What's on in June

PENING 10 JUNE
X-MARKS: CONVERSATIONS IN CLOTH
10 June to 3 July
Opening event Sunday 9 June at 4pm
Floor talk Wednesday 26 June at 6pm
 
A fascinating textiles exhibition, on loan from Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi, brings to life the long-silent voices and daily activities of both Māori and Pākehā women from a pivotal period in New Zealand’s history. With historic Mission samplers at its centre, it explores the relationships established between missionary and settler wives and Māori women living in the Bay of Islands in the early 1800s. Textile artists Vivien Caughley, Makareta Jahnke, Maureen Lander, Toi Te Rito Maihi, Dude Beatson, Michelle Mayn, Jo Torr and Helen Schamroth, among others, were each invited to respond to various aspects of these likely exchanges by creating their own pieces, bringing a contemporary understanding to the possible interactions.  
 
Varied cloth techniques are celebrated with weaving, flag-making, garment-making, sampler-making, mawhitiwhiti tauira and blanket-stitching, and an informative essay by textile scholar Vivien Caughley along with detailed introductions to each of the exhibition’s eight sections, provide context to the displays.
 
X-Marks: Conversations in Cloth is supported by a grant from Creative Communities, Auckland and will include both a floor talk by Caughley and a children’s embroidery workshop during its run. More information on these events can be found below, or on our website.

ONE WEEK TO GO
ROINN
Runs until 12 June
 
Fiona Lee Graham curates an eclectic mix of works that loosely fall into the theme of ‘roinn’, the Scottish Gaelic term for share. Sharing the exhibition space with her are seven other mid-career artists, six from Auckland and one from Nelson – Frances Rood, Margaret Benn, Bonnie Kelly, Andrea Halley, Jane Tan and Karen Jarvis and Elizabeth Anderson.

IN THE WINDOWS
LOGAN BREWER: WAITEMATĀ
24/7 until 12 June
 
A stunning display of sculptural works and drawings by the late Logan Brewer [1945 – 2015] adorn the gallery’s window spaces until mid-June, when they will be replaced by paintings and other works by Northart members.

HORIZONS WITHOUT BORDERS
CATH WILLIAMS
17 June to 3 July
Opening event Sunday 16 June at 4pm
 
Cath Williams works with the landscape as a means to represent the environment in both the minutiae of hues and contrasts and the expansive effect of layers blurring, and layering textures, line and colour. Her works reflect the complexity of our relationships with each other and the environment, and speak to the importance of connectedness and inclusion.

INTERIORS AND EXTERIORS 
GILLIAN LANDER
17 June to 3 July
Opening event Sunday 16 June at 4pm
 
A musicologist as well as painter, Gillian Lander’s works often have an underlying contemplative or religious reference, as is particularly the case with her six responsories to ‘The Dark Night of the Soul’, an eight-stanza poem by Carmelite Spanish monk, St John of the Cross [1542 – 1591]. She accompanies these with four oils on plywood that address global warming with references to friend Alys Thorpe’s poem ‘Blake’s Law’, and a couple of additional abstract compositions.

X-MARKS FLOOR TALK
OREO’S SAMPLER: A NEW VOICE
VIVIEN CAUGHLEY
Wednesday 26 June at 6pm
 
In a letter to his London employers on 1 December 1820, New Zealand-based missionary John King enclosed a ‘sampler’ which he said had been marked by ‘Oreo’, who had been living with his family. Both the sampler’s current location and the identity of ‘Oreo’ remain unknown, but it is believed to be the earliest sampler made in New Zealand and reveals an important new voice – that of a Māori woman taught by a Pākehā woman. Join author and honorary research associate at Auckland War Memorial Museum, Vivien Caughley, as she explores this remarkable sampler’s story.

EMBROIDERY FOR CHILDREN
FREE WORKSHOP
Sunday 23 June 10am to 1pm  
 
In this relaxed three-hour workshop (with late morning tea provided) award-winning embroiderer and trained tutor Shirley Pygott will guide children to create a small embroidery sampler embellished with buttons or sequins. Kids get to choose their own colours and the finished piece can be framed or made into a small bag or cushion. Suitable for ages seven and over, with all materials provided.

MATARIKI WORKSHOP
MAKING FLAX STARS & LIGHT JARS
Sunday 30 June 11am to 1pm
 
As the stars of Matariki herald the traditional start to the Māori New Year, Māori artist Frances Atkins will show children how to weave harakeke (flax) into stars and also to make delightful Matariki star light jars. This free workshop is suitable for kids aged five and over, accompanied by a guardian.

JUNE MOVIE NIGHT
PICASSO: THE FULL STORY
Sunday 30 June at 4pm
$10 members/$15 non-members
Cash and Eftpos accepted
 
John Richardson, Pablo Picasso’s friend and biographer, provides a unique insight into the life of the great 20th century artist. He charts Picasso’s progress from a childhood in Spain to his achievement as an impoverished artist in Paris, the impact of sex on his art, and his great loves: first wife Olga, teenage mistress Marie Therese Walter and his weeping woman Dora Maar. Finally Richardson explores Picasso’s lifelong fixation with death.

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