Freedom and Structure: Cubism and New Zealand Art 1930 – 1960

24 June – 12 November 2017, MTG, Napier You will rarely have the chance to enjoy an exhibition of New Zealand painting that is as aesthetically delightful or culturally revealing as this one. For a historical overview it compiles relatively few artists – six in total – and yet the output of the practitioners collected…

Rave Ia E To Matou Rima

Created By Our Hands 1-13 August, Hastings Community Arts Centre This community gallery fulfils its role best when it offers a setting for community-owned showings of work. When the stories of how and why and who are as visible as the work itself. When process is as respected as product. When community can stand alongside…

Properties of Peace and Evil – Brett Graham

12-29 July, Parlour Projects “Now talking is at an end” is one of the last things Pai Mārire prophet Panapa of Ngāti Hineuru wrote to Hawke’s Bay provinces superintendent Donald McLean before their opposing forces met in the Battle of Ōmarunui in October 1866. The phrase used by Panapa was the colloquial “kua mutu te…

Jan FitzGerald & Beneath the Static

3-15 July 2017 – Arts Inc. Heretaunga Arts Inc. Heretaunga has two exhibitions running at their airy and bright gallery on Russell Street South, Hastings. Downstairs holds Jan FitzGerald’s untitled exhibition featuring mixed media illustrations of birds and wildlife. FitzGerald’s work seems to live at two ends of a spectrum – at one end her…

Messines

19 June – 1 July 2017, Arts Inc Heretaunga I went to the Hastings Community Arts Centre on Tuesday to see ‘Messines’ an exhibition by David Guerin. It is a sculptural investigation inspired by letters sent home to Dunedin by New Zealand Artilleryman Alfred Owen Wilkinson over a six week period in 1917 during the…

Into The Light

Until 13 August 2017, Hastings City Art Gallery One of three photography exhibitions currently on at HCAG, in Into the Light Hawke’s Bay photographers respond to the review of New Zealand photography in the gallery beyond: See What I Can See. In some ways this show feels a little hodge-podge, photographers reaching into their archives…

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…