What's On at Northart in November

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS, 1998 - 2018
TWO STUNNING SHOWS
Opening events 5pm Sunday 4 November
Floor talk 2pm Sunday 18 November
 
Condensing the highlights of 20 years of exhibitions – well over 600 individual shows and literally thousands of art works – into one cohesive collection that reflects the breadth of Northart’s reach and the depth of talent it has attracted and nurtured is no easy task. But it is a project that manager and curator Wendy Harsant, with the gallery since day one, has taken to with vigour and a touch of nostalgia, to produce ‘Twenty’, one of two stunning shows that celebrate Northart’s twentieth anniversary.
 
“When I made the list there were some standout works that I knew simply had to be there. I also wanted to include people who have been loyal and encouraging to the gallery over the years. But mostly the works selected will demonstrate Northart’s wide reach and our constant drive to promote the very best of contemporary art on the North Shore.”

Wendy will discuss her selections for ‘Twenty’ and look back at the history of the gallery’s two decades in a floor talk on Sunday 18 November at 2pm.

TWENTY
20 WORKS, 20 ARTISTS, 20 YEARS
5 to 27 November
Opening event 5pm Sunday 4 November
Floor talk 2pm Sunday 18 November
 
‘Twenty’ brings together 20 works by 20 artists, one representing each of the 20 years Northart has operated. The pieces range from the substantial – Jeff Thomson’s 3-metre high corrugated iron ‘Elephant’ relief exhibited in 2004 and Ross Ritchie’s 3-metre long ‘Stoop’ (2002) – to smaller gems like Maureen Lander’s ‘Tu Purupuruwhetu’ (2011) and Peter Shearer’s black stoneware bowl first seen in a members’ show in 2003. Sculpture, painting, textile art, ceramics, fibre art, drawing and photography all feature in an unmissable show that includes some of the finest art ever exhibited at Northart, or on the North Shore.

FIRST FIVE
FREDA BRIERLEY, PETER COLLIS, MERILYN WISEMAN, SUSAN HOLMES, WARWICK FREEMAN
5 to 27 November
Opening event 5pm Sunday 4 November
 
In November 1998 Northart opened its doors with a fascinating exhibition presenting works from five of the artists featured in Helen Schamroth’s then recently published ‘100 New Zealand Craft Artists’. Twenty years on, ‘First Five’ revisits that show and provides a rare opportunity to see the ways in which machine embroider Freda Brierley, ceramicists Peter Collis and Merilyn Wiseman, wearable art designer Susan Holmes and jewellery artist Warwick Freeman, all from the North Shore, have developed their practice and ideas over the past two decades. While not a retrospective, some of the artists may show works from the original exhibition alongside newer pieces.

IN THE WINDOWS
LANDSCAPE ART
Until 22 November
 
Throughout November, highlights from the recent Urbanscapes exhibition along with a selection of other landscape paintings and photographs will hang in the gallery’s window spaces. Works from Rosemary Theunissen and Janine Wills, photographs by Stephen Piper and other regular Northart members will attract attention from passers-by 24/7, thanks to excellent lighting.

GALLERY TIME FOR KIDS
PET PORTRAITS
Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 November
11am to 1pm
 
For the November workshops, children are invited to bring along pictures of their own pets, or ones they’d like to have, and create ‘pet portraits’. They’ll have a go at drawing different versions of their favourite animals on paper first, then choose one version to recreate in paint on paper or a small pre-primed circular board. No bookings are required for these popular drop-in sessions, which are suitable for children aged five and over accompanied by a guardian.

SEMINAR SERIES
PETER SIMPSON ON COLIN MCCAHON
6pm Wednesday 21 November
Free event, donations welcome
 
Colin McCahon's career as an artist extended over 45 active years. In ‘Colin McCahon: A Chronological Gallop 1937-83’, writer and curator Dr Peter Simpson rapidly surveys the painter’s output from beginning to end, choosing two works from each year to illustrate his continuous changes and development. Simpson has published several books on McCahon and is currently completing a comprehensive study of the artist for publication by Auckland University Press in his centennial year, 2019. This November seminar brings this successful art-related series of lectures to an end for the year.

NOVEMBER MOVIE NIGHT
MARINA ABRAMOVIC: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT
6pm Sunday 11 November
$10 members/$15 non-members
Cash and Eftpos accepted
 
Considered the grandmother of performance art, Serbian Marina Abramović is a revolutionary practitioner who has pushed the boundaries of this medium. The documentary ‘The Artist is Present’ follows her life and her preparation for a major retrospective of her work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Drinks, nibbles and comfortable seating are provided and there is no need to book.

Open daily 10am to 4pm during exhibitions, except for public holidays.
All galleries closed until 4pm on Sunday 4 November for installation of new shows.