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Solo 40

23 April - 29 May 2016

In 1993 on Friday 2nd April at 5 30pm “Going Solo 1  “was opened as an ‘experiment’  at the Academy of Fine Arts  located at that time in Buckle St Wellington. It involved 9 Wellington artists and 7 Dunedin artists.

The artists included Peter Coates, Mirek Smisek, Jeanne Macaskill, seven Dunedin artists : Patricia Tough, Els Noordhoff, Victoria Gray, Margaret Jackson, Zuna Wright, Rob Piggott, and Betty Fraser. The list also included Brian Carmody, Patti Meads, Vivian Manthel, Eric Collett, Judith Trevelyan and Shona Mc Farlane.

Some 23 years later its legacy is found in SOLO 40 featuring 10  artists from across New Zealand showing very diverse exciting work.

Ewan McDougall , Tania Dally, Graeme Hitchcock, James Harcourt, Alan Skates, Maria Bozina, Kirsty Black, Bee Doughty- Pratt, Pamella Annsouth and Greg Chaston.

All of these artists are aware of the tradition they need to keep alive and all of them have a passion to create which is evident in this powerful show.


White Cloud World - Comic Con 16

4 June - 12 June 2016

The ‘White Cloud Worlds’ Academy Exhibition is a brand new exhibition of stunning science fiction, fantasy and pop surreal art from New Zealand’s best genre artists.  

Featuring work by over 30 artists from the popular ‘White Cloud Worlds’ books, this new show will inspire and amaze with its selection of original and digital artworks and sculpture. The artists featured in this exhibition have worked on some of the most well known film, graphic novel and game titles including The Hobbit and LOTR trilogies, Avatar,  Mad Max: Fury Road, Wizards of the Coast, Blizzard Entertainment, Dark Horse Comics and Marvel.

So come and explore work from their own imaginary worlds and don’t miss this great show at the Academy Galleries in Wellington from June 3rd – June 12th, 2016.  

The ‘White Cloud Worlds’ team are excited to be a part of NZ Comic Con, 2016.


Parkin Drawing Prize 2016

2 - 28 August 2016

The Parkin Prize is valued at $20,000 and is Aotearoa New Zealand’s premier award for drawing.

The Parkin Prize promotes drawing in all its forms – as discovery, a testing of ideas, and decision making.

Drawing is a fundamental act – thinking and making, seeing and imagining. GREGORY O'BRIEN

The Parkin Prize is a national award and an annual exhibition held at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts. Each year the winning entry will be purchased and added to a unique collection of drawings by New Zealand artists.

The Parkin Prize has been established by Chris Parkin, an arts patron and former owner of New Zealand’s only boutique art hotel – Museum Art Hotel in Wellington.

The award is open to anyone who lives permanently in New Zealand or has New Zealand citizenship.

Drawing ‘lives through magic’ claimed New York artist Keith Haring, and The Parkin Prize will seek to capture the spirit of invention, risk and discovery that is fundamental to drawing and making art.  

The competition, in association with the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, aims to play an important role in fostering drawing practice. 

“As a dedicated supporter of the arts I believe it is essential to offer a national award of this significance and highlights the depth and skill of drawing practice in New Zealand.  Internationally we are seeing a resurgence of interest in drawing as the basis of all visual art forms. Not only will it empower talented artists with a sense of the importance of their practice, but it will also see the establishment of a unique collection of New Zealand art through the acquisition of the winning drawings,” said Parkin. 

To enter this prestigious competition, please complete the entry form located on the Parkin Drawing Prize website by clicking here.


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Current Events

Solo 40

23 April - 29 May 2016 

Upcoming Events

White Cloud Worlds - Comic Con 16

4 - 12 June 2016

Environment - Celebration and Conservation

18 June - 24 July 2016

Parkin Drawing Prize

2 - 28 August 2016




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