Current Exhibitions

Image: Alix Ashworth, I feel like I have something else on. Gallery view. 

 

Matariki Artist in Residence: Alix Ashworth

20 June – 14 July 2024

During the chilly months of takurua Oxford Gallery becomes a productive studio within a warm whare tapere that is encouraging of cultural experiences and learning environments.

For our annual Matariki season Oxford Gallery is excited to host artist Alix Ashworth (Waitaha, Ngati Māmoe, Kai Tahu) as our Matariki Artist in Residence.

Alix is a neurodivergent, indigenous, multimedia artist and mother of two situated in Ōtautahi Christchurch. Part of Alix’s creative process is to celebrate the knowledge and tools that their tīpuna used to thrive in this rugged terrain. Alix has had the privilege of being mentored by Rangi Kipa, exhibiting with artists from Paemanu and participated on wānanga with Kauae Raro.

Sharing the joy of indigenous excellence with their peers Alix brings these connections together through narrative sculpture, written word and adornment. Collecting skills in a range of mediums and crafts Alix is able to bring difficult subjects to life in order to engage audiences, allowing the viewer to emote through the work.

Oxford Gallery’s annual Matariki project offers further understandings of Te Ao Māori and explorations of mātauranga Māori via creativity. Pop in to meet Alix and see the exploration unfold.

A supporting workshop will take place on Sunday 30 June. Using native and invasive plant life, you’ll learn about materials that can be transformed into taura, lashing and cordage. Go to oxfordgallery.org.nz/activities for information.

More About Alix Ashworth
see alixashworth.com

Upcoming Exhibitions

Micheline Robinson & Claire Wastiaux: Double Perspective – A Cross-Cultural Artistic Journey

Thursday 25 July – Sunday 25 August

Embark on an exploration with Double Perspective: A Cross-Cultural Artistic Journey, a touring exhibition with its associated workshop, Shapeshift: Exploring the Art of New Forms by artists Micheline Robinson and Claire Wastiaux. The two artists have been united in a chromatic visual call and response and the dialogue into which they have entered is determined by the creativity with which each employs their distinctive materials and overlapping interest in evoking new realities from fragments of their past and present experiences. A harmonious dance of colours results, which illuminates the complexities of constant relocation, amplifying the voices of trailing spouses or individuals navigating their own adaptation process. With the workshops, immerse yourself in a realm of creativity, introspection and resilience.

Both Micheline and Claire are professional artists with 30 years of artistic career each and 12 countries between them. When they met, they realised they shared a very similar history as accompanying partners, where their art practices and ambitions were compromised whilst juggling with adapting to new cultures, raising children displaced in new environments and trying to maintain their own artistic identity. Although continents apart, their brains documented the adaptation process in similar ways by focusing on light plays and colour, consistent and perhaps stabilising features in new landscapes.

Past Exhibitions

Image: Detail from Ella Luscombe’s Art portfolio ‘Nostalgic view of 1950s’ NZ’

 

FOLIO 2024: Oxford Area School

Extended to Sunday 16 June

Oxford Gallery celebrates emerging creatives in this portfolio exhibition. These Oxford Area School students have achieved Excellence in their 2023 NCEA Art Studies. We wish them well this year.

Please support the students by attending the Official Opening on Saturday 18 May, 2 – 4pm. Light refreshments will be supplied.

Thank you to Oxford Area School and Charlotte Davis, Head of Department Art.

YEAR 11 ART
Isabel Ashby-Daniels
Alyssa East
Tessa Baard
Jack Benbow
Chloe Henderson
Samantha-Rose McKenzie
Ashton Moore
Samantha Sloane
Alexia Wilkie

YEAR 12 ART
Nikayla Beer
Gresheille Bravo
Ella Luscombe

YEAR 13 ART
Hannah Baard
Shanae Wyllie
Kyla Hirini – King

YEAR 12 PHOTOGRAPHY
Samantha Sloane
Ella Luscombe

Haruhiko Sameshima. Tidal sequence, Pickersgill Harbour, Tamatea/Dusky Sound, 1995 (#5). Silver bromide photograph

 

Tamatea – Dusky Sound 1995: Mark Adams, Darren Glass, Ian Macdonald, Haruhiko Sameshima

Saturday 13 April – Sunday 12 May
Official Opening: Saturday 13 April at 2 – 4pm

The existing exhibition titled ‘Tamatea-Dusky Sound 1995’ curated by Mark Adams was commissioned by Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland as part of the Auckland Photography Festival 2023.

Artworks are by four artists who travelled into Tamatea-Dusky Sound in May of 1995 to engage with the extraordinary environment and the cross cultural history that occurred in this most remote fjord of the Fjordland National Park in the southwest corner of Te Wai Pounamu – The South Island. In 1773 Captain James Cook visited the sound and met a group of Māori people who were portrayed by Cook’s artist William Hodges in a series of paintings and drawings. These 18th Century images represent the arrival and beginning of European vision and professional painting in NZ and as such are crucially important. Of the 1995 response, selected photographs have been shown at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Te Papa Tongarewa, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

This project is an excellent example of artists supporting artists, artists bringing a project of national significance (usually shown in main city public galleries) to North Canterbury audiences and the grass roots community of Oxford Gallery.

Image: Too Frightened to Open My Eyes. ‘Shades of Death’ Series No 9 (Oct 2023) by Stephen Clarke.

Stephen Clarke: Shades of Death

Thursday 7 March – Sunday 7 April

A nightmare, inside of a nightmare, inside of a nightmare describes well the sculptural explorations of Stephen Clarke. His metal fabrications depict phantom skeletal boats and figures made from upcycled objects that are both ghastly and intimately familiar. Clarke doesn’t pull any punches through his creative hallucinations, transformed into 3D these confront the viewer with refugee imprisonment and detention atrocities of Manus and Christmas Islands. Fascination and repulsion sit uncomfortably together as Clarke’s metal spectres of the Missing trespass inside the bright walls of Oxford Gallery.

About Stephen Clarke

Springfield artist Stephen trained formally as a sculptor (Ilam School of Fine Arts, Hons. Sculpture) during the 70s after leaving Hawke’s Bay. After 20 years working, teaching and exhibiting as a sculptor, in the 90s he began a self-imposed apprenticeship with computers, trying to make outputs malleable enough to fit his purposes. Returning to sculpture, the materials and methods Stephen drew from his youth have continued to inform his making, polyester resin from making and trialling surf boards, decoupaging inks, carpentry and work ethic. Now in his 70’s, time and environmental factors make further impact on Stephens technique, some artworks have spent long periods in all seasons are then upcycled, others dragged up a gravel road to build up surface effects. Stephen says, “The closer the surface appears to the objects we use daily the more intimate the conversation about art”.

Content warning:
The artworks in this exhibition may upset, awe, illuminate, confound or challenge people. The artist explores tough themes of refugee imprisonment, suicide, death, dread, and fear alongside opposing themes.

Caregiver discretion is advised: adults, consider checking out these artworks for yourself before bringing children along.

Summer Show #9: Let The Good Times Roll

Thursday 30 November 2023 – Sunday 28 January 2024

Please join us for the opening on Saturday 2 December, at 2 – 4pm.

Let the Good Times Roll is the final exhibition of the year and celebrates local creative talent.

The exhibition features work by Michael Abrahamson, Kathy Anderson, Elke Bergkessel, Donna Coster, Neela Curran, Sue Currie, Katie Hallam, Rachel Harré, Glenn Hartnell, June Inch, Louise Johns, Jonathan Marett, Casey Macaulay, Paul Smith, Henry Turner, Kris Waldin, Tessa Warburton, Joanne Webber and our arts patron Philip Trusttum.

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Arts Canterbury Juried Art Show

Thursday 1 February  – Sunday 3 March 2024

What is a Juried Art Show? A juried art show is an exhibition where artists are encouraged to submit their BEST artwork to a panel of judges or jurors who determine the final selection.

For the 2024 Arts Canterbury Juried Art Show, 38 artworks from 29 artists have been selected from the independent jurors (Jon Jeet, Rebecca Ogle, and Rebecca Smallridge). Jurors awards, and an award for Excellence in Fine Arts were presented on Sunday 11 February. Finalists will be published soon.

Visitors to the gallery have the opportunity to vote for a ‘People’s Choice’ award.

Image: Georgette Thompson, Kea Driver. 

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Pop-Up Studio

Thursday 19 October – Sunday 26 November 2023

Click here to meet the artists

For Pop-Up Studio, Oxford Gallery will became working artists’ studio for six weeks. This was a residency for a total of 12 artists. Each artist spent three weeks at Pop-Up Studio, bringing the gallery alive with activity and creativity.

North Canterbury Wearable Arts

Thursday 13 September – Sunday 15 October

We’re excited to display this year’s winning entries! Come and experience the wonderful innovation and creativity of Wearable Arts.

Our Artists

From Wednesday 2 August – Sunday 10 September

Enjoy selected works by our retail gallery artists. Featuring Ruth McLeod, Adrienne Rewi, Maree White, Tessa Warburton, Paul Smith, Michael Southern, and more.

 

Image: Michael Southern, Calling of the Black Stilts.

Matariki Artists in Residence: Neke Moa and Paula Conroy

From Wednesday 12 July – Sunday 30 July

For the Matariki season, Oxford Gallery will host creatives Neke Moa and Paula Conroy. Artist Neke Moa is of Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Ahuriri, Ngāti Porou, Tūwharetoa Ngāti Matepū, Ngāi Tū, and Ngāti Whakāri. Paula Conroy (Taranaki) a creative writer and storyteller of Atua stories. The pair are usually based at Ōtaki Beach, they collaboratively research and interpret the Mātauranga Māori that ground Moa’s artwork. Neke and Paula will be working in Oxford Gallery for most of July as Artists in Residence.

Neke Moa has an unique Māori adornment and sculptural practice. Her pieces drawing heavily on materials found in, or given to her by, te taiao (the environment). Between 2016 and 2020, Neke taught shell craft in Fiji and Tonga. She continues to teach and learn as part of her art practice, which centres on mātauranga Māori, hauora, connectedness, and materiality. Neke was keen to accept an opportunity to be creative in the takiwa of her iwi, Ngāi Tahu.

For further reading, see: garlandmag.com/perennial/neke-moa/ and https://www.masterworksgallery.co.nz/collections/neke-moa

”Whakapapa is the critical connection to all things ‘here’ in te ao kikokiko and ‘there’ with ātua in te ao mahana. Our spaces have been created and continue to evolve through the mahi of ātua, we are integral in this mahi.” Neke Moa

Charrette van Eekelen: All Powerful Beings (Darholm vs Shivlack)

Extended to Sunday 9 July 2023

Using stitching as drawing, van Eekelen reincorporates painting in mixed media artworks, using both thread and paint over an array of fabrics and materials. Charrette Van Eekelen has re-imagined the superhero sketches of her son’s video game ideas into rich, textural assemblages. Materials have been sourced from all over the world and integrated with hand-stitched embroidery.

About Charrette van Eekelen 

Several years ago, artist Charrette van Eekelen moved away from painting to using fabric, hand embroidery and assemblage to depict personal and universal images and abstractions. Drawing on the craft-making histories of both commercial textile arts and private feminine practices of stitching, she explores themes of childhood memory, domestic space and personal connections to beloved paintings and drawings. In recent works created for her MFA (Master of Fine Arts) this year, van Eekelen reincorporates painting in mixed media artworks, using both thread and paint over an array of fabrics and materials. She describes her process in this way,

“I am uncovering layers, recalling what paint does on canvas and how to replicate that and then use that as a starting point, as fabric and material add something other: sensual comfort, the familiar, alongside the purely visual effect of the paint, fabric and thread. As I work, the layers and histories of painting and stitching connect, giving my mind the pleasure of seeing which is which, while dwelling in abstracted images and an atmospheric sense of place. Memories and auto-fictions merge with layers, edits, appropriations and reconstructed images, holding the place of the familiar, and its extension.”

FOLIO 2023: Oxford Area School

Thursday 30 March – Sunday 30 April 

Oxford Area School students who have achieved Excellence in their 2022 NCEA Art studies will exhibit their art portfolios at Oxford Gallery.

Image: Detail from Cailey Hollard’s 2023 FOLIO.

The Tree of Life Project by Miranda Brown

Thursday 16 February – Sunday 12 March 2023

“I am Nature.”

In this immersive space you will be invited to explore what it means to be nature and to respond to the question, “What is our relationship to nature?

As an Artist and Regenerative Designer, Miranda Brown’s creative practice inspires people to connect with nature, to reflect and take care.

“Essentially my art is all about connecting people to the beauty of nature, to enhance wellbeing and to inspire people to look after our natural world. The focus of my work is the flora and fauna of Aotearoa, the native manu (birds) and the patterns held within nature’s design, known as sacred geometry.”

Miranda Brown has been a leader in the sustainable design movement in New Zealand for the past two decades and is driven by regenerative design principles that look after nature and all life.

Supported by Waimakariri Creative Communities.

North Canterbury Wearable Arts Winners at Oxford Gallery

22 September – 9 October

A display of the winning entries of this year’s North Canterbury Wearable Arts.

No2 ART TRAMP SHOW

25 August – 18 September 2022

Opening 3pm Sat 27 August. Artist talks and events Sun 28 August. All Welcome.

No2 ART TRAMP SHOW brings together two endeavours: individual art practices and a group practice of standing up next to the mountain and risking one’s neck!

Mark Adams, Greta Anderson, Eymard Bradley, Mitchell Bright, Mary-Louise Browne, Conor Clarke, Bruce Connew, Chris Corson-Scott, Bret de Thier, Jane Dodd, Beth Ellery, Marti Friedlander, Samuel Hartnett, Murray Hedwig, Ella Hickford, Craig Hilton, Joseph Jowitt, Jae-Hoon Lee, Ian Macdonald, Richard Mahoney, Andrew McLeod, John Miller, Haruhiko Sameshima, Stephanie Sheehan, Ann Shelton, Timothy Veling, and Hannah Watkinson.

Over the opening weekend the tramping artists were in residence before heading onto the hills. They held gear talks, a boot repair demonstration with field cooking, film and slideshows of their tramping trips. 

Image: Marti Friedlander (1928-2016)
Tramping, Arthur’s Pass, South Island (n.d). (from Larks in a Paradise (1974) p64)

Matthew McIntyre-Wilson: Matariki Artist in Residence at Oxford Gallery

30 June – 7 August 2022

We are now in the winter season of Takurua which is the perfect time to learn mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) to extend skills and make use of those materials prepared over summer. Matthew McIntyre-Wilson (Taranaki, Nga Mahanga and Titahi) is turning the gallery into his studio and creating new artwork on site.

Matthew has unpacked his experiments called tauira, a term often given to a learner but in this case they are feathered samples to learn from. The objective now is to apply these learned techniques to create new works. The artist will not only be making in the gallery but dashing off to local museums for research.

Working across the disciplines of jewellery, craft, and object-making, Matthew re-articulates the forms, patterns and practice of raranga whakairo (plaiting) with precious metals. His projects most often are designed to reconnect with the unknown maker of taonga Māori held in Museums collections. Matthew re-examines past customary techniques and takes these forward.

This exhibition is supported by Te Puni Kōkiri.

Image courtesy of the artist.

Philip Trusttum: What Are You Doing!

14 April – 19 June 2022

Everyday life experiences find their way into Philip Trusttum’s paintings often worked into semi abstract form. Trusttum’s works are large-scale and energetic, on unstretched canvas. His subject matter has ranged from landscapes to tennis, gardening to horses to Japanese masks and portraits. With 50+ years of art experience behind his current works Trusttum has an exemplary practice that makes a huge contribution to the cultural life of communities in Canterbury and Oxford Gallery in particular.

Image: Way To Go, Philip Trusttum. Acrylic on canvas.

Summer Show #7: A Sense of Wellbeing

2 December – 30 January 2021

A group exhibition including artworks by Kevin Bull, Miranda Brown, Jann Collins, Sue Currie, Jo Ogier, Marilyn Rea-Menzies, Adrienne Rewi, Paul Smith, Soon-Lee Spicer, Charrette van Eekelen, Kris Waldin and others.

Open House Printmakers : New Work

Kathy Anderson, Jo Ernsten, Casey Macaulay, Ruth Stanton-Mcleod, Kris Waldin, Tessa Warburton & Celia Wilson

7-24 October 2021

Pottery Project 2021

Interested to learn about ceramics? Please let us know.

Our kiln gifted by Oxford Area School is now housed in a new kiln shed funded by Rata Foundation. Artist Ruth Stanton-McLeod is assisting us to develop the facility and a ceramics program.

Ceramic images courtesy of Ruth Stanton Mcleod

Oxford Papermakers:

Waiaraki Eyre River Project

Alison Fleetwood, Katie Hallam, June Inch, Casey Macaulay, Elaine Steenhart, Tessa Warburton and Celia Wilson

4-28 November 2021

This project explores the contrasting beauty of Waiaraki Eyre River and our human impact on its ecosystem, via the medium of handmade paper.

Oxford Papermakers meet regularly to make paper from scratch, with new and recycled materials. They use tried-and-tested fibres such as Harakeke and embark on experiments like the ones displayed in this project; the invasive plants found on the local riverbed.

The exhibition includes painting, sculpture, handmade books, printmaking, photography and documentation.

An exhibition of work by artists of Christchurch Men’s, Christchurch Women’s and Rolleston Prisons

19 August – 31 October 2021

Artists were encouraged to use the mediums available to them; some were limited to paper and pen and others extended to paint, metal, carvings, wool and other materials. The resulting collection of over 50 art pieces is bold, strong, bright and meaningful.

Proceeds from the sale of artworks were donated to the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust.

Nigel Borell: Haumanu Hauora

Artist in Residence at Arts in Oxford

24 June – 15 August 2021

Nigel Borell (Pirirakau, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi, Te Whakatōhea) explores ideas about the land, people and cosmological ties to both through an evolving painting installation. Haumanu Hauora is an expression that speaks to health and wellbeing.

Folio : Oxford Area School

6 May – 20 June 2021

An exhibition of Oxford Area School, NCEA Art portfolios by students achieving Excellence.

Henry Turner Heaven Drawings

18 March – 2 May 2021

Drawing from the classics of philosophy and mythology, art history and local content Canterbury artist Henry Turner creates his own symbols of heaven and enlightenment. Painted works with evocative iconography respond to these knowledge systems mixed with his own experiences of the world.

Life of Ron :

Photographs from the 60’s & 70’s

by Ron Hazlehurst

28 January 2021 – 14 March 2021

Personal encounters with Christchurch townscape, environs and it’s denizens.

Summer Show #6, Community of Creatives

13 November 2020 – 24 January 2021

A group exhibition celebrating our community of creatives. Awhi mai, awhi atu, tatou, tatou e. We all help one another.

Philip Trusttum, what have we got here

18 September – 8 November 2020

Arts in Oxford Gallery celebrates the dynamic practice of artist Philip Trusttum nationally recognised for his figurative and expressionist practice. His works are usually large-scale and energetic, on unstretched canvas. Philip Trusttum is the patron of Arts in Oxford.

Trusttum’s work has largely been inspired by everyday life experiences often worked into a semi-abstract form. His subject matter has ranged from landscapes to tennis, gardening to horses to Japanese masks and portraits. In 1984, Trusttum participated in ANZART at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, following that, the same year, with an exhibition in New York that gained a review in the NY Times. He has shown in Edinburgh, New York, Hobart and Sydney, in all of New Zealand’s main centres and many smaller ones as well. In 2000 he became only the second New Zealand artist to be awarded the prestigious Pollock Krasner Foundation grant. Trusttum currently lives in a tin shed in central Christchurch, painting in a second one that was erected after the 2011 earthquake destroyed his earlier, elegant home on the same site.

Open House – Artist in Residence Project

10 July – 13 September 2020

Open House starts with an evolving print studio in action with local printmakers to promote contemporary ideas about creativity and community arts. Visit us and see prints in progress, guest artists at work. Part installation, part exhibition, part demonstration – the works produced and displayed will evolve as the project grows.

Vantage Point

21 March – 3 May 2020

A group show featuring five Christchurch based artists all with very singular and distinctive approaches.

Rebecca Harris, Marie Le Lievre, Michael Springer, Martin Whitworth and David Woodings.

Vantage Point being both a high place providing a good clear outlook and a particular point of view.

Marilyn Rea-Menzies: Extinction is Forever

1 February – 15 March 2020

A mixed media exhibition featuring NZ’s endangered birds with tapestries, paintings, drawings and digital works.

Soul Sistas: Nine Māori Women Artists

15 June – 21 July 2019

Arts in Oxford celebrates Matariki the Māori New Year with an exhibition of customary and contemporary art forms such as raranga weaving, painting and object. This multi-media exhibition draws on the aho sacred threads of whānaungatanga kinship, auahatanga creativity, whakapapa genealogical concepts and mātauranga Māori knowledge, the nine artists share and work with.

Featured Artists: Paula Rigby, Piri Cowie, Rahera Clark, Madia Purvis-Manihera, Lisa Aumua, Corabelle Summerstom, Lisa Harding, Kim Rigby and Helena Rollo.

Locality

9 June – 10 July 2018

A group exhibition exploring location, materiality and positioning.

Featuring artists Mark Adams, Tony Bond, Cheryl Lucas, Mike Boot, Elfi Spiewack, Tessa Warburton and Celia Wilson.