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Pocket-sized Art? October at Northart

October is an exciting month to visit Northart.
Pocket Edition – Small Works for Large Walls will be on display from opening night (5pm – 7pm) on Friday 11 October until Wednesday 30 October. If you missed the 2011 version of the show (which was enormously popular and a great success), do not miss this one!  The works are literally pocket sized - well you might need largish pockets - they are A6 sized, the same size as postcards.
Twenty three artists – from as far away as London and United States of America – are creating works especially for the show. The variety of styles, subjects and themes is huge – from abstract to figurative, from quirky, comical and decorative to contemplative and downright dark.  All works are for sale, on a cash and carry basis.   So if you want to start an art collection – or add to one - this may well be  the show for you. The title may be whimsical but Pocket Edition, Small Works for Large walls includes serious works by well-known and established professional artist, as well as works by promising younger and emerging artists.  Because the works are small, they are affordable and we can even arrange the framing for you if you wish!  
As works sell and are taken away by their new owners, they are replaced with photocopies of the original so the show remains ‘intact’ the whole time it is in the gallery - the standard of photocopying being so high  we have to stencil SOLD on the reproductions to tell them apart from the originals.  The exhibition is sponsored by Gordon Harris. The Art and Graphic Store and supported by a grant from Creative New Zealand Communities/Auckland
In gallery 4 and 5 the delightful show by Westlake Girls Students and Teachers continues until 16 October. Replacing it a few days later are two solo shows, Natural Selection by painter Sean McDonnell, and Quasi Fantasy by Beach Haven photographer / painter Niki Hill.
Niki’s exhibition explores the ephemeral nature of fashion and the fantasy or pathos of consumerism. She uses such odd and disturbing found items such as shattered glass, rabbits heads, flowers, leaves and even  shark carcasses, to create objects of desire which are then photographed or painted. The resulting works of art challenge what we do as consumers and question our self-awareness.  
These shows open on the late afternoon of Saturday 19 October and continue until 6 November.  Coming up too in early November is Off Broadway, a group show showcasing work by some of Auckland’s and the North Shore’s younger emerging artists and solo. Another exciting show opening mid November is Michael Anderson’s Materiality.

Northart is centrally located on the North Shore and has large galleries opening on to a courtyard, a perfect venue for Christmas functions and other events. If you would like to find out more, please contact the manager on 09 480 9633  or

by Channel Editorial