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Future Exhibitions & Events At City Gallery Wellington



15 March - 27 April 2003

One of New Zealand's most internationally successful artists, Julian Dashper brings 'Blue Circles' to the City Gallery. The works in Blue Circles include Blue CV, the artist's CV hung across a wall, to 20 clear vinyl EP records, recorded especially for the exhibition, 2 table top cases containing further archival record covers, a Warriors mini drum kit, and a DVD which presents four one hour interviews with the artist 'explaining' his work. Crisp, minimal, and clean in look, the exhibition however contains an underlying sense of play and critique.


23 March - 22 June 2003

Peter Black - Real Fiction, curated by Gregory O'Brien of City Gallery Wellington, comprises nearly 200 images from Peter Black's career, many of which have never been shown publicly before. The images in this exhibition track the artist's career from his first 'street photograph', taken in Brisbane in 1973, to his present 'Streetworks', images taken 'from the hip' while walking along the pavement, mainly in Auckland and Wellington.

The exhibition includes photographs of brass bands, sportspeople, fashion shows, wild-life, Springbok tour protests and religious gatherings alongside scenes of life in Wellington.

The exhibition is accompanied by a 168 page publication, a special issue of the literary journal Sport, which includes 171 photographs by Peter Black as well as essays and poems by 25 leading art writers and poets (including Bill Manhire, Ian Wedde, Gavin Hipkins, Jenny Bornholdt, Dinah Hawken, Jim Barr and Mary Barr, James Brown).


23 March - 22 June 2003

Peter Robinson: Divine Comedy Jacqueline Fraser: A demure portrait of the artist strip searched <>.

City Gallery Wellington is the first New Zealand gallery to re-present the New Zealand exhibition shown at the prestigious Venice Biennale 2001. The exhibition showcases details of the site-specific installation work of two of New Zealand's most internationally recognised artists.

Peter Robinson: Divine Comedy has been exhibited in New Zealand since the Venice Biennale 2001, however this is the first time that details of Jacqueline Fraser's installation A demure portrait of the artist strip searched <> will have been seen here.

Peter Robinson: Divine Comedy is an outcome of Peter Robinson's residency in 2001 at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery as a participant in the Taranaki Artist in Residence Programme, a partnership between the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki, Te Kura Matatini o Taranaki.

This residency was generously supported by Creative New Zealand, Toi Aotearoa.

The work from this exhibition formed the basis of Peter Robinson's installation in the exhibition Bipolar. Bipolar represented New Zealand at the Venice Biennale in 2001 and was an initiative of Creative New Zealand, Toi Aotearoa.

Jacqueline Fraser: A demure portrait of the artist strip searched <> courtesy of Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.


23 March - 22 June 2003

A Small Town at the Turn of the Century is the first solo show of Australian artist Simryn Gill's work in New Zealand. This exhibition of large cibachrome photographs continues the artist's interest in exploring the contested relationship between nature and culture. In these works she revisits her old home town of Port Dickson in Malaysia, and renders familiar scenarios strange through her humorous interventions.



Julian Dashper Saturday 15 March, 2pm

Join artist Julian Dashper for an informal floortalk discussing his installation Blue Circles.

Simryn Gill Sunday 23 March, 1pm

Australian artist Simryn Gill was one of the hottest stars at last year's Sydney Biennale. Join her as she talks about her work and celebrates the opening of her first solo show in New Zealand - A Small Town at the Turn of the Century.


Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme Sunday 16 March, 2.30pm

L.A-based director Kevin Fitzgerald presents his award winning documentary. "Freestyling, or spontaneously rapping whatever comes to mind, is the subject of Kevin Fitzgerald's energetic documentary, which traces the progress of improvisational rhyme as a key historical ingredient in hip-hop music. Largely made up of impromptu rap sessions, the film showcases underground and well-known rap artists as they voice their poetry in unconstrained instances of inspiration, like jazz soloists infused with rhythm. The film makes a great effort to explore the roots of freestyling, from the free-form gospel preachers of the '70s to the school yard battles of the '80s on up to the fully sponsored freestyle competitions held today." - San Francisco Bay Guardian

The director will be present for a Q+A after the screening. Freestyle session will follow (beatboxers welcome).

Tickets $10, available on the door from 1.30pm on the day of the screening (no pre-sales).


THE ART GALLERY NOW! Monday 24 March, 6pm

Frances Morris - In at the Beginning: Tate Modern, South Bank Renny Pritikin - Learning from the Malls: Toward a New Arts Institution for the 21st Century

A joint lecture by two international curators who share a strong interest in audience advocacy but work in very different institutions and engage very different communities. Each will discuss how they have faced issues regarding the exhibiting and interpreting of contemporary art and culture.

Francis Morris is responsible for collection development at Tate Modern (London) while Renny Pritikin will speak about the Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts (San Francisco) as a site for collaborative research and experimentation across art forms such as, film, new media and performing arts.

Limited free entry. Please RSVP by 20 March to 04 801 3017 or

This free lecture is presented in conjunction with Masterclass! a joint arts initiative of Montana Wines, Fulbright New Zealand and The British Council New Zealand and is presented in association with Auckland Art Gallery and co-hosted by Art & Industry and the University of Canterbury in Christchurch and City Gallery in Wellington.


Free Public Exhibition Tours Every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays, 1pm

These dynamic and accessible 40 minute tours are a great introduction to the exhibitions currently on at the City Gallery. No bookings required. Meet in the gallery foyer.

Free Visitor Groups & Community Education Tours - Book Now!

Bring your social or community group, your family and friends (6+ people) to City Gallery Wellington and enjoy a free 30-40 minute tour around the exhibitions.

Bookings are essential, contact Tracey Monastra T: 04 801 4241 or email

For information about forthcoming events in April 2003, including the Easter School Holiday programme please contact Tracey Monastra on 04 801 4241 or

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