The galleries have been the face of Depot Artspace since its establishment in 1996, embodying the sense of community or turangawaewae we have always considered is its guiding principle. The Depot is not just a venue but a community, committed to supporting artists and to engaging a wide audience in Aotearoa New Zealand’s contemporary art through exhibitions, artists’ talks and conversations, cross-disciplinary and collaborative events and other artist-initiated activities. It’s an exciting time to be involved in this community as it celebrates and showcases the infinite forms of creativity in a local and socially conscious context.
Over the years the galleries have continually undergone change as a considered response to the evolving art world, both local and international. Our commitment is to make exhibiting accessible to artists and to develop diverse, engaging and enjoyable experiences for our audience.
Depot Artspace’s first Pre-loved Re-loved exhibition, an exciting project inspired by our local community, was held in 2014 to assist owners to find a new home for their once-loved fine art and objects. We are excited to re-introduce the exhibition in February 2021. You can expect to see a large variety of art works including painting, ceramics, photography, sculpture and more, available for sale at the Depot directly from their previous owners.
Sefton Rani's work involves the concept of “urban tapa” which is taking the traditional form of tapa and reenergising it with modern materials, methods and motifs that reflect the contemporary environment we live in. His work is primarily created with the use of paint skins where paint is applied on
glass or plastic and when dry, peeled off and collaged to form layers that represent time and the history of the object or surface.
The Depot Gallery offers a variety of spatial configurations creating the capacity to support large bodies of solo work and group exhibitions.