Current Shows

Anthony Morris

        LXXX - An Artist in the Making

8 September – 14 October 2018

Please join us at The Vivian in Matakana from 4-6pm on Saturday 8th September for a special community celebration to mark the opening of an inspirational show of work by legendary Matakana potter Anthony Morris.

This journey began with a major retrospective curated by Elizabeth McClure at Morris and James last year. But we felt that much of the work was of such significance to the history of New Zealand arts and crafts, that it deserved a place in The Vivian exhibition calendar. The title reflects a recent birthday by Ant, who at 80-year's old, is still practicing his craft in his studio – and never seems to tire.


Ivan Lupi

        X - Live performance event

9 September @1.30pm

1.30pm, Sunday 9th September. R18 Event.
Ivan Lupi is an internationally renowned performance artist whose bold, often confronting, yet deeply moving practice has seen him invited to perform across the world. Often using his body as a framework for his research, X is no different. Inspired by the 125th anniversary of Women's Suffrage in NZ, participation is encouraged, as this will be one to remember.

Stephen Benwell

        Little Heroes

8 September –14 October 2018

From Melbourne... to Matakana. We're so excited to have the opportunity to show the delightful work of one of Australia's most original and magical ceramicists in the Studio Gallery.

A small group of Stephen's signature small statues has crossed the Tasman for the very first time for this unique NZ show, in collaboration with the team at Niagara Galleries in Melbourne. 


      Past Shows

        Midnight at the Crossroads

28 July – 2 September 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. 

        Vignette

28 July – 2 September 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. 


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        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.

        Exodus

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.