Contemporary Projects


Media Release: August, 2007. 

Eve Armstrong / Darryn George / Sarah Jane Parton / Areta Wilkinson

City Gallery Wellington, renowned for its role in showcasing contemporary New Zealand art, is thrilled to present new and recent work by four contemporary New Zealand artists. Eve Armstrong, Darryn George, Sarah Jane Parton and Areta Wilkinson feature in Contemporary Projects, 11 August – 4 November 2007. The artists’ projects are not linked thematically, but have been selected by curator Sarah Farrar to respond to, and spark off, one another.

Auckland-based artist Eve Armstrong, 2006 Arts Foundation New Generation Award Winner, utilises commonplace materials and objects, particularly those which have been discarded. She brings them back into circulation, reworking them in formal spatial configurations; sculptural stacks, piles and collages.

Christchurch painter Darryn George (Ngapuhi) combines an interest in formalist abstraction with Māori and Christian symbolism in his striking paintings. His work was last seen at City Gallery Wellington in Telecom Prospect 2004: New Art New Zealand.

Areta Wilkinson (Kai Tahu, Kati Irakehu – Tikao /Maihera) is an Auckland-based jeweller and artist. Her work is connected by the theme of portability and transition. These intricate, beautiful works are often represented encased in museum cases and bell jars to evoke museum and educational displays of the 1940s and 50s.

Sarah Jane Parton is a Wellington-based artist and filmmaker. Her work is part social portrait, part elaborate fiction and is humorous and poignant in its deliberate self-consciousness. She parodies the everyday images of perfection that surround us; ideals of family, home and sport.

Alongside these four solo artist projects, there will also be a ‘Contemporary Projects: Video Programme’ screening in City Gallery reading room and in the moving image programme SQUARE2. This video programme provides an opportunity to view a selection of recent video works by young New Zealand artists.

Contemporary Projects has been made possible by the generous support of ANZ, as Principal Corporate Benefactor of City Gallery Wellington.


Eve Armstrong / Darryn George / Sarah Jane Parton / Areta Wilkinson

11 August – 4 November