From our Beautiful Square


26 June – 4 September 2021


Jeremy Leatinu’u

Ngāti Maniapoto/Samoa

Salome Tanuvasa

Aotearoa New Zealand/Sāmoa/Tonga

Amy Jean Barnett

Aotearoa New Zealand

Józef Robakowski


Hiraki Sawa


Lucy Gunning

United Kingdom

From our Beautiful Square considers dualities of time and interiority. The exhibition reflects on a period of global lockdown with artworks that consider the nuances of time, change and movement. Featuring new site-responsive artworks by Aotearoa New Zealand based artists and works by international artists, this exhibition foregrounds the importance of contemplative moments and responses through paint, sculpture, sound and moving image.

In different ways, the artworks address the collective experience of restricted movement, both physically and psychologically, offering an opportunity to rethink ideas of locality. It is by looking to their immediate surroundings, and choosing the quiet, slow and meditative, that these artists grapple with a sense of space as one that is both individual, shared and part of a wider global context.

With artworks that evolve throughout the exhibition’s duration, From our Beautiful Square explores the ability, or lack thereof, to move, shift and reconfigure the structures around us. As much of the world watches from within their own squares, the exhibition and its contents embrace a shifting visual territory where nodes of transition become routine.

This exhibition includes new site-responsive commissions by Jeremy Leatinu’u, Salome Tanuvasa and Amy Jean Barnett.



List of works



Gini Fisher, Making Marks: Multidisciplinary artist Salome Tanuvasa’s new work bursts with colour and joyful post-pandemic energy. Viva, June 2021.

Robbie Handcock, Jeremy Leatinu’u’s monumental materiality. The Art Paper, August 2021.


From our Beautiful Square


Huni Mancini



From our Beautiful Square


Artist talk: Jeremy Leatinu’u & Salome Tanuvasa
26 June 2021 

Artist activation: An evolving sculpture by Jeremy Leatinu’u
10 & 24 July, 7 & 21 August 2021

Publication launch: COOKED
4 August 2021

Painting & mark-making with Salome Tanuvasa
7 August 2021

Online screening: Józef Robakowski, From My Window
15 – 31 November 2021

Online screening: Hiraki Sawa, Dwelling (2002) & Absent (2018)
19 November – 3 December 2021


Gus Fisher Gallery
74 Shortland Street
Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland Central 1010

Tuesday – Friday:
10am – 5pm
10am – 4pm