10th June -6th August 2017
Wallace Arts Trust Collection Gallery
Confronting The Human Condition
Co-curated by Peter Dornauf & Justin Jade Morgan.
(Image credit:Paul Judd, Untitled boat (2002) copyright Wallace Arts Trust)

Events & Exhibitions

Upcoming Events

Thursday 27th July 2017 (10:30 am - 11:30 am)
(Last Thursday of each month)
Join Wallace Gallery Director and volunteers for a tour and conversation about the current exhibitions.
Time: Meet for coffee/tea & nibbles at 10.30 am
Venue: Wallace Gallery
Entry Charge: Gold coin donation

Saturday 5th August, 2017 (11 am - 1 pm)
1st Saturday of the month opening previews

Your chance to view the new exhibition ALL IN no.2 and to meet the artists. Coffee, tea and nibbles provided.
Free event, all welcome.

Wednesday 9th August, 2017 (6 - 8 pm)
ARTCHAT (2nd Wednesday of the month)

Your chance to meet and hear from a number of creatives.
Bring a cushion- Light refreshments provided,
$10 at the door.

Current and upcoming exhibitions

Wallace Arts Trust Collection Gallery

10th June -6th August 2017
Confronting The Human Condition

Opening Saturday 10th June, 2017 (11 am-1pm)

Exhibition catalogue launch and talk to be a part of the July 12th Art Chat, 6pm –8pm

A new show of works from the Wallace Arts Trust Collection curated by Justin Jade Morgan and Peter Dornauf.

Our journey through life presents many questions and challenges as we try to find our place within it and seek answers of some kind along the way.

Drawing from the vast number of works within the Wallace Arts Trust Collection, Dornauf and Morgan provide us with a number of entry points for discussion and glimpses of those challenges that are present right to the end.

Featuring works by: Paul Judd, Alan Ibell, Jeffrey Harris, Richard Lewer, John Reynolds, Roger Staples, Dick Frizzell, Kushana Bush, Andrea du Chatenier, Nigel brown, Phillippa Blair, Denys Watkins, Milan Mrkusich, Richard McWhannell, Seraphine Pick and Maria Olsen.

Confronting The Human Condition is an exhibition presented in association with the Wallace Arts Trust.

9th August - 8th October 2017
Here, Now, Then, Always

Here, Now, Then, Always is a diverse photography exhibition curated from the extensive body of photographic works held by the Wallace Arts Trust. The collection, accumulated by Sir James Wallace over several decades, is made of many photographic works, across different mediums and periods.
This not only presents a wide ranging historical view of New Zealand but is testament to the importance of photography as a witness to our times. The Wallace Arts Trust Collection continues to evolve.

The selected photographs, all by New Zealand artists, highlight the decision-making inherent in building a collection. Important works are shown alongside possible ‘curiosities’ and recent acquisitions.

The display of recently acquired work brings the collection of photography held by the Wallace Arts Trust up to the present day. Key of which is Greg Semu’s The Raft of the Manu – Resurrected (2015); a post-colonial re-creation of the painting by Théodore Géricault and the later work by Charles F Goldie with Louis John Steele.

Main Gallery

1st-29th June 2017
The Shape of things to come

Opening Saturday 10th June, 2017 (11 am-1pm)

An exhibition of artworks from recent graduates of the Waikato Institute of Technology, Hamilton.

1st-30th July 2017
Seventeen Artists, Seventeen Years; Artnexus 17th annual exhibition

Opening Saturday 1st July, 2017 (11 am-1pm)

New works from Artnexus in its 17th year showing strongly individual, colourful and diverse work in paint, glass, textile and stone.

5th - 27th August 2017
ALL IN no.2

Opening Saturday 5th August, 2017 (11 am-1pm)

With the whole artistic community in mind, the Wallace Gallery is proud to present our second annual open call exhibition.

'All In' allows us to open our doors to all artists within the Waikato and beyond. Our annual open call aims to represent a full spectrum of creativity within one exhibition.

Community Gallery

1st-25th June 2017
Geoffrey Clarke: Vernacular

Opening Saturday 10th June, 2017 (11 am-1 pm)

This selection of work represents my current methodology within contemporary painting which could be described as late Post-Modern Abstraction. The works imagery is derived from the vernacular forms of Hard-edge Abstraction, Minimalism, Neo-geo Abstraction, Op- art and various references to Modernist and New Modernist Design.

The distinctions between these Modernist traditions and my work is, that rather than isolating a signature collection of compositional and colourist elements, which implies the concept of authorial invention, innovation and novelty, I explore the appropriation and recycling of historical abstract visual art rhetoric’s decaffeinated of their utopic belief in progress, singularity, hierarchy, linearity and sincerity.

1st-30th July 2017
A Bold Adventure

Opening Saturday 1st July, 2017 (11 am-1pm)

ArtVenture is Adventuring again with another group exhibition to show off how Bold our members are these days in their very varied works. This year we have gained some new members (now 15) to add to the variety of what we show, and we are sharing the galleries at the Wallace with our ‘sister’ group ArtNexus, which always makes for an amazing overall display.

When we began, a decade ago now, we thought of ArtNexus as a more skilled and experienced ‘auntie’, but they now insist we are just as good as them, and have insisted on ‘sisterhood’.

So during the whole of July we hope you will visit Morrinsville to see what some very Waikato artists are working on these days. We are not only well known, but collectible!

2nd - 20th August 2017
Morrinsville School

22nd-31st August 2017
David Street School


1st-25th June 2017
Drew Hill: In your face

Opening Saturday 10th June, 2017 (11 am-1 pm)

“I’m really interested in the body and what we’re doing to our bodies in this age of mass production and fast food”.

Within this exhibition Drew Hill presents a number of artworks that combine photographic and print based techniques. Adopting methods used by pop and collage artists of the past Hill transforms original materials found, brought or used into pieces that pose questions about mass production of food based products and its effects on the human body.

“I have used the wrappers of varied corporations as my canvas, just like they are mass producing their so called food I am mass producing my art work”

This body of work has been shown in Hong Kong at the Boom Gallery and at the Auckland Photography festival these are limited edition pieces and each piece is an original work none are the same.

Drew Hill is a photographer, sculptor and film maker. Drew studied at the Ilam School of Fine Arts. He lives in Gisborne and has held solo and group exhibitions across New Zealand and overseas.

1st-30th July 2017
Ahsin Ahsin: Limbo

Opening Saturday 1st July, 2017 (11 am-1 pm)

Wintec student Ahsin Ashin shares one of his latest illustrative, science fiction paintings with us all.

Wallace Digital

1st-25th June 2017
Drew Hill: In your face

Opening Saturday 10th June, 2017 (11 am-1 pm)

We are proud to present a 'Cultural Icons' interview with Drew Hill.

The Wallace Gallery Morrinsville would like to thank the artist and the Cultural Icons team at the Depot Art Space for allowing us to share this work.

For more on the Cultural Icons series please visit the following website:

1st-30th July 2017
Eliza Webster, James Smith, Patrick Hanna

Opening Saturday 10th June, 2017 (11 am-1 pm)

Current AUT Postgraduate students Eliza Webster, James Smith and Patrick Hanna share their newest digital work. Created using graphic coding and software technology.