From The Pit is an annual curated exhibition of images of New Zealand musicians playing live in New Zealand. More than anything it is a celebration of the craft and art of live music photography. Each week dozens of photographers are huddled in to music venues up and down the country capturing photos of New Zealand’s vibrant music scene. Part artists, part historians, but all music fans, they all strive to take the perfect photo which reflects how it felt to be at the concert and communicates the excitement of a live music event.
A collection of Tokenin's best works over the last 5 years, together for the first time!
Glimpses into magical worlds, hidden between the leaves. A moment with a fairy, a happy flower, the dust, and the dirt. These works explore the idea of seeing something special and been seen back.
Limited edition, archival quality prints. Come see illustrative art in the contemporary medium of digital painting!
Online gallery for the week of the event only. More details on the Tokenin website.
What is a mother to you? Is it about children or nurturing? Is it feminine or perhaps red? In many different mediums we are exploring what motherhood means to us. Whether it's an ambivalent attitude towards motherhood or how mother earth has influenced us. Come join us and we will provide the space and opportunity for you to reflect on your experience of this primary relationship.
Exhibiting work from:
Ko ahau te taiao, ko te taiao, ko ahau – the ecosystem defines my quality of life.
Barbara Wheeler most often works with foraged botanicals and waste textiles diverted from landfill. Leaves and flowers give colour to the clothes she designs; local plant fibres feature in her baskets and sculptures. This exhibition is a tour of Australian and New Zealand lands, continuing the conversation about the inextricable links between nature and wellbeing.
These works sit at the intersection of contemporary design, craft and social change.
A Textile Collage Workshop is being offered at Thistle Hall in conjunction with this exhibition - 10.00am - 4.00pm, downstairs meeting room. Tickets available here.
Readings from diaries and short talk re diaries: Friday, 23 April, 5.00pm - 6.00pm
Short talk re diaries: Saturday 24 April, 12.30pm - 1.00pm
Invitation to public: Saturday 24 April 1.00pm - 2.00pm, come and write in your diary, or start a diary, and talk about diaries.
During 1998 I carried a small Olympus camera with me everywhere and snapped photos all year, at Wellington book launches, gallery openings, theatre opening nights, road trips, parties, exhibitions etc...
These photos act as a diary of that year, and I am showing them to promote the realisation of a New Zealand Diary Project. My hope is to encourage the deposit of diaries to the project, to archive and preserve them for long-term preservation.
Vivienne Plumb, 021 1054 228
Alison Smith, 027 4462 473
My exhibition "Reflections" is about a personal experience, emotions, dreams through artworks.
I hope visitors enjoy it and maybe find their own associations and reflections in the exhibited paintings and books.
Working with clay is therapeutic, but also quite challenging.
There are so many different clays and techniques, if I lived to a hundred I would not have had time to try them all.
For this exhibition I have put together a number of these techniques and clay types: coilbuilt sculptural pieces, like my humanoid-but-not human "visitor" series and Tangaroa's Garden sea scape which incorporates porcelain with the groggy stoneware; wheelthrown large bowls and platters fired to 1300C in my gas kiln; more delicate porcelain bowls, also wheel thrown, sometimes carved. Of course you can't have a pottery show without mugs!
Come and enjoy this variety and ask me questions!
DIY Culturalists is an exhibition showcasing multidisciplinary artists from around Aotearoa. This synthesis of paint, print, music, digital and sculpture presents the ethos of DYI arts culture that sits within our everyday lives.
The exhibition explores an alternative understanding of 'DIY' culture and the personalised lived experiences that can be reshaped, transformed and retold through art. This exhibition takes on a whole new meaning to New Zealand's well known 'DIY it's in our DNA'. This is a collaboration of artists whose work's represent and contribute to alternative music, folk art, Tikanga values and avant-garde principles in Aotearoa.
DIY Culturalists will also be participating in CubaDupa - the largest free access arts event in Aotearoa. Stop by on Saturday 27th midday until late to hear some live tunes, artist talks and join in on the celebrations at the closing party! 12pm - 9pm
1.00pm - live jam session featuring artist from DIY Culturalists
4.45pm - Curators of Cuba artist talk
6.00pm - Closing party live jam session featuring artist from DIY Culturalists
HAMISH OAKLEY BROWNE
ROBERT M SCOTT
BARRY FRANCIS SQUIRE
TOI TE RITO MAIHI
The African Fashion Festival is a collaborative effort with designers from Africa/ former Refugee and Migrant Communities showcasing African fashion, style, designs, prints, and textures. New Zealand is a multi-cultural nation with around 213 ethnicities which is more than there are countries in the world! This makes New Zealand a melting pot of cultures with such diversity and rich experiences from the different groups.
The exhibition focuses mainly on African fashion and styles. It aims to show the range and the diversity of African fashion and speak to the different backgrounds, perspectives, interpretations, and experiences that each design brings.
The exhibition celebrates the diversity within Aotearoa through the eyes of the designers/participants whilst creating opportunities to engage the wider Wellington Community and beyond through fashion and art.
We are excited to showcase a wide range of designs and stories as well as opportunities for youth to participate in the event.
Iconic Wellington Architect Roger Walker is well known for his quirky design and love of colour. Now, after finding himself with a bit of spare time and nowhere to go during the COVID 19 lockdowns, he has turned his distinctive creative style to joyful and colourful creations on canvas.
The Fish Bowl Artist Collective is happy to bring their art to Wellington City for the first time!
This group of talented and varied artists have been exhibiting together for 3 years, with different styles, stages and levels in their careers as artists.
Come and join us for a wide range of variety including
And much more!
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.
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
Nadya Nicholson - Instagram
Jeannette Troon - Instagram
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.
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)
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.
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
Come and make your own for free and take them home
Thistle Hall Update
We require all visitors to Thistle Hall, over the age of 12, to show a Vaccine Pass.
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