Wellington Streets cover©Julian Ward


Julian Ward’s new book Wellington Streets is being launched at Page Blackie Gallery, 42 Victoria St (opposite the Wellington Central Police Station), on Tuesday November 18th at 5.30pm.  Ans Westra will speak at the launch. There will also be a small exhibition of Julian’s work in the gallery. 

This is Julian’s fourth book and represents his current work on the streets. He envisages it will form part of a boxed series of five books planned for compilation over the next few years, and will include his early landscape and travel work.

Below are a few images from Wellington Streets. Further photographs can be found at  www.julianward.co.nz


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Page Blackie Gallery
42 Victoria St (opposite  Central Police Station)
Gallery hours: Mon to Fri 10am – 5.30pm, Sat 10am – 4pm
Phone (04) 471 2636 / email info@pageblackiegallery.co.nz

Update: 24 December 2014
Peter Ireland reviews ‘Wellington Streets’ by Julian Ward. Read the full article at http://eyecontactsite.com/2014/12/streetwise




‘Young Country’, Mahara Gallery, Waikanae, 1 November – 14 December 2014

An exhibition presenting a selection of images by 19th-century NZ photographer William Williams and poems by Kerry Hines – with albumen prints from Williams’s negatives, made for the exhibition by Wayne Barrar.

The exhibition accompanies the mid-Nov release of  ‘Young Country’, a book of poems by Kerry Hines with photographs by William Williams, published by Auckland University Press.

Events being held in association with the ‘Young Country’ exhibition at Mahara Gallery, include:

Wed 5 Nov, 11am: Floortalk, Kerry Hines – ‘Fresh Views of a Young Country: The Photographs of William Williams’

Sat 15 Nov, 4pm: Exhibition opening and book launch of  ‘Young Country’

Sun 16 Nov, 2pm: Poetry reading, Kerry Hines

Sun 30 Nov, 2pm: Floortalk, Wayne Barrar – on making the albumen prints for William Williams’s photographs in Young Country

Mahara Gallery
20 Mahara Place
Gallery hours: Tues to Sat 1oam – 4pm, Sun 1pm-4pm, Mon closed
Contact: ph (04) 902 6242 / email info@maharagallery.org.nz


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UPDATE: The Engine Room is presenting a critical response of Haruhiko Sameshima’s exhibition ‘A nostalgia for modernity’ by photographer and academic staff member of Whiti o Rehua School of Art, David Cook.

Monday 31st March 12.15 – 12.45 pm  All welcome.

The Engine Room
East End Block 1
Massey University,
Wellington Campus
63 Wallace Street, Entrance C
Tasman Street, Entrance E


The Engine Room is pleased to invite you to two events in one evening:

Exhibition – A nostalgia for modernity
Haruhiko Sameshima

Opens Friday 21 March 5.30pm.
Exhibition dates 24 March – 4 April 2014
Gallery hours Mon to Fri (12 – 4pm)

a nostalgia for modernity - Haruhiko Sameshima

Haruhiko Sameshima, a full time artist and freelance photographer based in Auckland, has exhibited widely in solo and group shows throughout New Zealand since 1982. His photographic practice focuses on the idea of tourism and tourist sites as expressions of identity where the packaging of environment – such as architecture, museum displays, man-made landscapes and advertising billboards – are a principal focus.

Book launch – An Urban Quest for Chlorophyll
Edited by Jenny Gillam & Dieneke Jansen
Published by Rim Books

Edited by Jenny Gillam & Dieneke Jansen, the book includes projects by Tanya Eccleston and Monique Redmond working as the Suburban Floral Association, Amanda Yates, Gillam & Jansen, as well as texts by Lara Strongman, Kate Linzey, Andrew Douglas and Sue Gallagher. With foreword by Mark Amery.
The publication will be for sale at the discounted cash price of $20.

The Engine Room
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Whiti o Rehua School of Art
Litmus Initiative

East End Block 1
Massey University Wellington,
63 Wallace Street, Entrance C

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Jenny Gillam & Dieneke Jansen (ed.)

The publication An urban quest for chlorophyll aims to discuss projects that engage with the cultural mediation of nature in an urban context. Architects, designers and town planners all consider the role played by green spaces within the urban terrain, from parks to abstractions such as berms and planters. The design of public urban space always takes this into account. How do these injections of chlorophyll function? If they have no possibility of simulating the rural, why are we compelled to ‘drag the pot-plant into the office’ or more ambitiously grow crops and community gardens in the heart of the city? The increase of urban rooftop gardens, community plots and urban agriculture suggest that becoming green is a high priority for urban planners. with projects such as Live Green, where 30,000 plants were planted in Sydneys’ CBD over the summer 2011, attesting to these growing desires. The publication An urban quest for chlorophyll, profiles four recent creative engagements with these ideas, bringing together a range of practices where notions of urban planting are explored in a New Zealand context.

Edited by Jenny Gillam & Dieneke Jansen, the book includes projects by Tanya Eccleston and Monique Redmond working as the Suburban Floral Association; Amanda Yates, leader of AUT University’s Emergent Ecologies Lab which focuses on urban design, indigeneity and ecology; Gillam & Jansen, artist/academics who co-authored a public photographic work; as well as texts by Lara Strongman, a writer, curator, and art historian based in Christchurch; Kate Linzey, a Wellington-based academic with an interest in the margins between architecture, art and urbanism; and a conversation between Yates and colleagues Andrew Douglas and Sue Gallagher.

Mark Amery, an arts editor, curator, critic, broadcaster and writer with a particular engagement with art in public spaces, provides a foreword.

Rim Books are pleased to celebrate the  Auckland book launch of An urban quest for chlorophyll.
Level 1, School of Art and Design, (WM) building at 40 St Paul St, Wellesley Campus, AUT University. Thursday 27 February 2014,  5.30pm. Publication will be for sale at the discounted cash price of $20.


Recently spotted is Aperture’s invite to a talk and book signing event by Brooklyn based, (New Zealand born) photographer Carlo Van de Roer. The occasion being the presentation of his first publication The Portrait Machine Project.

Born in Wellington in 1975, Van de Roer received at BFA in Photography at Victoria University before working and exhibiting internationally in the USA, UK and France. Click here to view the full invite details.

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The exhibition is a tribute to Lake Wakatipu’s TSS Earnslaw and her close family of working steamers.

The book has 71 duotone plates and an essay by Alan Knowles about working aboard as a schoolboy. It is a limited edition of 100 books signed and numbered. Available for sale at Photospace Gallery for $NZ45.00.

View images from this publication here

Photospace Gallery
1st floor, 37 Courtenay Place, Wellington
T: 04 382 9502  M: 027 444 3899
Open 10am to 4pm Mon-Fri, 11am to 4pm Sat

Our Future Nga Tau ki Muri 2013 © Ans Westra, courtesy of {Suite} Publishing

Visionary new book from icon artist Ans Westra delivers directive to Aotearoa

A new book by celebrated photographer Ans Westra delivers a visual call to action to New Zealanders to consider the environment we are leaving for our children.

Our Future Nga Tau ki Muri includes 137 photographs shot by Westra on her trusty Rolleiflex camera over the last 20 years. The images show an often damning picture of what the New Zealand landscape has become.

Interspersed among the images is text by Westra and a selection of well-known poets and politicians including Hone Tuwhare, Russell Norman, Brian Turner, David Eggleton and former Prime Minister David Lange, who wrote a short piece for Westra as part of an unrealised book project in 1987.

“The purpose of the book is to give a directive to Aotearoa, an awareness of things changed and lost within its short history, and at this point in time call a halt to hasty decision making.” says Westra.

“Here and now we lay the foundations for the future for our children. If we don’t plan for the long term, keep taking stop-gap measures, which might feel comfortable now but damage the environment and exploit this still beautiful place, we leave very little behind.”

Despite the gravity of the book, the images and words also inspire hope.

“Instead of becoming like the rest of the world, this beautiful place should become a shining example of hope for survival in a newly balanced environment,” says Westra in the book.

Westra’s approach in Our Future Nga Tau ki Muri is inspired by highly regarded ecologist Geoff Park who wrote the acclaimed ecological history of New Zealand, Nga Uruora: Ecology and History in a New Zealand Landscape (1995).

“His immensely creative way of thinking gave me the impetus I needed when I began the project,” says Westra.

David Alsop, director of Suite Publishing Limited and publisher of Our Future Nga Tau ki Muri, says he is privileged to be able to publish Westra’s visionary new book.

“It’s timely that the important message this book carries be broadcast as widely as possible,” says Alsop.

Copies of Our Future Nga Tau ki Muri are available for $40.00 from {Suite} Publishing at Level 2/147 Cuba Street, Wellington, via www.suite.co.nz/publications or 04 976 7663.

– Listen  to Chris Laidlaw’s interview with Ans Westra about this book, aired on Sunday Morning, Radio New Zealand, 5 May 2013

Interview with Ans Westra by Alexander Bisley (19 June 2013) for The Lumiere Reader.

You are warmly invited to Gabrielle McKone’s exhibition opening for Catch My Eye, which will also be the launch of her limited edition book of the same title.

This exhibition is a celebration of Gabrielle’s photo-a-day street photography, some of which featured on a Photospace-curated exhibition in the Courtenay Place Light Boxes, December 2009 to May 2010.

The Catch My Eye opening is Friday, 9th November, 5 – 7pm. Signed copies of the book will be for sale.

Photospace Gallery
1st floor, 37 Courtenay Place, Wellington
T: 04 382 9502  M: 027 444 3899
Open  10am to 4pm Monday-Friday, 11am to 4pm Saturday

Closed Sundays, public holidays & during exhibition changeovers

Gabrielle McKone Photo Blog – www.gabriellemckone.com