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 Anton Parsons and his work 'Jamb' onsite at Corban Estate

Anton Parsons

Antons Parsons’ practice embraces a broad range of media encompassing industrial materials, readymade objects, photography and installation. Concepts are realised with seemingly insignificant ephemera that often accrue new meanings independent of the artist’s original vision when redefined, reconstructed and re-presented.  


Parsons graduated from University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts, Christchurch in 1990. His works are held in numerous public and private collections including, Chartwell Collection, Auckland, Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, Christchurch City Council Art Gallery, Christchurch. Anton Parsons established his shared studio at Corban Estate Arts Centre in 2015. 

 

 Atamira Dance Company

Atamira Dance Company

Atamira Dance Company is the leading creator and presenter of Māori contemporary dance theatre in Aotearoa, New Zealand. The work embodies a unique landscape shaped by the cultural identity of people and their stories. Atamira’s choreographers, dancers and designers are a reflection of the diverse cross-section of voices in Aotearoa today. The company creates compelling, high-quality Māori contemporary dance theatre that reaches out to audiences and reflects the many aspirations of Aotearoa’s Mana Whenua.

 
www.atamiradance.co.nz

 

 Charlotte Graham

Charlotte Graham

Ngaati Mahuta, Tamaoho and Ngaati Paoa

Charlotte Graham is a prolific Maaori artist who has drawn upon her tribal heritage to explore critical issues that affect indigenous New Zealand society. Through a consistent concern for the social and political, her work has become a part of a wider conversation about the impact that environmental issues have had on indigenous people.  

As well as being a staunch advocate for environmental issues, Graham is an ambassador for art collective Colours and Kauri Project. 

Graham recently undertool a month long residency at Bosque Peheun in Southern Chile, to further explore indigenous ecosystems working alongside the local community, artists, scientists, educators and curators. Thus, adding to a strong body of work that proves art's importantance to our society.

 

 David Atai in the CTOA studio

Crescendo Trust

The Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa provides a development programme for young New Zealanders that nurtures, empowers and gives lifelong skills through mentoring, personal development, and training in music, film/photography, media and communication. 

We use creative expression as a vehicle to connect and re-engage our young people into employment, education and further training.

The CTOA allows us to develop our young people from a heart space. We truly believe that if we ensure their happiness, safety, well-being and value sets are cared for; their pathways will be chosen with more clarity and thoughtfulness.

 David McCracken working in his studio. Photo Sam Hartnett

David McCracken

David McCraken’s sculptures elevate humble objects into memorable artefacts. He is interested in the role of performance in the production and reception of sculptured artworks. The completed sculpture is in itself a type of drama for McCracken in that it manifests various sensory inputs and personal responses. It is not merely an object, but is an artwork enriched with layers of interpretation acquired through the viewer’s gaze.

His sculptures have been included in outdoor exhibitions including Headland Sculpture on the Gulf, Shapeshifter and Sculpture in the Gardens. In 2013, he was recipient of the Parsons and Brinckerhoff Award for Excellence in Engineering at Headland Sculpture on the Gulf and winner of the Wallace Arts Trust NZ Sculpture Award. 

David McCracken is represented by Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland.

 Giles Smith

Giles Smith

Originally from London, Giles Smith studied Fine Art Painting at St Martins School of art and became involved in decorative arts, spending time working for a high end gilding and restoration company. After moving to New Zealand in 1994, he began working in the Film and Television industry, and over 20 years has built a set of unique production skills which has seen him work on films including Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2 (2014), Pete’s Dragon (2015), Yogi Bear (2009) and Narnia: Prince Caspian (2007). 

His ability to work at a large and small scale allows his art practice to remain flexible, where he can employ the skills he has gathered over the years to explore new forms and subject matter of interest. 

 Helen Feu'u

Helen Feu'u

Since graduating from Unitec in 2015 with a Bachelor in Art and Design, Helen has set up studio at the Corban Estate Arts Centre and continues to develop her interest in the surrealistic realms and human forms.

She is interested in indigenous and scientific perspectives, her process when making work takes an interest in the natural world, our relationship with our environment, the land, and animal life. Her bodies of works look at the internal and external world shifts, and focuses on the transformation between these realms through large to intimate illustrations that feature partial detailed observations of animal and human forms. Helens use of media is loose and unrestricting as the face of the canvas sits with a floating like manner creating that effective and thoughts of world shifts and transformation.

 Jermaine Reihana

Jermaine Reihana

Ngati Hine, Hokianga

Auckland-born emerging artist Jermaine Reihana studied Maori Visual Arts in Palmerston North, graduating with honours in 2012. In 2013 he was part of the “Te Atinga” 25 years of Contemporary Maori Art exhibition which has been noted as one of the most comprehensive surveys of Maori Contemporary art, leading to a publication that was released in 2014. 


Jermaine’s work hinges on customary Māori narrative and art conventions to relate with and navigate through the complexities of contemporary society. Jermaine paints native flora and fauna, rendered in a fine illustrative style while re-working traditional Maori narratives with a stylistic re-interpretation of kōwhaiwhai (painted scroll pattern), tukutuku (woven lattice panels), and whakairo (carving) design conventions.  With such adaptations he produces a personalised response to cultural practices, suggesting and interrogating issues relating the current social, political and environmental climate from a Māori perspective. 


In 2015 he held his first solo exhibition Te Matahi at Depot Artspace in Auckland and continues to exhibit nationally.

 

 Kākano Youth Arts Collective

Kākano Youth Arts Collective

Kākano Youth Arts Collective developed from a pilot programme in 2013 as a response to recognising the needs of some of the most vulnerable young people in West Auckland.  Since then it has grown into a hugely successful initiative, working with young people who have struggled in mainstream education and are trying to move their lives in a positive direction. Kākano supports young people to develop their studio practice, their confidence and their self-worth.  


Each is given the freedom to work through different mediums in order to discover what works best for them. Kākano tutors work with young people to develop their skills and ignite a passion in them, developing a language with which to express themselves.


As well as studio sessions, members of Kākano are also involved in arts opportunities in the wider community and are responsible for numerous murals that are popping up in Henderson.  Thanks to an exciting new partnership with Unitec and Auckland Council, young people are giving back to their communities, beautifying and creating a sense of pride in the Henderson Town Centre through the Henderson Youth Project.


One of the project goals is to transition these young people into the Art and Design Pathway at Unitec and so far two students have been accepted with more to follow in their footsteps.

  

www.facebook.com/KakanoYouth

 

 Katie Smith

Katie Smith

Textile artist Katie Smith takes inspiration from both the natural environment and their status as patterned, textured fabric. The various colours and patterns of textiles she uses are not simply aesthetically pleasing; they also serve a fundamental narrative component.  The interwoven threads in textiles create a rich visual text layered with personal experiences, memories, emotive associations, and the living environment.

Katie studied at Goldsmiths College at the University of London, runs children’s workshops, produces commissions, commercial productions and conceptual installations.

 

 Kenneth Merrick in the studio

Kenneth Merrick

Kenneth Merrick’s studio practice moves between drawing, painting, and analogue/digital media. Through image making, he seeks to convey perspectives that form a basis for a type of visual thinking, underpinned by explorations into patterns, speculative spaces, narrative and myth. His work references an eclectic mix of ideas, calling upon the various aspects of sub/pop cultural platforms, as well as his own multicultural heritage and experience.

Kenneth graduated with a Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts (Painting), at Unitec in 2012, and in 2004 completed a Bachelor of Music (Composition/Electronic Music) at the University of Auckland. Since then he has established a studio practice at Corban Estate Arts Centre, and exhibits regularly. In 2015 he was a highly commended finalist in the Trans-Tasman John Fries emerging artist award. Kenneth is represented by Whitespace Contemporary Art, Auckland.

 

 Kevin Osmond

Kevin Osmond

Born in the UK in 1968, Osmond studied and worked in London for over twenty years. He currently lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand. He is the recipient of a number of high profile awards, among them the second largest sculpture prize in the UK, the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award; the Credit Suisse First Boston Sculpture Prize; and the Penguin Books Sculpture Prize. He has created artworks for a variety of clients including The Royal London Hospital, The Economist and most recently for Massey University’s Auckland campus.

Osmond is represented by Davidson Contemporary based in New York. 

 

 

 Kyle Grenfell

Kyle Grenfell

Attempting to potentiate the reality of life and transcend the dimensions of space and time, Kyle Grenfell explores the relationship between the universality of myth and the immutable laws of nature. With influences as diverse as Munch and John Lennon, new variations are created from both constructed and discovered dialogue. 

Kyle Grenfell graduated with a Bachelor of Design and Visual Art from Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland in 2013.

Margaret Benn

Abstract painter Margaret Benn draws upon her formative years growing up in London in a post-war climate.   The daughter of immigrant parents from Jamaica, Margaret draws upon the feelings of fear and isolation that afflicted her parents and also haunted her throughout her years and adolescence, hindering her ability to feel included and immersed within her environment.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Design and Visual Art from Unitec Institute of Technology in 2012, Margaret moved into the Corban Estate Arts Centre cluster studios shortly after graduating. She has continued to explore her practice here and is a proud West Auckland resident.

 Martin Selman

Martin Selman

Martin Selman’s works are an exploration of the potent visual and inherent qualities of marble.  Aligned with antiquity, artistic genius, and tradition, marble is, exploited by Martin for its symbolic value and transported into the current age by focusing on the banality of everyday consumption. Mass-produced items like bottles and cans are, canonised for posterity and contemplation.  Carved out of a medium steeped in tradition and history, they are transformed into sublime objects that are simultaneously historic and a-historic; rendered seemingly timeless by virtue of their medium, they are immediately reflective of the nature of our society. In a recent and major shift in subject matter Martin has become focussed on the figurative sculpture tradition, representing the human form with realism. 

 Michael Prosee

Michael Prosee

Stressing the multiplicity and ambiguity of perception, reception, and production Michael views his artworks as enigmas that elude concrete interpretation and pinpoint definability. His paintings speak of the never-ending transient nature of human experience: emotions and actions are constantly in flux, rendering personal satisfaction and a sense of ‘completeness’ a fleeting sensation that is palpable, but not obtainable.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Design and Visual Art from Unitec Institute of Technology, Michaels other accolades include being selected as a finalist for several awards including; Peter and Sylvia Siddell Memorial Award 2014, National Contemporary Art Award 2014, Parkin Drawing Prize 2013 and the Eden Art Awards 2012. His work can be found in the James Wallace Arts Trust Collection.

 Mixit

Mixit

Mixit is a multi-cultural platform for young people – from refugee, migrant and local backgrounds. Using dance, drama, music and performance - Mixit is an environment that encourages creativity to cross barriers of difference, build friendships, promote networking and empower life skills. We also have a youth leadership programme that encourages the model of youth leading youth.

 

 Monica Paterson

Monica Paterson

After spending years raising her two daughters, Monica has thrown herself back into the role of artist as one of our new Corban Estate studio artists. With a strong interest in figure and portraiture painting / drawing, her bodies of work are an exploration of her desire for and connection to her Samoan genealogy.  She is inspired by Rita Angus, Robyn Kahukiwa and Friday Kahlo, Monica’s paintings draw upon the spirit and energy of the human female form as she centralizes figures in an almost adornment like perspective and uses a vibrant and rich palette of colours. 

 Nate Savill

Nate Savill

Drawing upon traditional blacksmithing techniques Nate Savill creates objects that are both functional and sculptural.  Using coal and gas forges, he transports the centuries-old art of blacksmithing into the present, creating structures that seem to acknowledge a previous time whilst simultaneously pointing to a radically different conceptual and stylistic direction. For Nate, “blacksmithing is a mental, physical and emotional challenge, a holistic experience requiring the union of mind and body”.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Design and Visual Art from Unitec in 2013, Nate has spent the last four summers running a coal forge at Barry Brickell’s Driving Creek Railway and Pottery in Coromandel, and has recently completed a large chandelier commission for Barry, also working for sculptors Andrew Drummond and Lou Purvis. 

 

 

 Numa Mackenzie in front of his mural at the Pacifica Arts Centre

Numa Mackenzie

Interdisciplinary artist Numangatini Mackenzie works in graf, tatau and mixed media installation. His practice centres on the exploration of urban space and the processes of building connections to his Pacific heritage and people. His research engages with literature on Oceanic art, museum collections as well as collaborations with living practitioners of art forms ranging from tatau, painting and spoken word to voyaging/navigation and street art. Numa often responds to these experiences and sites of investigation through large public graf installations, performance and printmaking. He is actively involved in cultural heritage projects, performative acti.VA.tions, research and community development in New Zealand, where he is now based,  and the Cook Islands.

Numa was born in Canada where his hunger to understand his culture grew, which prompted him to move the Cook Islands in 2009. His move gave Numa the opportunity to grow family ties and his understanding of cultural arts like tapa, tatau and voyaging.

 

 Pacifica Arts Centre

Pacifica Arts Centre

The Pacifica Arts Centre is a home base for Pacific art, culture and community in West Auckland. Established in the late 1980’s the centre’s vision is to develop and support Pacific arts and cultural projects, with a focus on Pacific heritage art practices.  

The Pacifica Mamas and Papas are the centre’s founders and backbone, providing guidance and support to the Pacific collectives and individual artists that call the centre home.

The centre offers regular workshops and events year round.  This includes workshops for the Arts Education for Schools Programme, in partnership with the Corban Estate Arts Centre team.

 

 Red Leap Theatre

Red Leap Theatre

Red Leap Theatre focus on original devised work and is passionate about innovative and unforgettable theatre. Under the Artistic Direction of Julie Nolan, Red Leap is based in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand and tour nationally and internationally. We are currently a resident of Corban Estate Arts Centre where our offices, rehearsal space and props workshop are located.

Red Leap enjoys crossing the forms of physical theatre, imagery and storytelling. We actively celebrate women’s stories and talents. As devisors we strongly believe in playful discovery, the power of the imagination, and building a strong ensemble of performers.

 

 Reece James King

Reece James King

Silence (on painting)

 When the Painter sits, peacefully, they look, calm.
On the surface, naught revolution, naught suffice!
Frantic, the peaceful Painter looks.
Calm the peaceful Painter looks.

 Rosanna Raymond, photograph by Keri-Mei.

Rosanna Raymond

Sistar S’pacific, aka Rosanna Raymond, is an innovator of the contemporary Pasifika art scene as a long-standing member of the art collective the Pacific Sisters, and founding member of the SaVAge K’lub. Over the past twenty years, Raymond's activities have made her a notable producer of — and commentator on — contemporary Pacific Island culture, in Aotearoa New Zealand, the UK, and the USA.

She specialises in working within museums and higher education institutions as an artist, performer, curator, guest speaker, poet and workshop leader. Raymond is an Honorary Research Associate at the Department of Anthropology and Institute of Archaeology at University College London and has been awarded a Chester Dale Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC this year.

 Ruth Woodbury, photograph by sunamake

Ruth Woodbury

"Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua toku waka, Ko Hokianga Whakapou karakia te wahapu, ko Whiria te pa o Rahiri, ko Te Ramaroa te maunga e tu ana, toku wa kainga ki Motutoa, ki te putake o tena. Ko Te Hikutu, Ngati Wharara me Ngati Korokoro oku whanaunga. Ko Ruth Woodbury ahau.” Translation: My bloodlines came upon the first canoes (waka) which landed in our sacred harbour Hokianga. The fortified village home of my ancestor nestled closeby, dwarfed by the mountain Te Ramaroa that stands behind it, at the base of which my direct line was raised. My family has roots to the east, west, south and north of this original landing place. Born in 1982 in Takapuna, Auckland, NZ, with Maori, Chinese and NZ European heritage lines. Ruth's interest and passion carries across a wide range of artistic expression in educating, curating and practice of visual arts with foundations in maori traditional weaving. 

 Siobhan Crowley

Siobhan Crowley

Siobhan Crowley’s art practice examines both the gendering of painterliness and the art contexts within which contemporary painting is positioned. Siobhan employs the visual language of feminist Central Core Imagery to engage with critical theory debating the gendering of spatial concerns and painterly language. 

Her works provoke and expose the subtleties of misogyny and gender inequality and how feminist artists are impeded in their right to occupy terrestrial and conceptual territory.  

Siobhan graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Design and Visual Arts from Unitec in 2013 and since then has exhibited throughout the wider Auckland area including her first solo show at Studio One in 2014.

 Stephen Woodward

Stephen Woodward

Sculptor Stephen Woodwards practice is primarily interested in the political. “I present landscape and landforms as images to critique human nature; our need to overlay everything with notions of identity, or productivity or settlement. The consequences are environmental and these consequences issue from nationalism, greed, ignorance and also sometimes from culture or love.” explains the artist.  Working with an eclectic range of media ranging from ceramics, bronze, stone and volcanic basalt, Woodward’s sculptures are subtly integrated into, rather than being starkly imposed onto, the landscape.

Born in Quebec, Canada. He began marble carving in Italy by working alongside artisans tasked to scale up sculptures for artists including César Baldaccini, Barry Flanagan, Helaine Blumenfeld and Michelangelo Pistoletto. He moved to New Zealand in 1984 and since then has produced numerous public stone sculpture commissions in China and New Zealand.

 Tony Brown

Tony Brown

Throughout Tony Brown’s practice, the artist has used his Māori heritage alongside a keen interest in photography, particularly of Māori people at work and leisure in our society. Tony currently combines photo-realism with references to traditional Māori art forms including, whakairo (carving) and tā moko (traditional Maori tattoo) in his practice, which typically culminate as highly rendered drawings or paintings. 

Tony Brown (Te Aupouri) gained a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the University of Auckland, Manukau School of Visual Arts in 2005. Recent shows include: Swims On (2016), Upstairs Art Gallery, Auckland; Huahua Manu (2015), Corban Estate Arts Centre; Shadows of Legends (2014), Upstairs Art Gallery, Auckland; Mo Tenei Wa (2011) Upstairs Art Gallery, Auckland; and In Ya Face (2009) Bruce Mason Centre, Auckland. 

 WCCAC

WCCAC

Waitakere Central Community Arts Council is a not-for-profit organisation supporting arts participation in the community, and promoting arts practice from grassroots to professional level artists. We are based in The Studio, a building to the left of the entrance to the Gallery, at Corban Estate Arts Centre in Henderson.

To our membership we offer subsidised art classes, workshops and demonstrations, film screenings and gallery trips as well as a variety of social events over the year.