What's on at Northart in March

NORTHART WELCOMES EXPERIENCED DUO AS NEW GALLERY DIRECTORS
In an exciting move for the future of Northart, the gallery’s managing board has appointed North Shore artists and experienced curators, Jessica Pearless and Jonathan Organ, as joint directors.
 
The duo is thrilled to be taking on the new challenge of directing the gallery and planning its extensive programme of exhibitions and community events. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to lead Northart into the future, continuing the legacy of exhibiting local artists while building on new opportunities for visitors to enjoy, appreciate and learn about the best of New Zealand art.”
 
Northart’s founding manager and sole curator for the past 21 years Wendy Harsant announced her decision to step down from the role last year, and has been kind enough to remain in place while the board sought a replacement. We wish her and husband Ross Ritchie all the very best in their upcoming relocation to Wellington.

ON NOW
SUMMER MEMBERS’ EXHIBITION
Daily until 10 March
 
Northart’s much anticipated twice-yearly Members’ shows highlight the considerable talents of artists associated with the gallery. Spread across the walls of all five galleries for the summer exhibition is a wide variety of paintings, photographs and prints, while a range of three-dimensional sculptural installations, ceramics, glassworks and other objects are displayed on plinths and the floors. A number of this year’s artists are participating for the first time, while others have been part of these very popular self-selected shows in each of the past twenty or so. 

KO RĀTOU, KO TĀTOU
ON OTHERNESS AND US-NESS
16 March to 1 April
Opening event Sunday 15 March at 3pm

‘Ko rātou, ko tātou | On Otherness and Us-ness: Women of Islam, from inside and alongside’ pays homage to the New Zealand Muslim community devastated by the horrific events in Christchurch of 15 March 2019. Curated by Salama Moata McNamara and Sonja van Kerkhoff, the poignant show by artists from diverse backgrounds will include responses to the theme in various media, highlighting the role of women in Islam and reactions to Islamophobia. Pakistani artist Narjis Mirza will present a site-specific light projection with a sound piece, while other works will relate more directly to the massacre or to empathy. The opening event will take place on Sunday 15 March, exactly a year after the tragedy.

KOREAN WATER COLOURS
DIANA WON AND FRIENDS
14 to 29 March
Opening event Friday 13 March at 5pm
 
Korean watercolourist Diana Won meets monthly in West Auckland to practice traditional painting methods with sixteen other artists, collectively called 그림터 – gurimteo (‘the place where we can draw’). Exhibiting for the first time on the Shore, the group’s show of exquisite watercolours also highlights and celebrates Aotearoa New Zealand’s diversity and inclusiveness.

IN THE WINDOWS
XIV STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Viewable 24/7
2 March to 13 April
Opening event Sunday 1 March at 5pm
 
In the lead up to Easter every year, Northart invites 14 member artists to participate in a Lenten mediation on the last hours of Christ’s life. Producing works that represents their personal depiction of one of the Stations of the Cross this year are: Rosemary Theunissen, Sharon Vickers, Christine Tizard, Frank van Schaik, Freda Brierley, Janelle Wills, Lindsey Kirk,  Nancy Synnestvedt, Grant Whibley, Patrick Malone, George Ritchie, Clare Young, Ross Ritchie and Frances Rood. Installed sequentially in the gallery windows, the moving exhibition can be viewed during the day and under lights at night.

GALLERY TIME FOR KIDS
EXPLORING COLOUR
Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 March  
11am to 1pm
 
For the March drop-in art sessions, children will learn about how the Wild Beasts (the Fauvist Movement of artists also known by the French name ‘Les Fauves’) used vibrant colour. After a demonstration of the basic colour wheel, they will then create their own vivid paintings using acrylic paint on pre-primed board. A suggested donation of $2 to $5 covers all materials for these classes, suitable for five and overs accompanied by a parent or caregiver.