exhibitions past

Past Exhibitions 2017

Exhibition Dates

FRANCIS UPRITCHARD

Jealous Saboteurs

In 1998 – freshly graduated from Ilam School of Fine Arts in Christchurch – Francis Upritchard headed to London. There, she would become one of New Zealand’s most successful arti... Read More
12 aug 2017 -
26 nov 2017

LOUISA AFOA

A Pool is not the Ocean

Oceania is vast, Oceania is expanding, Oceania is hospitable and generous, Oceania is humanity rising from the depths of brine and regions of fire deeper still, Oceania is us. We are the sea, we are t... Read More
26 sep 2017 -
26 nov 2017

SOMEWHERE UP COUNTRY

Landscapes from the Collection

In the hierarchy of painting genres formalised by the European academies of the 17th and 18th centuries, landscape hovered some-where in the middle – outranking the still life but eclipsed by... Read More
8 jul 2017 -
23 oct 2017

BY PURCHASE, GIFT OR BEQUEST

Works from the Collection

The Dunedin Public Art Gallery collection was founded in 1884, borne from a desire to create a significant art collection for the city of Dunedin.  From the beginning, the Gallery aspired to c... Read More
29 jul 2017 -
23 oct 2017

MARIE SHANNON

Rooms found only in the home

Sensitive, authentic and funny, Marie Shannon’s photography and video works present contemporary art as an intimate and immediate occupation. Her work casts light across what it means to make... Read More
22 jul 2017 -
23 oct 2017

LOVELINESS EXTREME

Curated by Lucinda Bennett

Sentimentality is a word which not only describes feelings of tenderness, sadness or nostalgia but suggests an excess of these feelings – an overindulgence in their affect.  Formed arou... Read More
22 jul 2017 -
23 oct 2017

EVE ARMSTRONG

China and Hardware

Eve Armstrong is an artist based in Wellington, who graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts in 2003.  Her art practice is concerned with ‘extending, adapting, assisting and facilitating e... Read More
29 apr 2017 -
15 oct 2017

CAMPBELL PATTERSON

call sick

Some days the desire to escape is overwhelming. Swaddled in your bed sheets, all responsibilities muffled by their softness, the prospect of writing off the day is a sweet surrender. In this exhib... Read More
17 jun 2017 -
1 oct 2017

EXPLODED WORLDS

Works from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Collection

Established in 1884, the Dunedin Public Art Gallery is New Zealand's oldest public art gallery. The richness and quality of its collection remains a testament to a city that placed art and ideas at th... Read More
6 feb 2016 -
23 jul 2017

FRANCES HODGKINS

Open Air, Still Life

Taking Frances Hodgkins’ painting Still Life with Fruit Dishes (c.1937) as a starting point, this exhibition brings together a selection of contemporary and historical artworks including paint... Read More
4 feb 2017 -
23 jul 2017

NZ PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE COLLECTION

Soften

Softness can describe the smoothness of a surface or the gentle quality of a sound; subtle light effects or the ease with which a thing may be moulded, folded or sliced. It may even be applied to p... Read More
13 may 2017 -
16 jul 2017

EVE ARMSTRONG

Growing Demand

Eve Armstrong speaks in the language of the cast-off, interested in the value, currency and sculptural possibilities of materials found and discarded.  Armstrong, who is based in Wellington, gr... Read More
29 apr 2017 -
9 jul 2017

JACQUELYN GREENBANK

Green Bank: A Window of Archaeological Discovery

A REAR WINDOW PROJECT. Green Bank is a museum display for a mixed, blended and imagined cultural heritage. Each object on display is borne from a pseudo-historical narrative conjured by the artist w... Read More
29 apr 2017 -
9 jul 2017

REBECCA BAUMANN

Untitled (exploded view)

Rebecca Baumann (b. 1983, Perth) has an art practice that spans a range of media including installation, kinetic sculpture and performance. She recently spent two months in Dunedin as part of the Ga... Read More
18 mar 2017 -
2 jul 2017

WHEN DREAMS TURN TO GOLD

The Benson & Hedges and Smokefree Fashion Design Awards 1964-1998

Offering glamour, spectacle, opportunity and reward, the Benson & Hedges and Smokefree Fashion Design Awards were pivotal in the rising profile of New Zealand fashion. Established in 1964 the aw... Read More
18 mar 2017 -
25 jun 2017

NICOLA JACKSON

The Bloggs

Dunedin-based artist Nicola Jackson is known for her vivid use of colour, intricate detail, papier-mâché forms and her ongoing exploration of human anatomy. The Bloggs – a title tha... Read More
18 mar 2017 -
5 jun 2017

MOTOKO WATANABE

A nest in town

To make a nest is to construct a temporary safe haven — a place for comfort, rest and warmth. Motoko Watanabe’s soft fabric installation A nest in town crafts an alternative inner-city dwe... Read More
10 feb 2017 -
23 apr 2017

KUSHANA BUSH

The Burning Hours

Kushana Bush (b. 1983) inhabits a singular position within contemporary New Zealand art. Reaching across history, culture and society, her meticulously detailed compositions, multi-ethnic characters... Read More
3 dec 2016 -
17 apr 2017

TIFFANY SINGH

OM MANI PADME HUM

Tiffany Singh is known for her socially engaged practice that often manifests in colourful and large-scale installations. Her works draw on a variety of influences that include Eastern and Western spi... Read More
22 oct 2016 -
2 apr 2017

UNDREAMED OF...

50 Years of the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship

Undreamed of … 50 Years of the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship commemorates the 50th anniversary of the University of Otago’s Frances Hodgkins Fellowship. The exhibition, hung in both the Dun... Read More
5 nov 2016 -
26 feb 2017

DOUGLAS GORDON

Play Dead; Real Time

For the monumental installation Play Dead; Real Time, artist Douglas Gordon filmed a circus elephant obeying a series of commands. Like many of Gordon's protagonists, the elephant is subject to f... Read More
27 aug 2016 -
19 feb 2017

BY THE LAWS OF CHANCE

Curated by Andrea Bell

The definition of chance varies according to philosophical, religious, mystical, and cultural contexts. Some attribute it to strength in faith or superstitious belief, while others look for answers ... Read More
10 dec 2016 -
19 feb 2017

KIRSTIN CARLIN AND FRANCES HODGKINS

Through the Trees

Through the Trees sets contemporary artist Kirstin Carlin (b. 1979) onto a collision course with one of Dunedin's favourite daughters, Frances Hodgkins. Interested in the familiar tropes of art histor... Read More
29 sep 2016 -
22 jan 2017