PAST EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS

Bright Ideas: Creative Meet-up

Wednesday 13 September, 10.00am – 11.00am

A monthly meet-up for East Auckland creatives and those interested in creative things.

Join us for a free morning burst of inspiration. Two speakers from different creative backgrounds will share projects, ideas, and artistic wisdom. Grab a coffee from our cafe following the presentations and continue the conversation!

Join Issac Katzoff (Glass Artist, Monmouth Studios) and Zoe Hoeberigs (Malcolm Smith Gallery’s Manager Curator who will be speaking about her recent stay at the Venice Biennale).

All welcome, free entry.

Reece King: Heavy Reserve

24 July – 9 September

Opening: Saturday 22 July, 2.30pm

If one is not limited by an idea and instead paints to further their understanding of visual principles, then each painting is infinitely more meaningful.  Drawing is the heavy reserve that says nothing, but through experience can reveal everything.

This solo exhibition by Auckland artist Reece King explores the universal principles of nature through experimentations in form and perception.  While encounters in nature are the beginning point, once started, the painting ultimately finds itself and creates its own meaning for viewers to contemplate.

Christopher Duncan: Raw silk and uncut wood

24 July – 9 September

Opening: Saturday 22 July, 2.30pm

Works by Christopher Duncan will be on display in UXBRIDGE Showcase this July.

The exhibition’s title comes from an ancient Chinese poem from the Tao Te Ching written by Lao Tzu.

It refers to the manner in which we surround our lives with expectations, precious concepts and our ego.  And how if we can see through these obstacles we build ourselves we’re left with the ‘raw silk and uncut wood’.

Need little,
want less.
Forget the rules.
Be untroubled.
(Excerpt, translated by Ursula K. Le Guin)

Christopher Duncan is a contemporary craft practitioner who specialises in hand weaving. Duncan began weaving in 2012 after leaving behind a career in the fashion industry. As an autodidact he began teaching himself through gifted looms and materials eventually creating his own library of weaving apparatus, knowledge, style and technique.

Andrea Edwards: New Works

24 July – 2 September

Opening: Saturday 22 July, 2.30pm

“For me the activity of creating art is an experience of using colour, texture and line in experimental and determined ways, creating pieces satisfying to me in outcome and as  expressions of myself (emotions, experiences, thoughts, personality….).  Most enjoyable are the works which for various reasons have been the most challenging to reach a final outcome, and which leave me (and hopefully viewers) a work to ponder on and return to.”

Bright Ideas: Creative Meet-up

Wednesday 2 August, 10.00am – 11.00am

A monthly meet-up for East Auckland creatives and those interested in creative things.

Join us for a free morning burst of inspiration. Two speakers from different creative backgrounds will share projects, ideas, and artistic wisdom. Grab a coffee from our cafe following the presentations and continue the conversation!

Our second session features Holly Davies (artist, Manager of Monterey Gallery) and Emma Rogan (designer, artist and founder of the 100 Days Project).

All welcome, free entry.

EAA11: Estuary Art and Ecology Prize 2017

12 June – 15 July

The only contemporary art prize in Aotearoa New Zealand with ecology at its core.  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.

 

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Awards:

First Place: Kohl Tyler-Dunshea

Second Place: Wendy Hannah

Merit Award: Bev Goodwin and Jeff Thomson

Merit Award: Roma Anderson

People’s Choice Award: Arielle Walker

 

2017 finalists:

Arielle Walker, Bev Goodwin and Jeff Thomson, Caroline Powley, Celeste Sterling, Cora-Allan Wickliffe, Dawn Johnstone, Hanna Shim, Hayley Nieuwoudt, Janna Isbey, Jennie De Groot, Jessica Kate Tweed, Jessica Pearless, Katy Metcalf, Kohl Tyler-Dunshea, Lee Brogan, Lucy Pierpoint, Michael Prosee, Mo Stewart, Reece King, Rick Allender, Roma Anderson, Rozana Lee, Sophie Foster, Suzette van Dorsser and Wendy Hannah

Image: Kohl Tyler-Dunshea, Offerings (2017).  First Place, 2017

 

Thank you for support from Howick Local Board, Turanga Creek Wines and Rice Family Partnership

Judge’s Tour

Join 2017 Judge Ane Tonga for an insight into this year’s Awards including commentary on the Award Winners. Ane Tonga is an artist and curator. Currently, she is the Lead Exhibitions Curator at Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa.

THUR 15 JUN, 6PM Malcolm Smith Gallery

Bird Illustration Workshop

Learn about the bird species in the Tamaki Estuary and learn to use pen and watercolour wash to create beautiful illustrations with multi-award winning artist Ginette Wang.  Ginette Wang is a multi- award winning New Zealand watercolour artist, illustrator, published author and teacher, residing in Auckland.

SAT 17 JUN, 1PM to 4PM $69 incl. materials, Book via [email protected]

Estuary Clean-Up

Join us for a clean-up of the Tamaki Estuary with the Tamaki Estuary Protection Society. The heavily urbanised area surrounding the Estuary continues to seriously damage and endanger this unique and vital catchment.  Continuing from the success of last year’s clean up; in 2017 we will again focus on the Panmure Basin where plastics continue to litter the environment and threaten its wildlife. Thanks to support from local businesses in and around Panmure Basin for supporting this initiative. All materials supplied. Please wear closed footwear or gumboots.

SAT 24 JUN, 11AM to 2PM Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club

Judge for 2017 Estuary Art Awards

Ane Tonga

Ane Tonga is an artist and curator. Currently, she is the Lead Exhibitions Curator at Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa and has also held curatorial roles at City Gallery Wellington, The Dowse Art Museum and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Ane has published frequently, with a particular interest in lens-based artists, for notable international and New Zealand contemporary artists such as Amie Siegel, Fiona Pardington and Janet Lilo. More recently, she was the judge of the 2016 Miles Art Awards at Tauranga Art Gallery.   Photo Credit: Michael Hall

Peter Gibson Smith: Terra Gris

12 June – 15 July 2017

Born in Auckland in 1961, Peter Gibson Smith graduated from Auckland’s School of Fine Arts in 1983. His practice since then has drawn from a vast frame of art historical and literary references, exploring the production and reproduction of images and various modern and older mediums. In this exhibition at Uxbridge Showcase, Gibson Smith presents some of his multi-faceted, three-dimensional figures made from computer-generated, geometrically composed paper forms.

Malcolm Smith Gallery Intern, Annie Curtis, posed a few questions to Peter Gibson Smith… read his responses HERE

Bright Ideas: Creative Meet-up

Wednesday 21 June, 10.00am – 11.00am

A monthly meet-up for East Auckland creatives and those interested in creative things.

Join us for a free morning burst of inspiration. Two speakers from different creative backgrounds will share projects, ideas, and artistic wisdom. Grab a coffee from our cafe following the presentations and continue the conversation!

Our first session features Arielle Walker (artist, Estuary Art Award Finalist) and Ramon Robertson (sculptor).

All welcome, free entry.

Bright Light, Soft Launch

As part of Auckland Festival of Photography

1 May – 3 June 2017

 

Bright Light, Soft Launch brings together emerging and established artists exploring representations of the figure through image making.

The artists featured take a poetic and nuanced approach to portrait photography, teasing out characters and personas and presenting their subjects in a kaleidoscope of ways. Some intend to blur and muddle typical perceptions; others mix stereotypes and narratives with nostalgia and tradition. All present a different way of contemplating how the figure can be captured through a lens.

Jenna Baydee, Kevin Capon, Liyen Chong, Di ffrench, Russ Flatt, Solomon Mortimer, Stephanie O’Connor, Mish O’Neill, Richard Orjis, Patrick Pound, Yvonne Todd, Tia Ranginui, Ashlin Rawson

Image: Russ Flatt, When I Say Jump (2015). Courtesy of the Wallace Arts Trust.

Print

Events as part of Bright Light, Soft Launch and Auckland Festival of Photography…

Photography Symposium

Young photographers are invited to a special evening event featuring guest speakers and product demonstrations to inspire your photographic practice. Suitable for students aged 15 to 20 years old.  Free to attend.

THUR 1 JUN, 5PM to 7PM

Light, No Camera, Action

Explore analogue photography and create a photogram style print using just light and time. Suitable for children aged 5 to 10 years old.  Free to attend, register via [email protected]  Limited to 15 participants.

THUR 4 MAY, 4PM to 5PM

Priscilla Hunter: Peyote

1 May – 3 June 2017

Priscilla Hunter is known for her exquisitely detailed fabric sculptures of exotic flora – including masterfully executed anthurium, rubber plants and various cacti.

Her explorations of botany and haberdashery have developed since her first showing at Uxbridge three years ago. Here, she presents her cacti as larger manifestations that have sprung from their terracotta planters, onto the floor and up the walls.

Ramon Robertson: Form Farm

Ramon Robertson’s Form Farm is the first outdoor sculpture hosted by Malcolm Smith Gallery.

March to June 2017

Recently on display at NZ Sculpture OnShore 2016, Form Farm continues Ramon Robertson’s engagement with aspects of architecture and urbanisation.  Robertson intends to draw references from interior and exterior physical and visual space, commenting on the human condition and behaviour in the environment.

Ramon Robertson has been working as an artist in Auckland, New Zealand since arriving there in October 2011. Prior to this he lived and worked in Glasgow, Scotland where he also worked as an artist, designer and tertiary lecturer.

GRID / COLOUR / PLANE

Seven Non-Figurative Auckland Painters

6 March – 22 April 2017

Exhibition Talk / Saturday 11 March / 2.00pm

Johl Dwyer, Nicola Holden, Sara Hughes, Hugo Koha Lindsay, Emma McIntyre, Diane Scott, Glen Snow

Curated by Julian McKinnon

Painting’s resilience as an art form can be attributed to many factors.  There is its ease of transportation, its relatively low production costs, and its universal recognition as ‘art’.  There is also its enduring value as a commodity, its ability to store culture, and to serve as a vehicle for aesthetic value. Perhaps more than any of these factors – those singled out by academics and theoreticians – is the continued fascination it holds for those that work with it. Its histories are rich and varied, running in parallel to the development of human civilisation.  Its techniques are manifold, its possibilities endless. Yet it is the intoxicating sensory experience of delving into the studio, the world of pigments, brushes, and tools, which holds the greatest appeal to those enamoured with the discipline.

Image: Johl Dwyer, Vita, 2017, cedar, resin, and enamel.  Courtesy the artist and Tim Melville Gallery. Photo: Kallan MacLeod

Blake Beckford: Straight to the Point

Cumulative Installation from 4 March, Exhibition on display until 30 April

Straight to the Point features a series of new original artworks by Blake Beckford that experiment with the relationships between depth, space, colour and composition.

Sun Faded Carpet/He’s Jealous

Exhibition Opening Saturday 21 January, 2:30pm

Susan Christie, Leticia Durant, Julia Holderness, Theresa Waugh and Eloise Worrall-Bader

New and unpredictable visual connections emerge through the amalgamation of multiple artists and various works. As pottery and painting, photography and drawing are arranged in relation to each other, we find patterns, harmonies and dissonances. The artworks extend into space and into each other. Free entry. Artworks affordably priced for sale.

Painted Stories

23 January – 25 February 2017

An imaginative and colourful exhibition featuring the work of twenty of New Zealand’s best-known illustrators, including Robyn Belton (The Teddy Bear’s Promise), Lynley Dodd (Hairy MacLary), Phoebe Morris (First to the Top), Sandra Morris (A New Zealand Nature Journal), Trevor Pye (Grandma McGarvey’s Christmas) and many more!

A Turn of the Wheel

23 January – 25  February 2017

Exhibition Opening Saturday 21 January, 2:30pm

Kushana Bush, Jon Carapiet, Quishile Charan, Lok Chitrakar, Tessa Laird, Lorene Taurerewa, Sam Thomas and Shurti Yatri

With the radical break of abstract art in the 20th Century, how do contemporary artists embrace the idea of storytelling? How do they employ narrative to explore history and identity, among other trenchant themes? For these artists, storytelling does not always require plots, characters or settings; rather, narrative potential lies in everyday objects and materials, and their embedded cultural associations. In projects created through extensive research, the artists in A Turn of the Wheel uncover layers of meaning, turning to individual experience as a means of sharing stories, both real and fictional.

ISOBEL THOM: ILK

7 November 2016 – 14 January 2017

Exhibition Opening
Saturday 5 November, 2:30pm

Isobel Thom is an artist best known for her experimental geometries in painting and ceramics. More recently, the artist has been attempting ‘the complete artwork’, the design and construction of her own studio. From the kitchen sink to the rocket stove, tile cladding to teapots, Isobel Thom has been creating objects to live with.

Curated by Balamohan Shingade

Curator’s Tour—free
Thursday 24 November, 6:30pm

Sacred Economies

12 September – 22 October 2016

Artists: Matthew Cowan, Xin Cheng with Chris Berthelsen, 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, The Dance of the Tractor & the Chocoł, 2008.

Somatic Workshop

Clare Luiten and Xin Cheng invite you to come for a special exploration of the spaces and objects in Sacred Economies, and the surrounding environment, with your whole body (not just your eyes) as the sensing, feeling, responding instrument.

THU 22 SEP, 6:30PM—Free

POETRY READING

As part of Artweek Auckland, we bring together poets and artists in this inaugural poetry reading. Each poet will write and present that a piece that responds to the work of one of the artists in the exhibition.

Poets: Melanie Rands, Erena Johnson, Makyla Curtis, Chris Tse, Richard von Sturmer, Ya-Wen Ho, Ruby Porter

SAT 13 OCT, 6:30PM—Free

ESTUARY ART AWARDS – 10th ANNIVERSARY

Exhibition of Finalists 29 JUL – 27 AUG 2016

Judged by Jon Bywater

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.

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.

1st Place: Emily Parr

2nd Place: Cushla Donaldson

Merit Awards: Katie Theunissen & Katy Gundesen

Image: Katie Theunissen, The Littoral Zone, 2016.

BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION WORKSHOP

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)

JUDGE’S TOUR WITH 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

Soft Architecture

13 June – 16 July 2016

Artists: Katrina Beekhuis, Claudia Dunes, Richard Frater, Samer Hatam, John Ward Knox, Jeremy Leatinu’u, Shannon Novak, Jeena Shin, Sarah Smuts-Kennedy, Julia Teale

Curated by Balamohan Shingade

Malcolm Smith Gallery is named after the late local architect, community stalwart and founding member of UXBRIDGE in 1981. Architects envisage compelling futures and enjoy a particularly social role. It may even be said that theirs is an intrinsically social art form. Malcolm Smith envisaged a centre for his hometown that would be a beacon for the art and ideas of their day. From the beginning, and even until his passing in 2010, Smith made a priority of good architecture, and was involved in recommending building developments for UXBRIDGE. Once any alteration or improvement was accepted, Smith was always to be found contributing to its execution, from erecting the first crèche fence to the interior painting of the theatre. The UXBRIDGE complex, as it stood before the commencement of the redevelopment last year, reflected Smith’s involvement in every room of every building.

With a nod to its namesake, Soft Architecture brings together various artists whose works comprise of architectural references.  The focus, here, is not on architects or buildings; instead, the exhibition brings together artists whose use of, and for architecture, is rather subtle. Some artists bring us to a discreet awareness of the spatio-temporal properties inherent in a site, whereas others explore the social missions of our built environments.Soft Architecture is concerned with those artworks which are deceptive in their restraint, but where apparent simplicity or lightness of touch belies the works’ rigour. The term ‘soft’ is expansive in its meaning. It describes material qualities, defines strategies of persuasion, and evokes character traits. Through the exhibition Soft Architecture, Malcolm Smith Gallery can be understood as a soft space, because its approach is to yield readily to touch; a smooth or pliable space that is responsive to wider contexts.

Image: Sarah Smuts-Kennedy, Subtle Field 1, 2014.

ARTISTS IN CONVERSATION

With Claudia Dunes & Jeremy Leatinu’u

Join us for the opportunity to engage with a few of the artists of Soft Architecture, the inaugural exhibition of Malcolm Smith Gallery. Learn about the artwork’s processes and ideas, listen to the artists talk about their backgrounds, and explore the exhibition with insider insight. The artists will be in conversation with the curator to talk about their work, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

SAT 9 July, 12:00PM
$5 General Admission, free for Friends of Malcolm Smith Gallery

FUTURE CITIES

Build a cardboard city! Will you build up to create density or build out to create urban sprawl? This participatory activity responds to the Auckland housing crisis and the theme of Soft Architecture. Join us to create a cardboard city that is responsive, fluid and playful. This event is coordinated by Briana Woolliams (Volunteer Curatorial Assistant, 2016).

SAT 11 June – SAT 25 June
8+ years. All materials provided.

Impressions

25 – 29 May 2016
Auckland Art Fair
The Cloud on Auckland’s Queen’s Wharf

Artists: Philippa Emery, Samer Hatam, Julia Teale, Sam Thomas

Four emerging artists have been invited by Malcolm Smith Gallery to create a unique series of work for this year’s Auckland Art Fair. The title, Impressions, means to be marked, moved or stamped by something. It is also a play on the ‘artist’s impressions’ of an architectural draft, which are often commissioned to give a visual tracing of concepts and objects that cannot be seen otherwise, whether because they are too big, too small, in the past, in the future, fictional, or abstract. This series of artworks is about how the Gallery’s new architecture impresses itself on the artists, and in turn, how the artists respond to the new building and its surroundings. Visit the Ngatahi Editions and Publications stand at the Auckland Art Fair to see these artworks in the flesh.

Fore more information, visit www.artfair.co.nz
Image: Philippa Emery, Impressions 1, 2016.

 

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