening of Richard’s new exhibition, ARCHITECTONIC ANACHRONISMS, at Anna Miles Gallery, following the Living History tour.

Architectonic Anachronisms, opening 3PM to 5PM, Anna Miles Gallery, 10/30 Upper Queen Street.

Parking is free on Sundays at the Upper Queen St Carpark at 20 Upper Queen St (next door to Anna Miles Gallery).

 

This programme is made possible with support from

URBAN CONTEMPORARY ART FROM HERE AND ABROAD

27 August to 30 September 2018

Opening Saturday 25 August, 2.30PM

 

Malcolm Smith Gallery is partnering with Aotearoa Urban Arts Trust (AUAT) to bring Hong Kong based Cath Love to Auckland this August.  Cath Love will join local artists Oscar Low and Elliot Francis Stewart in EAST, an exhibition that looks to build connections between Urban Contemporary artists within Asia Pacific and Aotearoa.

 

Exhibition Publication

 

With support from

 

4 October to 18 October 2018

Benedict Miller Keeley was born in Gisborne but has spent most of his life in Howick.  He recently changed his career path from teaching to focus on painting and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts from AUT in 2018.

This body of work responds to the phenomenon of chaos and the idea that chaos is a state of balance, rather than disorder.

Chaos lies at the midpoint of a spectrum. At one extreme there is complete randomness. At the other there is absolute order. Chaos unites the two and brings them into balance.

Keeley approaches his work with the phenomenon of chaos in mind.  Initially, forms and colours rise out of a spontaneous and instinctive process.  At some point, Keeley begins to introduce a sense of order, often in the form of carefully considered mark making or figurative elements.  When that state of balance between randomness and order is achieved, the work is finished.

12 September to 30 September 2018

Opening: Tuesday 18 September, 5.30PM

As part of the winter season of jewellery classes at UXBRIDGE, tutor Simon Misdale challenges his students to design and make a piece of wearable jewellery from everyday objects or found things.

On display will be works created by Simon’s students.

27 August to 30 September 2018

Opening Saturday 25 August, 2.30PM

Students from Macleans College and Edgewater College participated in a workshop with international visiting artist, Cath Love.  Over the course of one day, students explored digital and traditional painting techniques and worked on a final composition for an urban contemporary artwork of their own.

Eleven students participated in the workshop, supported by Howick Local Board.

Tuesday 28 August, 6.30PM

 

This evening korero will explore urban contemporary art through
discussion led by curator and arts manager Olivia Laita and the work
of the three artists of EAST – Cath Love, Oscar Low and Elliot Francis Stewart.

Learn more about this global art form as we explore the connections
that are strengthening between the urban contemporary scenes here and in Asia.

Free to attend, all welcome.

TOI TALKS is led by AUAT: Aotearoa Urban Arts Trust and supported by Howick Local Board

9 July to 19 August 2018

Opening Saturday 7 July, 2.30PM

The only contemporary art prize in Aotearoa New Zealand with ecology at its core. Artists are invited to research and respond to the Tāmaki Estuary, to underscore the ecological value of this vital waterway and encourage action against its pollution. With a total prize pool of $8,300 the winning artworks will be intelligent and innovative responses to ecology in the field of contemporary art.

Judge: Paul Brobbel

Congratulations to the winners of the Estuary Art and Ecology Prize 2018

Marion Wassenaar (First Prize), Wei Lun Ha (Second Prize), Mish O’Neill (Merit), Michelle Farrell (Merit)

People’s Choice Award Winners were Jim Wheeler and Rozana Lee

With support from  Gordon Harris, Rice Family Partnership and

EAA12 PUBLIC PROGRAMMES

Make a Sew-Free Shopping Bag

Bring in an old t-shirt and learn how to create a shopping bag and reduce the amount of plastic you are using!

17 to 20 JUL, Daily 12.00PM to 1.00PM

Judge’s Tour with Paul Brobbel

Join us for a tour of the Estuary Art and Ecology Prize 2018 with this year’s judge, Paul Brobbel.

SUN 8 JUL, 11.30AM

Bright Ideas : The Estuary Sessions

During the Estuary Art and Ecology Prize, we will be focusing on people who are using art and social action to bring about environmental change.

18 JUL and 15 AUG, 10.00AM

Estuary Art and Ecology Prize

Giant Sisters live podcast taping

Saturday 18 August, 11.30AM

Celebrating #Suffrage125 – An afternoon with Jo Brothers speaking with phenomenal women on the Giant Sisters podcast show

Giant Sisters celebrates and shares phenomenal women’s voices and stories in their own words.  For this special live taping we will be joined by two phenomenal art educators, Linda Tyler and Jill Smith.

The podcast recordings from this event are available here:

Linda Tyler – http://www.giantsisters.com/linda-tyler.html

Jill Smith – http://www.giantsisters.com/jill-smith.html

4 June to 30 June 2018

Opening Saturday 2 June, 2.30PM

Developing from their exhibition in Ōtepoti in 2017, The Insider uses public space, street and gallery, as a site for response to inequality, allowing for a propaganda-like campaign to act as the catalyst for conversation and directly questions the hierarchies that govern culture and critical thinking.

Presented as part of

Auckland Festival of Photography

Exhibition Publication

 

4 June to 30 June 2018

Like the phenomena captured by applied scientific photography, Home Science explores connections between light, water and altered states of matter through images centering on a vortex motif, capturing an energy flow within the life-growth cycle.

 

Presented as part of:

Auckland Festival of Photography

23 April to 25 May 2018

Opening Saturday 21 April, 2.30PM

Curators Tour: Thursday 17 May, 11.30AM

Curated by Alice Tyler and Zoe Hoeberigs

Making the invisible visible, this exhibition brings together works by artists who reflect on things unnoticed and the obscured forces that play within the overlooked.

Featuring Wanda Gillespie, Matilda Woods, Sarah Smuts-Kennedy, Rozana Lee, Pamela Wolfe, Georgie Hill.

 

Exhibition Publication

 

Image: Wanda Gillespie, Seeker 2 (Kai) 2016, woodcarving (Ash), fur, fabric

9 April to 12 May 2018

As part of the Arts Out East Festival in May, Veronica Herber will be creating an installation at UXBRIDGE.

Veronica Herber began using masking tape as a medium during her visual arts degree as it offers immediacy and the ability to create works at scale. Alongside her trademark tape fabric and large-scale outdoor works Herber also creates indoor installations utilising Japanese Washi tape on paper.

Her installations deal with materiality and transformation and aim to engage the audience by encouraging observing and ‘staying’ with the piece, made all the more poignant by its temporary nature.

 

Arts Out East Festival

 

 

This installation is made possible with support from Howick Local Board.

Saturday 12 May, 10AM to 3PM

Celebrate the opening of Arts Out East Festival with a jam-packed day of entertainment, drop-in workshops, local artists and more. There’s something for the whole family.


UXBRIDGE will be showcasing art installations by:
Kate Hursthouse, Veronica Herber, Alice Ng, Briana Woolliams and Afreen Naoroji

Arts Out East Festival

 

 

Image: Briana Woolliams, ‘He said he knew me from somewhere‘, 2017

5 March to 14 April 2018

Opening Saturday 3 March, 2.30PM

A drainlayer, a fabricator, a builder, a Scout, a potter – unlikely partnerships, initiated through Scott Eady’s personal connections to local residents will develop to create a space for exploration and consideration, bringing an understanding of the local and connection to the immediate.

Exhibition Publication

Auckland Arts Festival 2018

16 February to 30 March 2018

Wei Lun Ha is a Vietnam-born Chinese New Zealander. His art practice is based around his keen interest in eco-friendly issues and contemporary identity in Chinese ink paintings which is continually evolving and not easily reducible to definite categories. His paintings embrace the pulsating energy and richness of different cultures and create an intensity that is covered with interpretation and stories.

Last year Wei Lun travelled to Vermont to complete a 3-month residency to further develop ink porcelain painting.  Wei Lun is exhibiting a selection of these works as part of our Chinese New Year celebrations.

Saturday 10 March, 8.00AM – 11.00AM

The Estuary Art and Ecology Prize for 2018 is coming!

We are kicking off EAA12 with projects to bring attention to this treasured part of our neighbourhood, as part of SeaWeek 2018.

First up is an early morning clean-up of Panmure Basin.

Join us on Saturday 10 March from 8AM to 11AM at Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club to help clean up this unique and vital catchment. 

All materials supplied. Please wear closed footwear or gumboots.

Image: Roma Anderson, Liminal, 2017, Merit Award EAA11

15 January to 2 March 2018

 

This exhibition has a focus revolving around the human spirit. Helen Wang has been working for two years particularly on the Tibetan People series, which the works in the exhibition is mostly comprised of. Her wish is to capture the character and uniqueness of every individual, to express each person’s identity and story for viewers to understand.

22 January to 24 February 2018

Gallery Session with the artist: Friday 16 February, 11.30AM

New works from New Zealand and India reinterpreting modernism for a new time

Natalie Guy recently completed a three month residency in Varanasi, India and the results of this residency form her new exhibition, Then and Then Again.

Working with manufacturers she met in the city, Guy weaves some of the wonder of Varanasi into her distinctive sculpture practice.

Utilising a contrasting palette of hard material (iron formed into shapes by a local Varanasi blacksmith) and soft fibres (traditional muslin dyed and embroidered with designs inspired by Gordon Walters prints), this exhibition regenerates and brings together New Zealand modernism and Indian handcraft.

The residency Guy completed is based at Kriti Gallery and is supported by Asia New Zealand Foundation.

 

Exhibition Publication

 

Supported by:

A monthly meet-up for East Auckland creatives and those interested in creative things.

Join us for a free morning burst of inspiration. Two speakers from different creative backgrounds will share projects, ideas, and artistic wisdom. Grab a coffee from our cafe following the presentations and continue the conversation!

Our speakers for 2018 have been Grace Wright and Mo Stewart, Jack Tilson and Veronica Herber, Alice Ng, Wanda Gillespie and Tiger Murdoch, Alvin Xiong and Maha Tomo, Dr Mels Barton and Rozana Lee, Briana Woolliams and Benedict Miller Keeley.

All welcome, free entry.

See our Facebook page for upcoming sessions

15 January to 15 February 2018

Opening Saturday 20 January, 2.30PM

 

Yvonne Abercrombie paints figures using equal amounts of opposing ideas; comic and classical, kitsch colour and natural hues; fake imagery and real content.

Her bold portraits draw inspiration from a broad range of genres – romance novel art, comic and pulp art, medieval manuscripts, mythological representation and naive art.   These sources provide her with a diverse visual library of the figure, from which she gains a greater understanding and appreciation of alternative representations of the female form.

11 December 2017 to 13 January 2018

Opening Saturday 9 December, 2.30PM

Exhibition Talk: Sunday 10 December, 2.30PM

Public Programme: Paint a Plate Workshop, 13 January 2018

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. Nicola Jackson has created her version of an anatomy museum, filling vitrines and cabinets with a range of curious objects and adorning the walls with paintings of inquisitive characters.

In The Bloggs Jackson has paired key anatomical elements with qualities that go beyond the physical but ultimately aid in classifying us as human.

Supported by:

9 October to 31 December 2017

Lou Pendergrast-Mathieson presents a new series of original glass works at UXBRIDGE. Pendergrast-Mathieson’s translucent shapes transform the space into an ethereal skyscape – clouds float past on like on a gentle breeze, leaving colour and light in their wake.

Pendergrast-Mathieson is an accomplished glass artist based in Auckland. Her practice centers on cast glass forms that relate to nature.

She teaches glass casting at UXBRIDGE.

6 November to 2 December 2017

Opening Saturday 4 November, 2.30PM

Artist Talk: Saturday 18 November, 2.30PM

Early Polynesian navigators gave names to the places they encountered as a reminder of the spiritual threshold between creation and reality.  This was because they regarded the ideas of geographic and spiritual origin as mutually similar.

In Whenua Fonua ‘Enua Auckland-based artist Benjamin Work explores the significance of name and place and the importance of these indicators that connect us to our past and highlight the characteristics of our present.

Work hopes to draw the viewer into a conversation about the way in which history is written onto a landscape, as people remember and retell stories of what has taken place and imagine what could be.

Saturday 4 November, 2.30PM

Publication is available through Malcolm Smith Gallery.  Please email exhibitions@uxbridge.org.nz for details

A companion publication for the exhibition Whenua Fonua ‘Enua has been produced with photographer Brendan Kitto.

Both the exhibition and the publication explore East Auckland, detailing the idiosyncratic markers of Work and Kitto’s remembered youth.  Through exploring memories of their formative years and looking further into the history that came before them, the artists have captured a contemporary living history intertwined with their suburban stories.

The publication features an interview by independent curator, Giles Peterson and was produced in collaboration with Rim Books and with support from the Wallace Foundation.

Please join us for the publication launch and exhibition opening.

Image: Brendan Kitto, Pakūrangarahihi, 2017

14 November to 2 December 2017

Opening Tuesday November 14, 10.30AM

A meeting room is a transient space hosting varying groups with specific agendas. Unlike the stark white void of the gallery, the meeting room commands a certain type of behaviour from its visitors with its practical furniture, patterned carpets and serene atmosphere.

 

In this exhibition, artists from Mapura Studios explore meeting room culture; the rituals, behaviour and paraphernalia associated with this space. Our artists investigate how this culture accommodates people with diverse needs and what role art can play in this environment.

 

Mapura Studios is a creative space for artists of all ages living with diversity and disability. We have a broad range of programmes across many media including music, movement, poetry and the visual arts.

A monthly meet-up for East Auckland creatives and those interested in creative things.

Join us for a free morning burst of inspiration. Two speakers from different creative backgrounds will share projects, ideas, and artistic wisdom. Grab a coffee from our cafe following the presentations and continue the conversation!

Every month, check our Facebook page for details of this month’s event.

Thank you to all our 2017 speakers…

Giles Peterson (educator and curator of contemporary Pacific art), Marie-Louise Myburgh (object maker),  Belinda Griffiths (painter), Wendy Hannah (painter), Issac Katzoff (Glass Artist, Monmouth Studios), Zoe Hoeberigs (Malcolm Smith Gallery’s Manager Curator), Holly Davies (artist, Manager of Monterey Gallery), Emma Rogan (designer, artist and founder of the 100 Days Project), Arielle Walker (artist, Estuary Art Award Finalist) and Ramon Robertson (sculptor).

Tori Ferguson, Ayesha Green, Zainab Hikmet and Anh Tran

18 September to 28 October 2017

Opening: Saturday 16 September, 2.30PM

Although they come from, and live now, in various parts of the world, the four artists featured in Here and Now have all – at one point – called this land home.  These artists are linked by the way in which the traces of the journeys to where they find themselves now are imbued in the artworks they create. Here and Now shows both the ripples of global influences and the continual threads of reflection they have to Aotearoa.

Image: Zainab Hikmet, Half Moon Bay – Auckland glass, 2015,
glass made from raw Half Moon Bay (Auckland) beach sand; 100mm x 100mm x 100mm

Exhibition Publication

Artweek Artist Talk

Curator Zoe Hoeberigs will be joined by Anh Tran and Ayesha Green for a conversation regarding their work and wider practices.

Saturday 14 October, 2.30PM

9 October to 31 October 2017

Playing with ideas surrounding the modern values given to different foods and art mediums, Elisa Barczak draws attention to the way in which perceptions of what is ‘good’ and ‘bad’ can change over time. Junk food, once considered high in the hierarchy of foods for its convenience and associations with modernity, now sits at the bottom, dismissed for its unhealthiness. As a medium, clay’s position has also fluctuated in the art hierarchy. It has moments of popularity, but ultimately draws closer connotations to craft than art.

June to September 2017

 

Sculptures by Peter Lange and Louise Purvis take residence in the Sculpture Courtyard until early September. Louise Purvis is a New Zealand sculptor (b. 1968, Pahiatua) based in Auckland.  Small Form explores her interest in topographical mapping, made from individual cages that can be connected and rearranged to produce a variety of shapes. Born in New Zealand in 1944, Peter Lange first came into contact with bricks as a production thrower in the 1970s, and has been working with them ever since. Like much of his work, S Chair in Bricks is a parody of a ‘real world’ object that simultaneously serves its purpose.

Image credit: Louise Purvis, Small Forms, 2015, courtesy of the James Wallace Arts Trust.

13 September to 6 October 2017

Opening: Tuesday 12 September, 5.30PM

As part of the winter season of jewellery classes at UXBRIDGE, tutor Simon Misdale challenges his students to design and make a piece of wearable jewellery from everyday objects or found things.

On display will be works created by Simon’s students.

24 July to 9 September 2017

Opening: Saturday 22 July, 2.30PM

If one is not limited by an idea and instead paints to further their understanding of visual principles, then each painting is infinitely more meaningful.  Drawing is the heavy reserve that says nothing, but through experience can reveal everything.

This solo exhibition by Auckland artist Reece King explores the universal principles of nature through experimentations in form and perception.  While encounters in nature are the beginning point, once started, the painting ultimately finds itself and creates its own meaning for viewers to contemplate.

24 July to 9 September 2017

Opening: Saturday 22 July, 2.30PM

Works by Christopher Duncan will be on display in UXBRIDGE Showcase this July.

The exhibition’s title comes from an ancient Chinese poem from the Tao Te Ching written by Lao Tzu.

It refers to the manner in which we surround our lives with expectations, precious concepts and our ego.  And how if we can see through these obstacles we build ourselves we’re left with the ‘raw silk and uncut wood’.

Need little,
want less.
Forget the rules.
Be untroubled.
(Excerpt, translated by Ursula K. Le Guin)

Christopher Duncan is a contemporary craft practitioner who specialises in hand weaving. Duncan began weaving in 2012 after leaving behind a career in the fashion industry. As an autodidact he began teaching himself through gifted looms and materials eventually creating his own library of weaving apparatus, knowledge, style and technique.

12 June to 15 July 2017

The only contemporary art prize in Aotearoa New Zealand with ecology at its core.  With a total prize pool of $8,300 the winning artworks will be intelligent and innovative responses to ecology in the field of contemporary art.

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Awards:

First Place: Kohl Tyler-Dunshea

Second Place: Wendy Hannah

Merit Award: Bev Goodwin and Jeff Thomson

Merit Award: Roma Anderson

People’s Choice Award: Arielle Walker

Image: Kohl Tyler-Dunshea, Offerings (2017).  First Place, 2017

2017 finalists:

Arielle Walker, Bev Goodwin and Jeff Thomson, Caroline Powley, Celeste Sterling, Cora-Allan Wickliffe, Dawn Johnstone, Hanna Shim, Hayley Nieuwoudt, Janna Isbey, Jennie De Groot, Jessica Kate Tweed, Jessica Pearless, Katy Metcalf, Kohl Tyler-Dunshea, Lee Brogan, Lucy Pierpoint, Michael Prosee, Mo Stewart, Reece King, Rick Allender, Roma Anderson, Rozana Lee, Sophie Foster, Suzette van Dorsser and Wendy Hannah

Thank you for support from Howick Local Board, Turanga Creek Wines and Rice Family Partnership

Judge for 2017 Estuary Art Awards

Ane Tonga

Ane Tonga

Ane Tonga is an artist and curator. Currently, she is the Lead Exhibitions Curator at Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa and has also held curatorial roles at City Gallery Wellington, The Dowse Art Museum and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Ane has published frequently, with a particular interest in lens-based artists, for notable international and New Zealand contemporary artists such as Amie Siegel, Fiona Pardington and Janet Lilo. More recently, she was the judge of the 2016 Miles Art Awards at Tauranga Art Gallery.   Photo Credit: Michael Hall

Events as part of Estuary Art and Ecology Prize 2017

Judge’s Tour

Join 2017 Judge Ane Tonga for an insight into this year’s Awards including commentary on the Award Winners. Ane Tonga is an artist and curator. Currently, she is the Lead Exhibitions Curator at Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa.

THUR 15 JUN, 6PM Malcolm Smith Gallery

Bird Illustration Workshop

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.

SAT 17 JUN, 1PM to 4PM $69 incl. materials, Book via exhibitions@uxbridge.org.nz

Estuary Clean-Up

Join us for a clean-up of the Tamaki Estuary with the Tamaki Estuary Protection Society. The heavily urbanised area surrounding the Estuary continues to seriously damage and endanger this unique and vital catchment.  Continuing from the success of last year’s clean up; in 2017 we will again focus on the Panmure Basin where plastics continue to litter the environment and threaten its wildlife. Thanks to support from local businesses in and around Panmure Basin for supporting this initiative. All materials supplied. Please wear closed footwear or gumboots.

SAT 24 JUN, 11AM to 2PM Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club

12 June to 15 July 2017

Born in Auckland in 1961, Peter Gibson Smith graduated from Auckland’s School of Fine Arts in 1983. His practice since then has drawn from a vast frame of art historical and literary references, exploring the production and reproduction of images and various modern and older mediums. In this exhibition at Uxbridge Showcase, Gibson Smith presents some of his multi-faceted, three-dimensional figures made from computer-generated, geometrically composed paper forms.

Read the Artist Interview with Peter Gibson Smith.

As part of Auckland Festival of Photography

1 May to 3 June 2017

 

Bright Light, Soft Launch brings together emerging and established artists exploring representations of the figure through image making.

The artists featured take a poetic and nuanced approach to portrait photography, teasing out characters and personas and presenting their subjects in a kaleidoscope of ways. Some intend to blur and muddle typical perceptions; others mix stereotypes and narratives with nostalgia and tradition. All present a different way of contemplating how the figure can be captured through a lens.

Jenna Baydee, Kevin Capon, Liyen Chong, Di ffrench, Russ Flatt, Solomon Mortimer, Stephanie O’Connor, Mish O’Neill, Richard Orjis, Patrick Pound, Yvonne Todd, Tia Ranginui, Ashlin Rawson

Image: Russ Flatt, When I Say Jump (2015). Courtesy of the Wallace Arts Trust.

Events as part of Bright Light, Soft Launch and Auckland Festival of Photography…

Photography Symposium

Young photographers are invited to a special evening event featuring guest speakers and product demonstrations to inspire your photographic practice. Suitable for students aged 15 to 20 years old.  Free to attend.

THUR 1 JUN, 5PM to 7PM

Light, No Camera, Action

Explore analogue photography and create a photogram style print using just light and time. Suitable for children aged 5 to 10 years old.  Free to attend, register via exhibitions@uxbridge.org.nz.  Limited to 15 participants.

THUR 4 MAY, 4PM to 5PM

1 May to 3 June 2017

Priscilla Hunter is known for her exquisitely detailed fabric sculptures of exotic flora – including masterfully executed anthurium, rubber plants and various cacti.

Her explorations of botany and haberdashery have developed since her first showing at Uxbridge three years ago. Here, she presents her cacti as larger manifestations that have sprung from their terracotta planters, onto the floor and up the walls.

Ramon Robertson’s Form Farm is the first outdoor sculpture hosted by Malcolm Smith Gallery.

March to June 2017

Recently on display at NZ Sculpture OnShore 2016, Form Farm continues Ramon Robertson’s engagement with aspects of architecture and urbanisation.  Robertson intends to draw references from interior and exterior physical and visual space, commenting on the human condition and behaviour in the environment.

Ramon Robertson has been working as an artist in Auckland, New Zealand since arriving there in October 2011. Prior to this he lived and worked in Glasgow, Scotland where he also worked as an artist, designer and tertiary lecturer.

Seven Non-Figurative Auckland Painters

6 March to 22 April 2017

Exhibition Talk / Saturday 11 March / 2.00PM

Johl Dwyer, Nicola Holden, Sara Hughes, Hugo Koha Lindsay, Emma McIntyre, Diane Scott, Glen Snow

Curated by Julian McKinnon

Painting’s resilience as an art form can be attributed to many factors.  There is its ease of transportation, its relatively low production costs, and its universal recognition as ‘art’.  There is also its enduring value as a commodity, its ability to store culture, and to serve as a vehicle for aesthetic value. Perhaps more than any of these factors – those singled out by academics and theoreticians – is the continued fascination it holds for those that work with it. Its histories are rich and varied, running in parallel to the development of human civilisation.  Its techniques are manifold, its possibilities endless. Yet it is the intoxicating sensory experience of delving into the studio, the world of pigments, brushes, and tools, which holds the greatest appeal to those enamoured with the discipline.

Image: Johl Dwyer, Vita, 2017, cedar, resin, and enamel.  Courtesy the artist and Tim Melville Gallery. Photo: Kallan MacLeod

Cumulative Installation from 4 March, Exhibition on display until 30 April

Straight to the Point features a series of new original artworks by Blake Beckford that experiment with the relationships between depth, space, colour and composition.

Exhibition Opening Saturday 21 January 2017, 2:30PM

Susan Christie, Leticia Durant, Julia Holderness, Theresa Waugh and Eloise Worrall-Bader

New and unpredictable visual connections emerge through the amalgamation of multiple artists and various works. As pottery and painting, photography and drawing are arranged in relation to each other, we find patterns, harmonies and dissonances. The artworks extend into space and into each other. Free entry. Artworks affordably priced for sale.

23 January – 25 February 2017

An imaginative and colourful exhibition featuring the work of twenty of New Zealand’s best-known illustrators, including Robyn Belton (The Teddy Bear’s Promise), Lynley Dodd (Hairy MacLary), Phoebe Morris (First to the Top), Sandra Morris (A New Zealand Nature Journal), Trevor Pye (Grandma McGarvey’s Christmas) and many more!

23 January – 25  February 2017

Exhibition Opening Saturday 21 January, 2:30PM

Kushana Bush, Jon Carapiet, Quishile Charan, Lok Chitrakar, Tessa Laird, Lorene Taurerewa, Sam Thomas and Shurti Yatri

With the radical break of abstract art in the 20th Century, how do contemporary artists embrace the idea of storytelling? How do they employ narrative to explore history and identity, among other trenchant themes? For these artists, storytelling does not always require plots, characters or settings; rather, narrative potential lies in everyday objects and materials, and their embedded cultural associations. In projects created through extensive research, the artists in A Turn of the Wheel uncover layers of meaning, turning to individual experience as a means of sharing stories, both real and fictional.

7 November 2016 – 14 January 2017

Exhibition Opening

Saturday 5 November, 2:30PM

Isobel Thom is an artist best known for her experimental geometries in painting and ceramics. More recently, the artist has been attempting ‘the complete artwork’, the design and construction of her own studio. From the kitchen sink to the rocket stove, tile cladding to teapots, Isobel Thom has been creating objects to live with.

Curated by Balamohan Shingade

Curator’s Tour—free
Thursday 24 November, 6:30PM

12 September – 22 October 2016

Artists: Matthew Cowan, Xin Cheng with Chris Berthelsen, Philippa Emery, Bernardo Oyarzún, Brydee Rood, Harpreet Singh and Sam Thomas.

Curated by Balamohan Shingade

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to go sharper. – W.B. Yeats

Sacred Economies draws our attention to how experiences of the sacred manifest through social transactions. It is interested in how ritualistic social movements give life to events that can transform or transcend our ordinary ways of thinking about and participating in the world. How do transactions of forms like poetry or folklore, which hold little monetary value, create an economy of ‘sacred’ moments? How do networks of ritualized action hold the potential to create moments which are more than the sum of their parts? What resemblance do the creative arts hold to the industries of spiritual and religious experiences? For these artists, sacredness and everyday magic is about transitioning to a more connected way of being in this world through gift economies, ritual exchange and the restoration of the commons.

Image: Matthew Cowan, The Dance of the Tractor & the Chocoł, 2008.

 

Events as part of Sacred Economies…

Somatic Workshop

Clare Luiten and Xin Cheng invite you to come for a special exploration of the spaces and objects in Sacred Economies, and the surrounding environment, with your whole body (not just your eyes) as the sensing, feeling, responding instrument.

THU 22 SEP, 6:30PM—Free

Poetry Reading

As part of Artweek Auckland, we bring together poets and artists in this inaugural poetry reading. Each poet will write and present that a piece that responds to the work of one of the artists in the exhibition.

Poets: Melanie Rands, Erena Johnson, Makyla Curtis, Chris Tse, Richard von Sturmer, Ya-Wen Ho, Ruby Porter

SAT 13 OCT, 6:30PM—Free

Exhibition of Finalists 29 July – 27 August 2016

Judged by Jon Bywater

Finalists: Cristina Beth, Anthony Clark, Karen Danes, Cushla Donaldson, Sonja Drake, Dorothy Giam, Neala Glass, Katy Gundesen, Anna Hayes, Niki Simpkin Hill, Thomas Lawley, Shaun Lee, Wendy Leung, Josh Lotz-Keegan, Steve Lovett, Zenica Mann, Dreama McFadyen with Marc and Psalm McFadyen, Emma McLellan, Marie-Louise Myburgh, Penny Otto, Jasper Owen, Emily Parr, Kristin Peren, Isabella Rasch, Jodie Salmond, Donna Turtle Sarten with Bernie Harfleet, A.D. Schierning, Huda Shakarchi, Katie Theunissen, Sam Thomas, Clovis Viscoe, Rainer Westeon with Claudia Dunes, and Alvin Xiong.

The only contemporary art prize in Aotearoa New Zealand with ecology at its core. Artists are invited to research and respond to the Tāmaki Estuary, to underscore the ecological value of this vital waterway and encourage action against its pollution. With a total prize pool of $8,300 the winning artworks will be intelligent and innovative responses to ecology in the field of contemporary art.

1st Place: Emily Parr

2nd Place: Cushla Donaldson

Merit Awards: Katie Theunissen & Katy Gundesen

Image: Katie Theunissen, The Littoral Zone, 2016.

 

Events as part of Estuary Art and Ecology Exhibition 2016…
 

Botanical Illustration Workshop

Learn about the threatened plant species in the Tamaki Estuary and learn to draw them at the same time! This unique workshop combines art and ecology in celebration of this year’s 10th Anniversary of the Estuary Art Awards. Develop your observation-based drawing and fine art techniques and capture the beauty of our natural world.

Tutor: Sandra Morris (botanical illustrator)

SAT 6 AUG, 10:00AM – 2:00PM
$49 (Materials Included)

 

Judge’s Tour with Jon Bywater

We are fortunate to have Jon Bywater as judge for the Estuary Art Awards 10th Anniversary. Join us for a special afternoon to hear Bywater speak about the artworks selected for the exhibition of finalists.

Jon Bywater is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s foremost contemporary art critics. His writing on art and music has appeared in national publications including Art New Zealand, Landfall, The Listener and Reading Room, and in British and American periodicals such as Afterall, Artforum, e-Flux, Frieze, Mute and Wire, as well as numerous monographs and catalogues. In the past ten years, he was curator of the inaugural Arts Foundation New Generation Award, has served twice as a Walters Prize juror, and as judge of the National Contemporary Art Award hosted by Waikato Museum.

SAT 13 AUG, 12:00PM
$5 General Admission
Free for Friends of Malcolm Smith Gallery

 

Tamaki Estuary Clean Up

Let’s restore the quality of our environment! Join us to clean-up the Tamaki Estuary with the Tamaki Estuary Protection Society. This vital water-body is an incubator for nearly 400 plant species, some of which are threatened due in part to debris. This year, we will focus on the Panmure Basin, where plastics have come in as a result of the Estuary’s tidal flows. Spread the word and inspire others to protect our waterways!

All materials supplied. Please wear closed footwear or gumboots.

SAT 20 AUG, 12:00PM – 4:00PM
Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club

25 – 29 May 2016
Auckland Art Fair
The Cloud on Auckland’s Queen’s Wharf

Artists: Philippa Emery, Samer Hatam, Julia Teale, Sam Thomas

Four emerging artists have been invited by Malcolm Smith Gallery to create a unique series of work for this year’s Auckland Art Fair. The title, Impressions, means to be marked, moved or stamped by something. It is also a play on the ‘artist’s impressions’ of an architectural draft, which are often commissioned to give a visual tracing of concepts and objects that cannot be seen otherwise, whether because they are too big, too small, in the past, in the future, fictional, or abstract. This series of artworks is about how the Gallery’s new architecture impresses itself on the artists, and in turn, how the artists respond to the new building and its surroundings. Visit the Ngatahi Editions and Publications stand at the Auckland Art Fair to see these artworks in the flesh.

Fore more information, visit www.artfair.co.nz
Image: Philippa Emery, Impressions 1, 2016.

13 June – 16 July 2016

Artists: Katrina Beekhuis, Claudia Dunes, Richard Frater, Samer Hatam, John Ward Knox, Jeremy Leatinu’u, Shannon Novak, Jeena Shin, Sarah Smuts-Kennedy, Julia Teale

Curated by Balamohan Shingade

Malcolm Smith Gallery is named after the late local architect, community stalwart and founding member of UXBRIDGE in 1981. Architects envisage compelling futures and enjoy a particularly social role. It may even be said that theirs is an intrinsically social art form. Malcolm Smith envisaged a centre for his hometown that would be a beacon for the art and ideas of their day. From the beginning, and even until his passing in 2010, Smith made a priority of good architecture, and was involved in recommending building developments for UXBRIDGE. Once any alteration or improvement was accepted, Smith was always to be found contributing to its execution, from erecting the first crèche fence to the interior painting of the theatre. The UXBRIDGE complex, as it stood before the commencement of the redevelopment last year, reflected Smith’s involvement in every room of every building.

With a nod to its namesake, Soft Architecture brings together various artists whose works comprise of architectural references.  The focus, here, is not on architects or buildings; instead, the exhibition brings together artists whose use of, and for architecture, is rather subtle. Some artists bring us to a discreet awareness of the spatio-temporal properties inherent in a site, whereas others explore the social missions of our built environments.Soft Architecture is concerned with those artworks which are deceptive in their restraint, but where apparent simplicity or lightness of touch belies the works’ rigour. The term ‘soft’ is expansive in its meaning. It describes material qualities, defines strategies of persuasion, and evokes character traits. Through the exhibition Soft Architecture, Malcolm Smith Gallery can be understood as a soft space, because its approach is to yield readily to touch; a smooth or pliable space that is responsive to wider contexts.

Image: Sarah Smuts-Kennedy, Subtle Field 1, 2014.

 

Events as part of Soft Architecture…

Artists in Conversation

With Claudia Dunes & Jeremy Leatinu’u

Join us for the opportunity to engage with a few of the artists of Soft Architecture, the inaugural exhibition of Malcolm Smith Gallery. Learn about the artwork’s processes and ideas, listen to the artists talk about their backgrounds, and explore the exhibition with insider insight. The artists will be in conversation with the curator to talk about their work, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

SAT 9 July, 12:00PM
$5 General Admission, free for Friends of Malcolm Smith Gallery

Future Cities

Build a cardboard city! Will you build up to create density or build out to create urban sprawl? This participatory activity responds to the Auckland housing crisis and the theme of Soft Architecture. Join us to create a cardboard city that is responsive, fluid and playful. This event is coordinated by Briana Woolliams (Volunteer Curatorial Assistant, 2016).

SAT 11 June – SAT 25 June
8+ years. All materials provided.

8 October to 25 November 2018

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.

Developed and toured by

:Dowse Art Museum