PAST SHOWCASE EXHIBITIONS
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]
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
- 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
- Marion Wassenaar
- Isabella Young
- 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.
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
ARTIST: Alexander Bailey
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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’.
Forget the rules.
(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
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.
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.
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!