What's on in July

OPENS SUNDAY
MEMBERS’ MID-YEAR EXHIBITION
8 to 24 July
Opening event Sunday 7 July at 4pm
 
For many of the gallery’s supporters, the mid-winter members’ exhibition is a highlight of the annual Northart programme. Despite the size restriction of 305mm x 305mm (or 12 square inches) for artworks, the show boasts an extraordinary variety of work, celebrating the broad range of ethnicities, abilities and interests that exist amongst this talented community of artists. Several small three-dimensional pieces, mostly ceramics, will also be included. The opening is always a convivial event, and all friends of Northart are welcome.

FIVE DAYS ONLY
TURN TO THE FAR NORTH
6 to 10 July
Opening event Friday 5 July at 4pm
 
Respected Chinese New Zealand artists Lu Bo and Bangzhen Deng provide an intriguing glimpse into ancient Chinese tradition, aesthetics and architecture with their series of rubbings from Han Dynasty portrait bricks. Made by Bo and Deng some 20 years ago and in the gallery for just a few days, the rubbings are essentially prints of drawings and inscriptions from a golden age in Chinese history that dates from 206 BC through to 220 AD.

OPENS MID-JULY
THROUGH OUR EYES
13 to 24 July
Opening event Friday 12 July at 4pm
 
Kristen College senior students Elaine and Nora have organised a fascinating exhibition that showcases art and drawings by children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). While most of the pieces have been produced by individuals, the show includes two large-scale collaborative works, one by Wairau Special School in Glenfield and the other by Arohanui Special School in Te Atatu South.

IN THE WINDOWS
GROUP SHOW
Until 24 July
 
A selection of works from two recent all-women shows makes a striking feature in the gallery’s windows for much of July. Paintings from Merthyr Ruxton, Gayle Forster, Frances Rood, Margaret Benn, Karen Jarvis and Fiona Lee Graham can be viewed all day and under lights at night. They will be replaced on 27 July by ceramics from Martin Ward.

OPENS END OF THE MONTH
CROSS THE RIVER
29 July to 14 August
Opening event Sunday 28 July at 4pm
 
The ancient romantic legend behind the Qixi Festival, now popularly recognized as Chinese Valentine’s Day, tells of a cowherd and a weaver girl banished to opposite sides of the Silver River (the Milky Way) but reunited for one night on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month (August) each year by a flock of magpies that forms a bridge between the lovers. Northart’s Chinese arts co-ordinator Miao Xu has taken this theme to curate an exhibition focussed on portraiture and figurative art that highlights obstacles to communication between people and cultures. 

GROUP SHOW
ONE SQUARE MEAL
29 July to 14 August
Opening event Sunday 28 July at 4pm
 
North Shore based painters Anne Riethmaier, Jeantine Pulsford and Johanna Goodwin, all art teachers at local secondary schools, are joined by multi-media artist Jacqueline Mcleod for a group show that shares their personal visions.  Diverse and intimate, the works explore geometric abstraction, subversive archetypes, digital coercion and mind monsters.

GALLERY TIME FOR KIDS
BOX OF BIRDS
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July
11am to 1pm
 
Native birds are the theme of the July sessions, as children are guided by experienced artist and tutor Fiona Lee Graham to draw or paint their favourite avians on to small recycled cardboard boxes. No bookings are required for these classes and a suggested donation of $2 to $5 covers all materials provided. They are suitable for kids five years and over, accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Open daily 10am to 4pm during exhibitions, except for public holidays.
Northart Gallery, Norman King Square (opposite the Library), Ernie Mays Street, Northcote Shopping Centre, Northcote.