7th Annual Morrinsville Arts Festival Programme (3rd-5th November 2017)

Events & Exhibitions

Upcoming Events

Thursday 26th October 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 3rd November, 2017 (11 am - 1 pm)
1st Saturday of the month opening previews

Your chance to view 4 new exhibitions and to meet the artists. Coffee, tea and nibbles provided.
Free event, all welcome.

Saturday 4th November, 2017 (6 - 8 pm)
ARTCHAT special (7th Morrinsville Arts Festival)

Your chance to meet and hear from a number of New Zealand's top creatives who produce an array of stunning creative works.
Bring a cushion- Light refreshments provided,
$10 at the door.

Current and upcoming exhibitions

Wallace Arts Trust Collection Gallery

16th September - 26th November 2017
25 Years of Winners: The Wallace Art Awards Paramount Winners 1992-2016

25 Years of Winners presents the Paramount Award winning works since the establishment of the Wallace Art Awards. From Mark Braunias’ 1992 Roll Call to André Hemer’s 2016 Big Node #10, each winning work has withstood the test of time. The works are diverse in discipline, form and style, providing an impressive cross-section of contemporary New Zealand visual art.

Sir James Wallace established the annual Wallace Art Awards in 1992, to support, promote and expose New Zealand contemporary art and artists. They are now the longest-surviving, largest and richest annual art awards in New Zealand, with a value amounting to over $275,000. The Awards provide challenging opportunities and broadening experiences to the four major prize winners, through residencies at leading international arts institutions.

The Paramount Award is a premier prize for New Zealand artists. Currently the prize winner is awarded a six-month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York. The Award has given significant credibility and prospects to the winning artists, who have gone on to successful artistic careers, both nationally and internationally.

Winners are presented with a unique bronze trophy by renowned sculptor Terry Stringer as part of their prize, and have their names added to a growing work by Peter Gibson Smith, Roll Call.

The Paramount Award winning works to date are:

2016 André Hemer
Big Node #10, 2015. Acrylic and pigment on canvas, 1375 x 1025mm

2015 Visesio Siasau
Tongan Tapa Cloth, 2014. Tongan customary pigments and dye on bark cloth, 4040 x 18060mm

2014 Roger Mortimer
Otago Harbour, 2014. Acrylic ink on canvas, 600 x 650mm

2013 Jae Hoon Lee
The Dry Valley, 2012. Digital photograph, 2080 x 950mm

2012 Shigeyuki Kihara
Galu Afi: Waves of Fire, 2012
Digital video, 4 min 59 sec

2011 Akiko Diegel
Cure, 2011Disprin packet, perspex, 650 x 450 x 27mm

2010 Sam Mitchell
Janus, 2010Acrylic on perspex, 1055 x 805mm

2009 F4
The Correction, 2009
Photographic diptych, 600 x 1500mm

2008 Richard LEWER
Skill, Discipline, Training
Synthetic polymer paint on billiard-table cloth
1200 x 2000mm

2007 James ROBINSON
TANIWHA/DRAGON (qi gong notes, spirit bones)
Mixed media on paper (sewn) and mixed media on canvas
2500 x 3000mm

2006 Rohan Wealleans
Tingler, 2006
Paint, fiberglass, and steel

2005 Sara Hughes
Download, 2005
Acrylic paint on linen

2004 Jim Speers
English Electric, 2004
Acrylic, Vinyl & Fluorescent Light (Light Box)

2003 Jeffrey Harris
From Dream # 2838, 2003
Oil On Linen

2002 Judy MILLAR
Big Pink Shimmering One, 2002
Oil & acrylic on linen

750 – painting, 2001
Egg tempera on inlaid gesso on timber panels

2000 Gregor KREGAR
Prstan, 2000
Steel and plexiglass

1999 Bing DAWE
Figure with eel, 1999
Kauri, steel, wire mesh

1998 Elizabeth THOMSON
Southern cross parterre, 1998
Bronze (paint, patina)

1997 Peter STICHBURY
Truce, 1997
Oil on canvas

1996 Jenny DOLEZEL
Charm school, 1996
Oil on canvas

1995 Fatu FEU’U
Ivivia, 1995
Oil paint, oil stick on canvas

1994 Bill HAMMOND
Watching for Buller, 1993
Oil on canvas

1993 Jeff BROWN
Untitled, 1992
Oil on metal

1992 Mark BRAUNIAS
Roll-Call, 1992
Oil, wax, enamel on canvas

Main Gallery

29th September - 29th October 2017
Wei Lun Ha

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

2016 Wallace Arts Trust Vermont Award Winner Wei Lun Ha presents a number of works made just before and during his recent Vermont residency

3rd November - 10th December 2017
Waikato Society of Potters: 46th Annual Exhibition

Opening preview: 3rd November 11 am - 1 pm

This 46th annual exhibition of the Waikato Society of Potters highlights the diversity of approaches to clay that are present in the Waikato.

Community Gallery

7th - 29th October 2017
Pat Paterson: New works

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

Waikato based artist Pat Paterson presents a new body of works inspired by her rural environment, New Zealand's identity with no.8 wire and the koru design works of Gordon Walters.


2nd - 15th September 2017
Patterson Parkin: New Work

Patterson Parkin presents 2 new works that mark a new direction in his creative practice.

Based in Te Aroha Patterson has been the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious MacKenty Award for Fine Arts and has undertaken many commissions.

Patterson has exhibited regularly throughout New Zealand in both solo and group shows and exhibited in France, England and Australia, with work held in many private collections in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, United Kingdom and the USA.

A little more about Patterson Parkin

A full time artist, Patterson Parkin has been exhibiting his paintings in New Zealand since 1978, after immigrating from Britain in 1974. His formative training in the study of art, specialising in drawing and painting was at the Warwick School of Art and later with the North East London Arts College where he studied Factionalism.

Patterson continues with this style where diverse subject matter and medium, bright colours, solidly constructed abstract relief paintings of landscapes, nudes and musicians are well known. He has also made the transition into wall assemblage paintings which consist of shapes, covered in canvas, treated then painted with acrylic or oil paints.

16th September-26th November 2017
25 Years of Winners: The Wallace Art Awards Paramount Winners 1992-2016

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.