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
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.
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"
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.
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.
'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.
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…
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Monuments of Hope is a mental health inspired art exhibition that shows the pain, struggle, beauty and hope in recovery. My pieces of visual art are based on my own experiences of mental distress as a young adult and are created from materials that I saved throughout my years of recovery in Wellington Hospital and the community. I believe that every person with experiences of mental distress has the capacity for recovery; I want this exhibition to encourage struggling peers, bring this insight to those that discriminate and offer hope to every person. My dream is that from my exhibition people with experiences of mental distress and their communities will be able to see this hope in their own lives and those around them.
This exhibition is dedicated to my great grandmother Alice Minnie who spent 50 years in an asylum in the 1920s.
*trigger warning: please be advised that this exhibition may contain distressing or sensitive material
Natural Connection showcases the work of two artists who celebrate their love of natural landscapes and the micro complexities of organic life. The viewer is invited to explore the intricacies within their creative interpretations.
Jenna’s work is an exploration of soft textiles using felt as a foundation for embellishments with embroidery and beading. Her work stems from examining textures such as lichen, fungi and playing with what they might look like under a microscope.
Ciara works primarily with resin to create abstract landscapes. Each piece is an exploration of a natural environment, from muscles and barnacles growing in the harbor to a snapshot of waves crashing into cliff faces. Her work focuses on building up colour and texture studies through layering and playing with depth.
You can see more of their art on Instagram:
What Lies Beneath is an exhibition showcasing a range of graphite-on-paper drawings of New Zealand’s aquatic fauna by Tim Li, a 33 year old contemporary Wellington artist blurring the lines between science illustration and fine art. His work mobilizes dramatic monochrome contrast, delicate attention to line detail and true representation of coarse and fine organic textures. His pieces are an antidote to the ego-baiting, trophy hunting, kill culture focused images of fish overshared on social media. Li’s work is scientific in detail, delicate in construction and designed to catalyze conversations on sustainability, reverence and resource management.
Six artists return to Thistle Hall – a year on – to show their latest work along with a newcomer. Printmaking brought them together to form a collective several years ago and has led them down many paths since – into papermaking, handmade books, collage, painting and encaustics. These will be on show as well as collagraph and monotype original prints, along with jewellery and ceramics. The artists are Jocelyn Hendry, Jeanie Randall, Anna Nelson, Ali Murray, Jo Constable, Maxine Edwards and Judith Maxim.
On Saturday September 7th from 10am, artists will demonstrate collagraph printmaking and monotype and this will include the opportunity to make your own print.
Whether trying to catch a moment in time or imagination, or racing against the clock to record an image as the sun and weather pass across the sky, four artists present the way that light and time move through their lives.
This exhibition showcases how each artist addresses the challenges of capturing what interests them most, at that moment when the subject is connected to them, whether it is a recollection of a few moments, painted in a few hours, or over a number of months.
Bruce Ingoe Instagram: bruceingoeartist
Jane Stephens: www.janestephensart.com
Rachel Radford: www.maemay.co.nz, Instagram: rachelradfordart
Nadya Nicholson Instagram: nadyanicholsonartist
Tender is an exhibition of portraits by Arden Etoile which depict shared moments of intimacy between family. These inherently queer pieces of art focus on the love - both romantic and platonic - that is given and received through touch rather than words.
Love can be a recognition of self within other, and for those who feel other, love can be found in the safety of the hands of someone who reflects that.
The portraits are digitally drawn and painted, and will also be available to order as prints.
You can see more of Arden’s art at ardenetoile.tumblr.com, or on their instagram; @ardenetoile.
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
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