PAST GALLERY EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS

June 19, 2020 9:00 am - June 25, 2020 5:00 pm

The Howick Youth Council’s East Auckland Visual Arts Showcase will once again showcase the best of visual art produced by young people living in Howick, Pakuranga, Botany, and Ormiston. This exhibition will be free to view and was open to submissions from youth aged between 12 and 24 who live in the area covered by the Howick Local Board. 2020 will be the third year in which the showcase has been run — but for the first time, the showcase will also include two main categories: Themed Art and Open Art — with a theme of ‘Modern and Traditional Connection’

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.

 

September 9, 2019 9:00 am - October 13, 2019 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

The decision to drift is an exhibition of three painters – Amy Blinkhorne, Kristy Gorman, and Emma Smith. These artists explore notions of stillness in varied ways – forms flit, linger, are held and haunt the surfaces. The works slow the viewer in a quiet state of recalibration, of floating observance, residual uneasiness and slow terror.

Amy Blinkhorne’s practice explores the notions of liminality, an in-between space that challenges two or more multiple constructs. Influenced by the experience of distorted sound, as a result of wearing hearing aids, strange spatial interactions take place within the painting’s body and surface. Spaces that are empty or unclear are bound in-between the states of knowing. In these spaces lie the discomfort of uncertainty and unfamiliarity, of no idea and agenda, no gender, no polarities. Until this liminal space becomes the truth, there will always be an, “other”.

In the work of Kristy Gorman forms that are at once familiar and ambiguous are spliced and reconstructed to tease out issues of surface and depth, figure and ground, stability and fragility. Edited observations and tricks of the light are recalled as floating planes hover and shift quietly within the frame and beyond it.

Broadly speaking Emma Smith’s work negotiates the post industrial militarization of culture, a heightened state of urgency/ emergency, the looming certainty of the accident, the potential in temporary wasteland spaces, notions of displacement, reparation and debt, institutional restructures and failures in the (predominantly) painted form. In the series A Brief History of Fire, we see luminous sickly billowing clouds of indeterminate scale on a back drop of impossibly sunny colours.

Image by Kristy Gormin

May 20, 2019 12:49 pm - 12:50 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

Malcolm Smith Gallery

1 June to 30 June 2019

To a child, time is like a circle, it has no beginning, no end and consists solely of the present. For an adult, time is like an arrow. It has clear direction and it cannot be wasted. This exhibition is a celebration of children and the inner child. It is an expression of how fascinating and magical the world can be if only we looked at it with younger eyes. It is an invitation to adults to be more curious, brave, inquisitive, and imaginative.

Curated by Mandy Huang

March 24, 2019 10:00 am - May 12, 2019 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

MALCOLM SMITH GALLERY

24 March to 12 May 2019

Garden of Memories, curated by Giles Peterson, brings together heirloom and contemporary Pacific quilts from Peterson’s collection and uses these precious objects as the starting point for exploring contemporary craft and object-making by extending this traditional form into creative interpretations and new works by artists from across Asia and the Pacific.

Six quilts from Aotearoa and the Pacific are at the centre of the exhibition and the complementing publication.  Peterson’s personal connection to each quilt is explored through narratives, along with the idea of quilts as domestic objects, transmitters of knowledge, status items, items for comfort and survival and works of art.

Garden of Memories features work by Shona Pitt, Sheena Taivairanga, Lisa Reihana, Vea Mafile’o, Reina Sutton, Lina Pavaha Marsh, and Ken Khun.

A publication to accompany the exhibition will be available, created in collaboration with Rim Books.  This publication is funded by Creative New Zealand and supported by Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design and Resene.

Pre-order your copy of the publication HERE

January 11, 2020 2:30 pm - February 18, 2020 4:00 pm

From the distant afar, years and years ago, through mountains and seas, upon this Aotearoa, a wonderland, did we come, and took root hence.

In Spring, trailing the songs of birds, we can wander around our fragrance filled gardens of blooming flowers, pick a rose fresh with dew then, so to hold on to those blissful moments.

In Summer, under the setting sun, we can take a stroll through the inviting beaches, bathing with the waving ripples and blessings of Santa in shorts, wistfully wishing another flourishing year.

While in Autumn, the golden light seeps through the land, shrouding Kiwis singing the harvesting songs, a moment how we can forget our cameras.

In Winter under the moonlight, while the city is still under a misty veil tinted with neon lights, we can climb up the neighbouring hills, to take a glimpse, or to have a little chat with the starry sky, and to reach out for that kiwi bird up, up in the Milky Way.

New Zealand…. this is our home, our heaven on Earth.

March 24, 2019 10:00 am - May 12, 2019 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

MALCOLM SMITH GALLERY

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: www.HereToAfrica.com

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

October 19, 2019 9:00 am - December 1, 2019 4:00 pm

This exhibition continues the ongoing series by Billy Apple entitled ‘Institutional Critiques’.  Started in the 1970s, these investigations critique the ways that exhibition spaces function and subvert these spaces through painting specific architectural features red.  Highlighting oddities or irregularities in gallery design, Apple brings attention to the spaces in which art sits and in doing so, the gallery becomes the artwork itself.

 

Apple has critiqued galleries throughout New Zealand including Te Uru Gallery, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, The Suter Gallery, Adam Art Gallery, and the Physics Room.  This exhibition coincides with a critique of the Refinery Artspace in Nelson.

February 9, 2019 10:00 am - February 24, 2019 4:00 pm UXBRIDGE Showcase

EAA13

Awards Ceremony and Exhibition Opening 13 July 2019

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.

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

Exhibition of Finalists
13 July to 1 September 2019

Awards Ceremony
Saturday 13 July 2019, 2:30PM

Judge’s Tour of the Exhibition
Saturday 20 July, 2:30PM

Congratulations to our 2019 Finalists
Roma Anderson, Hannah Rose Arnold, Julia Christey, Bev Goodwin, Toni Hartill, Thomas Hinton, John Johnston, Thomas Lawley, Minke Lupa, Janet Mazenier, Barnaby McBryde, Neal Palmer, Lucy Pierpoint, Summer Shimizu, Mo Stewart, Katie Theunissen, Raewyn Turner/Brian Harris, Celia Walker, Briana Woolliams

Congratulations to our 2019 Award Winners
First Place – Mo Stewart
Second Place – Roma Anderson
Merit – Toni Hartill
Merit – Briana Woolliams

Image: Mish O’Neill, Mānawa, 2018
Merit Award EAA12

December 3, 2018 10:00 am - January 27, 2019 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

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.

Exhibition Publication

August 27, 2018 10:00 am - September 30, 2018 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

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.

 

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July 9, 2018 10:00 am - August 19, 2018 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

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

Exhibition Publication

June 4, 2018 10:00 am - June 30, 2018 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

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

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April 23, 2018 10:00 am - May 17, 2018 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

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.

 

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

 

 

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March 5, 2018 10:00 am - April 14, 2018 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

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.

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Auckland Arts Festival 2018

January 22, 2018 10:00 am - February 24, 2018 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

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.

 

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December 11, 2017 10:00 am - January 13, 2018 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

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:

November 6, 2017 10:00 am - December 2, 2017 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

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.

 

Exhibition Publication

September 18, 2017 - October 28, 2017 8:58 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

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

 

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July 24, 2017 10:00 am - September 9, 2017 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

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.

June 12, 2017 10:00 am - July 15, 2017 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

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.

Judged by Ane Tonga

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

May 1, 2017 10:00 am - June 3, 2017 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

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.

 

Exhibition Publication
March 6, 2017 10:00 am - April 22, 2017 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

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

January 23, 2017 10:00 am - February 25, 2017 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

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.

November 7, 2016 12:00 am - January 14, 2017 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

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

September 12, 2016 12:00 am - October 22, 2016 5:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

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.

 

July 29, 2016 7:36 pm - August 27, 2016 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

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

People’s Choice Award: Sonja Drake

Image: Katie Theunissen, The Littoral Zone, 2016.

June 13, 2016 12:00 am - July 16, 2016 10:05 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

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.

 

October 6, 2018 12:45 am - November 25, 2018 12:00 am Malcolm Smith Gallery

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.

 

 

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Developed and toured by

:Dowse Art Museum      

February 4, 2019 10:00 am - March 17, 2018 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

MALCOLM SMITH GALLERY

4 February to 17 March 2019

Opening Saturday 2 February, 2.30PM

This exhibition by Areez Katki displays 29 new works by the artist, developed over the past eight months while he was living and working in India. The exhibition focuses on Katki’s personal heritage, specifically in relation to Zoroastrianism and the Parsi community to which his family belongs. Through his needlework based craft practice, Katki explores third-wave diaspora and the survival of Zoroastrianism, alongside his own revelations and responses to this now-powerful minority in Mumbai.

 

 

Areez has been very generous and allowed his Journal extracts to be available to interested visitors through the link below.

BILDUNGSROMAN Exhibition Materials