A wonderful turn out on Saturday 4 March for the opening of Fairburn Rocks. A huge thank you to Dinah Holman for curating and researching the exhibition, Denys Trussell for speaking and Ross Mullins for performing.
The Depot is very pleased to introduce its new Gallery Manager, Amber Lamana.
Amber will oversee the Depot Gallery and the Pocket Gallery. Recently relocating from Edinburgh, Amber has experience in exhibitions and arts administration, including co-curating exhibitions and organising cultural events. She hopes to quickly immerse herself into the Depot culture to assist in further development of the diverse exhibitions program and the Pocket Gallery.
We are excited to announce that David Barker will be exhibiting a new series of work at Depot Artspace from Saturday 25 March – Wednesday 12 April 2017. Called Fragments, this exhibition further explores Barker’s fascination with water and other natural elements including clouds. We’ve been so impressed by Barker’s refined methodologies and techniques and plan to be able to disclose more details about his work, technique and theories in future videos.
For now though, we encourage you to familiarise yourself with Barker’s painting practice.
Join us on Saturday 25 February, 2 – 5pm for the launch of our new publication, The Roaring Silence.
The Roaring Silence is about suicide awareness, comprising contributions from 79 artists, writers, poets, and a few professionals from all generations and backgrounds, and from throughout the country who collectively communicate the message that life is both dark and bright and that none of us is immune from times of shadow.
Join us at 2pm, with selected readings from the authors at 2:30pm.
Drinks and snacks will be provided.
The Roaring Silence
Watch the video below for a flick through the book:
We recently had the pleasure of listening to Priscilla Lowry speak about her textile works, which were exhibited in the group show Written in Threadalong with Ailie Snow and Priscilla Evans. Check out the video that was filmed by our Media Producer, Amelia Harris, below:
Priscilla Lowry trained as a Home Economics teacher, specialising in textiles and gained her BA from Auckland University majoring in Art History and Education. She was the owner and director of Gallery St John in Remuera which focused on hand worked silk, exhibiting everything from tiny exquisite items to wearable art. This period was followed by seventeen years in the UK where for six years she was the Director of the Schuster Gallery which specialized in illuminated manuscripts. During this time she obtained her MA in Medieval History from London University. This was followed by almost constant travelling in the UK and abroad, teaching and giving lectures and workshops on working with silk. Concurrently, she wrote two books published in the UK on the history of silk and a third book, The World of Silk on her return to NZ. For the last ten years she has been teaching Medieval History at Auckland University and has continued to give talks and workshops, and judge for major exhibitions of textiles. Her solo exhibition at Northart was entitled Silk: Deconstructed: Reconstructed which was followed by a shared exhibition with Joan Taylor in 2013 at the Depot Artspace, called Off the Wall, again focusing on silk in its many and diverse forms.
Today we acknowledge the one year anniversary of the passing of our dear friend, potter, painter, engineer, railway enthusiast, conservationist, writer, wrerter, vernacularist, cultural icon – Barry Brickell (26 October 1935 – 23 January 2016)
Read Linda Blincko’s commemorative piece on Barry and his unique philosophy, his way of living in the world, ‘It’s not the thing but how’ here: http://liberationarts.tumblr.com/
The ArtsLab Consulting team understand that summer can be a time for reflection, particularly about your career and what makes you happy and fulfilled. Here are three questions to ponder over whilst enjoying a cool drink in the sun, swimming at the beach, or barbecuing to your heart’s content.
What Am I Most Curious About in Life? Often, the things we are curious about have the potential to translate into a job. For example, a recent client shared a story of how when he was a child he would make his mum pause the cartoon DVDs he watched so he could draw the characters. He’s now a 2D animator. Follow your curiosity and interests, but realise that you do not know what will interest you unless you try new things. Make the summer of 2017 the summer of trying new things.
What Sort Of A World Do I Want to Help Create? Many career decisions stem from a desire to meet our own wants and needs. It’s possible to re-frame our decisions towards asking what the world needs and how we might go about offering our strengths in a spirit of service.
What Are My Non-Negotiables? We all know that every job has its own set of advantages and disadvantages and that we all make compromises with our choice of paid work; however, is your current role draining you of your life energy and is it worth it? Taking the time to figure out what your top values are makes career decisions much easier. If you would like to make a fresh start in the New Year, the ArtsLab team is here and ready to help.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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 2016. Special 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.
Our friends at Jam Space are building an online community where you can find musicians, music industry services, buy and sell gear, and much more! In the first episode of Jam Space TV they feature a tour of Depot Sound and interview with studio manager Dave Rhodes.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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 https://depotartspace.co.nz/proposals/ 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.
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.
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
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.
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 hiseddie 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.
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:
Thanks to everyone for such a fantastic turnout to the openings of the Auckland City Mission‘s exhibitionI Am the Art & The Art is Me / Ko au te toi. Ko te toi ko auand 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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.