February 3, 2015
Louise Purvis

Estuarine 2015
Launch rd, Hobsonville point. Auckland

Galvanised steel, scoria, 58 m x 6 m x 30 cm

Louise Purvis is installing a huge sculpture on a retaining wall on the new Hobsonville Point Road. This is a mammoth job and Louise has developed her cage works to crawl up and along the new main road wall.

In association with Hobsonville Land Company, Boffa Miskill.
With thanks to Naomi McCleary


November 13, 2014
Joanna Brathwaite in latest Mindfood Style

Acclaimed artist Joanna Braithwaite invites MiNDFOOD Style into her workroom to chat about everyday inspiration, the whimsy of art, style in the studio and why she’s drawn to the animal kingdom.

Joanna explains … “Animals often take the lead in my paintings and often they are performing in a human way or saying something about their relationship with humans,'’ … “I think peoples relationships with animals are very interesting … It’s bizarre the way we can compartmentalise things so that we can be extremely close with some animals and eat others. I’m also drawn to the animal world for its abundance of variety, texture and colour.”

Excerpt from MiNDFOOD Style. Spring/Summer 2015


Anya Sinclair at Tauranga Art Gallery

New works from Dunedin artist Anya Sinclair feature in The Garden of Forking Paths, which opens on 15 November, and runs through the summer months at the Gallery. The exhibition features 18 of the artist’s works.

The exhibition title is derived from a 1941 short story by Argentinian writer and poet Jorge Luis Borges. Anya Sinclair’s works evoke both her upbringing in the rambling bush of Auckland’s Waiktakere Ranges, but also bring in the sensory experiences of her travels to Brazil. In the work Sinclair’s favoured lush and deep greens shine, in particular where nature has been somewhat tamed by civilisation then has reclaimed its territory.

The Gallery is thrilled to be supporting the New Zealand Garden & Art Festival 2014.


Neil Frazer with Bank of America - The Art of Connecting

The Art of Connecting Rotating Art Program is initiative showcasing the works of leading contemporary artists
who are destined to shape the future of Australian art.

The large-scale majestic landscapes of Neil Frazer are proudly featured in The Art of Connecting latest rotation until February 2015.


October 30, 2014
Euan Macleod discusses Painter and the Painting on Radio NZ

Listen here



October 21, 2014
Euan Macleod, Greg O’Brien at Tauranga Art Gallery

Euan Macleod, Greg O’Brien, Penney Jackson, director Tauranga Art Gallery and Susan Jarvis at the opening of Euan Macleod, The Painter and the Painting curated by Gregory O’Brien for the Tauranga Art Gallery. On until 22 February 2015


July 11, 2014
Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2014

Joanna Braithwaite is a finalist in the Archibald Prize 2014

Noel Mckenna is a finalist in the Wynne Prize and Sir John Sulman Prize 2014

Joanna Braithwaite, Archibald Prize 2014
Joanna Braithwaite. Archibald Prize 2014

Noel McKenna. Sir John Sulman Prize 2014

Noel McKenna. Wynne Prize 2014


April 10, 2014
Gallery wins Best Exhibition at New Zealand Museum Awards

Tauranga Art Gallery has been judged Best Exhibition in its category at the prestigious New Zealand Museum Awards 2014.

The Gallery was presented with the award for Corrugations: the art of Jeff Thomson, an exhibition curated and created by Gallery Director Penelope Jackson in conjunction with the artist

he exhibition was judged Best Exhibition under $20,000 ahead of other shortlisted finalists Dunedin Public Art Gallery and Te Awamutu Museum.

Director Penelope Jackson said the award win was very exciting and welcome recognition for the exceptional exhibition.

“I am so grateful to Jeff Thomson for letting us loose with his work. He’s tremendously creative and his work so well-loved. This is a real credit to four decades of innovative sculpting with corrugated iron.”

Corrugations ran at the Gallery from June to October last year, and has since been touring to other New Zealand locations including Waikato Museum and Hastings Art Gallery. The Gallery recorded record visitor numbers during Corrugations, and the book of the same name, sold out.

Tauranga Art Gallery is on the corner of Wharf and Willow Streets and is open daily from 10am – 4.30pm. Admission is by donation. Visit the website www.artgallery.org.nz or phone 07 578 7933 for further information.


April 1, 2014
Alison Clouston

Alison Clouston’s Coalface responds to plans from Warratah Coal to create an open-cut mine in
Bimblebox Nature Refuge,Queensland. Its part of a project that will involve over 450 artists, musicians and writers. Open the link from the Sydney Morning Herald to read more:


November 12, 2013
Louise Purvis

Louise Purvis is the winner of the McConnell Family Supreme Award announced on Friday 8 November at Sculpture in the Gardens, Auckland Botanic Gardens on until 16 February 2014.
“In particular, Louise’s concern with our built and natural environments has produced a memorable and though-provoking work that will trigger many ‘alterations’ in our ways of seeing the world.” Alexa Johnston, selector
Jeff Thomson, a friend and colleague of Louise, described the colour in the structure as magical against the back drop of the trees and garden.


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