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Darryn George in Off the Wall magazine

Wednesday, 1 January 2014
An interview with Christchurch artist Darryn George features in the latest issue of Off the Wall – an online quarterly magazine published by Te Papa.

Read the interview here.

Richard Orjis awarded residency

Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Multimedia artist Richard Orjis has been awarded the 2014 Tylee Cottage Residency. Based at Tylee Cottage, a renovated historic building on the grounds of the Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui, it is the longest-running residency in the country, hosting almost 40 artists since 1986.

Orjis will undertake his residency from Februrary to June 2014.

Graham Bennett summer exhibitions

Saturday, 23 November 2013
Graham Bennett features in two exhibitions in the northern South Island this summer.

At the Suter Art Gallery, in Bennett’s birthplace of Nelson, How Near, How Far? chronicles the decade of work since Reasons for Voyaging was installed outside the Christchurch Art Gallery. The exhibition runs until 9 February 2014.

In In Balance, the Diversion Gallery in Picton will display recent works by Bennett alongside the first works to be released by the estate of Don Peebles. In Balance runs from 9 December 2013 until 25 January 2014.

Shigeyuki Kihara lecture at NYU

Monday, 11 November 2013
The Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University will host Shigeyuki Kihara later this month, as she delivers a lecture on Pacific communities.

In Urban Pacific: Contemporary Indigenous Cultures from New Zealand and the Pacific, Kihara will discuss a thriving contemporary urban movement amongst Maori and Pacific Island communities from New Zealand.

Urban Pacific: Contemporary Indigenous Cultures from New Zealand and the Pacific will be held on 21 November.

Shigeyuki Kihara in Asia-Pacific Almanac

Thursday, 7 November 2013
Shigeyuki Kihara will be featured in the upcoming ArtAsiaPacific Almanac Issue 2014.

The magazine’s annual survey of artists, exhibitions and projects from the Asia-Pacific region will include Roman Catholic Church, Apia (2013) among other highlights from the past year.

Wayne Barrar at Auckland Art Gallery

Saturday, 26 October 2013
Photographer Wayne Barrar joins 19 other New Zealand artists in an Auckland Art Gallery exhibition showcasing ideas of utopia, sustainability, and artistic freedom.

Freedom Farmers: New Zealand Artists Growing Ideas features Barrar’s Mason Bay photographs, taken on Stewart Island in 1988. Additional events include speakers from various fields and an ‘Ideas Market’ for sustainable living.

Freedom Farmers: New Zealand Artists Growing Ideas runs from 26 October 2013 – 23 February 2014

Shigeyuki Kihara

Thursday, 10 October 2013
Almost halfway through her ISCP residency in New York, Shigeyuki Kihara's diary is full enough to make a native New Yorker exhausted. Invitations to work as a visiting critic and lecturer have already taken Kihara to a number of North American universities, including New York University, the University of Indiana South East, the University of California Santa Cruz and Carleton University, Ottawa. Following on from this, the number of projects Kihara has lined up over the next 6 months takes her works to almost every corner of the globe.

Most recently, a photograph from her series 'Fa'a fafine: In the Manner of a Woman' (2005) has found a home in Ohio at Oberlin College's Allen Memorial Museum of Art (AMMA). Here it will keep august company amongst significant holdings of African, American, Asian, and European art. The Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Denise Birkhofer, comments "Shigeyuki Kihara's photograph Samoan Couple is a wonderful addition to the Allen Memorial Art Museum's growing collection of contemporary photography from around the globe. The work's references to issues of gender, colonialism, and self-representation will be of supreme interest to the constituents of Oberlin College." AMMA's comprehensive collection features more than 14,000 artworks, and includes pieces from past and present luminaries as Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, Yayoi Kusama and Cindy Sherman.

August 1st saw the opening of 'salt 8: Shigeyuki Kihara' at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts as part of the 'salt' artists’ programme. This series of semi-annual exhibitions aims to "reflect the international impact of contemporary art today"(1), and showcases selected international emerging artists. Across the Atlantic, Kihara's performance and photographic artworks will feature in 'Made in Oceania: Tapa', an exhibition curated by the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum in Koeln, Germany and opening in November.

Concurrently here in New Zealand, Massey University's College of Creative Arts will display the works created by Kihara during her time as the Massey University Pasifika Arts Research Fellow. Next year is already shaping up to be as busy as 2013, with a major solo exhibition at Wellington’s City Gallery set to open on February 1st and further projects at Pataka Museum and Te Manawa Gallery in the pipeline.

(1) Accessed 1/10/13

Lorene Taurerewa at Wallace Arts Centre

Tuesday, 24 September 2013
Navigating the personal tangles of the contemporary world is the focus of New York-based New Zealand artist Lorene Taurerewa’s latest exhibition, now showing in Auckland.

The works in Prestidigitation are concerned with the posing, feigning, manners and trickery of people forced to live and operate under the cover of aliases.

Prestidigitation runs 24 September – 17 November 2013 at The Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre.

Reuben Paterson at new Hawke's Bay gallery

Wednesday, 11 September 2013
Reuben Paterson will be one of the first artists to be exhibited in the newly built MTG art galleries in Napier, later this month. Paterson’s House Invaders and If the Key Don’t Fit join works from other artists, spanning time and media, in Architecture of the Heart.

The exhibition celebrates the home, both as a place and an idea, and invites viewers to explore the spaces and places that shape the artistic view of home in New Zealand.

Architecture of the Heart runs from 21 September 2013 – 2 March 2014.

Reuben Paterson addresses pornography

Friday, 23 August 2013
Reuben Paterson is among a long list of artists addressing sexism and racism within the production and consumption of pornography, in an Auckland exhibition.

A Different View: Artists address pornography features artworks by 20 New Zealand artists, who question the gender and race conventions of pornography. A range of talks on various related topics will be held on each Saturday during the exhibition.

A Different View: Artists address pornography runs from 23 August - 12 October at The Gus Fisher Gallery, University of Auckland.

Shigeyuki Kihara at Satellite Gallery, Vancouver

Thursday, 18 July 2013
Shigeyuki Kihara joins other artists from around the Pacific in an exhibition held at Satellite Gallery in Vancouver later this month.

Paradise Lost? Contemporary Works from the Pacific features works by artists from Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu, and includes several video works by Kihara.

The exhibition runs from 24 July - 31 August, and is organized to coincide with the Pacific Arts Association Symposium at The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia.

Shigeyuki Kihara at Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Thursday, 18 July 2013
A Shigeyuki Kihara exhibition opens next month at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City. In salt 8, the latest in an ongoing series of exhibitions showcasing international artists, Kihara investigates the complexities of cultural identity, colonialism, representation, gender roles, and spirituality through performance, photography, and video.

In the UMFA's salt gallery, Kihara will present large-scale looping projections of her 2012 videos Galu Afi and Siva in Motion. Inspired by traditional Samoan dance, both videos are lamentations for the loss caused by the 2009 tsunami as well as poetic meditations on Samoa's colonial past and future climate change.

salt 8 runs from August 2 2013 – January 5 2014.

Reuben Paterson in Brisbane's Vibrant Laneways

Thursday, 6 June 2013
Reuben Paterson’s Seek to Yield to Find is currently being exhibited in Edison Lane, Brisbane. The work, a 9 x 5 m billboard, was commissioned by the Brisbane City Council for the Vibrant Laneways art programme and will be on display until October.

Reuben Paterson featured in photography exhibition

Tuesday, 4 June 2013
Reuben Paterson is the subject of an item in a photography exhibition currently showing in Auckland. Curated especially for the Auckland Festival of Photography, Gil Hanly – Artists in Situ features portraits of best-beloved and emerging Kiwi artists at work, providing rare glimpses into the most intimate and vital part of an artist’s working life – the studio.

Gil Hanly – Artists in Situ runs from 4 June – 28 July 2013 at the TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland.

Shigeyuki Kihara at the National Gallery of Canada

Friday, 17 May 2013
Shigeyuki Kihara participates in Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art, at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 17 May - 2 September 2013.

One of the most ambitious contemporary art exhibitions ever undertaken by the gallery, Sakahàn brings together more than 150 works of recent Indigenous art, providing diverse responses to what it means to be Indigenous today.

Kihara will be represented by the work Fa’afafine: In the Manner of a Woman – on loan from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, where Kihara was the first New Zealand artist to have a solo exhibition in 2008.

Reuben Paterson catalogue wins gold

Friday, 3 May 2013
An art catalogue designed in collaboration with Reuben Patterson has won a gold award at the 2013 Pride in Print Awards, held in Wellington. Bottled Lightning contains a 3,500 word essay by Andrew Clifford, and images from Paterson’s exhibition of the same name (Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland, 20 January – 3 March 2012).

Shigeyuki Kihara in The Listener

Saturday, 20 April 2013
A two page article on Shigeyuki Kihara, Breaking the Mould, features in The Listener, 20 April 2013, p. 40-41.

Mark Amery writes, "Shigeyuki Kihara works fluidly across cultures, creative disciplines and artistic media... and understands the value of a good hustle", p. 40.

Shigeyuki Kihara: Undressing the Pacific at The Hocken Library

Saturday, 20 April 2013
Following hot on the heels of her first solo exhibition at Milford Galleries Dunedin, Shigeyuki Kihara: Undressing the Pacific opens at The Hocken Library, 20 April.

Undressing the Pacific is a mid-career survey exhibition of photographs and performance works curated by Natalie Poland and features works that examine the body and dress as sites of cultural and gender identity. The exhibition also highlights Kihara's practice of 'undressing' established European stereotypes of the Pacific in order to expose the complexities of historical and political relations in the region.

The exhibition runs from 20 April - 8 June 2013.

Niki Hastings McFall exhibition at Pataka and article in The Listener

Saturday, 13 April 2013
Niki Hastings McFall's current exhibition at Pataka Art + Museum, Porirua, In Flyte, is the subject of a one page article, Transforming the Everyday, in the Arts section of The Listener, 13 April, 2013, p. 43.

Martin Patrick writes "Niki Hastings McFall's work is marked by a striking optical immediacy and lightness of touch."

The exhibition runs until June 16.

Nigel Brown article on

Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Nigel Brown features in an article and interview, Nigel Brown: A New Zealand Original, written by Michael Charles Tobias, published on

Tobias writes: "Brown’s commentary on the natural world is visually compelling, his work hanging in the balance of ecological communion that may, or may not be going the way any of us would prefer. Indeed, as an astute observer, thinker and painter focusing to large degree on Nature and environmental paradox, Nigel Brown is one of the most complex and profound narrative storytellers on record."

Read the whole article here:

David Trubridge at Salone del Mobile Milan 2013

Monday, 18 March 2013
The Salone del Mobile in Milan is the global benchmark for the Home Furnishing Sector.

Milan 2013 sees NZ designer David Trubridge launch his book, So Far, with a delivate balance of new products and collaborations.

The structure of the book is based on the Elements, which are explored in the central installation at Trubridge's stand. Composed of collaborative installations and a fresh range of products, these include a 3D carpet project with Australian artisan company Tsar, a series of production lights sponsored by Swaroviski, and the modular table system Luup.

Neal Palmer - Art in the Park Artist Residency, Wanaka

Thursday, 14 March 2013
The Art in the Park organisers are delighted to welcome the talented Neal Palmer from Auckland, as Artist in Residence from 3 April – 17 April at Minaret Lodge in Wanaka.

Neal will work from his studio over this time and is keen to interact with the local artists and Mt Aspiring College art students.

The Art in the Park event will take place on Saturday 13 April and will take place in the park like grounds of Minaret Lodge, Wanaka. Local artists and others from further afield, musicians and poets will exhibit, perform and entertain.

Ron Sang Announces New Mervyn Williams Publication

Thursday, 28 February 2013
Ron Sang Publications announce the upcoming publication, Lost For Words, a major survey of the career of Mervyn Williams.

The book is richly illustrated with more than 250 colour plates. This comprehensive study written by Dr Edward Hanfling is the first ever in-depth survey of the long and varied career of this pioneer of Abstraction and Optical Art in New Zealand.

It ranges from the precocious abstracts of the 1950s to Williams’ dramatic new works in the digital medium. Special attention is given to the remarkable body of paintings which evoke such an intense appearance of three-dimensionality that only touching the surface dispels the conviction that it is, in fact, in low relief.

These works were dismissed by many critics and curators when they appeared 25 years ago. However re-assessment in recent times acknowledges this entirely unique and original contribution to the wider discourse of modernism.

Included are photographs of the artist by leading photographers Marti Friedlander, Laurence Aberhardt and others as well as informative essays by a number of prominent writers including Dr Michael Dunn.

Niki Hastings-McFall solo exhibition at Pataka

Friday, 1 February 2013
Niki Hastings-McFall's solo exhibition, In Flyte, opens at Pataka Art + Museum, Porirua, 1 February 2013.

The exhibition surveys highlights from the past fifteen years of Niki Hastings-McFall’s creative practice.

Runs 2 February - 16 June 2013.

Shigeyuki Kihara Article in Artnews

Thursday, 1 November 2012
Read the article in the Profile section of the Summer 2012 Artnews here:

Lorene Taurerewa solo exhibition at The Gallery, New York

Friday, 12 October 2012
Lorene Taurerewa's new solo exhibition, Huggermugger, opens 12 October at The Gallery, 439 Metropplitan Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.

Huggermugger introduces a new figure which has cropped up in Taurerewa's world, the Golliwog, the Huggermugger...

The exhibition runs until 8 November 2012.

NZ Arts Foundation honours Shigeyuki Kihara with New Generation Award

Wednesday, 3 October 2012
Shigeyuki Kihara has again scooped up one of New Zealand's pre-eminent awards for contemporary art. At last night's black-tie evening, Kihara was awarded a New Generation Award from the Arts Foundation of New Zealand, with prize money worth $25,000 to support her work as an artist. Past recipients of the New Generation Award are artist Alex Monteith, writer Tze Ming Mok and film-maker Taika Waititi, amongst others.

“In the last ten years, Shigiyuki Kihara has built an impressive career as a contemporary artist and curator, built around performance, film and photography. Her work sits beyond traditional Western forms of classification and is informed at a deep level by the emotional scars left on her cultures” says Mark Amery, one of the award judges.

Anita DeSoto Awarded Aratoi Residency

Friday, 21 September 2012
Anita Desoto has been awarded the Aratoi Fellowship for 2013. Comprising a residency at the New Pacific Studios in the Wairarapa for the month of April 2013, and opportunities to interact with the local arts community.

Shigeyuki Kihara wins Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award

Tuesday, 4 September 2012
Shigeyuki Kihara was last night awarded the Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award for her silent performance video work entitled ‘Galu Afi: Waves of Fire’. The work sees her perform a dance informed by the ‘taualuga’ (a classical Samoan dance) as a memorial to the victims of the 2009 tsunami in American Samoa, Samoa and Tonga.

This was the first time for video art to be admitted into the running for the awards, established by arts patron Sir James Wallace, 21 years ago. The award includes a six month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York which Ms. Kihara will take up in 2013.

Richard Orjis in Art New Zealand - Winter 2012

Monday, 21 May 2012
Beautiful Scary - The Totemic Art of Richard Orjis, by David Lyndon Brown. Article on page 56 of Art New Zealand, Number 142 / Winter 2012.

Graham Bennett selected for ISF 2012

Friday, 9 March 2012
Graham Bennett has been selected as one of five international artists for an exhibition, ISF 2012 (International Sculpture Festival) in Korea in March.

He will have one month as Artist in Residence in Songchu, in the mountains about one hour from Seoul, and will be making a large outdoor sculpture. The work will be exhibited at the Hangaram Art Museum in Seoul and will the move permanently to Songchu Art Valley Sculpture park.

A working drawing of the sculpture has been selected as the work to represent the exhibition on the cover for the catalogue and poster.

Reuben Paterson at Auckland Art Gallery

Thursday, 26 January 2012
This year,the Todd Foundation Learning Centre (located on the mezzanine level of the Auckland Art Gallery)features the work of Reuben Paterson "Gazillion Swirl! Te Mahi Toi o Reuben Paterson".

Reuben Paterson at The Gus Fisher Gallery

Thursday, 26 January 2012
The Gus Fisher Gallery presents 'Bottled Lightning' highlighting Reuben Paterson's distinctive exploration of materials. Reuben Paterson has exhibited extensively within New Zealand and internationally however this is his first solo public exhibition in Auckland since 2001.

'Bottled Lightning'runs from 20th January - 3rd March, 2012.

Claudia Borella Honorary Appointment

Friday, 13 January 2012
Following her recent news of receiving a finalist nomination in the Distinguished Alumni Awards at the University of Canberra, Claudia Borella has now been further awarded the honorary appointment of Adjunct Associate Professor with the Faculty of Arts & Design at the University of Canberra, Australia.

Wayne Barrar Wins Major Book Award

Wednesday, 14 December 2011
Wayne Barrar’s book 'An Expanding Subterra', published in association with Dunedin Public Art Gallery, was awarded the top prize in the exhibition catalogue section of the Museums Australia: Multimedia & Publication Design Awards. These awards celebrate excellence in design and communication in the museum and collections sector across Australasia.

Galia Amsel in Craft Arts International

Thursday, 24 November 2011
A six page article Departure Points - Abstract Glass Sculpture by Galia Amsel written by Lucy Hammonds features in Craft Arts International (November 2011, issue 83, pg 18 - 23.)

"Galia Amsel combines the formal traditions of her established practice with new conceptual concerns which provide considerable scope for future exploration and development.

Evelyn Dunstan in Craft Arts International

Monday, 7 November 2011
Article Reflections on Connections - Glass by Evelyn Dunstan features in Craft Arts International, March 2011, issue 81, pg 20 – 25.

Grace Cochrane writes “The work of Evelyn Dunstan celebrates ‘the circle of life and the intertwining of people and nature through generations, emerging as a new life from the past’. She consciously makes metaphorical connections between the behaviour of plants and the ways in which people establish themselves in the environment and develop associations with it. p20”

Wayne Barrar at City Gallery Wellington

Thursday, 7 April 2011
Wayne Barrar: An Expanding Subterra will open at City Gallery Wellington on May 7th, 2011, following its successful showing at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery last year.

Reuben Paterson in Australian Art Collector

Thursday, 7 April 2011
A seven page article Paterson's Flow written by John Hurrell about Reuben Paterson's work appears in the most recent issue of Australian Art Collector Magazine (Issue 25 pg 152 - 158).

" New Zealand's Reuben Paterson will exhibit in Melbourne for the first time this quarter. His new work takes as its starting point ideas put forward by a Hungarian theorist about engagement and happiness." p152

Niki Hastings McFall DANSE interview

Monday, 28 March 2011
A short interview with Niki Hastings McFall discussing her recent exhibition DANSE at Art Station Auckland and her art practice in general can be viewed at Niki Hastings McFall Interview

Reuben Paterson at DPAG

Monday, 28 March 2011
Reuben Paterson exhibits 'Te Putahitanga o Rehua' at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery until Sunday 10th July.

Exploring optical abstraction the large scale work references New Zealand art and talks to the collection of poumamu by Kai Tahu in the area of Lake Wakatipu.

Reuben Paterson Exhibiting at Pataka Museum

Tuesday, 8 March 2011
'She Beauty, He Beast' and exhibition of works by Reuben Paterson will be showing at Pataka Museum in Porirua until May 15th, 2011.

Mark Amery writes in the Dominion Post "Now well-established artist, Reuben Paterson's exquisite use of a material we employ to give the everyday a sprinkle of magic dust - glitter - lifts things out of the real world to let us consider them anew." (Amery, 2011)

Andy Lelisi'uao Exhibiting at VOLTA NY

Tuesday, 8 March 2011
Andy Leleisi'uao is exhibiting in VOLTA NY March 2011. He is represented at the art fair by Beachcomber Contemporary Art (BCA), Rarotonga, Cook Islands. VOLTA NY is an invitational show of solo artists’ projects.

Hannah Kidd at Aigantighe

Friday, 3 December 2010
Hannah Kidd's 'Beastly Delights' will be exhibited at the Aigantighe Gallery in Timaru from 4th December until 27th February 2011.

This is Hannah Kidd's first public exhibition and features a range of works from 2008 - 2010.

Hannah Kidd Winner of Award at NZSoS

Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Hannah Kidd has been awarded the People's Choice award at NZ Sculpture OnShore 2010. The prize winning work was titled 'The Hedge Trimmer'.

John Parker Arts Foundation Laureate

Wednesday, 3 November 2010
The 2010 Laureate Awards were announced in Dunedin on 2 November. We are happy to acknowledge that John Parker was one of the five artists to recieve this prestigious award.

Sue Hawker announced as Ranamok Glass Award Winner

Thursday, 12 August 2010
Sue Hawker was announced as the recipient of the 2010 Ranamok Glass Prize for her entry titled 'Too Much Is Never Enough'.

Reuben Paterson - Artist in Residence Rarotonga

Thursday, 5 August 2010
Beachcomber Contemporary Art (BCA) Rarotonga is pleased to announce Reuben Paterson as 'Artist in Residence' from July 29 – September 09.

Artists at Hastings City Art Gallery exhibition

Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Many of our artists are exhibiting selected works in a exhibition at the Hastings City Art Gallery open from 10 July – 26 September called 'PUTIPUTI : The Flower in Contemporary New Zealand Art'.

The exhibition includes works by Evelyn Dunstan, Niki Hastings-McFall, Richard Orjis, Neal Palmer, Reuben Paterson, Emily Siddell and Layla Walter.

2010 Ranamok Glass Finalists

Thursday, 8 July 2010
Sue Hawker and Evelyn Dunstan are both finalists in this year's Ranamok Glass Prize.

Hannah Kidd and Mike Petre in art book

Tuesday, 6 July 2010
Hannah Kidd and Mike Petre both feature significantly in a new Australasian teaching resource "Animals in Contemporary Art" volume 3, issue 2.

This informative and colourful book features six pages on both Petre and Kidd.

Reuben Paterson at Tauranga Art Gallery

Tuesday, 6 July 2010
Reuben Paterson's glittering, painted on canvas installation comes direct from the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) in Brisbane, Australia to show at the Tauranga Art Gallery in his exhibition 'Whakapapa: Get Down Apon Your Knees'
open from 12 Jun until the 31 Oct 2010.

Wayne Barrar 'An Expanding Subterra' book launch

Tuesday, 6 July 2010
On 14th July, The Dunedin Public Art Gallery, the School of Fine Arts at Massey University and Wayne Barrar will launch a major monograph on Wayne Barrar's photographs titled 'Wayne Barrar: An Expanding Subterra.

This comprehensive publication covers over seven years of photography depicting commodified mined spaces and architecture of the underground.

It accompanies Wayne Barrar's touring exhibition 'Wayne Barrar: An Expanding Subterra' which is currently showing at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

Reuben Paterson at the 17th Sydney Biennale

Wednesday, 26 May 2010
I room at Cockatoo Island has been installed with major works by Reuben Paterson as part of the 17th Sydney Biennale- The Beauty of Distance; Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age.

The Sydney Biennale runs from the 12th May until 1st August 2010.

Wayne Barrar 'An Expanding Subterra' at DPAG

Friday, 23 April 2010
A major exhibition of Wayne Barrar's photographs 'An Expanding Subterra'is currently on at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery until the 27th June.

As part of this exhibition, Wayne will present an artist talk at the DPAG on the 25th April at 3pm. On May 30th Gavin Hipkins talks about the exhibition and a book is to be published for the show.

Reviews and articles of the show can be read in the Listener, April 24-30, 2010 pg45 and the Art News, Autumn 2010, pg12.

Neil Dawson the Star of the Sunday Star Times

Monday, 12 April 2010
"Sculptor Neil Dawson is known for creating large public art works charged with his keen sense of socila responsibility, but a new exhibition shows he's just as at home producing smaller fun 'card tricks'."

Kim Knight writes about Neil Dawson's recent works in a full page article in the Arts section of the Sunday Star Times, April 4, 2010.

Joanna Braithwaite in Art New Zealand, Autumn 2010

Monday, 12 April 2010
"Notions of progress and evolution, of sexual and natural selection, are seldom far from the surface of Braithwaite's paintings, whether they reference science lab or dog park." (Gregory O'brien, 2010)

A four page article titled 'Upwards and Onwards; The Evolution of Joanna Braithwaite'by Gregory O'Brien features in Autumn's Art New Zealand.

Anito DeSoto residency in Germany

Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Anita has gained a residency in Germany at the LIA Leipzig International Art Programme. Her work will be exhibited at Spinnerie, Germany in mid July as part of a group show.

Hannah Kidd wins Montalto Sculpture Award

Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Hannah Kidd has won the Montalto Sculpture Award in Australia for her work 'Artist to Antarctica' (2009).

Ann Robinson in Neues Glas, Spring 2010

Wednesday, 17 February 2010
An eight page full-colour article written by Dr D Wood graces the pages of the most recent Neues Glass magazine.

Art News Summer 2009

Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Neil Dawson and JS Parker both feature in the summer edition of Art News.

Dawson talks of his return to public sculpture as well his new direction in a smaller scale body of work.

Liz Caughey talks of her experience of JS Parker's paintings from his beginnings until now.

JS Parker: Plain Song

Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Hot off the press 'JS Parker: Plain Song' by Damien Skinner. This book accompanies JS Parker's retrospective exhibition at the Millennium Gallery in Blenheim on now until February 2010.

Reuben Paterson On Show

Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Reuben Paterson is exhibiting at the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT6)(2009)
at the Queensland Art Gallery, and Brisbane - Gallery of Modern Art.

Watch out for the current cover of Art and Australia that features Reuben's work.

Portage Ceramic Awards 2009

Friday, 23 October 2009
Emily Siddell recieved a Merit Award and John Parker the John Green Waitakere Aritist Award.

Finalists in the Ranamok Award

Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Glass artists Sue Hawker, Dominic Burrell and Viki Fanning were finalalists in the Ranamok Awards 2009.

Wallace Art Awards 2009 Finalists

Thursday, 27 August 2009
Rebecca Harris, Niki Hastings-McFall, Alexis Neal and PJ Smith are finalists in the 2009 Wallace Art Awards.

Jim Dennison and Leanne Williams win glass award

Wednesday, 26 August 2009
The winner of the 2009 MMC 3D Award was announced by judge Philip Clarke on Friday 21st August. The winner was a work entitled 'Quill' an impressive pressed glass chandelier by 'Crystal Chain Gang' makers Jim Dennison and Leanne Williams of Martinborough.

Galia Amsel on book cover

Thursday, 23 July 2009
Galia Amsel's work features on the cover of a new book by Keith Cummings, 'Contemporary Kiln-formed Glass', published by A&C Black, UK.

Hannah Kidd exhibiting in Denmark

Wednesday, 15 July 2009
Hannah Kidd's work "The Land Of Milk And Honey" is being exhibited at Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in Denmark.

Peata Larkin in Art News

Wednesday, 15 July 2009
Artnews, Winter 2009 features a four page spread on Peata Larkin titled “Stairway to Heaven” by Virgina Were. “In Peata Larkin’s ancient systems of knowledge transmission are equally as valid as contemporary codes of computer language and DNA sequences”.1

1. “Stairway to Heaven” by Virginia Were, Artnews, Winter 2009.

John Tootill Awarded

Wednesday, 15 July 2009
Jon Tootill’s work 'Kuaka' was highly commended by Hamish Keith in the 2009 COCA Anthony Harper Award for Contemporary Art.

Luke Jacomb Catalogue

Wednesday, 15 July 2009
An exhibition catalogue has been published for Luke Jacomb’s exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Modern Art, USA. The exhibition is titled "Seeking the Light" and is coming to milford galleries queenstown 29th August.

Antartica New Zealand announces Invited Artists

Wednesday, 15 July 2009
Peter James Smith is one of two recipients of the 2009/10 Antatica New Zealand Arts Fellowships. Smith will travel to Scott Base, Antartica in January next year.

NZ String Quartet with images by Nigel Brown

Thursday, 16 April 2009
Nigel Brown has produced a limited edition of seven lithographic icons to accompany the music of Haydn: The Seven Last Words from the Cross Opus 51. Event details: Theatre Royal, TSB Showplace, 92 - 100 Devon St West, New Plymouth, Friday 17 Apr 2009, 7:30pm

Lorraine Rastorfer features in Art News

Tuesday, 24 March 2009
In the Autumn 2009 edition of Art News, Katy Corner reviews Lorraine Rastorfer's recent exhibition. Rastorfer's paintings combine "formal elegance with an uplifting sense of motion rooted in human dynamics... Rastorfer is interested in creating a psychological atmosphere involving space and time and there's immense depth and solidity to such light, effortless apparitions. Like a conjurer, she places her forces in motion, manipulating them until it's all there, complete and working beautifully - so effortless we don't realise what a tremendous balancing act these paintings are."

Hannah Kidd's Public Sculptures

Monday, 16 March 2009
Hannah Kidd's latest sculpture "Cow Cocky" (2009) has been installed within the Novotel Lakeside Hotel gardens in Queenstown (opposite milford galleries queenstown). The sculpture created from flattened corrugated iron and steel rods comments on the dairy boom in the South Island. One of Hannah Kidd's sculptures also features in the "Flora and Fauna: sculptures in the Botanic Gardens" exhibition in Christchurch.

Mike Petre

Monday, 16 March 2009
Mike Petre's latest exhibition at milford galleries auckland was reviewed by TJ McNamara of the New Zealand Herald. "He (Mike Petre) paints black and white cows with a broad brush which conveys the outward appearance and the bone structure beneath the skin. To the decisive strokes of his brush, he adds a touch of detail such as the feathering hair on the cows ears... A ghostliness of atmosphere reminds us that they all end up in the meat works...As well as the familiar work, Petre is showing a new departure in his style. The black and white animals appear now in a field of dark green with a hint of horizon at the top. The paint is laid on as a thick surface, applied with a palette knife, and cattle merge into their green background. Yet the rhythm of the white areas still gives them a startling immediacy."

Glass Invitational NZ Review

Monday, 16 March 2009
James Dignan of the Otago Daily Times reviews the Glass Invitational NZ as "a remarkable display of glass sculpture at its finest"...(Luke Jacomb's)"astonishing glass canoe paddles and patu, so clearly influenced by traditional Maori designs, have a grace and aesthetic beauty which is a delight, and the tension created fronm the simultaneous strength and fragility of the material adds an extra dimension to these fine pieces".

Glass Invitational NZ (2008-2010) Curator Talk

Monday, 16 March 2009
Milford Galleries Dunedin Director, Stephen Higginson will be presenting a curators talk on Saturday 21 March from 2pm at the gallery. This informative talk will cover the featured artists’ glass methods and developments and a guided tour of the exhibition.

Niki Hastings-McFall

Monday, 16 March 2009
Niki Hastings-McFall has her intallation work "Te-Puna-o-Wai-Whetu - The Spring that Mirrors the Stars" displayed in the foyer of the Christchurch Art Gallery From 8 March. Her work also features in the international exhibition "Le Folauga: Contemporary Pacific Art from Aotearoa New Zealand" at Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan (until 5 April 2009).

Otago Sculpture Trust

Friday, 20 February 2009
This charitable trust was established in 2002 by a group of practicing sculptors with a general aim to foster and develop sculptural practice across Otago.

John Edgar receives ONZM

Monday, 12 January 2009
Sculptor John Edgar is an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in the New Year honours list for services to art, in particular sculpture. Read about John Edgar on our artist page.

Gallery opening hours for our Summer Shows

Tuesday, 23 December 2008
We apologise if you have been trying to access our website over the past week. We experienced some technical issues outside of our control over this period but these have been attended to and our website is again functioning normally.

Our annual ‘Summer Show’ exhibitions feature some of the highlights of New Zealand contemporary art. We look forward to seeing you at the exhibitions over the summer season and our opening hours are as follows... Milford Galleries Dunedin is open 5-10 January from 10am – 4pm, normal hours resume from Monday 12 January. milford galleries auckland is open 12-17 January from 10am – 4pm, normal hours resume from Monday 19 January. milford galleries queenstown is open everyday except 25 & 26 Dec, open 10am – 6pm.

Best wishes for 2009 from all of the staff at milford galleries queenstown, Milford Galleries Dunedin and milford galleries auckland.

Karl Maughan interview on National Radio

Monday, 8 December 2008
Karl Maughan was interviewed by Kim Hill on Saturday 6th December. You can listen to the interview online by clicking here:

Art Till Eight evening 4 December

Wednesday, 3 December 2008
milford galleries auckland invites you to the Art till Eight December evening! This is expected to be an even bigger event than the opening celebrations last month. Supported by the Auckland Heart of the City, the Auckland City Art Gallery and featuring music and tango dancers in Khartoum Place. Be a part of the Art Till Eight evening and enjoy a superb evening of wine, strolling, mingling, art, culture, music and dancing.

When: Thursday evening, 4 December 2008
Where: Art Galleries in Kitchener and Lorne Streets, Auckland Central
Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm

This is a wonderful opportunity to view our current exhibition ‘Liquorland’ by Geoffrey Notman.

Karl Maughan discussion

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

As part of the Auckland Art Gallery's latest exhibition "The Enchanted Garden" Karl Maughan will be holding a discussion on how his interest in painting gardens began. The talk will take place at the public art gallery's New Gallery at 1pm on Sunday 25 January.

Glass Invitational NZ opens at Canterbury

Thursday, 20 November 2008
The Glass Invitational NZ surveys the major achievements and innovations of New Zealand glass art in the preceding three years.

This significant exhibition features artists that have made substantial developments in glass art. This, the third Invitational, includes works by Luke Jacomb, Jim Dennison and Leanne Williams, Ruth Allen, Lyndsay Patterson, Elizabeth Thomson, Galia Amsel, Stephen Bradbourne, Evelyn Dunstan, John Edgar, Sue Hawker, Elizabeth McClure and Emily Siddell.

Curated by Stephen Higginson and toured by Milford House Ltd, Glass Invitational NZ is showing at Canterbury Museum’s Robert McDougall Annex until 8th February 2009.

For full details please see the Glass Invitational NZ exhibition page.

Niki Hastings-McFall

Thursday, 20 November 2008
Niki Hastings-McFall has her latest work "Sailors Delight" (2008) installed in the rear window display at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

Bob Kerr paintings at David Grant Book Launch

Thursday, 20 November 2008
David Grant's latest book "Number One Field Punishment" featuring artwork by Bob Kerr launches at Turnbull House, Bowen St. Wellington at 6pm on Monday 25th November.

Bob Kerr's paintings will be exhibited at the book launch. Kerr held his powerful, narrative exhibition “Number One Field Punishment: Archibald Baxter's Opposition to Military Conscription" at Milford Galleries Dunedin in mid 2007.

The book describes the courage of the conscientious objectors sent overseas during World War One in a brutal attempt to force them to renounce their convictions and join the war effort. David Grant is the foremost authority of conscientious objection in New Zealand. He re-appraises Mark Briggs and Archibald Baxter's stand in the context of a New Zealand which has come to value it's place as an independent, anti-militarist nation.

Garry Currin Awarded

Thursday, 16 October 2008
Garry Currin was awarded the grand prize at the BMW Awards ceremony on Wednesday 15th October.

There were two separate categories, Emerging Artists 2008 and the BMW Bonnet artists, the latter being where 11 artists were invited to paint on the surface of a BMW bonnet. The bonnet award was judged by Chris Saines, the Director of the Auckland City Art Gallery. Chris hailed Garry Currin’s work as being true to Garry’s stylistic hand yet ever so strongly a considered and successful painting on a very challenging surface.

The artworks are now available for viewing at Team McMillan BMW, 7 Great South Road, Auckland until October 19th and the bonnets will be auctioned at the charity auction for Mercy Hospice.

Richard Dunlop shortlisted for awards

Wednesday, 15 October 2008
In September and October 2008, Richard Dunlop was shortlisted in a range of prestigious national art prizes in Australia, including the Blake Prize for Religious Art (Sydney), the Tattersall's Art Prize (Brisbane), the John Leslie Art Prize (Gippsland Regional Gallery, Victoria), the Fleurieu Art Prize - Vistas (South Australia) for his oil on board work "Monk by the Sea" and the Fleurieu Art Prize - Food & Wine (South Australia) for his Oil on Canvas work titled "Italy".

Elizabeth Rees Review

Friday, 26 September 2008
Elizabeth Rees' latest exhibition "Rapture" is reviewed by Arts Writer, John Daly-Peoples in the National Business Review. 'The new paintings in Elizabeth Rees’s new show Rapture at Milford Gallery continue her interest in the landscape. They are nonspecific places and could be views of the South Island or North Island but all have winter or autumnal tones about them. The works have a similar feel to them as the 18th century landscape artist Alexander Cozens who created imaginary landscapes often from random gestural marks but who also paid close attention to the detail of clouds and light.'

Robert Ellis feature article

Friday, 26 September 2008
Robert Ellis is interviewed in the October edition of MindFood by editor Michael McHugh. 'Ellis' work often plays on symbolic messages of Maori and Pakeha culture and community; he takes the viewer into a world that is both narrative and cultural. His use of bright, lively colours is technically brilliant and his images have dual meaning. Ellis manipulates the Maori origins of the metaphors in his work so that they become his own, and often something else again, as the context changes. "The enjoyment never goes away. I just enjoy creating art", he says.'

Art in Auckland CBD Booth

Thursday, 21 August 2008
If you are in the centre of Auckland you may be keen to see Niki Hastings-McFall's work, "Bloom", which has been installed inside the back of a telecom phone booth. "Bloom" consists of 400 synthetic lei woven onto an acrylic sheet. At night, the art work is back-lit in an alternating array of vibrant colours. The phone booth artwork is part of a collaboration between Auckland City Council, Telecom New Zealand and selected artists, aiming to refresh the CBD and reduce graffiti vandalism through art.

Wallace Art Awards finalists named

Wednesday, 20 August 2008
Garry Currin, Callum Arnold, Bill Riley and Scott McFarlane have been selected as finalists in the prestigious Wallace Art Awards.
The Wallace Art Award prize winners receive valuable residencies at prestigious international studios. The Awards will be presented on Monday, 1 September, 6:00pm, at the Aotea Gallery, Auckland and Exhibition of Winners and Selected Finalists will be open to the public from 2-28 September at the Aotea Gallery, and at the New Dowse, Wellington from October until March.

Luke Jacomb exhibition in New Orleans, USA

Thursday, 14 August 2008
New Zealand glass artist Luke Jacomb has received considerable critical attention is holding a significant exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Modern Art, USA. The exhibition is titled "Seeking the Light" and runs from September 13 - March 1, 2009. For full details please see

Niki Hastings-McFall at Ashburton Art Gallery

Thursday, 7 August 2008
Niki Hastings-McFall exhibits "Polynisation" at Ashburton Public Art Gallery, The exhibition runs from 23 August until 28 September. Niki Hastings-McFall will also be presenting an artists talk on Saturday 23 August at 1:30pm. Niki Hastings-McFall states that "I make work which speaks of the liminal spaces occupied by people of mixed heritage such as myself." All are welcome to the exhibition at Ashburton Art Gallery which is located at Baring Street East, Ashburton.

Lou Pendergrast-Mathieson

Monday, 14 July 2008
Glass artist Lou Pendergrast who is currently exhibiting in the Glass '08 exhibition, has had one of her works selected for the finals of the prestigious Ranamok Glass Prize.

Ruth Allen artist talk

Monday, 14 July 2008
Glass artist Ruth Allen will be presenting an artist talk at AUT University on Wednesday the 23rd July at 3pm.
Address: AUT University, 24 St Paul St. Room WS101 (inside the Science & Engineering building next door to the new Art & Design building).

Ruth Allen will be in Auckland for her latest glass art exhibition "Parallel Lives - Synergetic Series" at milford galleries auckland.

Sarah Guppy artist residence

Friday, 6 June 2008
Sarah Guppy is undertaking a short artist residence this year at Andersons Ranch Arts Centre, Snowmass, Colorado.

Mike Petre and Vicki Fanning

Monday, 26 May 2008
Artist Mike Petre and glass artist Vicki Fanning provide Claire McCall an insight into their artwork and lifestyle in the June edition of NZ Life and Leisure. "Only when we view art as part of the everyday will it have obtained its true status: there's divinity in the domestic. That's what artists Mike Petre and Vicki Fanning believe."

Joanna Braithwaite

Monday, 19 May 2008
Michael McHugh interviews artist Joanna Braithwaite on her latest series of works in the June edition of MindFood magazine.
"Joanna Braithwaite deftly plays with animal forms and habitats, incorporating a human viewpoint or environment for us to engage with, question and enjoy....Braithwaite works against the grain of contemporary art. As a leading figurative painter, she brings to her work elements of caricature, however, there is also a deeply serious, intense level of craft. Somehow these two aspects come together and you find you're in a place that's totally unique."

Within the article Joanna Braithwaite speaks of her 'Sea Legs' series of paintings. "The world we live in is in a constant state of ecological and environmental change. Will animals be able to adapt and survive?...The fish in the 'Sea Legs' paintings return to a form from which they may have evolved, inspired by discoveries of fossillised fish with the remains of limbs. My hope is they appear tentative but brave, emerging from the ocean and looking to the future."

Mike Petre

Wednesday, 7 May 2008
Jane Warwick interviews Mike Petre's on his criticaly acclaimed indian ink portraits of cattle. "When most of us look at cattle we interpret their returning gaze as gentle curiosity. Petre sees the eye contact as more of a challenge, an awareness of their fate and a "bring it on" belligerent bravado by animals that inherently know they are born already defeated." (BMW Magazine, Autumn 2008.)

Karl Maughan in ArtWorld

Wednesday, 7 May 2008
Art World magazine Issue 2 features a four page spread where Jane Somerville interviews Karl Maughan on his artwork, his influences and his inclusion in the Saatchi collection. "...In the '90s Karl Maughan left New Zealand for London where he lived for 10 years. Charles Saatchi became an early collector of his work, and Maughan's paintings were subsequently ioncluded in a number of Saatchi Gallery exhibitions, including Neurotic Realism in 1998 and I am camera in 2001. A survey show, Karl Maughan: A Clear Day, was recently held at te Manawa Museum in Palmerston North..." (Jane Sommerville, Art World April May, 2008)

Peter James Smith features in Gippsland exhibition

Monday, 28 April 2008
In the Gippsland Art Gallery exhibition "Truth and Beauty" Peter James Smith's "paintings of natural beauty are inscribed with mathematical equations reflecting the artist’s reverence for truth and beauty and are juxtaposed with objects that speak of history."

Karl Maughan and Neil Frazer in MindFood Magazine

Monday, 28 April 2008
Mindfood, a new NZ magazine has a real focus on NZ artists and has featured both an article on Neil Frazer's paintings titled 'White Out' in the April edition and an article on Karl Maughan's paintings in the May edition. In the 'White Out' article, Donna Duggan quotes Martin Browne speaking of Frazer's work. “Although in his recent paintings the landscape is clearly the source and impetus for his imagery,” Browne says, “the muscularity and painterliness of his surfaces clearly show that he has brought to these works the lessons and disciplines of abstract painting." (Martin Browne quoted by Donna Duggan, MindFood April 2008). You can read the Neil Frazer article 'White Out' written by Donna Duggan at the MindFood website

Reuben Paterson feature interview on Radio NZ

Thursday, 24 April 2008
Lynn Freeman from Radio NZ Arts on Sunday interviewed Reuben Paterson about his new exhibition at Milford Galleries Dunedin. You can listen to the interview at the Arts On Sunday Radio NZ website.
For further details please see "The Painter's Lot" exhibition page on our website.

Claudia Borella features in USA exhibitions

Monday, 14 April 2008
Claudia Borella's glass works are featuring in the following USA exhibitions:

Singular Forms: Trans-minimalist Sculpture, 5 April - May 24, Prism Contemporary Glass, Chicago, USA

Succession - Curated by Klaus Moje, May 27 - August 2, 2008, Bullseye Gallery. Portland, Oregon, USA (Coinciding with GAS 2008, Portland, Oregon, USA)

Jon Tootill in Adam Award Exhibition 2008

Monday, 14 April 2008
Jon Tootill's Pepeha for Lily (2008) portrait was chosen from the Adam Award Exhibition 2008 were chosen to exhibit at Lopdell House in Auckland between 17 April and 8 June 2008. For further details see the portrait gallery website

Peter James Smith features in 'Visual Animal'

Tuesday, 8 April 2008
The Contemporary Visual Art Project SA 2007 Project 4: “Visual Animals” featured Peter James Smith as a speaker.

The aim of the “Visual Animals” project: is "To bring together some key researchers in disciplines usually working at a tangent to each other -notably including art history, analytic philosophy and bio-aesthetics-to discuss new or revised concepts of art that may influence current approaches to the writing of world art history... Recent art-historical writing has been obsessed with problematic postcolonial concerns about power, gate-keeping and national identities generally. It would do well, arguably, to acknowledge as well the persistent qualities of common humanity, and consequently the similarly enduring aesthetic power of art."

There has also been a book of essays launched from this project titled “Visual Animals: Crossovers, Evolution And New Aesthetics” edited by Ian North and this features an essay written by Peter James Smith. For more information on the project visit:

Mary Mulholland local interview

Wednesday, 26 March 2008
Mary Mulholland's "Stations" exhibition at Milford Galleries Dunedin featured on Channel 9 local news on March 10. In “Stations” focusing on the 14 Catholic stations of the cross she has developed secular metaphors as meditative tools. Mulholland uses the language of colour and the dominant placement of the flower as key devices in her work. View the interview online at the channel 9 website.

Sarah Guppy

Wednesday, 26 March 2008
Sarah Guppy's "Corrugated Colour" exhibition at Milford Galleries Dunedin featured on Channel 9 local news. Sarah Guppy has found a way of working that has become entirely her own. Her use of fluted glass and enamel paints is pioneering and the results are compelling achievements, and remarkable.View the interview online by clicking here.

Niki Hastings-McFall interview

Wednesday, 26 March 2008
Niki Hastings-McFall's "Seeing the Light" exhibition featured on Channel 9 local news. Niki's exhibition explored the influence of Missionaries, Colonialism and western culture on the Pacific way of life. View the interview online by clicking here.

Wayne Barrar talk at National Library Gallery

Wednesday, 20 February 2008
On Thursday 6 March, photographer Wayne Barrar will discuss his work in the National Library exhibition Manapouri: Art, Power, Protest within the context of his ongoing investigation of the human-modified landscape. He will also consider the role of photography in articulating land-use issues.

Wayne Barrar is one of four contemporary New Zealand photographers in this exhibition. His documentation of the spaces of the Manapouri power station works very differently from that of earlier photographers, who romanticised Lake Manapouri as distant, splendid and untouched by development. But unlike the photographers that documented the construction of the power station 40 years ago, Barrar stops well short of suggesting any kind of achievement of industry over nature.

Venue: National Library Gallery, Molesworth St, Wellington, 6 March at 12.10pm

You can also view the online exhibition at

Wayne Barrar's Manapouri images

Wayne Barrar's artist profile webpage

Peata Larkin

Wednesday, 13 February 2008
Peata Larkin's work features in a review in New Zealand Art Monthly of LIGHTBOX.
"Peata Larkin's Patikitiki 4 and Patikitiki 6 ... directly reference tuku tuku panels (traditionally found in wharenui as a medium in the telling of legends) they also have a distinctly retro feel, and from a distance resemble squares of fabric redolent of a 1960s furniture aesthetic. This impression is derived from the formal elements - geometric style, sequence of pattern, the muted colours and surface texture. Within an overall repetitive pattern, and contiguous with the minute ellipses of white and black paint in shallow relief, Larkin combines negative spaces of the same forms through which light projects. From a distance the light appears as an "impression of colour" different from the material texture, but responsible for the unique glow and power of the aesthetic." (1)

(1) 'LIGHTBOX @ Italy and Kitchens' by Kim Atherfold, NZ Art Monthly, February 2008.

Read more about Peata Larkin who will be exhibiting at Milford Galleries Dunedin in June.

Tony Bishop TV interview

Tuesday, 20 November 2007
Tony Bishop was interviewed on Dunedin's Channel 9 TV regarding his "Southern Gothic" art exhibition at Milford Galleries Dunedin. To view the interview online please visit:
Tony Bishop Interview

Juliette Milne exhibition interview

Tuesday, 20 November 2007
Juliette Milne was interviewed on Channel 9 TV regarding her sculptural exhibition "Presence" at Milford Galleries Dunedin. To view the interview online please visit:
Juliette Milne Interview

Robert Ellis and Neil Dawson

Monday, 19 November 2007
Making Worlds at the Auckland Art Gallery features work by Robert Ellis and Neil Dawson. This exhibition runs until 21 January 2008.

Karl Maughan Survey Exhibition

Monday, 15 October 2007
Karl Maughan's first survey exhibition A CLEAR DAY opens at Te Manawa in Palmerston North on Friday 9 November and runs through till March 30, 2008

Lorraine Rastorfer at The New Dowse gallery

Friday, 14 September 2007
Lorraine Rastorfer will be showing at The New Dowse public gallery in Lower Hutt from 7 December 2007 - 30 March 2008.

Also showing at the same time is Elizabeth McClure.

View Lorraine Rastorfer's exhibited artist page.

James Robinson wins Wallace Art Award residency

Thursday, 6 September 2007
Dunedin artist, James Robinson, was awarded the Paramont prize in the prestigious Wallace Art Awards for his mixed media work "Taniwha/Dragon. The Wallace Art Award is the longest running art residency award in Australasia with the Paramont winner being awarded a six month residency in New York along with $35,000.

James Robinison is currently the McCahon artist in residence for six months at McCahon House in Titirangi.

View James Robinson's exhibited artist page.

Charlotte Handy article in Art New Zealand

Monday, 3 September 2007
Anna Smith reviews Charlotte Handy's work in her article "Aqualung Blues - The Art Of Charlotte Handy".

"Handy's seas display natural phenomena used transgressively. Playing off the geographical inventory, the artist maps oceans, aquifiers, cloud shapes and land mass with a meticulous attention to the point where they cross over into the space of the imaginary sea lung, alive and breathing, that the inner continents of the mind are naturalised. Inland Seas are places and not places; points where the painter's brush intersects the surface of the canvas' finds there rivers, springs, waterfalls, and vanishing horizons of waves. Seemingly porous stretches of land accompany the marine, emerging dripping from the sea bed, or following the contours of the underlying water table. Over and over the artist revisits the tension between abstract and literal, land and sea, surface and depth."

Charlotte Handy exhibited artist page

Nigel Brown article in Art New Zealand 124

Monday, 3 September 2007
Denys Trussel reviews Nigel Brown's latest works in his article "Will To Meaning - A Painters Language in the Fabric of History" in Art New Zealand 124 Spring 2007.

Trussel writes that "His paintings combine elements of our past in constantly changing assemblages. These deploy not chronological, but dramatic time - time as it is in theatre or poetry."

"The past is not another country. It is active now, a grotesque arcadian myth, symbolised in these paintings by the figures of the pioneer male and female, often balck singleted or long-dressed, at times naked as in Eden. They cut down the forests of original sin to build the materialist Utopia."

Anita DeSoto review in Listener

Wednesday, 22 August 2007
David Eggleton of The New Zealand Listener (August 25 2007) reviews the Anita DeSoto "Away, Away" exhibition at Milford Galleries Dunedin.
"Her paintings, as in her recent exhibition Away, Away at Milford Galleries Dunedin, reveal her to be an enchanter, wielding her paintbrush like a wand and casting somewhat shocking spells."
"With all that skin raked by thorns, or cut by claws, or stitched up with string or pearls, DeSoto's paintings are defiant, transgressive images; yet doing violence to the surface of things, such ruptures and rents both reinstall mystery in painting and reassert feeling. her bodies are sentient beings, and we sense what they feel."

Anita DeSoto

Channel 9 TV coverage of exhibition

Tuesday, 21 August 2007
An interview with Wellington artist, Bob Kerr and Archibald Baxter's Grand-daughter, Kathy Baxter covering the series of paintings in the "Number One Field Punishment' exhibition. Kerr's exhibition explores the way the New Zealand army treated conscientious objectors in World War One.

You can view the Bob Kerr interview online
(please note this will open in a new page).

Bob Kerr Impressions Feature in Otago Daily Times

Tuesday, 21 August 2007
Nigel Benson interviewed Bob Kerr covering his latest exhibition 'Number One Field Punishment: Archibald Baxter's Opposition to Military Conscription' which is a "harrowing account of one man's war" investigating the mistreatment of Conscientious Objectors in World War One.

Bob Kerr interview on National Radio

Tuesday, 21 August 2007
Bob Kerr was interviewed by Lynn Freeman on National Radio's Arts On Sunday program. The interview covered his latest exhibition 'Number One Field Punishment: Archibald Baxter's Opposition to Military Conscription'.

Listen to the interview online

2007 Ranamok Glass Awards Finalists

Tuesday, 21 August 2007
Claudia Borella and Jenny Smith are finalists in the 2007 Ranamok Glass Awards. The winner will be announced on August 25, 2007.

View Jenny Smith's artist page.

and view a selection of Claudia Borella's artworks.

Trust Waikato National Contemporary Art Award 2007

Friday, 3 August 2007
Jon Tootil is a finalist in the Trust Waikato National Contemporary Art Award 2007 which runs from 11th August - 11th November 2007.
Jon Tootil's work 'Top Man' is "one of a series of art works about corporate behaviour done in the style of an advertisement."
For more information about Jon Tootil visit his artist page.

Meredith Collins is also a finalist with her work 'Exotic native – Ta Moko Series No. 1', Oil on canvas. "The body of work that this painting belongs to explores questions of heritage and identity. I have two great-great-grandmothers who both wore moko as their expression of belonging to a people and a land. In contrast I lack a sense of belonging to New Zealand where I was born because I don’t relate to my Maori heritage and Mother England is equally, if not more so, distant."

For more information about the awards visit the art award webpage.

Press Release: Artwork damage in freight delivery

Tuesday, 24 July 2007
Milford House Ltd can confirm that on Tuesday 10 th July at approximately 7pm an accidental fire occurred on a delivery truck. The delivery contained thirty-five artworks being delivered to Milford House Ltd. These artworks were a significant part of a Milford Galleries Queenstown exhibition at the City Gallery in Invercargill but only a small part of the company's total artwork stock. The fire damage has been sighted and the artworks are not recoverable. Milford House Ltd can confirm that normal insurance systems are in process and the owners of artwork within this Milford House Ltd delivery have been notified.

Director of Milford House Ltd, Niki Stewart said that “We are saddened by the loss of these unique and irreplaceable works. The loss of thirty-five works is upsetting as each and every work had a significant aesthetic value, however the loss will not affect normal business activity and will not affect any of our planned art exhibitions in the future.”
Press contact: Niki Stewart, Director, Milford House Ltd.

Anita DeSoto Review

Thursday, 19 July 2007
Anita DeSoto review in the OUSA Critic magazine.

Anita DeSoto Arts Feature

Monday, 16 July 2007
Anita DeSoto was interviewed by Nigel Benson of the Otago Daily Times on her latest exhibition at Milford Galleries Dunedin. DeSoto mixes her paints with myths drawn from the worlds of literature, opera and religion." "Her own work rewards close inspection, seducing and beguiling by blurring iconic fantasy figures with contemporary human beings". DeSoto states that "I like painting people I love. I like to think that comes out in the painting. I portray them in roles which either reflect my relationship with them or who they are."
Anita DeSoto

Anita DeSoto Interview on Channel 9 TV

Tuesday, 10 July 2007
Anita DeSoto was interviewed on Channel 9 TV regarding her first exhibition at Milford Galleries Dunedin. To view the interview online please visit:
Anita DeSoto Interview

Robert Ellis review in The Listener, June 2007

Tuesday, 26 June 2007
David Eggleton of The New Zealand Listener reviews the Robert Ellis "Selected Works" exhibition at Milford Galleries Dunedin.
"The longer you look at his paintings, the more you see. For a start, there's the land: all the cutaway vistas of strat, the tilted planes and blocks of geology, which offer the sensation of the landscape slipping and sliding in front of you. Or else as in "Maungawhau/Mt Eden 28 May 2002", the land seems like steps up towards the sky; but the terraced slopes don't just lead you up, they also seem to become a chart of the stars."
Robert Ellis

Lorraine Rastorfer

Wednesday, 20 June 2007
Lorraine Rastorfer has just won the People’s Choice Award at the recent New Zealand Norsewear Art Award 2007.

Ruth Allen feature in LINO magazine

Wednesday, 23 May 2007
Glass artist, Ruth Allen feature in LINO magazine.

Robert Ellis Arts Feature

Wednesday, 23 May 2007
Nigel Benson of the Otago Daily Times writes of acclaimed New Zealand painter, Robert Ellis' diverse background and inspirations for his work. "Auckland artist Robert Ellis developed an eye for the world as an aerial photographer in a World War 2 bomber. He later trained under luminaries such as painter Sir Francis Bacon and sculptor Henry Moore at the Royal College of Art in London. His first Dunedin exhibition paints a unique picture of life in New Zealand."
In the feature article, Robert Ellis states that "I use disparate images. I change the scale and, because they are juxtaposed, they assume a different kind of identity. They become something else."
Nigel Benson writes that "Ellis has long been considered a significant artist for the way he has explored abstraction while at the same time creating bicultural art through personal associations."
Robert Ellis

Anita DeSoto article in Art New Zealand

Wednesday, 23 May 2007
Maari McCluskey reviews Anita DeSoto's paintings in the latest Art New Zealand (Number 123/Winter 2007).
"Among her most striking accomplishments is her masterful rendering of the human form, but this equisite talent is rarely employed for its own sake."
"In the staged worlds she creates, subjectivity and the labyrinths of the imagination take precedence over worldly ocncerns - a place where passions conflict and where icons are remade, blurring the boundaries between reverential imitation and powerful re-invention."
Anita De Soto's most recent paintings feature in her upcoming July exhibition 'Away, Away' at Milford Galleries Dunedin.

Christine Boswijk

Wednesday, 23 May 2007
Jane Warwick of BMW magazine interviews ceramicist Christine Boswijk's in the 1/2007 edition. Boswijk's ceramic works are identified as "both tough and fragile. The edges are so delicate you instinctively reach out for the sheer pleasure of touching something so fine, belatedly realizing that's exactly what Boswijk wants you to understand - that it is possible to touch something fragile without destroying it."
The article discusses her recent ceramic works and her upcoming 'Kisses, Crosses and Flowers' exhibition at milford galleries queenstown. "It is hard to believe, after all this success, that she still feels her work to be experimental. However, perhaps her latest series backs this up. Much softer it focuses on the cross as a symbol of both faith and of written kisses and flowers as expressions of both joy and sadness."

Peata Larkin

Wednesday, 23 May 2007
Peata Larkin was awarded a Merit prize at Norsewear Art Awards 2007 for her painting titled 'I Am Tuhourangi (Pink and White Terraces), (2006)'. Peata was the only artisit to have two works selected in th Norsewear Art Awards this year. "'I Am Tuhourangi' and 'Raranga Modified' were both created using a technique that involves paint but has elements in common with weaving."

Peata Larkin also featured in the May 2007 edition of Tu Mai Magazine. In the article 'Meshing the Cultivation of Identity', Peata Larkin says that her practice "revolves around ideas relating to self-identity cultivated by my European upbringing and loss of Maori heritage" Larkin also discusses her first solo exhibition at Milford Galleries Dunedin.
Peata Larkin

Success at Auckland Art Fair 2007

Wednesday, 23 May 2007
Milford Galleries Dunedin and milford galleries auckland were at two stands at the extremely successful Auckland Art Fair (18 - 20 May, 2007), New Zealand’s national showcase of quality, contemporary art.

milford galleries auckland represented artists Joanna Braithwaite, Robert Ellis, Neil Frazer, Jeffrey Harris and Geoffrey Notman.

Milford Galleries Dunedin represented artists Michael Hight, Karl Maughan, Reuben Paterson, Neil Dawson and Johnny Turner.

For full details see our Art Fair exhibition webpage

Jon Tootill

Wednesday, 24 January 2007
Issue Number 5 of b-guided magazine includes a four page feature and interview with artist Jon Tootill, Victoria Moss writes:
"Jon Tootill's paintings explore the suburban Kiwi paradise that wrapped the 50's, 60's and 70's like a knitted cardigan.
"Clouds occasionaly appear as gigantic Koru curves. There are concrete steps and multi-coloured pebble paths and grey roads lined with power poles snaking off to an empty horizon. Residents are not revealed, although there are clues."
Jon uses the article to give an insight into his latest works which will be shown at milford galleries auckland from February 14 2007
"It will not be what you expect. It may offend. Art has to do that sometimes to show that culture evolves. Culture is not history."

Tim Main

Wednesday, 17 January 2007
Andrew Paul Wood of 'The Listener' says in the end of year review - "It has been a bumper year for younger artists. Tim Main delighted and surprised at the CoCA gallery with large floral Gothic rose windows (very Christchurch) carved from wood."
Tim Main will be exhibiting at Milford Galleries Dunedin in September 2007

Christine Cathie

Tuesday, 16 January 2007
The Arts Foundation of New Zealand commissioned Auckland based artist Christine Cathie to design the trophies for the New Generation Artist Awards presented in Wellington on November 22.
The Arts Foundation magazine 'Applause' states in the December edition - " Christine Cathie is to be congragulated on her beautiful works"

Charlotte Handy

Friday, 22 December 2006
David Eggleton of 'The Listener' reviews Charlotte Handy's exhibition 'The Inland Sea' at Milford Galleries Dunedin.
“Her works map dreamscapes; they are the paintings of a self-exiled New Zealander whose eyes comb a phantasml body of water for evidence of something specific, something familiar. Built up in oil on canvas out of a kind of handwriting of dabs and dashes of chalky blues and greys with the occasional admixture of ochre, these are paintings that have been slapped down with the urgency of diary entries”