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Extraordinary talent and creativity – In Northart's October exhibitions

Northart highlights the extraordinary depth of talent and creativity to be found in local communities with its October exhibitions.
We start with an exhibition by students and past students of Birkenhead College which is currently on show and continuing until October 10th. Absolute Beginners, which includes photography, painting and installation has been staged to provide a platform for artists at the beginning of their careers; to give them experience exhibiting in a professionally run arts space, provide them with opportunities to develop on-going critical and supportive relationships, as well as to strengthen the local contemporary arts community.
Fifty Shades of Green, a painting exhibition of exquisitely rendered foliage and New Zealand bush by Richard Higham, opens on Monday 8th. Richard studied art under well known Westlake Boys High School tutors Lyndon Smith, John Horner and Paul Dibble, and then trained and worked as an architect while continuing his interest in drawing and painting through exhibiting mostly single works in various local art awards and members’ shows. He has now put together a substantial body of work for this, his first solo, show. The opening function for Fifty Shades of Green will be held Sunday 7th October from 5pm – 7pm; do come along and join us in celebrating his achievement.
Opening on the same evening in an adjacent gallery is Hang Five a group exhibition by Freda Brierley, Lindsey Kirk, Nicol Sanders-O’Shea, Janis Marler Harkness and Jacqueline Aust. All five artists live in Auckland North (the former North Shore City and Rodney areas). There is no overarching theme or subjective link between them; rather they are five individuals all of whom are highly accomplished artists and whose work when brought together makes an exhibition that is variously serene, disturbing, thought provoking and whimsical!  All in all, another not to be missed show! Hang Five and Fifty Shades of Green continue until 28th October.
While painting shows dominate the gallery this month, there is one textile based exhibition – Japonisme, by well known local weaver Alison Francis (if you haven’t seen it yet, check out her stunning work in the Birkenhead Library) and Dianne Dudfield (from the Bay of Plenty). The two artists share a passion for Japanese art and Japanese influenced art and their works in the show reflects this. Each artist is exhibiting four kimono referenced jackets, each of which relates to a different season, as well as wall hung pieces.
Japonisme opens on Sunday 14th from 5pm – 7pm, as does the final exhibition, Internal Landscapes, a painting exhibition by two Warkworth based emerging artists, Lisa Currin and Heather Owens. Their images express internal mind states, personal feelings, and the highs and lows, light and dark spaces and experiences, of daily life.
So there is lots to enjoy at Northart this month. If you would like to make up a group and learn more about any of the shows, we welcome day or evening visits and  are  happy to arrange an artist or curator’s talk, as well as provide refreshments afterwards (a small fee applies). There are various more formal talks scheduled too. Check out the calendar on our website  Don’t forget you and your children/grandchildren are most welcome to join in our Gallery Time for Kids on the first and third Sunday of the month.

For further information, contact the gallery or visit

Northart, Norman King Square, Ernie Mays Street,
Northcote Shopping Centre
Phone 09 480 9633

Northart is supported by Auckland Council and the

Birkenhead Licensing Trust and is open 10am – 4pm daily, evening viewings by arrangement. Admission is free.

by Channel Editorial