We are proud to announce our inaugural 2017/18 Waikato Artist in Resident composer/producer/artist Dr Jeremy Mayall.
Dr Mayall will be working with the Wallace Gallery Morrinsville team over the coming months to present it's first Waikato Artist in Residence project in March 2018.



Events & Exhibitions

UPCOMING EVENTS


Your Wallace Gallery Morrinsville Public Programme will be back again in February 2018

Saturday 3rd Feb, 2018 (11 am - 1 pm)
1st Saturday of the month opening previews

Your chance to view a suite of new exhibitions and to meet the artists.
Coffee, tea and nibbles provided.
Free event, all welcome

Wednesday 14th Feb, 2018 (6 - 8 pm)
ARTCHAT (2nd Wednesday of the month)

Your chance to meet and hear from a number of New Zealand's top creatives who produce an array of stunning creative works.
Bring a cushion- Light refreshments provided,
$10 at the door.


Thursday 22 Feb 2018 (10:30 am - 11:30 am)
WALLACE GALLERY SENIORS
(Last Thursday of each month)

Join Wallace Gallery Director and volunteers for a tour and conversation about the current exhibitions.

Time: Meet for coffee/tea & nibbles at 10.30 am
Venue: Wallace Gallery
Entry Charge: Gold coin donation


2017/18 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE


We are proud to announce our inaugural Waikato Artist in Resident is composer/producer/artist Dr Jeremy Mayall.

Dr Mayall will be working with the Wallace Gallery Morrinsville team over the coming months to present it's first Waikato Artist in Residence project in March 2018.

For more details as they unfold please follow our news page and Facebook page.


CURRENT / UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS


Wallace Arts Trust Collection Gallery



We are proud to present a number of new exhibitions in partnership with the Sir James Wallace Arts Trust.


29th November - 28th January 2018
The 26th Wallace Art Awards (2017) Exhibition of Winners and Selected Travelling Finalists


The 26th Wallace Art Awards 2017

This exhibition showcases the Award Winners and Travelling Finalists of The 26th Wallace Art Awards 2017.

Sir James Wallace established the Annual Wallace Art Awards in 1992 to encourage the visual arts in New Zealand and in particular, to reward those producing outstanding work with residencies and educational grants, as well as to give artists exposure to the public by way of exhibitions. The Awards are the longest surviving and largest annual art awards of their kind in New Zealand, with a value amounting to over $275,000.

This year, the British School at Rome Residency Award was added to the prestigious list of partners of the Wallace Art Awards; the winner, Deborah Rundle, will spent a 3 months residency at the British School at Rome in Rome, Italy.

The 2017 Award Winners are:

The Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award Winner: Andy Leleisi’uao, Harmonic People, 2017, Acrylic on Canvas

The British School at Rome Residency Award Winner: Deborah Rundle, Chorus, 2016, Mono warehouse speaker, audio (37 seconds loop), soundtrack: On Monday

The Kaipara Wallace Arts Trust Award Winner: Shannon Novak, 30 Nights on Queen Street, 2017, C-type print and acrylic on recycled promotional material

The Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award Winner: Rebecca Swan, I Am Here, 2017, Two channel video, duration: 6 minutes (video Rebecca Swan, audio Charlie Ha)

The Wallace Arts Trust Vermont Award Winner: Matt Arbuckle, Mining for Bitcoins, 2017, Oil on canvas

First Runner-up Award Winner: Christina Read, Here’s A Plan, 2017, Fabric

Second Runner-up Award: Matthew Couper, The Chief Mourner and the Last Drops, 2017, Oil and collage on canvas

Jury Award Winner: James Oram, rearrangement 5, 2017, Granite on carved plasterboard


3rd Febuary - 1st April 2018
Notes towards a Speculative Fiction


An exhibition of stunning works from the collection presented alongside a number of short stories.

(Example)
Tim Thatcher, The Moment of Flames (2003), acrylic and varnish on board.

There is a Kingdom; there is a King.

Tim greeted me at his front door. He led me in to the ballroom where I was struck by plush deep blue wallpaper and the warmth of a roaring fire. I immediately joined Cosmos his pet unicorn by the hearth. Someone behind us dressed in bishop’s garb prepared cocktails for the gathering. Tarzan and Jane stood by a large window with the curtains drawn letting in the darkness of the night. I spoke with Cosmos. We felt ready to start our journey, the fire had fortified our spirits.

I saw Hamburger Reaper, so grim, dressed in black with a mighty axe. He was prime executioner as he stood over a tree trunk which served as his block. Hamburger announced it was now time for little Robert to die. Robert knelt and laid his small head on the block. With a swing of the axe his head came free, spraying blood in the air. The birds in the trees—those dying generations—at their song, the salmon falls, the mackerel-crowded seas. Hamburger’s handiwork was behind him on show, two barrels painted pink oozing crimson in the soil.

It was daybreak as I came with Cosmos to a desolate seashore. The black iron sand stung our feet, wind blew in our faces and we heard the roar of the ocean in the background. A bare-chested man stood with a paper bag over his head holding a staff with three blades that dripped blood. He sent a pack of five vicious hyenas on to us. Cosmos fought off their attack one by one. We then walked to the water’s edge and saw an island in the distance. There we saw a single tree with two women sitting on a long branch partly in flames.

My position as Night Watchman at Grand Museum was usually uneventful but not this time. An aged man is but a paltry thing, a tattered coat upon a stick. One evening after midnight, I was walking outside in the courtyard and came upon two figures in combat. There was a bear-like creature standing tall on two feet with long claws and teeth, holding a flag aloft. The other was a little man holding a spear, nude except for a long beaver skin on his head with beaver teeth hanging over his face. They fought each other brutally to a bitter stalemate.

In the big green amphitheatre stood a grand piano positioned on a huge bear-skin rug. On the railing above were the spectators: Kiwi and a special species of Kiwi with wings flying in the night sky. Tarzan and Jane gave the evening performance, wearing only skirts and holding their weapons aloft. They re-enacted an ancient tribal rain dance which seemed to work very quickly. A sudden deluge made the arena fill up with water and the piano floated like a boat on the bear skin rug.

We travelled a long way through many climes and became lost in thick jungle. Once out of nature I shall never take my bodily form from any natural thing. Our spirits were low as it all became a struggle. With the advent of night, it was vital to find a quick escape from the possible risk of attack. The evening was warm and we came to a river with fast flowing rapids. Cooling off suddenly became very appealing; we jumped in and drifted downstream. The water became rough and dangerous as we were taken to a waterfall. ‘Oh poor Cosmos!’ Alas he did not survive but his life was sacrificed for mine. I stayed afloat with his body as we drifted into a large pool. Watching us was an apparition, a fair maiden in a bikini cooling her feet in the water.


Main Gallery


a stunning gallery space that showcases proposed, curated and touring exhibitions of works from local, national and international artists.

13th - 22nd December 2017
Wallace Gallery Morrinsville Gift shop artists


We are proud to present a pop up display of works created by many of the talented artists who share their array of skills with us all through our gift shop. Some of the artists featured included: John Lawrie, Phillip McIllhagga, Jenni Taris, E M Mertens, Gary Nash, Birgitt Shannon, Karin Barr, Tania Bostock, Anneke Borren and many more.

3rd - 25th February 2018
Minor Events: Rogey Key & Zoe Knighton


Opening preview: Saturday 3rd February 11 am - 1 pm

Key and Knighton are interested in life’s constructs. 'Minor Events' is an exhibition about the mystery of group dynamics, the pressure of normalcy and the insanity of the individual in an unhinged, mystifying world.


3rd March - 1st April 2018
Collaborative project (Title to come): Dr Jeremy Mayall


Working with composer/producer/artist Dr Jeremy
the Wallace Gallery Morrinsville is proud to present it's first Waikato Artist in Residence project.

Watch out for more details about this project as they unfold.

Community Gallery


a unique gallery for the presentation of local artists works from around the Waikato.

3rd - 25th February 2018
Greetings from the Outer Space: Claudia Latisnere


Opening preview: Saturday 3rd February 11 am - 1 pm

“How on earth did I get here?” the thought struck me one day.

You see, in August this year it will be four years since I moved from Mexico to New Zealand. I used to live in Wellington until about ten months ago, when I moved to Pukeatua. If you had asked me, I would never have imagined myself being where I am now. The whole idea would’ve sounded completely alien to me.

I am a Mexican living in a small farming community called Pukeatua and I am an artist. What is an artist from the planet Mexico doing far away in the countryside of New Zealand?

Claudia Latisnere, is a professional visual artist originally from Mexico but based in New Zealand since 2013. Ninu is her nickname and since 2011 she has been using the label They call me Ninu to spread the word about her work. Photography is her art form of choice.

She has exhibited her works in a number of solo and group exhibitions back in her home country with her first exhibitions in New Zealand being as a finalist in the 2017 National Contemporary Art Award at the Waikato Museum and recently in a Human Era at Zeus Gallery in Tauranga.

“As an artist, I am interested in the human cognitive process of transforming experience into meaning. I believe that finding our own systems of beliefs and codes throughout our lives is a very personal process and an important one. I usually work in series of photographs around a particular subject. I like the narrative quality that working in series produces and how these narratives help to build bridges between my work and its audience”.

3rd March - 1st April 2018
Collaborative project (Title to come): Dr Jeremy Mayall


Working with composer/producer/artist Dr Jeremy
the Wallace Gallery Morrinsville is proud to present it's first Waikato Artist in Residence project.

Watch out for more details about this project as they unfold.


Flexi-Space


a space for new works and ideas that sit within the creative sector.

29th November - 28th January 2018
The 26th Wallace Art Awards (2017) Exhibition of Winners and Selected Travelling Finalists


3rd-25th February 2018
New works: Mark Spraggon


Opening preview: Saturday 3rd February 11 am - 1 pm

Te Aroha based artist/designer Mark Spraggon presents a new body of works inspired by pop, popular culture and the found object.

3rd March - 1st April 2018
Collaborative project (Title to come): Dr Jeremy Mayall


Working with composer/producer/artist Dr Jeremy
the Wallace Gallery Morrinsville is proud to present it's first Waikato Artist in Residence project.

Watch out for more details about this project as they unfold.



Wallace Digital


the Waikato's only dedicated space for the showing of local, national and international digital works and installations.

29th November - 28th January 2018
The 26th Wallace Art Awards (2017) Exhibition of Winners and Selected Travelling Finalists


3rd - 25th February 2018
Leaving Things Behind: Lynette Wilson


Opening preview: Saturday 3rd February 11 am - 1 pm

Lynette Wilson’s practice draws on her multidisciplinary background of filmmaking, costume and set design, fashion design, photography and landscape architecture.

She has recently gained a Masters in Art and Design from AUT, Aotearoa (NZ).

Time, movement and independent processes are important exploratory threads in Lynette’s research practice. In particular setting up dynamic processes and then letting them take their course. In her work, she is often searching for various thresholds between fixed and open-ended outcomes, where the art work leads the viewer through a process that may incur unforeseen or unknown physical outcomes, rather than a fixed aesthetic. It is this freedom of transfer between the material components, where processes allow visible and audible exchange between substances and also between the human and non-human.

3rd March - 1st April 2018
Collaborative project (Title to come): Dr Jeremy Mayall


Working with composer/producer/artist Dr Jeremy
the Wallace Gallery Morrinsville is proud to present it's first Waikato Artist in Residence project.

Watch out for more details about this project as they unfold.

Window


situated at the entrance to the gallery the Wallace Galleries 'Window' project presents a platform for the sharing of new ideas and approaches to drawing.

3rd November 2017- 23rd January 2018
Eliza Webster


Waikato based artist / designer/ curator Eliza Webster presents a new work as a part of Morrinsville's 7th Annual Arts Festival

3rd - 25th February 2018
Phillip McIllhagga


Opening preview: Saturday 3rd February 11 am - 1 pm