What's On at Northart in June

OPENS THIS WEEKEND
FOUR VOICES. THERE AND THEN
6 to 18 June
Opening event 4pm Sunday 4 June
 
In a reprise of their successful 2016 group show, Auckland photographers Roger Brown, Murray Noble and Graham Hendry are joined this year by Timaru-based Dominique Papoutsou. A shared interest in abstract impressionism influences their passion for classic art photography. With the range of digital techniques now available, they’ve each been able to extend and develop their individual practice, resulting in what promises to be a fascinating collection of work. The show is one of four Auckland Festival of Photography events at Northart during June.

AUCKLAND FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY
DOLLY: SHERYL CAMPBELL
10 to 18 June
 
Auckland artist Sheryl Campbell’s video installation is a ‘re-imagined’ SlutWalk. The piece draws on the worldwide protest rallies that started in 2012, calling for an end to rape culture and the line of defence put forward by rapists of women dressed provocatively. Campbell’s Dolly carries her sexualised look behind her ‘as a shadow – whether she wants it or not, it is a part of how she is constantly viewed.’  Dolly is preceded from 2 to 9 June by an Italian photography project by various artists.

ON SCREEN
REFINE: PHISUT NUTHONG
2 to 18 June
 
Chang Mai-based photographer Phisut Nuthong’s presentation is part of the Auckland Festival of Photography digital screen initiative. It examines the social impact of cosmetic surgery, especially on the young. In an increasingly competitive society, cosmetic work has become more and more popular amongst Thai university students, who are operated on before term starts and then convalesce secretly, often in ‘unbearable pain’, alone in their dorm rooms.

STILL ON
MID-YEAR MEMBERS’ SHOW
Runs till 14 June
 
Northart members, both established and new, have contributed a lively collection of works to the ever-popular mid-year show, which has as its only limitation a defined size for the pieces – 12 inches (or 305mm) square. Whether painted, stitched or collaged, all works are for sale, and also include some small three-dimensional ceramic and glass pieces. 

OPENS MID-MONTH
FEAST
19 June to 5 July
Opening event 4pm Sunday 18 June
 
Food – its preparation, presentation and consumption – is the theme of this group exhibition by invited artists including photographers Harvey Benge, Niki Hill, and Stephen Piper, painters Karl Amundsen, George Ritchie, Frances Atkins, Ross Ritchie, Carole Prentice and Bernard Waters, mixed media artist, Lindsey Kirk, printmaker Nicol Sanders-O’Shea and textile artist Freda Brierley. Several ceramicists and glass artists will also contribute works, all celebrating food and feasting.

LATER IN JUNE
TWO HOMES: CATH WILLIAMS
26 June to 12 July
Opening event 4pm Sunday 25 June
 
Painter Cath Williams, who recently returned to Auckland after living in Australia for many years, explores the landscape of both countries in her show. Her interest in landscape grew in direct response to the impact of climate change, and to the juxtaposition of the ‘often languid beauty of New Zealand landscape with the strident, brutal beauty of the Australian bush’. Returning home after so long away reinforced for her that, while the impact was more subtle here, both environments are continually under threat from the effects of resource depletion.

SOLO SHOW
THE FLOW OF TIME – TRACES
26 June to 12 July
Opening event 4pm Sunday 25 June
 
In her first solo exhibition in New Zealand, Korean-trained Insook Kim looks at the transience of time and the ways in which traces of the past inform everyday life. Kim immigrated to New Zealand in 2004 after graduating from Hongik University with a major in printmaking.

IN THE WINDOWS
MATARIKI: AROHA GOSSAGE
From 12 June
 
Northart celebrates this special time of reflection and renewal with a window installation made specifically for the gallery and Matariki by young Northcote visual artist Aroha Gossage. Of Ngati Wai, Ngati Ati Awa and Ngati Ruahine/Ruanui, Ngati Manuhiri descent, Aroha has fast been making a name for herself on the national art scene since graduating with honours in a Masters of Art & Design from Auckland University of Technology. This work is presented courtesy of the artist and Artis gallery.

MATARIKI WORKSHOPS
MAKING FLUTES
Saturday 10 and 17 June
10.15am to 1.15pm
 
Clay artist Hera Johns will be tutoring two workshops over consecutive weekends. In the first session participants will make clay uku tangi (single hole flutes) and koauau (three holed flutes), and then carve and decorate these ready for firing the following week. Suitable for intermediate and secondary students, the workshops are free thanks to funding from Creative Communities Auckland and all materials are provided. But enrolments are essential – contact Anna  to book.

MATARIKI BUNTING
Saturday 10 and 11 June
11am – 4pm
 
If you’d like to help Northcote Town Centre get in the celebratory mood for Matariki, come along to our free workshops in the Studio Space and join the team in designing and painting stencilled festive banners and bunting that will be used to decorate the Norman King building and elsewhere around the centre. All materials will be supplied.

GALLERY TIME FOR KIDS
12 x 12
Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June
11am to 1pm
 
In our June drop-in classes for five and overs, children will get to wander around the Mid-year Members’ Show and then return to the Studio Space to create their own 12 x 12 (305 x 305 cm) artworks. They’ll get to draw, paint, sew or collage, whichever takes their fancy, onto recycled wall paper or pre-primed card.

GALLERY TIME FOR LITTLE KIDS
ABSTRACT ART
Wednesday 7 June
FOOD AS ART
Wednesday 21 June
11am to 12 noon
 
On the first Wednesday in June, pre-schoolers will get to create abstract artworks using unusual props and techniques, and on the third Wednesday, they’ll have fun using fruit and vegetables to make art. No bookings are required for these classes but children need to be accompanied by an adult.

SELFIE!
Submissions close 14 July
 
You don’t have to be an established artist, or even a member, to participate in Northart’s exhibition of photographic self portraits. All you have to do is take a selfie on your phone and email it to Anna van den Berg by Wednesday 14 July. And if that’s not possible, book in a time with her to come and have one taken by the new computer in our Studio Space. All images submitted will be printed out on A5 and displayed in a show opening on Sunday 6 August, alongside Tongan artist Tevita Latu’s exhibition, also featuring portraiture.

ART CLUB
Thursday 8th June at 3.45pm
 
Our new Art Club kicks off this month with a social gathering in the Studio Space to get to know each other and brainstorm ideas for future sessions. Response has been great, but we can still take more, so if you’d like to join the Club and share your love of art with like-minded teenagers, email Anna today.

Open daily 10am to 4pm during exhibitions, except for public holidays. Gallery closed Queen’s Birthday 5 June.