What's On at Northart in October

AUCKLAND ART WEEK
THE POETIC CONDITION | DE DICHTERLIJKE AARD
8 to 30 October
Opening event 4pm Sunday 7 October, with live music from Mark Laurent and Brenda Liddiard
For other events, see www.northart.co.nz
 
Northart has four exhibitions opening during Auckland Art Week. In the first, The Hague-based New Zealand conceptual artist Sonja van Kerkoff curates an interactive multimedia exhibition featuring the work of 18 artists from both Aotearoa and the Netherlands, exploring political, poetic, conceptual and visual approaches to the human condition from diverse cultural perspectives. They use a wide range of media to look at today’s ‘big questions’ as an aesthetic exercise, so that the show as a whole creates an installation that evokes new stories and associations.
 
Sunday’s opening event will start with an acoustic performance by accomplished singer-songwriters Mark Laurent and Brenda Liddiard. During the run of the show there will be an extensive public programme of other free music events, floor talks, poetry readings and a short art-film festival.  For details of the participating artists and for further event information, dates and times, see www.northart.co.nz.

OPENING SOON
STILL LIFE: ROGER STAPLES
8 to 24 October
Opening event 5pm Sunday 7 October
 
In his first solo exhibition in Auckland in many years, recently retired art teacher Roger Staples uses objects from nature that attract him – rocks, stones, shells and plants amongst them – as his still life elements. Arranging them on wooden tables or inside crates, he plays with and often discards objects, but some combinations suggest the beginnings of a painting. "Things evolve. It is an intuitive, creative process. I hope my work provokes thought, rewards repeated viewing and retains a sense of mystery."

PHOTOGRAPHY
FIVE DAYS
8 to 24 October
Opening event 5pm Sunday 7 October
 
Browns Bay photographer Clive Bartleet picked up the idea for our third Art Week exhibition from a Facebook challenge. Unable to participate in the US version, he organized his own and invited originator Carl Leet from Ohio to be a guest exhibitor. Each of the twelve invited photographers present five black and white, square format photographs, taken on five consecutive days on the theme of ‘about place’. Clive and Carl are joined by Stephen Piper, Lynn Clayton, Barbara Cope, Ian Baker, Denice Symons, David Milne, Sait Akkirman, Gerard Emery, Gerald Lopez, Charlotte Goudge and Niki Hill.

IN THE WINDOWS
LOOPS, VESSELS AND LANDSCAPES
8 to 25 October
Opening event 5pm Sunday 7 October
 
A series of looped ceramic sculptural works by well-known potter Brendan Adams grace the window gallery space. Brendan, who grew up in Northcote Point, has works in the Auckland Museum and Wallace Art Trust Collection. For this collection, he has taken landscape and naturally growing elements to make forms that grow out of the table top, like mangroves.

TURNING TWENTY
SPECIAL EVENT
5pm Sunday 4 November
 
Save the date in your diary now. On Sunday 4 November Northart will open two very special exhibitions in celebration of our 20th anniversary. ‘First Five’ will reprise the gallery’s inaugural show, ‘5/100 New Zealand Craft Artists’, featuring the work of ceramicists Merilyn Wiseman and Peter Collis, wearable art designer Susan Holmes, machine embroiderer Freda Brierley and jewellery artist Warwick Freeman. And ‘Twenty’ will feature 20 works by 20 artists representing each of the gallery’s 20 years. More details to follow in our November newsletter.

GALLERY TIME FOR KIDS
POSITIVE & NEGATIVE
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October
11am to 1pm
Entry by gold coin donation
 
Children will learn about the concept of positive and negative space in our October workshops. They will first focus on drawing the negative space around objects, then get creative with coloured paper, scissors and glue to come up with their own positive and negative designs. 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
JOHN PERRY: SPLENDID ISOLATION
6.30pm Wednesday 24 October
Free event, donations welcome
 
In our October seminar, John Perry shares his vast knowledge on a subject very close to his heart: the evolution of ‘folk art’ in New Zealand. Lavishly illustrated from his own extensive collection formed over several decades, it promises to be a spell-binding presentation.

OCTOBER MOVIE NIGHT
BIG EYES
6pm Sunday 28 October
$10 members/$15 non-members
Cash and Eftpos accepted
 
Our October movie retells the captivating drama of American artist Margaret Keane (still alive today at 91) whose husband for many years claimed credit for her phenomenally successful but critically dismissed sentimental paintings of women and children with big eyes. 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 from 4pm on 3 October to 4pm on Sunday 7 October, for installation of new shows. Northart will be closed on Labour Day 22 October.