Events & Exhibitions

UPCOMING EVENTS


Saturday 7th April, 2018 (11 am - 1 pm)
1st Saturday of the month opening previews

Your chance to view a suite of new exhibitions
Coffee, tea and nibbles provided.
Free event, all welcome

Wednesday 11th April, 2018 (6 - 8 pm)
ARTCHAT (2nd Wednesday of the month)

A discussion and tour of our new main gallery exhibition 'There was a moment, maybe six weeks or so, when no one knew how to make a painting'
presented by our inaugural national artist in residence Yonel Watene alongside our resident poet Sue Edmonds and local glass artist Karin Barr who will talk about her new works in People watching.

Light refreshments provided, $10 at the door.


Thursday 26th April 2018 (10:30 am - 11:30 am)
WALLACE GALLERY SENIORS
(Last Thursday of each month)

Join gallery staff and volunteers for a tour of our latest exhibitions.

Time: Meet for coffee/tea & nibbles at 10.30 am
Venue: Wallace Gallery
Entry Charge: Gold coin donation


2018 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE


We are proud to announce our inaugural national artist in resident is Yonel Watene

Yonel will be working with the Wallace Gallery Morrinsville team over the coming months to present it's first solo exhibition in the Waikato during April 2018

For more details as they unfold please follow our news page and Facebook page.


CURRENT / UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS


Wallace Arts Trust Collection Gallery



We are proud to present a number of new exhibitions in partnership with the Sir James Wallace Arts Trust.

3rd February - 24th April 2018
Notes towards a Speculative Fiction


An exhibition of stunning works from the collection presented alongside a number of short stories.

(Example)
Tim Thatcher, The Moment of Flames (2003), acrylic and varnish on board.

There is a Kingdom; there is a King.

Tim greeted me at his front door. He led me in to the ballroom where I was struck by plush deep blue wallpaper and the warmth of a roaring fire. I immediately joined Cosmos his pet unicorn by the hearth. Someone behind us dressed in bishop’s garb prepared cocktails for the gathering. Tarzan and Jane stood by a large window with the curtains drawn letting in the darkness of the night. I spoke with Cosmos. We felt ready to start our journey, the fire had fortified our spirits.

I saw Hamburger Reaper, so grim, dressed in black with a mighty axe. He was prime executioner as he stood over a tree trunk which served as his block. Hamburger announced it was now time for little Robert to die. Robert knelt and laid his small head on the block. With a swing of the axe his head came free, spraying blood in the air. The birds in the trees—those dying generations—at their song, the salmon falls, the mackerel-crowded seas. Hamburger’s handiwork was behind him on show, two barrels painted pink oozing crimson in the soil.

It was daybreak as I came with Cosmos to a desolate seashore. The black iron sand stung our feet, wind blew in our faces and we heard the roar of the ocean in the background. A bare-chested man stood with a paper bag over his head holding a staff with three blades that dripped blood. He sent a pack of five vicious hyenas on to us. Cosmos fought off their attack one by one. We then walked to the water’s edge and saw an island in the distance. There we saw a single tree with two women sitting on a long branch partly in flames.

My position as Night Watchman at Grand Museum was usually uneventful but not this time. An aged man is but a paltry thing, a tattered coat upon a stick. One evening after midnight, I was walking outside in the courtyard and came upon two figures in combat. There was a bear-like creature standing tall on two feet with long claws and teeth, holding a flag aloft. The other was a little man holding a spear, nude except for a long beaver skin on his head with beaver teeth hanging over his face. They fought each other brutally to a bitter stalemate.

In the big green amphitheatre stood a grand piano positioned on a huge bear-skin rug. On the railing above were the spectators: Kiwi and a special species of Kiwi with wings flying in the night sky. Tarzan and Jane gave the evening performance, wearing only skirts and holding their weapons aloft. They re-enacted an ancient tribal rain dance which seemed to work very quickly. A sudden deluge made the arena fill up with water and the piano floated like a boat on the bear skin rug.

We travelled a long way through many climes and became lost in thick jungle. Once out of nature I shall never take my bodily form from any natural thing. Our spirits were low as it all became a struggle. With the advent of night, it was vital to find a quick escape from the possible risk of attack. The evening was warm and we came to a river with fast flowing rapids. Cooling off suddenly became very appealing; we jumped in and drifted downstream. The water became rough and dangerous as we were taken to a waterfall. ‘Oh poor Cosmos!’ Alas he did not survive but his life was sacrificed for mine. I stayed afloat with his body as we drifted into a large pool. Watching us was an apparition, a fair maiden in a bikini cooling her feet in the water.


Main Gallery


a stunning gallery space that showcases proposed, curated and touring exhibitions of works from local, national and international artists.

3rd - 25th February 2018
Minor Events: RogeR Key & Zoe Knighton


Opening preview: Saturday 3rd February 11 am - 1 pm

Key and Knighton are interested in life’s constructs. 'Minor Events' is an exhibition about the mystery of group dynamics, the pressure of normalcy and the insanity of the individual in an unhinged, mystifying world.


3rd March - 1st April 2018
Amongst: Dr Jeremy Mayall


The Wallace Gallery Morrinsville is proud to present our very first artist in residence project. 

Please join the Wallace Gallery team and Dr Jeremy Mayall as we launch his exhibition AMONGST a collection of immersive experiences.

Inaugural Waikato artist-in-residence Jeremy Mayall has been continuing to explore his fascination with the interrelationships between sound, time, space, the senses, and the human experience. 

Bringing together a collection of new installations with a number of regular collaborators, AMONGST is a show where you must choose to become part of the work. 

Collaborators include: Paul Bradley, Aaron Chesham, Stephen Gallagher, Horomona Horo, Owen Mayall and Ben Woollen. 

AMONGST is positioned within the Main, Flexi, Community, Digital and Window spaces and will be open from March 3rd - April 1st 2018. 


7th April - 1st May 2018
Yonel Watene 'There was a moment, maybe six weeks or so, when no one knew how to make a painting'


Opening preview: Saturday 7th April, 2018 (11 am - 1 pm)

Watene is the inaugural National Artist-In-Residence at the Wallace Gallery Morrinsville (through March to late April 2018) and will present ideas and work created during his residency.

The artist will transform part of the gallery into his temporary studio, where he will create artwork throughout the exhibitions duration. The public is openly invited to engage with the artist during these open studio sessions.

There was a moment … will be segmented in two, across the Main Gallery and Ruma Hapori, with each space focusing on different aspects of the exhibitions narrative. The Main Gallery will focus on oil painting traditions and abstracted figuration. Here he’ll present a series of new figurative work, portraits of his rabbit Judy, and a range of landscape painting. In stark contrast to the oil painting presentation, the Ruma Hapori will present contemporary sculpture and installation. Here he’ll present art as an alternative to existing architectural/infrastructural models, where alternative designs for buildings, cities and town plans are presented as alternative options to their existing counterparts. These separate discussions ultimately lead back to the exhibitions true theme; knowledge, power and their roles in society.

Wallace Gallery Morrinsville and the artist are pleased to announce the inclusion of Olga Krause, who will present her performance work, Visitor, at the exhibitions opening (scheduled for midday).



Community Gallery


a unique gallery for the presentation of local artists works from around the Waikato.

3rd - 25th February 2018
Greetings from the Outer Space: Claudia Latisnere


Opening preview: Saturday 3rd February 11 am - 1 pm

“How on earth did I get here?” the thought struck me one day.

You see, in August this year it will be four years since I moved from Mexico to New Zealand. I used to live in Wellington until about ten months ago, when I moved to Pukeatua. If you had asked me, I would never have imagined myself being where I am now. The whole idea would’ve sounded completely alien to me.

I am a Mexican living in a small farming community called Pukeatua and I am an artist. What is an artist from the planet Mexico doing far away in the countryside of New Zealand?

Claudia Latisnere, is a professional visual artist originally from Mexico but based in New Zealand since 2013. Ninu is her nickname and since 2011 she has been using the label They call me Ninu to spread the word about her work. Photography is her art form of choice.

She has exhibited her works in a number of solo and group exhibitions back in her home country with her first exhibitions in New Zealand being as a finalist in the 2017 National Contemporary Art Award at the Waikato Museum and recently in a Human Era at Zeus Gallery in Tauranga.

“As an artist, I am interested in the human cognitive process of transforming experience into meaning. I believe that finding our own systems of beliefs and codes throughout our lives is a very personal process and an important one. I usually work in series of photographs around a particular subject. I like the narrative quality that working in series produces and how these narratives help to build bridges between my work and its audience”.

3rd March - 1st April 2018
Amongst: Dr Jeremy Mayall


Inaugural Waikato artist-in-residence Jeremy Mayall has been continuing to explore his fascination with the interrelationships between sound, time, space, the senses, and the human experience. 

Bringing together a collection of new installations with a number of regular collaborators, AMONGST is a show where you must choose to become part of the work. 

Collaborators include: Paul Bradley, Aaron Chesham, Stephen Gallagher, Horomona Horo, Owen Mayall and Ben Woollen. 


3rd March - 1st April 2018
'There was a moment, maybe six weeks or so, when no one knew how to make a painting'


A solo exhibition presented by our inaugural national artist in residence Yonel Watene


Flexi-Space


a space for new works and ideas that sit within the creative sector.

29th November - 28th January 2018
The 26th Wallace Art Awards (2017) Exhibition of Winners and Selected Travelling Finalists


3rd-25th February 2018
New works: Mark Spraggon


Opening preview: Saturday 3rd February 11 am - 1 pm

Te Aroha based artist/designer Mark Spraggon presents a new body of works inspired by pop, popular culture and the found object.

3rd March - 1st April 2018
Amongst: Dr Jeremy Mayall


Inaugural Waikato artist-in-residence Jeremy Mayall has been continuing to explore his fascination with the interrelationships between sound, time, space, the senses, and the human experience. 

Bringing together a collection of new installations with a number of regular collaborators, AMONGST is a show where you must choose to become part of the work. 

Collaborators include: Paul Bradley, Aaron Chesham, Stephen Gallagher, Horomona Horo, Owen Mayall and Ben Woollen. 


7th - 29th April 2018
Karin Barr: People Watching

Who is watching who?

Opening preview: Saturday 7th April 11 am - 1 pm

Positioned within the Flexi-space at the entrance to the Wallace Gallery this beautifully presented installation poses the instant question to the visitor.

Are you looking at the artwork or are the abstracted glass and aluminium figures watching you?

Each piece of this installation has been individually twisted and bent out of a poured slap piece of wax.
With minimal manipulation of the wax the artist has been able to create abstract figures showing true human qualities.


Wallace Digital


the Waikato's only dedicated space for the showing of local, national and international digital works and installations.

29th November - 28th January 2018
The 26th Wallace Art Awards (2017) Exhibition of Winners and Selected Travelling Finalists


3rd - 25th February 2018
Leaving Things Behind: Lynette Wilson


Opening preview: Saturday 3rd February 11 am - 1 pm

Lynette Wilson’s practice draws on her multidisciplinary background of filmmaking, costume and set design, fashion design, photography and landscape architecture.

She has recently gained a Masters in Art and Design from AUT, Aotearoa (NZ).

Time, movement and independent processes are important exploratory threads in Lynette’s research practice. In particular setting up dynamic processes and then letting them take their course. In her work, she is often searching for various thresholds between fixed and open-ended outcomes, where the art work leads the viewer through a process that may incur unforeseen or unknown physical outcomes, rather than a fixed aesthetic. It is this freedom of transfer between the material components, where processes allow visible and audible exchange between substances and also between the human and non-human.

3rd March - 1st April 2018
Amongst: Dr Jeremy Mayall


Inaugural Waikato artist-in-residence Jeremy Mayall has been continuing to explore his fascination with the interrelationships between sound, time, space, the senses, and the human experience. 

Bringing together a collection of new installations with a number of regular collaborators, AMONGST is a show where you must choose to become part of the work. 

Collaborators include: Paul Bradley, Aaron Chesham, Stephen Gallagher, Horomona Horo, Owen Mayall and Ben Woollen. 


7th-29th April 2018
What are the chances?
Jeremy Mayall and James Sutherland


What Are The Chances?

An audio-visual work by
Jeremy Mayall and James Sutherland

Synchronicity: The experience of two or more events that are causally unrelated, yet are experienced as occurring together in a meaningful manner.

Apophenia: the human tendency to perceive meaningful patterns within random data.
The images and music in this piece are related, or at least they seem to be. There is a beginning, a middle and an end.

They last for roughly the same amount of time; there is a crescendo as the clouds combine, crashing inexorably in soft collision and from this, we find parallels and create meaning. We have expectations of how this should play.

All is not as it seems.


Window


situated at the entrance to the gallery the Wallace Galleries 'Window' project presents a platform for the sharing of new ideas and approaches to drawing.

3rd November 2017- 27th February 2018
Eliza Webster


Waikato based artist / designer/ curator Eliza Webster presents a new work as a part of Morrinsville's 7th Annual Arts Festival

3rd March - 29th April 2018
Paul Bradley


Inaugural Waikato artist-in-residence Jeremy Mayall has been continuing to explore his fascination with the interrelationships between sound, time, space, the senses, and the human experience. 

Bringing together a collection of new installations with a number of regular collaborators, AMONGST is a show where you must choose to become part of the work. 

Collaborators include: Paul Bradley, Aaron Chesham, Stephen Gallagher, Horomona Horo, Owen Mayall and Ben Woollen.