What's On at Northart in April

16 April to 3 May
Opening event 4pm Sunday 15 April
Floor talk with Greg Hall 2pm Sunday 22 April
Robyn Hughes’ intense expressionist paintings commemorate the disastrous 1917 campaign in Belgium, which saw nearly 12,000 British, Australian and New Zealand casualties. The bodies of most of these fallen men lie in a cemetery near the battlefield, over 8000 of them in unnamed graves. Robyn Hughes spent almost two years researching Passchendaele, visiting the battlefields and cemeteries, reading personal letters and diaries from the front line, newspaper articles, military dispatches and histories. The compelling series tracks her attempt to understand what happened at Passchendaele and aims to bring those young men back from anonymity. The result is an intense and impassioned visual exploration of a war that hit close to home and still has repercussions to this day. On the Sunday before Anzac Day, Robyn will be joined by Passchendaele Society director and historical novelist Greg Hall in a fascinating discussion about the relationship between art and war. They will explore the purposeful recording of art during war-time, artistic responses to the grandiosity of post war remembrance art, and art as a contemporary vehicle for commemoration.

Runs daily till 8 April
Meet the artists 2pm on Sunday 8 April
On its closing day, you will be able to meet a number of the 16 established artists who took up the invitation to interpret drawing in any way they wished in our annual Drawing show. Their only constraint was the size of the two sheets of quality paper provided by Gordon Harris. The Art and Graphics Store. The resulting range of media – pencil, oil, pastel, acrylic, charcoal, watercolour, gouache and even collage – is as broad as the range of subjects.

Runs daily till 8 April
Meet the artists 2pm on Sunday 8 April

Don’t miss the opportunity to catch the last days of this fascinating show featuring two artists’ very different approaches to the subject of veils. Salama Moata McNamara draws from her Maori heritage and her religion to look at cultural and religious difference and inclusion versus exclusion. “In making this art, I am engaging in a continual process of covering and uncovering, both in the work and in this ‘self’”, says Salama. Shannon Gleeson has worked with wax and the idea of chaos in her tightly curated series. “[Chaos] reveals things I wouldn’t have thought to look for [and] I give it as much freedom as my pre-programmed mind will allow.”

Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 April
11am to 1pm
Examples of Paul Klee’s works and those of the talented artists in the Drawings show will help direct budding young artists as they explore different ways to make marks using a variety of materials from Indian Ink, bamboo pens, brushes and pencils to charcoal, pastels, crayons and of course, paper. These regular drop-in art-making sessions are suitable for children aged five and over accompanied by a guardian, with entry by gold coin donation.

15 April to 3 May
Opening event 4pm Saturday 14 April
Now in its 14th year, the annual exhibition from the New Zealand Korean Fine Arts Association is an excellent opportunity to experience the broad variety of styles and culture interpreted by Korean artists who have settled in this country. The 14 artists participating this year will exhibit mostly paintings – both Western and traditional – but some sculpture, ceramics and jewellery are also likely to feature. The show’s openings are renowned for their spectacular flowers, traditional costume, Korean style finger food and colourful artworks, and all are welcome.

April 4 to 27
A group show will include the multi-panelled ‘Punctum’ by Sharon Cowley Vickers, painted in 2001. The window galleries are lit at night, providing 24/7 viewing.

Studio Space
6pm on Sunday 15 April
$10 members/$15 non-members
Cash and Eftpos accepted
Northart’s April feature art movie traces the turbulent life of American abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock, who revolutionised contemporary art in the 1940s. The film was a real labour of love for Ed Harris, who made his directorial debut in it and spent 10 years learning how to drip paint for his role as the title character. Drinks, nibbles and comfortable seating are provided and there is no need to book.

6pm on Sunday 29 April
Free event, donations welcome
In the first of Northart’s new Winter seminar series, Art History lecturer and author Leonard (Len) Bell will talk about his latest book Strangers Arrive: Emigrés and the Arts in New Zealand, 1930–1980. It tells the story of migrants forced from Europe in the in the lead up to and post World War II, including a group of artists and writers, photographers and architects whose European modernism radically reshaped the arts in this country. Len discusses key questions including how migrants were received by New Zealanders, how displacement and settlement in New Zealand transformed their work, and how the arrival of European modernists intersected with the burgeoning nationalist movement in the arts in New Zealand.

Open daily 10am to 4pm during exhibitions, except for public holidays.

Gallery will be closed for installations from 10am Monday 9 April to 4pm Saturday 14 April, and closed on Anzac Day 25 April.