What's On at Northart in August

OPENS THIS WEEKEND
BLUE & WHITE
6 to 22 August
Opening event 5pm Sunday 5 August
Floor talk 2pm Sunday 19 August
 
Taking its name from one of the classic decorative approaches on Chinese porcelain, this fascinating exhibition showcases a series of paintings, drawings and photography created by New Zealand-Chinese artists Gavin Chai, Wei Lun Ha and Alvin Xiong. While the three share a cultural heritage, they have diverse backgrounds and each has a distinct practice informed by his understanding of both Chinese and Western art. Alvin notes: “East and west, traditional and contemporary, technical and conceptual; like the Chinese Yin and Yang philosophy describes how apparently opposite or contrary forces are actually complementary … The spark of fusion will provide a new direction in contemporary art.” Curator Miao Xu will lead the three artists in a floor talk in the gallery at 2pm on Sunday 19 August.

BIRKENHEAD COLLEGE
THE TIES THAT BIND
6 to 22 August
Opening event 4pm Sunday 5 August
 
Birkenhead College’s reputation for excellence in the visual arts will be on full display with an exhibition of works from present and former students and teachers across a broad range of media, interests and concerns. Head of Art Naomi Bell will show a series of photographic portraits of students taken over the past decade, while Year 10s will exhibit large Basquiat-style works and technology students have produced protest t-shirts. The school’s alumni include several established artists and works for the show have come in from Australia and Wellington. It also boasts a number of talented performing artists, one of whom will grace the gallery floors at the opening.

IN THE WINDOWS
RECENT WORKS & ANIMALS
 
Currently in the window galleries is a selection of highlights from recent solo shows by Ian Moore, Trevor Newman and Ray Wilkinson. They will be replaced on 22 August by paintings and other artworks featuring animals, with not a pet portrait in sight.

OPENING LATER IN AUGUST
FAST FIRE: MARTIN WARD
27 August to 12 September
Opening event 4pm Sunday 26 August
 
Martin Ward’s love of ceramics began with him collecting studio pottery many years ago, but he bought his first wheel and kiln and started potting himself just a year ago. Inspired by a passion for Japanese ceramic shapes, he uses objects and forms from the environment, altering and reshaping them from his mind’s eye while blending oriental and Western influences.

GALLERY TIME FOR KIDS
WILLOW PATTERN PAPER PLATES
Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 August
11am to 1pm
 
Ahead of the opening of ‘Blue & White’, children will hear the delightful fable behind the distinctive Willow Pattern, and then have fun making their own Willow Pattern paper plates using blue paint, dye, coloured pencils and pens. These popular drop-in sessions are suitable for children aged five and over accompanied by a guardian. Entry is by gold coin donation.

UNIDENTIFIED HANGING OBJECTS
AND THE LAST DECADE: JOHN NICOL
27 August to 12 September
Opening event 4pm Sunday 26 August
 
One of the series long-established artist and ex-Elam lecturer John Nichol presents in his first solo show in a number of years, is ‘The Ghost Tree’ paintings. He describes them as one of the times he has been able to directly express his concerns over an aspect of our planet’s crisis. Growing up in Dargaville, gateway to the Waipoua Forest, the plight of kauri deeply troubles him. “These bleached ghosts emerging from the bush seem poignant reminders of our fragile ecosystems and the increasing risk we all face in a rapidly warming world.”

THREE BY THREE
BOTANICAL WEAVINGS BY MARY DONALD
27 August to 12 September
Opening event 4pm Sunday 26 August
 
Mary Donald’s works manipulate plant material, weaving stories and research findings into the seeds, needles and stems. In the first of three series she will show, she invites consideration of the importation of the Chilean wine palm in the mid-1860s. The second series uses the wire rush or oioi, and the third celebrates the humble pine. Her weaving and lashing techniques reflect past and present, the environment and humanity. An informative folder will be on hand to provide supporting information and background research for keen botanists.

SKINNY WOOD
RICK ALLENDER
27 August to 12 September
Opening event 4pm Sunday 26 August
 
Successful cinematographer turned artist, Rick Allender’s experience with interpretation, composition, texture and lighting informs his approach to marquetry. Driven by strong imagery, this body of work explores the expressive potential of wood veneering, by introducing and experimenting with new materials such as paint, resin paper and varnish.

AUGUST MOVIE NIGHT
LOVING VINCENT
6pm Sunday 19 August
$10 members/$15 non-members
Cash and Eftpos accepted
 
The world's first fully oil painted animation feature film, ‘Loving Vincent’ depicts the story of a young man who travels to the last hometown of Van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist's last letter, and ends up delving into his final days there. Drinks, nibbles and comfortable seating are provided and there is no need to book.

THERAPY
DIANE BRAND
27 August to 12 September
Opening event 4pm Sunday 26 August
 
Diane Brand is an architect and academic who engages in art practice as a distraction from her day job. Her affordable jewellery is made exclusively from readily available, ordinary products which she sources from hardware outlets, haberdashery stores and two dollar shops to create cheerful necklaces, bangles, rings and earrings.

SEMINAR SERIES
MARY KISLER: NEEDLES IN HAYSTACKS
6pm Wednesday 8 August
Free event, donations welcome
 
In May 2019, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki will launch ‘Locating Frances Hodgkins’, a project that stems from new research made on the importance of place for Frances Hodgkins, from the moment she first left New Zealand in 1901 until her death in 1947, by which time she was recognised as one of Britain’s leading modernists. Over the past 3 years senior curator at Auckland Art Gallery Mary Kisler has travelled to many of the places Hodgkins visited, and in this talk she discusses the discoveries she made.

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

All galleries closed from 4pm on 1 August to 4pm on 5 August, for installation of new shows.