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.


November 8, 2013
Laura Marsh

The Trusts 27th Art and Sculpture Awards, Waitakere

Abstract Merit, Laura Marsh,
Untitled,watercolour on paper

Showing full control of the difficult medium of watercolour in the overlay of colours this artist is able to create a delicate pattern purely in pastels.
Mathematically complex, yet simple and evocative of crystals, origami and organic structures abundant in nature.
Judge, Linda Tyler


September 21, 2013
Gregor Kregar

Congratulations to Gregor Kregar. He’s won the Southern Way McClelland Commission for 2015.


September 4, 2013
Gregory O’Brien

New Zealand Post Book Awards 2013 … And the winner of the Illustrated Nonfiction
category is Pat Hanly, by Gregory O’Brien with Gil Hanley, published by Ron Sang Publications.


Jeff Thomson

Jeff’s new work completed for the outside of the Whangaparaoa Library using corrugated steel mesh


June 19, 2013
Chris O’Doherty (aka Reg Mombassa)

Artist and musician Reg Mombassa is Creative Ambassador for 2013 Sydney New Year’s Eve.
Reg Mombassa’s illustrations for NYE13 will be on banners, buses and bus-stops across the city in the lead up to the event and will feature in the much-anticipated and top-secret Bridge Effect, revealed at midnight on 31 December. Lord Mayor Clover Moore said Mr Mombassa was admired for his work with Mambo clothing, pop-rock bands Mental as Anything and Dog Trumpet, as well as the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony.


June 11, 2013
Stephen Allwood’s show in Masterton

Sheep portraits and other works on at HedSpace Gallery, behind Lennox Desgin Store at 150 Queen St. Ph 06 370 1664


June 5, 2013
Launch of Greg O’Briens etching to raise funds for the National Whale Centre

National Whale Centre
from left: Nick Gerritson, Chairman NWC, Russel Norman, co-leader Green Party, Greg O’Brien, artist, Luit Bieringa, Project Manager NWC


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