What's On at Northart in May

OPENS THIS WEEKEND
RECENT AND NOT SO RECENT
8 to 24 May
Opening event 4pm Sunday 7 May
Meet the artists 3pm Sunday 21 May
 
The combined talents and works of five of Northart’s most accomplished painters – Frank van Schaik, Ross Ritchie, John Oxborough, Garry Currin and Matthew Carter –  promise a show that is variously challenging, thought-provoking and entertaining.
 
As the name implies, each artist will either draw on some of their older pieces, or more recent works. Frank will feature a selection of figurative paintings produced over the past few years, Ross a couple of works from his 1986 mannequin series as well as his 2015 character studies and John’s contribution will include life drawings and a few of his earlier cowboy series. Garry will exhibit some of his hallmark atmospheric land/mindscapes, and Matthew his signature cityscapes.

The free opening function on 7 May is set to be a lively affair, but if you are not able to make that, you have another opportunity to meet the artists on Sunday 21 May at 3pm.

STILL ON
KOREAN FINE ARTS
Open daily until 10 May
 
The highly coloured landscapes and flower paintings, wooden sculpture and silver jewellery that make up this year’s New Zealand Korean Fine Arts Association show have been attracting good audiences. Catch this wide-ranging exhibition before it closes on 10 May.

LATER IN MAY
TANG’S STUDIO: CHIHUI TANG & STUDENTS
15 to 31 May
Opening event 4pm Sunday 14 May
 
Since immigrating to New Zealand two decades ago, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts graduate Chihui Tang has tutored many young artists at the North Shore-based Tang’s Studios. His guidance has helped students produce artwork for school projects and for competitions, and to prepare portfolios for entry into university courses. Both his own talents and those of the students he’s developed will be on show in this engaging exhibition.

WINDOW GALLERY
EARTH PIGMENTS
Until 16 May
John Perry illustrated talk 7pm Wednesday 10 May
 
The primitive art pieces in our windows from Australia, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia and America have been capturing the attention of passers-by and regular visitors in the past weeks. Learn about the passion that drives archivist, historian and curator of the Earth Pigments exhibition, John Perry, in a fascinating illustrated talk, ‘Collecting and Living with Tribal Art. A Personal Journey’. This free public event will take place inside the gallery on Wednesday 10 May. The collection will remain in the windows until 16 May.

LATER IN THE WINDOWS
CERAMICS
17 May to 16 June
 
If you were unfortunate enough to miss our very successful survey exhibition on the North Shore’s studio pottery movement over the past 60 or so years, ‘An Obsessive Pursuit’, you can at least enjoy a selection of some of the striking ceramic pieces that were on display in our window gallery from mid-May to mid-June.

AT END OF MAY
MID-YEAR MEMBERS’ SHOW
29 May to 14 June
Opening event 4pm Sunday 28 May
 
While format for the latest of Northart’s popular members’ shows is fixed at 305 x 305mm, that won’t restrict the fascinating range of works selected for exhibiting by the many talented artists associated with the gallery – from paintings to photography, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture. None of the pieces will have been previously shown at Northart.

ART CLUB
Meetings start mid-May
 
We’re launching an Art Club exclusively for teenagers. So if you’re between 13 and 18 and are keen to meet with local artists and participate in workshops they offer, or you simply want to hang out and discuss art with others who share your interest, sign up here: www.northart.co.nz/art-club. Meetings in Northart’s Studio Space start later this month.

GALLERY TIME FOR KIDS
TRIBAL DESIGN
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May
11am to 1pm
 
In this weekend’s art classes for five and overs, kids will take a walk past the windows displaying John Perry’s Earth Pigments collection, then return to the Studio Space to create their own tribal patterns using chalk, pastel and string on black paper. These drop-in workshops under the expert tutelage of Fio-na Lee Graham are made possible by ongoing funding from Creative Communities Auckland.

GALLERY TIME FOR KIDS
TRIBAL DESIGN
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May
11am to 1pm
 
In this weekend’s art classes for five and overs, kids will take a walk past the windows displaying John Perry’s Earth Pigments collection, then return to the Studio Space to create their own tribal patterns using chalk, pastel and string on black paper. These drop-in workshops under the expert tutelage of Fio-na Lee Graham are made possible by ongoing funding from Creative Communities Auckland.

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