Start Date
17 August -  
End Date
21 August 2016
Artist
Diana Morrah
Main Image
Diana Morrah exhibition imgae
Opening
Description

 

Opening hours: 11.00am - 6.30pm

This is a retrospective of my work since arriving in Wellington in 2010.

The arts community in Wellington has been a huge source of inspiration for me, providing educational opportunity and giving me the courage to persist in my artistic endeavours.

My work is generally a response in abstraction to a wide range of subjects both physical and figurative. I find painting to be a contradictory process - both a struggle and a meditation, and always driven by a certain longing. It is an investigation into a personal space - the way I see things.

The imagery has its roots in my observation of everyday objects and includes structures in decline, organic shapes, particularly in relation to water, and the exploration of landscape forms. The intent of my work is to display an appreciation for the beauty I find within these images.

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time” Thomas Merton

Start Date
9 August -  
End Date
14 August 2016
Artist
Lorraine Tarrant and Peter Rumble
Main Image
Lorraine Tarrant and Peter Rumble exhibition image
Description

 

The opening speaker will be historian Malcolm McKinnon. 

Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 10.00am - 6.00pm 

A truly unique exhibition is due to open in early August at Thistle Hall in Upper Cuba Street. Wellington: ink and clay is a collaborative exhibition of watercolour and three-dimensional images depicting buildings around Wellington by artist Lorraine Tarrant and sculptor Peter Rumble.

Lorraine Tarrant’s words
‘My regular painting arm was put out of action by a frozen shoulder, so I picked up a pen with my left hand and discovered a new style. Using watercolour pencils to bring out the colour and a dash of water to create the desired effect, I’ve captured glimpses of some of our favourite buildings.

So far, I’ve painted buildings in Island Bay, Berhampore, Lyall Bay, Kilbirnie, Cuba Street, Aro Street and Newtown. And there are so many other interesting corners to discover. 

Particularly appealing are familiar shops and businesses clearly still operating today, and when you look up, historic Wellington is just sitting there on top. I am excited to be joined by Peter Rumble, who has created three-dimensional versions of some of the same buildings I have painted.’

Peter Rumble’s words
‘I am a late starter on the art front. Sculpture is my preference, with an emphasis over the past three years on works with clay. My art is driven by a need to ‘make stuff’. Subjects are many and varied, but I am particularly attracted to architectural and geometric forms.

I have had two very successful solo exhibitions and I am now looking forward, in 2016, to two collaborative exhibitions.

As a member of the Wellington Potters’ Association, I am on the Firing Team for the annual anagama (wood-fueled) firing and salt-kiln firings, processes I find, at once, exhilarating, confounding, demanding and rewarding.’

 

Start Date
2 August -  
End Date
6 August 2016
Artist
Antoinette Ratcliffe
Main Image
Poster for ANTOINETTE RATCLIFFE's show GHOST HUNTERS
Description

Open: 10am - 4pm Daily 

The Ghost Hunters at Thistle Hall is an exhibition of Antoinette Ratcliffe’s current sculpture, photography and prints, including a collaboration series with artists Mica Still, Sean Duffield, Ema Frost and jeweller Kate Esther. 

Antoinette’s pieces are mixed media wall mounted and free standing sculptures made from combinations of cast plaster with taxidermy (birds, mice, rats, bunnies, ducks and a hedgehog), bone, semi-precious gem stones, butterflies, bumble bees, surgical instruments and found cat whiskers. These media are combined to bring the anthropomorphic association of motive, ambition, sadness and grief to the raw plaster casts. 

Antoinette completed her Master of Arts (visual arts) at the School of Media Arts in 2011 where she created an installation based project that has become ‘The Sick Bay’. 

Her work explores thematic narrative derived from hybridity, horror conventions and anthropomorphic association. B-grade horror films continue to influence her current body of work, giving the installations and sculptures an awareness of a quiet sinister suspense as the visitors are watched by the taxidermy and plaster ‘ghost hunter’ creatures that scale walls or sit quietly on their own. 

Please note all pieces are cash and carry, so don't miss out on the perfect piece for your collection! 
(no eftpos available sorry) X 

 

Start Date
11 July -  
End Date
17 July 2016
Artist
Artist Talei Peckham, Toni Ann Alamani & Janice Lum
Main Image
Image by Talei Peckham
Opening
Description

 

Talei Peckham
Wellington based spokenword poet, set designer and photographer enthusiast

She believes that there are ballpoint pens that tell more truth then men. These are the poems that demand to be heard. Through each poem she aims to express the light and not hide from the sour tales through her mixed media 

Toni Ann Alamani
Wellington based Hand-Lettering artist

Lettering for Toni Ann has always been a way to encourage and inspire others with beautifully written words to serve as reminders of their potential and worth, to push them further and believe in more for their life.

Janice Lum 
Wellington based artist, illustrator and typography enthusiast

Passionate about exploring themes of God, nature and everyday truths through the medium of watercolour and ink. Her work encourages creative exploration and boldness through embracing the failures that push you forward.

 

Start Date
4 July -  
End Date
10 July 2016
Artist
Harriet Bright & Denise Durkin
Main Image
Painting from the show LINE AND LIGHT - FIGURE WORK
Opening
Description

 

Harriet Bright 
Harriet Bright's work breathes immediacy and fluidity. She captures the spirit of her models with lively line work and a free, loose style of painting.

Born in Norfolk in 1973, Harriet emigrated to New Zealand ten years ago. She won the Adam award for Portraiture in 2010, and was a finalist in the NZ Art Show signature Awards. She has held many solo and group exhibitions, most recently a collaboration with Elspeth Shannon at the New Zealand Portrait gallery.

Harriet works directly from life, and for many years has been engaged with the simple and expressive qualities of line.

Harriet's work can be found at www.harrietbright.co.nz

Denise Durkin
In 2001 I made a commitment to drawing and painting. I first began drawing the figure at Wellington Polytechnic, and when I wanted to increased the fine arts direction of my life I returned to the human as a subject. This started my association with Inverlochy Art School and their untutored life classes. There I was able to develop my drawing and painting skills and increased my confidence with the figure. 

I have been helped immensely by Inverlochy Art School and the personal micro community I have found there, particularly artist friend Patricia Fry who has pushed my oil painting and drawing along with encouragement and a painter's eye over my work.

Represented by Gilberd Marriott Gallery: 
www.gilberdmarriottgallery.com
www.denisedurkinartwork.com

Start Date
30 June -  
End Date
3 July 2016
Artist
Noel Faifai
Main Image
painting by Noel Faifai
Opening
Description

Artist Noel Faifai born and bred in Lower hutt now residing in Wainuiomata having my first exhibition in 11 years.

I am a painter at heart but for this show I'm using more than one medium Oils, acrylic, spray paint, Natu -Tongan tapa cloth & photo transfer.

There will be 12 pieces exhibiting to show case a style in which I feel give a different perspective on pasifika art, some paintings are steeped in Samoan culture, some have social commentary & Religious elements & some are just pure expression.

Start Date
21 June -  
End Date
26 June 2016
Artist
Sarah Jamieson
Main Image
Main Image by Sarah Jamieson
Opening
Description

 

Sarah Jamieson is a Scottish visual artist who recently moved to Wellington. This exhibition is a direct response from her journey to and around New Zealand. Her work focuses on the environment surrounding her, and how people explore and connect with it. She focuses on patterns in nature, geography, landforms and found objects that she collects along her travels. 

She looks at the idea of place through mapmaking and the language that maps deploy, like a cartographer she uses the process of selection. In her work she also looks at the idea of an ever-changing landscape using organic forms, subtle tone changes and mark making.

www.artistsarahjamieson.com

Start Date
21 June -  
End Date
28 June 2016
Artist
Unknown
Main Image
Piece 1
Opening
Opening Hours
10.00am - 4.00pm, Monday - Saturday
10.00am - 2.00pm, Sunday
Description

Welcome to the fascinating world of string art, the creative craft working with wood, nails and string. My exhibition shows a range of techniques used including abstract, representational designs, 2 and 3 dimensional, layered, paired and a few string sculptures.

A special section devoted to the "spider-man series" featuring 10 pieces showing various body positions strung in alternative styles.

Personal statement

For me thread design started back in the mid 70's with my brother bringing homework home of geometric patterns (symmography) from college. theses were later handed onto me to do, I soon revised that this was a great way to make a piece of art. Slowly over the years I continued to gather and collate resources leading into some original designs of my own. My passion for working with nails and string motivates me to create. I like the idea of the artwork being with all who appreciate beautiful pictures which can enhance the home, office or workplace.

Start Date
17 June -  
End Date
22 June 2016
Artist
CHORA CARLETON & TYLER JACKSON
Main Image
Piece 1
Opening
Description


How does it feel to be between states of change? Can you imagine the gradient of saturation as one sense takes over from the other? Chora Carleton and Tyler Jackson exhibition ?Between? presents an exploration and interaction of their art practices, offering two ways of approaching the effect of colour perception and space on the viewer. 

Chora Carleton?s practice indulges on the phantasy of colour, sensation and space through beautiful soft watercolour abstract paintings. On the other hand, Tyler Jackson?s practice entails an avid enquiry into the phenomenological role of light and colour, materiality and aesthetics through intense saturated colour objects that enrich in form and interaction.

The exhibition ?Between? will present these two different approaches to handling colour, the artist?s wish to spark conversations into how one perceives and experiences colour. 

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