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Local Dunedin Gallery Confirmed to Show at Auckland Art Fair

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 the renowned Milford Galleries Dunedin.

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 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.

artists at this year’s Fair, including Te Rongo Kirkwood, Neil Dawson, Yuki Kihara, Israel Birch, Paul Dibble, Michael Hight, Mike Crawford, Lisa Reihana, Reueben Paterson and Ann Robinson.

A supporter of the Auckland Art Fair since its inauguration, Milford Galleries Dunedin presents a selection of carefully curated artworks including contemporary photography, painting, and sculpture. The gallery showcases emerging and well- established artist of national and international significance. Milford Galleries Dunedin

is featuring ten

Te Rongo Kirkwood is an accomplished artist with numerous solo and group exhibitions, as well as awards and commissions to her name. She is a three-time

finalist in the Ranamok Glass Awards and is currently exhibiting cloaks in San Francisco and Auckland museums.

Neil Dawson is considered one of New Zealand’s premier sculptors and is represented in all major public gallery and university collections nationwide. In the past ten years he has created numerous installations and public commissions, as well as five solo exhibitions.

Yuki Kihara is an esteemed artist who has received numerous awards, grants and international residencies. Her work is represented in galleries worldwide, including Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Auckland Art Gallery, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Queensland Art Gallery|Gallery of Modern Art and The Gene and Brian Sherman Collection.

Israel Birch adapts traditional Maori methods and ideas into his art, and exhibits his work across New Zealand and Australia. He is currently a lecturer Massey University, Palmerston North.

Paul Dibble is an accomplished bronze sculptor whose work is represented in collections throughout New Zealand, including Te Papa Museum in Wellington. A highlight of his career is the commission of The New Zealand Hyde Park Corner Memorial in London.

Michael Hight has an extensive exhibiting history for which he has received critical acclaim. His work is showcased in numerous art collections, including Te Papa Museum.

Mike Crawford has established himself as a leading figure in New Zealand glass, following solo exhibitions for the past six years. He participated in the prestigious ‘Talente’ exhibition in Germany in 2010.

Lisa Reihana is a graduate of Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland and has a Masters Degree from Unitec Institute of Technology Department of Design and Contemporary Arts. Reihana has recently been selected to represent New Zealand at the prestigious Venice Biennale in 2017 and is also currently undertaking a public art commission for Freyberg Square in the heart of Auckland. At Auckland Art Fair, Melbourne-based gallery Fehily Contemporary will present a solo exhibition of Reihana’s work, and she will also feature in the Dunedin-based Milford Galleries booth.

Reuben Paterson has received a number of awards and residencies, and his work is held in public gallery collections in New Zealand and in private collections overseas. He has curated solo exhibitions for the past six years.

Ann Robinson’s glass creations have gained her national and international praise, including the American Glass Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. Her work is inspired by New Zealand nature and weather and is currently held in public and private collections throughout the country.

Auckland Art Fair Co-Director Stephanie Post is thrilled to have the gallery on board, saying “It is fantastic to see Milford Galleries Dunedin continue its longstanding affiliation with the Auckland Art Fair. The versatility of the gallery is unparalleled and the ten artists they are featuring in 2016 are sure to impress.”

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.

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