What's On at Northart in September

OPENS MID-MONTH
SHARON VICKERS: FFWD 1-10
18 September to 4 October
Opening event 4pm Sunday 17 September
Artist floor talk 3pm Sunday 1 October
 
Northart veteran Sharon Vickers describes her latest body of work, seven years in the making, as part of an ongoing exploration of time and place. Using a disposable camera, she produced a visual diary over 10 days in the Summer of 2010-2011 while she followed her sons' Formula Ford motor racing exploits around the South Island. The resulting 10 works, each made up of several separate paintings, bring to focus the seemingly trivial aspects of life, or as she describes, ‘the often-overlooked detail in one’s point of view that lurks in the periphery’. A Masters graduate of AUT, Sharon has participated in more than 35 group or individual shows at Northart since 2002.

SOLO EXHIBITION 
TĒVITA LĀTŪ: FRIENDS I HAVEN’T MET
18 September to 4 October
Opening event 4pm Sunday 17 September
 
Portraiture will feature prominently in Tēvita Ma’ameivai Lātū’s second exhibition at Northart. An interest in Basquiat and Picasso influences the Tongan-based artist’s experimentation with mixed media, as he portrays people and events that have significance for him. Schooled on the North Shore and at Auckland Grammar, Lātū returned to his homeland of Tonga after graduating from the National Art School in Sydney. There he established Seleka, a contemporary art group that assists underprivileged youth through various art and painting projects. During his trip to Auckland, made possible by Creative Communities, he will tutor free youth workshops at Northart (see details here.)

DON’T MISS THIS
RADIO AND DESIGN 1920-1950
Closes 13 September
 
This unique exhibition of wireless sets from the golden age of radio, curated by James Davidson and complemented by Art Deco posters from the era, is drawing a lot of attention. Make sure you catch the show and its fascinating accompanying musical soundtrack before it closes next week.

CLOSING NEXT WEEK
GAYLE FORSTER: TRANSFORMING
HEATHER GROUDEN: EARTH AND AIR
GROUP SHOW
All on until 13 September.
 
Painter Gayle Forster’s work has become a more personal response to the sea and the land she has adapted to since moving from Christchurch to the Kaipara. Japanese art aesthetics and print making are also strong influences. Heather Grouden’s striking ceramics and abstract paintings are inspired by the cliff and rock formations on Chelsea Beach below the Sugar Works near her Birkenhead home. And abstract painters Bob Drake, Ray Wilkinson, Denice Symons and Biljana Snjegota each share five or six works in a diverse group exhibition.

IN THE WINDOWS
DRAWINGS & WORKS ON PAPER
Until 4 October
 
Those that missed our excellent drawings and works on paper show last month can still enjoy a selection of pieces from James Lawrence, Ross Ritchie, Frank van Schaik, Frances Rood, George Ritchie and Belinda Griffiths in our window galleries, at any time of day.

LATER IN THE MONTH
CULTURAL TRAVELS WITH AN ARCHITECTURAL EYE
25 September to 4 October
 
Northcote resident, architect and avid traveller Peter Sheppard takes us along on his explorations, with a series of photographs and sketch cards, as well as photo books, that link people, places and the built environment.

A CELEBRATION
AGING AESTHETICALLY
24 September to 4 October
 
Age is no barrier to creativity, as this group of mostly octogenarian artists illustrates with a celebratory exhibition of painting, small sculpture and embroidery, presented to coincide with the International Day of Older Persons on 1 October. While most are no longer actively producing artworks, they’ve all exhibited at Northart over the years.

YOUTH WORKSHOPS
TĒVITA LĀTŪ
Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September
10.30am to 4.30pm. 
 
Local youth will get the opportunity in two free workshops in our Studio Space, to retell traditional Tongan stories in their own contemporary way under the expert guidance of one of the Pacific island’s most established artists, Tēvita Ma’ameivai Lātū. Lātū has been introducing young Tongans in his home community to the arts through his Seleka group for the past nine years. He’s looking forward to engaging with the youth of Kaipataki, working with kupesi (Tongan traditional designs) and portraiture, exploring ‘something slightly Tongan, slightly his own unique style’. Interested schools and individuals can book places by emailing anna.vdb@northart.co.nz.

GALLERY TIME FOR LITTLE KIDS
PAINTING WITH NATURAL MATERIALS
Wednesday 20 September
11am to 12 noon
 
In this class, pre-schoolers will get to learn that fun paint effects can be achieved in many ways. They will make their own paint brushes from natural and found materials like sticks, leaves, feathers and cotton balls, to see what interesting mark making they can achieve. No bookings are required for these classes but children need to be accompanied by an adult.

ELECTION TIME
STUDIO SPACE
11 to 19 September
GALLERY 4
20 to 22 September
 
Northart welcomes back the electoral team this year, as our Studio Space and Gallery 4 are used for advance polling for Northcote and Te Tai Tokerau on the dates above. We thank the community groups that are regular users of the Studio Space for their understanding over this time.

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

Galleries 1,2,3 closed from 14 September to 4pm 17 September, for installation of new shows. Gallery 4 and 5 closed from 14 to 24 September for polling office and installation of new shows.