Memories of Place

  • The Art of Sally Gabori

23 March – 12 May

Happy Easter folks! - The Vivian will be closed Good Friday and will be open 11am – 5pm from Saturday to Monday.


Join us this Saturday at 4pm for the opening of 4 new shows.

Memories of Place

        The Art of Sally Gabori

23 March – 12 May


Opening this Saturday - 23 March @4pm
Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori was born about 1924 on Bentinck Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria. She only started painting around eighty years of age, and her career lasted only a decade or so, before she passed away in 2015. Her legacy was a life-affirming body of work that has no parallel in Australian art history. 

Loved and adored by institutions and private collectors around the world, we are pleased to announce a major show of Mrs Gabori’s work which will run from 23 March – 12 May 2019. Presented in conjunction with The Estate of Sally Gabori and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, these rare works have never been seen before in New Zealand.

National Treasures

        Contemporary Ceramics

23 March – 12 May


North Gallery, 23 March – 12 May
To coincide with this important trans-Tasman event, The Vivian is excited to show complementary work in National Treasures: Contemporary Ceramics from Australia and New Zealand. Featuring a knock-out list of some of the leading artists in our region, you can expect gorgeous and large-scale visual wonders from Virginia Leonard, Glenn Barkley, Aaron Scythe, Stephen Bird, Lynda Draper, Stephen Benwell, Dean Smith, and Carlene Thompson. Don't miss the catalogue by ceramics supremo Glenn Barkley! Opens Saturday 23 March @ 4pm.

Rebecca Wallis

        Of Itself

23 March – 12 May


South Gallery, 23 March – 12 May
This is Rebecca’s first major solo show at The Vivian, and it is as sensational as it is awe-inspiring. Sublime. Raw, and deeply intellectual, Rebecca’s work is inspired by the writings of Julia Kristeva, and her own experience as a woman, and a mother. Trained at Goldsmith’s in London and now based in New Zealand, this new series of paintings continues Rebecca’s practice as a painter of national and international significance. Opens Saturday 23 March @ 4pm.

Christopher Duncan

        Ad Libitum

23 March – 12 May


Studio Gallery, 23 March – 12 May
Based in Warkworth, Christopher is a weaver who makes extraordinary hand-made textiles, garments, and artworks on a traditional loom in his studio. Many of you will recognise his work from TÜR on K-Road, and he has also been shown in numerous exhibitions. The work on display at The Vivian has been created for this show, and embraces concepts around the joy of making, the defiance of technology, and the celebration of time. Opens Saturday 23 March @ 4pm.

Sculpture Garden

        Gow Langsford Sculpture Garden

On until April 2019

Where art meets landscape: Discover the magic of the Gow Langsford Sculpture Garden. This Summer, we’re proud to host the first ever Gow Langsford Sculpture Garden at The Vivian, featuring a gorgeous selection of outdoor sculpture by highly acclaimed Australasian artists; Paul Dibble, Gregor Kregar, David McCracken and Lisa Roet.


        What’s Next For The Vivian?

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We have a full calendar of shows and events for 2019 featuring international and NZ based artists. Stay in touch on social media to be the first to hear about our openings and events.

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.