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Nine Auckland Art Institutions Collaborate to Present Ngatahi Editions at the Auckland Art Fair

Friday, May 20, 2016

For the first time in New Zealand, nine of Auckland’s leading non-profit art institutions will collaborate to present an editions stand at Auckland Art Fair, offering a diverse selection of affordable works created by some of New Zealand’s leading artists.

The Ngātahi Editions and Publications booth will feature limited edition works created by a group of New Zealand’s leading contemporary artists, all priced at an affordable entry point of $100 – $2000 for budding art collectors. The highly respected institutions participating in the stand include Te Tuhi, St Paul St Gallery, Te Uru, Objectspace, McCahon House, Malcolm Smith Gallery, Gus Fisher Gallery,Corban Estate Arts Centre and Artspace.

Ngātahi means together or union in Maori, summing up the collaborative nature of the project. Together these galleries will showcase a diverse range of works, from limited edition prints and photographs, silk scarves and bags to carefully crafted kitchen utensils and even some unique art works.

The works for sale at Auckland Art Fair have been created by top artists including Kim Pieters, Fiona Clark, Dane Mitchell, Imogen Taylor (Art Space); Nate Savill, Laura Marsh, Gabby O’Connor (Corban Estate Arts Centre Exhibition); Sam Hartnett (Gus Fisher Gallery), Philippa Emery, Samer Hatam, Julia Teale, Sam Thomas (Malcom Smith Gallery); MartinBasher, Lisa Reihana, Kathy Barry, Liyen Chong, Ruth Buchanan, Daniel Malone, Campbell Patterson, Andy Leleisi’uao (McMahon House); Zuzana Kristofova, Benjamin Farry (Object Space); Janet Lilo, Alex Monteith (Te Uru); Rangituhia Hollis (Te Tuhi).

Purchasing an editioned art work from not-for-profit galleries is beneficial for everyone involved. Limited edition pieces offer a unique opportunity for first time collectors or art enthusiasts to secure incredible pieces by leading artists at affordable prices. Experienced collectors are presented with an opportunity to buy a work commissioned especially in support of a non-profit gallery. These editions are limited in number – sometimes as low as 20 – and as they’re often created to mark a particular exhibition or residency by an artist – they become linked to that moment in an artist’s career and part of the artist’s and organisation’s history.

Galleries receive much needed fundraising through Editions sales, with proceeds of all sales being funneled straight back into the organisation’s exhibition programme, allowing the gallery to continue their vital role of exhibiting and commissioning new art.

Auckland Art Fair opens to the public with an Opening Night from 5pm- 8.30pm on Wednesday 25 May and will be open during the day from Thursday 26 – Sunday 29 May. On the evening of Friday 27 May, would-be and existing collectors are invited to mingle with artists and gallery owners in a friendly informal environment at the Artists’ Party at The Cloud, where Peter Gordon’s bars and eateries will be open for exceptional food and drinks. Tickets for the Opening Night, Artists Party and public days are available from www.artfair.co.nz

Martin Basher, A series of 2 images, limited 5 copies. Spraypaint, screen-print, gold leaf, 594mm x 420mm, paper: Canon Archival 220gsm, $750 (unframed), courtesy McCahon House.

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