20 February – 30 May 2021

Following major solo shows by Simon Denny (2014), Kim Pieters (2014), Ruth Buchanan (2016), Luke Willis Thompson (2018) and Edith Amituanai (2019), Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi has invited US-based New Zealand artist Kate Newby to present her work in an exhibition occupying our entire building (and beyond). This will be her most substantial exhibition in Aotearoa New Zealand to date. Newby is enjoying substantial international attention for her sculptural practice that entails working with local manufacturers and materials and creating subtle interventions in specific contexts. She has built her career on the principle of ‘travelling light’, responding to locations where she is invited to work. In Wellington she will be treating our building and its surroundings as her subject, working with local manufacturers, suppliers and helpers to produce a series of material interventions using a range of materials she has made her own: glass, clay, cast metals, rope, concrete, bricks, and tiles. Newby’s installations invite close attention and lead to new appreciation of the qualities, uses and meanings of locations and materials. We see this as a gift to audiences keen to experience art ‘in real life’.

This exhibition is made possible with a substantial grant from Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa, with further support from Wellington City through its Public Art Fund, the College of Creative Arts at Massey University Wellington and private donors.

Kate Newby is fast making a name for herself internationally and in New Zealand as a sculptor and exhibition maker of great sensitivity. She has a DocFA from Elam School of Fine Arts (2015) and has received a number of prestigious awards including a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant (2019) and the Walters Prize (2012), and residencies including Chinati Foundation (Marfa, 2012), Fogo Island (Newfoundland, 2012-3), and ISCP (NYC, 2012). In 2019 she exhibited her work in solo exhibitions in Sydney, Lisbon, Toronto, Villeurbanne (Fr), and Portland. She is represented by Michael Lett, Auckland and Fine Arts Sydney. You can view her recent work here: http://www.katenewby.com/