Start Date
12 September -  
End Date
16 September 2018

dinner party

Artist
Pinky Fang and Rose Young
Main Image
dinner party image
Opening
Opening Hours
Wednesday - Sunday, 11.00am - 6.00pm
Description

An homage to the garish food of the 70s

Illustrator Pinky Fang and Sculptor Rose Young (Tiny Portions) invite you to enjoy a visual love letter to classic 1970s dinner party hors d'oeuvres, savoury jellies, canned meat salads and garish desserts.

Tiny Portions’ miniature sculptures will include such favourites as fondue, devilled eggs and black forest gateau. Pinky Fang has created bright, abstract, delightful paintings which will brighten the walls of the gallery for a week.

Opening night is on September 11th, at 6pm. All are invited to our Dinner Party, to enjoy an evening of 70s music, Garage Project Beer, Gingerella ginger beer, and of course, art!

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Start Date
4 September -  
End Date
9 September 2018

alchemy - transformation in the making

Artist
Clive Holgate & Sebastian Jaunas
Main Image
clive holgate forging
Opening Hours
Tuesday - Saturday, 11.00am - 6.00pm
Sunday, 11.00am - 3.00pm
Description

Clive Holgate and Sebastien Jaunas present Alchemy, an exhibition of contemporary sculpture, exploring the transformation of materials through fire and force. Of interest are the processes involved in the creation of these works and the alchemic effect they have on the materials as they are formed and shaped Each artist has their own particular take  on the work and the processes involved.

Both Sebastien and Clive are drawn to working in steel,  glass, bronze  and recycled materials they enjoy the challenges these materials present.  Come along and get a taste of these alchemic processes and experience  unique provoking works of art.

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Start Date
28 August -  
End Date
2 September 2018

Momento Mori

Artist
Antoinette Ratcliffe
Main Image
poster for momento mori
Opening
Opening Hours
Tuesday to Friday, 10.00am – 6.00pm
Saturday, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Description

Antoinette’s taxidermy installations and photographs provide eye candy for the deceased and curios for the living. This exhibition showcases a variety of media that Antoinette has been working with following on from her Ghost Hunter series. She has continued to explore concepts of Momento Mori (‘remember you must die’) in a body of work that includes a series of death masks.

Antoinette Ratcliffe graduated from the School of Media Arts with a Masters of Arts in 2012 and teaches taxidermy classes around New Zealand.

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Please email Antoinette if you would like a viewing outside of the listed opening times.

Start Date
20 August -  
End Date
26 August 2018

Cultural Celebration

Artist
The Migrating Kitchen Trust
Main Image
Migrating Kitchen poster
Opening Hours
Tuesday - Friday, 12 noon - 6.00pm
Saturday & Sunday, 10.00am - 6.00pm
Description

The Migrating Kitchen Trust was set up to provide opportunities for people in Aotearoa New Zealand to showcase their culture, celebrate their history and share their stories in exhibitions, media and public events so that through knowledge, barriers are broken, tolerance and understanding emerge.

In this exhibition we showcase a few migrant individual stories, their diverse cultures, their unique skills and their success stories.

All participants demonstrate that New Zealand is a melting pot of cultures. Its unique blend of cultural influences makes for a vibrant national identity that values innovation, independence and a celebration of diversity.  

The exhibition offers a wide range of cultural and artistic experiences and showcase the great stories and the contributions to their immediate communities and to Aotearoa. 

We capture these values through the images and works on display at this exhibition.

It is an artistic and cultural collaboration featuring various work by Renata Grangeiro, Christian Afoa and Mabel Nyahwa.

For more information please contact us at:

info@migratingkitchen.org  
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Start Date
13 August -  
End Date
19 August 2018

gold

Artist
Tatyana Kulida
Main Image
Pomegranate painting
Opening
Opening Hours
Monday - Sunday, 10.00am - 6.00pm
Friday 17 Aug, 2.00pm - 4.00pm - Painting & Gilding Demonstration
Description

Florence Academy trained artist Tatyana Kulida brings her expertise in an ancient water gilding technique to Wellington with her next exhibition, Gold. The exhibition presents a number of recent paintings by Kulida that feature the traditional gilding technique while portraying contemporary subjects. By focusing the exhibition on a particular technique, Kulida wishes to invite Wellington artists to experiment with ancient techniques and instill appreciation for traditional art with the art viewing public.

Visitors are also warmly invited to the painting and gilding demonstration that takes place on Friday 17 August 2.00pm - 4.00pm .

Tatyana is a classically-trained Russian-born painter and a former painting and drawing instructor at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. For the last three years she has been living in Wellington where she runs her own studio gallery, Anthesis Atelier, and teaches painting and drawing in the academic method and paints commissioned portraits.

For more information:

Tatyana.kulida@gmail.com

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Images:

Pomegranate, oil on gilt red wood, 24x18 cm, 2017

Emily, mixed media on gilt panel, 75x80 cm, 2017

La La Land, oil and metal leaf on panel, 55x65 cm, 2017

Start Date
7 August -  
End Date
12 August 2018

dealing with it

Artist
Ruby Urquart
Main Image
Ruby Urquart - drawing
Opening
Opening Hours
Wednesday - Saturday, 11.00am - 5.30pm
Sunday, 12 noon - 2.00pm
Description

A debut exhibition from Ruby Urquhart which paradoxically explores the absence of creativity.

These meditative and repetitive drawings are a defense against the idea that if you don't do something, you'll lose yourself. A record of a slow and methodical healing process. Through both the process of their creation and the context in which they were created, these meditative and repetitive drawings are tangible representations of the experience of time spent dealing with it.

The internal landscape can be reflected in our external surroundings. In these meditative and repetitive drawings, this manifests as lines intersecting and supporting each other, reminiscent of the overwhelming feeling of looking up at very tall buildings.

Ruby Urquhart grew up in Wanaka and is now a Wellington-based artist. she studied at the Learning Connexion in 2012 and 2013.

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Start Date
30 July -  
End Date
5 August 2018

bojagi - korean patchwork in aotearoa

Artist
Various artists
Main Image
example of bojagi
Opening Hours
Monday - Sunday, 11.00am - 6.00pm
Workshop 1: Wednesday 1 August, 4.30pm
Workshop 2: Saturday 4 August, 2.00pm
Description

This exhibition is to show modern interpretations of bojagi also known as traditional Korean patchwork or wrapping cloth. Bojagi typically takes the form of a large piece of square fabric often used for carrying objects or wrapping.

The earliest surviving examples, from the early Joseon Dynasty period (1392–1910), were most frequently used in a Buddhist context as tablecloths or for covering sacred texts.

Bojagi used by the royal class are known as ‘Gung-bo’ and they typically took the form of a single piece of embroidered or painted silk fabric. Bojagi used by the commoner class are known as ‘Min-bo’. A common type of Min-bo is the Jogak-bo which was created from scraps of fabric left over from making hanbok, Korea’s national costume. Most of the bojagi on display in this exhibition are Jogak-bo. 

Today, in addition to still being used for carrying or covering items, bojagi is increasingly appreciated as an art form. Some have compared the art of bojagi to the abstract paintings of Dutch artist Piet Mondrian. However, I like to describe it as the voice of the Joseon Dynasty’s common women whose craft has been passed down to the bojagi artists of today who now tell their own stories through these beautiful pieces of work.

There are two workshops:

Wednesday - 1 August, 4.30pm - 5.30pm

Saturday - 4 August, 2.00pm - 3.00pm

It is a 60min session to learn about basic hand-sewing techniques and material handlings of bojagi from the artists.

There will be $20 of material cost. You will be given a kit including materials, threads and needles etc to make a small bojagi.

Get in touch if you would like to attend: office@thistlehall.org.nz

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Start Date
23 July -  
End Date
29 July 2018

plastic fantastic

Artist
Various artists
Main Image
plastic fantastic artwork
Opening
Opening Hours
Monday, 4.00pm - 6.00pm
Tuesday - Friday, 10.00am - 6.00pm
Wednesday - Bathroom Overhaul Workshop, 6.00pm - 8.00pm (see below)
Description

 

It's Plastic Free July and the Plastic Outlaws are Revolting 

Plastic Free July is a Sham! Nothing will stop the Plasticisation Agenda!

By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean! Plastics are Forever!

Barbie - Her Royal Plasticness -  is on the rag and rampaging. Blood will be shed - bleached and odorless of course.

Barbie rules over the wild and free plastic outlaws of the world - they're fulfilling her mission to fill every crevice of the world with plastic.

The outlaws are a tightly bound group of dedicated Barbierians. They are bonded together through the twin strengths of polymers and infinite life! Used and rejected by an uncaring society, they will stop at nothing in pursuit of Barbie's goals.

 

In the other corner, the Plastic Free Resistance struggles to gain a foothold in this epic battle. We need your support to halt the tide of plasticisation.

Boomerang Bags , Waste Ed and the (IN) convenience Store will be onsite to help you de-plasticise your life. 

Come and Join us.

 

Bathroom Overhaul Workshop - 25 July, 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Keen to reduce the amount of plastic you use in your day to day life? Your bathroom is a great place to start. 

This workshop will provide you with alternatives to help steer away from plastic and chemicals, creating a simple and healthy bathroom for you and the planet.

During the workshop we will show you how to make 3 bathroom products using ingredients that you probably already have in the kitchen. 

Bring your own jars or containers so you can take your products home with you.

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Start Date
10 July -  
End Date
15 July 2018

Opportunity Arts

Artist
Various artists
Main Image
opportunity arts logo
Opening
Opening Hours
Tuesday 10 July - Sunday 15 July, 9.00am – 6.00pm
Creation Station - anytime the gallery is open (see below)
Care to explain - Artsplaining, Thursday 12 July, 6.00pm - 7.30pm (see below)
Description

'Opportunity Arts' advocates, empowers and provides practical support for artists of diverse backgrounds who face barriers to participation in the arts; to develop individual, sustainable arts practices.

We work with talented and dedicated, emerging artists, who for various reasons (for example, disability) require additional support to access opportunities that can increase their audience, profile, income, sense of pride and purpose.

We are passionate that with this mahi we can encourage social change and diversify the New Zealand contemporary art scene. Giving a voice and platform to those who are often unheard and unseen within this community and wider society.

This exhibition is an inclusive artshow from over 10 Wellington based artists that we're big fans of!

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Creation Station Be here when we’re here! Anytime the gallery is open, you can pull up a seat up in the ‘Creation Station’ and add to our collaborative canvas or play an art game with your friends. Daily 9.00am - 6.00pm.

Care to explain - Artsplaining Thursday 12 July from 6.00pm - 7.30pm, selected artists from the show speak of their art practices and processes. Grab a drink, pull up a seat and get all the goss on how these pieces came to be.

Closing Party - Saturday 14 July 4.00pm - 7.00pm. Featuring “Portrait on a Tee” - YOUR face drawn on YOUR new t-shirt! Live music from Jesse Walsh. Hang out, grab a drink and a snack, while you check out what’s hanging on the walls!

Contact details:

opportunityarts@gmail.com

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Image 2 - from l-r  clock wise : Lenny Zook, David Boyle,Johanna Grant-Mackie, Nicol Chung.

Image 3 - from l-r clockwise : Martin Kerschbaumer, Franky Quinn, Daniel Phillips, Fergus Collinson.

 

Start Date
2 July -  
End Date
8 July 2018

aotearoa medusozoa

Artist
Neil Johnstone
Main Image
neil johnstone print
Opening
Opening Hours
Monday - Friday, 11.00am - 6.00pm
Saturday, 9.00am - 6.00pm
Sunday, 11.00am - 3.00pm
Description

This art exhibition is about drift, jellyfish, and transitory movement including video pieces, soundscapes, and a large range of unframed printed images on paper and builders plastic (from 50cm to 2.5m).  This is largely new work that I have created since migrating from Scotland to New Zealand 18 months ago, and will be the first viewing of the pieces. The artworks will all be for sale to take away at the end of the exhibition, for what my wife considers a very reasonable price :D

In addition, I have just completed a collaborative music project with Alistair Fraser and Steve Burridge that is complementary to this art show; the CD from this project (Shearwater Drift) will be available to purchase at the venue.  We will be having a live performance at the opening night on Monday 2nd July from 6pm.

Examples of my previous artwork exhibited in the UK and Europe are also on my website or my email.

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Start Date
26 June -  
End Date
1 July 2018

dressing the posthuman

Artist
Danielle Arnott, Jenny Ruan & Te Paea Hoori
Main Image
exhibition photo
Opening Hours
Tuesday - Sunday, 10.00am - 6.00pm
Description

Showing the work of fashion designers Dannielle Arnott, Jenny Ruan and Te Paea Hoori, this exhibit explores the changing role of fashion and the ever evolving parameters of ‘humanity'.

Exhibited will be the final garments and editorial images of each designer, as well as working drawings, samples and work-booking that explores the process and development behind each designer’s works.

Each capsule collection represents a different response to Posthumanist theory—a relatively new realm of philosophy that rejects both humanist and anti-humanist approaches. 

Posthumanism questions what it means to be a human. It looks back at the history of our species and the fallacy that we have at all times, all been afforded equal status as ‘human’. Simultaneously it looks forward, to how technology and medical-advancement is increasingly removing our tethers to the laws of nature—and blurring the edges of the boxes created to isolate “human” from “non-human”.

Start Date
18 June -  
End Date
24 June 2018

momentum 2018

Artist
Various artists
Main Image
gallery image
Opening Hours
10.00am - 6.00pm, Monday - Sunday
Wed, 20 June, from 2.00pm - collograph printmaking
Description

Eight artists return to Thistle Hall – a year on –  to show their latest work. Printmaking brought them together to form a collective several years ago and has led them down many paths since – into papermaking, handmade books, collage and encaustics. These will also be on show, along with jewellery, ceramics and other media. The artists are Jocelyn Hendry, Jeanie Randall, Anna Nelson, Ali Murray, Rachel Keel, Jo Constable, Kristeen Lockett and Maxine Edwards.

On Wednesday, 20 June, from 2pm, artists will demonstrate collagraph printmaking and this will include the opportunity to make your own print.

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Start Date
12 June -  
End Date
17 June 2018

in between

Artist
Shayn Wills and Sophie Perkins
Main Image
slayer
Opening
Opening Hours
Tuesday - Saturday, 10.00am - 6.00pm
Sunday, 10.00am - 4.00pm
Description

In between making music, poetry, waves, babies, dinner, life plans, Shayn and Sophie make art. Their In Between exhibition showcases characters from Cuba street and the surrounding CBD using Shayn's animator/cartoonist style and Sophie turns her whistle blowing flair into worded pottery. Their works skew perspective, question strange goings on, and some are just down right amusing. Using mediums of ink, pencil, acrylic, clay and glaze, pieces and prices range from tiny hand made poetry pottery bowls and functional domestic objects, to cartoon strips, paintings, and a large, rather prodigious portrait of Mr Max Harris.

This is the Facebook link to our exhibition.

and for more information on Sophie or Shayn email: flygirlcreations@hotmail.com


Images:
1. Face detail of 'Slayer', by Shayn Wills, 2018
2. 'Dog crossing Cuba', by Shayn Wills, 2016
3. 'The Oysters', by Sophie Perkins, 2018

Start Date
5 June -  
End Date
10 June 2018

eclecticism

Artist
Tiffany Te Moananui & Sharon Sanders
Main Image
tiffany artwork
Opening Hours
Tuesday - Friday 11.00am - 6.00pm
Saturday 11.00am - 2.00pm and 3.00pm - 6.00pm
Sunday 11.00am - 4.00pm
Description

Eclecticism is a show of sculptural works by Tiffany Te Moananui and Sharon Sanders - two emerging Wellington artists taking a multi faceted dive into materiality.

Sharon offers a thought provoking homage and celebration of farmed beings. Colourful wall mounted heads bring a friendly introduction to the subject of human dependence on animals and the use of animal by-products in everyday life. 

Tiffany exhibits a diverse collection encompassing works in bronze, porcelain and aluminium - an exploration of light and translucency through depth and shadow.

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Start Date
28 May -  
End Date
3 June 2018

walking in forest / ocean / river

Artist
various artists
Main Image
walking in forest / ocean / river
Opening Hours
Monday - Sunday, 10.30am - 8.00pm-ish
Description

VR films, AV projections, live contemporary dance... the feeling of walking in Forest / Ocean / River... immersive detour from the city

- a feeling to take away with you...

 

A week long mini festival of works in development.. come & watch rehearsals, devising process, and finished works throughout the week..

Free Kawakawa tea

 

by ED DAVIS (Indie VR Filmmaker) and ANITA HUTCHINS (Contemporary Dance Teacher and Choreographer)

with special guests spots...

Al Fraser playing Taonga puoro

Wellington Gamelan Orchestra

Mikel playing Waybahar

and more...

 

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Start Date
21 May -  
End Date
27 May 2018

My New Zealand Experiences

Artist
Natalia Vidyakina
Main Image
Natalia Vidyakina - painting
Opening Hours
Monday - Sunday, 11.00am - 7.00pm
Description

Natalia came to New Zealand a decade ago from Russia. She loves to be a New Zealander, enjoying all aspects of life here.

She developed a passion for travelling, photography and painting her impressions.

She found New Zealand nature is very inspiring for bringing all kind of scenes on canvases.

Natalia is self -taught artist, evolving her skills all the time.

 She is a member of NZ Academy of Fine Arts  and NZ Watercolor organisation.

She is excited to welcome you to her third solo exhibition.

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Start Date
15 May -  
End Date
19 May 2018

spin off

Artist
Lisa Terreni
Main Image
lisa terreni
Opening Hours
Tuesday 2.00 -5.30 pm
Wednesday 2.00 – 4.00 pm
Thursday  2.00 – 5.30 pm
Friday 2.00 – 5.30 pm
Saturday – 2.00 – 5.00 pm
Description

What do you do with the multiple drafts from your PhD thesis? Turn it into yarn and spin it! Creating something artful from this material was part of a process that helped sustain me during the 6 years it took to complete a PhD.

When I was writing my thesis and needed a break I would often go and create a piece of art. It was a shift from the mind to the body which I discovered fostered a reflective process as well as a creative one. The hands-on, physical aspect of creating a piece of art often gave me bit of space in my head to unpack my research ideas.

The exhibition highlights the struggles as well as some of the triumphs of my research journey. It also celebrates the end of this research project. 

Start Date
8 May -  
End Date
13 May 2018

Expressive features; the nose knows

Artist
Celia Kent
Main Image
poster
Opening
Opening Hours
Tuesday 8th May - Sunday 13th, 10.00am - 6.00pm
Description

A frustrated eye, a contemplative smile, a disagreeing nose. I like to study faces, and how those around us share their moods. How their faces give them away. Expressive Features; The Nose Knows is a passionate and quirky multi-media enquiry into the capturing of facial features, and the contours, expressions, and moods behind them. I'll be exhibiting pen and ink portraiture, ceramic pot sculpture, and much more. 

My work will be available for purchase throughout the exhibition, from small and wallet-friendly greeting cards to one-of-a-kind ceramic pots. I will also be doing on-the-spot portraits and am open to commissions.

All ages are welcome to the opening night of Expressive Features.

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Start Date
1 May -  
End Date
6 May 2018

place.meant

Artist
Aaron Frater
Main Image
frater image
Opening
Opening Hours
11.00am - 6.00pm
Description

Place.meant, what is a place meant for? And how do we define that meaning?

Using the strongly evocative material of barrier mesh, with its meaning of demarcating zones of safety and non-safety, I have been exploring the “demolish and build”, cycle of the urban and suburban landscape in iconic sculptural forms. This is a constant: the demolishing and constructing affects the house-scape, the work-scape, the people-scape, and a question is how central are we humans to this, or has it taken over?

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Start Date
23 April -  
End Date
29 April 2018

Reo Tū, Reo Ora

Artist
Aidan Wojtas
Main Image
signs photo
Opening
Opening Hours
Monday - Tuesday, 10.00am - 6.00pm
Wednesday, noon - 6.00pm
Thursday - Sunday, 10.00am - 6.00pm
Description

Opening night Monday 23rd 7.30pm - 9.30pm. Karanga starts at 7.30pm. All welcome. 

Kia ora. My exhibition explores how Wellington would look if Te Reo was our only language. I imagine an alternate future where Te Reo is normalised, our signage is in Te Reo, and English/Reo Pākēhā although welcome is no longer our default.

My inspiration comes from visiting Quebec, where French is the default language for every day life, thanks to Bill 101 passed in 1977. Bill 101 was not without controversy, but today about 95% of Quebec residents speak French. Without trying, I picked up words and context in French, simply by being surrounded by it.

I wish to imagine Wellington in the same light, as if Te Reo was our default language. The colonial buildings still remain, the shops are the same, but Te Reo is now a first-class citizen and not simply a subtitle for government departments.

I hope you find this exhibition inspiring, challenging and an exciting view into an alternative present.

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