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Northart hosts Sir James Wallace

If you haven’t yet made the trek out to Hillsborough to the Pah Homestead to look at Sir James Wallace’s magnificent collection of art, call into Northart during April and get a small ‘taste’ of the collection.
We are privileged indeed to be presenting Seen Recently. Emerging Artists from the Wallace Arts Trust Collection which will be officially opened by Sir James on Saturday 13th April.  The exhibition has been curated by arts critic (and arts commentator for the National Business Review) John Daly-Peoples, and it will include a diverse array of work – from painting to object art, sculpture, installation and possibly video by some of New Zealand’s most exciting  young art graduates. A definite must-see for those interested in contemporary art. John Daly-Peoples will give a floor talk on the exhibition on Sunday 28 April at 2pm. All are welcome, admission is free.
Opening on the same evening - and also “must sees” - are exhibitions by Fiona Lee Graham (Out of the Blue), Frances Rood (Transposition) and Jacqueline Aust (Enshrined). The works in the three shows are very different, and each compelling in their own way.  Fiona’s paintings are peopled with strange half-human half-animal creatures as she explores the internal world of the human psyche and soul, and the questions and situations that life presents.  By contrast Frances’s works are made of cut paper. She too is concerned with the inner world – but the physical rather than the spiritual.  As she cuts into each individual sheet of paper, she exposes a complex play of light and shade, negative and positive spaces, building up layer upon layer which combine in depth, complexity and fragility to resemble and reference medical imagery; thus transforming the ubiquitous medium of paper into dynamic structural forms.  Jacqueline Aust uses the medium of print – etching on waxed paper to consider the ways in which we honour, treasure, protect, revere and enshrine objects, ideas, principles, and the essence of life. These four exhibitions are open to the public on Sunday 14th April and continue until 1 May.
Currently showing in the window galleries is a series of installations by Northcote Point artist, Sheridan Keith.  Glass, metal, wire, wool textile, mirror, objets d’art and antiques are assembled together in such as way as to evoke historical and personal associations.   They will be on view until 1 May.  Also happening in late April is the first of the Northart winter seminar series.  Installation artist Tiffany Singh (who’s work “Fly me up to Where You Are” made in collaboration with Auckland school children, was one of the stars of the Auckland Art Festival) will be our first guest speaker. 7pm Wednesday 24 April, admission free. Phone the gallery or check out our website for further information

If you haven’t yet seen Tracing the Seasons, a retrospective exhibition of works 1969 – 2012  by Geoff Tune you have a weekend only to do so – it closes 4pm on Sunday 7 April. Northart will be closed on Anzac Day.  

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