What's on at Northart in January and February
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
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.
IN THE WINDOWS
GALLERY TIME FOR KIDS
LATER IN FEBRUARY
Open daily 10am to 4pm during exhibitions, except for public holidays.