New Wellington Artists - How To Be A Friend


Media Release: December, 2005. 

Every summer, the Michael Hirschfeld Gallery presents a group exhibition featuring new and exciting work by emerging Wellington artists.

This year curator Emma Bugden has brought together a group of artists connected by their interest in the realm of the social: the relationships between people, and the negotiations these relationships often require.

Emma Bugden says: "How To Be A Friend doesn’t offer a quick fix or manual for community living. Instead, these artists are actively exploring the complexity of living alongside others, and the intricate networks that connect us as individuals to the wider world."

Works in the show include Tim Armstrong’s investigation of Father Christmas’s origins in Saturn, the ancient god of fertility and harvest; a collaborative project by Elizabeth Allan and her grandmother Dorothy Irvine, who worked together to remove a barbed wire barricade that had separated Irvine’s house from neighbouring Housing New Zealand flats; and Sandy Gibbs’s video work Gloria, drawn from a series of works in which Gibbs advertised in the Dominion Post for women who would talk about their relationships on film.

A special feature of the exhibition will be two live performances by Sarah Stevens in December. Stevens will take over the front entrance to City Gallery Wellington, inviting members of the public to learn how to make candyfloss on a portable machine. In perfect agreement with the social theme of How To Be A Friend, Stevens says "I like the idea of giving something – not something grand, just a small gesture". Keep an eye on this website for performance dates and times. 

How To Be A Friend features work by:

Elizabeth Allan & Dorothy Irvine 

Jemma Woolmore 

Tim Armstrong 

Sandy Gibbs 

Caroline Johnston 

Rebecca Pilcher

Kyly Ashman, Mike Marsh & Chantelle Waring 

Sarah Stevens