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Current Exhibitions



14 April to 28 May 2017

Opening: Thursday 13 April, 6 - 8pm


Annie Mackenzie, 'walking forwards backwards' (2016). Image courtesy of Shaun Matthews.

Teu

Alma Proença



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Embedded

Annie Mackenzie, Audrey Boyle, Genevieve Packer, Gina Ferguson, Katie Smith, Nalani Gloor and Pip Steel

Curated by Maddie Gifford and Katie Smith


Corban Estate Arts Centre is excited to delve into the realm of ancestry and memory with two exhibitions on display from 14 April to 28 May 2017: Teu by Auckland-based artist Alma Proença and Embedded, a group show curated by Maddie Gifford and Katie Smith featuring Annie Mackenzie, Audrey Boyle, Genevieve Packer, Gina Ferguson, Katie Smith, Nalani Gloor and Pip Steel.

With a new body of work furthering explorations of her heritage, Alma Proença’s exhibition invites us to sit with playful and fanciful compositions of flora, fauna and modern imagery that are a visual feast of representation. Using 2D depictions of Portuguese flora, together with examples of actual New Zealand fauna we begin to see the physical associations of dual ancestry in an assembly of ceramic forms that allow us to encounter her investigations. The progression of discovering links and connection to our family lines is a personal journey which requires patience and time; these two elements allow for growth and can be seen in Proenças’ process, and also in the deeply embedded cloth works throughout Gallery Two and Three.

>From the time we are born, we are each embedded in cloth. So too are memories that we embed into the clothing and textiles we each interact with throughout our lives. Drawing from the often maligned artistic medium of fabric, Embedded honours this role of cloth as the very thing that both covers us up and presents us to the world. Seven talented textile artists push the boundaries of a typical understanding of textile art; to explore how fabric immerses us in memory, yet at the same time holds a sense of individual and collective nostalgia. Whatever happens to us happens to the fabric we surround ourselves with. But more importantly, the fabric itself has a story. Who wove it? Who sold it? How did it get here?

A combination of traditional methods and contemporary installation provides a unique platform for each exhibiting artist to explore the discussion around textile and memory. Boyle’s dynamic sculptural forms of wire and patterned cloth are juxtaposed with Packer’s site-specific, laser-cut blind which acknowledges the recent history of the Corban Homestead turned gallery space. Gloor and Mackenzie’s intricate weavings are a nod to the ‘making’ element so vital in the realm of textile art, and evoke the nostalgia we each associate with home and belonging. Steel’s practice in the art of the Japanese sashiko technique sits alongside Ferguson’s explorations into small and large scale knitting. Lastly, Smith’s installation calls upon members of the public to combine texts and textiles and discover the interaction between memory, experience and desire.


Alma Proenca, 'Peony pot & Fern' (2017), detail. Courtesy of the artist.

PUBLIC PROGRAMMES DURING THE EXHIBITION

Free. all welcome

Panel Discussion: Social Fabric, the New Patterns in Contemporary Textile Art


Saturday 29 April, 11am – 12pm

Panel discussion featuring prominent figures in the New Zealand textile community including Audrey Boyle, Gina Ferguson, Anna Hanson, Cait McLennan Whyte and Katie Smith

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Artist korero: Alma Proença


Saturday 6 May, 11am – 12pm

Join us as artist Alma Proença shares her art practice through stories of travel, culture and updates us on her current Artists Alliance residency at Studio One

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Saturday Gallery Club #26: Identity vessels


Saturday 13 May,between 10.30am and 12pm

Come and design vessels that tell a story about where you are from. This fun exercise is part of our larger Kids Arts Festival that will be taking over the Estate for the day.

Free, for kids and families, all art material provided.
This is a drop in art activity, no bookings needed.

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Kids Arts Festival: The Sky's the Limit in 2017


Saturday 13 May, 10am – 4pm

This is a fabulous, funky annual event, offering children and their families loads of creative stimulation and hands–on arts experiences, together with exhibitions and performances, and it’s all for FREE!

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Art Break


Wednesday 17 May, 2pm

Much like a coffee break, Art Break encourages members of our community to make some time in their day for art, and to visit the newest exhibition with a private tour by the curator.

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