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Five Wellington Galleries Chosen to Exhibit at Auckland Art Fair 2016

Friday, May 20, 2016

New Zealand’s premier showcase for contemporary art – Auckland Art Fair, will return in 2016 with a stellar line up of both local and international talent confirmed to attend, including five of Wellington’s top galleries.

The 2016 edition heralds a shift in focus to contemporary art of the wider Pacific region, including artists and galleries not only from NZ and Australia, but also Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific Islands, and aims to establish the Fair as an important event in the regional cultural calendar.

The fair will provide a powerful platform for both emerging and established artists to showcase their work to a broad local and international audience.

The selection process for the 2016 fair was a highly competitive. Galleries were chosen on the merit of their proposals by an independent Selection Committee comprising of Michael Lett, Director of Michael Lett Gallery (Auckland); Dayle Mayce, longstanding supporter and patron of the Arts in New Zealand; Justin Paton, Head of International Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney); Simon Rees, Director of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre (New Plymouth) and Hamish Keith, cultural commentator.

Wellington’s thriving art scene sees five exceptional galleries from the region selected to show at this year’s fair, including Bartley + Company Art, Bowen Galleries, Hamish McKay, Peter McLeavey and {Suite}.

Bartley + Company gallery is located in the Cuba Art Quarter; the heart of Wellington’s gallery district. It sells and promotes high-quality, critically- relevant artwork by both established and emerging New Zealand artists.

Artists Roger Mortimer, Lonnie Hutchinson and Peter Trevelyan will represent the gallery at this year’s Fair.

Bowen Galleries was conceived 35 years ago and exists to represent artists to public institutions, assist with their publications and create international opportunities for their work. Artists Joanna Braithwaite, Raewyn Atkinson, Bekah Carran, Warwick Freeman, Euan McLeod, Noel McKenna, Greg O’Brien, Chris O’Doherty and Louise Purvis will represent the gallery.

Hamish McKay gallery opened in 1993 and represents New Zealand and Australian artists with exhibitions in Australasia, as well as Europe and North and South America. Seven artists including Tony de Lautour, Saskia Leek, Rohan Wealleans, Karl Fritsch, Gavin Hipkins, Anoushka Akel and Andrew Beck will represent the gallery.

Peter McLeavey gallery was created in a Wellington flat in 1966 and has since gone on to show more than 560 exhibitions. The gallery’s ethos is to contribute to local art culture by telling New Zealand’s story visually. Artists W.D.Hammond, Richard Killeen, Nick Austin and Yvonne Todd will represent the gallery.

Established in 2007, renowned {Suite} gallery is co-directed by David Alsop and Susannah Shaw. The iconic contemporary gallery represents New Zealand and international artists including Ans Westra, Fiona Pardington, Wayne Youle, Roger Boyce, Neil Pardington, Rob Cherry, Anton Parsons, Arie Hellendoorn, Adrienne Millwood, Douglas Stichbury, Rob McLeod, Emily Hartley-Skudder and Grace Crothall. Emily Hartley-Skudder will represent the gallery at this year’s Fair.

Auckland Art Fair Co-Director Stephanie Post is thrilled to have these galleries on board, saying “Wellington is known as a center of creativity and artistic talent and the caliber of these galleries and their representing artists confirms this reputation.”

The Auckland Art Fair is a must-see for both seasoned art aficionados and budding first-time buyers, with the breadth of galleries exhibiting set to create a versatile experience for every palate.

Another exciting element in 2016 is the involvement of internationally acclaimed chef Peter Gordon, who is curating all culinary offerings at the Fair

including a signature fusion restaurant on the mezzanine level of The Cloud, overlooking the Waitemata Harbour.

Auckland Art Fair poses the perfect opportunity for a sophisticated urban getaway with the incredible array of art and gastronomy on offer at the Cloud, as well as additional shows popping up around the city in collaboration with the fair.

Tickets are available now from artfair.co.nz with an Early Bird rate of $25 (until April 30th), door sales at $30 and 4-day passes at $75. Tickets for the exclusive Opening Night on Wednesday 25th May are $95 and $45 for the Artists Party on Friday 27th May.

Notes to Editor:

Auckland Art Fair Co-directors Stephanie Post and Hayley White are available for further comment, as are individual gallery owners and exhibiting artists.

See http://www.artfair.co.nz for further details and media registrations.

Street view, Bartley + Company Art, Wellington.

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