Start Date
12 August -  
End Date
18 August 2019

OPtiv101 Bullet Points

Artist
Various
Main Image
artwork (Brumby)
Opening
Opening Hours
Daily - 10.00am - 5.00pm
Description

Optiv101 Bullet Points – Optiv101 Fine Arts and Multimedia Studios visit Wellington with a Flyer*

Studio artists from Optiv101 Fine Arts and Multimedia Studios exhibit in Wellington from the 12th to 18th of August. The studios prides itself on the political outlooks to the works produced by its artists.

Though permeating beneath the surface at all Optiv101 exhibitions, social and political themes are prominent in the mid-season with the annual polemic of commentaries and observations.

Optiv101 Bullet Points, at Thistle Hall Gallery, at 293 Cuba Street, is the latest instalment of this exhibition series. Using the privileges and authority of artists, a major responsibility, the group exhibition takes the offensive against complacency, groupthink, and hegemonic manipulations.

Thus each artist brings their views on what and how they are seeing the state of affairs in New Zealand and globally, and though the exhibitions may not be pretty, they are honest. Indeed, with the diversity of studio artists, there will be a diversity of views, and some may be diametrically opposite in politics to one another.

It makes for a more rounded and thorough examination of the issues from across the spectrum. Nonetheless astute and intelligent works will connect with viewers in thoughtful and respectful dialogue.

Featuring works from the recent Optiv101 Showdown exhibition in July shown at Whanganui Arts @ the Centre, Optiv101 Bullet Points will include works by Sandra Brumby, Steve Duggan, Aaron Potaka, Ewen Stratford, and Esther Topfer, and more.

*Social and political themes may offend

Start Date
30 July -  
End Date
4 August 2019

seen & unseen

Artist
Diana Morrah
Main Image
d Morrah painting
Opening Hours
11.00am - 6.00pm
Description

Painting still feels like an experiment to me. I don’t know how it will end, or if it is ever finished. Often my work is expressed without visual reference but as an emerging process of discovery. I paint to satisfy myself, to lose myself in a space which is dynamic, letting the work take on a life of its own. The resulting abstraction is often suspended between the real world and the imagined. My work is loosely drawn from treasuring the ordinary things, their beauty and colour, and a lifelong love of poetry. It’s also concerned with the sense of loss and change all around us, and the ephemeral nature of things in the natural world. I paint what I see, rather than what is objectively seen.


In this series I have moved into a more vibrant palette. It’s an exploration of colour intensity through the use of repeated layers of paint and glaze. Because the work is wrought from a mix of the imagined and the everyday, it is my hope that those who view it will let themselves make their own interpretations, and see in it what they will.


“The precision of naming takes away from the uniqueness of seeing”.
– Pierre Bonnard

Start Date
23 July -  
End Date
27 July 2019

test subject

Artist
Oscar Vandy-Connor
Main Image
painting by Oscar Vandy-Connor
Opening Hours
Tuesday - Saturday, 11.00am - 5.30pm
Start Date
15 July -  
End Date
20 July 2019

Inscribable

Artist
Various artists
Main Image
inscribable collateral poster
Opening Hours
Monday - Saturday, 10.00am - 6.00pm
Description

CLOSING PARTY: Saturday, 20 July: 6.00pm - 11.00pm

A showcase of leading NZ artists, celebrating the craft of hand painted typography.

In recent years the global visual arts community has witnessed a renaissance in the art of hand-lettering and signage. On home-shores, these artists work to pay homage to this near-forgotten art-form as they create quality original stylings of the alphabet, surpassing that which can be replicated with digital printing and vinyl. The Inscribable crew are back for another round after their popular show in 2015. Come and check it out!

Featuring:

GASP

HOLLY ROCCK | Words Are Weapons

MOSEY

MARCUS WATSON

TAWCK GBAK | Tawck

ROSS LIEW

NIGEL ROBERTS | DagarMedia

SEAN DUFFELL

LARISSA MCMILLAN

SAM BURTON

KELLY SPENCER | Kelly Spencer

KATE HURSTHOUSE | Kate Hursthouse Calligrapher Illustrator Artist

 

Start Date
9 July -  
End Date
12 July 2019

homescape

Artist
various
Main Image
homescape image
Opening
Description

HOMESCAPE   exploring the coexistence of land and home

This exhibition looks at the intricate entanglement of home and land. Students of architecture, landscape and interior architecture were asked to develop an interesting and provocative stance on home and its connection to the NZ Aotearoa landscape. They began with apparently simple events of home, such as throwing open curtains in the morning, or a late night journey from sleep-out to house, across a dark backyard. Students then chose a NZ landscape to situate their scenario and experimented with how the two might relate. The models in this exhibition are a record of design thinking about how home, as an intimate personal condition, crosses with the power of landscape. The work reorients and challenges the way we see landscape and home, and alludes to new ways in which they might coexist.

The work in this exhibition is by 4th year master’s students from Victoria University School of Architecture

Simon Twose

Senior Lecturer, PhD (RMIT) ANZIA

simon.twose@vuw.ac.nz

Start Date
1 July -  
End Date
7 July 2019

te whironui

Artist
various
Main Image
te whironui artwork
Opening
Opening Hours
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Description

Te Whironui celebrates Matariki and Maramataka Maori (Maori Lunar )

This event brings special awareness about; how Matariki in conjunction with the Maori lunar calendar optimizes the beginning of the new harvest and ceremonial offering to improve our environment and daily lives.

Our artists alongside Maramataka and star experts will display Maori Arts, music and Knowledge in conjunction with hands-on educational workshops,  keynote speaking workshops, as part of the Te Whironui exhibition. 

www.tewhironui.com

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Contact: 022-500-4212 (Hinga Smith)

email: hingasmith@gmail.com

Sponsored by Thistle Hall Community Trust and Raukawa Moana Voyaging Trust

Start Date
24 June -  
End Date
30 June 2019

pinched

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

Following their successful exhibition last year at Thistle Hall, Sophie Perkins and Shayn Wills have rejoined forces to present 'Pinched', a second show of ceramics and paintings. 'Pinched' refers to both the pinching technique of creating pottery and the time pinched from daily life in order to create art.

Sophie's functional ceramics include wheel thrown, hand built and pinched pottery, often stamped and engraved with words from her own poetry. Shayn's acrylic wash paintings depict daily scenes from Cuba Street, and along with a series of botanical images, reflect his background in animation.

This promises to be a vibrant second show with original, affordable art. More information available at the facebook page, Sophie Perkins Ceramics.

Images:

  1. 'Even the River', cheeseboard, Sophie Perkins
  2. 'Joseph on Cuba Street', acrylic painting, Shayn Wills
  3. A teacup from the series 'Sand dune', by Sophie Perkins
Start Date
18 June -  
End Date
23 June 2019

Tempered vibrations

Artist
Marie Sophie-Fabre & Renee Abbot
Main Image
photograph, Greymouth
Opening
Opening Hours
Tuesday - Friday, 2.00pm - 6.00pm
Saturday - Sunday, 10.00am - 5.00pm
Description

When walking through our communities we often see the larger picture, but miss the beautiful details. Buildings become a generic wall. But if you look a little closer, those walls carry a story, a feature unseen and unnoticed, a work of art, beauty in decay revealing itself for a fleeting moment...

For years, we have evolved apart, training our eyes in different parts of the world, gathering photographs in the most unexpected places, fixing them in time, as a testimony of their graceful senescence.

We met here in Wellington. This is where our stories have merged and our photographies have found resonance. “Tempered vibrations “ is a photographic exploration of  the passing of time, and how it creates substance and meaning in forgotten places before their complete disappearance.

Start Date
10 June -  
End Date
16 June 2019

light up my life

Artist
stuart gray
Main Image
stuart gray artwork
Opening
Opening Hours
Tuesday - Sunday, 10.30am - 7.00pm
Description

I am a self taught artist. I use materials collected from op-shops, recycling centres and items discarded by society.

Apart from robot type figures I also put my electrical trade background to use and make lamps out of unusual materials and also light up some of the robots.

Enjoy the exhibition and hopefully it will brighten (excuse the pun) up your day.

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Start Date
10 June -  
End Date
16 May 2019

light up my life

Artist
Stuart Gray
Main Image
stuart gray artwork
Description

I am a self taught artist. I use materials collected from op-shops, recycling centres and items discarded by society.

Apart from robot type figures I also put my electrical trade background to use and make lamps out of unusual materials and also light up some of the robots.

Enjoy the exhibition and hopefully it will brighten (excuse the pun) up your day.

Start Date
3 June -  
End Date
9 June 2019

əbˈzəːv

Artist
Rei Denee
Main Image
artwork by Rei Denee
Opening
Opening Hours
Tuesday - Sunday, 11.00am - 5.00pm
Description

In əbˈzəːv (pronounced ‘observe’), 16-year-old artist Rei Denee has created a series of autobiographical drawings and an interactive sculpture which decontextualise a familiar analogy to explore his struggle with childhood trauma and a hesitance to recover. əbˈzəːv is his first solo show and opens to the public June 3rd at Thistle Hall. 

Schrodinger’s box is a thought experiment suggested in 1935 by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrodinger to explain an interpretation of quantum physics. In simple terms, Schrödinger stated that if you place a cat and something that could kill the cat in a box and sealed it you would not know if the cat was dead or alive until you opened the box, so until the box was opened the cat was in a sense both ‘dead and alive’. Multiple states of being can exist all at once until observed. 

Denee says for a long time after experiencing a traumatic event you feel everything all at once, carrying all those feelings around with you ‘in a box.’ You know that when you observe its contents you’ll be able to see your core feelings about the event, and only when you look inside can you take those things out of the box and heal, but not being ready to see yet doesn’t mean you never will.

The young artist negotiates a line between fear and hope, certainty and oblivion, everything and nothing. Working with oil pastels in harsh strokes and stark colours contrasts with his subject matter of people like himself in very vulnerable situations. When viewed in a certain order this series seem to tell a story beginning in a place of fear and ending with the same uncertainty but also with newfound hope, support, and self acceptance.

əbˈzəːv is an opportunity to discover what it means to keep working towards a future where you can’t see what you’re reaching for, and invites the viewer to share Denee’s trust in himself.

Start Date
27 May -  
End Date
2 June 2019

a collection of winter scarves

Artist
Frances Richmond
Main Image
a collection of winter scarves by Frances Richmond poster
Opening Hours
Monday - Sunday, 9.00am - 7.00pm
Description

An exhibition of exquisite new works for sale. Each piece is created by hand using yarns of superfine lambswool, silk and cashmere mixes selected for their colour, texture and luxurious handle.

You are welcome to handle the fabrics and try on the items.

Also included in the exhibition are work in progress colour-way stories and an archive gallery offering you an insight into the designer’s process.

Frances Richmond Knitted Textiles have appeared on catwalks in London and New York.

Her trend prediction work for fashion knitwear has sold to High Street retail fashion giants and Top End Labels including Donna Karen and Alexander McQueen.

Her own boutique accessories label sold throughout Britain as well as stores in Europe, Hong Kong and New York. Her artisanal wraps and shawls were sold in London’s prestigious textile gallery, The Livingston Studio.

Frances Richmond now lives in New Zealand with her family and continues to work and create from her home studio. She will be at the gallery and looks forward to meeting you.

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Start Date
21 May -  
End Date
26 May 2019

elementals

Artist
Yon Yi Sohn, Linzee Inkster, Moonhee Han and Wellington Bojagi art group
Main Image
bojagi image
Opening
Opening Hours
Tuesday to Sunday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Description

Pure, geometric abstraction may be the antithesis of nature at first glance, yet we believe it to be the very heart of nature and the universe. As science has discovered, the building blocks of all that we know and see in the physical world become simpler and simpler the closer we study them. Nature is the ongoing consequence of a repetition of basic geometric principles…

                        and so it is with art.

Represented here, in our "Elementals" exhibition, are the fundamental building blocks of artistic expression. Shapes, colours, lines, and patterns are the constituent parts of all art forms – indeed of all creation.

Come celebrate the rhythm of colour, shape, and line through the eyes and works of our complementary artists – Yon Yi Sohn, Linzee Inkster, Moonhee Han and Wellington Bojagi art group.

Yon Yi Sohn Website, Instagram

Linzee Inkster Website

Wellington Bojagi Website, Instagram

Bojagi Aotearoa Facebook

 

Start Date
13 May -  
End Date
19 May 2019

multiple

Artist
Harpies
Main Image
mixed rabbit necklace
Description

'Multiple' is brought to you by the ‘Harpies’.

Feast your eyes on a contemporary selection of textile art, sculpture, paintings, and jewelry from the Kapiti based artists 'Harpies'. Multiple is our second group show, and our 1st group show in Wellington and will be well worth the visit.

We are Kāpiti-based artists who became close friends and supporters of each others art practice after experiencing 2017’s 100 Day Challenge together. We all have our own art practices and enjoy sharing ideas, advice, techniques and much more together.

Artists tend to work in isolation and this group gives us the opportunity to be part of a group. ‘Harpies’ is a name to bring us together as a group and it’s also an ancient mythological creature, half bird, half woman, they thought that was kind of cool.

Images:

Diane Connal, Mixed rabbit necklace #1, Facebook

Sara Boland, ‘A feeling of hope’ Stitching on paper

Amanda Smart, Precocious 1

Start Date
6 May -  
End Date
12 May 2019

kelly art class

Artist
Various artists
Main Image
painting
Opening Hours
Tuesday to Saturday 7-11 May: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm
Sunday 12 May: 10.00 am – 3.00 pm
Description

This exhibition is presented by a group of enthusiastic amateur artists who are gradually finding confidence and competence under the expert guidance of teacher Clive Kelly.

The exhibition shares the work of four separate classes and demonstrates a wide variety of styles and subjects.

Pablo Picasso said:

“Every child is an artist, the problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up”

Many of us joining these classes have never painted before, our lives following different paths and areas of employment. We share however a love of art, art history and design, and a desire to revisit the fearlessness that marked childhood artistic expression.

Clive has a talent for facilitation. He creates opportunities for ideas development, and expands and encourages individual style. The class model enables sharing and camaraderie, there is music and ongoing guidance. Coming together in these classes has enabled each of us to find a place from which self-expression and creativity can flow.

 

Start Date
1 May -  
End Date
4 May 2019

pyramid power festival

Artist
Wellington's sonic underground in posters 1979 - 2019
Main Image
pyramid club poster
Opening
Opening Hours
Thursday - Friday, 11.00am - 6.00pm
Saturday, 12 noon - 5.00pm
Description

As part of Pyramid Power Festival, 1-4 May 2019, Pyramid Club presents an exhibition of  200+ posters that provide a portal into Wellington's rich music and arts scene from 1979-2019. From the early days of the Primitive Art Group  to a multitude of bands and DIY spaces over 40 years.

A ritual sonic procession on Weds 1st from the gallery to Pyramid Club will open the festival. Amongst other performances at Pyramid Club and The Third Eye, lunchtime and early evening performances will be taking place at Thistle Hall Gallery on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd. 

On Saturday 4th from 12-5pm come and check out the sounds, sights and smells of local artists at the Wellington Independent Maker’s Market!

In addition, ‘Inner City Outer Worlds Soundwalk’ will be available throughout the festival from the gallery. Curated by Sonorous Circle, this 45 minute walk explores Te Aro’s back alleys and traces a history of the city’s creative music community in sound (byo headphones).

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Start Date
23 April -  
End Date
28 April 2019

Heartwork presents: Drawn In - 1000 artists, 1000 faces

Artist
Various artists
Main Image
drawn in poster
Opening
Opening Hours
Tuesday 23rd April 9am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 24th April 9am - 10pm
Thursday 25th April 9am - 6:30pm
Friday 26th April 9am - 9pm
Saturday 27th April 10am - 9pm
Sunday 28th April 10am - 2pm
Description

1000 people

had the courage and curiosity

to pick up a blue biro pen, a blank page

and have a crack

at drawing another human being 

in two minutes.

Now you can too - come to the our interactive exhibition to experience creation, delight and connection with yourself, friends, whanau and possibly even a mysterious stranger.

Why?

Whakawhanaungatanga

growing trust and connection between strangers, colleagues, friends and whanau

Manaakitanga

Becoming a creator by overcoming doubt, judgement and stepping into the unknown

and 

Sheer delight

because laughter can be the best medicine

This is your exhibition

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Start Date
16 April -  
End Date
21 April 2019

every body is a treasure exhibition

Artist
Mandi Lynn
Main Image
mandi lyn
Opening
Opening Hours
Tuesday - Saturday, 1.00pm - 6.00pm
Sunday, 12 noon - 3.00pm
Description

For the past two years, I have been working on a personal project, collecting anonymous images of women covered in golden clay. I started it as a gift for my niece who at 5 was questioning her own beauty. I wanted to show her the depth and breadth of the beauty of the female form. I wanted to also challenge my own unconscious sizist thinking, conditioned from years of media consumption. This exhibition will reveal to you your own beauty biases and invite you to contribute to a work in progress.

Playful interactive workshops scheduled for the Exhibition week:

  • 13th = Mother - Daughter HeArt Workshop - Free
  • 16th = Exhibition Opening Night - Free
  • 16-20th = Artist in Residence - Mandi Lynn + You - Free
  • 17th = Create a Divine Feminine Necklace - $35
  • 18th =  Workshop - Body Positive Parenting of Digital Natives - $35
  • 20th = Induction into the Luscious Order of Golden Shield Maidens - $35

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Start Date
8 April -  
End Date
14 April 2019

pushed to the limit - don't judge me

Artist
Jane Ye 余雪櫻
Main Image
Jane Ye image
Opening Hours
Monday, 5.00pm - 7.00pm
Tuesday - Friday, 11.00am - 6.00pm
Saturday, 11.00am - 4.00pm
Sunday, 11.00am - 3.00pm
Description

I was born and raised in Singapore 50 years ago. I grew up in a culture where body/face image are very important to us. So I thought those values, the superficial image, was unique to my Asian culture, but to my surprise after living in New Zealand for 30 years I found out that many in the Western world also have the same obsession with image.

But my question to the audience is “how do we define perfect body”?

So I decided to challenge people, push people to their limit, to come out and change what is normal. I want my audience to see our imperfect body can be perfect.

Please come and see the individual beauty of an imperfect body.

Artworks are for sale, in different sizes, from any print. I am also available for private photo commissions - you have an idea, come talk to me and see what we come up with.

Instagram - Jane.ye67

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Start Date
2 April -  
End Date
7 April 2019

twin turbo

Artist
Jeremy Bennett and Christian Pearce
Main Image
poster for twin turbo exhibition
Opening Hours
Tuesday - Sunday, 10.00am - 5.30pm
Description

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!

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