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Current Exhibitions

You are invited to the opening of three new exhibitions by a trio of West Auckland's most acclaimed visual artists: Niki Hastings-McFall, Jeff Thomson and Leon van den Eijkel.

Exhibitions opening Thurs 30 July, 6pm – 8pm

Shows run from Fri 31 July - Sun 6 September 2015

Alongside these exhibitions are two public events:
  • Saturday Gallery Club #7: Cut out stickers
    Saturday, August 8 between10:30am and noon

  • Exhibition floor talk Join Niki Hastings-McFall, Jeff Thomson and Leon van den Eijkel as they talk about their work in the exhibitions
    Saturday, August 29 at 11:00am

Flock west

Niki Hastings-McFall

Fri. 30 July – Sun. 6 September 2015 | FREE
Opening Thurs. 25 June, 6 - 8pm

Flock west, Niki Hastings-McFall's immersive installation of multi-coloured bird forms, reflects the artist’s passion for birds and all things avian in general. Generated from concerns for cultural and environmental landscapes the installation comprises of numerous suspended, swivelling bird forms. These stylised forms evolved from hours of researching and sketching pre-European, Polynesian bird related craft objects. Bird calls recorded in the Waitakere Ranges and wider urban Auckland provide the accompanying sound work, which was made in collaboration with Hubbub, an innovative audio-visual company. Bird calls and birdsong are familiar sounds for the artist who is a committed bird rescuer in West Auckland.

Listen to the Colours

Leon van den Eijkel

For more than 20 years artist Leon van den Eijkel has employed colour in an ongoing dialogue between his homeland in the Netherlands and his emigration to the South Pacific. Known for his bold colour combinations, Van den Eijkel is influenced by the primary colours of European modernism and the vivid colour palette of Aotearoa New Zealand’s environment – what he calls the Pacific Colours. This locally inspired colour range features in Van den Eijkel’s latest exhibition, Listen to the Colours, in a selection of colour-coded abstract paintings and colour-coated readymade sculptures.


Jeff Thomson

Fri. 30 July – Sun. 6 September 2015 | FREE
Opening Thurs. 25 June, 6 - 8pm

Sculptor Jeff Thomson has gained a reputation for his use of corrugated iron, through the myriad of iconic corrugated iron sculptures he has built over the years. However, Thomson has consistently explored other materials during his nearly 30 year-long sculptural practice. Concrete, wire, plastic, ice, bread, hay and wire netting have all come under his scrutiny as a sculptural medium. In Thomson’s latest exhibition Shred the artist concentrates on a common material: Paper. Reusing shredded magazines, Thomson recycles this waste product into colourful monumental sculptures, and challenges how common everyday objects can be perceived.

There are two free public programmes for gallery visitors and families. Our monthly Saturday Gallery Club takes place on Saturday 8 August, and in this free and fun family art-making session we will make hand-cut bird out of reflective road sign vinyl, taking inspiration from Niki Hastings McFall’s flock of bird installation. Join all three exhibiting artists, Niki Hastings-McFall, Jeff Thomson and Leon van den Eijkel for a one-off floor talk about their latest exhibitions on Saturday 29 August, 11am.
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