NZ International Film Festival: Koyaanisqatsi by Godfrey Reggio (1983) Screening in association with Gus Fisher Gallery
Civic Theatre | Sunday 28 July, 12.15pm & Friday 2 August, 1.45pm | Bookings required
Don’t miss the chance to see this special screening of legendary cult film Koyaanisqatsi (1982). Programmed to coincide with The Slipping Away, Koyaanisqatsi comprises beautiful time-lapsed footage with a mesmerising soundtrack by Philip Glass. Koyaanisqatsi (a Hopi word roughly translated as ‘life in turmoil’) has fresh potency today in an era of post-internet dominance and climate change emergency.
“Don’t miss the biggest big-screen experience of the festival” – Doug Dillaman, NZ on Screen
Trash Talk: An Intro to Zero Waste
Saturday 27 July | 10.30am – 12.00pm | Bookings required
Kristy Lorson is the founder of Auckland-based zero waste enterprise EarthSavvy. Join Kirsty as she shares her tips on what simple changes can be made to reduce household waste. Learn how to make your own zero waste toothpaste and deodorant, and take your samples home to use. Be prepared to say bye bye to your bin!
Please bring two small jars for the toothpaste and deodorant. Bookings required, $2 koha.
Please purchase tickets here
Call ME Fashion: Nope Sisters upcycled jackets Launch and Panel Discussion
Thursday 18 July, 6.30pm – 8.00pm | FREE
Nope, it’s not trash – it’s fashion! Join us for a special launch of the Nope Sisters Mother Earth circular fashion range, consisting of rescued and renewed upcycled jackets. 50% of their profits will go to their charity partner Sustainable Coastlines. The launch will be accompanied by a panel discussion on sustainable fashion practices.
Gus Fisher Gallery Off-site: Negative Mass by Jonathan Kay
Takutai Square, Britomart | 10 – 13 July, daily | FREE
Artist Talk: Friday 12 July, 12.30pm, Takutai Square
Witness the creation of new site-specific artworks at Takutai Square. Using a 19th century technique of cyanotype printing, Kay will capture the melting process of ice to make his work and raise awareness of the rapid decline of glaciers due to climate change. The resulting artworks will be displayed in the nearby atrium following the event.
Lumley Centre Tours
Available on request / Self-guided
To the right of the Gus Fisher Gallery stands the towering Lumley Centre, and on its twentieth floor Billy Apple’s $100,000 Credit Held is displayed in his lawyer’s offices. Take a tour up to view the work and discover how it connects to the exhibition We’re Not Too Big to Care.
The Kete Aronui Book Club (Pipiri): The Picture of Dorian Gray
Thu 13 June, 10.30AM – 11.30AM
Refreshments provided | Bookings required | FREE
The Pipiri (June) edition of the Book Club looks at The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, chosen by Aroha Novak, whose work ‘The right to be unequal’ features in our current exhibition We’re Not Too Big to Care. Discussion will be lead by Curator of Contemporary Art, Lisa Beauchamp.
Prior reading is encouraged but not necessary – feel free to participate in discussion or relax with a cuppa and listen to the conversation that unfolds. Free tea and coffee provided.
Special Anniversary Heritage Tour of the former 1YA Building
Sat 1 June, 2.00PM – 3.00PM
The Gus Fisher Gallery was originally the premises of New Zealand’s first ever television broadcast in 1960. Join us on the anniversary of this broadcast for a special tour of the building’s heritage.
The Feminised Labour of Care: A consciousness-raising session with Cait Johnson & Ruby Alexander
Wed 29 May, 6.00PM – 8.00PM | Materials and refreshments provided
Why do we expect women to do certain kinds of work and not men? Join Cait and Ruby for a stimulating discussion on the relations between capitalism, women and wage labour.
The Watercooler Issue #56: The Burnout Generation
Thu 16 May, 8.30PM – 10.00PM
Refreshments provided | Bookings required | FREE
For one night only, The Watercooler comes to the Gus Fisher Gallery for a story-telling event like no other. Inspired by the themes in the exhibition, expect captivating stories and brilliant commentary for a fun evening. Please RSVP here to attend.
Exhibition Opening: Please, Sir… by Rachel Maclean
Thu 2 May, 5.00PM – 8.00PM
Pop-Up at St Kevin’s Arcade, Karangahape Road | Free entry
Internationally renowned Scottish artist Rachel Maclean will be showing in Aotearoa New Zealand for the first time with her ground-breaking and iconic film Please, Sir... as a Gus Fisher Gallery off-site exhibition at St Kevin’s Arcade on Karangahape Road. Come join us for celebratory drinks and food in the space!
Haratau (May) Book Club: Deborah Rundle on The Problem of Work by Kathi Weeks
Thursday 9 May, 10.30AM – 11.30AM | RSVP required
Deborah Rundle on The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics, and Postwork Imaginaries by Kathi Weeks. Read an excerpt here. Prior reading is encouraged but not necessary – feel free to participate in discussion or relax with a cuppa and listen to the conversation that unfolds. Free tea and coffee provided. Please RSVP to secure your place.
Gallery Grooming with The Gentry
Sat 6 April, 1.00PM – 3.00PM
We know that it’s hard to find the money and the time to treat yourself to a fresh cut from a professional barber, so we are shouting you one! Come to the Gus Fisher Gallery any time between 1.00pm and 3.00pm on Saturday 6 April for a complimentary barber cut by the team from The Gentry while enjoying some complimentary coffee from Kōkako.
Art and Donuts
Sat 6 April, 11AM – 12PM
Hear from three artists about their newly commissioned artworks for We’re Not Too Big To Care while enjoying some complimentary donuts and coffee. With Aroha Novak, Emily Hartley-Skudder, and Hikalu Clarke in conversation with Lisa Beauchamp, Curator of Contemporary Art.
Donuts from Little and Friday and coffee courtesy of Kōkako Organic Coffee Roasters.
Exhibition Opening: We’re Not Too Big to Care
Fri 5 April, 5.30PM – 8.30PM
The Gus Fisher Gallery is excited to welcome visitors back through its doors for its most ambitious show to date. With 16 artists from New Zealand, China, Canada and the United States, We’re Not Too Big to Care re-launches the gallery following an ambitious refurbishment to its Grade I listed heritage interior. Featuring special guests Tayi Tibble and Dance Plant Collective.