Current Shows

Fiona Pardington

        Midnight at the Crossroads

28 July – 2 September 2018

Fiona Pardington, 'Suspect Device',  2017. (Detail)
Courtesy of the artist and Starkwhite, New Zealand

We are delighted to launch Fiona Pardington's outstanding new series, Midnight at the Crossroads in collaboration with Starkwhite, with a unique event featuring special guests Mr & Mrs Haines.

Recognised as one of New Zealand's leading artists, and with over 30-years of professional practice, Fiona believes photography is the ultimate animistic portal; a crossroad where mundane and etheric meet in light and shadow.

Vicki Fanning


28 July – 2 September 2018

Vikki Fanning,
UGC 1, 2018 (Detail)

Powerful, raw, and sublime ‘Vignette’ explores the relationships between technology and the human body; a theme Vicki has been exploring for the past year in her practise.

These three individual pieces have been painstakingly crafted to highlight the strength, and fragility, of her signature borosilicate glass.

      Past Shows


        A Line Between Two Points

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. While each artist has their very own unique practice, there are common  philosophical threads between them.

        Never an Answer

5 May – 10 June 2018
Created especially for The Vivian to celebrate 125-years of women’s suffrage in New Zealand, 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. 

        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.

        Feet Of Clay

21 March - 29 April 2018
If you're pakeha, the idea of ‘classicism’ permeates throughout the entire history of western art. It’s troublesome though. And this fascinating show explores both its historical narrative – it’s not really a philosophy, a defined story, or a ‘movement’ at all – and its relevance to contemporary art. 

        Pop Pachimon

21 March - 29 April 2018
Pop Pachimon ポップ・パチもん  - Welcome to one of the most delightful shows of the year! Aaron Scythe (b.1971) is one of New Zealand’s most fascinating ceramic artists. Born in Auckland, Aaron discovered Japanese pottery techniques for the first time while he was studying in Sydney.


21 March - 29 April 2018
Exodus heralds a new chapter in the history of The Vivian, as it’s the first show curated by our Director, Scott Lawrie. With a hand-selected group of some of the most outstanding artists working in New Zealand and Australia today, it’s an experience designed to be both thought-provoking, sensational and inspiring.