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28 May 2021
Shiraz Sadikeen Geist 1 (detail) 2019. Cast polyurethane resin, white appliance paint, polished hand-wrought nails. Image: Collection of the artist


Uncomfortable Silence

New and recent works by early career artists will be showcased in an exhibition provoking feelings of doubt and unease. Curated by artist and writer Holly Best, Uncomfortable Silence features works by artists Jayden Plank, Meg Porteous, Johanna Mechen, Ammon Ngakuru, Shiraz Sadikeen, Mark Schroder, Clare Logan and Elisabeth Pointon. Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhet , March 7 – July 19.

Studio 125 Gallery: SCAPE Public Art autumn pop-up includes two solo shows from Heather Brown and Simon Kaan. 125 Aikmans Road, Merivale, March 20 – April 24.

John Emery, Attitudes & Latitudes: Objects lift off the wall in a light and magical way, with John Emery’s three-dimensional exhibition. Little River Gallery, March 7–31.

Frances Hodgkins, European Journeys: Celebrating one of New Zealand’s most significant expatriate artists. Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhet, until June 1.


A Land of Granite: McCahon and Otago

View the enduring presence of the Otago landscape in the work of Colin McCahon, from his earliest paintings from the late 1930s to his severe abstract North Otago series of the late 1960s. Together, these paintings and drawings offer an intimate view of McCahon’s Otago landscapes, and explore his position within the artistic fabric of the region. Dunedin Public Art Gallery, March 7 – June 28.

Ian Scott: Colour Lattices 1986–2009: First exhibited in the late 1970s, Ian Scott’s Lattice paintings represent a comprehensive engagement with modernist concepts of surface, medium and abstraction. Milford Galleries Dunedin, until March 17.

Paul Cullen: Building Structures + +: A selection of works drawn from the artist’s estate and shown together in Dunedin for the first time. Dunedin Public Art Gallery, March 28 – July 12.

Terry Stringer: The Language of Sculpture: Sculptures that require the viewer to interact physically in order to experience them fully. Milford Galleries Dunedin, until March 17.

Michael Hight: Tributary Part 2: A homage to the South Island landscape, with two distinct responses to each geographical focal point. Milford Galleries Dunedin, March 21 – April 14.

Chris Heaphy: Arataki: Signifiers are brought together and rearticulated within an alternative narrative framework. Milford Galleries Dunedin, March 21 – April 14.


Bill Burke: Southern Splendor

Evocative landscapes capture New Zealand’s unique light and vibrant colours. Burke began his journey into creation with pen and ink while at Nelson College and held his first exhibition at 19 years old, before moving into watercolour, oils and then pastels. Central Art Gallery Queenstown, until March 30.

Bill Burke, Changing of the Seasons, Kawarau Gorge
Bill Burke, Mitre Peak, Milford Sound.

The Earl Street Journal: A group exhibition with a landscape focus, textural conversation and sculpture. Milford Galleries Queenstown, until March 31.

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