exhibitions past

Past Exhibitions 2018

Exhibition Dates

SAM HAMILTON

Every day for 30 years, Nancy would sit on the street corner and watch the sunset

A REAR WINDOW PROJECT Sam Hamilton’s 16mm film clocks in at just under eleven and a half minutes. For its entire duration, four teenagers sit silently in a row on deckchairs. This might sound l... Read More
29 oct 2018 -
6 dec 2018

DOUGLAS GORDON & PHILIPPE PARRENO

Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait

Celebrated as the breakthrough film of their careers, Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait (2006) is a collaboration between Douglas Gordon (b.1966, Scotland) and Philippe Parreno (b.1964, Algeria). This... Read More
8 sep 2018 -
25 nov 2018

FOUR

Kim Pieters. Charlotte Parallel. Megan Brady. Aroha Novak

Since 2014, Dunedin Public Art Gallery has been running a biennial exhibition programme exploring aspects of contemporary art practice in Ōtepoti Dunedin.  Four: New Art from Dunedin takes... Read More
25 aug 2018 -
18 nov 2018

HEAD SPACE

Portraits from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Collection

Historically, portraiture has often been positioned within Western art history as a means of recording or memorialising the wealthy or powerful. As time has passed, the portrait genre has come to re... Read More
1 sep 2018 -
18 nov 2018

SUFFRAGE 125

A Dunedin Public Art Gallery Guide

On the 19th of September New Zealand celebrates 125 years since women were granted the right to vote in general elections. The Dunedin Public Art Gallery marks this anniversary of women’s suff... Read More
1 sep 2018 -
18 nov 2018

SPACE SUIT

Textiles, sculpture and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery collection

Textiles, sculpture and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery collection   Dunedin Public Art Gallery’s sculpture collection contains a 19th century marble sculpture of David; a copy after a w... Read More
11 aug 2018 -
11 nov 2018

CORA-ALLAN WICKLIFFE

Everything is Ka Pai

A REAR WINDOW PROJECT A Pōwhiri is a Māori welcoming ceremony which involves different processes depending on the type of visitors. The colourful and distinctive manner in which Māor... Read More
18 sep 2018 -
28 oct 2018

JOHN VEA

Two recent works

John Vea (b. 1985, Aotearoa/Tonga) is a Tämaki Makaurau-based contemporary artist whose work explores narratives surrounding Moana Nui a Kiwa (Pacific) migration, labour and employment. He draw... Read More
14 jul 2018 -
22 oct 2018

ROBERT GEORGE

The Embrace of Night (Go to Sleep)

A REAR WINDOW PROJECT. In the opening sequences of The Embrace of Night (Go to Sleep), the first image we see is the languid undulating of a length of fabric (a pāreu) suspended in the dimnes... Read More
30 jul 2018 -
16 sep 2018

KAWITA VATANAJYANKUR

Performing Textiles

In her video-based performances Kawita Vatanajyankur (b.1987, Thailand) uses her own body as a tool, exploring and exploiting her physical and psychological limits through repetitive actions and end... Read More
5 may 2018 -
26 aug 2018

STRANGERS

Curated by James Hope

There is a vein of ‘New Zealand Gothic’ running through New Zealand art–works that revel in the darker aspects of life where an imposition or absence of a certain element renders t... Read More
11 may 2018 -
19 aug 2018

MATTHEW GALLOWAY

The Freedom of the Migrant

The Freedom of the Migrant takes its starting point from a column published in the New Zealand Herald on 26 March 2016, written by NZME Head of Business Fran O’Sullivan. In this, O’Sull... Read More
21 apr 2018 -
12 aug 2018

NOT NEUTRAL

Selected Works from the Wellington Media Collective Archive

Wellington Media Collective (WMC), operating from 1978 – 1998, was a collective (including graphic designers, activists, writers and photographers) that produced graphic material as a means of... Read More
21 apr 2018 -
12 aug 2018

FREEDOM & STRUCTURE

Cubism and NZ Art 1930-60

Cubism introduced a radical new approach to painting. It combined different views of the subject in one image often through the fragmenting and geometricising of form, and disrupted traditional dis... Read More
28 apr 2018 -
29 jul 2018

KAWITA VATANAJYANKUR

The Robes

A REAR WINDOW PROJECT In her video-based performances Kawita Vatanajyankur (b.1987, Thailand) uses her own body as a tool, exploring and exploiting her physical and psychological limits through rep... Read More
11 jun 2018 -
29 jul 2018

MARILYNN WEBB

Works from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Collection

A nationally and internationally renowned printmaker, Marilynn Webb ONZM (b.1937) occupies an important position in Dunedin's artistic community. Widely known for her environmental advocacy, Webb has ... Read More
2 mar 2018 -
8 jul 2018

KATE WOODS

Water Feature

A REAR WINDOW PROJECT In her photographs and video works Kate Woods creates imaginary landscapes – inaccessible but with an air of familiarity. These images are pieced together from found mater... Read More
23 apr 2018 -
10 jun 2018

SOUTHERN SELECTIONS

Collecting Frances Hodgkins in Otago

Southern Selections: Collecting Frances Hodgkins in Otago reveals the enduring legacy of Frances Hodgkins in Otago art collections. It offers a view back to some of Hodgkins’s earliest patrons... Read More
16 dec 2017 -
29 apr 2018

PATI SOLOMONA TYRELL

Fagogo

Fāgogo in Sāmoan refers to fables that are told to people in a shared context. The receiver of a fāgogo is vested with an expectation to pass on the story, making it their own and then ... Read More
3 mar 2018 -
22 apr 2018

GORDON WALTERS

New Vision

Gordon Walters (1919–1995) is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most significant modernist artists. For more than five decades, he explored the abstract potential of a limited range of forms... Read More
11 nov 2017 -
8 apr 2018

PHILIP JARVIS

Toothpaste Tubes doing Parkour

Philip Jarvis, a Dunedin-based artist renowned for his off-beat ceramics, has turned the Rear Window Gallery into a bathroom filled with parkour-practicing toothpaste tubes. Balancing on furniture a... Read More
2 dec 2017 -
25 feb 2018

GLEN HAYWARD

dendrochronology

You’ve probably owned a Toyota Corolla. Or you’ve dated someone who did, or your dad drove one. Glen Hayward’s most vivid Corolla memory is of the wrecked one he used to play in as... Read More
14 oct 2017 -
18 feb 2018

GRAHAME SYDNEY: ETCHED IN TIME

Early works from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Collection

Grahame Sydney is one of New Zealand’s pre-eminent artists. Born in Dunedin in 1948 and having lived most of his life in Otago, Sydney’s distinctive style and subject matter have become sy... Read More
14 oct 2017 -
18 feb 2018