Wellington’s newest gallery space, Te Auaha Gallery, celebrated its opening on 19 March with its first exhibition, On the Go, and an announcement about the first artist’s residency at Te Auaha. The exhibition features visual arts and creative technology graduates from Whitireia New Zealand and WelTec, the Wellington Institute of Technology.
"This first exhibition celebrates and showcases our graduates. Since graduating, they’ve continued to develop their careers and to make work that matters – work that challenges and excites – and they have continued to experiment with new and old technology," said Te Auaha Director Victoria Spackman.
"This is also the perfect occasion to announce that our first artist in residence will be Chinese-born Bifei Cao who will arrive in June. Bifei is an award winning jeweller who has exhibited around the world. Just last week he won the prestigious Art Jewellery Forum award, announced in Munich. Bifei joins us as the Wellington Asia Residency Exchange (WARE) artist in residence, which is a Wellington City Council and Asia New Zealand Foundation programme. We are partnering with the Thorndon Trust so that Bifei will be living at the refurbished Rita Angus Cottage."
"Creative practitioners have to be determined and resilient to keep going. This exhibition and our new residency celebrate that resilience and the ambition of artists, including our graduates. Today we are signalling the beginning of something bigger – a new residency, a new gallery space, a new creative school, a new location for things to happen, to be shown, to be heard and seen creatively."
A range of media are represented in On the Go – jewellery and object-making, painting, photography, creative technology, and drawing. Artists included are Vivien Atkinson, Becky Bliss, Sam Dollimore, Arron Gardner, Nik Hanton, James Harcourt, Sri Krishna Padmanabham Konakanchi, Jennifer Laracy, Lisa van der Meij, James Molnar, Amelia Pascoe, Sarah Read, Nadine Smith, Clare Smith, Natalie Smith, Caroline Thomas, Deidre Utopo, Chloe Rose Taylor, Camille Walton, Ana Xue Wang, Matthew McIntyre Wilson, Yorke Yu, and Keri-Mei Zagrobelna.
Te Auaha New Zealand Institute of Creativity is a new purpose-built six-floor building on the corner of Cuba and Dixon Streets in Wellington’s CBD which brings together the arts and creative programmes from Whitireia and WelTec. A diverse range of creative programmes will be taught including visual arts, writing and publishing, music, digital design, film production, dance, make up artistry and acting. Te Auaha also brings two theatres and a cinema to the city.
More images from the celebration of the Te Auaha Gallery are available on the Whitireia Facebook page.
On the Go
20 March – 28 April 2018
Te Auaha Gallery, 65 Dixon Street, Wellington (corner of Cuba)