Start Date
16 March -  
End Date
22 March 2020
Artist
Aleksandra & Gill
Main Image
artwork
Opening
Opening Hours
Tuesday to Sunday, 11.00am - 6.00pm
Description

"Apply" came as an idea to engage with the audience through our own and collaborative work, to create and achieve something that would inform and engage the community in the dialogue; we really enjoy working together. This exhibition is a showcase of practise and an invitation to learn and enquire. 

Gill - My creativity is driven by lack of personal direction when I became unwell. “ I offend my own definition of an artist. I am an object maker and idea generator. I question the need for art to be beautiful or perfect--- I like and require some  social comment to flow from my creations. I consider my work, ideas that I throw to the universe for others (more skilled and dedicated), to explore and grow.”

Aleksandra - My creativity is driven by nature my life force, my muse. Process of making and creative thinking is what interests me. I am a mixed media artist, creative process knows no bounds, a kind of originality that knows no limits.

Start Date
9 March -  
End Date
15 March 2020
Artist
Humbugaa
Main Image
Peter Adsett painting
Opening
Opening Hours
Tuesday - Sunday, 10.00am - 4.00pm
Lunchtime Talks: 12.30pm - 1.30pm - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Description

Humbugaa presents “To Be Continued…” as part of an ongoing dialogue between architecture and the visual arts. Students from the Wellington School of Architecture and artists who have trained or taught at The Learning Connexion show work that reaches across the disciplinary divide between architecture and the visual arts, while preserving a commitment to their own discipline. The work connects a range of creative processes and formal tactics, and explores how some of these could scale up to impact the way we make cities. Design research on the Wellington suburb of Hataitai, which was presented at the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in 2019, is also presented as a case study for how creative processes and formal tactics shared between architecture and visual arts might lead to richer urban experiences.

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Start Date
3 March -  
End Date
8 March 2020
Artist
Various Makers
Main Image
paddy burgin - image of guitar
Opening
Opening Hours
Tuesday - Sunday, 10.00am - 6.00pm
Description

Take the works of half a dozen guitar makers and throw them all in one gallery to see how they all relate. In some cases the only thing they will have in common are strings, bridges and tuning machines. Some of these luthiers have been in their field for forty years, others recently got the guitar making bug. 

We'll have many acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, ukes and even cigar box guitars on display, with most being for sale. Some makers present their works in natural wood tones, while others blast their works with bright paint and fit rusted pickgutards. 

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Start Date
25 February -  
End Date
1 March 2020
Artist
Various Artists
Main Image
song lines poster
Opening
Opening Hours
Tuesday - Saturday, 11.00am - 6.00pm
Description

Song Lines. When one throws a pebble in the water, the ripples travel on beyond being still visible to the naked eye. This exhibition is inspired by the echoes of a Nikau forests. Trees and pagan rights and spirits are all connected . This is the base of this series of the works collectively and yet has it own individual stamp on it. For the “Is and Isn’t “are closely connected. Like day and night. To me dawn and dusk are the letter box in the day. Where night slips into the day and vice. Namaste

Start Date
18 February -  
End Date
23 February 2020
Artist
Bruce Blair & Roger Hayman
Main Image
photography exhibition poster
Opening Hours
Tuesday - Sunday, 10.00am - 5.50pm
Description

Bruce and Roger have each been taking photographs for over half a century. Recently, Bruce has been combining old film and digital cameras with a mixture of lenses and Roger has been exploring high-resolution digital cameras (up to 151 megapixels) and developing “Scrollups” as a way to affordably present large images (at least one metre in each dimension) without the hassles of the weight and bulk of large works framed under glass. 

 Bruce will be presenting a range of images that explore and define his own aesthetic. The subject of the images are centred around his varied life interests. “Art implies control of reality, for reality itself possesses no sense of the aesthetic. . .“–Ansel Adams.

 Roger will be showing large images covering a broad spectrum—from the quirky to hero images of items found in the landscape to pinhole images (pictures taken without a lens).

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Start Date
10 February -  
End Date
16 February 2020
Artist
Yeong Kyung & Ayumi
Main Image
poster
Opening Hours
Monday, 2.00pm-5:30pm
Tuesday - Sunday, 10.00am - 5:30pm
Description

This exhibition portrays Aotearoa’s nature and wildlife, created by two artists whose ethnic origins are East Asia. Yeong Kyung is from South Korea and Ayumi is from Japan.

Both Ayumi and Yeong like immersing themselves in the beauty and nature of their adopted country. They particularly love and appreciate New Zealand’s unique bird-life and birdsong that have been part of Aotearoa since the dawn of time. They wish to engage and connect to others who also appreciate Aotearoa’s precious taonga - the native species both birds and plants; but to experience it from their very unique perspective as ‘manahiri’ to Aotearoa.

taonga - treasure, manuhiri - visitors

 

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Start Date
3 February -  
End Date
9 February 2020
Artist
Scrawl Collective
Main Image
scrawl collective poster
Opening
Opening Hours
10.00am - 6.00pm, Tuesday 4 - Sunday 9 February
Description

Six Stories is the culmination of a collaborative project between an illustrator, sculptor and photographer; Scrawl Collective. Based loosely on a board game (itself based on the playground game Telephone) each artist was presented with an original artwork by another of the group and asked to respond in their own medium. The resulting work was in turn passed to the next artist who translated, created and passed their new work on again. As the works rotate, vocabularies emerge, building narratives which germinate, bloom and dissolve. Six Stories brings together months of interpretations and reimaginings in six multifarious, linear storylines exploring the idea that the world we see is the same but what we take away from it is purely our own.

Scrawl Collective is: Becks Popham, Dani Henke, John Duke

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Start Date
27 January -  
End Date
2 February 2020
Artist
Art & Books by Natalia Vidyakina
Main Image
artwork by Natalia Vidyakina
Opening Hours
11.00am - 7.00pm
Description

“My artworks for the exhibition “Summer Loving”

are inspired by generous New Zealand summertime.

In particular, I love wildflowers that surround us; they are so delicate and gentle.

Picking up small bouquets of various field flowers and plants, I enjoyed painting them.

It seems I dream together with nature.”

 

About the Artist

Natalia Vidyakina is Russian–born New Zealander;

she is an artist, illustrator and author.

Her passions include animals, nature, and wildlife.

For this solo exhibition, she is presenting the paintings

 in various media and her four published picture books.

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Start Date
16 December -  
End Date
22 December 2019
Artist
Various local creatives
Main Image
Just Good Stuff image
Opening
Opening Hours
Tuesday 17 - Sunday 22 December, 11.00am - 7.00pm
Description

Just Good Stuff is an annual craft-design pop-up market, involving 25-odd local creatives at Thistle Hall Gallery, upper Cuba Street, the week before Christmas. 

6 days to solve all your Christmas shopping needs, while supporting local, independent creatives - it's practically guilt-free!

 

Heaps of good stuff from just $5

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Start Date
9 December -  
End Date
15 December 2019
Artist
James Brewer
Main Image
James Brewer, 1920s
Opening
Description

Walking through Wellington today there are place markers of time everywhere - buildings that were built a century ago, cultural shifts and footprints of those before us. Wellington is a canvas that has been painted by the previous generations. What will our paint strokes look like for our descendants? Through this exhibition I seek to engage people to think deeply on where we have come from, where we are headed, and what we can do to ensure we leave the best possible piece of art for our children to add to. Reflection Continuum is a celebration of Wellington’s culture, structure, and generations through time and an opportunity to reflect on what Wellington could be.

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Start Date
3 December -  
End Date
7 December 2019
Artist
Various artists
Main Image
Gail McMaster - artwork
Opening Hours
Tuesday to Saturday from 11:30 am to 6:00 pm
Description

Closing celebrations including food, drinks and entertainment on Saturday 7th from 6.00pm - 8.00pm. Don't miss our artist run workshop on Thursday 5th from 12 noon - 2.00pm.  

 Community Connections and Pablo's Art Studio invite the community to a new exhibition of tactile, audio described visual art by intuitive Wellington artists. The augmented visual art exhibition features vivid intuitive styles.  Accessible, this exhibition is audio described,  hung at wheelchair height and tactile.  A rare opportunity to explore an inclusive display experience seen in few galleries.  The project has been organised to celebrate International day of Disabilities. Sharing the fresh and fun perspectives of our artists with the greater community. 

"You'll question what you thought art was before you found yourself delighted and entranced by the unusual collection"

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Start Date
25 November -  
End Date
1 December 2019
Artist
Various artists
Main Image
poster for PrettyUgly exhibition
Opening
Opening Hours
Tuesday - Sunday, 11.00am - 7.00pm
Description

A group exhibition of arcade-themed, pop-culture inspired art by NZ lowbrow artists.

Featuring art by: Aimee 'Tokenin' Cairns, Chippy, Claire Tobin, Cory Mathis, Garry Buckley, Hana Chatani, Marc Johnston, Michael 'Malangeo' Kennedy, Phoebe Morris, Sam Bee, Scott 'GoodAwful' Savage, Simon Kao, Stacey Robson, Stacy James Eyles, Tanya Marriott & Tom Robinson.

Sponsored by Garage Project.

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Start Date
18 November -  
End Date
23 November 2019
Artist
Nick Marshall
Main Image
surfboard by Nick Marshall
Opening Hours
Monday - Sunday, 9.15am - 5.30pm
Description

A collection of wooden hand-sculpted classical surfboards and water-craft.

 All my works have been hand crafted , taking logs in their rough form they are hand milled then carefully shaped to create artistic  boards from a beautiful simpler era. The wood in the collection  tells its own story  with works made from 110 year old reclaimed rimu or a forgotten fallen tree brought back to life.  Each piece of work has has a link to our coast line, forest and the pacific. 

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Start Date
11 November -  
End Date
16 November 2019
Artist
Robbie Motion & Hugo Van Dorsser
Main Image
poster
Opening
Opening Hours
12 noon - 6.00pm daily
Description

'This Time With Feeling' is a exploratory exhibition that seeks to engage with the idea of the image as source for empathy. Robbie Motion and Hugo Van Dorsser's practice explores the expressions of personal emotion and the state of mental health in this modern age, asking how these expressions can be represented within an image. The works aim is to capture these emotions and states of being by creating an image without dramatic narrative or context so that the images’ do not impose one specific representation of mental health. Ultimately, each work concerns itself with the relationship between mental health and how it is represented in visual culture.

Start Date
4 November -  
End Date
10 November 2019
Artist
Student designers
Main Image
poster
Opening Hours
Tuesday - Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm
Description

Something disastrous has happened. The world we have always known, no longer exists. Survivors must come up with ways to navigate through harsh environmental conditions using whatever resources remain...

KITBASHED is a post-apocalyptic exhibition showcasing work by St Patrick’s College talented senior Design and Visual Communication students. Work includes models of post-apocalyptic vehicles and dioramas from the environments they exist in. Settings for their designs include futuristic worlds, life on other planets, alternate histories and conspiracies that have all had a dramatic impact on the lives of those who have survived. 

Also included in the exhibit are Victorian Era inspired war creature designs and models. See what happens when students mix human and animal anatomy, influences from the Industrial Revolution, and the personalities of chess pieces.

KITBASHED displays work from over 30 students - the designers of tomorrow; hopefully a better tomorrow than what they have envisioned…

Start Date
28 October -  
End Date
3 November 2019
Artist
Various photographers
Main Image
Keith Molloy - photograph
Opening
Description

Wellington Photographic Society presents Tātou Taonga (Our Treasure):
Inspired by Wellington’s unique landscape and way of life, This exhibition showcases photographs captured by members of the Society. The exhibition celebrates the character and diversity of our great city and offers a uniquely local perspective, with each photograph having been shot in the Wellington region, which we hope provides insight into how Wellington is used for travel, trade and recreation. The Wellington Photography Society origins date back to 1892, and has never been stronger, having experienced substantial growth and support in recent years.

About Wellington Photographic Society:
Wellington Photographic Society encourages the study and practice of photography. It provides high quality stimulating events, opportunities for learning and promotes an appreciation of the aesthetics of photography. Our meetings are run on a fairly informal basis and you can be sure to learn something new at every meeting – whether you have been interested in photography for years or just starting out. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in photography no matter their skill level. Student and Youth memberships (Free) are also available for those interested.
For more information about the society click here

Start Date
22 October -  
End Date
26 October 2019
Artist
Various contributors
Main Image
poster - up the punkfest
Opening
Opening Hours
Tuesday October 22 - Saturday October 26 10.00am - 6.00pm
Sunday 10.00am - 5.00pm
Description

Up The Punks commemorates the 19 years of DIY punk gatherings held over Labour Weekend from 1996 until 2015 with the interactive participatory exhibition Up The Punkfest! Held at Thistle Hall Gallery, on the site of the original Punkfest in 1996, this exhibition presents a two decade mind-map of archived material and invites the viewer to add their own photos, artefacts, video and stories on site through Up The Punks team of highly trained archivists. Material and information gathered through the exhibition will be compiled into a future book and audio release on the history and social legacy of Punkfest.

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Start Date
15 October -  
End Date
19 October 2019
Artist
Various artists
Main Image
Evaro artwork (Ina)
Opening Hours
Tuesday 15th – Saturday 19th of October, 10.00am – 6.00pm
Description

Unlimited! - this exciting exhibition features 50 artworks by 15 very diverse artists. Unlimited! is about the free individual expression and inclusion of artists with disabilities.  Adults with disabilities often (still) experience exclusion and marginalisation, formed through other people’s assumptions of what disability means.  This exhibition wants to show that disability does not define limitation. There are no limitations – one’s ability to grow and develop is unlimited.

The presented artworks have been created during art workshops held at Evaro, that support personal growth and community connectivity.

There will be huge variety of colour, textures, ideas and an abundance of life and energy. The artists will be present at the gallery to share their intention of their work and process involved.

This exhibition is being supported by a generous grant from Wellington City Council.

Start Date
7 October -  
End Date
13 October 2019
Artist
Rebecca Flowerday
Main Image
Rebecca Flowerday artwork
Opening
Description

SLIP, SLOP, SLAP is a solo sculptural ceramic exhibition by local ceramicist Rebecca Flowerday.

Rebecca Flowerday has developed a sculptural view of the world, which has drawn her naturally to the tactile pleasures of clay and its ability as a medium to record texture so well.

Since completing the Otago Diploma of Ceramic Art, working under the Studio tutelage of Jennifer Turnbull in Otaki, she is rediscovering abstract shapes of the New Zealand landscape, flora and fauna which hold a strong influence on her textural work.

She enjoys the fluid, naturalistic textures that clay can exemplify and the embellishment of glaze, giving depth and feeling to the sculptural pieces she individually hand builds.

As the title suggests, her exhibition focuses on the moulded form from porcelain slip but avoids predictable repetition.  By using a destructive technique involving plaster moulds, Rebecca creates diverse and organic textures.

Out of the chaos has emerged a series of handmade pieces, each with an individual line, which runs contrary to the common view when anyone mentions the word ‘mould’.

Not particularly following the rules but pursuing a personal aesthetic, this marks Rebecca’s first solo show, which is about using the chosen mediums to their advantage.

The Empty Bowls NZ Project has occupied her attention over recent years, an event that supports the marginalised and homeless amongst us, and is generously supported by Potters and Ceramicists from all over the Wellington region.

“I hope the intense elation I feel in the making, shows through my pieces.”

Contact: Rebecca.flowerday@gmail.com

Website: Potterazzi.co.nz

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Start Date
1 October -  
End Date
6 October 2019
Artist
Paul Forrest
Main Image
image by Paul Forrest
Description

Free event - A free, on the hour every hour, 40 minute Drawing and art appreciation workshop for all ages (Including adults) taught by long term Wellington Artist Paul Forrest.  It’s on right at the beginning of the school holidays for one week from 10am-5pm everyday from 1st-6th October.

This artist collection and perpetual drawing workshop is an installation by the Real Art Roadshow team of artist and educator Paul Forrest and artist/arts patron Fiona Campbell.  As an art education experience The Real Art Roadshow stimulated the imaginations of thousands of people young and old at schools and public places all over New Zealand. Drawing from that experience Paul has developed a series of fun observation and drawing exercises he knows will motivate the artist in all of us.

 We want to see as many people as possible drawing at Thistle Hall Gallery over the period of this week long exhibition, rediscovering the joy of drawing as a pastime and as a vehicle to excite the imagination. It’s the school holidays so bring your kids!

 The source material for the drawing workshops will be a selected collection of rarely seen paintings by the Newtown based artist Paul Forrest, spanning 23 years all with a common thread of paint and visual mathematics. These artworks have been selected to see the light of day from Paul’s secret treasure vault and from the walls of the artist’s own home and the artworks are also for sale.

This is a free event and the drawing workshops are open to all ages.