What's on at Northart in January and February

OPENING SOON
COMMISSIONED AND CONTEMPORARY: LANDSCAPES FROM THE KELLIHER ART TRUST
28 January to 19 February
Opening event Sunday 26 January at 5pm
Curator's talk Wednesday 12 February at 7pm
 
Northart starts its 2020 programme with an important exhibition described by its curator as a “snapshot of New Zealand landscape painting practice”. Kelliher Art Trust’s Christopher Johnstone says that at a time when national collections and regional art museums are eschewing this significant genre, the show demonstrates that serious landscape painting is not only alive and well in this country but remains popular with artists and the public alike.
 
The collection of the Kelliher Art Trust largely comprises prize-winning and award-winning paintings from the annual Kelliher Art Competition, held from 1956 to 1977. “Some of the best of these, including works by Paul Olds, the most internationally experienced painter of his generation, and the late Ian Scott, who became one of the country's most popular abstract painters, are displayed here,” says Johnstone.
 
They are accompanied by fine examples of contemporary landscape paintings purchased since 2007 and paintings commissioned annually by the Trust since 2015. The most recent of these, publicly displayed for the first time, is the view of the Lawrence River by the young Nelson painter Caroline Bellamy.
 
Christopher will deliver a fascinating floor talk on the subject at 7pm on Wednesday 12 February.

LUNAR NEW YEAR
PERFORMANCES
Monday 27 January 5pm to 7pm
 
On Auckland Anniversary Day, Northart celebrates the Lunar New Year with several special performances and the opening of two exhibitions of Chinese art. The formalities begin with a traditional tea service by Tingcha Studio. This will be followed by Qipao modelling (costume) and vocal and instrumental performances.

OPENS MONDAY
TALES OF LIGHT AND SHADOW 光影故事
28 January to 12 February
Opening event Monday 27 January at 5pm
 
This special Lunar New Year exhibition showcases a series of Chinese traditional shadow puppets collected by the New Zealand Shadow Puppet Art Troupe, calligraphy works by Juyi Yu, and farmers’ paintings collected by the same artist. The concept of farmer paintings originated in the 1950s when, with the aim of bringing art to the ‘ordinary people’, the Communist Party encouraged rural communities to engage in painting.

SOLO SHOW
LAN 蕙质兰心
28 January to 12 February
Opening event Monday 27 January at 5pm
 
Wei Lan Wang is a Chinese female artist who combines traditional ink painting techniques with contemporary ideas, depicting modern images of Chinese women and the world through their eyes. Her works reflect on the natural beauty of the female, flowers and on traditional culture.

IN THE WINDOWS
RECENT PAINTINGS
Throughout February
 
Recent paintings by Northart members Matthew Carter and Craig Humberstone will be installed in the gallery window spaces during February. Under lights at night, they are viewable 24/7.

CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP
MAKING SHADOW PUPPETS
Sunday 2 February
1.30pm to 3.30pm
 
In another Lunar New Year-themed workshop, talented members of the New Zealand Shadow Puppet Art Troupe will tutor children on making paper shadow puppets. All materials are supplied for this free class, suitable for three to five year olds.

GALLERY TIME FOR KIDS
YEAR OF THE RAT
Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 February
11am to 1pm
 
Kids will have fun celebrating Chinese New Year by designing and creating their own Year of the Rat giant postage stamps, using paper, Indian ink, bamboo pens, brushes, crayons, pastels and coloured pencils. A suggested donation of $2 to $5 covers all materials for these drop-in sessions, suitable for children of five and over accompanied by a parent or caregiver,

LATER IN FEBRUARY
SUMMER MEMBERS’ SHOW
24 February to 10 March
Opening event Sunday 23 February at 5pm
 
An eclectic range of works is already rolling in for the popular Members’ Summer Show, in which Northart’s community of artists get to select their own paintings, photography, ceramics and object art to display. Make a diary note now for what is always a special opening evening, on Sunday 23 February.

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

Northart will be closed on Auckland Anniversary Day 27 January, until 5pm, and will also be closed on Waitangi Day 6 February.