What's On at Northart in February

OPENING FRIDAY
SOONOK SONG: GYUBANG
28 January to 15 February
Opening event 5.30pm Friday 27 January
 
Northart celebrates Lunar New Year with an exhibition of exquisitely hand-embroidered garments, ornaments and decorations by Korean fabric artist SoonOk Song. The centrepiece of ‘Gyubang’ is five 'hanbok' (contemporary takes on traditional and ceremonial Korean costumes). Also on display will be a range of traditional ornaments and decorations, as well as everyday needlework items such as pin cushions, thimbles and bags, all intricately hand-stitched and embroidered by SoonOk. Friday’s opening event will include a Haegeum recital by SoHyun Kim. This show is supported by Creative Communities Auckland.

OPENING MONDAY
MEMBERS' SUMMER 2017 EXHIBITION
31 January to 15 February
Opening event 5pm Monday 30 January
 
Northart’s members’ shows provide a fascinating insight into the community of talented artists that support the gallery. This year’s Summer exhibition will display a wide range of paintings, prints and photographs, as well as ceramics and mixed media/found object sculpture by an equally extensive group – from professional and seasoned artists to first time exhibitors. 

NEW YEAR FESTIVAL
KIDS CRAFT CLASSES
Saturday 28 January
11am to 1pm
 
There will be plenty to see and do at Northcote Town Centre’s Chinese & Korean New Year Festival, including two interactive craft classes in our Studio Space. In session one, children will make origami fortune bags and labels (to hang in doorways) and in session two, jegi (small kicking balls) to try out in the Square afterwards. Classes are free, no booking required. Suitable for 5 years and older.

LATER IN FEBRUARY

FAMILY REUNION:
THE WARWICK & KITTY BROWN COLLECTION
19 February to 12 March
Opening event 5.00pm Saturday 18 February
Warwick Brown talk 2pm Sunday 5 March
 
In ‘Family Reunion’, well-known art writer, critic and curator Warwick Brown generously shares a selection of the more than 300 works he and his late wife Kitty began collecting in the 1960s, before they all go to auction in May. Featuring fine examples from some of our most celebrated artists – Colin McCahon, Tony Fomison, Pat Hanly and Ian Scott included – the collection is a unique survey of contemporary New Zealand art over the past 50 years. A noted speaker, Warwick will entertain visitors with some of the fascinating stories behind the collection in a special talk on 5 March.

MICHAEL ANDERSON: RECENT PAINTINGS
20 February to 12 March
Opening event 5.00pm Sunday 19 February
 
Michael sees his work as a corruption of gesture painting. He uses mark making and the viscosity of his mediums to explore the materiality of paint, allowing the gestures he applies to alter themselves as he pours, drips and tilts different types of liquids onto a surface.

RICK ALLENDER: LIGHT WATER
20 February to 12 March
Opening event 5.00pm Sunday 19 February
 
Highly regarded cinematographer turned craftsman, Rick Allender adapts the traditional techniques of marquetry in a contemporary setting. A keen sailor, he uses unprocessed wood veneers to create impressions of light and water and identify the subtle arrays of natural and man-made illumination on his beloved Hauraki Gulf.

PUBLIC TALK
MICHAEL PAREKOWHAI
4.30pm Sunday 12 February
Renowned artist Michael Parekowhai, who grew up in Northcote, will give a public talk on aspects of his art practice. Organised by Kaipatiki Public Arts Trust in association with Northart. Bookings essential: email info@kpat.org.nz.

IN THE WINDOWS
THE YEAR OF THE ROOSTER
Through February
 
To commemorate the Year of the Rooster, amongst other exhibits in our window gallery spaces this month, you’ll spot several of sculptor Jeff Thomson’s corrugated iron roosters.

KOREAN NEEDLE CRAFTS
ADULT CLASSES
Tuesday 31 January and Wednesday 1 February
Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 February
1.30pm to 4pm
 
SoonOk Song will share her skill and knowledge over the course of her exhibition, with a series of traditional needlecraft workshops for adults taught in the Korean language, in the Studio Space. For more information and booking details, see here. Our thanks to Creative Communities Auckland for the funding to make these classes possible.

GALLERY TIME FOR KIDS
SPLASH! UNDERWATER FANTASIA
Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 February
11am to 1pm
 
Children still in Summer holidays mode can dive in and have fun creating their own underwater world, using crayon, dye and collage materials on paper. Entry is by gold coin donation for these drop-in sessions held on the first weekend of every month for those five years and older.

The Northart galleries are presently closed for installations, and will re-open 5.30pm Friday 27 January.
 
Open 10am to 4pm daily (except for public holidays) during exhibitions.