Kete Aronui is our new reading room space, designed for relaxation and learning.
Following the principles of manaakitanga, we’ve transformed our alcove into a warm, calm environment with soft orange armchairs and shelves of fiction and non-fiction books that respond to the themes of our current exhibition, with the generous support of Unity Books. Come in, sit down and help yourself to a steaming mug of free coffee courtesy of the great people at Kōkako.
We’ll be hosting Book Club events in Kete Aronui with the artists and thinkers involved in our shows. They’ll help us to activate the space as a basket of knowledge and a repository for discourse around the arts, and will enhance your experience of the exhibitions. Suggested reads by artists involved in our shows will also be available in the library to help our visitors understand the creative process behind each of their works.
Introducing the Kete Aronui Book Club!
We invite you to join the Gus Fisher Gallery’s new monthly public programme, the Kete Aronui Book Club. Kete Aronui is a new space in the Gus Fisher Gallery dedicated to respite, reflection, and research. Each artist involved in our exhibition programme has been asked to suggest one book that has influenced them and their practice in some way. Come and hear artists talk about their chosen book and engage in spirited discussion about the intersection of literature and art.
Kete aronui: the basket of knowledge of aroha, peace, and the arts and crafts which benefit the earth and all living things – one of the three baskets of knowledge obtained for humankind by the atua Tāne.
Thursday 8 August | 10.30am | FREE
Each artist in our exhibition programme has been asked to suggest one book that has inspired them and their art practice. Join artist Joyce Campbell as she discusses From the Observatory by Julio Cortazar (1972), Flugtraum by Mark von Schlegell (2016) and Chaos, Territory, Art by Elizabeth Grosz (2008).
Image: Joyce Campbell, Flightdream (2016). HD video with audio, duration 25 minutes looped.
Photograph by Sam Hartnett