Exhibitions 2018



Small Space: Erica van Zon

Erica van Zon: Jade Tableau

For Jade Tableau, Wellington-based artist Erica van Zon continues a yearlong project of working with the colour green, engaging two sites at Te Uru: the external Window Space and the Small Space located inside. For this project Van Zon finds prompts for creativity throughout her immediate surroundings, where the shimmering surface of water, the trellis at a fruit shop or the cladding of a building can all be of interest to the artist.

1 May - 3 July 2018  |  See exhibition detail


Small Space: Phillip Fickling

Phillip Fickling: The Fragile Sea

Phillip Fickling is a paper engineer with a significant background in handcrafted paper objects, books and sculptures. In this exhibition Fickling presents a display of carefully sculpted paper creatures - part animal, part machine - of a fictional era inspired by industrial design. The still and stark white paper gives way to imagined colours, movements and interactions between the underwater beings swimming through the exhibition space.

13 March - 30 April 2018  |  See exhibition detail


From Scratch: 546 Moons

From Scratch: 546 Moons

Auckland Arts Festival and Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery present an interactive survey exhibition on the sonic innovation and invented instruments of renowned art/music ensemble From Scratch, including six performances by the latest incarnation of the group. Formed in 1974, From Scratch have performed to wide acclaim around the world with their distinctive invented instruments – 546 moon cycles and still spinning! 

3 March – 27 May 2018  |  See exhibition detail


Window Space: Glen Hayward

Window Space: Glen Hayward

Using only wood and paint, artist Glen Hayward constructs a wall of concrete blocks to site a series of pre-existing objects in Te Uru’s front Window Space. These recognisable builder’s objects – including a beer bottle, lunchbox, cigarettes and hard hat – point to the mode of their own construction and labour intensive origins.

27 Febuary – 30 April 2018  |  See exhibition detail


Kerry Ann Lee

Kerry Ann Lee: life should be simple and good

For this commissioned project, Lee continues her interest in the relationship between craft, identity and place by drawing upon the specialist craft knowledge and legacies associated with West Auckland. The Learning Centre gallery is re-imagined as a whimsical garden - a space loaded with concepts of home and belonging. Here, visitors are invited to create a pot plant with twigs, clay and paper.

17 February - 21 June 2018  |  See exhibition detail


Pocket Histories

Pocket Histories

Pocket Histories — developed in collaboration between curator Ioana Gordon-Smith and artist Imogen Taylor as the latter’s McCahon House post-residency exhibition — considers the sampling of modernism in the work of three artists. Together, these works show a clear interest in formal geometric play; the push, pull and fit of volume, shapes, curves, colour.

10 February – 13 May 2018  |  See exhibition detail


Small Space: Manon van Kouswijk

Small Space: Manon van Kouswijk

Ornamental Residue originates from a study into the typology of brooches. For this series, Melbourne-based jeweller Manon van Kouswijk applies a range of processes and abstractions to iconic brooch forms and motifs from the history of jewellery. These brooches are formed by pouring liquid clay over a series of tightly grouped spherical forms, leaving an inverse of her original creations – a residue of her processes made wearable.

23 January – 12 March 2018  |  See exhibition detail

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