West AKL Artist Talks

Enjoy a fantastic line-up of West Auckland artists discussing their work in a series of free talks.
Presented by ArtSpark
Friday 21 September, 7pm | Saturday 27 October, 2pm | Friday 30 November, 7pm
Green Bay Community House,
1 Barron Drive, Green Bay

West Auckland hums with creativity from the urban streets of Avondale to the bush clad slopes of Laingholm. ArtSpark is celebrating that creativity with a spring season of curated talks in Green Bay. Join us to discover our locally and internationally renowned painters, weavers, designers, film-makers and performance artists and gain a unique glimpse into the rich diversity of art-making in West Auckland.

“The arts has played a crucial role in West Auckland for many years, and we have a very successful artist community here.” – Dr. Mark Harvey

West AKL Artist’s Talks seeks to introduce our artists to our communities though accessible discussions about art and its place in West Auckland. All community members are welcome.

Session 1: Painting our Place, Friday 21 September 7pm
Painting our Place focuses on the art of painting bringing together three unique voices who paint – Allie Eagle, Zarahn Southon and Jean Stewart.
Allie Eagle is a long established painter with a studio at Te Henga (Bethells Beach). She uses watercolour, encaustic and oil techniques to create her distinctively expressive works. In 2004 she was the subject of the documentary film Allie and M, Zarahn Southon (Ngāti Tūwharetoa) studied old master painting techniques in Europe, which he uses to create contemporary scenes, and teaches classical life-drawing classes in Titirangi, Jean Stewart bases her practice in ‘plein air’ painting oils in situ whether in the Kings Arms Pub or community gardens.

Session 2: Making: Draw, Weave, Saturday 27 October 2pm
The second in the series Making: Draw, Weave, Print focuses on the intersection between mark making and weaving. All three artists work with texture, pattern using subtle and often labour intensive techniques.
Monique Jansen, whose practice explores elegant nuances between printing, drawing and mark-making and is currently Head of Visual Arts at AUT. Evelyn White (Ngatiwhatua/ Ngapuhi) is a weaver who trained with Dr. Pakiri Harrison on the Heretaunga Marae in Kennedy bay, Coromandel. A long term Avondale resident she teaches community Raranga workshops locally and is establishing a weaver’s network in the area. Katie Smith directs Smitten Design creating bespoke printed textiles and teaches print workshops.

Session 3: West to the World, Friday 30 November 7pm
The last of the series West to the World brings together three artists who all work locally and take their unique perspectives to an international context.
Gavin Hipkins, Associate Professor at Elam, Auckland University, has described himself as a “tourist of photography” and draws on travel to inform his photographic and film work. Janet Lilo has created several projects from moving image to photographic installations while overseas on residencies and had a major retrospective of her work at Te Uru gallery last year, and Mark Harvey is a performance artist who uses humour and the absurd to challenge convention. He regularly travels with his performance artworks and teaching workshops.

All three talks will be held at the Green Bay Community House and be followed by light refreshments.

West AKL Artist Talks is organised by ArtSpark, with the support of the Whau Local Board. Additional support has been given by Skar Image Lab, Harcourt’s Marcel Mauel and Miriama Toms Documentary.


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