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28 October – 11 December

Opening: Thursday 27 October, 6-8pm


A detail from Sue and Peter Daly-Hughes' Outsider Art Collection. Photo courtesy of Jan Barratt.

Site Unseen

The Daly-Hughes' Outsider Art Collection


On public display for the first time will be Sue and Peter Daly-Hughes' unique outsider art collection comprised of furniture, paintings and a wide range of art objects. Amassed over more than 30 years they have a diverse and significant collection. "We collected things from second hand junk and antique shops but also from people of the Hokianga and beyond, who express their creativity through a direct and intuitive connection with their environment. We were like magpies, collecting things that took our eye."

This exhibition takes place in association with the Outsider Art Fair.

Exhibition public programme:

'The Home Is Where The Art Is''....... Living With Outsider Art Inside The Home
Saturday 26 November,1pm

John Perry is one of New Zealand’s most well-known social history, folk art and natural history enthusiasts, and an avid collector of all things New Zealand. He will be giving a special talk about Sue and Peter Daly-Hughes’ unique Outsider Art Collection.

Entry: Free, in the Homestead Galleries

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Saturday Gallery Club #22 Collector’s Treasure Chests
Saturday 10 December, between 10:30am and 12pm

Create your own personalised treasure chest for your mini collection! Inspired by Sue and Peter Daly-Hughes’ Outsider Art Collection exhibited in the gallery, we will be making and decorating mini cardboard treasure chests to house whatever knick-knacks you may collect.

Entry: Free, for kids and families, all art material provided. This is a drop in art activity, no bookings needed. In the Homestead Galleries



Virginia Leonard, 'Nearly beautiful' (2015) detail. Courtesy of Paul Nache.

Christmas time at Middlemore

Virginia Leonard



Christmas time at Middlemore is the latest solo exhibition of Virginia Leonard’s visceral clay forms that characterise her experience of chronic pain. Emotive in nature, her life-sized sculptural abstractions endeavour to manifest the concealed presence of pain in the typically unresponsive medium of clay. Leonard in 2015 was awarded a Merit in the prestigious Portage Ceramic Awards.

This exhibition is part of the Auckland Festival of Ceramics

like a little sphere of soapsud drifting…

Harriet Stockman and Kelsey Stankovich


Artists Harriet Stockman and Kelsey Stankovich, who also work with clay materials and techniques, respond to the paradoxical relationship between the history of the Corban family homestead and its current use as a gallery. Their collaborative installation titled like a little sphere of soapsud drifting… attempts to capture the sense of a space that is neither one nor the other through the use of materials and objects; from gas to liquid to solid, fired and unfired, soft and hard, rudimentary and complete, almost…

Harriet Stockman lives in Te Atatu Peninsula, Auckland. A full time potter in the early 90s, in 2014 she has returned to making pots for pleasure. She completed a Masters of Art and Design (Visual Arts) from AUT in 2013 and now works at AUT as a technician, where she supports students to realise their ideas through making. Harriet is a member of Public Share and exhibits on a regular basis.

Kelsey Stankovich completed a Masters of Art and Design (Visual Arts) from AUT in 2013. She is a practicing artist who exhibits regularly and works as a tutor and administrator at Hungry Creek Art and Craft School. Kelsey is a co-director of the artist-run space Glovebox, and is a member of Public Share, an artist collective engaged in sharing and production.

This exhibition is part of the Auckland Festival of Ceramics

Exhibition public programme:


Saturday Gallery Club #21: Intangible Ceramics
Saturday 12 November, between 10:30am and 12pm

Inspired by the collaborative ceramic and plaster works of Harriet Stockman and Kelsey Stankovich, we will be sculpting our own self-drying ceramics in the gallery! In Gallery Three which was the children’s bedroom when the Corban family lived in the homestead, you can make a sculpture or a plate for your own bedroom at home.

Entry: Free, for kids and families, all art material provided. This is a drop in art activity, no bookings needed. In the Homestead Galleries

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Joint Artists talk
Saturday 26 November,11am

Learn more about the ceramic exhibitions in this floor talk with exhibiting artists Virginia Leonard, Kelsey Stankovich and Harriet Stockman.

Entry: Free, in the Homestead Galleries



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