The High Octane, Low Class Artwork of Jeremy Bennett and Christian Pearce
Come peep lovingly scribbled hot rods, oggle some monsters, get a sticker to cover a rust hole and maybe even a new tshirt that doesn’t have a curry stain on it yet!
The show is on at Thistle Hall and runs from April 2nd through to April 7th.
It’s better to draw burnouts than to fade away!
Born in Gisborne NZ (Ngati Porou desendant) my passion for art started from shopping trips with my aunty when she would buy me colouring in books. My talent was recognised by intermediate where I was selected to be in a special art class. By the time I got to high school sport had become my main passion in particular rugby union, although I did past School C art. After leaving high school I moved south to Wainuiomata
I am now a long time resident of Wainuiomata. I have represented both Wainuiomata and Petone in rugby league winning 4 grand finals. My art has been a passion all my life yet also remains mainly hidden. Now is the time to let people see what I have created on my journey. I have been very lucky that I work with my passion and have spent the last 20yrs as an art tutor at Mix working with mental health participants (tangata whaiora people seeking wellness)
I works with many medias such as oil, acrylics, collage using items found while beach combing. I taught himself to bone carve and has also tried my hand at wood and stone carving.
I paint everything from portraits to animals, landscape to kowhaiwhai. I will take on the masters from time to time and try my hand at Goldie or Lindauer or as I would say to challenge myself.
I am now having my first solo exhibition – “Out in the Open”
All work will be for sale with some prints available in a range of sizes.
Random Order presents works by four Wellington artists in four very different mediums. Works include embroidered nudes, urban illustration, earthy ceramics and post-Soviet/Yugoslavian black and white photography.
Embroidered nudes: Sarah Stephen
The human form is powerful in its diversity. Using needle and thread I celebrate the skin we live in - in all its shapes, ages and genders. In this show I highlight the male and androgynous forms, both of which are underrepresented on gallery walls around the globe.
Urban illustration: Tom Lawler
When not working behind several screens in a box, Tom Lawler will occasionally draw a thing. Often more interested by perspectives that sit above street level rather than in it, Tom's illustrations draw from a childhood love of comic strip backdrops and a fascination with lines and contrast.
Earthy ceramics: Nicola Shuttleworth
As a Wellington based potter working from my studio in Island Bay my practice is about making functional ware to hold and to use. I produce stacks, groups and sets using similar forms with warm, natural coloured glazes. I work with New Zealand stoneware clay and mix my own glazes. I value handmade objects and believe they should be part of our everyday life.
Post-Soviet/Yugoslavian black and white photography: Will Whiten
Will likes to capture images of people and places that suggest a multitude of stories to the viewer. In this series, Will presents photos from countries that were once part of the USSR or Yugoslavia.
Ursula has a head full of maths, stars, multi-layered visions and plenty of colourful witticisms which are then extruded as fun and quirky images both on canvas and in photography. One of her appealing projects is “New Zealand On the Rocks”, a series of painted images photographed underwater, of some of New Zealand's outstanding landmarks. She has recently been experimenting with smaller drawings and cartoons.
Niko has a head full of old rubbish, oil and steel which then appears as furniture, thistles and statues of people and cabbage trees. The lush vegetation, the wind and the sea, the spikiness of some plants, the deep forests, the mountains, inspires him to create objects which have been taken over by plants, as they would if someone or something would allow them.
They have brought this work from the Wairarapa to Wellington, for people to explore the extraordinary and zany, and to connect with like minds.
Ursula MacFarlane: Email, Website, Facebook
What does it mean to recycle? Over the past few months AWA Artists let their imaginations take over and set themselves a challenge to reimagine their art and creative process to produce art works using recycled materials. Each Artist was presented with an item to incorporate in an art piece while also developing other work along the theme…reimagine, reinvent and recycle.
This challenge has been both thought provoking and inspiring. The basic concept of recycling suggests using what you already have or reusing old or found materials. It also includes looking as an artist at the creative process in order to do no harm to the environment, or to use art to raise awareness of environmental issues, conservation and wildlife preservation. This exhibition includes aspects of all of that. Albert Einstein said, “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Each artist has been on a journey that opened them up to a new way of seeing and creating.
AWA is a diverse group of Artists who live and work in Awakairangi, Upper Hutt. The Artists collaborate to bring art exhibitions and creative projects to engage and enrich the local community. The art mediums used are broad and include, painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, hand crafted jewellery, printmaking, installation, photography, textiles and metal. Each Artist brings their unique art style while also developing their art practice as individuals, interpreting landscape, portraiture, abstract and other representations of life, nature and the human experience.
Teissi Aranda, is an argentinian plastic artist.
After a 10-year training in architecture, visual arts, and specialized in pictorial media and technologies, she proposes her first Solo exhibition, where she relates between challenging and dramatic palettes saturated of color, diverse stories of her travels.
Stories that invite the viewer to feel the energies and rebuild their own stories through those peculiar characters.
We are a world full of travelers, where in each country, we can find similarities and differences, but after all we are the same essence.
Her work is a contemporary pop expressionism, typical of the illustration, where photographic approaches predominate, the use of the line and the stain as elements that build her images.
Artworks will be for sale, prints, and range in size from small paintings to larger canvas paintings.
A multi-media exhibition featuring ceramics, fabric animals, paper sculptures and photography by Stephanie Hall, Michele Irving and Emma Robinson.
Stephanie Hall is a potter and Lower Hutt resident. She will be showing her house and lighthouse raku fired ceramics. These houses appear abandoned, desolate and weather-beaten yet have an innate beauty
Michele Irving is well known to gallery patrons for her fabric animals, paper sculptures, cards and zines. Karori resident Michele’s work is intricate and delightful. New work includes a league of super galactic animal heroes in fabric and “All Good Dogs”, a series of tiny good dog paper sculptures. Website
Emma Robinson is a writer and photographer living in Waitarere. Her photographs for this exhibition explore ideas of beauty – architectural and personal. Full size framed prints will be available. Emma also makes cards which feature images of NZ flora and fauna as well as toys exploring the natural world. Website
For further info please contact:
Emma Robinson, email@example.com Tel: 021 117 6145
Masks have been here since the beginnings of our time so too has an innate knowledge that trees share our world and like us are living beings. I have combined masks and trees and created a cadre of characters connecting us with nature. We see a mask and look upon ourselves. The mask has the ability to suspend the viewer’s sense of reality where questions arise. We might ask “Where do these creatures come from, how do they live, what does it see in me?”
Venerated by people across the globe, trees have inspired and guided us. The ‘Tree of Life’ grows in almost every culture, is nurtured by shamans and druids, medicine women and angekok, tohunga and healer.
These tree masks serve to remind us of the healing philosophies that enrich our lives and help us in sharing the world with all our diverse and valuable allies.
In Plants We Trust
Come and enjoy an exhibition opening that celebrates nature. Work is for sale.
Nancy McMillan works mainly in pastels and oils, producing semi-abstract landscapes of South Island high country and portraits. She was selected for the Adam Portraiture Award 2016 and NZ exhibition tour. In 2008 she had a successful solo exhibition in the Christchurch Arts Centre and has also had work exhibited in the NZ Academy of Fine Arts. Since moving to Wellington in 2013 she has been an active member of The Portrait Club which meets at Karori Arts and Crafts Centre.
Joe Buchanan produces letterpress and linocut prints as Diatom Press. Trained in marine biology, his subjects include seaweeds, native fish and poetry. He draws cuts and prints with a variety of presses on fine papers.
Natasha McMillan uses acrylic paint and pastels to convey evocative elements or to extract the essence of urban and rural landscapes, faces, figures or interiors. In her collage and photography, she enjoys capturing changes in texture, light and pattern.
Welcome to the Inverlochy Art School annual exhibition where we celebrate our fabulous art family, held this year at Thistle Hall.
This is a wonderful opportunity to see work and celebrate all the fabulous creativity that has been a culmination of work by students and tutors at Inverlochy from 2018.
Having originally trained and worked as an industrial designer, and from a family of architects, Amanda has a brain that thinks in three dimensions - it’s in her genes and it influences her artwork. She likes to play with the viewer’s perception of form even when working on a flat plane, using both real and suggested shadows to achieve this. Her work could be described as geometric abstraction, though she finds it hard to put a label on it. If you come to the exhibition she would love you to tell her how you would label it!
Artworks will be for sale, and range in size from small paintings and wall sculptures to larger canvas paintings.
Come and make your own for free and take them home (from Wednesday).
Just Good Stuff is back for 2018, featuring oodles of quality, locally made goodness from some of Wellington’s most exciting makers.
Goodies start from just $5 and include:
ceramics, textiles, bags, pouches, jewellery, journals, xmas decorations, t-shirts, calendars, cushions, toys, hot sauces, candies, hand-made chocolates, natural skin care, wooden spoons, hats, cards, photographic and art prints, and so much more…
JGS - including good stuff from:
genevieve packer | greta menzies | flora waycott | the neighbourhood studio | tutu | hmxhm | ngaere mackinnon | niche textile studio | melissa boardman | studio c | 2 minute needles | crafted by lori | baron hasselhoff’s chocolates | waitangy hot sauce | sam keer | paige jarman ceramics | forest drawn | anna venture | julie + jack | otaki dye house | gillie coxill | a knot or two | galit maxwell pottery | gael | krat | grace’s goodness | greenary |
Buy local, and direct from the makers – practically guilt-free!
An exhibition using three different natural materials all worked by hand into usable and beautiful pieces for your home.
Pottery by Boo Ceramics
Extreme knitting by Plump & Co
Drawings by Thom Brooks
Vinny Thompson, Ina Todd and Micheline Robinson are three women from different cultural heritage: Kiwi, Samoan and French-Canadian. In this exhibition, they draw from their natural life experiences that have impressed upon them and express natural world patterns through various mediums.
Ina Todd’s Kaupapa is based on her Samoan culture and heritage from her mother and father which is based on family, faith, trust and respect. Her woodcuts are printed with black inks on paper and she explores acrylic paints on flax mats. By focusing on techniques and materials, she absorbs the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. Merging her balanced, strong and striking graphic design skills with past tradition is important as an act of meditation and echoes back to memories and stories from her parents motherland - Samoa.
Vinny’s clay sculptures and tiles are notable for their perfect finish and tactile nature and bear witness to great craftsmanship. She explores the concept of the Kiwi landscape in a nostalgic way with a focus on NZ’s old heritage homes and surrounding wildlife and expresses her connection to the environment which contributes to her sense of belonging and identity. The works evoke responses from the viewer of places they grew up in, and the landscape they walked with its surrounding wildlife.
As one who has lived in many countries, nature has always been a place of solace and home for Micheline Robinson and her work continuously investigates how best to convey her sense of awe to the viewer. The Kaleidoscope pieces created for this exhibition fabricate an illusion from natural patterns to conjure the realms of our imagination. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation by the viewer becomes multifaceted. The hand painted imperfect symmetry of the series also challenges the digital, a humour in an age of A.I. that echoes our own vulnerabilities.
The exhibition demonstrates how three minds can interpret the world in three very different ways leaving the viewer with an enriched experience. The artists are hoping to induce reflection, engage a dialogue and encourage the viewer to think of what their cultural heritage and landscape means to them."
He mea whakarite ngeenei mahi toi e te tirohanga Tangata Whenua, e te tirohanga Tangata Tiriti. He maataitanga ki ngaa aupeehitanga I rukea ki runga ki ngaa taangata o te Moana Nui a Kiwa, aa, noo James Cook e taami ana i a raatou.
He whakatumatuma whakaaro te tino kaupapa a eenei mahi. I hanga ngeenei mahinga toi me ngaa mea hangarua.
Kua tuwhera katoa teenei whakaaturanga ki ngaa taangata katoa.
Our exhibition is a collective of works, through the lens of Tangata Whenua & Tangata Tiriti . Each piece of work reflects the artist’s impressions of the expense of James Cook’s Voyages throughout the pacific.
The artists illustrate the subject matter in thought provoking and truthful street influenced works.
Juxtaposed to the ongoing human and environmental costs, this exhibit uses audio visual, low impact, repurposed and non toxic physical media.
The artists: Kauri Hawkins, Dale-Maree Morgan, Steve Hutt, Te Mahara Swanson-Hall and Chevron Te Whetumatarau Hassett
Performance Art Week Aotearoa (PAWA) is a five-day festival in Wellington dedicated to performance art, 14th–18th November. Exhibitions, free breakfasts, workshops, discussions and performance art will be held daily at Play_station gallery and Thistle Hall. From Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th, 8.30am–4pm, Thistle Hall will host a exhibition curated by Istanbul Performance Art. It will hold an exhibition of videos and photographs of performance art, as well as durational performances, lunchtime discussions, and free breakfasts (8.30am–10.30am). For more information, as well as information on other PAWA events, see www.performanceartweekaotearoa.com . PAWA hopes to strengthen community engagement in performance art, providing both a platform for artists, and an avenue for those unfamiliar to participate, so please come along.
Niche Textile Studio and The River come together for an exhibition celebrating our locally made pieces.
We are two Wellington based makers that are concerned with handcrafting quality objects. We share an appreciation of craft with our respective materials (wood and wool) and are interested in their complementary nature.
Both practices, design and make small runs and bespoke pieces to fully utilise locally sourced materials and avoid overproduction. Through this conscious design process we can remain nimble, experimental and engaged makers.
As small design practices we believe that strengthening connections and collaboration with local businesses, studios and community groups concerned with ethical and sustainable design enables the growth of a sustainable economy.
Niche Textile Studio - website
Niche Textile Studio - Instagram
Flora Botanica is an exhibition designed to celebrate the intricate nature of floral design, botanical art, lush indoor plants + creative workshops. The exhibition will showcase fresh and dried floral sculptures, watercolour, line art, oils on wood and flower fossils as hung pieces and unique kokedama plants.
Flora Botanica will feature local artists Krystee Iris - Visual artist, Sarah Latchem - Visual Artist, Nat Foley - Florist, Anna Walraven - Florist from The Wild Flower, Annwyn Tobin - Florist from Floriade and Nikki Oates - Botanical stylist from Kokedamarama
The exhibition is open for all to attend, however our workshops are individually priced.
Join us for our workshops:
Saturday 3rd November
KIDS FLOWER HALO WORKSHOP 10.00am - 11:30am ($35)
KOKEDAMA WORKSHOP 12 noon - 2.00pm ($70)
BOTANICAL WATERCOLOUR WORKSHOP 3.00pm - 6.00pm ($70)
Sunday 4th November
FLOWER HALO WORKSHOP 10:15am - 12 noon ($55)