What's On at Northart in August

OPENS THIS WEEKEND
TWO RISING STARS FROM CUBA
7 to 23 August
Opening event 4pm Sunday 6 August
Floor talk by Ortega 3pm Sunday 20 August
 
In a rare opportunity, Northart will present the work of two of Cuba’s foremost emerging visual artists. Osmeivy Ortega is visiting New Zealand on the invitation of Otahuhu College, where he will be Artist in Residence for the next five weeks while he assists students there to develop a large-scale woodcut mural commissioned by Auckland International Airport. His striking woodcut prints will hang alongside digitally produced posters from another prominent Cuban artist, caricaturist Yaimel Lopez. Both explores ideas of social and political injustice in their work. Ortega will be at the show’s opening, and will also give a floor talk on the last Sunday of the exhibition.

ALSO OPENING
SELFIES
ARTISTS’ SELF PORTRAITS
7 to 23 August
Opening event 4pm Sunday 6 August
 
Everyone gets the chance to play artist in our evolving Selfies exhibition, presented thanks to a grant from the Kaipataki Local Board. If you haven’t already submitted your self-taken photograph, there will be the opportunity to do so when you visit the show and see it hung immediately, using the gallery’s computer set up specifically for that function in the space. Keeping with the theme, there will be a separate exhibition of artists’ self portraits (in paint and other media) running in the adjoining gallery, providing a positive insight into some of our members’ views of themselves and their individual practice.

CLOSES TODAY
SNAPSHOT 017
Open till 4pm
 
You have just a few hours to catch examples of the artistic endeavours from two of our local schools. A delightful exhibition of portraits, face masks and clay tiles has been presented by students from Takapuna Normal Intermediate while students at Glenfield Intermediate worked in groups of five to produce photographic triptychs based on technology in our environment.

LATER IN THE MONTH
RADIO AND DESIGN 1920-1950
28 August to 13 September
Opening event 4pm Sunday 27 August
 
Nostalgia takes over as we celebrate the golden age of radio with a fascinating collection of ‘wireless sets’ curated by enthusiast James Davidson. From cabinets of the cathedral-type influenced by Art Nouveau style and the geometric skyscraper lines of the Art Deco era, right through to the first colourful Bakelite plastic sets with chrome trim, radios in their heyday were symbols of status as much as they were implements of news dissemination and entertainment. To add to the atmosphere, the exhibition will include a selection of Art Deco posters.

IN THE WINDOWS
FEAST
Until 18 August
DRAWINGS
20 August to 17 September
 
Passers-by can catch a selection of works related to food and feasting, as well as Phil Neary’s striking bronze urns and vases, in our window gallery at the moment. They will be replaced later in the month by selected works on paper by some of our most established member artists, from the recently finished successful Drawings show.

GROUP SHOW
28 August to 13 September
Opening event 4pm Sunday 27 August
 
Our August line up is complete with a group exhibition, presenting five or six paintings each from Bob Drake, Ray Wilkinson, Denice Symons and Biljana Snjegota. Drake and Wilkinson work in geometric abstract styles, while the paintings of Snjegota and Symons are more organic and representational.

SOLO SHOWS
GAYLE FORSTER: TRANSFORMING
HEATHER GROUDEN: EARTH AND AIR
28 August to 13 September
Opening events 4pm Sunday 27 August
 
Two graduates of Ilam School of Fine Arts in Christchurch present very different solo shows running concurrently. Painter Gaye Forster spent time in Japan working with the masters of Ukiyo-e, Japanese print, which has influenced her work, as has her interest in the changes that occur within our natural environment. Heather Gouden’s ceramic boxes, bowls, platters and towers are inspired by the cliff and rock formations below the Chelsea Sugar Works, and her moody paintings show light and colour closing into darkness.

GALLERY TIME FOR KIDS
MAGNIFICENT ME!
Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 August
11am to 1pm
 
In our June drop-in classes for five and overs, children are invited to bring along a photo of themselves, use a phone selfie or the hand mirrors supplied and have fun painting their own self portrait on pre-primed board. These sessions are in association with the Selfie and Self Portrait shows opening the same weekend.

GALLERY TIME FOR LITTLE KIDS
CUTLERY PUPPETS
Wednesday 16 August
11am to 12 noon
 
Using their imaginations and basic materials, pre-schoolers will make cutlery puppets by painting, gluing and decorating to add personality to these normally innately functional objects. No bookings are required for the classes but children need to be accompanied by an adult.

Open daily 10am to 4pm during exhibitions, except for public holidays. 
 
Northart Gallery, Norman King Square (opposite the Library), Ernie Mays Street, Northcote Shopping Centre, Northcote