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  • Date: 17 June 2017
  • Time: Saturday, 3pm
  • Cost: Free

Writer and curator Gregory O’Brien responds to Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide, highlighting the artist’s non-conformist relationship with Catholicism, his enduring love of poetry, and his reverence towards nature.

  • Date: 12 June 2017
  • Time: Monday, 6pm
  • Cost: Free

In the 1950s, McCahon and his family lived in the Titirangi bush, in a small house, where he painted some of his most important works. The house now operates as a museum and artist residency. McCahon House Director Vivienne Stone reflects on its history and programme. Curator Aaron Lister explores artists’ responses to the house, including projects by Martin Basher, Ben Cauchi and Glen Hayward. Artist Shannon Te Ao discusses his work Untitled (McCahon House Studies). 

Part of the Deane Lectures series, presented in association with Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide and supported by the Deane Endowment Trust.

Cash bar. 

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Other upcoming Deane Lectures include:

Personal Perspectives on the Treaty Settlement Process
Rt Hon Jim Bolger and Tāmati Kruger
Thursday 29 June, 6pm 

Colin McCahon’s Urewera Mural and John Scott’s Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre
Gregory O’Brien, Jacob Scott and Peter Simpson 
Monday 3 July, 6pm

The Maungapōhatu Diamond: The Poetics and Truth of Prophecy
Jeff Sissons
Monday 24 July, 6pm 

Further lectures will be announced. Speakers include Robert Leonard and Ngahiraka Mason. 

  • Date: 1 June 2017
  • Time: Thursday, 5-10pm
  • Cost: Koha

Art, music, films, talks, wine, beer, food. A changing programme of after-dark events on the first Thursday of the month.

  • Date: 29 May 2017
  • Time: Monday, 6pm
  • Cost: Free

Curator Wystan Curnow talks about Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide, examining how Māori themes and subjects profoundly altered the direction and meaning of McCahon’s work just as he was reaching the height of his powers as a painter. 

Part of the Deane Lectures series, presented in association with Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide and supported by the Deane Endowment Trust.

Cash bar available. 

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Other upcoming Deane Lectures include:

McCahon House: History and Mythology
Aaron Lister, Vivienne Stone and Shannon Te Ao
Monday 12 June, 6pm 

Personal Perspectives on the Treaty Settlement Process
Rt Hon Jim Bolger and Tāmati Kruger
Thursday 29 June, 6pm 

Colin McCahon’s Urewera Mural and John Scott’s Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre
Gregory O’Brien, Jacob Scott and Peter Simpson 
Monday 3 July, 6pm

The Maungapōhatu Diamond: The Poetics and Truth of Prophecy
Jeff Sissons
Monday 24 July, 6pm 

Further lectures will be announced. Speakers include Robert Leonard and Ngahiraka Mason. 

  • Date: 27 May 2017
  • Time: Saturday, 2pm
  • Cost: Free

Artists Shane Cotton, Brett Graham and Shannon Te Ao respond to Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide.

  • Date: 15 May 2017
  • Time: Monday, 6pm
  • Cost: Free

Winner of the 2016 New Zealand Institute of Architects Gold Medal, renowned Wellington architect Roger Walker talks about his work and life in architecture.

In partnership with the NZIA Wellington Branch. 

  • Date: 13 May 2017
  • Time: Saturday, 1-3.30pm | MediaLab at Capital E
  • Cost: $25/$20 Concession and Friends

Explore digital art making with Wellington-based artist Kerry Ann Lee at Capital E's MediaLab and create a computer-based artwork using online source material.

This workshop is aimed at computer-literate people who are 18 years+ and interested in digital, post-internet art practice.

In association with Petra Cortright: RUNNING NEO-GEO GAMES UNDER MAME.

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Please note, this event takes place at CapitalE

  • Date: 27 April 2017
  • Time: Thursday, 6pm
  • Cost: Free

Artist André Hemer and curator Justin Paton walk through Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide and Petra Cortright: RUNNING NEO-GEO GAMES UNDER MAME with City Gallery curators Robert Leonard and Aaron Lister.

Cash bar available. 

  • Date: 12 April 2017
  • Time: Wednesday, 5.30pm
  • Cost: Free

Daniel Beban (New Zealand), Janine Eisenächer (Germany) and Soraya Rhofir (France) discuss their experiences as artists on international residency programmes. Chaired by curator Melanie Oliver.

Presented in partnership with Goethe-Institut and Wellington City Council City Arts.

About the artists

Daniel Beban (New Zealand) is a musician and sound artist. He tours internationally with groups including Orchestra of Spheres, creates sound sculptures and sculptural instruments, produces radio documentaries and experimental radio works, makes field recordings, and conducts oral history research. Beban also runs Pyramid Club, a venue for experimental music and performances in Wellington. Beban was recently in Beijing for the Wellington Asia Residency exchange run by the Asia New Zealand Foundation and the Wellington City Council.

Janine Eisenächer (Germany) is a conceptual performance artist, curator and writer. Working both solo and within collectives, Eisenächer addresses themes of labour, politics and economies in the art field and wider questions of ethnology and identity related to gender, post-colonialism, feminism, racism and activism. She was a co-curator and co-organiser of the Berlin-based events Performer Stammtisch (2007-2011), and Platform Young Performance Artists (2010 and 2011). Eisenächer is currently undertaking an artist residency in Wellington through the Goethe-Institut in co-operation with Wellington City Council.

Soraya Rhofir (France) is a visual artist who specialises in internet art, collaging popular imagery, clip art, 16-bit video game graphics, banal and clichéd images to create small-scale and large immersive works that pose questions of aesthetics and explore ideas of national identities. Rhofir has had solo exhibitions at Les Eglises (2013) and Parc Saint-Leger (2012), both in France. She was shortlisted for the 2010 Prix Ricard art prize for artists under 40 in Paris, and for the international shortlist at Present-Future Artissima Turin International Art Fair (2014). Recently she has expanded into film work, acting as artistic director for independent American filmmaker Trent Harris' latest film. Rhofir is currently the 2017 Te Whare Hera artist in residence with Massey University College of Creative Arts, Wellington.

Melanie Oliver (New Zealand) is Senior Curator at the Dowse Art Museum. Melanie has held curatorial roles at Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth and Artspace, Sydney, and most recently, was the director of The Physics Room, Christchurch from 2012-2016. Melanie has also undertaken curatorial projects for One Day Sculpture, the Liverpool Biennial City States programme, RAMP Gallery, ST PAUL St Gallery and RM gallery. A published writer and speaker on the visual arts, Melanie also has an interest in the educational potential of cultural institutions, furthered by a period spent at the National Library of New Zealand.

This April, City Gallery Wellington presents an exhibition of work by one of New Zealand’s most celebrated artist, Colin McCahon (1919–87). On Going Out with the Tide explores McCahon’s evolving engagement with Māori subjects and themes in his works from the 1960s and 1970s. These works range from early treatments of koru imagery to later history paintings, referring to Māori prophets and highlighting land-rights issues.

On Going Out with the Tide seeks to understand these works in terms of tectonic shifts in New Zealand culture—emerging biculturalism. It restores a historical context to the work, by understanding it in terms of the times in which it was made, as well as considering the ways it has been read subsequently. McCahon's interest was fed by new resources on Māori culture, friendships with writers and artists, and the births of his Māori grandsons, Matiu and Peter (Tui). While McCahon’s interest in Māori culture sustained and consolidated longstanding features of his work, it also fundamentally changed it.

The exhibition fills the ground floor of the Gallery. There is a room of works from 1969 based on Matire Kereama’s book The Tail of the Fish, which includes The Canoe Tainui—the most expensive work to sell at auction in New Zealand. Other rooms address particular places: Muriwai (where McCahon had his studio), Parihaka, and Te Urewera.

City Gallery Chief Curator Robert Leonard says, “The exhibition is an opportunity to consider how increasing awareness of Māori culture and concerns shaped the work of New Zealand’s most celebrated artist’s most important period. We know there will be divergent views on the work. The show does not presume to offer the last word on the work—its meaning, significance, and politics—but to provide a platform for discussion. As part of the project, City Gallery will be presenting an accompanying programme of lectures, talks, and screenings.”

On Going Out with the Tide features major works from public and private collections in New Zealand and Australia. The exhibition is curated by Wystan Curnow and Robert Leonard.

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Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide
April 8 – 31 July 2017 | Free entry
City Gallery Wellington, Civic Square
Wellington, New Zealand

IMAGE CREDIT

Colin McCahon Tui Carr celebrates Muriwai Beach 1972. 
Private collection, courtesy Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney.
Courtesy Colin McCahon Research and Publication Trust.

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