Urbis picks: Artweek Auckland

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Pottery by John Parker.

Pottery by John Parker. Image: Haruhiko Sameshima

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Installation by Peter Roche.

Installation by Peter Roche. Image: Supplied

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Street Art Walks: Sunburst by Sara Hughes.

Street Art Walks: Sunburst by Sara Hughes. Image: Supplied

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Late Night Art.

Late Night Art. Image: Jeremy Toth

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Sanderson Contemporary exhibition by Josephine Cachemaille.

Sanderson Contemporary exhibition by Josephine Cachemaille. Image: Supplied

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Artist Owen Dippie working on one of his paintings.

Artist Owen Dippie working on one of his paintings. Image: Supplied

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Sacred Economies: Malcolm Smith Gallery.

Sacred Economies: Malcolm Smith Gallery. Image: Supplied

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<i>Dear Stranger</i> by Graham Fletcher.

Dear Stranger by Graham Fletcher. Image: Supplied

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The cycleway on K'Road.

The cycleway on K’Road. Image: Supplied

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'My Home' magazine cover, March 1950, from House and Home: Domestic Life in New Zealand.

‘My Home’ magazine cover, March 1950, from House and Home: Domestic Life in New Zealand. Image: Supplied

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<i>Costume to break the bonds of fear and caution</i> from The Intellectual Fashion Show.

Costume to break the bonds of fear and caution from The Intellectual Fashion Show. Image: New Zealand Fashion Museum

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Artweek Auckland returns from 8-16 October. Here are some of the events we won't be missing:


14 – 16 October, 6pm – 11pm
Windsor Reserve, Devonport

The Bachelor of Architecture Studies second year students at the Department of Architecture (Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture) at Unitec will be participating in Glow@Artweek Auckland 2016, building on the success of 2015.

Students will design and prefabricate light pavilions in and around Windsor Park, Devonport, Auckland. After a successful three years of designing, building and installing with zero budget and zero waste in Christchurch in conjunction with FESTA and Studio Christchurch, the students are looking forward to designing in their home town again and building on the success of Artweek Auckland 2015.

The Department of Architecture will be working with the recently formed Glow@Artweek Auckland to produce architectural structures, and light pavilions over a three-night period, again with the students working with zero budget and zero waste. Five teams of roughly 12 students have been formed from 28 teams chosen by a jury, including members from Artweek Auckland and the Devonport Business Improvement District, who have chosen the most scalable and interesting light pavilions and structures. 

The Intellectual Fashion Show

7 October – 5 November, 10am – 5pm
Gus Fisher Gallery

The Intellectual Fashion Show 2016 considers the transformative power inherent in our sartorial choices using artist June Black’s metaphorical costumes as provocation. 

Black’s original Intellectual Fashion Show of 1959 included paintings, ceramic wall sculptures and a provocative commentary, presenting the concept of an ‘intellectual fashion house’. 

The modern iteration will explore the idea that what we wear can provide a platform to experiment with identity. 

Late Night Art

12 October, 5pm – 9pm
Central City

Enjoy LATE NIGHT ART in the Heart of the City! As part of Artweek, galleries will be open late and there will be guided walking and cycling tours and live art events.

Cause and Effect – John Parker

10 September – 13 November, 10am – 4.30pm
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, 420 Titirangi Road

Launched in conjunction with a major new book, Cause and Effect celebrates and surveys John Parker’s 50-year career of breaking rules and redefining what it means to make pottery in Aotearoa. 

Based in Waiatarua, Parker is one of our most consistently innovative potters, always seeking fresh ways to push the boundaries of clay production. In particular, his work links the otherwise estranged worlds of industrial and studio production with influences as wide-ranging as commercial potteries such as Crown Lynn and Wedgwood, and even the manufacture of power pole insulators.

Art of Urban Design

11 October, 5.30pm – 7.30pm & 15 October, 2pm – 4pm
Guided Art Tours in the Heart of the City

Explore diverse forms of art and creative expression in the city’s streets, squares and laneways in these free guided walking tours.

Auckland is in the midst of great urban transformation. Discuss the design and use of city streets and spaces, place-making, the role of public art and the co-existence of history and newness.

Supported by Auckland Transport.

Brick Bay Art Walk

15 October 12pm – 2pm
Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, 17 Arabella Lane, Snells Beach, Warkworth

Showcasing contemporary sculpture by New Zealand’s established and emerging artists, Brick Bay Sculpture Trail is an outdoor gallery experience.

Join Jonathan Organ for a tour that includes the Trail and parts of the Private Collection not usually accessible to the public.

Asylum – Peter Roche

8 – 16 October, 11am – 6pm
Silo 6, Jellicoe Street

Peter Roche presents Asylum, a multi-sensory art installation, in association with Artweek Auckland 2016.

Spread across all six silos at Silo Park, the six-part installation by Auckland artist Peter Roche uses elements such as wind, water, sound, light and movement to delve into dark themes such as terrorism, state control, surveillance, violence, war and mass exodus. The complex configuration of the silos reinforces feelings of alienation and despair.

Using the former cement repository Silo6 as an industrial backdrop, Asylum reflects a chaotic world in which the true meaning of the word has been perverted and is governed by an increasingly draconian set of rules and regulations.

Taking its cue from recent world events such as the cult of Donald Trump, the refugee crisis, the Panama Papers, the war against terror and the rise of Islamic State, Asylum presents a dystopian vision of a world which has morphed into a state of repression, ruled by political and economic gain.

Street Art Walks

9 October, 11am – 1pm, 14 October 5.30pm – 7.30pm & 15 October, 11am – 1pm 

The art on the walls of a city becomes part of its fabric. Discover pieces by Askew One, Flox, John Reynolds and more on this exploration of Auckland’s streets and laneways.

Supported by Auckland Transport.

Dear Stranger – Graham Fletcher

22 September – 22 October, 10am – 6pm
Gow Langsford Gallery

Dear Stranger sets the scene for strange encounters. Recalling first contact experiences between Western and non-Western peoples, these new works further examine aspects of the highly complex and dynamic relationships that develop when histories, cultures and identities collide and intermingle. 

Electric Night

13 October
K’Road Precinct, Karangahape Road

Hop on a free electric bike, sponsored by Auckland Transport, or take a self guided walk along the lit-up cycleway on K’Road. 

House and Home: Domestic Life in New Zealand

Until 30 October, 9am – 5pm
Central City Library

This nostalgic exhibition explores the domestic side of New Zealand life before the 1980s. 

The showcase includes photographs, magazines, books, posters and pamphlets, and oral history recordings from Auckland Libraries’ heritage collections. 

It looks at what made a house a home in New Zealand, from the decoration to the activities that went on within our walls and gardens. 

For more information about Artweek Auckland click here

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