From the Mountains to the sea
a state of mind
We live in a world that is constantly bombarding us with text and images telling us how we should be, how we should feel, how to be better. Social media has been described as “a happy place”
A state of mind is a collection of ceramic works exploring the interaction between affirmations and the mind with references to media and the grid.
Along with other works the exhibition contains 85 masks for sale for $25 each. A donation of $5 per mask will go to support youthline.
do dogs and their owners look alike
Photochop 6 - the art of collage
All artworks are between $5 - $100.
Come and make your own for free and take them home (from Wednesday).
The Second Skin exhibition began with the simple idea of showing people that art is more than a canvas you hang on your wall. That idea is the foundation of the exhibition, but over the course of creating the Second Skin exhibition, it has come to be a lot more than that (at least for me).
Ten years ago, I was introduced to the world of body painting and I instantly fell in love; why hadn't I found this art form sooner. As a teenager I dreamt of becoming a tattooist, so it's no surprise that I took to body art so keenly. With inspiration from various tattoo magazines I began drawing flash and showed my designs to a few tattooists for feedback. I received some of the best advice from the late Phill Mathias of Dermagraphic Tattoo Studio and it still often rings in my ears, “Learn, try & practice as many different art forms as you can. Do life drawing, sculpt, paint, everything and anything, it all makes you a better artist”.
A little over two years ago, I was pregnant, annoyed by the limited choice of prints on boys clothing and often found myself wondering why prints on children's clothing were the way they were, why couldn't you find those cool adult prints on kids clothing? So armed with my fabric paints & plain baby onesies, I started painting.
Second Skin isn't an exhibition about body art.
Second Skin isn't an exhibition about photography.
Second Skin isn't an exhibition about hand painted clothing.
Second Skin is an exhibition is a combination of all of my artistic loves, because art is more than something you hang on your wall.
Sometimes, you wear it.
Wellington Artists Transform Paper into Vibrant Sculptures
Paperworks, an exhibition by Wellington artists Caron Dallas and Meg Prebble, will run from 20–24 December at Thistle Hall in Cuba St. As well as exhibiting, the artists will be demonstrating some of their amazing paper manipulation techniques throughout the week.
Caron and Meg share a love of the versatile medium of paper, with their works transforming words and paper into unusual 2D and 3D art.
Highlights of the exhibition include ambitious works featuring a giant typewriter keyboard constructed from books and Hubble telescope images reinterpreted in coiled paper.
The pair also collaborated on some exhibition pieces.
“Meg and I have been excited to work together to create some whimsical installations where books sprout brilliant toadstools and twinning flora” Caron says.
Caron, of Norac Salad, crafts book sculptures. She believes books are made to communicate through its words but by changing its appearance the book becomes an independent image expressing itself through its shape. Caron can be found in her garage/workshop on Newtown Ave.
Meg’s work explores nature through paper. Quilled galaxies swirl on the walls, marbled native birds fly on harakeke paper, and a lifelike pōhutukawa tree, made from the Dominion Post, shelters a pensive reader. Meg, of Dora Papers, works and teaches in Eastbourne, surrounded by trees and piles of paper.
For more information please contact:
Caron Dallas, 0220 930 537, email@example.com
Meg Prebble, 027 407 5098, firstname.lastname@example.org
just good stuff
6 days to solve all your christmas shopping needs, while supporting local, independent creatives - it's practically guilt-free!
Opening 6.00pm Monday 12 December - join us for a glass of Christmas cheer and first dibs on the goodies.
Thistle Hall Gallery, Upper Cuba Street, Wellington
Heaps of good stuff from just $5.
Check out www.facebook.com/justgoodstuffnz for a preview of some of the good stuff on offer (updated regularly, so check back for even MORE good stuff...)
Featuring JUST GOOD STUFF from:
genevieve packer, ngaere mackinnon, flora waycott, hmxhm, tutu, felt up, lush lane,
alani mckenna x the neighbourhood studio, kelly spencer, gravyface designs, krat
underwood terrariums, niche textile studio, retro tonic, one, waitangy sauces, mel m,
amy van luijk, flooffs, julie+jack, catherine adam photography & design, art deacon.
Weaving Light and Space
“Weaving Light and Space” is a first New Zealand based collaborative art exhibition by two visual artists based in Wellington and London, UK: Beata Kozlowska and David Moraton.
The exhibition showcases their recent art works made in Wellington. Lines, strings and light are recurrent elements and main motifs of both artists’ installations, paintings, drawings and videos. Wherever placed three-dimensionally or represented on a bi-dimensional surface, these lines connect each other in weaving structures, mapping the space that they live in, creating complex organic forms and casting lights and shadows. Both artists find commonality in using lines and light to evoke the transcendental through abstract imagery, which constitute an integral part of their visual languages.
For Kozlowska, this results in a tangible vocabulary of motifs, layered marks and carefully re-edited forms, but within this matrix, the sequence is disordered and the originating mark is lost in the process of becoming something else. Moraton considers this experience more as a path leading to exploration of the Sublime in digital media.
Beata Kozlowska, (born in Poland) studied Master Degree in Fine Arts ( MFA) at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London in 2010, and Drawing, Bachelor Degree (BA) (Hons) in 2008 at the University of The Arts, Camberwell College of Arts London and MA Polish Literature and Linguistics at the University of Warsaw. Her practice spreads through many disciplines like drawing, painting, performance, installation, video and sculpture.
She has been exhibiting in numerous shows in London, UK, and internationally in Poland, Germany, Lithuania and Spain among others. In addition she was selected to several national and international art residencies UK Aspex Gallery, Cortijada Los Gazques Spain, KCCC Lithuania and most recently Arteles in Finland.
David Moraton (Spain) is a video-artist specialised in stereoscopic video animations and interactive installations. He graduated from the Fachhochschule Hannover, Germany and also from the Universidad of Valencia in Spain. He has been exhibiting in Germany, Spain, Finland, UK, Japan and USA, and last year he was finalist of the Lumen Prize for Digital Art for his video art work “Visus Sonitus”. Combined with his artistic career, David works creating visual effects for movies. He will be showing his latest videos and digital prints.
Exhibitionism: the art of stripping
Exhibitionism: the art of stripping is a showcase of creative work by women who dance in Wellington's strip clubs. This is a show designed to stimulate and educate, inspire and surprise. In a year that has featured various news stories involving sex workers that have brought to light persistent negative attitudes about women who work in the industry, this is a timely reminder that women involved in sex work are all unique and complex people who are more than just stereotypes about their jobs. We will also be raising funds for Wellington Rape Crisis.
finding the way out / creations by clive holgate
An exhibition of sculptural work by Clive Holgate. This body of work has been created over the last two and a half years and embodies the journey of finding the way out of the rubble associated with major life disruption such as the Christchurch earthquakes. The work draws heavily on Clive’s personal experiences associated with the Canterbury earthquakes with strong links to architecture and themes of disruption and recovery.
Clive works in bronze, steel, glass and ceramic to produce original one off works.
Come along to exhibition, experience this body of work talk to Clive and go into the draw for an original sculpture.
TE HUI TOI WHAKATUMATUMA O AOTEAROA / Aotearoa International Festival of Arts & Resistance
A new biennial event with a kaupapa (purpose) of counteracting racism, plutocracy and capitalism by means of conscious music, poetry, art, speech, film/video and protest action is coming to the capital city.
The festival aims to elevate critical thinking in public spaces & amplify radicalism’s significance as an instigator of positive societal progress.
Focus will be brought to specific issues; including Palestinian & West Papuan struggles, Colonialism in the Pacific, Māori Autonomy, and Police Brutality. Alongside musicians, poets and speakers of conscience to propel the ushering in of an enlightened society, devoid of capitalist profit-driven madness and mean-spirited individualism.
Initiated by Dean Hapeta aka Te Kupu, and inspired by the 11th Medellí n Poetry Festival and his own journey creating the six-part global rapumentary Ngātahi–Know The Links (which is the main moving-image/video component).
The visual art, curated by Suzanne Tamaki will feature Jos Wheeler’s recent photographic exhibition ‘Signs of Protest’ which presents a range of dissent and outcry in the country, from the 1951 Waterfront Workers Strike to Māori Land Rights and Deep Sea Oil Drilling.
Purposeful, provocative, defiant yet tempered with grassroots aroha and unpretentiousness this inaugural Aotearoa International Festival of Arts & Resistance – Te Hui Toi Whakatumatuma o Aotearoa will in the future expand to involve a variety of venues throughout Te-Ūpoko-O-Te-Ika (greater Wgtn region), with an increase of artivists and radicals from other countries attending.
This is just the beginning.
Nau mai, haere mai, all events are free.
“KA WHAWHAI TONU MĀTOU - ĀKE, ĀKE, ĀKE – WE FIGHT ON FOREVER AND EVER ”
Program online November 7th.
Contact: Festival coordinator, Te Kupu
email@example.com / facebook: TeKupu Naa TeKupu
Thistle Hall Community gallery will transform into a print studio during the week of 7 - 13 November. Drop by during the week to try out various traditional and contemporary printmaking techniques. Across the week there will be discussions, demonstrations, workshops and the opportunity to visit local printmakers in their studios.
We have a whole lot of activities planned for you thanks to the generous support and enthusiasm of printmakers, volunteers and organisations.
The Print Museum are setting up for the week with a range of print equipment so you can print a business card and make a letterpress poster.
FabLab Wgtn will run a demo on making press-fit toys with a 3D printer and we will have the use of a 3D printer during the week.
Hutt Art Printmakers members will be available to help you try out different techniques. Maybe you'd like to screenprint a T-shirt with our logo, find out how to print without a press, make a drypint or a monoprint.
Wellington Rubber Stamp Co. have come to the party with some awesome stamps that you can use to make cards, wrapping paper etc...
Workshops - You can sign up for workshops if you want to spend some time on a particular technique with a printmaking tutor. These include stencilling, drypoint, embossing, relief and mono-printing. Ticket sales can be found here: http://www.dashtickets.co.nz/tour/880
Inverlochy will be running printmaking classes in their print studio during the week of Printmaking Emporium - please contact Inverlochy directly to sign up.
Studio Visits - On Saturday, 12 November, you can visit various print studios around the Wellington / Hutt region.
DAY OF THE DEAD 2016: MEMORY ROOTS
As every year for the past 8 years, we are celebrating the 2016 Day of the Dead. This is a multicultural community engagement for the celebration and expression of the immortality of life, our ancestors and the transition through death, where everyone is welcome to participate and share the fun.
The Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is an ancient tradition when Mexicans honour the spirits of their deceased ancestors, paying homage to the short time life has as a flower on earth, with colourful altars in their homes and all-night vigils in cemeteries. It is a celebration of both life and death, reminding us of the cycles we are all a part of.
The Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico can be traced back to a pre-Columbian past. Rituals celebrating the deaths of ancestors had been observed by these civilizations perhaps for as long as 2,500–3,000 years. In the pre-Hispanic era skulls were commonly kept as trophies and displayed during the rituals to symbolize death and rebirth. The festival that became the modern Day of the Dead fell in the ninth month of the Aztec calendar, about the beginning of August, and was celebrated for an entire month.
Jorge Herrera (Mexican) is the Founder and Director, and he is helped by a handful of Coordinators/Commitee members. We are all very connected to various communities, whether it be for celebrating culture, diversity, music, food, art, poetry, dance...
This year we have SIX MODULES: ART, PERFORMANCE (including theatre), MUSIC, EDUCATION, SPIRITUALITY and CREATIVE PLAY (for kids).
“Every EXIT is an entry somewhere else.“
Whitireia Visual Art Students are proud to present EXIT, a group exhibition that will showcase the very best of the work they have produced in 2016. Included in this show will be a wide variety of artworks, ranging from contemporary jewellery and sculpture, to painting and textile design.
All the work on display is created by Whitireia visual art first- and second- year students. The work has been developed throughout the year in their preferred subject and is made to a high standard of quality.
The artists welcome you to join in opening celebrations on Tuesday 25th of October, 6pm.
For additional information please contact Sophie Divett on 027 357 0997 or Sophie@divett.com
Points of View
Urban streetscapes teeming with people will hang alongside paintings of rugged hills and rocky coastlines in an exhibition of new paintings by Shelley Masters and Jenny Keate, opening at Cuba Street’s Thistle Hall on Tuesday 18 October.
The artists paint from disparate points of view: both to each other and to their immediate surroundings. Shelley lives in Martinborough and paints crowded city scenes; Jenny lives in central Wellington and paints unpeopled landscapes.
Despite this contrast, the artists say they draw on a common theme: revisiting the places that shaped them.
Shelley Masters reflects on his British childhood, “When I was young my family moved house countless times. The places I felt most secure were those city apartments with a high viewpoint where I could look down on passing crowds.”
In his paintings, he revisits the secure, crowded city scenes from his childhood.
Jenny Keate says the satisfaction in landscape painting comes from communicating her appreciation of a scene. “I work from a city studio but I’m more drawn to the unbuilt environment. To paint something, you have to really look at it and this creates a feeling of closeness with the subject and a sense that it is yours. It’s a way of engaging a place and making it your own.”
Nature is Not Mute
After a chance reconnection on Cook Strait, ten years after they first met as young artists in Whanganui, Chatham island artist Sarah Matthew and sculptor Jamie Ross team up to explore the language and dissolve the boundaries between "us" and nature.
Sarah’s creative process is the desire to play, with an eclectic style that brings to life the interplay of people and nature.
Jamie sculpts with reclaimed natural materials to create solid forms, each with a unique backstory, to bring into physical reality his incorporeal thoughts and dreams."
Brave New World
When the first official European settlers arrived in Wellington they established Britannia - an organised settlement meant to ‘showcase’ the ideas of civilised European society.
Nature, through floods and an earthquake, wiped out the idea. Nature may have saved us from Paradise-engineering as Huxley talks about in his book ‘Brave New World’.
The result is seeing the ’Brave New World’ not just as an outward resettlement of immigrants to a new land, but also an inner transformation as they adjust to a new way of life.
In this free exhibition two artist Nancy Barclay and Marguerite Renaud, explore this concept.
Check out our video here.
BETWEEN THE LINES
Between the Lines is a collection of photographic work by Wellington based artist Linda Mac. To read between the lines, is to interpret meaning beyond the obvious or literal. There are things that remain unsaid, perhaps because we don't have the words...or perhaps because there are no words. Even silence, the absence of words, can speak volumes.
So too with art. It can have many meanings, some of which may be obvious, some of which require reflection to absorb, and some of which the artist may not have intended, or have even been aware of. Once an artwork is on the gallery wall, it's meaning ceases to be under the control of the artist (if indeed, it ever was) and it becomes something that can be perceived and interpreted in many different ways, by many different people.
As an artist, I enjoy adding the element of chance to my work, which allows me to collaborate with the unseen energy of that particular moment in time and space. Intuition along with experience and technique guide my art practice, working in the darkroom with camera-less photography and alternative photography development, and also in the studio using digital photography.
ARPILLERAS - THREADING MEMORIES
Arpillera (pronounced ‘ ar-pee-air-ah’) literally means ‘hessian’ or ‘burlap'. This sacking fabric was used as the base of traditional Chilean tapestries created by women during the Pinochet dictatorship in the 1970s as a means of resistance, subsistence and expression. They have since been made in several countries by women speaking out for justice and peace.
The Wellington Arpilleras Collective (www.arpilleraswellington.com), a group of (mostly) Latin American women based in Wellington, has been sewing arpilleras together since 2014. In this exhibition, we share some of our individual and collective pieces, which explore aspects of our migration stories; work, identity, relationships, historic memories, and the re-creation of meaningful lives.
In the exhibition, we are also very humbled to share a number of arpilleras from Memorarte, a fellow group of arpilleristas based in Chile. Their work involves keeping memories alive and giving visibility to contemporary issues of social and environmental justice.
Come and join us to thread stories and places, and to celebrate a part of Wellington's diverse and rich community fabric.
Alongside the exhibition, we’ll be showing a documentary on the history of arpilleras on Friday evening and hosting a workshop on Saturday.
More details can be found on our facebook event page here
Tales explores the relationship, stories and connections we share with, and pass down to, our children. Using a range of different media including collage, painting, miniature scenes and kinetic sculpture, Tales aims to evoke feelings of universal connection, independence and uncertainty.
Tales has been an on going collaboration between retired Theatre Maker and Artist John Downie, and Visual Artist Leda Farrow (both Wellington based). It combines stories and images used, shared and recontextualised between a father and daughter over a generation.
This exhibition aims to stimulate the viewer to consider an intimate relationship which is universal, that between a child and parent, but also, from within it, to consider how we relate to, understand, and interpret the politics of the wider world.
Leda is a First-Class Honours graduate in Fine Art from Massey University, and has spent time studying at University of California Berkeley School of Art, and at Bread and Puppet Theater, in Vermont. Her current practice is in drawing, puppetry, and animatronics. She currently works as an art tutor at The Learning Connection.
John has had a long professional career as an artist and teacher, in a number of artistic disciplines, but particularly as a playwright, director, and experimenter in performance and media arts in the UK. He retired four years ago as Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Film at Victoria University.