What's On at Northart in July

MEMBERS’ MID-YEAR SHOW
16 July to 1 August
Opening event 4pm Sunday 15 July
 
Northart’s twice-yearly members’ exhibitions are much anticipated and provide a fascinating insight into how artists’ works have developed and evolved since they last participated. With the number of new members that have joined up recently, the mid-year show is set to be an unmissable one, with at least 45 artists exhibiting. There is no restriction on theme or subject matter, the only requirement being that all wall hung works must be 305 x 305mm, and plinth or floor mounted works of a similar or smaller size. Visitors can expect to see a wide range of works on display, from paintings to photography, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture, none of which will have been exhibited before at Northart.

IN THE WINDOWS
TE HUIHUI O MATARIKI
24/7 until 24 July
 
Frances Atkins (Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Porou) first exhibited for Matariki at Northart 12 years ago. The Northcote-based painter’s recent creative practice has traced the changing face of Maori, and to celebrate Matariki this year, she exhibits works from her 2016 ‘Tekau’ exhibition alongside new pieces produced especially for this show. The well-lit window spaces mean the exhibition is viewable day and night.

ON NOW
TREVOR NEWMAN: EYES DOWN, STRAIGHT AHEAD
Runs till 11 July
 
The supports of Newman’s striking artworks and the surface of the gallery wall are intended to activate space and interact with the viewer, encouraging them “to see the world through both a vertical and horizontal perspective that reflects the distraction of contemporary life”. The graphic designer turned artist poses the question: "Can painting really show us something else, take us on a journey that is not available elsewhere?".

SOME MINOR DISRUPTIONS
SIOBHAN CROWLEY
Open daily till 11 July
 
Siobhan Crowley has created two series of works for her new show while undertaking post graduate work at Elam. ‘Some Minor Disruptions’ and ‘Cut up Rough’ both focus on drawing and what depth of information the viewer requires to find their own meaning in a piece. "Will the feet dance along with the eye, drawing seeing into a whole-body experience?" she asks.

GEOMETRIC IMAGERY
RAY WILKINSON AND IAN MOORE
Daily until 11 July
 
Ray Wilkinson and Ian Moore both use geometric imagery in their thought provoking shows. In ‘Exploring Colour’ Ray’s paintings seek to indicate how colour, texture and space can affect the emotional climate of a work. And in ‘’, Ian uses chevrons to indicate movement, protection, direction, containment and connection.

OPENS LATER IN JULY
IAN FIRTH CERAMICS
28 July to 24 August
In the windows 24/7
 
An exhibition of ceramics from the estate of pioneer New Zealand potter Ian Firth will grace the window galleries from the end of the month. Largely self-taught, Ian attended Elam from 1946 to 1950, where there was apparently a pottery wheel but no teacher. He was a long-time North Shore resident and enthusiastic Northart exhibiting member before his untimely death in 2002. The gallery is privileged to present the work from Ian’s estate before it is auctioned by Cordy’s on 11 September.

GALLERY TIME FOR KIDS
MATARIKI
Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July  
11am to 1pm
 
Children are invited to get into the spirit of Matariki by viewing the art of Frances Atkins in the Northart windows, and then heading back to the Studio Space to have fun trying their own hands at weaving with paper. These drop-in sessions are suitable for children aged five and over accompanied by a guardian. Entry is by gold coin donation.

SEMINAR SERIES
WARWICK BROWN: HOW TO BUILD AN ART COLLECTION
6pm Sunday 22 July
Free event, donations welcome
 
In the fourth in Northart’s well-attended Winter seminar series, respected art collector Warwick Brown will discuss the elements he believes are crucial to building an art collection. He’ll look at the need to study modern art history, how to discern quality, how to approach the art market, whether or not to have a ‘focus’ to a collection, and the benefits of collecting through an art co-op.

JULY MOVIE NIGHT
BASQUIAT
6pm Sunday 29 July
$10 members/$15 non-members
Cash and Eftpos accepted
 
New York post-modernist street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat was just 27 when he died of an overdose. This lightly fictionalised account of his life looks at his struggle with fame, drugs and his identity. An excellent supporting cast includes David Bowie, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Tatum O'Neal, Christopher Walken and Willem Defoe.

Open daily 10am to 4pm during exhibitions, except for public holidays.
Galleries 4 and 5 will be closed from 12 July to 6 August.