Call for submissions EAST2016

The EAST biennial is a selected exhibition at Hastings City Art Gallery, showcasing Hawke’s Bay’s arts sector. Surveying current arts practice in the Bay, EAST aims to include emergent and established artists. We invite submissions across all media, and including both art and design. A national opportunity, EAST attracts entries from artists throughout New...

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Mata o te Whenua: Installation by George Nuku 2015

Next time you visit the gallery, pop into Auaha and see George Nuku’s installation, Mata o te Whenua. The polystyrene panels featuring the ‘takarangi’ spiral motif represent both ‘Te Ao Marama’ (the emerging light of each new day) and also ‘Nga Hau e Wha’ (the four winds) – this metaphor encompasses...

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Major General Sir Andrew Russell

Margriet Windhausen is an established artist with artworks in Auckland Art Gallery collection and public sculptures in many of New Zealand’s cities. Margriet taught Sir Andrew’s great granddaughter Art and made a connection to the Russell family through her. The statue was made by a process called bronze casting, where...

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Letters from the war

Havelock North performance artist David Guerin has spent much of the last year consumed by the war time experiences of Alfred Owen Wilkinson who fought at Gallipoli, Passchendaele and the Battle of Somme. The results of part of this work will be seen for the first time at the Hastings...

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New Director for Hastings City Art Gallery

Art for the people, to the people and with the people. Hastings City Art Gallery Director Toni MacKinnon wants to bring the community into the gallery, and take some of the gallery’s art, artists and staff out into the community. “Buildings can be quite foreboding places and I’m a great...

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EAST 2014 selected artists announced

We’ve kept it quiet, but the word is now out – below are the names of the 41 artists selected for EAST 2014: Peter Baker Lex Benson-Cooper Wellesley Binding Jo Blogg Kathy Boyle Jonathan Brough John Brown Linda Bruce Annette Bull Anthony Chiappin Matthew Couper Marion Courtille John Eaden Catherine...

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David Trubridge: So Far – A Maker’s Journey hits Rotorua

The exhibition of work by internationally-renowned, locally-based artist and designer David Trubridge opens next weekend at Rotorua Museum. David Trubridge: So Far – A Maker’s Journey was curated in-house at Hastings City Art Gallery last year by Kath Purchas and has recently been on show at Pataka in Porirua. The show was a...

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Michael Smither’s arty visit

We were lucky to be treated to a visit by Michael Smither recently. Here’s Michael sketching his friend Allan’s portrait in Who Am I?, our main gallery exhibition currently with us from The Dowse Art Museum. You can also see Michael’s painting in the background. Who Am I has several...

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Kath Purchas Appointed Director

After 10 months as Acting Director, Kath Purchas has been appointed as the full time Director of Hastings City Art Gallery. With a background in exhibition design and development, Kath joined the Hastings City Art Gallery in 2007 as the Exhibition Designer and has seen the gallery transform over the last...

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