Start Date
22 February -  
End Date
28 February 2021
Artist
Tom White
Main Image
Artwork from Ants exhibition by Tom White
Opening Hours
Artist Talk Saturday at 2.00pm
Tuesday, noon - 4.00pm
Wednesday & Thursday, 11.00am - 6.00pm
Friday & Saturday, noon - 8.00pm
Sunday, 11.00am - 5.00pm
Description

Ants are small insects - generally a nuisance for people and usually seen working together in groups. But divorced from their usual context, how do machine learning algorithms recognise ants as objects? By studying datasets of thousands of photos of ants, modern AI algorithms are able to capture their visual essence in ways that are meaningful to other machines. This exhibition presents abstract paintings of ants drawn by intelligent algorithms. These algorithms were allowed to express themselves visually so that we can appreciate their own unique way of seeing the world.

In order to draw a machine must first learn to see. New Zealand artist Tom White has given machines the ability to create abstract physical paintings representing their own inner worlds. Abstract representations created by neural networks evoke specific responses from other computer vision systems which suggest the paintings represent specific real world objects.

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Start Date
15 February -  
End Date
21 February 2021

6

Artist
Various Artists
Main Image
poster for 6 exhibition
Opening Hours
Tuesday - Friday, 11.00am to 7.00pm
Saturday, 9.00am - 7.00pm
Sunday, 11.00am - 3.00pm
Description

We are a group of six artists working in distinct styles with a common theme of painting in oils. This is our second show at Thistle Hall.

Bruce Ingoe - Instagram

Jane Stephens - www.janestephensart.com

Rachel Radford -  www.maemay.co.nz , Instagram

Nadya Nicholson - Instagram

Jeannette Troon - Instagram

Clare Burton

Start Date
8 February -  
End Date
14 February 2021
Artist
Kumiko Matsumoto, Naoko Yui & Yae Takahashi
Main Image
shiki - gradations poster
Opening Hours
Tuesday, 11.00am-2.00pm
Wednesday - Sunday, 11.00am - 7.00pm
Description

Expressing the weaving of Japanese tastes and aesthetic into the turning of the seasons in three different mediums.

As Japanese artists, “Shiki” (four seasons) is an essence that underpins many of our art forms.

Digital arts inspired by Kumiko Matsumoto’s experiences and identity as a Japanese person living in New Zealand. Dried flower arrangements and creations by Naoko Yui that are truly natural and have an earthy style based on local seasonal flora and fauna. And paintings by Yae Takahashi, whose works are inspired by the patterns and combinations of colours in nature.

Wellington can deliver all four seasons in one glorious day, so we felt inspired to bring the emotion of the seasons evoked in our art forms, to the people of our new chosen home.

Start Date
1 February -  
End Date
7 February 2021
Artist
Courtney Blakemore
Main Image
Courtney Blakemore, artwork
Opening
Opening Hours
Tuesday - Sunday, 11.00am-6:30pm
Description

Courtney Blakemore lives in Wellington, New Zealand and paints from the perspective of a mother.

“My work seeks to find a connection between the feelings of loss and chaos that I have experienced as a mother in addition to the overwhelming love and satisfaction. I am rediscovering myself as an artist and individual, someone with a sense of purpose other than that of serving the needs of others. I seek to find beauty in the mundane, order in the chaos and art within the mess of it all.

I want to empower women, and especially mothers to connect with other women, to share experiences authentically and celebrate every success, even if you think they are small.”

Courtney graduated from Massey University in 2OO9 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (hons)

courtneyblakemore.com

Start Date
25 January -  
End Date
31 January 2021
Artist
Nate Oakley
Main Image
Landscapes exhibition poster
Opening
Opening Hours
Tuesday - Sunday, 12 noon - 4.00pm
Description

Landscapes; a simple title, with a complex background that truly underpins Nate's photographic & artistic persona and art style.

This photographic & mix medium art exhibition features the backdrops of many serene and rugged places across Aotearoa; this is with a focus on the insight of what Māori Iwi's would have initially experienced, with an undertone of the destruction and chaos since brought to these lands by Settlers.

Nate Oakley is also a portraiture photographer, and is available for shoots in the gallery for a reduced price.

Nate Oakley is available at the Landscapes exhibition to discuss the art pieces.

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Start Date
18 January -  
End Date
24 January 2021
Artist
Jo Banham
Main Image
Jo Banham artwork
Opening
Opening Hours
Tuesday - Sunday, 11.00am - 6.00pm
Description

It's my journey on canvas on self discovery self discipline and of course my journey into becoming a woman
It's a visual experience that I hope will evoke reaction in other people
It's ugly it's beautiful it's painful and it's healing

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Start Date
12 January -  
End Date
17 January 2021
Artist
Various Artists
Main Image
photochop 8 poster
Opening
Opening Hours
Tuesday - Sunday, 10.00am - 6.00pm
Description

Come and make your own for free and take them home

Start Date
14 December -  
End Date
20 December 2020
Artist
Various makers, designers & craftspeople
Main Image
poster for just good stuff exhibition
Opening
Opening Hours
Tuesday - Sunday, 11.00am - 7.00pm
Description

JGS brings you six days of local creative goodness for all your Christmas gift needs and more…

JGS 2020 - including good stuff from:
genevieve packer / melissa boardman / double happy! hot sauces / galit maxwell pottery / baron hasselhoff’s chocolates / crafted by lori / forest drawn / moonrise yarn co / hm x hm / sam keer spoons / krat / julie & jack / gael / retro tonic / philly cowdrey designs / leafy greens / jackelope treasures / nana glamour / anna venture cushions / tutu / ngaere mackinnon / two minute needles / simply kawakawa / snaxpax / good girl ceramics / and a few more…

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Start Date
7 December -  
End Date
13 December 2020
Artist
Rich Varcoe
Main Image
rich varcoe artwork
Opening
Opening Hours
Music Performance by Holly Hamilton opening night Monday 7th, 8.00pm
Tues - Sun, 11.00am-6.00pm
Description

My latest exhibition "Lovers" is a visual showcase that documents the images I've created over the last 18 months. A window into how I view and experience life.

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Start Date
1 December -  
End Date
6 December 2020
Artist
Various Artists
Main Image
poster for OKONOMI_YA exhibition
Opening Hours
Tues - Sat, 11.30am - 7.30pm
Sunday, 10.00am - 3.30pm
Description

The artists: Atsuko McCallum, Emy Oikawa, Hiro Ogata, Tomoyo Gibson, Takako Masuyama & Masako K Styles

“OKONOMI-YA” is a group exhibition held by artists and crafters in Wellington who are originally from Japan or have Japanese heritage. Each artist has their own style even though their origin is the same; some maintain a traditional Japanese style, while others are heavily inspired by New Zealand culture.

Their works include origami earrings, clay art, illustration, Japanese dolls, plants, and more.

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Start Date
24 November -  
End Date
29 November 2020
Artist
Fiona Campbell
Main Image
artwork by Fiona Campbell
Opening
Opening Hours
Tues - Sun, 10.00am - 6.00pm
Description

I like to paint chickens, bananas, male genitalia... and sometimes a combination of the above. My work is multi disciplinary and presents male gender for inspection and conversation.

Start Date
16 November -  
End Date
22 November 2020
Artist
Josh Naus
Main Image
poster for art exhibition by Josh Naus
Opening
Opening Hours
Tues to Sat, 10.00am - 5:30pm
Sunday 10.00am - 3.00pm
Description

Apollo41 is an exhibition exploring the feelings, ideas and wants of my closeted teenage self. Using second hand jackets as a medium, I am considering the common queer experience of living a hidden life, and the idea that LGBTQIA+ people often don’t experience their teenage years like others do because they don’t feel like they can be their authentic self.

All the proceeds from the sales in this exhibition are going to InsideOUT, a national organisation which works with youth, whānau, schools and communities to make Aotearoa a safer place for all rainbow young people to live and be in.

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Start Date
9 November -  
End Date
15 November 2020
Artist
Elizabeth Harcourt
Main Image
elizabeth harcourt painting
Opening Hours
Tuesday - Sunday, 10.30am - 5.30pm
Description

Painting is about being fully present to the moment. I endeavour to stay in the present and explore its possibilities. It’s like a form of meditation or prayer. Suspending judgement and expectations, being open to risk, struggle and joy are what move me. It's a practice of choosing to be in the present moment. I search for quiet spaces and stillness.

The inspiration for my paintings comes as a response to my surroundings; my home, my city, the contrasts of wildness and calm through the seasons, the colours, sounds and feelings. As I work I explore surface, shape, colour, texture, composition and mark making. I try to respond to the sensory experience of being in the landscape, and translate this into colourful narratives that express my inner world and my connection to the natural world around me.

I hope you will find your own quiet spaces in my work.

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Start Date
2 November -  
End Date
8 November 2020
Artist
Helen Williams
Main Image
helen williams, painting
Opening
Opening Hours
Tues - Thurs, 10.30am - 6.00pm
Fri & Sat, 10.30am - 7.00pm
Sun, 10.00am - 5.00pm
Description

Wellington based artist Helen Williams presents Close In, her debut solo exhibition of paintings in acrylic and ink on canvas.

Her bold works explore her personal experiences of being both "closed in and close in with myself throughout the past year." 

Williams draws upon her love of colour and movement with nature as her subject. Her works portray a vision of the inner and outer landscape that is vivid, explorative, satisfying and deeply comforting.

All works are for sale.

"What does it mean that the earth is so beautiful... and what should I do about it?" ~ Mary Oliver

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Start Date
26 October -  
End Date
1 November 2020
Artist
Vicky Holloway
Main Image
vicky holloway painting
Opening Hours
Tuesday - Sunday 11.00am - 6.00pm
Description

The artworks in my Victorian Animal Family series present animals as if they were human beings. The viewer is invited to examine the portraits as if they were a family group, a collection of distantly related aunts, uncles, and cousins. Each animal has its own distinct personality and unique story.

The series of ten oil paintings is the culmination of a project that started at the beginning of 2018. Each painting takes several months to complete, as I work in thin glaze layers.

Each painting is accompanied by a small write-up that explains their back-story and relationship to the other characters.

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Start Date
19 October -  
End Date
25 October 2020
Artist
Cosmo Bones
Main Image
cosmo bones artwork
Opening
Opening Hours
Tuesday - Sunday, 10.30am - 6.00pm
Description

The Weight of Words is the debut solo exhibition by local illustrator Cosmo Bones, combining poetry with gouache and ink work to create dreamy pieces examining mental health.

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Start Date
12 October -  
End Date
18 October 2020
Artist
Ruby Solomon
Main Image
ruby solomon artwork
Opening
Opening Hours
Monday - Friday, 10.00am - 6.00pm
Saturday & Sunday, 11.00am - 5.00pm
Description

The pieces I have put together are inspired by my queer community both in Aotearoa, where I now live, and in California, where I grew up. For over fifty years now, the queer community has been represented by a rainbow flag, a symbol of diversity and inclusion, of peace and most importantly of hope. My paintings reflect this in their bright colors and composition, nearly all of them portraits of members of the queer community both here and abroad. Several of my paintings are also nude watercolors, as I seek to celebrate the body through my art.


The events of this year have highlighted (as have many years before for as long as we all can remember) how much work needs to be done to combat racism, so all proceeds will be going to BLM.

Start Date
5 October -  
End Date
11 October 2020
Artist
Seema Singh
Main Image
poster for Seema Singh exhibition
Opening Hours
Free Workshop - Wed & Thur, 10.30am - 12noon
Monday - Wednesday, 10.30am to 4.00pm
Thursday - Sunday, 10.30am to 4.00pm
Description

Enchanted by Whorls is an exhibition full of patterns, impressions and circles. Seema is inspired by her Fijian Indian culture. She uses acrylic paints, pastels and ink to create her art pieces. Her artwork is colourful and intriguing with a lot of focus on fine detailed work.

Free Workshop - Give Painting a go with Seema, Wed & Thur, 10.30am - 12noon

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Start Date
28 September -  
End Date
4 October 2020
Artist
Julie Daysh
Main Image
ink painting by Julie Daysh
Opening
Opening Hours
Tuesday -Saturday, 11.00am-6.30pm
Description

This exhibition is about Dementia & Art

The Artworks tell a story of an artist daughter supporting her artist mother through a journey together.

The artist laid sheets of paper down in a space with little light, poured on water but couldn’t really see the water, she couldn’t really see where she used a wide flat brush to move the water around, She guessed where it was, she dropped black fluid paint into the water that couldn’t really see. And then she walked away.

This mirrored how the artist felt about the situation she and her mother were in, they couldn’t see the future and they felt they had no control over the outcome.

Painting helped make sense of it all.

Many people share this journey of dementia with a loved one.  

Dementia touches so many people. It is important to talk about dementia. This exhibition is an opportunity for discussion in a community venue about dementia, around a core of art and wellbeing.

Start Date
21 September -  
End Date
27 September 2020
Artist
Various artists
Main Image
the land we love artwork
Opening Hours
Tuesday - Saturday, 10.00am - 6.00pm
Sunday, 10.00am - 3.00pm
Description

Artists: Helen Casey, Shawna Chow, Corinne Goedbloed, Charlotte Hird, Rika Nagahata, Andrea Robinson, Annette Straugheir

Seven Wellington artists display a body of recent work inspired by the natural world featuring both figurative and impressionist styles with distinctive themes.

New Zealand provides rare gems of beauty in fauna and flora and here they are captured in seven unique ways. From playful layering and bold brushstrokes to intricate lines and patterns. We display visual narratives that tell stories about the land we love.

On display are delicate expressive watercolour landscapes, dramatic flowers and detailed birds which capture transparency and magic. There are large and small compositions in oil and textured acrylic works, with bold colours alongside serene graphite works.

Our styles are expressive and diverse, yet all works bring to life the beauty and drama of the New Zealand wilderness. We want to share our passion for  art with the people of Wellington.

Helen Casey:

Makara Art Gallery, helen@helencasey.co.nz

Shawna Chow:

Bluekotukudesign@gmail.com, Facebook, Instagram

Corinne Goedbloed: 

corinnegoedbloed@gmail.com, Instagram

Charlotte Hird: 

charhird@gmail.com, Website, Facebook

Rika Nagahata:

info@rikas-art.com, FacebookInstagram, Website

Andrea Robinson: 

arobinsonfineart@gmail.com, Facebook, Instagram, Website

Annette Straugheir: 

anstraugheir@gmail.comFacebookInstagram

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