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 ground-breaking Gisborne gallery PAULNACHE.
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.
PAULNACHE was established in 2009 and has disrupted the New Zealand art scene by creating and playing by their own rules. The gallery works collaboratively with artists to help them develop their own work and to strengthen the collective art community. Artists Evan Woodruffe, Scott Gardiner and Glen Hayward will be featured at the Fair.
Evan Woodruffe’s career has a significant exhibition and award history and his works are held in reputable collections such as the Wallace Art Trust.
Scott Gardiner’s paintings explore the topics of change, environmental consciousness and mortality and have been exhibited and held in New Zealand, Australia and the United States. He has been a finalist in the Wallace Art Awards multiple times, as well as the New Zealand Painting and Printmaking and Molley Morpeth Canaday Art Awards.
Glen Hayward is a sculptor known for his use of wood and paint to recreate everyday objects and scenes. He completed numerous solo shows between 2005 and 2011 and has since secured awards and residencies in New Zealand.
Auckland Art Fair Co-Director Stephanie Post is thrilled to have the gallery on board, saying “PAULNACHE are a ground breaking force on the New Zealand art scene and we are eager to see what they and their featured artists will surprise us with.”
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.
Evan Woodruffe, 'Untitled', 2015, acrylic, pumice, glass, metal, bone, string, gold and palladium leaf on vintage armoire, 195 x 105 x 50cm