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Five by Five:
New Conversations with Clay

Curator talk
Saturday 23 May, 2pm

Join us for a free gallery talk with John Parker, the guest curator behind this exhibition. John was one of the original exhibitors in Five by Five in 1980 and has now selected five contemporary artists for this new edition, Five by Five: New Conversations with Clay. He'll discuss some of the concerns that the original artists shared as well as some of the characteristics he sought in the new works. Read more 
Image: Louise Rive, Photo: Jennifer French
The Last Fatso
Film screening

Saturday 23 May, 3pm. Free  
Learning Centre

Barry Brickell and international award-winning film maker David Sims join forces to bring you this intriguing humour-rich story with a serious educational purpose. The Last Fatso is a witty documentary that follows Barry through all his processes, from the clay pit to throwing, glazing and firing in the kiln,  as he makes the latest of one of his celebrated and notorious Fatso jugs. Duration 50 minutes. Read more
Write Night: Wystan Curnow
Wednesday 27 May, 6.30-8.30pm

Write Night is a new monthly meet-up opportunity for writers of all persuasions to get together, discuss projects, seek advice, eat biscuits and meet like-minded scribes. This month's guest is Wystan Curnow, New Zealand’s longest-serving and, arguably, most important art critic. His recent collection, The Critic's Part: Wystan Curnow Art Writings 1971-2013 includes major essays on many of New Zealand's key artists. He has a long-standing association with artist Billy Apple, including collaborating on the production of numerous artworks. Read more
Nathan Haines and the Art Ensemble perform Quartet
Sunday 7 June, 3pm. Free

New Zealand music legend Nathan Haines leads a quartet especially assembled for a sound performance based on the Billy Apple/Jonathan Besser score Quartet, which features in the exhibition Billy Apple: Sound Works 1968-2015. Being the winner of three New Zealand Music Awards and two certified gold albums in New Zealand, Nathan is big on collaboration. For this concert he is working in response to Billy Apple's Te Uru exhibition – Nathan's first collaboration with an artist. Read more
What's On: Exhibitions
His Own Steam:
A Barry Brickell Survey

11 April - 31 May

His Own Steam is a tribute to one of New Zealand's most important potters, Barry Brickell. This exhibition, which spans over 60 years of making, is the first significant survey exhibition of Brickell’s work, and the touring exhibition brings together approximately 50 works, drawing on the sizable holdings of both The Dowse Art Museum and Brickell’s own collection, together with key works from around New Zealand. Read more
Toured by The Dowse Art Museum.
Barry Brickell in his studio. Photo Haru Sameshima
Billy Apple: Sound Works 1968-2015
24 April - 10 June 2015

Throughout his career Billy Apple has explored new technologies, from his pioneering work with film and photography to neon and laser light, and recent experiments with cellular reproduction. Among these is a growing body of sound works made in collaboration with composers Nam June Paik, Jonathan Besser, John Osborne and Annea Lockwood, brought together for the first time in this survey exhibition. This exhibition supplements the Auckland Art Gallery career survey, Billy Apple®: The Artist Has to Live Like Everybody Else. Read more
Five by Five:
New Conversations with Clay

11 April - 7 June

In 1980, Denis Cohn Gallery in Auckland staged an exhibition of five artists who shared a desire to abandon convention and approach ceramics from a new direction that was at some remove from the tradition of the craft potter. 35 years later, Five by Five: New Conversations with Clay reprises the format of showing five works from five artists who experiment on the fringes of ceramic practice. Curated by original Five by Five artist, John Parker. Artists: Kate Fitzharris, Tessa Laird, Kate Newby, Suji Park and Louise Rive.
Read more Image: Kate Fitzharris
Curiosity Corner
Johanna Zellmer: States of CHANGE

1-30 May 

Recent work by Dunedin-based jeweller Johanna Zellmer takes a critical look at national representation, migration and identity, questioning how objects might embody multiple allegiances. In States of CHANGE, Zellmer cuts and forges coins from countries that restrict dual citizenship in order to create new objects and emblems that better express complex and hybrid notions of belonging. Read more
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