Creative Research on the Home in Aotearoa
This show presents radically new understandings of home in Aotearoa. The exhibition curates work from master’s students at Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University, each of whom has critiqued home, as a concept, through creative design research. Students took a particularity of home, such as its multisensorial dynamics, its personalisation, its cultural power, and radicalised it through a series of design experiments.
This exhibition is curated from the work of thirty-four master’s students from Te Herenga Waka, Te Kura Waihanga, Victoria University of Wellington.
What people will see
Home is powerful in the Aotearoa NZ consciousness and is something everyone can identify with, so we are excited to be able to present students’ thinking to the public. People will see how young people are thinking creatively about contemporary understandings of home. In the show, people will see a collection of architectural models, showing ‘radicalised’ aspects of home, displayed on plinths. There will also be a process table exhibiting miniature abstract models produced in the early stages of design exploration. On the walls will be a selection of images showing an ‘occupants’ eye view’ of the radical homes. A printed catalogue will be in the space for people to read and get an understanding of the breadth of work.
Boxed In is an exhibition by photographer and architectural graduate Harry Ritchie. Boxed In will be a display of the regular and mundane moments of a rapidly changing lifestyle, using images taken with a simple Canon AE-1 35mm film camera.
In an age where every aspect of our life is becoming more digitised, the world is starting to become disconnected with its humanity.
We become isolated and live a life through the internet, losing the rough-around-the-edges part of life that makes us human.
Confining everyday life via an archaic format, looking through the viewfinder of a handheld camera, creates a spread of images that feel personal and rich with emotion and reconnects us with our humanity.
Specks of dirt and the inconsistent grain fills the frame with imperfection, contrasting from the sterile and perfect clarity from a digital image.
Boxed In will be a showcase of photos taken during the last four years that contrast with the disconnection of humanity.
The frames are intended to feel alive, almost moving. Like you could glance at the photo and feel like you are living in the moment with it.
The warm tones mixed with smiling faces, gorgeous landscapes and beautiful architecture from around New Zealand and beyond are used to generate a feeling of belonging, like you are part of the moment that was captured on film. To encourage us to return to community, analog systems and to move away from the isolated lives we are heading towards.
Warwick Janes, Christine Wilson, Sarah Clark, are all Wellington based artists who relish the opportunity to reflect on the natural environment around them, and the people who live within. This is the first time they have worked together. Each has a different style, from realist to expressionist, from water colour to oil. But all play on the richness of the Poneke landscape. Warwick captures the sea and land, in contrasting dark and moody vistas, with celebratory tones. Alongside this he presents a range of still life observations. Christine has an affinity for capturing the movement of birds in flight and in rest - including some that are from times past, and the wonder of greenery and bush. Sarah explores a dynamic colour palette in textural oils, paying homage to the sky and sea. The natural world is also represented with tapestry effect of trees and leaves.
Flight, People And Places is a joint exhibition between three artists who enjoy translating the world around them, through different but complementary lenses. The contrasting works act as a metaphor for the many ways we see and experience the world. From quiet and dark, to explosions of light and energy. They hope that people can take the opportunity to celebrate the richness of our surroundings, that nurture us and allow us to thrive, whether it's the freedom of flight, the curiosity of people, or the groundedness of the land and sky.
Hannah Walsh is a Poneke based artist from Taranaki.Educated in, and currently practicing architecture, she enjoys both the similarity and polarity woven between her architecture and art worlds. Her works explore the role of drawing and painting as primary tools for interpreting, interrogating and viewing.Particularly interested in mark-making as an active means of thinking and synthesising, her practice draws upon marks that perpetually resurface across all scales in our natural environment. Through recurringly tracing these marks, her practice explores the agency of this scale-less language and its ability to showcase the interconnectedness of the spaces and environments that we occupy.
Living Light is a solo exhibition by Pōneke based artist Hannah Walsh.
Living Light showcases a long evolving exploration of intuition and creative surrender. Devoid of any preconception or intention, the works explore techniques of immediacy and automatism, drawing upon the creative agency of the subconscious.
Through this enquiry, the paintings surface as fields of ethereal space, movement, and matter. Their visual language makes shape of the invisible, immaterial, introspective worlds we live in. Within these worlds, scale is rendered meaningless, and space is rendered infinite.
Walsh's works feature repetitive marks woven between layers of colour and texture. The marks are born from moments of intuitive freedom, tracing instinct and the liberating absence of reason. They ebb and flow and scratch and orbit, over and under and through.
While it counters the nature of these paintings to be fully defined, viewers are invited to ponder their depths, edges and energies, in a hope they inspire new ways of seeing.
NUWAO stands for Nature-based Urban design for Wellbeing and Adaptation in Oceania. We are a group of academic researchers and designers working on this three-year NUWAO project which is funded through the Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Grant.
Our aim is to develop nature-based urban design solutions, rooted in indigenous knowledge that support climate change adaptation and individual and community wellbeing in different contexts across Aotearoa and Oceania.
As part of this research, we facilitated an International Design Competition and sent a call out to design professionals and practitioners, university students, youth/ rangatahi and the general public to participate in envisioning how to develop innovative nature based urban design solutions rooted in indigenous knowledge. Getting people to imagine a happier and healthier way of living that supported the resilience of community and our ecologies. We invited submissions of urban design, landscape design, architecture, temporary structures, interior architecture, public infrastructure, and buildings. The brief was intentionally broad to allow a range of visionary approaches and design ideas across different scales. The geographic scope for this competition was focused on urban areas of Oceania in particular our case study locations which included Port Vila (Vanuatu), Apia (Samoa), Tarawa (Kiribati), Te Awakairangi (Lower Hutt) and Ōtepoti (Aotearoa New Zealand).
We had approximately 80 entries that were submitted, a big task for our esteemed judges Dr Huhana Smith, Dr Rebecca Kiddle and Lama Tone they managed to select a total of 14 winners 3 from each of our categories as well as awarding 5 Special mentions. So many fantastic ideas came from this International Design Competition that will help to understand the issues that need to be addressed in urban areas of Oceania as well as capturing the collective imagination and innovative and creative solutions regarding how we might adapt to climate change. Which is why we thought it essential to share this through the form of an exhibition at Thistle Hall. We also have an array of portraits with QR codes attached that will direct you to some fantastic kōrero with people that are passionate about this mahi, all sharing their perspectives, and expertise.
Impulses exhibition explores electronic social media sub cultures, human connections and ways in which technology enables people to express another part of themselves.
Rachie Campbell & VJ Cubeman’s collaboration takes you on a journey combining traditional art making with digital art, UV and installation to present their kaleidoscope exploration taking the viewer into another world that’s usually shut away.
Live Neon Body Painting
Ertotica Art Market
Saturday 27th May
Captain and Dog is an illustrated story of Wellington.
We are a husband-and-wife collaboration. The exhibition is inspired by interesting characters that have roamed into our shop, Fin Clothing, over the past 30 years.
The Captain and Dog book is out for sale.
Live reading on the 16th of May at 7 pm. Live reading at different times throughout the week. This will be advertised throughout the day.
Look for the Facebook event page under Sue Reynolds Moar. Captain and Dog. firstname.lastname@example.org 021311246 or 0220774854
This Exhibition will showcase artwork from 7 Wellington based artists that blurs the lines between the surreal and the real; the sublimely fantastical and the gritty everyday. Themes of mental health and resilience may also feature throughout.
Classical representational art skills have become quite undervalued in contemporary/modern art and in formal art education. We hope to show that imagination and creativity, expressed through the use of strong representational art skills, are as valid and relevant as conceptual and abstract.
Wildfire: a series of paintings by Wellington artist Rachel Radford.
Initially inspired by the gorgeous sunsets that were caused by the Australian wildfires, Rachel has continued to be inspired by skycapes that result from wildfires that have surfaced in the media.
Tapping into themes of climate change and the human impact on the world, Rachel has found the beauty in some of these heavy themes, and highlights how we can continue to remember and face these events even when they no longer appear in our feeds.
These works are consistent with her energetic painterly style, and leverage gold leaf elegantly.
Following on from her sold out show in October 2021, Peeps at Nature, Emily is again exhibiting her gorgeous, funny collages in What’s wrong with this picture?
Emily will be showing a wide range of collage sizes, including cards and framed and unframed pieces.
10 percent of the sales will go towards Cyclone Gabrielle flood relief. Emily is looking forward to having an opening night this time around as Covid restrictions meant she was unable to have one for Peeps at Nature.
Emilys solo exhibition of abstract collages is inspired by Wellington land and cityscapes. Depictions of inner city scenery, distant hills, and natural environments are interpreted within a minimal palette creating familiar vistas for the viewer to discover. Emily uses repetitive patterns and shapes to create uniformity in her works; blending monochromatic collage with mixed media such as ink and thread to create textural layered works.
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I have been captivated by the beauty of New Zealand for the past seven years, and I am delighted to share my work today. I wish it was an invitation to experience the poetry of the Living.
Each image is the result of a deep and introspective conversation, much like the ones you might have with a tree if you take the time to listen, or with a river if you allow yourself to be immersed in its flow. I have an unwavering tenderness for all living things and strive to capture their essence.
Some pieces aim to recreate a specific moment, with an abstract rendering. Others showcase the harmony of lines, through drawing or engraving.
I delight in surrendering control and welcoming the unexpected moments that emerge during the creative process. Although my artwork may not reflect this sense of chaos, it is present within each piece I create.
Colour plays a big part in my life. I love using a lot of paint in my work and clearly have my favourite colours. Influenced by nature , my paintings are created from my feelings and thoughts towards the ocean and the birds. Lines and layering are also important to me.
“Capturing people in their places is one of the most beautiful and fascinating things I've ever achieved. I love stepping back from a painting and recognising their expression, the specific way their hair falls, the creases by their eyes, and the way their cheeks blush when they smile. I love imperfections painted perfectly because these are what make us human.”
People Watching 2023 is young artist Jessica Gurnsey’s first-ever solo exhibition. After becoming the youngest-ever winner of the Adam Portraiture Award in 2022, Jessica has built up a collection of original acrylic on canvas portraits that capture the chaos, details, and emotion of everyday people in their places.
This event is free entry, running for one week only! Originals and limited edition prints are available for purchase.
Opening: live musical performance by Sam Leamy and Neil Johnstone, 5.00pm - 9.00pm
‘Mysterium tremendum et fascinans’, or a terrible and fascinating mystery is the way 20th century scholar Rudolf Otto described his conception of the ‘numinous’ - an encounter with otherworldliness that is the base of religious or spiritual experience. The Mystery is a point of ontological tension, a liminal space of encounter where one moves from the territory of the known into the unknown. This exhibition emerges from the premise that art functions in exactly the same way. Three artists from disparate parts of Aoterora, though all with a link to Pōneke, navigate between abstraction and signification as a gesture towards forming a meaningful link between the mundane and the metaphysical. The works resonate together as the individual voices seek to describe the same ineffable territory, speaking to the metaphysical threads that weave communities and cultures together across both space and time.
Sound Baths during Cuba Dupa
With a series very specially curated Sound Baths during the Cuba Dupa weekend, 1.00pm - 3.00pm, featuring Neil Johnstone, Zachary Winterwood , Holly Winterwood, Sam Leamy, Stephen Clothier, Brendan Jon Philip and Steve Burridge. Sounds to lose yourself in, ambient music to luxuriate in, a truly immersive sonic experience.
And to top it off we will be releasing an album linked into the ideas explored in the exhibition from East Cape Calling
Again a very mellow ambient piece.
CityscapeNZ 9999 is an exhibition of object art by Palmerston North based visual artist Jonny Kan centred around a re-imagining of the Manawatū city. The exhibition includes many retrospective collections and explores the depths of Jonny's world view living in the world with a head injury.
Jonny Kan is an artist living and working in Papaioea/Palmerston North. He has been an award winner at the IHC art awards and has work in private collections around New Zealand.
Vintage images of skateboarders photographed in the 1980s. Including photographs of professional skateboarders such as Tony Hawk, Lance Mountain, Steve Caballero, Chris Miller, Lee Ralph and many more. Displaying fine art prints, photo books, tees, skate coasters & slide show.
Over a period of 3-4 years I have been working on a series of figurative paintings based loosely on life drawings, both here in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom. The paintings are all oil and charcoal on paper (156cmx122cm).
Welcome to the launch and exhibition of this new chapter as an emerging ‘creative’.
Ever since I can remember I’ve been drawn to colour, texture and pattern in the world around me and how its presence enriches life. During the Covid lockdown, as a distraction from the dark cloud and mayhem being caused by the pandemic, I rediscovered my love of creativity and its healing qualities. We can’t underestimate the power and value of a little whimsy to counter balance the more serious side of life.
Catz Designz are a fine balance between simplicity and complex detail. Stylized yet exacting. Made from carefully selected papers designed by talented Australian and American designers the materials conjure the impression of fabric and reflections of nature. The created works are understated and unexpected. With the addition of a feather here, some glitz there and lots of imagination they become enchanting and even exotic!
These creative collages provide a vehicle for people of all ages to escape reality, albeit for a moment during this exhibition, or longer if a work finds its way into someone’s home or workspace. Then a little magic shared can ripple out into the community having had a positive effect.
Artists: Dennis Berdinner, Leo Semau, Arawhetu Berdinner, Tai Berdinner-Blades & Eva Yocum
Artists will be present through the duration of the exhibition and available for discussion.
We are artists and makers who are connected by blood or marriage. This show explores how people and creativity thrive when given the space and appreciation to do so within a family.
Our exhibition features sculpture, mahi toi, paintings, clay works, ceramics and mixed media. Diverse in expression, our work walks between art and craft. What ties us together is simple yet multilayered - whānau.
Our family intersects across cultures - Pākehā, Māori and Samoan. We stretch out our branches as step-parents/daughters, in-laws and siblings with different mothers. We are a Venn-diagram of interconnecting relationships. Our work reflects the connection, influence and bonds we share.
Arawhetu Berdinner: @arawhetu