Stringed guitars, 3 years in the making.
Since 2015 I have ventured into the making of stringed instruments. One of my first instrumental experiments was a single string called a Diddly Bow, inspired by the Jack White. I quickly followed in the footsteps of the 1 string and went on to make these stringed musical instruments from 1 to 7 strings, each instrument having its own set of problem solving processes and creative developments. All of these instruments are made from found objects, re-purposed antiques and custom made components. I thoroughly enjoy working in this way, as each instrument is a unique and individual sculpture on its own.
Over the next 18 months I will continue to make more instruments, it is my goal to make a 10 stringed music instrument. My aim is to create an electric stringed ensemble called “10 Guitars and the Interactive Monster “
This exhibition is my half waypoint and is part of promoting my bigger goal. This body of sculptural instruments showcases all the works I have made to date, some are experiments and some have a more specific purpose, all are electric and rather eccentric works of art in their own way.
Included in the exhibition will be a number of large drawings by my partner Gabrielle Edmonds. These drawings are a response to the instruments and adds another visual element to the show.
Our exhibition plays with the conflict between the realm of accepted society and the battle with our own unique personalities that stretch beyond these confines. The artworks pry into the concept of group dynamics and the individual, to assumptions about reality and how the lone soul is woven into a culture of societal expectations.
In his work Roger Key enjoys playing with the complexities of human existence. “My work tends to posses a dark underbelly and absurdity, which for me is reflective of daily life. Ultimately it comes down to the individual trying to navigate their way through it all and make some sort of sense of it.”
Zoe Knighton’s work juxtaposes the mundane with the unexpected, focusing attention on the façade or the performance of roles individuals play. A reminder that we seldom experience the genuine, instead inhabiting a constructed reality which obscures the truth.
Roger Key and Zoe Knighton are both Wellington based artists and will be making art onsite during the exhibition week.
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Opening: Tues, 18 September at 6:00 pm. including live performances of Music and Calligraphy sponsored by the Chinese Cultural Center
The term ‘Asian’ floats frequently in the national media. It’s inhabitants neatly homogenised under one term implies a single people or culture. Spoken of, but rarely to, the opinions, thoughts or observations remain silent. The creators associate their origins in Asia. They are however all individuals. Invariably, the enquiries are turned toward themselves, their friends, the environment, contemporary culture, history and so on.
This exhibition is developed by students from Victoria University School of Design first year paper, "Photographics" which is open to all students at Te Aro, Kelburn and Pipitea. They are not photography students, however through the use of photography, they develop critical and discipline specific enquiries. Employing their skills, they made digital models, furniture, found sponsors, wrote essays, brewed and so on. The exhibition WHAT WE SEE, WHAT WE SAY exposes the concerns of youth and their expectations as individual identities in New Zealand.
The exhibition includes a public lecture with a renowned international artist, William Yang from Australia in Victoria University School of Design Lecture Theater 1[LT01] Tuesday 18th September. Tea and Mooncakes from at 1:10 pm, Talk from 1:40 pm.
Concept & Curation
Concept/Director Dr. Mizuho Nishioka, Lecturer in Photography and Communication Design, Victoria University of Wellington, School of Design
Curation Tane Moleta, Senior Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Digital Design Technologies, Victoria University of Wellington, School of Architecture
Photographic work by
Dhia Rezki Rohaizad (Malaysia_BCOM), Ziqi Zhan (China_BAS), Thuy Tien Le Phan (Vietnam_BAS), Benjamin Hau (Hong Kong/NZ_BAS), Patrick Kim (Korea_BAS), Jonathan Casil (Philippines_BDI), John Francis Estacio (Philippines_BBSC), Peilin Yang (China_BDI), Wanli Xu (China_BDI), Feiwen Li (China_BA), Mingyuan Yu (China_BDI), Shuangyan Xu (China_BDI), Haiyun Kang (China_BDI)
Written work by
Hannah Rushton (Singapore/NZ_BAS/BA)
Furniture design by
Cyrus Qureshi (Pakistan_MARCH), Duong Nguyen (Vietnam_MARCH)
An homage to the garish food of the 70s
Illustrator Pinky Fang and Sculptor Rose Young (Tiny Portions) invite you to enjoy a visual love letter to classic 1970s dinner party hors d'oeuvres, savoury jellies, canned meat salads and garish desserts.
Tiny Portions’ miniature sculptures will include such favourites as fondue, devilled eggs and black forest gateau. Pinky Fang has created bright, abstract, delightful paintings which will brighten the walls of the gallery for a week.
Opening night is on September 11th, at 6pm. All are invited to our Dinner Party, to enjoy an evening of 70s music, Garage Project Beer, Gingerella ginger beer, and of course, art!
Clive Holgate and Sebastien Jaunas present Alchemy, an exhibition of contemporary sculpture, exploring the transformation of materials through fire and force. Of interest are the processes involved in the creation of these works and the alchemic effect they have on the materials as they are formed and shaped Each artist has their own particular take on the work and the processes involved.
Both Sebastien and Clive are drawn to working in steel, glass, bronze and recycled materials they enjoy the challenges these materials present. Come along and get a taste of these alchemic processes and experience unique provoking works of art.
Antoinette’s taxidermy installations and photographs provide eye candy for the deceased and curios for the living. This exhibition showcases a variety of media that Antoinette has been working with following on from her Ghost Hunter series. She has continued to explore concepts of Momento Mori (‘remember you must die’) in a body of work that includes a series of death masks.
Antoinette Ratcliffe graduated from the School of Media Arts with a Masters of Arts in 2012 and teaches taxidermy classes around New Zealand.
Please email Antoinette if you would like a viewing outside of the listed opening times.
The Migrating Kitchen Trust was set up to provide opportunities for people in Aotearoa New Zealand to showcase their culture, celebrate their history and share their stories in exhibitions, media and public events so that through knowledge, barriers are broken, tolerance and understanding emerge.
In this exhibition we showcase a few migrant individual stories, their diverse cultures, their unique skills and their success stories.
All participants demonstrate that New Zealand is a melting pot of cultures. Its unique blend of cultural influences makes for a vibrant national identity that values innovation, independence and a celebration of diversity.
The exhibition offers a wide range of cultural and artistic experiences and showcase the great stories and the contributions to their immediate communities and to Aotearoa.
We capture these values through the images and works on display at this exhibition.
It is an artistic and cultural collaboration featuring various work by Renata Grangeiro, Christian Afoa and Mabel Nyahwa.
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Florence Academy trained artist Tatyana Kulida brings her expertise in an ancient water gilding technique to Wellington with her next exhibition, Gold. The exhibition presents a number of recent paintings by Kulida that feature the traditional gilding technique while portraying contemporary subjects. By focusing the exhibition on a particular technique, Kulida wishes to invite Wellington artists to experiment with ancient techniques and instill appreciation for traditional art with the art viewing public.
Visitors are also warmly invited to the painting and gilding demonstration that takes place on Friday 17 August 2.00pm - 4.00pm .
Tatyana is a classically-trained Russian-born painter and a former painting and drawing instructor at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. For the last three years she has been living in Wellington where she runs her own studio gallery, Anthesis Atelier, and teaches painting and drawing in the academic method and paints commissioned portraits.
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Pomegranate, oil on gilt red wood, 24x18 cm, 2017
Emily, mixed media on gilt panel, 75x80 cm, 2017
La La Land, oil and metal leaf on panel, 55x65 cm, 2017
A debut exhibition from Ruby Urquhart which paradoxically explores the absence of creativity.
These meditative and repetitive drawings are a defense against the idea that if you don't do something, you'll lose yourself. A record of a slow and methodical healing process. Through both the process of their creation and the context in which they were created, these meditative and repetitive drawings are tangible representations of the experience of time spent dealing with it.
The internal landscape can be reflected in our external surroundings. In these meditative and repetitive drawings, this manifests as lines intersecting and supporting each other, reminiscent of the overwhelming feeling of looking up at very tall buildings.
Ruby Urquhart grew up in Wanaka and is now a Wellington-based artist. she studied at the Learning Connexion in 2012 and 2013.
This exhibition is to show modern interpretations of bojagi also known as traditional Korean patchwork or wrapping cloth. Bojagi typically takes the form of a large piece of square fabric often used for carrying objects or wrapping.
The earliest surviving examples, from the early Joseon Dynasty period (1392–1910), were most frequently used in a Buddhist context as tablecloths or for covering sacred texts.
Bojagi used by the royal class are known as ‘Gung-bo’ and they typically took the form of a single piece of embroidered or painted silk fabric. Bojagi used by the commoner class are known as ‘Min-bo’. A common type of Min-bo is the Jogak-bo which was created from scraps of fabric left over from making hanbok, Korea’s national costume. Most of the bojagi on display in this exhibition are Jogak-bo.
Today, in addition to still being used for carrying or covering items, bojagi is increasingly appreciated as an art form. Some have compared the art of bojagi to the abstract paintings of Dutch artist Piet Mondrian. However, I like to describe it as the voice of the Joseon Dynasty’s common women whose craft has been passed down to the bojagi artists of today who now tell their own stories through these beautiful pieces of work.
There are two workshops:
Wednesday - 1 August, 4.30pm - 5.30pm
Saturday - 4 August, 2.00pm - 3.00pm
It is a 60min session to learn about basic hand-sewing techniques and material handlings of bojagi from the artists.
There will be $20 of material cost. You will be given a kit including materials, threads and needles etc to make a small bojagi.
Get in touch if you would like to attend: firstname.lastname@example.org
It's Plastic Free July and the Plastic Outlaws are Revolting
Plastic Free July is a Sham! Nothing will stop the Plasticisation Agenda!
By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean! Plastics are Forever!
Barbie - Her Royal Plasticness - is on the rag and rampaging. Blood will be shed - bleached and odorless of course.
Barbie rules over the wild and free plastic outlaws of the world - they're fulfilling her mission to fill every crevice of the world with plastic.
The outlaws are a tightly bound group of dedicated Barbierians. They are bonded together through the twin strengths of polymers and infinite life! Used and rejected by an uncaring society, they will stop at nothing in pursuit of Barbie's goals.
In the other corner, the Plastic Free Resistance struggles to gain a foothold in this epic battle. We need your support to halt the tide of plasticisation.
Boomerang Bags , Waste Ed and the (IN) convenience Store will be onsite to help you de-plasticise your life.
Come and Join us.
Bathroom Overhaul Workshop - 25 July, 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Keen to reduce the amount of plastic you use in your day to day life? Your bathroom is a great place to start.
This workshop will provide you with alternatives to help steer away from plastic and chemicals, creating a simple and healthy bathroom for you and the planet.
During the workshop we will show you how to make 3 bathroom products using ingredients that you probably already have in the kitchen.
Bring your own jars or containers so you can take your products home with you.
Book tickets here
'Opportunity Arts' advocates, empowers and provides practical support for artists of diverse backgrounds who face barriers to participation in the arts; to develop individual, sustainable arts practices.
We work with talented and dedicated, emerging artists, who for various reasons (for example, disability) require additional support to access opportunities that can increase their audience, profile, income, sense of pride and purpose.
We are passionate that with this mahi we can encourage social change and diversify the New Zealand contemporary art scene. Giving a voice and platform to those who are often unheard and unseen within this community and wider society.
This exhibition is an inclusive artshow from over 10 Wellington based artists that we're big fans of!
Creation Station Be here when we’re here! Anytime the gallery is open, you can pull up a seat up in the ‘Creation Station’ and add to our collaborative canvas or play an art game with your friends. Daily 9.00am - 6.00pm.
Care to explain - Artsplaining Thursday 12 July from 6.00pm - 7.30pm, selected artists from the show speak of their art practices and processes. Grab a drink, pull up a seat and get all the goss on how these pieces came to be.
Closing Party - Saturday 14 July 4.00pm - 7.00pm. Featuring “Portrait on a Tee” - YOUR face drawn on YOUR new t-shirt! Live music from Jesse Walsh. Hang out, grab a drink and a snack, while you check out what’s hanging on the walls!
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Image 2 - from l-r clock wise : Lenny Zook, David Boyle,Johanna Grant-Mackie, Nicol Chung.
Image 3 - from l-r clockwise : Martin Kerschbaumer, Franky Quinn, Daniel Phillips, Fergus Collinson.
This art exhibition is about drift, jellyfish, and transitory movement including video pieces, soundscapes, and a large range of unframed printed images on paper and builders plastic (from 50cm to 2.5m). This is largely new work that I have created since migrating from Scotland to New Zealand 18 months ago, and will be the first viewing of the pieces. The artworks will all be for sale to take away at the end of the exhibition, for what my wife considers a very reasonable price :D
In addition, I have just completed a collaborative music project with Alistair Fraser and Steve Burridge that is complementary to this art show; the CD from this project (Shearwater Drift) will be available to purchase at the venue. We will be having a live performance at the opening night on Monday 2nd July from 6pm.
Showing the work of fashion designers Dannielle Arnott, Jenny Ruan and Te Paea Hoori, this exhibit explores the changing role of fashion and the ever evolving parameters of ‘humanity'.
Exhibited will be the final garments and editorial images of each designer, as well as working drawings, samples and work-booking that explores the process and development behind each designer’s works.
Each capsule collection represents a different response to Posthumanist theory—a relatively new realm of philosophy that rejects both humanist and anti-humanist approaches.
Posthumanism questions what it means to be a human. It looks back at the history of our species and the fallacy that we have at all times, all been afforded equal status as ‘human’. Simultaneously it looks forward, to how technology and medical-advancement is increasingly removing our tethers to the laws of nature—and blurring the edges of the boxes created to isolate “human” from “non-human”.
Eight artists return to Thistle Hall – a year on – to show their latest work. Printmaking brought them together to form a collective several years ago and has led them down many paths since – into papermaking, handmade books, collage and encaustics. These will also be on show, along with jewellery, ceramics and other media. The artists are Jocelyn Hendry, Jeanie Randall, Anna Nelson, Ali Murray, Rachel Keel, Jo Constable, Kristeen Lockett and Maxine Edwards.
On Wednesday, 20 June, from 2pm, artists will demonstrate collagraph printmaking and this will include the opportunity to make your own print.
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Jo Constable's website
In between making music, poetry, waves, babies, dinner, life plans, Shayn and Sophie make art. Their In Between exhibition showcases characters from Cuba street and the surrounding CBD using Shayn's animator/cartoonist style and Sophie turns her whistle blowing flair into worded pottery. Their works skew perspective, question strange goings on, and some are just down right amusing. Using mediums of ink, pencil, acrylic, clay and glaze, pieces and prices range from tiny hand made poetry pottery bowls and functional domestic objects, to cartoon strips, paintings, and a large, rather prodigious portrait of Mr Max Harris.
1. Face detail of 'Slayer', by Shayn Wills, 2018
2. 'Dog crossing Cuba', by Shayn Wills, 2016
3. 'The Oysters', by Sophie Perkins, 2018
Eclecticism is a show of sculptural works by Tiffany Te Moananui and Sharon Sanders - two emerging Wellington artists taking a multi faceted dive into materiality.
Sharon offers a thought provoking homage and celebration of farmed beings. Colourful wall mounted heads bring a friendly introduction to the subject of human dependence on animals and the use of animal by-products in everyday life.
Tiffany exhibits a diverse collection encompassing works in bronze, porcelain and aluminium - an exploration of light and translucency through depth and shadow.
VR films, AV projections, live contemporary dance... the feeling of walking in Forest / Ocean / River... immersive detour from the city
- a feeling to take away with you...
A week long mini festival of works in development.. come & watch rehearsals, devising process, and finished works throughout the week..
Free Kawakawa tea
by ED DAVIS (Indie VR Filmmaker) and ANITA HUTCHINS (Contemporary Dance Teacher and Choreographer)
with special guests spots...
Al Fraser playing Taonga puoro
Wellington Gamelan Orchestra
Mikel playing Waybahar
Natalia came to New Zealand a decade ago from Russia. She loves to be a New Zealander, enjoying all aspects of life here.
She developed a passion for travelling, photography and painting her impressions.
She found New Zealand nature is very inspiring for bringing all kind of scenes on canvases.
Natalia is self -taught artist, evolving her skills all the time.
She is a member of NZ Academy of Fine Arts and NZ Watercolor organisation.
She is excited to welcome you to her third solo exhibition.
Facebook page, Natalia Vidyakina Art
What do you do with the multiple drafts from your PhD thesis? Turn it into yarn and spin it! Creating something artful from this material was part of a process that helped sustain me during the 6 years it took to complete a PhD.
When I was writing my thesis and needed a break I would often go and create a piece of art. It was a shift from the mind to the body which I discovered fostered a reflective process as well as a creative one. The hands-on, physical aspect of creating a piece of art often gave me bit of space in my head to unpack my research ideas.
The exhibition highlights the struggles as well as some of the triumphs of my research journey. It also celebrates the end of this research project.