Past Events

| This is an archive of past events at the Gus Fisher Gallery. Check out our upcoming events here.

Nam June Paik: Screening of selected works with introduction by Tobias Berger

Saturday 1 August | From 12.00PM

Learn more about the “father of video art,” Nam June Paik as we listen to a talk from Head of Arts at Tai Kwun, Hong Kong, Tobias Berger. This will be followed by a one-off screening of selected pioneering  short films by Paik that uniquely dissect and disrupt the medium of television.

Exhibition Opening: The Medium is the Message

Friday 31 July, 5.30 – 8.00PM

We warmly invite you to join us on Friday 31 July from 5:30 pm to celebrate the opening of Gus Fisher Gallery’s new exhibition, The Medium is the Message: Television Now and Then.

Speeches from 6:30 pm. Guests will receive one free drink ticket on arrival, with a cash bar available afterwards.

Workshop: An introduction to web development

Saturday 27 June, 10.30am – 12.30pm | Bookings required | RainbowYOUTH Drop-in Centre, 10 Abbey Street, Auckland Central 1010

This event is free, however bookings are required. Please register here. 

Learn the basics of web development in this free hands-on workshop led by web developers Jessica Morgan and Kimmi Rindel. They will be covering key foundational concepts in computer programming and web development using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. This workshop is open to all, but specifically an opportunity for members of the queer community who are interested in learning the basics of coding or who want to refresh their skills in a fun and supportive environment. Attendance is free but bookings are required, as spaces are limited.

Please bring your laptop, or indicate in the booking that you would like to borrow one for the workshop.

This event is part of Gus Fisher Gallery’s Queer Algorithms exhibition, which brings together local and international artists from the LGBTQIA+ community who are in the process of reconfiguring new algorithms for change against continued systems of exclusion. The intention of this workshop is to upskill and equip members of the queer community who are interested in web development, but who may have not had the time or resources to do so.

Generously supported by Rule Foundation.

An evening of poetry with essa may ranapiri and friends

Thursday 25 June, 6.00pm – 7.00pm | Gus Fisher Gallery

Join essa may ranapiri with fellow poets Te Inuwai Nathan, Simone Kaho and Tāwhanga Nopera for an intimate poetry reading at Gus Fisher Gallery.

This event is part of the exhibition Queer Algorithms (extended until June 27), which brings together local and international artists from the LGBTQIA+ community who are in the process of reconfiguring new algorithms for change against continued systems of exclusion. The Queer Algorithms public programme was made possible thanks to generous support from Rule Foundation.

Image: essa may ranapiri, takatāpui poem (detail), 2019. Vinyl sticker on wall. In Queer Algorithms at Gus Fisher Gallery.

Remembering Brandon: a kōrero on trans visibility

Thursday 18 June, 6.00pm – 7.00pm | Gus Fisher Gallery

Expanding upon and coming into conflict with the seminal work Brandon by Shu Lea Cheang, researcher and community health worker Max Whitehurst leads an open discussion on trans histories, dissensus, and the politics of recognition. This conversation aims to prioritise trans and non-binary voices, but all are welcome. The conversation will be followed by the sharing of kai.

This event is part of Gus Fisher Gallery’s Queer Algorithms exhibition, extended until June 27. The exhibition brings together local and international artists from the LGBTQIA+ community who are in the process of reconfiguring new algorithms for change against continued systems of exclusion.

With generous support from Rule Foundation. Image: Shu Lea Cheang, Brandon (Panopticon interface, collaboration with Auriea Harvey and Beth Stryker), 1998. Still courtesy of Guggenheim Museum.

Conversion therapy in Aotearoa: current issues (Zoom panel talk)

Thursday 21 May, 4.00 – 5.00pm | Online Zoom webinar

Hosted by Auckland Pride Festival Director Max Tweedie, join Takatāpui creative Alesha Ahdar, Youth MP Shaneel Lal, Labour MP Marja Lubeck and artist & LGBTQI+ activist Shannon Novak for a discussion on conversion therapy in Aotearoa and activism around banning the practice.

Tarot Reading with artist John Walter

Friday 13th March, 4.00 – 6.00pm | Gus Fisher Gallery

Have your fortune read by artist John Walter with his very own artist-made ad ‘queered’ tarot cards.

 

m_Doomsday {Shitney (exorcism)} – a performance by John Walter. Click here to watch!

Thursday 12 March, 7.00 – 8.00pm | Gus Fisher Gallery

View film footage of a newly commissioned performance by prominent UK-based artist John Walter who recently visited Aotearoa for the first time and performed in front of his maximalist artwork as part of Queer Algorithms. Walter’s new performance narrates the history of the universe from the Big Bang through to viruses of the mind using script, song, costume and video projection. In this epic new work you will be lured into a parallel universe of algorithms, wit and philosophy. Taking in the primordial soup of the Earth in which replicating life originated to the human brain in which replicating cultural forms have emerged Walter will draw on Darwin’s Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection, Dawkins’ idea of the meme as a replicator of cultural information equivalent to the gene in biology and Hofstadter’s suggestion that the self is a user illusion brought about by the strange loop of the human brain. Performing as his long-standing alterego Shitney Cuntstone, Walter will exorcise himself of various selves including Mango Laddy, Jacinda Ardern, Greta Thunberg, Beef Caroline and John Lydon. The performance establishes a rich new repertoire of images and forms that build to a crescendo of video footage created in Virtual Reality. Part gig, part art-hack this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch Walter transform the “do-loops” of creative routine into “strange loops” of consciousness.

Building inter-generational queer love: a panel talk

Saturday 29 February 6.30pm – 7.30pm | Pioneer Women’s Hall, Ellen Melville Centre

Join us for an opportunity to listen to and engage in conversation with active members of our Queer community. We will discuss how we can strengthen our inter-generational bonds through the passing-on of the lived experiences of radical creative queer praxis, and how we can continue our collective liberation through queer inter-generational love and resistance.

Speakers to be announced shortly.

No bookings are required. This free event is part of Queer Conversations, an event series organised by artist Bronte Perry for the Queer Algorithms exhibition. With support from Rule Foundation.

Queer Algorithms: Curator’s Tour

Friday 21 February, 12.30 – 1.30pm | Gus Fisher Gallery

Join Curator Lisa Beauchamp as she elaborates on the exhibition’s themes and artworks in this informative and relaxed talk and tour.

Art & Donuts: The NZ AIDS Memorial Quilt Special

Saturday 15 February, 11.00am – 12.00pm | Gus Fisher Gallery

Join us at Gus Fisher Gallery for a relaxed Saturday morning with complimentary donuts and coffee while you hear from a panel of speakers discussing the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt and ongoing issues relating to HIV in Aotearoa today. This discussion will take place in the new exhibition Queer Algorithms, which includes a selection of panels from the Quilt. In association with the New Zealand AIDS Foundation and Ending HIV.

 

Exhibition Opening: Queer Algorithms

Friday 14 February, 5.30pm | Gus Fisher Gallery

Join us on Valentine’s Day as we celebrate the opening of our first exhibition for 2020, Queer Algorithms! All are welcome. 

A performance by Prairie Hatchard-McGill will begin from 6:00pm.

 

Acoustic Leaks, Act 2: How to listen

Saturday December 14th, 2.00 – 4.30pm | Gus Fisher Gallery

An event series in two acts for The Shouting Valley: Interrogating the Borders Between Us 

Featuring Dr Emily Beausoleil on listening as social justice work.

Event Reading List:

Shirley Bell, Cultural Vandalism and Pakeha Politics of Guilt and Responsibility
Robin DiAngelo, White Fragility
Emily Beausoleil, LISTENING TO CLAIMS OF STRUCTURAL INJUSTICE

 

Acoustic Leaks, Act 1: Voices Unheard

Saturday November 16th, 2.00pm – 4.30pm | Gus Fisher Gallery

An event series in two acts for The Shouting Valley: Interrogating the Borders Between Us 

Click here for the schedule and further information 

What kind of environment do we need to construct in order to hear each other better? Acoustic Leaks features participatory workshops and panel discussions providing a safe forum for discussion for everyone where no one voice is privileged over another.

We are excited to welcome two artists whose work features in The Shouting Valley exhibition: Hoda Afshar (Remain Portrait Series) and Cushla Donaldson (501s) alongside other esteemed speakers on the subject of incarceration and detention centres.

Film Screening: Island of the Hungry Ghosts (2018)

Friday 1 November, 6.00pm – 8.00pm | Ellen Melville Centre, 2 Freyberg Place, Auckland Central 

This award-winning documentary by Gabrielle Brady follows the migration of millions of land crabs on Christmas Island from jungle to sea. That same jungle hides a high-security Australian detention centre where thousands of asylum seekers have been locked away indefinitely. Join us for a viewing of this incredibly pertinent and beautiful film.

Read an interview with the filmmakers here: Interview with Gabrielle Brady and Poh Lin Lee

We were not born to be stuck: Performance by Vanessa Crofskey and helpers

Tues 15 October, 6.00pm – 8.00pm | Thurs 17 October & Fri 18 October, 12.00 – 2.00pm

Cleaning guru Marie Kondo writes in her book that “when we really delve into the reasons for why we can’t let something go, there are only two: an attachment to the past or a fear for the future.”

Join Vanessa Crofskey and helpers in a series of action-based performances devised in response to Gus Fisher Gallery’s latest exhibition on migration, borders and identity ‘The Shouting Valley: Interrogating the Borders Between Us’. Through an anonymous process of submission and action, you are invited to transform the names of worn locations and lovers into actions that carry invisible outcomes.

What do you wish to release or hold? What choices do you carry? Bring yourself and your memories as we explore our relationship to ourselves and others.

FREE EVENT at Gus Fisher Gallery. Audience participation welcomed but not essential.

Curator’s Tour of The Shouting Valley 

Friday 11 October, 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Join Curator Lisa Beauchamp as she elaborates on the exhibition’s themes and exhibited artworks in this informative and relaxed talk and tour.

Image: Shahriar Asdollah-Zadeh, Fear Performance: The Myth of Sisyphus (film still), 2013, courtesy of the artist.

Meng Foon in conversation with Damon Salesa

Thursday 10 October | 6.30pm – 7.30pm | Bookings required

Join new Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Pacific) Damon Salesa for an insightful kōrero on migration, identity and representation in Aotearoa today. A fantastic opportunity to hear these esteemed speakers.

A recording of the talk can be viewed below.

Art & Donuts

Saturday 28 September | 11.00am – 12.00pm

Join Curator of Contemporary Art, Lisa Beauchamp for a relaxed Saturday morning donut and coffee as she discusses the exhibition The Shouting Valley: Interrogating the Borders Between Us with two of the exhibiting artists based in Tāmaki Makaurau – Cushla Donaldson and Shahriar Asdollah-Zadeh. Hear from the artists as they tell us more about their arts practice and the important social commentary in their work, in what promises to be an illuminating conversation on borders, migration and representation today.

The gallery will be open from 10:00am for prior viewing of the exhibition ahead of the talk.

Coffee thanks to Kōkako Organic Coffee.

Exhibition Launch: The Shouting Valley

Friday 27 September | 6.00pm

Join us for the opening of The Shouting Valley: Interrogating the Borders Between Us from 6:00pm at Gus Fisher Gallery.

Lawrence Abu Hamdan (Lebanon) Hoda Afshar (Iran / Australia), Shahriar Asdollah-Zadeh (Philippines / Aotearoa New Zealand), Cushla Donaldson (Aotearoa New Zealand), Jun Yang (Austria / Taiwan / Japan), Manus Recording Project Collective (Manus Island / Melbourne)

The Mud Dose: A ceramic hand-building workshop

Saturday 24 or 31 August | 10.00am – 12.30pm | Tickets $20
Choose from one of the two available workshops

This ceramic hand-building workshop, led by Becky Richards, will guide participants through several basic methods of forming and joining in stoneware paperclay. First moving through a series of simple functional forms – a cup with a handle, a spoon, a vase – makers will then be invited to expand these techniques in a fun, abstract exploration of rhythms, textures and material – drawing ideas from the strange shapes of life that grow beneath the ocean’s surface.

Participants can give their pieces subtle colour through underglaze application. All work will then later be clear-glazed and fired courtesy of Gus Fisher Gallery, available to collect approximately four weeks after the workshop date.

The Kete Aronui Book Club: Joyce Campbell
Thursday 8 August | 10.30am – 11.30am

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 her choice From the Observatory by Julio Cortazar (1972) for the exhibition The Slipping Away.

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.

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

See the New Zealand International Film Festival website for tickets.

Watch the trailer here 

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.

Read about Negative Mass here

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.

Read Ruby Alexander’s presentation here 

Read Cait Johnson’s presentation here 

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.

Find out more about the exhibition here.