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Scenery, Sculpture and a Spruce Up…

Early May sees the opening of the Korean Association of Photographers exhibition, Colour Harmonies of New Zealand, which celebrates the beauty and splendour of Aotearoa/New Zealand’s natural scenery.  

Over 60 photographs will be on display in galleries four and five from Sunday 5 May until Tuesday 14 May. The Korean Photography Association of New Zealand was founded in 2009. It includes members of varying levels of experience, all of whom have a passion for photography and for sharing their love of their new homeland.

The other gallery spaces will be closed over this period while we carry out some much needed renovations. The tatty old carpet will be lifted and the concrete floor beneath sanded and polished, the aging air conditioning units replaced and a new reception desk installed.

It will all be done in time for the opening celebration of Recent Auckland Photography. Curated by Chris Corson-Scott and Edward Hanfling the exhibition will include new, unseen and significant photographs from 12 camera artists – Mark Adams, Edith Amituanai, Fiona Amundsen, Harvey Benge, Bruce Connew, Chris Corson-Scott, Ngahuia Harrison, Derek Henderson, Ian MacDonald, Haruhiko Sameshima, Geoffrey H. Short and Talia Smith – and will be installed across all gallery spaces. The opening on Sunday 19 May 5pm – 7pm  will also be the occasion of the launch of a lavishly illustrated catalogue/book Recent Auckland Photography with an introduction by Ron Brownson, senior curator Auckland Art Gallery.

The window gallery spaces will also be given a spruce up during the renovations and viewers will be treated to a sculpture exhibition (courtesy of Whitespace, Crummer Rd, Grey Lynn) by artists such as Greer Twiss, Jim Cooper, Julie Ross, Madeleine Child and Graham Bennett. The exhibition is viewable day and night.

At 3pm on Sunday 3 June, Ron Brownson will give a free public talk about Recent Auckland Photography. It will be followed by a discussion with the exhibition artists and curators, as a part of Auckland Festival of Photography’s Talking Culture series.

We also continue the very popular Winter Seminar Series during May. Painter, Printmaker, Writer and Poet, John Pule will be speaking on “The Blue Plateau of Polynesian Memory” on 8 May, and on the 22 May we welcome Dick Frizzell who has provoked, challenged and delighted New Zealanders and visual arts audiences over the past forty or so years.  A fortnight later on June 5, national and international award-winning architect Richard Naish will discuss aspects of his practice that have ensured its success.

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