What's On in October

JUST OPENED
SINGING TO THE DEAD
On until 23 October
Artists’ floor talk Sunday 20 October at 2pm
 
For ‘Singing to the Dead’, 13 of Northart’s most accomplished members were invited to present works that pay homage to people, places, ideas and events that have been pivotal to their personal development and well-being, on an artistic, familial, political or emotional level. Sculpture, photography, textile art, object art, embroidery, painting and performance all feature in this powerful and poignant exhibition. The line-up of artists is Karl Amundsen, Frances Atkins, Harvey Benge, Freda Brierley, Robert Ellis, Robyn Hughes, Maureen Lander, John Lyall, Phil Neary, Marie Potter, Ross Ritchie, Helen Schamroth and Frank van Schaik, many of whose association with the gallery stretches back to its beginnings in 1998. A number of them will be present for a floor talk in the gallery on Sunday 20 October at 2pm.

WARWICK BROWN
OUT OF PRINT: CIBACHROMES OF THE 1980s
Runs daily till 16 October
Meet the artist Sunday 13 October at 3pm
 
Well-known art collector Warwick Brown’s long and productive association with Northart over two decades has seen him curate exhibitions, present seminars and loan the gallery artworks for various shows. Lesser known is his strong contribution as a practising artist, participating in numerous exhibitions with works in a variety of media. For ‘Out of Print’ he revisits a whimsical and memorable show first held in 2012, presenting a range of his favourite Cibachrome prints from the 1980s.

JOHN OXBOROUGH
WORKS ON PAPER
On until 16 October
 
Fluid lines and a brevity of expression are the cornerstone of John Oxborough’s practice. Female figures, nudes, still life and domestic clutter are favoured subjects in his figurative and still life drawings, with objects and scenes often depicted from an aerial or oblique perspective. His latest exhibition brings together works on paper produced over the past two decades.

IN THE WINDOWS
Viewable 24/7
 
Visitors to Northart and passers-by get the opportunity to see a selection of artworks which continue the theme of ‘Singing to the Dead’ in the window galleries, viewable all day or under lights at night. They will be replaced on 27 October with paintings and ceramics by Heather Grouden.

GALLERY TIME FOR KIDS
3D 2D
Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October
11am to 1pm
 
In our October drop-in art making sessions, children will get to experiment with both 3D and 2D creations. First producing 3-dimensional geometric shapes using pipe cleaners, they will then be encouraged to draw what they have created using crayon and dye on paper. A suggested donation of $2 to $5 covers all materials provided for the classes, which are suitable for kids five years and over, accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

OPENING LATER IN OCTOBER
YOUNG AT ART
21 October to 6 November
Opening event Sunday 20 October at 5pm
 
Art students at Birkenhead College get to show off their varied talents in a selection of 18 small-scale sculptures made from found materials, as well as approximately 45 framed mixed media and photography works.

OCTOBER MOVIE NIGHT
PICASSO: MAGIC SEX & DEATH 
Sunday 20 October at 4pm
$10 members/$15 non-members
Cash and Eftpos accepted
 
After the earlier showing of John Richardson’s unique insight into the life of friend and great 20th century artist Pablo Picasso had to be aborted, we’ll be screening it again thanks to the kind donation of a new DVD player. Over three DVDs (collectively almost three hours long) Richardson charts Picasso’s progress from his childhood in Spain to his achievements in Paris, the impact of sex on his art, his great loves, and his lifelong fixation with death. Comfortable seating and refreshments will be provided.

END OCTOBER
RUBICON
29 October to 13 November
Opening event Sunday 27 October at 5pm
 
Running from after the Labour weekend is a group show by four painters – Patrick Malone, Grant Whibley, Graham McFelin and Shruti Yatri – who have maintained contact since art school days, meeting regularly to discuss ideas and critique each other’s work. The show’s opening event will be on the Sunday before Labour Day and the exhibition will then run daily from Tuesday 29 October.

PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPY COMPETITION
OUR PEOPLE
21 October to 6 November
Opening event Sunday 20 October at 5pm

Northart is delighted to be presenting the inaugural event in what will become a bi-annual portrait photography competition for secondary school students, made possible through the Gerrard and Marti Friedlander Charitable Trust. A2 prints of the 25 finalist photographs on this year’s theme of ‘Our People’ will be displayed on the walls of gallery 5 and judged by Progear’s Phillip Glamuzina and artist and internationally successful photographer Paul Nathan. The winners will be announced at the opening.

ART CLASSES
FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS

Starting Thursday 24 October
Adults: 10.45am to 12.45pm
Children: 3.30pm to 5pm
Highbury House, Birkenhead
 
Thanks to a grant from the Kaipatiki Local Board, Northart tutors will be providing weekly art classes to both adults and children from later this month, at Highbury House in Hinemoa St, Birkenhead. The morning adult classes are aimed at absolute beginners and the after-school classes are suitable for children aged 7 to 10. Contact the gallery for further information.