When nature is unsteady
Opening 11am Saturday 2nd November 2019
Open 2nd – 26th November 2019
Village Arts Gallery brings something truly amazing to the Hokianga on November 2nd.
One of New Zealand’s major ceramicists will exhibit installations and svelte hand-thrown shapes and vessels in a show that will excite and energise.
John Parker is known for his ribbed, modernist ceramic pieces that result in sell-out shows, but he is equally known as an award-winning theatre designer. In Colour Explosion he draws on the drama of his theatre design to make startling light-responsive ceramic installations, with lighting designed by John Wigglesworth.
Exhibited alongside Parker are bold gestural works in explosive colour by Jane Molloy-Wolt. One of the most productive and experimental professional painters in Northland, Molloy-Wolt explores themes of unstable geography and suspended belief.
We hope you will join us in celebrating this unique show, giving a warm Hokianga welcome to our guests; and taking the chance to talk with them.
expect the unexpected
Opening 11am Saturday 21st September
Open 21st September to 27th October 2019
Join Village Arts Gallery at the upcoming exhibition ‘First Encounters: expect the unexpected’ where the contributing artists reflect on the many firsts of early New Zealand.
The exhibition is inspired by ‘Tuia Encounters 250’, the government event focusing on Cook’s voyage in 1769 marking 250 years since the first onshore meeting between Māori and Europeans. The contributing artists have looked beyond that specific event and given us their personal responses to the diverse first encounters that form our history, in which Hokianga has a prominent place.
Open 17th August to 15th September 2019
It’s time to throw off the winter season and step into the into the joy of Spring. Join Village Arts Gallery at our upcoming exhibition ‘Spring Fling: All things Light and Breezy’.
An open show, Spring is the theme; artists were given the freedom to experiment with fresh ideas and use any medium in 3D or 2D. We are thrilled with the variety of work the exhibiting artists have created to express their interpretation of this season.
So… time to get some colour into your life and feel the sap rising!!
Pā Te Aroha weavers
Open 23rd June to 28th July 2019
Village Arts is privileged to be holding the exhibition ‘Wawata’ by Pā Te Aroha weavers paying homage to the last remaining ancient Māori sail in the world, Te Rā. The sail was thought to have been taken back to London by Captain James Cook in the late 1700s.
With little recorded knowledge of the origins of Te Rā in place, three Pā Te Aroha weavers, Mandy Sunlight, Raouati Ewens, and Ruth Port travelled to London to view and document details about the sail. They hoped to work out how Te Rā was made then bring the knowledge back to Aotearoa and use it to recreate a traditional sail.
Wawata gives you an opportunity to experience the fruits of their research and, from 30 June, there will be weavers at the gallery creating and displaying differing tauira (models and methods) as a response to he taonga.
The Drawing Show
by Invited Artists
Opening 2pm April 13th – May 12th 2019
You will see the work of artists, illustrators, cartoonists, teachers and designers: our artists who exhibit regularly, joined by others you won’t have seen.
There is work in a range of media, including pencil, paint, charcoal, pastel, biro, and drawing over photography. And ideas as diverse. As a real treat, we also will show a capsule collection celebrating the calligraphic and hand-drawn demonstrations that well-known teacher James Wyley did for his Broadwood School students.