Public programme: October – December 2017


Friday 13 October 6-8pm
Exhibition opening 

Adam Art Gallery
Please join us for the opening of our final exhibitions for 2017:

From the College Collection

What Remains, The Karori Commission
Anna Sanderson, Gavin Hipkins, Philip Kelly

Future Islands: The New Zealand Exhibition at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale

Apparitionsthe photograph and its image
Curated by Geoffrey Batchen and his Honours students

We will also announce the winner of the 2017 Chartwell Trust Student Art Writing Prize.

Saturday 14 October, 11am

Adam Art Gallery
Join Professor Geoffrey Batchen and his Honours students in the Kirk Gallery to hear them speak about Apparitions: the photograph and its image.

Saturday 14 October, 2pm

Adam Art Gallery
Join Kathy Waghorn and Charles Walker, Creative Directors of Future Islands, the 2016 New Zealand exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale, for an introductory tour of their exhibition.

Wednesday 1 November, 6pm
Thick Cinema: Wellington CIRCUIT commissions screening

Embassy Theatre
Please join us for the Wellington screening of the 2017 CIRCUIT commissions. This special screening features new works by John Di Stefano, Joyce Campbell, Fiona Amundsen, Sam Hamilton and Kim Pieters. $10 adults/ $8 students. Pre-booking recommended as seating is limited. To book email  Door sales as available.

Wednesday 15 November, 6pm
Gordon H Brown Lecture: Christina Barton
City Gallery Wellington
Event link here

In her lecture titled The Promise of Art History: Towards a History of the Contemporary, Christina Barton traverses a history of New Zealand art from 1969 to the present, focusing on specific works by a range of artists to argue a case for the discipline of art history as a valuable tool not only to read works of art but to understand the nature of our contemporary era. Drawing on her double life as an academic art historian and a working curator, Barton touches on her many encounters with art and artists to map a different route through her times.

Friday 1 December, 5.30pm

The politics of erasure_the artists et al.,  

Natasha Conland
Adam Art Gallery

Natasha Conland, Curator of Contemporary Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi oTāmaki, considers the installation practice of the enigmatic art collective, et al. Approaching the last 15 years of their production, Conland examines the place of ‘content’ in their work, and asks how stable the systems of belief are within the practice.


Saturday 16 December, 2pm
Collecting Photography, with Geoffrey Batchen
Adam Art Gallery

Please join us as Professor Geoffrey Batchen, curator of and lender to the exhibition Apparitions: the photograph and its image, leads a discussion on the nuances and challenges of collecting photography with a group of passionate private collectors. Questions addressed in the discussion will be, what motivates a collector? What is the relationship between public and private collections? And what considerations does one make in gifting a substantial private collection to a collecting institution?


Tuesday 19 December, 6pm
Amy Howden Chapman reading: Architecture and Ideology
Adam Art Gallery
Please join us for this special closing event for the 2017 programme. Organised in partnership with the Dowse Art Museum, we are pleased to host Los Angeles-based New Zealand artist Amy Howden Chapman, who will present a performative lecture about glass architecture and corporate urbanism.


Architects Talk. A series, organised in partnership
with the Wellington branch of the NZ Institute of Architects 

Saturday 2 December, 2pm

Nick Bevin gives a personal account of the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale
Adam Art Gallery

Join architect Nick Bevin (of Bevin & Slessor) as he recounts his experiences as a guide at the Future Islands exhibition during its time in Venice. We’ll hear about the exhibition in the context of the wider Venice Architecture Biennale, who visited, and their impressions of the New Zealand pavilion.

Thursday 7 December,
Short stories: featuring Kylee Herbert, Christine Norman, 
Robin Aitken, Chris
Kelly and Jesse Matthews
Adam Art Gallery

In our second Architects Talk, we hear stories about Wellington architects and their buildings, several of which are featured in the Future Islands exhibition.

Christine Norman (partner of the late Gerald Melling) will talk about the housing project in Sri Lanka that Melling undertook. She travelled there with Melling, and agonised with him over the inevitable compromises and challenges of the whole process. Norman works in the medical field and notes parallels between this post-tsunami housing project and the issues that medical staff have in their own aid work.

Robin Aitken (Athfield Architects) and Kylee Herbert (resident of the Athfield complex) talk about what it is like to inhabit Athfield’s complex of buildings on the hill in Khandallah. The site is home to not only the Athfield Architecture office, but also contains a number of residences. How do these public, private and communal spaces actually work? Where do they overlap? What is it like to bring up a family there?

Chris Kelly and Jesse Matthews (Architecture Workshop) introduce their Ahuriri Valley Lodge. The project (currently under construction) has a grid shell lattice roof structure. How does a complicated geometry like this evolve from a design sketch through to installation on site?