Rembrandt Remastered Coming Soon!

The Rembrandt Remastered exhibition will be at the Depot Artspace very soon! Opening on Monday 19 December, we are excited to host the internationally celebrated travelling exhibition.  Laine Moger from the North Shore Times caught up with our manager Lynn Lawton, you can read the article here.


Monday 19 December 2016 to Sunday 19 February 2017

Open Daily from 10:30am – 4pm

(except 25 & 26 December and 1 & 2 January)

Entry: Adults – $10

Child 12 & under – $5

(to cover exhibition costs).

Changes in the Galleries for 2017

Depot Galleries: The Importance and Necessity of Change

The Depot is prone to neither whimsy nor reactivity. Change is made consciously and as a result of careful analysis of many factors: demographics, both local and national; economics; politics; trends in art and art sales; changes and diversity in arts markets.

Next year we are welcoming the return of the Vernacular Lounge, replacing Small Dog, whose role will be partly fulfilled by the Art Room where member artists will be able to exhibit work throughout the year. We are aware that many artists do not have the work to mount a complete exhibition, and that some would like to maintain an ongoing presence in Devonport and build their relationship with the community.

The Vernacular Lounge is reintroduced in response to an increasing interest in an evolving Aotearoa New Zealand cultural identity, especially as big business, intensive urbanisation, globalisation affect our environment, heritage and history. The following website documents the danger in which heritage is placed.

The Vernacular Lounge

The Vernacular Lounge is an intimate living room which sheds a light on the influences that shape Aotearoa New Zealand’s evolving and distinctive cultural identity as defined by its art, architecture, literature, film and other cultural forms. In a contemporary, globalised context the vernacular is an even more important component of the Depot’s raison d’etre. The ‘lounge’, while not peculiar to New Zealand, is traditionally and typically the social hub of the New Zealand home and it is in this spirit and form that the Vernacular Lounge will host and initiate exhibitions, publications, events and showcases, that explore and develop our cultural vernacular.

Events and exhibitions in the Vernacular Lounge have included tributes to Don Binney and Ralph Hotere, an exhibition of vernacular architecture and a history of peace protests in New Zealand. They have explicitly or implicitly explored the question; in the midst of diversity, is there an elusive quality, a ‘national identity’, which binds us all?

Coming up in the Vernacular Lounge: Fairburn Rocks

Next year we are excited to welcome to the Vernacular Lounge cultural icon A.R.D  Fairburn, arguably one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most significant poets. This, our inaugural exhibition, Fairburn Rocks will feature his rare rock drawing panels hand-blocked on to fabric by the Devonport poet and artist A.R.D. Fairburn in the 1950s. It will be held in the Vernacular Room at the Depot Artspace in Devonport in March 2017, to mark the 60th anniversary of his premature death in March 1957.

An interview with artist Suzanne Thornley

Suzanne Thornley’s exhibition Yves Tanguy Revisited finishes on Tuesday 13 December. We talk to her about her work, the influence of Yves Tanguy, and being “smitten with emotion”.

Q. You are directly influenced by Yves Tanguy – what is it about the French Surrealist that inspires you?

A. Yes, Tanguy inspires me because his forms are totally fascinating, especially in his exploration of sculptural and spatial ideas on a formal level. The idea of the work itself is poetic, enigmatic and mysterious. Totally beautiful and inspiring.

Q. What were you like before his influence?

A. I’m very individual and have many influences – not just Yves Tanguy. I find visual art of the turn of the 20th Century revolutionary, and this period in time for me is most influential.

Q. Where/when did your relationship with art begin?

A. When I was very young, my father, who was an art teacher, showed me some paintings of Delacroix horses. From then on I was totally smitten with the emotion that was displayed in these works and influenced me from then on.

Q. Your work seems to be very sculptural – where do you think these forms come from?

A. I have always been interested in the sensual tactile world of three-dimensional art. It doesn’t necessarily come from anyone or any place specifically.

Q. You use a mixture of pencil, watercolour and gouache? It’s quite unusual. Could you tell us a little about what these materials are like to work with? Do you call them paintings, drawings or watercolours?

A. The materials I use directly influence the outcome of my work; pencil to render volume and mass watercolour for ephemeral background suggesting sea or sky. I use three different processes in the making of one work. I don’t really mind which one you use to name the painting.

Q. What drives you to make work? What does art give you?

A. I think I was born with the ability. It just seems second nature to make art. I have been making art from 12 years of age. It is a release from what is going on inside and marks the spiritual side of human nature.

Q. What makes you different from Tanguy?

A. Yves Tanguy’s work is Surrealism – not all my work is influenced by Surrealism. I work with different ideas and materials.

Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

A. My aunt, who is a practising professional artist, says “it is a lonely path being an artist. When you see your art displayed in a show – it is the only true real happiness you can experience.” I found a connection with other artists through this comment.


ArtsLab Consulting: Animation College visit

Last week we had the pleasure of visiting Animation College, where Lila Pulsford from our ArtsLab Consulting team gave a presentation on Job Search Strategies to final year students. It was great meeting all the friendly students who asked lots of intelligent questions, and the incredibly welcoming staff.

For any careers advice, mentoring in the creative industries and more, please check out what ArtsLab Consulting has to offer here.


Juliet Jackson: NZ Outsider Art Fair in Pocket Gallery

We are pleased to have Juliet Jackson’s ceramics in a pop-up exhibition in our Pocket Gallery. Originally a painter, Jackson became blind in 2009 and has since learnt to explore art through her other senses. Using touch, Jackson began working with sculpture and ceramics, creating compelling and visually arresting works.

This exhibition is in association with NZ Outsider Art Fair 2016Special thanks to Toi Ora Live Art Trust for their work in organising this exhibition. Catch Jackson’s stunning work on display until this Sunday 27 November.

Exhibition openings: This Woman’s Work Is A Woman’s Worth, Amateur Love, and The Bold And The Beautiful – Saturday 15 October

Magnificent turnout to our exhibition openings as part of Artweek Auckland on Saturday 15 October, featuring NiaVal and G. Lazaro’s This Woman’s Work Is A Woman’s Worth, Amelia Harris’ Amateur Love and Elizabeth Cottrell’s The Bold And The Beautiful! Special thanks to the artists and all who came along for a great evening.

ArtsLab: Explore And Pursue Meaningful Work With Creativity And Optimism

ArtsLab Consulting is now open. We offer a range of career development consultation options and we look forward to working with you.

ArtsLab is a visionary career hub where we consciously cultivate awareness of the creative, which inspires and informs the way we work. We let ideas fly. We believe that careers are created, not predestined and that creativity is limitless.

Whether you are moving your creative practice forward or planning a change in employment, we are here to support your creative journey into meaningful work. Tomorrow is always a new day fresh with possibility, so have a look at what we have to offer on our website and then give us a call on 09 963 2328 or email us at .


New Seen & Heard Video: Leo Blue

The latest video in Depot Sound Recording Studio‘s Seen & Heard series is now online, featuring local jazz group Leo Blue!

Leo Blue are a jazz combo from Takapuna Grammar School comprised of keys, trombone, bass and drums. They enjoy showing people how much fun a live jazz performance can be and play gigs as often as possible

Seen and Heard is a series of interviews and performances recorded live at Depot Sound. With the help of the Auckland Council Creative Communities Scheme we are continuing the series with our current batch of videos featuring young musicians from the Devonport area.

You can view the video here:


Depot Summer Showcase Callout

We are inviting submissions of work for The Depot Artspace SUMMER SHOWCASE taking place in Small Dog Gallery, from 5 November, Guy Fawkes Day, and running through to 11 December. As a ‘buy and takeaway’ exhibition it promises to be a pre-Christmas cracker providing both exhibitors and visitors with an ever-changing vista of exhibiting and purchasing  opportunities. Once your work has sold it can be replaced by another of your pieces.

SUMMER SHOWCASE  also gives a  taste of what The Depot’s new initiative, The Art Room, has to offer. Opening in February 2017, The Art Room is a new retail salon-style gallery we anticipate will be a destination for visitors keen to discover and engage diverse new work. While eclectic and lively, The Art Room will be a curated space that ensures exhibited work is featured to its best advantage.

The Art Room offers artists the opportunity to exhibit from one to three works, available for immediate purchase, that will enable exhibitors to maintain a relationship with their previous purchasers, to build a relationship with new audiences, to gauge interest in a new theme they may be developing, and to have a profile and an outlet for sales apart from a full exhibition.

Anyone wishing to exhibit in the SUMMER SHOWCASE from  5 November to 11 December, is invited read the attached The Art Room Guidefill in theSummer Showcase Application Form and email or bring in to us.

For more info please contact Robyn Gibson at

Image: Strange Flowers by Robyn Gibson.


Exhibition openings: To and Fro, Wings and Things, and Lost Property – Saturday 24 September

Excellent turnout to the openings of the To and Fro group exhibition (curated by Jermaine Reihana), Claire Delaney’s Wings and Things, and Greg Smith’s Lost Property!

Special thanks to Corban Estate Arts Centre Director Martin Sutcliffe, Depot Creative Director Linda Blincko and artist / curator Jermaine Reihana for their amazing speeches for the whakatau to kick off To and Fro, and to everyone who braved the weather for a great afternoon in Devonport.

Join us on Sunday 9 October at 1pm for a special artist discussion with Mandy Patmore about her works as part of the To and Fro group exhibition in the Main Gallery.

Small But Perfectly Formed: Pocket Gallery Callout For Works

NZ Sculpture OnShore is back for another year at Fort Takapuna with an exciting line-up of artists and events.

The Depot’s Pocket Gallery will join in the festivities with a showcase of the diverse range of talented artists who exhibit in our curated retail gallery. Small But Perfectly Formed is the theme for Pocket Gallery from 5 – 23 November 2016. We would love to have some fresh faces on board for the show.

Don’t let the adjective fool you – ‘perfectly’ is defined only by personal opinion and we are excited to accept proposals from a wide range of makers.

If you are interested in being involved please download a Pocket Gallery proposal form from and send the completed form along with images of your work to .

For a Devonport Arts and Culture Walking Map put together by the Depot Artspace to connect us to Sculpture OnShore see HERE.


Communicate, Connect, Care: World Suicide Prevention Day, Saturday 10 September

Depot Artspace draws attention to Suicide Prevention Day, Saturday 10 September with some simple initiatives, designed to align with the theme this year, “Communicate, Connect, Care”.

The Depot commemorates this day as we prepare to publish The Roaring Silence a book comprising the contributions, including poetry, essays, painting and comics,  of 70 artists and some professionals whose lives have been touched by suicide.

Depot Media Producer Amelia Harris, who has been coordinating The Roaring Silence, says the submissions are “a mix of both the light and dark shades of suicide”, and together form a thought-provoking, often moving, publication. A prototype of the publication is on display at the Depot Artspace, 28 Clarence St, Devonport, where an exhibition, Escape Artists, is currently running to raise funds for the publication.

The artwork below by Grant Alexander is part of the exhibition and represents the number of suicides in Aotearoa New Zealand over the past year. Symbolically, the plate is chipped.

Grant Alexander image

Suicide Prevention Art Auction Fundraiser – Saturday 3 September

As part of the Depot’s ongoing commitment to suicide prevention we are producing a publication on suicide awareness titled The Roaring Silence in which 65 creatives and some committed professionals speak out on an issue of personal and public concern.

An art auction will be held at the opening of the upcoming Escape Artists exhibition in support of The Roaring Silence with artworks kindly donated by artists from Escape Artists. This auction will take place on Saturday 3 September at 2.45pm with all funds raised going towards the production of the publication.

The auction will feature works by local artists:

Grant Alexander
Pete Burt
Alistair Guthrie
Brian Harrison
Josh Lancaster
David MacGregor
Tony McNeight
Roy Meares
Fraser Williamson
Scott Wilson

In Aotearoa New Zealand, this country, our home, suicide takes many more lives than the road toll. Yet for many years suicide has been shrouded in secrecy, both in our daily lives and in the media. Suicide has been positioned as a dark taboo too dangerous to discuss, or too shameful to admit to. At the same time, the problem of suicide has grown. Suicide crosses all age, gender, cultural divides and affects families, neighbourhoods, friendship groups, communities of interest.

The Roaring Silence is a community-led initiative and an aspect of the Depot’s philosophy of empowering the community to tell its own stories and find its own solutions. The Roaring Silence will be published mid-September.

Read HERE for a North Shore Times feature on the publication and auction.

For more information on the publication, preorders or to register your interest please contact Amelia Harris at or Linda Blincko

Suicide Prevention Publication material for website

Exhibition openings – Simon Kerr, Cristina Beth, Jim Overall, Matthew Jones

Awesome turnout to our exhibition openings on a summery Saturday 13 August – huge thanks to everyone who came along and to the artists for their incredible work: Simon Kerr, Cristina Beth, J.D. Overall and Matthew Jones. These shows will run until Wednesday 31 August, catch them while you can!

Join us on Sunday 21 August at 2pm for a special artist discussion with Cristina Beth about her Dreamtime exhibition in the Main Gallery.

Artist Talks – Simon Kerr and Cristina Beth

We invite you to join exhibiting artists Simon Kerr and Cristina Beth for two illuminating conversations around their solo exhibitions in the Main Gallery. These artist talks will each take place on consecutive Sundays at the Depot where the artists will be in the gallery from 11am to 3pm, all are welcome:

Sunday 14 August, 2pm start: Join artist Simon Kerr as he discusses his eddie ramshackle and the blackboard series exhibition. Kerr’s latest series of paintings explore the anarchic and rebellious persona of his newly created alter-ego ‘eddie ramshackle’. A recent innovation by Kerr is his use of blackboard paint, boldly inviting viewers to comment on his narratives directly onto the artwork.

Sunday 21 August, 2pm start: Join artist Cristina Beth for a discussion around her Dreamtime exhibition. “There is something very familiar about these vintage and nostalgic patterns. Inspired by fabric fragments collected from abandoned mattresses, they offer a corridor to memories and carry our imagined scenarios, memories, facts and emotions embedded deep within their surfaces.” – Cristina Beth.

The Fault Line - Acrylic & Oil Stick on board - 43x34 Inches 1092x864mm

Simon Kerr

Cristina 1

Cristina Beth

Auckland City Mission exhibition: I Am the Art & The Art is Me / Ko au te toi. Ko te toi ko au – video documentary

Depot Artspace is currently hosting an exhibition to celebrate the diverse creativity and talent of a group of participants in the Auckland City Mission’s Homeless Services. The exhibition, which runs until Wednesday 10 August, is titled I Am the Art & The Art is Me / Ko au te toi. Ko te toi ko au and features carving, clay, painting and photography works, providing an insight into the unique artistic perspective of some of Auckland’s inner-city rough sleepers.

Depot Media Producer Amelia Harris has made a video documenting some of the City Mission art classes. She met with the artists, tutors and filmed their amazing work in progress leading up to the exhibition at the Depot, you can view this footage below:

Exhibition openings – Auckland City Mission and Timothy Clarke

Thanks to everyone for such a fantastic turnout to the openings of the Auckland City Mission‘s exhibition I Am the Art & The Art is Me / Ko au te toi. Ko te toi ko au and Timothy Clarke‘s Prints For Devonport on Saturday 23 July. We encourage all to visit the gallery and experience this wonderful collection of artwork and to support such a great cause – sales go back to the exhibiting artists. These exhibitions will run until Wednesday 10 August.

I Am the Art & The Art is Me / Ko au te toi. Ko te toi ko au – opening Saturday 23 July

Depot Artspace is hosting an exhibition to celebrate the diverse creativity and talent of a group of participants in the Auckland City Mission’s Homeless Services. The exhibition, running from Saturday 23rd July until Wednesday 10th August, is titled ‘I Am the Art & The Art is Me / Ko au te toi. Ko te toi ko au’ and will feature carving, clay, painting and photography works, providing an insight into the unique artistic perspective of some of Auckland’s inner-city rough sleepers.

The exhibition has been months in the planning, and was initiated by Depot Artspace and two of the volunteer Art Tutors of the Mission Activities Programmes, Clare Caldwell and Peter Lange. Clare Caldwell explains; “The exhibition is a culmination of the deep and transformative processes I have witnessed in my class over the past year as a result of people engaging in art. It is testimony to the focused hard work and goal commitment of the participants and is a celebration of the talent, achievement and diversity of all the Mission artists.”

The idea for the exhibition arose from a visit to the Claybenders show at the Depot by Peter Lange and the Mission’s pottery class and a conversation with staff about the possibility of showing work there. With visual arts tutor Clare Caldwell’s involvement, the idea evolved into an exhibition comprising all disciplines taught at the Mission.

Depot staff say they’re excited to work together with the Mission’s tutors, staff and artists on such a fulfilling initiative. “The arts have the capacity to break down barriers, offer diverse perspectives and change ways of thinking about issues and about ourselves. It’s a great to provide a new experience for artists and an opportunity for visitors to engage in a different way with them and their work.”

City Mission painter for website

A range of art classes run weekly at the City Mission. Auckland City Mission Homeless Community Service Team Leader, Wilf Holt, says the Mission’s Homeless Activities Programme is vital in providing a sense of community and purpose to people who are often left isolated on the margins of society.

“Mission Activities have grown in recent years to include art, photography, carving, pottery, fishing, gardening and more,” says Holt. “These activities help provide a sense of community for the homeless while making a difference to their sense of self-worth and identity.”

I Am the Art & The Art is Me / Ko au te toi. Ko te toi ko au opens at 2 pm on Saturday 23rd July at Depot Artspace, 28 Clarence Street, Devonport and will feature carving, clay, art and photography works.

Special thanks to the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board for their support of I Am the Art & The Art is Me / Ko au te toi. Ko te toi ko au.

For further information on the Activities Programme, tutors, artist statements and and media contact info see HERE.

Opening Saturday 23 July, 2pm to 3.30pm.

Saturday 23 July to Wednesday 10 August

Main Gallery and Small Dog Gallery

Depot Artspace

Photos by Amelia Harris

Julia Oram In Conversation – Sunday 17 July, 2pm start.

Join artist Julia Oram in conversation about her Being Here exhibition in the Main Gallery this Sunday 17 July at the Depot, 2pm start.

Being Here explores the intersection between digital processes and the traditions of painting through photography, painting and moving image. Julia Oram’s work reflects on our experience of being in the world and the passage of time, where the moving image can re-create a sense of consciousness or “being here”. Oram’s process investigates the ephemeral nature of video, and the random extraction of snapshots of movement and change that capture the process itself. The fluid nature of the work and the medium draws us in to reflect on how much we are like our world, at the same time solid and liquid, and ready to change at any moment.

The exhibition includes video and a series of experimental paintings on canvas and photographic work created from the moving images. The sometimes obscure, though recognizable, images that capture ‘”a moment in time” stand alongside the moving images to provide a context.

It’s Not The Thing But How: Celebrating Barry Brickell’s Life In Devonport

The Depot Artspace is working together with TGS student and Duke of Edinburgh Award participant Loretta Riach to put together a publication which commemorates the Devonport days of a much loved NZ cultural icon – potter, conservationist, writer, painter, railway enthusiast and engineer Barry Brickell, who passed away at Driving Creek, Coromandel, in January this year. The publication will be a collection of community memories, Barry’s personal recollections, photos of Barry and images of his work. It will be titled It’s Not The Thing But How, one of Barry’s favourite sayings which  really sums up his philosophy of life.

We would like to honour Barry, his life here in Devonport and the memories and meaning he gave to the life of others, by creating an intimate,  enduring and well-presented publication.

We are hoping to raise $2,000 for this purpose which would enable us to produce and print 200 bound books of around 80 pages. We will soon be launching a Boosted campaign, fronted by Loretta, to raise the funds. We will notify you once it’s up and running.

Thanks in advance for your support.

Depot Exhibition Openings – Saturday 11 June

Thanks to everyone who came along to the openings of George Chance and Anton Maurer: Contemplations Of Place: Eight Decades On, Emma Badeia: Dust & Pinecones and Drew Hill: In Your Face, and to all who attended and participated in the artist discussion between Anton Maurer and Margreta Chance as part of the Auckland Festival of Photography. Special thanks to Paul McNamara Gallery Photography for organising the artist discussion, exhibitions run until 29 June.

Suicide Prevention publication – open call for submissions

As part of Depot Artspace’s ongoing commitment to suicide prevention we’re putting a publication together.

This is an open call to artists and writers who are interested in creating or contributing content, whether it be drawings, essays, photos, cartoons, page-works, paintings, poems, maps or ideas.

This publication is a community initiative addressing the significant issue of suicide which affects our local area as it does the rest of NZ. Suicide crosses all age, gender, cultural divides and affects families, neighbourhoods, friendship groups, communities of interest.

The Depot has utilised the arts as a community development tool to address social issues including homelessness, social inequity, discrimination, youth suicide and has run events, exhibitions and workshops in which people are able to participate creatively and in an inclusive environment. Given that suicide statistics are higher than they have ever been this is a timely and necessary project.

To discuss further or send prospective works, contact:


Submissions are due by 31 July 2016.

Image by Robyn Gibson.

Seen and Heard video showcase

To celebrate New Zealand Music Month Depot Sound has recorded six artists performing live in the studio. Each artist has their own video with an interview and live performance.

Come along to the Seen & Heard exhibition opening at Depot Artspace on Saturday April 30th for an exclusive premier or check them out on our web site, Facebook and Youtube channels in May.

The videos showcase a small selection of the diverse mix of musicians who pass through Depot Sound and the enormous talent of both well known and emerging artists in New Zealand.

Brendon Thomas and the Vibes cruise through an intimate set of bluesy original music. All girl punk band Blue Ruin perform a blistering set of energetic rock tunes. Veteran performers Hamilton County Bluegrass Band deliver their fun, harmony filled, Kiwi take on bluegrass. Average Mars Experience play a precise riff laden set of instrumental progressive rock. Our only solo acoustic performance is from sweet sounding 16 year old songwriter Sophie Mashlan, and after interviewing all the bands your host Swizl Jager also performs a set of his own unique style of Hip Hop, mixing classic Kiwiana themes performed in Te Reo and English.

Check out the Trailer below: