See What I Can See: Discovering New Zealand Photography

Until 13 August 2017 at Hastings City Art Gallery Photography is everywhere, the keystone of most social media platforms, the finger-tip tool of almost all of us. The evolution from time consuming to immediate, from carefully crafted and curated to carefree and constant, from labour intensive to instant means it’s everywhere and that everything is…

Imagine the Journey

19 May -1 June 2017, Creative Arts Napier Napier’s CAN offers exhibition access to a wide remit of exhibitors, and the Imagine the Journey Red Cross exhibition was no exception to the increasing convergence of different social industries. Contemporary life is intensely marketed these days; we live in a constant visually saturated society. Like many,…

East Side Story

15 June 2017, Community Arts Napier At Community Arts Napier (CAN) until the 22nd of June is the entertaining and varied show of print works, East Side Story. Print groups from Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay (The Hawke’s Bay Inkers) have joined forces in an exhibition which underlines the continued vitality, attractiveness and handmade physicality of…

SKETCH n the MIND & Creative Connection

Until 17 June, Hastings Community Art Centre, John Boyd-Dunlop, Mary Jesse Sullivan and Kathleen Pickering Two exhibitions with three varying artistic practices in an impressive gallery space in the historic Harvey’s Building in Hastings. Before looking closely at the work on show, the building itself deserves some credit as an impressive backdrop. An example of…

Reconnection

25 May – 7 June, Katie Mouat, Muse Gallery, Havelock North A harried messenger is pounding up towards the Village precariously balancing an outsized display of white orchids: big heads on thin green threads. She in her domestic best; they arrogant and outrageously out of scale, a flock of seagulls signalling shore. It’s a poignant…

Shared Plots

Until 27 May, SPA_CE, Napier This is a group show of paintings by four artists with connections to Hawke’s Bay. Works by Brad Donovan, Hayley Hewer, John Eaden and John Lancashire can be viewed until the 27th of May. You are greeted with Brad Donovan’s Suburban Night Scene. It’s dusk and Douglas fir tree silhouettes…

Dramatis Personae

Parlour Projects, a contemporary art gallery situated on Eastbourne St in Hastings, is a large-ish, well-lit, handsome exhibition space. It routinely mounts impressive work by talented local and out-of-town artists. On show at present are Billie Culy’s large photographs of retro flowers. They feel like throwbacks to the New Zealand of the ‘50s: church hall…

Indra’s Bow

October 2016 – 27 August 2017, MTG, Napier The God Indra, of Indian Mythology, has dominion over the rains – no small thing in a land where the arrival of the monsoon can mean the difference between life and death. His bow, the rainbow, is his weapon in combat with the Asuras of inclement weather…

The Collector’s Room

Curators Roy Dunningham and Bronwynne Thorp 10 March – 28 May 2017, Hastings City Art Gallery The Collector’s Room: Works from Collections of Hawke’s Bay, is currently showing in the Holt Gallery at the Hastings City Art Gallery. Curated by locals Roy Dunningham and Bronwynne Thorp, this exhibition reads like a ‘who’s who’ of some…

Line Dancing

22 March – 22 April 2017, SPA_CE, Napier Recent Elam Art School graduate Emma McIntyre has returned home with her Line Dancing series of eight paintings installed across the walls of SPA_CE gallery. SPA_CE, located upstairs in the old office area of a garage building, are excellent and intimate viewing rooms. The works vary in…

Seawalls: Murals for Oceans

20-26 March 2017, Napier “Wow!” my kids exclaim as we drive down Hastings St, and I recall the mural while deftly pulling into a park. We jump out of the car and walk over to the alley way. The “Wows” keep coming. We’d come down to this spot a few days before, when the artist…