What's On in April

OPENING NEXT WEEK
GROUP SHOW – EIGHT OF NORTHART’S MOST ACCOMPLISHED ARTISTS
8 to 26 April
Opening event Sunday 7 April at 5pm
 
In a rare opportunity to experience the talents of eight extremely accomplished contemporary artists under one roof, Northart presents a collection of recent works by Garry Currin, Craig Humberstone, Jonathan Organ, John Oxborough, Jessica Pearless, Ross Ritchie, Frank van Schaik and Barry Ross Smith. All long-standing and highly respected Northart members, they make an eclectic grouping – from hyper-realist to figurative, romantic landscape to abstract – but the result is a collection that is certain to variously challenge, inspire, delight and provoke viewers.

ALSO COMING SOON
KORENI (ROOTS)
8 to 24 April
Opening event Sunday 7 April at 5pm
 
In a posthumous solo show, her first, the family of the late Paulina (Pava) Jovanovic shares a collection of the Serbian artist’s paintings and sketches. Pava was the first woman to assemble mosaics in post-war Serbia, but she worked anonymously for most of her career in the shadows of other artists’ studios. After immigrating to join family in Birkenhead, she focused on painting and drawing. "Self-effacing, yet deeply sensitive and aware of the nature and beauty around her, Pava’s works resonate with vulnerability and honesty," is how Ana Ivanovic-Tongue describes her aunt and her talent.

LAST DAYS
OFF BROADWAY
Finishes 3 April
 
The distinctive style of painter, carver and printmaker Dominique Baker is seen at Northart for the first time as part of a series of four solo shows. Reflecting her dual heritage, her works combine imagery of native flora and fauna with traditional Japanese figures wearing Māori korowai. She exhibits alongside painters Yvonne Abercrombie and Benedict Keeley, who participated in last December’s Pocket Edition, and regular group exhibitor Katie Theunissen in her first one-person show.

STILL ON
LIFE DRAWING
Runs till 3 April
 
Regular Northart exhibitor Mark Whippy is joined by fellow figure drawing enthusiast Orion Mabelle for a display of works that resulted from the life drawing group they’ve both attended in Auckland over the past year or so. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch this striking show before it closes next week.

IN THE WINDOWS
XIV STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Viewable 24/7 till 24 April
 
Installed throughout Easter in the gallery’s window spaces, the XIV Stations of the Cross, each depicted by a different artist, represent successive incidents during Jesus's progress from his condemnation by Pilate to his crucifixion and burial. The walk-by exhibition provides an opportunity for quiet reflection by day, and under lights at night.

GALLERY TIME FOR KIDS
MONO PRINTING
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April
11am to 1pm
 
In April, these popular family-focussed sessions encourage children to try drawing in a different way – creating one-off monoprints using water-based printing ink, pencils, rollers and paper. No bookings are required for the classes, which are suitable for kids five years and over, accompanied by a parent or caregiver. A suggested donation of $2 to $5 covers all materials provided.

OPENING END APRIL
GROUP SHOW
29 April to 15 May
Opening event Sunday 28 April at 4pm
 
In an all-women show, six mid-career artists – Jo Dalgety, Sonja Drake, Gayle Forster, Lindsey Kirk, Merthyr Ruxton and Susan Thomas – exhibit an eclectic but captivating mix of styles, from landscape imagery through to modernist abstraction.

STARTS 29 APRIL
BEVERLY RAE: COLOUR
29 April to 15 May
Opening event Sunday 28 April at 4pm
 
Born in Takapuna but with deep ancestral roots in Australia, Elam alumni Beverly Rae depicts marginalised Aborigine women in vibrant paintings that portray a sense of loss, dependency and isolation. The highly colourful Australian landscape to which they belong has always fascinated Beverly, with its sulphur heaps, white gum trees and red earth, and its unique wildlife.

APRIL MOVIE NIGHT
6pm Sunday 28 April
SKY LADDER: THE ART OF CAI GUO-QIANG 
$10 members/$15 non-members
Cash and Eftpos accepted
 
This breathtaking documentary traces the meteoric rise of contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang, best known for his spectacular pyrotechnic displays, from childhood in Mao's China to global artworld superstar status. It also follows the behind the scenes process of realising his lifelong vision – a 503m ladder of fire constructed under a shroud of secrecy in his hometown. Drinks, nibbles and comfortable seating are provided and there is no need to book, just stay on directly after the exhibition openings.

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

All galleries closed 4 to 7 April, for installation of new shows. And Northart will be closed on Good Friday 19 April and Easter Sunday and Monday, 21 and 22 April, as well as Anzac Day Thursday 25 April.