Material Issues

Material Issues

Opening 11am Saturday 5th September

Open 5th September to 25th October 2020

We move into spring with our new exhibition “Material Issues”, a rich tapestry of approaches to fibre, thread and textile.

25 Northland makers will show their work; you will see useful articles (which nevertheless carry a weight of association), as well as the symbolic, and garment-based pieces.

The gallery will be open from Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 3pm.

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Various Artists

Open Saturday 4th July – Sunday 23rd August 2020

For the next seven weeks Village Arts presents the imaginative use of existing off-casts. The purpose may be flippant or ‘purposeful’, but it will certainly tickle the funny-bone. Opening on Saturday 4 July at 11am, and continuing until Sunday 23 August.
The gallery will be open on Thursdays to Sundays from 10am – 3pm.
Come along; be uplifted by these inspiring works.

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Lark – Rachel Miller


Rachel Miller

Opening Saturday 2pm 14th March 2020

Exhibition open 14th March to 28th June 2020

LARK – An accumulation of optical insights not to be missed!!

This exhibition, by Rachel Miller, is new work showcasing a range of media including photo montage, fabric collage drawings and oil paint, graphite, and wax on paper compositions.

Extended exhibition information

Please note that due to level 4 Covid-19 restrictions the Village Arts Gallery space has been closed for the advertised duration of “LARK”, the exhibition will now be extended until 11th May.

Please find virtual gallery sequences of the major themes in this exhibition below. All works are for sale unless otherwise sold.

Mad, Mad and Madder – Photomontages

In this series I composed found images from early sixties New Zealand travelogues together with various drawing media and contemporary elements of collage. These works comment on predicament and folly with humour and an apposite relevance to now.

Dreaming Myself Awake

The two larger oil on paper works together with a series of small framed drawings explore allusive and transformative themes; conveying the relationship between the human condition and an ethereal world.

The Joy of Life – Fabric Collage Drawings

Titled from a painting by Max Ernst, these affirmative works were inspired and pay tribute to selected artists from the Surrealist art movement of the early 19th century.
Please note: this series is professionally framed using ash wood moulding and museum glass for maximum clarity. Frame sizes all 50x65cm.

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Big Words Speaker Event

Ecology 2020

Big Words – Speaker Event

Our Ecology 2020 Speaker Event is designed with Hokianga in mind. On the Sunday afternoon that ends the Hokianga Festival For Change we have the privilege to bring you three wonderful individuals who walk the talk.

John Wigglesworth will moderate this exciting conversation.

Change is a given. The Hokianga is a unique area, having history, beauty, and the potential to be a peaceful resource. We strive to acknowledge that and to consider visions beyond just our own. To work out positive change before changes are thrust upon us. To make ways to share generously without becoming what everyone is trying to escape from. This is the work we undertake in companionship with the mahi of others who craft meaningful change in our area; in health, wellbeing, and the environment.

Our three speakers will—in conversation—bring us ideas from their extensive bank of experience. Tony, for example, has written about ideal community structures, and the philosophy of living simply and helping others to do so—‘Sustainability’ was his word. Kennedy helps us see other sorts of being in the environment and appreciation for all sorts of aspects of nature and society through his writing. And Sue engages with change for people and environments as a community activist of many, many years standing.

As we expect large numbers, please respect our speakers by arriving at 1.45 in order to pay and be seated ready for a 2pm start.

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Ecology 2020

Ecology 2020

Big Words/Bigger Actions

Opening 11am Saturday 8th February

Open 8th February – 8th March 2020

The exhibition Ecology 2020. Big Words/Bigger Actions, opens on Saturday 8 February at 11am and runs through February at Village Arts Gallery, Kohukohu, finishing on March 8.

The exhibition is allied to the Hokianga Festival for Change on the weekend 28th Feb to 01 March. The festival is billed as ‘A community event showcasing a range of multi-media work suggesting how we might change the way we live’. Our own exhibition aims to put the ‘multi’ into the media.

And as well as the festival speakers and performers, we have our own great speaker event on Sunday March 1, so watch our social media for that.

And… if that isn’t exciting enough…

This exhibition is about change. One of the things we can all do is lessen our dependency on our cars. We invite people with bikes (electric or manual) to cycle to the opening. You will be an opportunity at the opening to test drive an electric bike.

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