Twenty-five Wellington artists will spill the beans for Christmas in an
exhibition opening this week. The artists have each presented work based
around the theme of 'surprise'.
The artists worked within set dimensions, which meant a large number of
works could be included in the show, says Rebecca Wilson, curator of 360 /
Michael Hirschfeld Gallery. Almost all have responded to the invitation
with new work, so the exhibition is a sample of current art in Wellington,
with the emphasis on emerging artists.
Some artists have been inspired by personal experiences related to Christmas
surprises, while others have focussed on historical and political
connotations, she says.
Visitors will see a wide range of media, from painting to video and 3D
pieces. A number of the artists are showing for the first time in this
venue, while others have featured in previous shows at the Michael
The artists in Surprise are Catherine Bagnall; Ciaran Begley; Peter Black;
Chris Bryant; Ros Cameron; Robert Cherry; Chris Clements; Kathy Barry; Emma
Febvre-Richards; Gary Freemantle; Maddie Leach; Marcus Moore; Simon Morris;
Anna-Marie O'Brien; Neil Pardington; Richard Reddaway; Jason Secto; Stuart
Shepherd; Saffronn Te Ratana; Terry Urbahn; Maria Walls; John Walsh; Tao
Wells; Nicky Wynnychuk; and Wayne Youle.
The Michael Hirschfeld Gallery features monthly exhibitions of work by
Wellington artists. Surprise is part of the exhibitions programme 360-a
full perspective on Wellington Art, sponsored by Designworks.