PAST EXHIBITIONS

Over & Over & Over (again)

Wallace Arts Trust Collection Gallery
29 June –
Closes Saturday 10 September 2022

Curated by Kiki Hall, Gabriella Lidstone White and Heleana McNaught
Wallace Arts Trust Summer Interns 2022
Join us for the Curators Talk on Saturday the 9th of July 11am

Over & Over & Over (again) gathers works from the Wallace Art Trust Collection and newly
created works by artists Kiki Hall, Gabriella Lidstone White and Heleana McNaught.
This exhibition reflects the simple gifts of nature through painting, ceramics, photography and sculpture. 

Luca de Andrad-Odgers: liminal

Community Gallery
20 August - 11 September 2022

Through the act of making, emerging artist Luca de Andrad-Odgers manifests his inner world.
Luca's work can be read as a discovery utilising the energy of emotion and feeling.
The works are often created with an initial set intention, then unfold in the manner of automatism, guided by the unseen realm.
Luca considers the final work to be an offering to the viewer.

Luca works out of his converted garage studio in Matamata where he can see the Wairere Falls.
Born in Kirikiriroa Hamilton in 2001, Luca's creative instinct was evident from an early age.



Matariki Photographic Exhibition

'Remember the past, celebrate the present and plan for the future'
9 July - 14 August 2022 Gallery Foyer

A community exhibition that speaks to the  key themes of Matariki:
Remembrance – Honouring those we have lost since the last rising of Matariki
Celebrating the present – Gathering together to give thanks for what we have
Looking to the future – Looking forward to the promise of a New Year


Suss: figuring the impact of social order

Nicol Sanders O’Shea | Lynette Fisher | Anne Shirley | Heidi Martin Douglas | Donna Dinsdale | Darcell Apelu

Whakaaturanga Exhibition Gallery 
9 July -14 August 2022

It is said that sustainability is about meeting our own needs without compromising the future generations to meet their own needs. This visual investigation plays with the notions of social imperatives within an intergenerational context with work crossing multi disciplinary lines to illuminate the way in which systemic issues surrounding social order can be expressed.   


Jennifer Wright: Our Lives

Community Gallery
9 July - 14 August 2022

Through travels across the globe, Jennifer Wright was struck by the stories that people can choose to tell about their lives - and all of the stories they choose not to tell.

This exhibition is intended to capture some of that fascination of the unknown that is felt when watching strangers or speaking with them.


Jennifer Wright is a New Zealand artist who works in oil paint and mixed media.
In 2014, she attended New York University (NYU) Steinhardt and studied fine art under Meleko Mokgosi and also studied finance at NYU Stern School of Business.





Craig McClure & Jeremy Mayall: Pb.1.2022

Whakāturanga Exhibition & Community Galleries
4 June - 3 July 2022

A collaborative and immersive art experience spanning two gallery spaces.

Craig McClure is a contemporary visual artist who has studied and worked in a variety of creative fields. His artistic career in the Waikato has spanned over a decade and has often been in support of other artists. He is a doodler, painter, illustrator, muralist, curator, festival director and project manager. In 2016 McClure’s practice shifted to include installation and collaboration projects including sound design, sculpture, and theatrical lighting.

Jeremy Mayall is a composer, performer, collaborator and researcher from Kirikiriroa Hamilton. His work is primarily in the fields of music, sound art, installation and multimedia formats, with a focus on the interrelation between sound, time, space, the senses, and the human experience.

Fumbles for Rhymes

Wallace Arts Trust Collection Gallery
On until Saturday 25 June 2022

Fumbles for Rhymes explores the use of humour by Aotearoa New Zealand artists - senior, mid-career and emergent. Presented through works from the Wallace Arts Trust Collection, this exhibition begins with several artists who established themselves in the 1980s and employed a number of humorous motifs. They received recognition partly due to elements of witticism in their work. Fumbles for Rhymes shows how contemporary artists have used humour repeatedly in their practice. 

Featured Image: detail "Paradise Mound”, Laura Williams, 2021 Image courtesy of Laree Payne Gallery Photo credit to Mark Hamilton

Katie Blundell: Country Air

Whakāturanga Exhibition Gallery
30 April - 29 May 2022

Focussing on the human experience and making it both personal and universal, Katie Blundell expresses her thoughts, ideas and relationship to the world around her through art. 

Country Air was inspired by Blundell’s return to her family farm. 


Bev Kotkin-Smith | Jenny Davis | Sandy Burdon: North and South in our Backyard

Community Gallery
30 April - 29 May 2022

United by a love of painting, three local artists present work that takes inspiration from the natural environment.


Te Toi Tūāhu

 23 February - 8 May 2022

Te Toi Tūāhu Project took place across 7 months with initial  wānanga at the Matamata Piako Libraries creating opportunities to discuss, interpret and understand the cultural significance of Matariki practices. The final phase of this project was held in the Community Creative Space at the gallery over one weekend with creative practitioners sharing their cultural and/or creative process. Participants of all ages were then able to explore creative ideas as they reflected on the earlier teachings.
The gallery and Morrinsville Library (56 Canada St, Morrinsville) are show casing the work created throughout April.

Image: 'Uetonga' Ray Hohipa

TRACY & TIM CROUCHER: Ground - Water

Whakaaturanga Exhibition Gallery 
19 March - 24 April 2022

Ground - Water is a selection of recent paintings by Tim and Tracy Croucher. The works create a gentle dialogue around their experiences of living and travelling in Aotearoa.
Sometimes idyllic, sometimes disquieting in their sensation, Tim and Tracy’s paintings together re-see familiar subjects of pastoral and waters scenes.


Some of my best work

Community Gallery
19 March - 24 April 2022

In February we asked the community, Have you ever dreamed of having your artwork displayed in an art gallery? We wanted to give the Matamata-Piako community and our gallery volunteers an opportunity to showcase their artistic talent. This exhibition is the result. We asked for artwork of all types from artists of all ages and levels of experience and were delighted with the number of works we received. Thank you to all the artists who submitted their work, we only wish we had space to display it all

FELIPE QUERIQUELLI: Before My Eyes Close

Whakaaturanga / Exhibition Gallery 
12 February - 13 March 2022

This photographic project originated with the need to investigate the changes in human beings over the last century, within a social and axiological sphere.
Felipe Queriquelli notes two relevant points for the realization of the photographic practice and also for the theoretical development of the work - the difficulty of communication and the fear of the end.


BRUCE MAXWELL: Kōrerorero

Community Gallery
12 February - 13 March 2022

A self-taught artist of Māori (Te Arawa, Ngati Rangiwewehi) and European (Scottish/English) descent, Bruce Maxwell presents a series of personal narratives in acrylic.
Throughout his life, Bruce has created works that respond to the land & water and he continues to express his experiences while developing a personal symbolism and style.


MIKE MORGAN: REMINISCING

Main Gallery
14 January—6 February 2022
Opening 10.30am Friday 14 January 

Mike Morgan has been painting with oils for 50 years as a self taught artist, and exhibiting since the early 80's. He works with many mediums but oils are his preferred choice. Humour and fun can be seen running through Mike's work as he comments on social situations and behaviour.

ROBERT HAGAN : Spontaneous Abstraction

Community Gallery
11 January—6 February 2022

Robert Hagan is a local self-taught artist who started painting in the 1980s when he was in his 30s. Robert works intuitively and spontaneously with colour and texture. Taking inspiration from nature, he paints non-specific locations in an abstract style.


MORRINSVILLE COLLEGE NCEA FOLIOS

Community Gallery
11 January—6 February 2022

Student work from 2021 will be on display in our Community Gallery throughout January.


CHRISTMAS in MINIATURE LIGHT DISPLAY

Main Gallery
19 November - 23 December 2021

The Christmas miniature show is back by popular demand! The gallery will once again be showcasing Helen and Brian Gibson’s Christmas miniature collection, but this time in the Main Gallery & it is even bigger and better this season!
Come along and enjoy the magical carnival scenes and winter landscape in a village setting.


Photo credit: Alan Murphy


WACKY & WONDERFUL WEARABLE ART

Wallace Gallery Annex
19 November - 23 December 2021

Come and view a selection of the Wearable Art entries from the August fundraiser show!
We wish to thank everyone who entered and attended this show.

Special thanks to the fundraising committee for organising this event tor raise funds for the gallery!



BRADLEY STEVENS : BAROQUE DOODLES

Community Gallery
6 - 28 November 2021
Opening Preview 11am Friday 5 November

Bradley Stevens is a developing artist who gathers all things historical, esoteric, whimsical, even nonsensical and filters these through his own processes to create original works that embody his loves and passions.


JANE ZUSTERS – TE KARORO KARORO : A PLACE CALLED HOME : THE RED ZONE CLEARANCES : CHRISTCHURCH/ŌTAUTAHI

Wallace Arts Trust Collection Gallery
On until the 23 December 2021

Over four decades, Jane Zusters has developed a broad, open, and experimental approach to her art practice, establishing a significant career as a painter, photographer and art educator. 



GAYE JURISICH : Backstories, Humour, and Truth

Main Gallery
2 October -  extended to 14 November 2021

Backstories: the stuff that fills the mind and creates the drive to create
Humour: the stuff that makes me laugh
Truth: the stuff we should all be aware of


Playful: narratives of three artists

Wallace Arts Trust Collection Gallery Annex
2 October -  extended to 14 November 2021

Carmen Simmonds
Graeme Hitchcock
Karin Barr

Three contemporary artists showcase their diverse practices within the discipline of glass art.


VALENTINE VENIMORE: Waikato River, Various Views

Community Gallery
2 - 31 October 2021

Opening 10.30am 2nd October

In this exhibition Valentine simply explores and celebrates the 425 kilometres of river that has been a significant environment for him for much of his life.  

Ekaterina Dimieva: Always Different, Always the Same

Main Gallery
7 August - closing 26 September

Opening 7 August 10.30am

With these paintings Ekaterina explores the concepts of difference and repetition, complexity and chaos and the state of becoming.

Morrinsville Intermediate School

‘Our People, Our Place, Our Connections’

Community Gallery
7 August - closing 26 September

A selection of work from Year 7 & 8 students will be on display in the Community Gallery over August.

RAEWYN WHALEY & ALEX WHALEY-SMITH : PRESENCE

Main Gallery
10 July - 1 August 2021
Opening 10 July 10.30am

In PRESENCE, two Waikato based artists join to present their respective series.
Raewyn Whaley's work from Cloud of Unknowing explores ideas of 'being' and contemplative thought through spontaneous undirected drawing & Alex Whaley-Smith works with embroidered figurative layering over painted layers of surfaces found in nature in her work from Storied lines.

VALERIE CROMPTON: A LIFETIME OF CREATIVITY

Community Gallery
10 July - 1 August 2021

Opening 10 July 10.30am

Valerie Margaret Crompton (née Titchener) has been inspired by colour, design, fibres, fabrics, and threads since she could hold a needle. This collection draws from a lifetime of hand-made items collected by her daughters.

ALICE ALVA : A MEANS TO AN END

Main Gallery
5 June - 4 July 

Opening 5 June 10am

Alice Alva is a multi-disciplinary visual artist and designer based in Te-Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington, New Zealand, who works across drawing and illustration, embroidery and textiles, painting and graphic design.

Her work is informed by an interest in patterns, ornamentation, architecture and craft-based processes.


DIANNE BAKER : CONNECTIONS WITH LAND

Community Gallery
5 June - 4 July 

Opening 5 June 10am

21 paintings by artist Dianne Baker showcase people working with and enjoying their animals on the land, as well as a beekeeper and gardeners working in their respective environments. The work exhibited expresses the joy of connection with land as well as presenting images of the reality of rural life. 



THE 29TH ANNUAL WALLACE ART AWARDS 2020: 8 April - 20 June 2021

Wallace Collection Gallery
8 April - 20 June 2021
You won’t want to miss this exhibition!
The annual Wallace Art Awards profile outstanding examples of contemporary New Zealand art. The aim of these important awards is to foster, honour and support the practices of visual artists. Over the years some of New Zealand’s most prominent artists have entered and the residencies awarded to the winners have transformed their career

SEFTON RANI: Ara-nui-a-Toi : The Great Road of Toi

Main Gallery
8 - 30 May
Opening 10.30am Saturday 8 May

Artist Talk 11am



DAVID STREET SCHOOL: PATTERN!

Community Gallery
6 - 30 May

20 classes, from Year 0 - 6

Come and see the incredible work from David Street School students!
On display in the Community Gallery over May. 


WAIKATO EMBROIDERERS' GUILD: STITCH ALCHEMY

Main Gallery
10 April - 2 May
Opening preview: Saturday 10 April 10.30am, awards announcement at 11am

An exhibition featuring a variety of embroidery techniques, both contemporary creative and traditional.

THE KAY SHEFFIELD REGIONAL CHALLENGE

Community Gallery
10 April - 2 May

The Kay Sheffield Regional challenge exhibition is held biennially, this year in conjunction with the Waikato Embroiderers guilds exhibition.

AUCKLAND FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY ANNUAL COMMISSIONS

Wallace Collection Gallery
16 December - 1 April 2021

Launched in 2011, the Auckland Festival of Photography’s Annual Commission was the first annual commission in New Zealand to be offered for photographic artists and is seen as an important step in actively promoting and advancing the artists and the art form.

MARIE JOHANSEN: WATERCOLOURS

Gallery Foyer exhibition space
6 March - 1 April

Marie Johansen (nee Vickerman) attended Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland in the 1940s and was part of the Rutland Group. Original watercolour illustrations, painted by Marie for a children’s book of poetry, will be on display in the gallery foyer throughout March.

JASMINE BIRCH: MANA WAHINE

Community Gallery
6 March - 1 April

This series of paintings showcases Birch’s journey of self-discovery.

GRAEME HORGAN: WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD; I SEE TREES OF GREEN, RED ROSES TOO...

Main Gallery
6 - 28 February 2021
Opening Saturday 6 Feb, 10.30am

Graeme Horgan has found his passion in life through landscape painting and presents a variety of landscape scenes in the Main gallery.

SAMANTHA CARPENTER: 20 SOMETHING

Community Gallery
6 - 28 February 2021
Opening Saturday 6 Feb, 10.30am

Samantha Carpenter presents figurative paintings that depict moments observed from her day-to-day life. With a strong interest in the human condition and social interactions, her work explores both physical and psychological spaces. The materiality of paint is at the forefront of Carpenter’s work as she explores the limitations of both the medium of acrylic and oil.

PAUL DARRAGH: REACH & ENGAGEMENT

Main Gallery
9—31 January, 2021
Opening 10.30am 9th January

Paul Darragh creates bold abstract paintings that manipulate depth using flat colour and pattern.

Artist Talk - 11am 9th January

ANNE & BRIAN JOLLY: THE LONG JOURNEY

Community Gallery
9—31 January
Opening 10.30am 9th January

Anne and Brian Jolly share a love of landscape and the natural world. Having met in their school days, the title of the show reflects the many years they have supported each other both in life and art.

CHRISTMAS NEEDLEWORK: MORRINSVILLE PATCHWORK, QUILTERS & EMBROIDERERS GROUP

Main Gallery
9 - 20 December

The Morrinsville Patchwork, Quilters & Embroiderers group present beautiful Christmas themed work in the Main Gallery.

MORRINVILLE COLLEGE: YEAR 11 & 12 NCEA FOLIOS

Main Gallery
9 - 20 December

Come along and see the Year 11 and 12 Visual Art Folios from Morrinsville College.On display in our Main Gallery until our closing day on the 20th of December.

Congratulations to these art students, their teacher and families.

CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND

Community Gallery
2 - 20 December

The Christmas Wonderland is back by popular demand! The gallery will once again be showcasing Helen and Brian Gibson’s Christmas miniature collection in the Community Gallery & it is even bigger and better this season!

GEMMA REID: THE LITTLE THINGS

Community Gallery
7 - 29 November

Intaglio prints by Gemma Reid that record and recognise the beauty of the everyday object.

NANCY TSCHETNER: OUR SANCTUARY

Main Gallery
7 November — 6 December, 2020

For over twenty years Nancy has been inspired by natural resources in her artistic expression. At the forefront of her work is the sustainability of Mother Nature’s assets and ways in which to showcase this to different audiences.

PETE WHEELER: PAINTING OUT OF TIME

Wallace Collection Gallery
14 October - 13 December

For all that Pete Wheeler has never shied away from the big existential issues – sex, death, politics, religion, and indeed he brazenly wrestles it onto his canvas as his subject matter – first and foremost it’s about his love for the materiality of paint.

BRUCE MAXWELL: MAURI, DRAWINGS OF DISCOVERY

Main Gallery
10 October - 1 November

‘Mauri, drawings of discovery’: charcoal drawings by Bruce Maxwell inspired by his first visit to Wairere Falls in 2016 speak of the life principle or vital essence as expressed through material symbol.

MORRINSVILLE INTERMEDIATE '50 YEARS YOUNG'

Community Gallery
10 October - 1 November

Morrinsville Intermediate turned 50 this year and to celebrate, students have created work that references the history of their school.

THE MINDS OF GEN Z: MORRINSVILLE COLLEGE PAINTING STUDENTS GROUP SHOW

Community Gallery
8 September - 4 October

Morrinsville College Level 3 NCEA Painters present a selection of folio work that develops and clarifiesideas towards their external folios.

Opening 5pm Tuesday 8th September

LINDA GILBERT: MAGNETIC FIELDS UNDER NEON SKIES

Main Gallery
5 September - 4 October

Magnetic Fields Under Neon Skies, a series of paintings by Linda Gilbert celebrating the magic of everyday phenomena.

”We are surrounded by wild colours and experience subtle energy fields everyday. Consider the many hues of green in the landscape, the neon pink and orange of a sunrise, or the charm of a rainbow.”

NGAIRE PENE: HE KĀKANO PIRAU, I RUIA MAI I HEA? THE DECAYING SEED, WHERE WAS IT SOWN?

Main Gallery
8 August – 30 August

Using symbol and metaphor, Ngaire Pene presents work that shines a light on the impacts and continuing effects that colonisation has on Māori.

MORRRINSVILLE SCHOOL: MYTHS & LEGENDS AROUND THE WORLD

Community Gallery
8 August - 30 August

Don’t miss this incredible exhibition by students from Morrinsville School. The work on show creatively responds to myths and legends from around the world.

JENNI BAYLIS, SARAH LEE & JOANNA WRIGHT: ‘I WOULD MUCH RATHER BE INTERESTED IN THE SKY’

Main Gallery
11 July – 2 August

Circles, spheres and connections to the natural world feature strongly in this group show by Jenni Baylis, Sarah Lee and Joanna Wright.

MORRINSVILLE PATCHWORK, QUILTERS & EMBROIDERERS: FOR THE LOVE OF STITCHING – PART 2

Community Gallery
11 July – 26 July

Part 2 of a group show of needle workers with a combined stitching experience of over a thousand years.

JEFFREY HARRIS: WITHIN THE TIDES

Wallace Collection Gallery
7 July – extended until 11 October

Within The Tides presents works by Jeffrey Harris from the Wallace Arts Trust collection, covering a thirty-year period from 1974 to 2003. This exhibition highlights some key moments from a long career of one of New Zealand’s preeminent artists, which is still ongoing.

MORRINSVILLE PATCHWORK, QUILTERS & EMBROIDERERS

Community Gallery
6 June – 5 July

A group show of needle workers with a combined stitching experience of over a thousand years will present a variety of work in the Community Gallery.

PETER DORNAUF: THE BARBERRY DAYS

Main Gallery
6 June – 5 July

Peter Dornauf will be showing a series of paintings in the Main Gallery that draw on a body of poetry from his two collections of poems, Metaphysical Midnight Cowboy Blues, (2013) and Every So Often, (2017).

PAULINE TAPPING: ALCHEMY

Community Gallery
13 – 31 May

In this, Pauline's first solo show with the gallery, she presents a series of work that explores her love of the New Zealand landscape. Rather than a representation of a specific location, the works can be read as Pauline's response to memories from childhood and past journeys throughout the South Island.

CHRISTINA LITTLE: A LIVING STILL, ANOTHER WATER

Main Gallery
13 – 31 May

A Living Still, Another Water is a continuation of a new series of works by contemporary photographer Christina Little. This series was created with photographic material sourced from Rocky Bay – a small bay on Porirua’s west coast.

FRANCEE HAYDON: EQUINE BEAUTY

Virtual Gallery

Francee Haydon’s virtual exhibition showcases the dramatic and unique photographs from her series Equine Beauty.

SAM FOLEY: NOCTURNE

Wallace Collection Gallery
24 March – 28 June

Nocturne – Selected Wanderings 2004-2019 is a survey from Dunedin-based artist Sam Foley and spans the last 16 years of exploring 'The Night' as a consistent theme within his wider practice.

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Wallace Gallery Virtual was established in response to the closure of the gallery due to Covid-19. Over a four week period, the gallery welcomed work for the online exhibition space delivered via our social media accounts.

 

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