Pasture painting

with Sarah Smuts-Kennedy

Saturday 27 July, 10.00am

One of Derek Jarman’s long lasting legacies is that of his home at Prospect Cottage in Dungeness, England, surrounded by his cherished garden cultivated from scratch.

Inspired by Jarman’s passion for gardening, join us in collaboration with artist Sarah Smuts-Kennedy (co-founder of For the Love of Bees) and Aaiotanga Trust for this wellbeing-focused workshop where you will contribute to the making of a Pasture Painting on the Emily Place Reserve. Through sowing quick-growth seeds in a geometric shape, we will codesign and create a temporary artwork that will flourish over the course of the exhibition and explore how connecting with nature through gardening can promote healing.

This workshop will begin with an introduction at Gus Fisher Gallery, with lunch and all materials provided. Please note that this is a weather-dependent event.

Poetry readings

A Blind kind of violence

a publication by bad apple

Thursday 1 August, 6.30pm

Gus Fisher Gallery and bad apple present the newly commissioned zine-style publication, A Blind Kind of Violence. Created in response to the life and work of Derek Jarman, this publication features writing from four emerging and established queer arts practitioners based in Tāmaki Makaurau. With essays from Sam Te Kani and Micheal McCabe, and poetry from Ruby Macomber and Hannah Patterson, A Blind Kind of Violence filters Jarman’s artistic practices through the lens of contemporary, queer Aotearoa. Join us for an evening of readings to celebrate the launch, where the participating writers will share their contributions alongside excerpts from Jarman’s own writing.

This publication’s creation was facilitated by bad apple editor Damien Levi with cover art and design by Brandon Lin. Copies are available for free.


In conversation

with Greg Minissale

Saturday 3 August, 2pm

Join Professor of Art History at the University of Auckland Greg Minissale for a discussion on the influence of Derek Jarman’s art practice. Greg will explore the parallels between Jarman and queer artists working in Aotearoa today, opening up discussions around where Jarman fits into the art history canon and notions of legacy.

Greg will be joined by artists Shannon Novak and Steve Lovett, with Gus Fisher Gallery Curator of Contemporary Art Lisa Beauchamp.

Please note that this talk will be recorded. 

Film screening

Naughty little peeptoe

with NZIFF

Friday 16 August, 9pm

Screening as part of the NZIFF 2024 Aotearoa Film Focus Weekend at the ASB Waterfront Theatre.

Best known for his cultish debut feature, Jack Be Nimble, as well as prolific work in television across both sides of the Tasman, Garth Maxwell here offers a deeply personal film, co-directed by the late Peter Wells, in Naughty Little Peeptoe. An ode to friend, fashionista and foot-fetishist Doug George, Maxwell along with collaborator Debra Daley recorded the caustic, chaotic narration from George, retelling the story of how high heels saved his life.

The featurette was recently picked up by MoMA as part of its permanent film collection, with film curator Ron Magliozzi dubbing it a “witty testimony to the durable, liberating spirit of a queer perspective”. Peeptoe will be preceded by a screening of Maxwell’s first ever film Come With Us, a short collaboration with Simon Marler.

Following the screening, queer erotic fiction writer Samuel Te Kani will perform an excerpt in response to Naughty Little Peeptoe, before hosting an informal discussion with Maxwell around his body of work, and his approach to art and cinema.


Kōrero in the community: a panel discussion

Saturday 17 August, 2pm

Join Aotearoa’s leading community organisations for a special kōrero to discuss the impact of stigma currently facing rainbow whānau. The discussion will weave through parallels across each organisation’s advocacy, exploring the role of creativity, collectivism and community-building.

Panellists include Dame Catherine Healy (New Zealand Sex Workers’ Collective), Mark Fisher (Body Positive), Fuimaono Karl Pulotu-Endemann (Moana Vā) and Chase Wright (Gender Minorities Aotearoa) and will be moderated by Aych McArdle (Curative).


Gus Fisher Gallery
74 Shortland Street
Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland Central 1010

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