My name is Shahla and I am a member artist of the Upstairs Gallery. I have been creating all my adult life fristly teaching photography, moving to artisan cooking, hair design and fashion. I finally came to the realisation that painting is the best medium for my artistic-self to speak out. This is how I best express myself.Read More
My name is Kate Simpson and I love to create jewellery and funky cutlery with polymer clay. I am completely self taught and have been creating and exploring with polymer clay ever since. It is a fantastic medium with so may possibilities and techniques to explore and create with.Read More
Marlyne Jackson was born in the U.K. and now lives and works in Auckland. She has had solo shows at Te Tuhi, Lopdell House Gallery, and Artstation as well as a window installation at Objectspace and also works with various groups to produce community-based projects.Read More
Suzie Horne is Creative Designer and Owner of Curlicue NZ. Curlicue NZ produces sustainably elegant 100% recycled Sterling Silver & Copper handcrafted wire work eco-jewellery. All items are made from my home in Titirangi, Auckland. Semi-precious stones, pearls and crystals are all incorporated within delicate and timeless designs that include all types of jewellery and accessories for women, men & kids.Read More
Lukasz Ograbek is not afraid to say it how he feels;
“The idea for this series was born when I saw a three colour veneer panel installation costing a small fortune a while back, coated with “hand ground gesso, rabbit skin glue, unicorns horn oil” and more otherworldly mixtures. It was so soulless, numbing and generic, mainstream orientated, not forgetting to mention that Mondrian did it and so much better.
The whole thing created a revolt in my brain and heart!
As the universe unravelled itself by pure chance, within a week I came across a set of 20 or so veneer doors from a 1940s kitchen. I had to take this opportunity to prove a few points.”Read More
Emerging Artist Award 2019 - Listen!
With a new theme of Listen, we once again connect with mental health and invite emerging artists to enter for 2019.
Details will be published soon!Read More
Steve Cascalheira is a graphic artist based in West Auckland. Working in a range of styles and mediums, Steve's work ranges from detailed silkscreen prints, sketching to bright and bold pop art paintings.
After being diagnosed with a brain tumour 2 years ago and having undergone brain surgery shortly after that, Steve found it extremely difficult to focus on computer work for long periods of time. Steve was told to try using his artistic ability as a tool for recovery.
He started to draw, and paint more often, and took it upon himself to ‘get better’ if ever anyone ever wanted to ‘find a silver lining’ this would be it....
Bonnie is a Visual Artist specialising in mixed media collage.
During her studies, Bonnie developed her unique series of pattern animal art works that has quickly become her signature style. She incorporates old sewing patterns and her own hand made collage papers in her art works to create original pieces.
She has a keen interest in graphic text and languages and uses them to add an interesting multicultural element to her work. Texture, Bright colours and humour with an emphasis on the ridiculous are also repeating themes within her body of work.Read More
Combining the ethereal quality of light with the materiality of paint and form, Hall fuses traditional techniques of painting with the science and colour of physical light.Read More
We have a plethora of work from Multiverse Designs - Victoria Veldhuizen, available for sale in the gallery boutique.
Victoria creates special pieces from reclaimed wood out of demolished houses and finishes with natural hemp seed oil and beewax which gives it a distinctive look.Read More
Anna Leyland is a contemporary New Zealand artist (full-time since 2012). Utilising pattern making and symbolism, her works are a contemporary conversation about Aotearoa and the beauty of multiculturalism, which is so prevalent in the 'Land of the Long White Cloud'.Read More
By re-using under-valued resources for creating her design pieces, she's aiming to highlight the relationship with our at risk environment. Ronja is particularly passionate about re-purposing discarded items and materials, and turning them into meaningful objects of desire.Read More
My vision as an artist is to celebrate the beauty in our natural environment. I believe we have a connection with nature and I strive to tell that story through my work.Read More
Meet Jo Tricker.
Jo uses kilnforming and flameworking techniques to make a variety of beautiful glass objects- both functional and decorative. Her inspiration comes from travel, books, music, dance, her children and her family history.Read More
Meet Carlos. I found Upstairs Art Gallery on Volunteering Auckland. I made an appointment to meet Teena and apply to be a gallery assistant. I told her of my history and after checking with my Key Worker she took me on. It was probably one of the most important decisions in my life.Read More
Meet Sammy Milne - our treasured Gallery Manager and Chief Art Curator.
She's a talented painter, photographer, mum of two and wife to one. The driving force behind our community hub and who absolutely pours her heart and soul into creating a warm, welcoming space for creatives and our wider community.Read More