City Gallery Wellington will be filled with artworks from one of the most
significant collections of contemporary art in Australasia, from this
weekend. Colin McCahon, Bill Hammond, and Rosalie Gascoigne feature
alongside leading Maori and Aboriginal artists in home and away -
Contemporary Australian and New Zealand Art from the Chartwell Collection.
The exhibition has been drawn from the Chartwell Collection, started in the
1970s by Hamilton businessman R B K Gardiner as a way of bringing
contemporary art to Hamilton at a time when the city was without an art
gallery. Now numbering around 600 works, the Collection is widely recognised
as one of the most significant of its type in the region.
There will be a special lecture by Doug Hall, Director of the Queensland Art
Gallery, Brisbane, on Saturday 3 February at 2pm to mark the opening. A
floortalk by exhibition curator William McAloon will take place on Sunday 11
February at 2pm.
City Gallery Wellington has created a special exhibition to run alongside
home and away, highlighting recent acquisitions from the Chartwell
Collection. Artists include Fiona Pardington, Michael Parekowhai, Peter
Peryer and Wellingtonian Simon Morris.
home and away features mainly works of the past 15 years, with the theme of
trans-Tasman similarities and differences. Emerging artists from both
countries are represented, alongside indigenous artists (Emily Kame
Kngwarreye and Billy Stockman Tjapaltjarri, from Australia), and Maori
artists Peter Robinson and Jacqueline Fraser (recently chosen as New
Zealands first representatives in this years Venice Biennale international
Doug Halls visit has been made possible by the Chartwell Trust. home and
away is supported by the Chartwell Trust, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki
and Creative New Zealand.