Auckland Art Fair 2016 Opening Night; Installation view, Page Blackie Gallery (D8); photo courtesy Luke Foley-Martin
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Auckland Art Fair 2016 saw the introduction of the ‘Projects’, an exhibition of around a dozen selected works installed in and around the Fair, in addition to the gallery stands. The Projects showcase the exceptional quality and diversity of art made in Aotearoa and the Pacific, and add another dimension to the Fair by including work with a less commercial, more conceptual focus.
The curators for the sophomore iteration of the Projects at Auckland Art Fair 2018 are Gabriela Salgado (Artistic Director, Te Tuhi) and Francis McWhannell (independent). Rather than set a curatorial agenda, Salgado and McWhannell are putting out an open call.
Auckland Art Fair are pleased to introduce a new section to the 2018 Fair,
Piki Mai: Up Here ^^. Located on the mezzanine level of The Cloud, Piki Mai: Up Here ^^ will feature
a small number of young galleries, artist-run spaces or student / recent graduate exhibitions under the auspices of an art school. Separate from the main gallery area on the ground oor, this space will offer a snapshot of artists whose work could appear at future art fairs.
As a concept, Piki Mai: Up Here ^^ turns on the notion of way finding or giving clear direction to those attending Auckland Art Fair that if they suspend their assumptions for just a moment, and follow the signs before them, there is in fact something more, something new, and something different to be discovered on the first floor of the venue.
New Zealand luxury accessories brand Deadly Ponies are the presenting partner of the inaugural Piki Mai: Up Here ^^ space at Auckland Art Fair.
MAY 23 - 27, 2018 / The Cloud
“The 2016 edition of Auckland Art Fair demonstrated a commitment to professionalism in an airy, well laid out and light-filled venue known as The Cloud, located on the edge of downtown Auckland’s scenic harbour. The presentations, which allowed visitors to sample some of the strongest works currently being produced in the region, were also cognizant of the larger international context in which most of the artists operate. Overall the fair offered a mix of intimacy, approachability and confidence, which bodes well for the future of the event as a leading fair for the region.”
Gregory Burke, former Director of Govett Brewster Art Gallery, now Executive Director and CEO of Remai Modern, Saskatoon, Canada writing for Art Asia Pacific
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