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Must-see April art in Wellington

By Josie 3 Apr 2019

Autumn is a great time to get out and see art in Wellington; from a not-to-be-missed international double header, to unique Māori film and video, there are so many great exhibitions opening in the city this month. Here are our top picks for the best art to see this April in Wellington.


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City Gallery Wellington

Two huge exhibitions are landing at City Gallery in an exciting international double feature – Semiconductor: The Technological Sublime and Eva Rothschild: Cosmos. These two extraordinary exhibitions will be running side by side until July.

In bright and bold Semiconductor, UK artist duo Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt produce spectacular, large-scale moving-image works that extend our experience and understanding of the world through the lens of scientific technology. Eva Rothschild (who is about to represent Ireland at the Venice Biennale) revitalizes and reinvigorates a familiar language of formal sculpture in the magnificent Cosmos.

There is no open late this month due to the install, but there will be a Semiconductor Artists Talk and a unique opportunity to hear Robert Leonard and Sarah Hopkinson in conversation about Eva Rothschild.

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Toi Art at Te Papa

It’s our last chance to spend time with the magnificent terracotta warriors this month as they leave Te Papa on April 22. If you haven't had a chance yet, the time is now to visit the 'eighth wonder of the world' while they are here in Wellington. There will be an extra special chance to see the exhibition at the final late night viewing on 11 April, with special tickets including a drink and Chinese dumplings.

And for the cherry on your terracotta cake, Te Papa Talks: Modern Remembrance will be the final in the series of talks inspired by terracotta warriors examining how the cultures that accompany death and burial are adapting to our ever-changing world.

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The Dowse

The Dowse has two really exciting new exhibitions opening this month. Māori Moving Image: An Open Archive explores the history of Māori artists who have used animation, film and video as a medium from the 1970s to today. This will be accompanied by an event in which to hear moving image artist Nathan Pohio in conversation with Dr Laurence Simmons, Professor of Film Studies at the University of Auckland

Also opening in April is Marilynn Webb: Taste before Eating. This will be exhibition for all of the senses with hand-coloured prints depicting the New Zealand landscape paired a recipe, written in the tone of Aunt Daisy. A sea view and a scone anyone? 

  • Maori Moving Image: An Open Archive is ongoing until July 21
  • Marilynn Webb: Taste Before Eating is ongoing until July 21
  • Talk by Nathan Pohio and Dr Laurence Simmons 13 April 2pm
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Toi Pōneke Art Gallery

Opening at Toi Pōneke during April is Ghosts, Floating, an autobiographical exhibition of paintings, poems and small sculptures by Wellington artist Briana Jamieson that form conceptual, intimate shrines to people and experiences.

As part of the exhibition, a public poetry reading will take place in the gallery on April 9, where seven poets; George Banach Salas, Maisie Chilton Tressler, Alice Fennessy, Joy Holley, Lizzie Murray, Jane Paul and Briana Jamieson, will read pieces of writing reflecting on thoughts of friendship.

  • Ghosts, Floating on until 27 April
  • Public poetry reading 9 April 5:30pm
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McLeavey Gallery

Find a great opportunity at McLeavey Gallery this month see the paintings of prolific contemporary New Zealand Artist John Reynolds in his new exhibition The Emptiness of All Endeavour.

  • The Emptiness of All Endeavour – John Reynolds is on until 20 April 
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Enjoy Public Art Gallery 

For lovers of film and moving image, an enticing new exhibition of work by Wellington-based artist Christopher Ulutupu is ongoing at Enjoy Public Gallery in April. See Ulutupu’s re-imaginings of Samoan music videos from the 1970s exploring identity and the legacies of colonialism in Aotearoa and the Pacific.

  • Christopher Ulutupu – Dreaming of Lulu ongoing until 13 April

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