What's On in Northart In November

Not only will we be celebrating Urbanesia at Northart in November, we also have no fewer than six diverse exhibitions running or opening during the month. First up are solo shows from accomplished artists Lindsey Kirk, Sonja Drake and Victoria Anderson, as well as the group show ‘Three Takes’ featuring the work of Fiona Gray, Malcolm McAllister and Rosemary Theunissen. Then later in November we have our popular ‘Pocket Edition’ cash and carry exhibition, and the fascinating ‘We are Artists’ project.
 
Add to that our first free community yoga workshop and our numerous weekend art classes for children, including the opportunity to create a communal mural for Urbanesia. Also for Urbanesia, we are fortunate to have tapa artists Tui Emma Gillies and Suileti Fieme’a Burrows displaying their stunning works in our window gallery space.
 
So there is something for art lovers of all ages and interests at Northart in November.

OPENING THIS WEEKEND
LINDSEY KIRK: HERE & THERE
31 October to 16 November
Opening event 5pm Sunday 30 October
 
Lindsey Kirk draws on her experiences of living between a small village in Burgundy, France and in Kaukapakapa, Auckland to present exquisitely balanced compositions of three interior scenes, rendered in paint, print and collage. Her subjects are the attic bedrooms from her homes in both countries, a series of still life arrangements of jugs and vases juxtaposed with unusual objects she’s picked up in second hand markets, as well as personal and family treasures.

ALSO OPENING 
THREE TAKES
31 October to 16 November
Opening event 5pm Sunday 30 October
 
A trio of committed artists with different approaches display their talents in this group show. Malcolm McAllister explores consumerism in his series of works set in contemporary Cuba, using the metaphor of the shopping trolley and the faces, figures and responses of ordinary Cubans as subject matter.  Fiona Gray’s work reflects more on mind-states, quiet moments of contemplation and the ways in which we embrace and deal with life, beauty and tragedy.  Rosemary Theunissen’s passion is landscape – unsettling, ambiguous and moody landscapes, dotted with man-made structures and inhabited by small figures.

SONJA DRAKE: TAKING A BEARING
31 October to 16 November
Opening event 5pm Sunday 30 October
 
Sonja Drake invites us to take a bearing with a new body of work that focuses on the earth in moments of transition and transformation. With the depiction of the land, she seeks to reveal the precarious line that divides creation and destruction, and her paintings include birds as a symbol of that tenuous and delicate balance.

VICTORIA ANDERSON: VACATIONS I HAVEN’T TAKEN
31 October to 16 November
Opening event 5pm Sunday 30 October
 
Victoria Anderson is a non-practising lawyer who combines her love of the law with that of painting for this show, to pose questions about appropriation, copyright and the use of other people’s images. Her works are based on holiday photos taken by others and posted on Facebook. "I was on a vicarious vacation with them … I wanted to explore this through paint … to highlight the ease with which I could save other’s images to my own device and use in any way I chose."

IN THE WINDOWS
IMAGINARY BEINGS
From 11 November
 
The full scape window spaces of Galleries 1, 2 and 3 will take on a Pacific theme for Urbanesia, hung with dynamic ngatu by talented mother and daughter team, tapa artists Suileti Fieme’a Burrows and Tui Emma Gillies. Our window gallery is viewable by day and after hours under lights at night.

URBANESIA
PACIFIC DAY OUT
Saturday 12 November
From 10.30am
 
Northart is participating in Auckland Council’s annual Urbanesia Festival which focuses on youth and celebrating Pacific art and culture. In tutored art classes, children can make colourful kahoa (necklaces) using recycled materials and ngatu (tapa) using traditional patterns and techniques. They will also work as a group to create a communal mural by painting images from the local neighbourhood. For class times and details, go here and to find out about other Urbanesia activities, visit www.urbanesia.org.nz.

LATER IN NOVEMBER
POCKET EDITION: SMALL WORKS FOR LARGE WALLS
19 November to 11 December
Opening event 5.30pm Friday 18 November
 
This cash and carry exhibition featuring up to 280 compact and affordable works from 28 artists is the ideal opportunity to start or add to your art collection. Featured artists include Garry Currin, Ross Ritchie, Frank van Schaik, Sharon Vickers , Frances Atkins, Drisana Tonga, Joon Hee Park, Belinda Griffiths, Frances Rood and John Oxborough, amongst others.

WE ARE ARTISTS
24 to 30 November
Opening event 5.30pm Wednesday 23 November
 
This engaging exhibition is the culmination of a collaborative project between the New Dawn Partnership and Art Adventure, a studio that facilitates art projects for people with complex needs. The show’s name is born from the idea that once people engage in the art process then, regardless of ability, for that moment they are all artists and equal in experiencing the creative process. The contributing artworks are layered, textured and colourful, with words from a poem written by Raewyn Alexander, one of the group’s tutors.

GALLERY TIME FOR KIDS
DOMESTIC OBJECTS
Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 November
11am to 1pm
 
This month’s classes for five year olds and over will be based on the theme of ‘Domestic Objects’, taking their lead from Lindsey Kirk’s still life paintings in ‘Here & There’. Children will be guided to make jugs and vases from clay. Entry is by gold coin donation for these drop-in sessions held on the first weekend of every month.

GALLERY TIME FOR LITTLE KIDS
SALT PAINTINGS
Wednesday 2 November
PAPER PLATE FISH
Wednesday 16 November
11am to 12 noon
 
Our November classes for pre-schoolers will teach them how to create their own salt paintings using PVA glue, black card, food colouring and mini droppers, and to make paper plate fish, which they will paint first then glue together. These tutored sessions take place on the first and third Wednesday of every month and are open to 2 to 4 year olds accompanied by a parent. For more information and to book, contact Catherine.

FREE YOGA
Saturday 19 November
10.30am to 11.30am
 
Our Studio Space will transform into a yoga studio for our first community yoga workshop on 19 November. This special class led by experienced instructor Ruby Li is free, but limited to 15 places, so email ruby@nissani.net to book yourself in. If it proves popular, we hope to introduce a regular schedule of yoga classes. 

Open daily 10am to 4pm during exhibitions.
(Closed this week from Thursday 27 October to 4pm Sunday 30 October for installation of new shows.)