Sep
28
to Oct 21

Smita Upadhye - Saree & the Feminine

India is one of the affluent countries when it comes to values, culture and traditions. 

From all corners, be it down South or up North, every region and state has something spectacular to offer – ranging from heritage to different rituals, cuisines, clothes and so much more. It’s this diversity of India that makes every place geographically, historically and culturally build its rich heritage.

In this one-off exhibition, Smita has portrayed one such aspect that binds all Indian women through threads of elegance; their love for sarees. To define, these are five to nine yards of light material in form of bliss adorned by every woman in India. It’s not just a cloth to be draped around your waist but has a lot more to offer - a deeper emotional connection with every feminine.

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Oct
26
to Nov 18

Mélange - a collective exhibition by the students from Oaklynn School

The Upstairs Gallery is thrilled to have a body of works created by the students from Oaklynn School. With over 60 works created over the last year the students have lovingly created pieces using a mélange of materials, a wheel chair wheel amongst them! This is a show that will delight your eyes and feed your soul. Join us for the opening night on Friday 26 October from 6 to 7:30pm.

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Nov
23
to Dec 16

Kairava Gullatz

In collaboration with the Auckland Festival of Ceramics.

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The Great Paper Plate Children's Exhibition
Jul
7
to Jul 29

The Great Paper Plate Children's Exhibition

Our annual children's exhibition is here and we are calling young artists from 3 to 15 years.

This year our theme is.........*drum rolls please* PAPER PLATES!!!

With thanks to Park Road Kitchen we have a limited amount of paper plates for children to collect and complete their artwork on.

Please only use the plates that we provide, which you can pick up from the gallery along with an entry form anytime from now - 10am - 4pm, 7 days a week.  

We have some AMAZING PRIZES up for grabs.

AND if you're a local school that wants to get involved, please call or email Sammy to have the plates delivered to your school.


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Maxine Parkin-Jones & Tatiana Harper
Jun
8
to Jul 1

Maxine Parkin-Jones & Tatiana Harper

In conjunction with the Auckland Festival of Photography we are proud to present, Maxine Parkin-Jones and Tatiana Harper.

Blacker than White by Maxine Parkin-Jones

NZ born and self taught artist, Maxine Parkin-Jones (Jepson) has spent her life exploring and discovering the potential of textiles to produce innovative and distinctive art forms. Her work spans over sixty years and it has been displayed in foyers, corporate and private collections world wide.
In 1988 Maxine exhibited as a textile artist in the ‘old’ Upstairs Gallery. Now 2018 and in the ‘new’ Upstairs Gallery we are proud to have her exhibit her first body of works as a photographer. This exhibition also show cases pieces of her life's work in textiles.

Old School by Tatiana Harper

Tatiana is a Latvian born photographer who has called New Zealand her home since 2000. It was inevitable that photography would become part of her life as her father is a photographer and she received her first camera at the age of 11. She also learn't to process images in families home darkroom.
‘Old School’ is a collection of photographs that were taken on film with 2 of her favourite cameras a Canon AL-1 and Mamiya C 33. Both cameras were gifted to her by her friends.

 

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Kim Gunther
May
11
to Jun 3

Kim Gunther

I started my career as a painter after attending Elam in the late 70’s.  After several exhibitions in NZ and the UK I entered the film industry, first as a scenic artist, then as a writer and director of many New Zealand documentary drama series such Epitaph, Secret New Zealand and Beyond the Darklands.

This exhibition marks my return to painting as my primary creative pursuit and I hope it will lead to more opportunities to exhibit and share my work.

Kim Gunter’s exhibition explores connections between micro and macro worlds.  These works traverse landscapes that are both physical and metaphysical while drawing parallels between an inner personal universe and an expanding cosmic universe. 

The exhibition consists of a series of paintings and a short film. Both are largely set within the dramatic landscapes of Auckland’s Waitakere West Coast.

Gunter’s work is an inquiry into the hidden dynamics of the natural world through the shifting sands and energetic rhythms of land and sea.  Framed within the format of ‘landscape’ these works explore universal themes place and mortality to reveal a universe that is both seen and unseen.

The paintings incorporate elements such as sand and shell to create layered textural surfaces that capture raw, elemental patterns and rhythms of the natural world. 

“I am fascinated by the shifting elements and energies within these landscapes, their scale and their layered intimacies and how they enter our senses, perception and experience.”

The film uses dramatic narrative to weave the natural world into an inner landscape for his protagonist to traverse towards an uncertain future.  It was conceived largely through heuristic immersion exercises within the locations it was filmed in, which were then shaped into a shooting script. “I tried to allow the landscape to breathe into the film and dictate the script to me, the rest is craft.”   

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Dec
24
to Jan 3

Gallery Closed

The Upstairs Gallery will be closed for the holiday period

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Nov
10
to Dec 3

Co. Start - Eshah Hudson, Lily Weeds + Jo Sinton

Join us as we celebrate the opening of Co.Start, a group exhibition featuring Eshah Hudson - fibre, Lily Weeds - ceramics and Jo Sinton - silver.

These 3 artists all take inspiration from their own back yard, the beautiful Muriwai. As well as taking inspiration from their surroundings the artists have inspired each other to create pieces especially for this upcoming exhibition.

Join us for a truly creative evening, everyone is welcome.

Refreshments and live entertainment on opening night. See you soon x

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The Magic of Black + White
Oct
13
to Nov 2

The Magic of Black + White

Part of a joint exhibition with husband and wife duo John + Shirley Beveridge - a gorgeous couple in their 80's. Black and white photography by John with life drawings by Shirley. a gorgeous couple in their 80's. Opening night will also include a special screening of a short documentary featuring some of Shirley's works.

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Exhibition - Pat Basse Insight
Sep
15
to Oct 8

Exhibition - Pat Basse Insight

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Join us for the opening of Insight by Pat Basse.

This exhibition is a celebration of Pat Basse's artistic journey over 30 years.

Pat has developed macular degeneration which has shifted the direction of her work dramatically. In this exhibition Pat shows the viewer how art can develop and wants to encourage other artists who may have lost their confidence due to sight impairment.

Free entry for everyone from 6 to 7:30pm with refreshments and live entertainment.

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