Never an Answer

  • 12 Abstract Painters

5 May – 10 June

Situated just outside of Matakana       one hour north of Auckland       The Vivian is a beautiful purpose-built gallery nestled in 3 acres of landscaped parklands. 


With three distinctive spaces, The Vivian shows internationally renowned and local artists in curated and group shows –interspersed by talks, performances, and events.

      Current Shows

Never an Answer
      12 Abstract Painters

5 May – 10 June 2018

Created especially for The Vivian to celebrate 125-years of women’s suffrage in New Zealand, we’re enormously proud to present our first all-women painting show Never an Answer – 12 Abstract Painters. Curated by Linda Tyler and Lucinda Bennett, it showcases the work of some of our most outstanding young abstract painters. This show also features two major Sally Gabori works, shown for the very first time in New Zealand.

Janette Cervin
      Botanical @ Fantastical

5 May – 10 June 2018

Experience Janette Cervin’s work like never before. The Vivian has commissioned Janette to paint her largest-scale works ever, and they’re really out of this world! Join us to celebrate these momentous works at the special dual preview on Saturday 5th at 4pm.


      Coming Next

      A Line Between Two Points:
Monique Lacey & Rebecca Wallis

16 June – 22 July 2018

The Vivian is delighted to showcase the work of two of our most recent represented artists, Monique Lacey and Rebecca Wallis in a single major show. The title comes from the poet Charles Olsen, who remarked that 'A poem is a line between any two points in creation.' While each artist has their very own unique practice, there are common  philosophical threads between them. This 'line', and the minimal, lyrical nature of both artists' work, promises to make for one of the highlights in this year's show calendar.

      Auckland Art Fair 2018

23 May – 27 May 2018

The Vivian is proud to announce our participation in the 2018 Auckland Art Fair, at The Cloud, 23-27th May 2018. Six years ago, in the shadow of the mighty Mount Tamahunga there was a small paddock in Matakana that dreamed one day of being home to one of New Zealand's most fascinating contemporary art spaces.  We've come a long way since we started. Both in ambition and in the breadth of artists we show – and now – represent.