WATER \ WAY at Aratoi Museum of Art & History

Aratoi Museum of Art and History is currently hosting WATER \ WAY a multi-media exhibition featuring thirteen New Zealand artists including Solander Gallery artists Jacqui Colley and Jenna Packer.
There will be an opportunity to hear from the artists & curators at a public talk on Sunday 26 May 10.30am.

‘Gold’ for Artist Alexis Neal

Alexis Neal’s recently exhibited artist book ‘Something to Remember’ won ‘Gold’ in the specialty product category at the New Zealand Pride in Print Awards 2019 in Wellington last night. Congratulations to the artist and collaborators Design Bind Ltd.

(install image from Alexis Neal’s exhibition ‘Pūawai’ at Solander Gallery 📷 Will Bennett)

‘Paradise Lost’ on Tour in Russell

‘Paradise Lost’ was officially opened in Russell as part of Russell’s contribution to Tuia 250, a series of events around the country commemorating Cook’s visit in 1769. The Swedish Deputy Head of Mission to New Zealand, Henrik Grudemo was welcomed with a pōwhiri onto the Kororāreka Marae attended by local iwi and children from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Waikare and Russell School.

Russell Museum will host the exhibition from April 6 to May 16.

Basia Smolnicki NZPPA Merit Award Winner

Congratulations to Solander Gallery artist Basia Smolnicki who picked up a merit award in the Waikato Society of Arts 2019 NZ Painting and Printmaking Award for her work ‘At the end of the day’. Basia’s winning print can be viewed in the gallery.

Auckland Print Studio: lithographs, etchings, woodcuts and monotypes

Auckland Print Studio’s 10th Anniversary Exhibition featuring lithographs, etchings, woodcuts and monotypes opens at GALLERY ONE, Unitec 5:30pm Tuesday, 23 October.  Pop along to view works by Solander Gallery artists John Pusateri, Jacqui Colley, Michael Barnes  plus a selection of artists we have previously exhibited including Jude Rae, Lonnie Huthinson, Sandow Birk, John McKaig, Tim Musso, Dan Heskamp, Jason Grieg, Zuza Kosinka, Aiko Robinson, Trevor Parker and Stephen Ellis.  Exhibition runs until 9 November.

Sydney Contemporary Art Fair 2018

Solander Gallery is proud to present an exhibition featuring six of our talented artists at this years Sydney Contemporary Art Fair at Carriageworks from 13 -16 September.  Our represented artists are Marci Tackett, Jacqueline Aust, Richard Adams, Aiko Robinson, John Pusateri and Belinda Griffiths.  We are excited to be taking a vibrant  and diverse selection of works on paper so come and visit us at Booth P09.

John Pusateri: Wallace Trust Finalist

Congratulations to Solander Gallery artist John Pusateri, a finalist in the 27th Annual Wallace Arts Trust Award with his drawing “Sleep” [coloured pencil and Flashe paint on paper, 520 x 385 mm 2018].

Parkin Drawing Prize Winner – Jacqui Colley

Congratulations to Solander Gallery artist Jacqui Colley on the announcement of her Premier Award in the 2018 Parkin Drawing Prize.

Jacqui’s entry “Long Echo” is a large etched aluminum panel that measures 2.4metres by 1.2metres. This ambitious, confident work loosely references aerial views of Canterbury, observing shapes and the geographic marks on the landscape from rivers which flow from the mountains to the sea, the great lakes and the few remaining wetlands. The surface of the work is etched with lines and textures in an intuitive interpretation of place.

“With intersecting grids, circles and lines I have mimicked the colonisation of the now mechanised land.”

Jacqui’s work and other finalists are on exhibition at the New Zealand of Fine Arts, Wellington from 17 July – 19 August

Further works by Jacqui are available to view here at Solander Gallery.

Paradise Lost | Daniel Solander’s Legacy

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Paradise Lost | Daniel Solander’s Legacy

To coincide with the 250th Anniversary of Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific, Solander Gallery and project partner Embassy of Sweden in Canberra have initiated an exhibition to commemorate the contribution naturalist, Daniel Solander made to New Zealand’s history.

Scientist Joseph Banks employed Daniel Solander, a Swedish botanist and together they collected hundreds of plant species as the Endeavour circumnavigated New Zealand.

As paper was in short supply in 1760’s England, Banks and Solander bought printers proof of Milton’s book Paradise Lost and it was pages from this work that were used to press and dry the first European collections of New Zealand plants.

Ten contemporary New Zealand artists have been invited to respond to Daniel Solander for an exhibition that will open at Solander Gallery in 2019 and then tour nationally and internationally.

The participating artists are, John Pusateri (Auckland), Alexis Neal (Auckland) Dagmar Dyck (Auckland), John McLean (New Plymouth), Tabatha Forbes (New Plymouth), Michel Tuffery (Wellington), Sharnae Beardsley (Christchurch), Jo Ogier (Christchurch), Lynn Taylor (Dunedin) and Jenna Packer (Dunedin).

Expect further updates as we delve into the life of Daniel Solander, the botanist and nature’s argonaut.

Special thanks to the National Library of New Zealand and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa for the opportunity for artists to view the Banks and Solander collections.

Photography Credit: John Pusateri and Will Bennett





Congratulations to three Solander artists for their selection as finalists in prestigious New Zealand art awards.

John Pusateri selected as a Finalist in the The New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award 2018 (Waikato Society of Arts) with the work Buho y Calavera, Lithograph, 2017

Jacqueline Aust selected as a Finalist in the The New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award 2018 (Waikato Society of Arts) with Atlas of Declensions, mono print, dry point, etching and photogravure, 2017

Alexis Neal selected as a Finalist in the 2018 Molly Morpeth Canaday Award 3D with Bed of Roses, woven printed paper, 2017

The New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award 2018 (Waikato Society of Arts) is a nationally significant painting and printmaking award, established, and hosted, by the Waikato Society of Arts. It offers one of New Zealand’s most valuable cash awards for New Zealand artists in the fields of painting and printmaking. The $20,000 prize is very generously sponsored by the Philip Vela Family Trust and they also purchase the winning artwork for their collection.

This year the invited award judge is the Australia painter/printmaker Dianne Fogwell who is also represented in New Zealand by Solander Gallery. Dianne has made a major contribution to the arts community in Australia through her own arts practice, teaching, curating and establishing press and print studios.

The 2018 Molly Morpeth Canady Award – 3D is presented by Arts Whakatāne and Whakatāne Museum and Arts. The program is made possible through the generous support of the Molly Morpeth Canaday Fund, established by Frank Canaday in memory of his wife Molly Morpeth Canaday. The trust has been a major supporter of the arts in Whakatāne for over twenty-five years.