‘Tokimeku’ (ときめく) is a Japanese word that beautifully captures the sensation of a throbbing, fluttering, and palpitating heart—a visceral response to the dance of anticipation. This concept serves as the inspiration for Coral Noel Yang latest collection of expressive abstract works. Influenced by her immersive experience at Tamagawa Hot Spring, a secluded mountain healing site in her mother’s hometown, Akita, Japan, these artworks vividly reflect the essence of her journey, where the heartbeat of nature resonates in captivating visual expressions.

The rich landscape of the hot spring and its surrounding terrain provides bountiful inspiration for visual storytelling. Elements such as the outflowing fountainhead, the luminous vapour, the neon-hued sulphuric fumaroles, the enchanted submerged forest, and the rare Sun Halo phenomena, are all intricately woven into the tapestry of Tokimeku. For Coral, Tokimeku became a compelling artistic exercise, allowing her to distil a personal abstract language from the natural elements of Tamagawa, capturing the emotions and ethos of her pilgrimage. Within each artwork, a palpable curiosity about the fluidity of water, the ascending glow of vapour, and the ethereal atmosphere of the land emerges.

As Coral delves into the memories of her travels, central themes of wonder, awakening, connection, and rebirth crystallise within this collection. A poignant narrative thread weaves through her heartfelt reunion with family after a period of Covid-induced separation, alongside tales of healing and the therapeutic energy found in Tamagawa. Coral’s purpose is to imbue her works with the vitality and sense of belonging she absorbed from this transformative journey.

Coral’s practice involves the application of the soak-stain method on raw canvases—a technique seamlessly blended with her upbringing in the Asian Water-Ink tradition. Breaking constraints by using water and fluid paint, she engages in a delicate dance between intuitive material play and meticulous left-brain design. Enthralled by the challenge of harnessing the unpredictable beauty of fluidity, Coral patiently crafts subtle, luminous, and transparent layers that echo the passage of time and delicate human emotions. Her works come alive with raw water marks, organic shapes, and whimsical brushstrokes, where geometrical elements occasionally serve as a nod to nature, intertwined with emotional elements that add dimensions to her paintings.

Tokimeku unfurls across four subsets: The Submerged Forest, the Sun Halo, the Golden Sulphuric Treasure, and the Colours of Dreams, each presenting its unique narratives, colour palettes, and abstract exploration. This exhibition extends an invitation to the audience to immerse themselves in the intricate layers of emotion—joyful reunions, stories of resilience, and the revitalising embrace of nature, with the hope of evoking a profound sense of wonder and elevation in the viewers.

About the artist:

Coral Noel Yang, an Auckland-based contemporary painter, specializes in abstract and floral art using acrylic, blending Soak-Stain techniques with Asian water-ink traditions. Her vibrant and layered works exude luminous hues and expressive marks, drawing inspiration from Aotearoa’s landscapes and florals, her 15 years of global filmmaking experience, and her Chinese-Japanese heritage. Enthralled by the unpredictable beauty of fluidity, she navigates between intuitive material play and meticulous design, crafting layers adorned with water marks, organic shapes, and whimsical brushstrokes. Her paintings capture nature’s essence intertwined with human emotions, evoking a profound sense of wonder and belonging, resonating both locally and internationally. Since 2021, Coral  has held solo exhibitions in Auckland, notably including Unfurling (2023) and Tokimeku (2024). Additionally, she is invited to showcase her work at both The Auckland Art Show 2024 and Art in the Park 2024. In 2023, she received the John Wells award at the Emerging Artist Awards of Upstail Gallery and was a finalist at Craigs Aspiring Art Prize in 2024.

Instagram link: @coralnoelyangart

Coral Noel Yang, Stardust Rhapsody

The exhibition opening celebration featured a powerful contemporary dance, specially choreographed and performed by Yiling Elaine Chen, filmed and edited by Kelly Chen, that captured the sensation of Tokimeku shown in the video below.

Located on our Wall Gallery

Threads is an exploration of metaphorical threads in time – observing memories and recognising the subsequent evocations from these moments; emotions, sounds, smells, light. Small, unfinished paintings are positioned carefully on Uxbridge’s concourse wall and connected by material threads.

Although unfinished, these paintings feel more human, more natural, more intriguing. Each canvas piques the viewer’s interest, containing different subject matter from piece to piece. Locating the work in a transitional space enhances the potential for interpretation. The viewer can imagine their own conclusions for each piece, whether it be material or emotional.

Threads is an invitation, an offering to the viewer, for connection, for recollection, for feeling.

Eve Boermans is an East Auckland-based artist and student at Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland. Working in a variety of disciplines including dramatic and literary arts, her artistic work is currently focused on painting and installation. Boerman’s work has been seen locally in exhibitions such as the Focus Exhibition (2022). She was a finalist in the Wallace Art Awards (2022).

AFTERNOON TEA AND ART WITH EVE BOERMANS: Wednesday 1 May, 2 – 3pm, Gallery Café 
Limited spaces, BOOK NOW!

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 $10,000, the winning artworks are intelligent and innovative responses to ecology in the field of contemporary art.

This year’s entries will be judged by Benjamin Work.

Benjamin Work is an artist, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland-born and raised, with Tongan and Scottish heritage. Work’s evolution exemplifies the new trajectories of artists reared on American sub/pop culture, while also explicitly exploring the complexities of both cultural institutions and the Moana Oceania diaspora. He currently resides alongside the Tāmaki Estuary in Pakuranga where throughout his life he has experienced the changing complexities and pressures upon this unique ecosystem. He was awarded the 2019 CMBB Para Site International Art Residency in Hong Kong, a 2021 Finalist – Molly Morpeth Canaday Awards and author of Whenua Fonua ‘Enua and Motutapu books. He continues to exhibit both nationally and internationally and is represented by Bergman Gallery.

Call for Entries
Entries are CLOSED

Exhibition of Finalists
1 July to 26 August 2023
Awards Ceremony
Saturday 1 July 2023, 2:30PM

Image: Daisy Nicholas, Coastal Echo, 2022

Exhibition dates: Sunday 28 May – Saturday 24 June

The Howick Photographic Society is proud to showcase a large selection of images by award winning and emerging photographers. The public is warmly welcomed to view the wide range of styles and subjects on display. All photographs on display are available for purchase.

Established in 1956, the Howick Photographic Society holds meetings, and supports photographers in their photographic journey. The club has a strong history of successes in local, national and international competitions.

Opening night: 13 May, 3:00PM – 6:00PM

Exhibition dates: Saturday 13 May – Friday 26 May

The “dairy experience” is something both Catherine Guevara and Juliana Duran can relate to as migrants in Aotearoa. There is a normalcy in entering these spaces who are generally owned by other migrants.

it is important for Cath and Juliana to commemorate the resilience and perseverance of their journeys, as it is essential to celebrate the diversity Aotearoa has to offer.

11 February – 25 February 2023

Inspired by her own painting ‘Navel-gazing’ (A finalist in The Adam Portraiture Exhibition 2022 and currently travelling around Aotearoa and features as the first release of advertising for the Pride Festival).

Katie Blundell Artist continues to explore the ‘self’. A collector once explained that owning her work was like having a page of her diary. Here she shares a medley of pages. Blundell exhibits a retrospective salon on the gallery wall and some new, small, mono prints based on self portraiture on the opposite of the concourse.

The Howick Floral Art Club are delighted to be part of the celebration of Howick’s 175th anniversary with a showcase of contemporary floral art designs exhibited at UXBRIDGE. The designs are to illustrate how floral art has developed in New Zealand over the past 45 years. The Howick Floral Art Club was established in 1975 and have taken this opportunity to embody some of the many relevant changes over this time.
The current exhibition highlights and represents modern floral art. The individual pieces use a variety of structural art techniques while paralleled with the fundamentals of basic floral design. The artworks showcase excellent skill and knowledge from the makers.

We invite you to browse and enjoy this short exhibition which is much more than ‘Bunches or Bouquets’

July 2, 2022 2:00 pm - August 27, 2022 4:00 pm

Mā Te Huruhuru Artists’ installation tells the story of Tāmaki Estuary ecology, beginning with the takutai moana shoreline, moving into wai moana the water, onto the adjoining whenua land, up to rangi sky, and reaching high to ngā whetu Matariki stars.

May 2, 2022 9:00 am - May 28, 2022 4:00 pm

TURNING is an interactive exhibition of kinetic, photographic and sculptural work created in collaboration with interdisciplinary artist, Lucinda Boermans, and technician, Alan Eaton. It is a creative response to Peter Sloterdijk’s Atmospheric Philosophy. Spheres of Being, a trilogy written and conceived over a period of 6 years (between 1998 and 2004). Sloterdijk’s historically informed theory details “a shift in how humans understand the world, and an ontology of space which is concerned with the particular ‘spheres’ they inhabit.”

TURNING explores space as spheres of influence; it is about poetics of space expressed through movement and sound. It invites us to consider attention and our relational position in the world. Equally, it is about acts of relational aesthetics (of “being in spheres”) realised through process-based enquiry, collaborative exchange and interaction “in-the-making”. As Boermans notes, TURNING took shape over nine months, through the unfolding of tales, recounted conversations, note-taking and emails sent in exchange.

In addition to this exhibition, two complementary workshops will be held for children. More information can be found here.

April 9, 2022 9:00 am - May 6, 2022 4:00 pm

Make Pom Poms – 15 March to 29 April 2022

Head to UXBRIDGE, Te Tuhi or Ormiston Town Centre to pick up your yarn ball and drop the pom pom off later on when you finish.

Exhibition – 9 April to 6 May 2022

Each week, all pom poms that are made by the public will be collected from the drop-off centres. These will be added to the installation, allowing the community to see the evolving artwork.

March 14, 2022 9:00 am - April 18, 2022 5:00 pm

Whale Tales is an immersive public art trail, across Tāmaki Makaurau!

Inspired by the threatened (nationally critical) Bryde’s whale, the trail is made up of 80 Big Broo and 82 Pēpi Pod whale Tail sculptures dotted around Auckland’s streets, parks, and open spaces.

Explore the unique and stunning whale Tail sculptures, designed by talented artists and students, and sponsored by generous businesses and organisations. Every Tail has its own tale too, so soak up the rich stories as you journey through the trail.

After the trail ends, the sculptures will be auctioned to raise funds for WWF-New Zealand’s vital work to protect and restore the Hauraki Gulf and the Bryde’s whales that call it home.

There are seven (7) whale tails inside UXBRIDGE – can you find them all? Pick up your map from reception!

May 30, 2022 7:30 pm - June 18, 2022 4:00 pm

The Howick Photographic Society, in conjunction with the Auckland Festival of Photography and the Howick 175th Anniversary, is proud to showcase a large selection of images by award winning and emerging photographers.

The exhibition opens on May 30th with the public warmly welcomed to view the wide range of styles and subjects on display. This wonderful exhibition will run at the Uxbridge Centre in Howick from the opening until the 18th June. The photographs on display are all available for purchase in almost any size that you require, should you wish to have one or more of these works gracing your home or business.

The Howick Photographic Society was established in 1956 and today has a strong following of members from the very experienced through to members just starting out on their photographic journey. Experienced members regularly hold tuition forums for those wishing to improve and warmly welcome anyone with an interest in this art form with workshops, outings and competitions available for everyone. The club has a strong history of successes in local, national and international competitions.

Physical meetings, in pre and post Covid times, are held at the clubrooms below the Bridge Club at the Howick Recreation Centre Complex. At the moment, all meetings are conducted on Zoom and new members have expressed their enthusiasm for the progress that they have made whilst having only experienced this form of contact.

For further information, please contact [email protected]

May 29, 2021 1:00 pm - June 25, 2021 3:30 pm

Indulge your love of photography with the Howick Photographic Society; encouraging and helping photographers to grow in the Eastern suburbs since 1956.

We invite you to visit and be inspired by an exhibition of our members work, in both the print and digital medium.

Our Society is vibrant, friendly and social. We meet 3 Monday evenings each month, from February to December, in the basement of the Bridge Club, Howick Recreation Centre, Highland Park.

All visitors are welcome. Join us now.

July 3, 2021 2:30 pm - August 28, 2021 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

Awards Ceremony
Saturday 3 July, 2:30PM 2021
Saturday 3 July – 28 August 2021

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

Artists have been invited to research and respond to the Tāmaki estuary – to underscore the ecological value of this vital waterway, and to encourage action against its pollution.

UXBRIDGE is pleased to welcome the Tāmaki Estuary Environmental Forum as partner and sponsor for this year’s event. The prize pool is now $10,000. Our judge, Francis McWhannell, has selected 23 artworks for the 15th Estuary Art and Ecology Award based on their innovative and intelligent response to ecology and the Tāmaki Estuary. He has also selected a number of other entries for display outside the main gallery. These entries will also be open for the Rice Family Partnership’s People’s Award.

2021 Finalists

  • Mā Te Huruhuru Artists      (First Prize)
  • Katie Theunissen                  (Second Prize)
  • Divyaa Kumar                       (Third Prize)
  • Jenny Tomlin                         (Merit)
  • Franca Bertani                      (Merit)
  • Alby Yap                                 (People’s Choice Award – sponsored by Wally Rice Family Partnership)
  • Kiri Abraham
  • Ina Arraoui
  • Gail Barratt
  • Emily Brown
  • Guinevere Cherrill
  • Julie Christey
  • Karen Danes
  • Matt Dowman
  • Emma Fromont
  • Dani Henke
  • Amanda Hewlett
  • Jen Huebert
  • Kim Logue
  • Minke Lupa
  • TSU
  • Marion Wassenaar
  • Isabella Young

Concourse Exhibition

  • Anna Gibbs
  • Deborah Hide-Bayne
  • Maria Lambert
  • Janet Mazenier
  • Marie-Louise Myburgh
  • Penny Otto
  • Celeste Sterling
  • Celia Walker
  • Amanda Watson
  • Alvin Xiong
  • Nuanzhi Zheng


Signature Image: Confluence – 2020 Estuary Art Awards (Merit)

Cathy Tuato’o Ross, Bindy Caesar, Penny Fitt, Heather Hunt, Richard Hunter, Julia Newland

We have selected this image for the 2021 Estuary Art Awards as it is the result of a creative collaboration and is a conscious response to the dilemma of the Tāmaki Estuary’s past, present, and future. It involved conversation, negotiation, learning, and incorporates knowledge of place with knowledge of colonial history and the effects of human activity on the land, the water, and the climate. Restoring, preserving, and respecting the ecology of Tāmaki Estuary is an ongoing project that will require conversations, listening, negotiation, and collaborative action across the different perspectives of all those affected – a confluence.

June 15, 2020 10:00 am - June 30, 2020 6:00 pm UXBRIDGE Showcase

Hang a Photo – Take one Away is a unique, a collection of photographic work created by you, shared and exchanged.

On the photo laundry wash line, you don’t just hang and take photographs. Here we exchange stories, memories and perspectives from everybody involved, an insight into anothers world.

The washing line gallery expresses the way pictures used to be developed in the pre-digital era when photographers had to dry their pictures after fixation and rinsing.

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced photographer, most important is that the pictures reflect your interpretation of “Nostalgia” our chosen topic for this event.

Nostalgia, “triggered by something reminding us of an event from our past or pleasurable emotions associated with and/or a longing to go back to a particular period of time, a fond memory of past times”.

FREE PARTICIPATION                                  Rules & Conditions

FREE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS        Saturday 27 June 10:30AM – 11:30AM OR Saturday 27 June 12:00PM – 1:00PM

FREE PHOTOGRAPHY PRESENTATIONS  Wednesday 24 June 6:30PM – 7:15PM OR Wednesday 24 June 7:30PM – 8:15PM

February 19, 2020 4:00 pm - March 31, 2020 5:00 pm UXBRIDGE Showcase

“Alexander Bailey was born and lives in Howick, and his artistic work is based on his life journey. Alex explored Graphics and Design for a short period of time until his family was involved in a very serious car accident in March 1992. They survived, but Alex has been challenged since and in 2007 he started painting with Uxbridge, his tutor being Maria Fowler. This gave Alex the confidence to move forward and try his artistic style which he would not compromise on. Alex explores religious belief and asks “If there is a God and his son Christ and his Mother Mary, why did they in his view abandon him and his family”? He moves further with these perspectives in first trying to understand bi-culturalism and the perspectives of both Maori and Pakeha. Alex’s view is that resolution of conflict involves taking steps toward forgiveness. the actions of our predecessors at times lean heavily on his conscience and resolution of issues or perceptions such as Christ being missing in our lives ebbs and flows for him like the incoming and outgoing tide. Indeed the sea for Alex and diving under the sea waves brings renewal and hope just as in baptism. These questions will be answered in the explanations given alongside each major work in this exhibition.

ARTIST:  Alexander Bailey

September 12, 2018 10:00 am - September 30, 2018 4:00 pm UXBRIDGE Showcase

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.

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

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.

February 16, 2018 10:00 am - March 30, 2018 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

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.

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

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

January 15, 2018 10:00 am - March 2, 2018 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

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.

July 21, 2019 10:00 am - September 6, 2019 4:00 pm UXBRIDGE Showcase

Sunday 21 July – Friday 6 September

“Dynamic Paintings full of symbolism and expression with playing composition” – This is the shortest expression of Dana’s art work since she came to New Zealand.

Some artworks have the ability to rotate the composition. They like to be loved and for the viewer to notice the meaning and details. The viewer might feel happiness and poetic motifs.

Seven exhibitions until 2020 in Auckland have made her busy as a freelance painter during these four years.

Dana was born in Persia and, at the age 3, moved to Sweden with her family. Later she returned to Persia where she graduated from University with a master of painting. She has been lecturing Photography, Painting, and Graphic Design for the past 8 years. She managed several research projects and wrote several articles on cultural aspects of the role of modern design in Shiraz.


Image: Pink Dream – Dana Dadi

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


1 March to 20 March 2019

Cleanliness is intrinsic to the advent of civilization and the human separation from nature. It implies structure, sanity and order, whereas dirt connotes unconventionality, the unhinged, the seedy and precarious. Dirt is deliberated mayhem.

This body of work stems from a questioning of social codes and a fascination with the coarsely textured world.

Inga was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma with distinction from Elam School of Fine Arts in 2018 and is continuing her Master in Fine Arts study this year.

June 5, 2019 9:49 am

The Concourse

19 June to 30 June

Wear the World 2019 is a wearable arts competition for primary and intermediate school students (years 5, 6, 7, and 8) in the East Auckland area. This is a competition about creativity that includes being resourceful with what is already in our environment. Students will be showcasing garments they have designed and created themselves – featuring five culturally diverse categories that reflect the diversity of their own communities.

The theme this year is ‘Cultural Diversity’, aimed at celebrating and promoting the arts in East Auckland, as well as getting local schools to collaborate and work towards a common goal. The students will learn how to work together and develop technical and artistic skills involved with creating a wearable garment. They will develop a deeper awareness of the culture that they are exploring and how diversity can be celebrated in our modern world.

Wear the World is lucky enough to be sponsored this year by:
AUT (Auckland University of Technology)
Monterey Cinemas
Life FM
Uxbridge Arts Centre

The schools taking part in this event are: Cockle Bay Primary, Elim Middle School, Bucklands Beach Intermediate, Somerville Intermediate, Farm Cove Intermediate,and Maraetai Beach School.

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


9 February to 24 February 2019

As part of our Chinese New Year Celebrations, an exhibition of several contemporary Chinese artists will fill our Showcase and Meeting Room spaces.  Traditional and modern examples of photography, calligraphy and painting will be on display.

Image: Haifeng Tu, Life, 2015

June 4, 2019 10:04 am

The Concourse

30 May to 30 June

A compilation of the best and most treasured photos taken by members of the University of Auckland Photography Society while travelling overseas. However, each photo provides only a small glimpse into the beautiful world beyond the horizon. Therefore, we hope that this exhibition inspires creativity, encourages adventure, and gives those who need it: a nudge to go out and explore the world!

Curated by the University of Auckland Photography Society

January 15, 2019 10:00 am - February 3, 2019 4:00 pm UXBRIDGE Showcase

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.

January 15, 2018 10:00 am - February 15, 2018 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

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.

December 3, 2018 10:00 am - January 13, 2019 4:00 pm UXBRIDGE Showcase

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.

October 9, 2017 10:00 am - December 31, 2017 9:13 pm UXBRIDGE Showcase

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.

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


24 March to 12 May 2019

Kymon Palau is a 19 year old artist who shines a light on the underrepresented alienated groups in society. He is a descendant from the Salt (‘Áshįįhí) clan and born for the Tongan people of Tongatapu, Tonga. He is based in New Mexico and has a passion for producing art that he hopes invokes, inspires, empowers, and reveals taboo topics and themes that society tries to crumble up and forget.

September 7, 2019 - October 9, 2019 10:54 am

Linda’s artworks reflect layers of nature through an exploration of colour and texture, a self-taught artist who has a distinct textured abstract style of painting. From years working in ceramics in the 70’s and 80’s, Stoneware with its rough organic finishes to the fine metallic reflective colours of Raku, Linda has been painting for 15 years – exploring patterns created through the movement of water and creating works which reveal and expose natural elements. She creates a range of artworks, from small inexpensive pieces to larger inspiring works which make a bold statement.

October 12, 2019 2:00 pm - November 30, 2019 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

Mo Stewart

“I am interested in human psychology, and specifically the relationship between the conscious and unconscious mind. My work is a means of expressing the unconscious mind, while also engaging it in relation to conscious art making strategies.

In Jungian psychology the word ‘Anima’ refers to the soul and is the part of our inner personality that is in communication with the subconscious. The works in this exhibition are a means of expressing the unconscious mind, while engaging it in relation to conscious art making strategies.

My drawings are process based and explore Surrealist and Abstract Expressionist techniques along with automatic drawing and deliberate mark making that emphasise the tension or balance between these elements.  The medium I use and the technique when applying the gestural mark is suggestive of the unconscious approach to mark making while the deliberate drawings speak to the tension between the two different aspects of the mind.

Repetition and accumulation in my recent works, along with spontaneous gestures made in the liquid medium allows me to explore the interplay of these different techniques. This allows me to react to a given gesture, permitting the drawing to unfold and take shape, making my mark on the mark that made itself.

October 20, 2018 10:00 am - November 25, 2018 4:00 pm UXBRIDGE Showcase

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.

October 4, 2018 10:00 am - October 18, 2018 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

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.

November 14, 2017 10:30 am - December 2, 2017 4:00 pm UXBRIDGE Meeting Room

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.

October 9, 2017 12:00 am - October 31, 2017 8:55 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

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 1, 2017 - September 30, 2017 8:51 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

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.

September 13, 2017 10:00 am - October 6, 2017 4:00 pm UXBRIDGE Showcase

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.

July 24, 2017 10:00 am - September 9, 2017 4:00 pm UXBRIDGE Showcase

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.

June 12, 2017 10:00 am - July 15, 2017 5:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

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.

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

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.

March 1, 2017 - June 30, 2017 8:21 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

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.

March 4, 2017 10:00 am - April 30, 2017 4:00 pm

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.

January 21, 2017 2:30 pm - February 25, 2017 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

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.

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

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!