UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS

ESTUARY ART AWARDS – 10th ANNIVERSARY

Exhibition of Finalists 29 JUL – 27 AUG 2016
Opening & Awards Ceremony 28 JUL, 6:30PM

The only contemporary art prize in Aotearoa New Zealand with ecology at its core. Artists are invited to research and respond to the Tāmaki Estuary, to underscore the ecological value of this vital waterway and encourage action against its pollution. With a total prize pool of $8,300 the winning artworks will be intelligent and innovative responses to ecology in the field of contemporary art.

Finalists:
Cristina Beth, Anthony Clark, Karen Danes, Cushla Donaldson, Sonja Drake, Dorothy Giam, Neala Glass, Katy Gundesen, Anna Hayes, Niki Simpkin Hill, Thomas Lawley, Shaun Lee, Wendy Leung, Josh Lotz-Keegan, Steve Lovett, Zenica Mann, Dreama McFadyen with Marc and Psalm McFadyen, Emma McLellan, Marie-Louise Myburgh, Penny Otto, Jasper Owen, Emily Parr, Kristin Peren, Isabella Rasch, Jodie Salmond, Donna Turtle Sarten with Bernie Harfleet, A.D. Schierning, Huda Shakarchi, Katie Theunissen, Sam Thomas, Clovis Viscoe, Rainer Westeon with Claudia Dunes, and Alvin Xiong.

Judged by Jon Bywater

BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION WORKSHOP

Botanical Illustration Pyrola Rotundifolia

Learn about the threatened plant species in the Tamaki Estuary and learn to draw them at the same time! This unique workshop combines art and ecology in celebration of this year’s 10th Anniversary of the Estuary Art Awards. Develop your observation-based drawing and fine art techniques and capture the beauty of our natural world.

Tutor: Sandra Morris (botanical illustrator)

SAT 6 AUG, 10:00AM – 2:00PM
$49 (Materials Included)

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JUDGE’S TOUR WITH JON BYWATER

Jon Bywater

We are fortunate to have Jon Bywater as judge for the Estuary Art Awards 10th Anniversary. Join us for a special afternoon to hear Bywater speak about the artworks selected for the exhibition of finalists.

Jon Bywater is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s foremost contemporary art critics. His writing on art and music has appeared in national publications including Art New Zealand, Landfall, The Listener and Reading Room, and in British and American periodicals such as Afterall, Artforum, e-Flux, Frieze, Mute and Wire, as well as numerous monographs and catalogues. In the past ten years, he was curator of the inaugural Arts Foundation New Generation Award, has served twice as a Walters Prize juror, and as judge of the National Contemporary Art Award hosted by Waikato Museum.

SAT 13 AUG, 12:00PM
$5 General Admission
Free for Friends of Malcolm Smith Gallery

 

 

TAMAKI ESTUARY CLEAN-UP DAY

Let’s restore the quality of our environment! Join us to clean-up the Tamaki Estuary with the Tamaki Estuary Protection Society. This vital water-body is an incubator for nearly 400 plant species, some of which are threatened due in part to debris. This year, we will focus on the Panmure Basin, where plastics have come in as a result of the Estuary’s tidal flows. Spread the word and inspire others to protect our waterways!

All materials supplied. Please wear closed footwear or gumboots.

SAT 20 AUG, 12:00PM – 4:00PM
Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club

SACRED ECONOMIES

12 September – 22 October 2016

Opening: Saturday 10 September, 2:30pm

Artists: Matthew Cowan, Xin Cheng, Philippa Emery, Bernardo Oyarzún, Brydee Rood, Harpreet Singh and Sam Thomas

Curated by Balamohan Shingade

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to go sharper.” – W.B. Yeats

Sacred Economies draws our attention to how experiences of the sacred manifest through social transactions. It is interested in how ritualistic social movements give life to events that can transform or transcend our ordinary ways of thinking about and participating in the world. How do transactions of forms like poetry or folklore, which hold little monetary value, create an economy of ‘sacred’ moments? How do networks of ritualized action hold the potential to create moments which are more than the sum of their parts? What resemblance do the creative arts hold to the industries of spiritual and religious experiences? For these artists, sacredness and everyday magic is about transitioning to a more connected way of being in this world through gift economies, ritual exchange and the restoration of the commons.

Image: Matthew Cowan, Stockade Hill, Auckland, 2013.