4.+ Gilbert Melrose, Melrose Photography Shop, Arawa Street, Matamata c. 1970, 2015
Image: Gilbert Melrose, Melrose Photography Shop, Arawa Street, Matamata c. 1970, 2015


Chez Karangahape

26/03/15 — 16/04/15
Anna Miles Gallery

This is the first exhibition to be shown at the Anna Miles Gallery new space at 10/30 Upper Queen St. Featured works include photography by Allan McDonald, Bob and June Raw, Lucien Rizos, Gilbert Melrose, Darren Glass, Solomon Mortimer plus Johanna Pegler’s painting based on a C19th sepia photograph.

10/30 Upper Queen Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 11-3 & by appointment



Cathy Tuato'o Ross


Objects and Reasons

Painted objects, painted photographs, photographed painted objects … and reasons for giving flowers.

Objects and Reasons, an exhibition of artwork by Cathy Tuato’o Ross, has just returned from Photospace Gallery in Wellington. The images are made using interchanging combinations of drawing, painting and photography, which has resulted in the creation of optical illusions. Conventional still life objects and arrangements are played with, and familiar items such as cups, bowls and flowers are reduced to outlines. The artist says that she grew up loving the oddity of the black and white diagrams (devoid of all visual information but the finest outline), which accompanied glossy photographs in coffee table books, and were intended to tell you what it was you were looking at in the illustration. The Objects series is accompanied by a shockingly vibrant group of painted photographs of bouquets. These are titled by the reason that the bouquet was made – for example, consolation, remorse or condolence.

Te Atatu Me Invitation
Te Atatu Me: photographs of an urban New Zealand village is also available from:
Rim Books
PhotoForum (as part of the 2015/16  subscription period commencing 1st April 2015)

Related links:
Review – Peter Ireland (EyeContact) 

Aesthetica Art Prize logo

The Aesthetica Art Prize 2015 is now open for entries. The prize is a major event for established and emerging artists, now in its eighth year, and is awarded by the international art and culture publication Aesthetica Magazine.

It is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world and offers artists the opportunity to showcase their work to wider audiences and further their involvement in the international art world. Plus you could win £5,000, a group show and editorial.

Prizes include:

  • £5,000 Main Prize courtesy of Hiscox
  • £1,000 Student Prize courtesy of Hiscox
  • Group exhibition in partnership with York Museums Trust
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology
  • Editorial in Aesthetica Magazine (186,000 readership worldwide)

Categories for entry: Photographic & Digital Art; Painting & Drawing; Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture, and Video, Installation & Performance.

Submissions close 31 August 2015. Entry is £20 plus VAT (approximately NZD 41.52)

To enter, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/artprize


Laurence Aberhart_To The Fallen_McNamara Gallery


To The Fallen

May 8 – 29  2015

As a photographer Laurence Aberhart builds catalogues. He returns to certain subjects repeatedly, recording the world near to him as well as far from home. Included in his catalogue is a long study of the monumental, in particular war memorials, giving form to communal experience of loss and grief.

Aberhart chooses a process of stillness, an extended measure of moments over which light acts upon a prepared surface. There is a special sense of light in Aberhart’s work, never entirely of the now. Light is both still and moving, captured and yet the vehicle for a still-flickering sense of loss.

Extracts from Geraldine Barlow’s May 2012 essay: Laurence Aberhart Monumental
Geraldine Barlow is Curatorial Manager of International Art., Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

To see further works by this photographer click here

McNAMARA GALLERY Photography Ltd
190 Wicksteed St. WHANGANUI 4500
Tuesday / Wednesday – Saturday 11 – 3 [often open to 6] or by appointment
* Please check website INFORMATION page for occasional closed days due to travel commitments
06 348 7320 / 027 249 8059 mcnamaraphotogal@xtra.co.nz


Photo © Chien-Chi Chang:Magnum Photos
Photo © Chien-Chi Chang/Magnum Photos


MAGNUM WORKSHOPS in Auckland, New Zealand

From May 28th to June 1st, 2015
In collaboration with the Auckland Festival of Photography
Workshop venue: Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, 24 Balfour Road, Parnell, Auckland, NZ
Tuition Fee: 950€

In conjunction with the Auckland Festival of Photography and for the first time in New Zealand, Magnum Photos is thrilled to announce a new workshop in Auckland at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design from May 28th to June 1st, 2015.

Directed by the three amazing Magnum photographers Thomas Dworzak, Olivia Arthur and Chien-Chi Chang, they will offer a new unique intensive photography experience in Auckland through a daily program of shooting, reviews, group critiques, mentoring and editing sessions.

The workshop will end with a public presentation of the participants works produced during the 5 days.

As part of a special partnership with the British Journal of Photography, the editor will work with each Magnum tutor to identify a deserving workshop participant, who will enjoy a special online feature of their work accompanied by an interview.

In addition to the workshop, Thomas Dworzak, Olivia Arthur and Chien-Chi Chang will give a public talk in the course of the festival program – more details to come.

The Auckland Festival of Photography
The Auckland Festival of Photography in 2015 runs 28 May – 20 June. New Zealand’s only photographic festival, brings together artists, academics, curators, students, amateurs and professionals for the aim of encouraging the public to celebrate the art of photography.

Candidates are actively encouraged to participate in the diverse schedule of the festival events. Magnum Photos will present one exhibition, Offside Brazil. which includes work by : Susan Meiselas, David Alan Harvey, Jonas Bendiksen and Alex Majoli. More info

Workshop participants should be able to show a good level of photographic aptitude and a desire to learn. Candidates will be expected to arrive comfortable with their equipment and ready to photograph. Each workshop is limited to 13 participants and photographers will be selected on the perceived benefit to their career and development.

Photographers should prepare sufficient research relating to what they wish to shoot prior to arrival. A story list will be provided for inspiration; however candidates are expected to formulate realistic projects in the geography and time supplied. Magnum will provide a suitable classroom infrastructure and participants will be responsible for their own time management.

Due to the fast pace of the workshop Magnum highly recommends that participants produce and edit their work digitally, using their own laptops. Individuals wishing to use film may do so, but at their own cost and during the time imposed. Lab services will be coordinated where required and where possible. Please specific in your application your preferred media. Please note – all workshops will be conducted in English.

The Magnum workshops will take place at the Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design
24 Balfour Road, Parnell, Auckland 1052, New Zealand / + 64 9 3095970 #726

Please see Full Terms & Conditions and APPLY for the workshop HERE


Exhibition from the Confucius Institute Art Collection

RED by Madeleine Slavick

Level 3, Main Library, Kelburn, Victoria University, Wellington

The exhibition runs until 30 June on Level 3 in the main library. A collaboration between the VUW Library and the Confucius Institute, this art space showcases contemporary works that respond creatively to Chinese culture, history and society.

All Welcome

Red is the quintessential Chinese colour – double happiness, the national flag, Chinese New Year, Dream of the Red Chamber. But red is not just one colour – there are as many shades ofred as there are ways of looking at them. Madeleine Slavick has lived on the outskirts of China for twenty-five years. She has on occasion ventured inland and brought back photographic memories, many tinged with reds: a shop window in Yunnan, a courtyard in Beijing, worn carpets at a hotel in Xinjiang.

In this exhibition, a suite of eight photographs, entitled RED, is juxtaposed with one of Madeleine’s poems, also entitled ‘red’. Each line of the poem subtitles one image, as word and image comprehend and comment on each other. Two additional photographs, a faded wall and a hazy lookout, ponder the red dust of history.

red2 - Madeleine Slavick

Madeleine Slavick was born in the USA and has lived most of her creative life in Hong Kong. She now makes her home in the Wairarapa where she continues her artistic practice. She is the 2015 R.A.K. Mason Writer’s Fellow at New Zealand Pacific Studio. A concurrent exhibition of her Hong Kong images, HONG KONG SONG, runs in the Aratoi Museum of Art and History until 10 May.

red1-Madeleine Slavick

Source: http://xpia10.com/ci/red.htm
Additional link:  Also on exhibition by Madeleine Slavick is ‘Hong Kong Song’ at the Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, Masterton (until 10 May 2015).

An excerpt from Mary Macpherson’s series ‘Bent’ is featured in the Enjoy Gallery’s online journal ‘The Dendromaniac’. (Dendromania means an obsession with trees and forests).  http://journal.enjoy.org.nz/the-dendromaniac/bent

Mary’s work is featured along with an interesting range of artists and writers who all address the subject of trees. http://journal.enjoy.org.nz/the-dendromaniac

004 Pine desk with veneer Mary Macpherson
Mary Macpherson, Pine desk with veneer, Wellington.


The Dendromaniac

– Edited by Jessica Hubbard, Ann Shelton and Alice Tappenden

On the subject of trees and related musings comes Enjoy’s Third Occasional Journal, a cache of eclectic, intriguing and informed material from both local and international writers and artists.

Trees are the subjects of our wonder and awe. They create the air that we breathe, provided our earliest form of fuel and on many occasions outlive us spectacularly. Their broad meanings, both sinister and virtuous, have been passed down over hundreds of years, during which they have been silent witnesses to history and unwittingly co-opted in the darkest of human spectacles.

Personal and theoretical, historic and contemporary, visual and written, the responses to these (and other) concerns from our journal contributors consider trees in expanded, original, critical and challenging ways, allowing the diversity of their responses to ignite contrasts and comparisons, discussions and further questioning from readers around the world.

Enjoy Public Art Gallery
Level 1 / 147 Cuba Street
Wellington 6011
New Zealand

Gallery opening hours
Wednesday to Friday 11am – 6pm
Saturday 11am – 4pm



Shortlisted along with books by Allen Curnow, Dennis McEldowney, Margaret Mahy (with Jill McDonald), and Gordon H Brown, Gregory O’Brien give the thumbs up to Haru Sameshima’s Bold Centuries in his list of five New Zealand classic books worthy of more attention.

Bold Centuries (2009) by photographer Haruhiko Sameshima, O’Brien wrote on ‘Unbound’, the New Zealand Book Council’s web page, ‘ is a thought-provoking, fascinating, exemplary publication. Fizzing with visual and intellectual energy, the book asks all sorts of questions while offering all sorts of pleasures to the committed viewer/reader. It is a notable highpoint in Sameshima’s audacious, uncompromising project as both a photographer and the publisher of Rim Books.’

Bold Centuries: A Photographic History Album, was published by the photographer himself, with assistance from Creative New Zealand and also PhotoForum.

As Andy Palmer wrote, ‘Bold Centuries is not merely an artist survey book, nor just a collection of loosely related images; it is a curated exhibition placing the artist in context with his forebears and his contemporaries.’

This remarkable book, packed with a huge variety of images relating to ecotourism, the subject of Sameshima’s university study, also included essays by Kyra Macfarlane, Ingrid Horrocks, John Wilson, Tim Corbalis, Aaron Lister, Damian Skinner, Fiona Amundsen and Claudia Bell.

A pdf showing a few pages from the 196 page book can be seen here.

Copies are still available from Rim Books, www.rimbooks.com at $60 plus post and packaging in NZ.


Dieneke Jansen and Jenny Gilliam are currently seeking support via Boosted crowd funding for a photographic series they are producing as part of  Waterfront Auckland’s Tidelines public art programme. Contributions to their Fixed for Good project  will go towards printing and display costs. To reciprocate support received, they are are offering a copy of their co-edited book  An Urban Quest for Chlorophyll (publisher Rim Books). See full details about their project and how you can support it here.

Fixed For Good - Dieneke Jansen & Jenny Gilliam