Everybody’s Artist Photographer
Opening 11am 30th November 2019
Open 30th November to 15th December 2019
Starting on Saturday, November 30th, this exhibition has photos of the Hokianga, from family portraits to landscapes, taken during his time in the Hokianga during the late 1800s to the early 1900s.
A Pōwhiri held at 11am on the 30th November to acknowledged the artist/photographer and the people in the photos; they are our community’s taonga.
Come along to this excellent snapshot of Kohukohu at this time.
Charles Peet Dawes spent most of his life in Kohukohu, Hokianga. He was a jack-of-all-trades, working variously as a carrier, mailman, nightsoil collector and orchardist.
He was also a photographer, running a studio in Kohukohu probably from at least 1892 to around 1925.
When he died in 1947 his glass plates were dispersed, but a box of his plates were found under a house in Umawera in the late 1960s. Their value was recognised by Ben Te Wake from Te Karaka, and later given to the Northern Advocate in Whangārei. In a junk shop in Auckland’s Upper Queen St. in the 1970s. another box of plates were found, and around 475 negatives were discovered in a secondhand store in Kaitaia in 2012.
Together with the 1,650 glass negatives gifted by Dawes descendants in 2018, these now form the Dawes collection at Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero Central City Library. Many of the photographs in this collection are on display for the first time
This collection is an extraordinary documentation of the life and times of the people of Hokianga at the height of the timber industry.
Village Arts would like to thank the Auckland City Library, and No.1 Gallery in Rāwene.
We acknowledge and mihi to the local whānau whose ancestors are recorded here in this collection.
The gallery also has a selection of water colour paintings of colonial buildings by local identity Malcolm Pinkney.
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.