Sensitive to the World around Us
On display from 20 September –27 October, 2019; a solo exhibition Paneke by Tony Brown and a group exhibition The Marketplace of Feelings curated with Natasha Matila-Smith, featuring Talia Smith, Daniel John Corbett Sanders, Faith Wilson, Sione Monu, Megan Carter, Daniel Twiss, Colin Nairn, Kasia Sosnowski, Theo Macdonald.
For artist Tony Brown, 1995 was a major turning point in his life. As he had been stuck in a rut for as long as he could remember, it was a time when changes needed to be made if he was to move forward in his life. One of the biggest obstacles for Brown was setting aside his pride and reaching out for help. As a result of these changes, he today feels a sense of wholeness and worthiness within. A majority of his artworks since have depicted and contemplate on the lifestyles of Māori people and Māoritanga (culture), expressing the pride Brown feels of the Māori blood running through his veins. Paneke focuses on images of waka at the annual Tūrangawaewae Regatta held in Ngāruawahia, reminiscing on a significant moment in 1995 when the artist decided to change his life.
In the neighbouring group exhibition, nine artists from diverse backgrounds investigate what it means to be living in this particular place and time, with contemporary anxieties and concerns. The exhibition, which is titled The Marketplace of Feelings, reveals the common threads in our universal humanity whilst also looking at the complexities of human emotions. Through a number of moving image works, a narrative comic, text-based work, sculpture and installation, the exhibition demonstrates a quiet optimism that through art we can creatively address issues of the modern age.
Sensitivity, empathy and hauora, are at the forefront of our new exhibitions, which coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week. The Māori philosophy of hauora considers wellbeing to encompass not only physical health, but consideration for mental, social and spiritual health as well. The works on display here in September through to October, recognise too, the importance of community and understanding. The exhibitions are accompanied by a thoughtful public programme which allows the audience to engage with the artists on a deeper level. On offer are artist korero, a studio tour and a number of art activities (suitable for all ages) which encourage audience goers to express their emotions in a creative and positive way.
These events also happen to coincide with the Artweek Auckland festival which has on offer many free activities throughout the region from October 12-20, we encourage you to take advantage of the free events and look forward to seeing you in our gallery.
As part of our public programme on Saturday 12 October come and hear some of our current exhibiting artists talk about the realities of making work about anxiety, depression, loneliness, and feelings!
Exhibition dates: 20 September to 27 October, 2019 open 7 days a week, 10.00am – 4:30pm
Entry: Free, all welcome
PUBLIC PROGRAMMES DURING THE EXHIBITION:
- Exhibition opening
Thursday 19 September, 6-8pm
Please join us for the opening reception of Paneke by Tony Brown and a group exhibition The Marketplace of feelings, featuring Talia Smith, Daniel John Corbett Sanders, Faith Wilson, Sione Monu, Megan Carter, Daniel Twiss, Colin Nairn, Kasia Sosnowski and Theo Macdonald. Curated with Natasha Matila-Smith
Entry: Free, all welcome, in the Homestead Galleries.
- Saturday Gallery Club #53
Saturday 12 October, between 10.30am and 12pm
Create a surprise for someone to find in a local park or outside area, leaving messages of kindness and support for others to find has become a popular activity for families. Join us to create, seek and hide rocks.
- : Free, for kids and families, all art material provided. This is a drop in art activity, no bookings needed, in the Homestead Galleries.
*More information about the Saturday Gallery Club for kids and families
These free and fun family art-making sessions happen in the gallery every SECOND Saturday of the month. Art activities are designed for children aged 4 and upwards and families the activity runs for around 30 minutes. These sessions are family friendly and children need to be accompanied by an adult.
- Artist Korero
Saturday 12 October, 12-1pm
Join us in conversation with some of the artists and curators from The Marketplace of Feelings. They will explore some of the realities of making work about anxiety, depression, loneliness, and feelings!
Entry: Free, all welcome, in the Homestead Galleries.
- Zine Workshop
Saturday 12 October, between 1-2pm
Following our artist talk by The Marketplace of Feelings artists and curators, we invite you to join us in a Zine making workshop as an exchange of sharing and expressing.
Gallery and Studio tour
Saturday 19 October, 11am-12pm
We have over 21 artist studio spaces at the Corban Estate Arts Centre, during Artweek you can take a private tour with the curator learning more about our current resident artists and the latest exhibitions in the galleries.
Meet at Main reception in the Homestead.
FREE, limited spaces available
Image caption: Tony Brown in studio. Photo: Sam Hartnett.
- Art Break
The last Saturday of each month we will be exploring our latest exhibitions with a FREE 1 hour art club for Adults. So bring a friend as we spend time getting creative and trying new things.
October 26th Card making
November 30th Up-cycled ceramics
Drop-in class, materials provided
Image caption: Pencil to paper workshop (2018), Courtesy of CEAC