Working from the position that nuclear testing is overly interpreted through a historic lens, The Future of Our Kids re-orients our focus towards present and future actions. The title is taken from a banner held by women in the Rongelap atoll to greet the Rainbow Warrior. It read ‘We loved, the future of our kids’. As a future-oriented phrase, but in an unusual past-tense, the banner has become a touchstone for recognising the multiple timescales underpinning anti-nuclear movements.
30 November 2019 – 1 March 2020
Mafine is a solo exhibition of acrylic paintings on canvas inspired by the female form. 81-year-old Samoan artist, Pusi Urale, explores abstract painting and pointillism using vibrant colours to express her unique point of view. This exhibition draws on her extensive knowledge of Polynesian patterns and flora native to the Moana Nui a Kiwa.
Nicola Farquhar makes paintings and drawings that examine what it is to be human in a time of ecological crisis. A convergence of vibrant colours and fluid geometric forms result in a new series of paintings that almost vibrate with organic life, microscopically moving between the inner and outer spaces of abstracted feminine forms.
36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea is a series of nine site-specific participatory performances and video artworks by New York-based interdisciplinary artist Sarah Cameron Sunde, spanning six continents and seven years (2013–2020). In each, Sunde stands in a tidal area for 12-13 hours as water engulfs her body and then reveals it again. It is a radical call to reconsider our relationship with water as individuals, as communities, and as a species.
Walking about is a series of performative and participatory walks that travel across Auckland with Te Hau ā Uru – the West Wind.
The walks are artworks – guided experiences leading audiences and participants across Auckland – created by twelve artists: Suzanne Cowan, Vanessa Crofskey, Christina Houghton, Melissa Laing, Jeremy Leatinu’u, Andrew McMillan, Richard Orjis, Rosanna Raymond, val smith, Pīta Turei, Layne Waerea and Becca Wood.
September 2019 – August 2020
Theo Schoon (1915–85) is a controversial figure. He was born in Java to Dutch parents, but educated back in the Netherlands at the Rotterdam Academy of Fine Arts. He arrived in Aotearoa New Zealand in 1939, where he would become a catalyst for modernism. The first comprehensive exhibition of Schoon’s art in decades, Split Level View Finder rethinks his legacy for 21st–century Aotearoa.
7 March – 31 May 2020
Opening function: Saturday 7 March, 4pm