What's On in February

CELEBRATING CHINESE NEW YEAR
3 to 20 February
Programme of opening events from 4.30pm Sunday 3 February
 
Northart re-opens after the summer break by celebrating Chinese New Year with an exciting programme of performances, music, workshops, a seminar and two diverse exhibitions.
 
Everyone is invited to join this weekend’s festivities, which start at 4.30pm on Sunday with a band performance by New Zealand Beijing Opera Society, followed by a Qipao (tea aroma spreading) performed by North Shore Chinese Association Model Team, sword dance and Taiji fan dance by the North Shore Taiji and Martial Arts Society and singing by the Rainbow Chorus, all in the square in front of the galleries.
 
The two exhibitions, ‘Accept Each Word Spoken with Love’ and ‘Hometown’ will be officially opened at 5pm, followed by Floriculture and Zheng (a traditional Chinese instrument) at 5.30pm in gallery 3 and the New Zealand Beijing Opera Society, featuring Peking Opera, instruments and chorus, in the square at 6pm.
 
The full programme of opening events and free workshops, made possible through funding by Creative Communities Auckland, can be found on our website.

ACCEPT EACH WORD SPOKEN WITH LOVE
12 YOUNG ASIAN ARTISTS
4 to 20 February
Opening event 5pm Sunday 3 February
 
Northart’s Chinese community co-ordinator Miao Xu took Mary Oliver’s poem Logos as the starting point for an exhibition she has curated featuring the work of twelve young Asian artists who have either recently graduated or are in their final years of study at local tertiary institutions. The show’s name is derived from the poem’s last line and showcases ‘the honest heart and purest love for art’ in the language of these talented young artists.

HOMETOWN
NEW ZEALAND INSTITUTE OF FINE ARTS
4 to 20 February
Opening event 5pm Sunday 3 February
 
Chinese painter Bangzhen Deng and sculptor Lu Bo, both well-known to local audiences, are amongst the senior artists of the New Zealand Institute of Chinese Fine Arts exhibiting in ‘Hometown’. These works, as with those of their younger compatriots in the other show, highlight the multiplicity of approaches to traditional Chinese art and Western art and the fluidity of the artists’ transition between them.

SEMINAR & WORKSHOP
HAN DYNASTY AND TRADITIONAL PAINTING
16 February
2-3pm and 3-4pm
Studio Space
 
‘Hometown’ artists Lu Bo and Bangzhen Deng present a seminar on Chinese Art during the Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD), talking about traditional Chinese aesthetics represented by Han painting and rubbings of Han portrait bricks. This is followed by a workshop in traditional Chinese Painting, tutored by another ‘Hometown’ artist Jinshui Lin. No entry fees or bookings required for either event, supported by Creative Communities Auckland. Contact Miao Xu for further details.

MAKING CARDS
CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP
Saturday 9 February
3 to 4pm
Studio Space
 
Children get to make Chinese New Year cards by recycling cardboard in this interactive handcraft workshop. Entry is free and suitable for ages three-plus, accompanied by an adult. Please bring your own recycled paper

GALLERY TIME FOR KIDS
YEAR OF THE PIG
Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 February
11am to 1pm
 
To celebrate Chinese New Year and The Year of the Pig, children will have fun making their own personalised piggy banks out of recycled materials like yoghurt containers, bottle top lids and egg cartons, along with vivid pens, paper, card, pipe cleaners and glue. These popular drop-in sessions are suitable for children aged five and over, or those younger if accompanied by a guardian.

IN THE WINDOWS
FIGURATIVE & OTHER WORKS
Viewable 24/7 till 13 March
 
The first installation of the year in Northart’s spacious window spaces features a number of figurative and representational works by Matthew Carter, Frank van Schaik, John Oxborough and Ross Ritchie. Excellent lighting means these displays can be viewed by day and at night.

LATER IN FEBRUARY
SUMMER MEMBERS’ SHOW
25 February to 13 March
Opening event 5pm Sunday 24 February
 
Northart’s popular twice-yearly members’ shows provide the opportunity for the talented group of artists linked to the gallery to make their own selection of works to display. The Summer Show features wall-hung works – from painting to photography and printmaking – as well as three-dimensional pieces, and gives visitors the change to  view a diverse and exciting range of art in a relaxed atmosphere.

GALA OPENING
NORTHCOTE COLLEGE
28 February to 13 March
Ticketed opening event 5pm Wednesday 27 February
 
Northcote College celebrates the talents its art department has nurtured with an inaugural exhibition that combines the works of current and past students with present and past teachers, as well as artists in the wider North Shore community. Proceeds from the sale of tickets to the special gala opening event will go towards the Art Department’s trip to New York in April. Tickets available via Eventfinda.

All galleries closed until 4.30pm on Sunday 3 February for installation of new shows. Northart will be closed on Waitangi Day 6 February.