Past events

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

Story Time & Tissue Art

Saturday 14 August, 11AM & 1.30PM

Bring your kids along for a fun session of story time in the gallery with our friendly Gallery Invigilator, Briana Woolliams. These stories will be inspired by themes from our current exhibition From our Beautiful Square, which reflects on a period of global lockdown. We’ll be reading Windows about a boy’s observations through his neighbourhood windows on an evening walk, and The Day the Lines Changed, which explains what it means to live through a viral outbreak without ever using the words “pandemic” or “Coronavirus”.

Story Time will then be followed by a fun craft activity making paintings using coloured tissue paper. Materials supplied but free registration required.

Stories are for ages 2 to 6, with the tissue art activity for all ages with parental supervision.

This event is kindly sponsored by Unity Books.

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Salome Tanuvasa, Untitled, 2021. Acrylic on unstretched canvas. Photography by Kallan MacLeod.

Workshop: Painting and mark-making with artist Salome Tanuvasa

Saturday 7 August, 2.30-4.30PM

Tickets: $10 

For our current exhibition, From our Beautiful Square, artist Salome Tanuvasa has worked in situ in the gallery, bringing her artistic practice into dialogue with the Dome Gallery’s Art Deco interior. Join Salome in the gallery for a hands-on workshop focusing on painting and mark-making inspired by the gallery’s interior and its decorative details. The workshop will include a series of exercises focusing on colour, shape, architecture and movement led by Salome and informed by her arts practice where her immediate surroundings inform her decisions around scale, form, colour and gesture.

All levels of experience welcome and materials to be provided. Attendees are also welcome to bring their own paints and brushes if they have some.

RSVP here to secure your place. 

From our Beautiful Square, installation view. Photography by Kallan MacLeod.

Weekend Curator Tour

Saturday 7 August, 1PM 

Head to Gus Fisher Gallery for a tour of our current exhibition From our Beautiful Square with our curator Lisa Beauchamp. Lisa will take you through the exhibition, which looks to notions of time and interiority following a period of global lockdown, and talk through the various artworks spanning from across Aotearoa to Japan, the UK and Poland. Additionally, exhibiting artist Jeremy Leatinu’u will be working in the gallery as part of his work Building monuments and folding forts upon a slippery ocean and a moving sky.

COOKED: Publication Launch

Wednesday 4 August, 5.30PM

Shadows Bar, 8 Alfred Street

Something’s Cooking!

As part of the exhibition From our Beautiful Square, Gus Fisher Gallery presents: COOKED; a reflection on 2020’s lockdown through shared kitchen experiences. COOKED invited people across Aotearoa to submit recipes and kitchen anecdotes which have compiled into a cookbook. There will be a limited number of physical copies at the launch, with the cookbook available as a free PDF download.

Join us at Shadows on August 4, 5:30PM for the launch of COOKED with the first 20 people receiving a free drink on arrival.

This publication and event has been conceived by Chani Balmer, Shania Pablo, Anneka Scholtz and Reah Somerville as part of their curatorial placement with Gus Fisher Gallery.

 

Workshop: Monoprinting for Kids

Saturday 17 July, 11AM

Saturday 24 July, 11AM 

Be inspired by the work of artist Salome Tanuvasa and her stunning artworks in the Dome Gallery of Gus Fisher Gallery. Using a fun monoprinting technique, create your own original artworks of lines, squiggles and lots of colour! All materials will be supplied, but spaces are limited.

Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen – Free Film Screening and Director Q&A

Saturday 10 July, 4 – 6 PM 

Join us for a screening of archivist Heperi Mita’s documentary film as part of this year’s Matariki Festival. Learn more about Heperi’s mum, Merata Mita, pioneering Māori filmmaker and international champion of women in indigenous film. This documentary portrait details how her filmmaking intersected with the lives of her children and indigenous filmmakers globally, and features rare archival footage dating back to 1977.

The film is 95 minutes in English and Te Reo Māori with English subtitles. The film screening will be followed by an audience Q&A with the Director Heperi Mita.

Complimentary Kōkako coffee, tea and biscuits will be available. 

Story Time

Saturday 10 July, 11AM 

Bring your kids along for a fun session of story time in the gallery with our friendly Gallery Invigilator, Briana Woolliams. These stories will be inspired by themes from our current exhibition From our Beautiful Square, which reflects on a period of global lockdown. We’ll be reading Windows about a boy’s observations through his neighbourhood windows on an evening walk, and The Day the Lines Changed, which explains what it means to live through a viral outbreak without ever using the words “pandemic” or “Coronavirus”.

For children between the ages of 2 and 6.

This event is kindly sponsored by Unity Books.

 

Lucy Gunning, Climbing Around My Room, 1993 (production still), Video, 7:30 minutes. Courtesy the artist and Greene Naftali, New York.

Exhibition Opening: From our Beautiful Square

Saturday 26 June, 4PM 

We warmly invite you to join us on Saturday 26 June at 4PM for the opening of Gus Fisher Gallery’s new exhibition From our Beautiful SquareAll are welcome.

 

Jeremy Leatinu’u, Building monuments and folding forts upon a slippery ocean and a moving sky (studio study, detail), 2021. Courtesy of the artist.

Floor Talk: Jeremy Leatinu’u and Salome Tanuvasa

Saturday 26 June, 3PM 

Join us for a floor talk with exhibiting artists Jeremy Leatinu’u and Salome Tanuvasa ahead of the opening celebration of Gus Fisher Gallery’s new exhibition From our Beautiful Square.

Please note the gallery will be closed to the public until 3PM.

 

Tarot with Te Kani: Career Readings

Saturday 29 May, 1pm – 3pm 

To mark the last day of our exhibition, happiness is only real when shared, we are providing visitors with a rare chance to get a FREE career tarot reading from Samuel Te Kani. Sam has been studying and using tarot for over a decade, so don’t miss out! These tarot readings will focus on work, money and careers, and will take place in Mark Schroder’s aptly titled installation Fortune Teller.

This is a drop in event—first come, first served.

Mark Schroder, Fortune Teller, 2021 (installation detail). Courtesy of the artist. Photography by Sam Hartnett.

Crazy clay-making (All ages w/ parental supervision)

Saturday 22 May, 11am & 1pm 

Tāmaki Makaurau based artist Mark Schroder has transformed the Dome Gallery of Gus Fisher Gallery! By building walls, creating signs, adding furniture and making and collecting all sorts of objects, the artwork is made to look like an office space.

Be inspired by the objects in this maze-like installation and make your own objects for your desk using modelling air dry clay. We are bananas for the ceramics in Mark Schroder’s epic installation and we know you will be too! Available between 11am and 12pm or 1pm to 2pm. Please note, clay is provided on first in first served basis.

 

Proportunity v2.0: Headshot Photography Session

Saturday 15 May, 11am – 1pm 

Back by popular demand, we are excited to host the second iteration of Proportunity, courtesy of exhibiting artists Vanessa Crofskey & Kimmi Rindel’s Wellbeing Analysis Techniques Limited. Don’t miss your chance to participate in this fun activity to update your professional profiles with new headshots (albeit with a difference!) Sign up on the day and you’ll have your headshot taken at the gallery for free. Take a look at the gallery staff’s new headshots on our staff page here.

This event is an extension of the artists’ presentation in The Booth, Now You See Me

Mark Schroder, Fortune Teller, 2021 (installation detail). Courtesy of the artist. Photography by Sam Hartnett.

Lunchtime-talk: Curator-led tour with exhibiting artist Mark Schroder

Friday 14 May, 1pm 

Head to Gus Fisher Gallery for an informal talk and tour of Mark Schroder’s major installation Fortune Teller as part of the exhibition happiness is only real when shared. This is an exclusive opportunity to hear from Tāmaki Makaurau based exhibiting artist Mark Schroder who will be in conversation with our curator Lisa as they take you around his biggest multimedia installation to date which houses the fictitious Bureau of Happiness. Hear from the artist about the thought processes behind his artwork and just how many ceramics he really made!

Image courtesy of the artist.

Workshop: Satire & Story-telling with artist Daniel Vernon 

Saturday 8 May, 11AM

Join Pōneke artist and writer Daniel Vernon, aka @yeehawtheboys, for a workshop on story-telling and political satire. Daniel’s work has covered important contemporary issues such as “vaccine skeptics”, the marijuana referendum and Leather & Cookies scented Lynx. Importantly, he is also the creator of the sexy orange voting man used in New Zealand’s recent election.

In this practical workshop you’ll get the opportunity to create your own politically-minded comic strip while getting an insight into Daniel’s own creative process. The workshop will run for two hours, followed by a show and tell within the group.

Please note the workshop may contain material not suitable for children.

This event is now fully booked!

Wong Ping, Wong Ping’s Fables 2, 2019. Installation image. Photography by Sam Hartnett.

Poetry Night: Reader Response 

Thursday 22 April, 6PM

Join us for an evening of poetry with a line up of speakers curated by poet, author and playwright Dominic Hoey. Reader Response asks these speakers to respond to various themes and ideas present in Gus Fisher Gallery’s current exhibition happiness is only real when shared. Come along for fresh interpretations and insight through poetic response. Speakers include:

Dominic Hoey

 

 

 

Dominic Hoey is a poet, author, and playwright based in Tāmaki Makaurau. He’s released books, films, rap albums and talked shit on stages around the world. He’s currently hocking his brand new zine Bad Advice for Good People and trying to convince the publishing industry not to be scared of poor people and publish his new novel. 

Matilda Clack

 

 

 

 

Matilda Clack is a second year University student and a member of the 4PM Poetry Collective, who are WORD – The Front Line alumni and Trans Transman Poetry Slam Champions 2019. Her poetry typically centres around utilising personal experience to highlight wider societal issues and the human experience.

Ria Masae

 

 

 

 

Ria Masae is a writer, spoken word poet, and librarian of Samoan descent, born and raised in Tāmaki Makaurau. Her work has been published in literary outlets such as Landfall, takahā, Circulo de Poesia, and Best New Zealand Poems 2017. A collection of her poetry is published in AUP New Poets 7.

Liam Jacobson

 

 

 

Liam’s poems build and voyage dream homes glowing under the underground for the ghosts of the grapevine to romanticise humdrum & reveal the theatrics of noise for peace & growth of the edges & moments of space through handfuls of weathered tongues.

Takunda Muzondiwa

 

 

 

 

Takunda Muzondiwa is a performance artist, speaker and winner of the 2019 Race and Unity Speech Awards. Through spoken word, Takunda expresses the importance of identity as a tool for both self-empowerment and for the betterment of one’s own community.

Image courtesy of the artist.

Mud and Mind 

Saturday 10 April, 10AM – 12PM

 

Clay has an organic ability to record human gesture and feeling. This yeilding stuff draws us back to our hands and skins, to small actions in the palpable world. Slowing down, paying attention to the sensing body, engaging fully with the unfolding form… clay work and mindful practice make excellent dance partners.

Why is it worthwhile to noodle around with a handful of mud? How might such an act change our state of being, if done regularly? And in turn, how might these inner shifts impact our treatment of others, and our engagement with communities?

Mud and Mind is a two hour group workshop, led by artist Becky Richards. Grounded in a series of slow-paced, gentle exercises in clay, this making session will explore the concept of mindfulness as a positive, political force. Through our hands, our breath, and the soft medium of clay, we will work together to slow down and grow more present – opening up conversation around methods of employing simple, nourishing activities as a form of peaceful activism.

While some basic technical hand-building instruction will be incorporated, the focus of this workshop rests on tactile experience, and felt knowledge.

Pinar Yoldas, The Kitty AI: Artificial Intelligence for Governance, 2016 (installation detail). Courtesy of the artist. Photography by Sam Hartnett.

Story Time

Saturday 3 April, 11AM & 1PM

This coming Easter Saturday, bring your kids along for a fun session of story time in the gallery. These stories will be inspired by the surreal maze installation and colorful exhibition happiness is only real when shared! There will also be chocolate treats for anyone who wants to complete an Eye Spy challenge. While story time will be at 11AM & 1PM, Eye Spy is available all day!

This event is kindly sponsored by Unity Books.

Cantonese Language Guided Tour with Wai Ching Chan

Saturday 27 March, 12 – 2PM

Hear more about the work of Hong-Kong based artist Wong Ping and his Cantonese narrated animations in a special tour with Tāmaki Makaurau artist Wai Ching Chan. This is a dedicated opportunity for Cantonese speakers to enjoy a relaxed talk and tour and to learn more about the exhibition happiness is only real when shared.

Mark Schroder, Fortune Teller, 2021. Installation image. Photography by Sam Hartnett

Kete Aronui Book Club with Sam Gaskin

Saturday 20 March, 4PM

Join us for our regular book club of events where artists and guest speakers discuss books and texts pertinent to our exhibitions. Returning to Aotearoa after 12 years juggling VPNs in Shanghai and Beijing, art writer Sam Gaskin will discuss Chinese artists’ strategies for expressing themselves under authoritarianism. His talk will draw from the book City on Fire: The Fight for Hong Kong by Antony Dapiran. 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.

Sam Gaskin worked as an arts and culture editor in China from 2007-2019. He has written about lake monsters for The Guardian, vinyl toys for The FT, and countless art shows for various websites and magazines. He is Executive Editor of New Zealand’s own Ocula Magazine.

This event is free, but registration required.

This series is kindly sponsored by Unity Books. Hospitality courtesy of Kōkako coffee.

Readings:

City on Fire: The Fight for Hong Kong – Chapter 2

City on Fire The Fight for Hong Kong – Chapter 9

Good morning, good morning!

8-14 March

Sign up to receive daily morning messages from artist JingCheng Zhao for one week. Inspired by customised morning call services available on major Chinese online shopping website TaoBao, Jing will greet you with messages every morning! 🖤🖤🖤

Jing recently completed her BFA(Hon) at the University of Auckland. Her work centres in capturing the lyrical dialogue between the rapidly evolving inner and outer landscape through site-specific work. She curiously invites individuals to join her new findings with very simple means.

Click here to see the archived messages!

Proportunity: Headshot Photography Session

Saturday 13 February, 12 – 2PM

Update your professional profiles with new headshots, courtesy of Vanessa Crofskey & Kimmi Rindel’s Wellbeing Analysis Techniques Limited. Sign up on the day and you’ll have your headshot taken at the gallery for free.

This event is an extension of the artists’ presentation in The Booth, Now You See Me

Think outside the box! A diorama making workshop for kids

12 December, 12 – 2pm, drop in session

Celebrate 60 years of TV in Aotearoa with a drop-in craft session with your child. On selected Saturdays from 12pm – 2pm, visit Gus Fisher Gallery with a recyclable box to design your own TV diorama. Inspired by our current exhibition The Medium is the Message, build a TV and puppets using materials provided to create your own story! Become a 6pm News presenter, recreate your favourite programme or create a new story for TV. There is lots to see and do in the exhibition, including fun films to watch and be inspired by. Join us as we create some great dioramas for you to take home and enjoy.

We recommend bringing a cardboard box no larger than a shoe box, or choose from one of ours if you don’t have a box to bring. This is a free event.

Saturday Spotlight Tours

Every Saturday until 12 December, 15 minute tours available at 12pm, 2pm & 3pm

Join us on any of the remaining Saturdays between now and December 12 for a Saturday Spotlight Tour with our friendly gallery invigilator, Briana Woolliams, who will give an overview of our current exhibition, The Medium is the Message: Television Now and Then which marks 60 years since the first official public TV broadcast from our iconic building.

Perhaps you’d like to find out a little more about an artwork in the exhibition, discover more about our building’s amazing TV history or just converse in a spirited discussion about contemporary art. We look forward to welcoming you and hearing your thoughts as we enter the final month of our exhibition.  Complimentary coffee will be available for visitors thanks to Kōkako coffee.

Saturday Family Fun

10am – 4pm, every Saturday until 12 December

Bring ngā tamariki to Gus Fisher Gallery on any remaining Saturday between now and December 12 for an enjoyable day of TV related activities.

Visit us for a brief family-friendly tour of our current exhibition The Medium is the Message. Spend as little or as long as you like with our friendly gallery invigilator, as they talk about the colourful, loud and exciting artworks which all relate to television. After the tour, complete an Eye Spy activity pack or try your hand at presenting in front of a live TVNZ broadcasting camera for extra fun!

The Absolute State of It; Journalism Today in Aotearoa

Wednesday 28 October | 6:00pm – 7:00pm | The University of Auckland General Library Basement, Lecture Hall B10 | Bookings required

We are extremely excited to bring you this very special event hosted by Comedian Tim Batt with an amazing line up of speakers. This is an event not to be missed!

Fake news, bad algorithms, pay walls, and polarising politicians – the state of journalism today is fraught with twenty-first century challenges and opportunities. Join comedian Tim Batt who will interrogate journalists who usually do the interrogating for us!

Tim will be joined by former broadcaster and current Head of Video/Audio & Content Partnerships at Stuff, Carol Hirschfeld (Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata); producer of RNZ’s Mediawatch and contributing writer at The Spinoff, Hayden Donnell; investigative reporter for NZ Herald and now senior writer at Stuff, Kirsty Johnston and editor of Ātea, The Spinoff’s Māori and indigenous content channel Leonie Hayden (Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara, Ngāti Rango).

Our panel talk is free and open to all, but bookings are required.

This event is part of Gus Fisher Gallery’s new exhibition, The Medium is the Message: Television Now and Then, commemorating sixty years of television in Aotearoa.

Watch a recording of the talk here:

Bastion Point: Day 507 Film Screening and Discussion

Saturday 24 October | 2:00pm – 3:00pm | Bookings required

In collaboration with ‘The Medium is the Message’ exhibition, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision and Gus Fisher Gallery present this special screening of ‘Bastion Point: Day 507’ followed by an audience discussion with the Hawke Whānau from Ngāti Whātua and Dr Jani Wilson, Lecturer at AUT.

Merata Mita, Leon Narbey and Gerd Pohlmann’s powerful documentary Bastion Point: Day 507 depicts the eviction of protestors from Takaparawhā (Bastion Point) on the Waitematā Harbour, Auckland. Ngāti Whātua occupied the land from January 5 1977 until May 25 1978. On the 507th day, 222 protestors engaging in non-violent resistance were arrested. Ten years after this documentary, the first historical claim heard by the Waitangi Tribunal was by Ngāti Whātua for the Orākei block land.

“This film is the total opposite of how a television documentary is made. It has a partisan viewpoint, is short on commentary, and emphasises the overkill aspect of the combined police and military operation. It is a style of documentary that I have never deviated from because it best expresses a Māori approach to film making.” – Merata Mita

A screening of the film in Studio One will be followed by refreshments and kai in Gus Fisher Gallery. This is a free screening.

To RSVP visit here.

Carolee Schneemann, “Eye Body #11,” 1963 (The Estate of Carolee Schneemann, Galerie Lelong and Co., Hales Gallery, and P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York)

The Kete Aronui Book Club: Carolee Schneemann

Thursday 15 October | 11:00am – 12:00pm

Join Curator Lisa Beauchamp in the gallery for a spirited discussion on the life and work of pioneering Feminist artist and film maker Carolee Schneemann, whose installation Devour (2003) is currently on display in the exhibition The Medium is the Message: Television Now and Then. 

Readings: 

Ron Hanson, “In Conversation with Carolee Schneemann, pp. 14 – 31, in Carolee Schneemann: Unforgivable (London: Black Dog Publishing), 2015.

Jim Drobnick, Bodies of Interference, pp. 26 -31, in Carolee Schneemann: Split Decision (Buffalo: Dual Printing, Inc.), 2007.

Carolee Schneemann, ‘Vulva’s Morphia’, 1993-5, and Text from ‘Interior Scroll’, 1975.

 

Artweek Auckland Late Night, Zheng Nuanzhi artist activation: Evening! with Jimmy Applause 

Tuesday 13 October | 5:00 – 8:00 pm, Exhibitions open until 9pm.

Scheduled 20 minute activations will take place at 5:30pm, 6:30pm & 7:30pm. Sign up to participate on the evening.

Gus Fisher Gallery will stay open late this Tuesday as artist Zheng Nuanzhi activates a television camera used by 1 News to play with the way we consume television. She invites participants to experience a live talk show with drag king Jimmy Applause, where guests can live out their fantasies of celebrity, or just enjoy the show. Participants can expect a light-hearted chat with jovial and apolitical Jimmy as he delves into the who’s, what’s and where’s of everyone’s hot gossip. Evening! will also be live-streamed on a monitor in the gallery for visitors to watch.

This event is part of Artweek Auckland. Check out their programme on their website here

Shortland Street Studios, 1968. Photograph by Alexis J. Favenchi, image courtesy of Tony Moore.

Auckland Heritage Festival: Behind the Scenes Tour of TVNZ’s former home

Saturday 3 October | 11.00am – 12.00pm | No bookings required

Discover the site of the first official public television broadcast in Aotearoa in this special guided tour as we celebrate sixty years of TV in the building where it all began. With a Neo-Romanesque facade and Art Deco interiors, view the spectacular architecture first hand and listen to fascinating stories about the building’s history as pioneering radio and television studios.

This event is part of the Auckland Heritage Festival. Check out more of their events on their website 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

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.

Watch a recording of the live performance here:


Video recorded by Ian Powell.

Find music from this performance here:

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.