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Alan Pearson: A Life Lived Intensely at New Zealand Portrait Gallery

Throughout his long career Pearson has constantly pushed portraiture as a way to question and reveal the complexities of the human condition. This major exhibition explores the relationship between the Expressionist painter and his subjects and the individual experiences that lie behind each sitting.

Exhibition runs from 26 November 2015 until 8 February 2016 at New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Shed 11, Customhouse Quay, Wellington.

Read more about the exhibition here

Wendy Kawabata

Wendy Kawabata: In The Land at Honolulu Museum of Art

Wendy Kawabata's solo exhibition runs from 25 September 2015 to 3 January 2016 at Honolulu Musuem of Art.

The exhibition features a mixed-media fibre work from the Grow in Light series  as well as a series of drawings relating to the artist’s experience at a 2011 residency in Iceland. The exhibition presents a visual contradiction, questioning the balance of industry and nature, of manufacturing and making. 

Read more about the exhibition here


PJ Paterson

PJ Paterson wins top award at the Pingyao International Photography Festival

PJ Paterson won the prestigious Most Excellent Photographer Art Award at the 15th Pingyao International Photography Festival in September 2015. Read about Paterson's prize-winning body of work here and more about the award here

Paterson presented an exhibtion of new work at the Festival as part of his Annual Commission for the Auckland Festival of Photography

Sydney Contemporary

Sydney Contemporary

Sanderson reviewed in Sydney Contemporary round-up - Buro 24/7

Sanderson attended Sydney Contemporary, Australasia’s international art fair, from 10-13 September 2015. Housed at Carriageworks, Sydney’s striking contemporary arts precinct, the Fair presents over 90 galleries from 13 countries, offering visitors access to cutting-edge art from some of the world’s most respected artists as well as the opportunity to discover the next generation of emerging talent.

The gallery was highlighted in Buro 24/7's review of Sydney Contemporary, describing the gallery as possessing "a cool, stylish beauty that sits smack bang in the centre of the fashionable Venn diagram between cold, cultivated, creative and chic." 

Read the article here

Read more about our stand and featured works here

Karyn Taylor

Kāryn Taylor: New Geometries reviewed on eyecontactsite

John Hurrell visited Kāryn Taylor's debut solo exhibition at the gallery, New Geometries, in August 2015, and responded to her installation-based practice. He describes the works:

"They intrigue because sometimes crisp and sharp turns to blurry and smudgy, and contained and tidy turns to flared and streaky. The intensity of the colour (and its morphological behaviour) is based on the distance of the ‘drawing' edge from the outer perimeters of the acrylic slab-box."
Kate van der Drift

Kate van der Drift: Changing Shores of Shadow reviewed on eyecontactsite

Kate van der Drift's first solo exhibition, part of the Auckland Festival of Photograhy's Signature Programme, was reviewed by Hana Aoake for eyecontactsite. Hana describes the works as being "embedded with a dreamlike sublimity" with "compositions which are both haunting and meditative."

Read the full review here

Read more about Kate's exhibition as part of Auckland Festival of Photography here

Simon Kaan

Simon Kaan and Kate van der Drift's exhibitions reviewed by TJ McNamara

Exhibiting concurrently in Rooms One and Two, Simon Kaan and Kate van der Drift both received great reviews in TJ McNamara's column. 

Of Simon Kaan's New Work, TJ says: "The simplicity of these vistas themselves hint at the Chinese heritage of the artist. The shape of the canoes refers to voyaging. Allied to the prominence of distant islands, these suggest his Maori heritage ... All these aspects of the work come together to make unique and expressive paintings."

Read the full review here

Year of the Bear

PJ Paterson awarded Auckland Festival of Photography's Annual Commission

Auckland Festival of Photography's 2015 Annual Commission has been awarded to PJ Paterson. Paterson’s journey began in March 2015 when he travelled to Shanghai as part of a Creative New Zealand research and development trip to start the process of developing his new work. The resulting images see Shanghai as an imagined landscape of unlikely objects and buildings, challenging the terrain and geography of one of China's most historic and contemporary cities. 

Paterson's newly-commissioned exhibition opens at Silo 6 to launch the Festival, and will also be shown at Pingyao International Photography Festival later in 2015. 

Read about PJ Paterson's Annual Commission here

See more works from the exhibition here


Liam Gerrard on the cover of Viva

Liam Gerrard's charcoal drawings are featured on the Valentine's Day edition of Viva, with interview from the artist inside. Gerrard's exhibition coincides with Valentine's Day; he's used tiny, highly-detailed florals to describe his characteristically ghoulish compositions - see the exhibition here.

Read the interview here

Shintaro and Yoshiko Nakahara exhibit at Auckland Art Gallery for Art Dego 

ArtDego is a dining concept and exhibition produced by Five Auckland chefs and five Auckland artists are paired and asked to collaborate on one course each - a food/art experience that challenges and delights.

In Novmeber 2014 Yoshiko and Shintaro were paired with Megan May of Little Bird Organics, exhibiting a group of works from their Chromatic Scale series alongside Megan's beautiful dessert.

See a video of the night here. Image courtesy of gather and hunt.

Josephine Cachemaille's Active Agents / Passive Matter exhibition 

Cachemaille features as a guest artist on Elsewhere Blog, discussing her current practice and exhibition Active Agents / Passive Matter.

From the story: "My paintings and installations are sites that pose questions about modern people’s conflicted relationships with objects and images, often using humour as a strategy ... In order to achieve this, both naive optimism and knowing skepticism need to be retained in the work itself." Read the full story here

Cachemaille's exhibition was also reviewed in in TJ McNamara's column in the NZ Herald. Read the review here

Ray Haydon Volume

Ray Haydon's exhibition Volume reviewed by TJ McNamara

In his great review of the exhibition in The New Zealand Herald, McNamara describes Haydon's work as "stylish, immaculately made sculpture in carbon fibre and wood that weave energetic loops in space."

Read the full review here

The exhibition coincides with the launch of the artist's first publication, Ray Haydon Sculpture, available for purchase here


Cruz Jimenez New Work

Cruz Jimenez New Work reviewed in The New Zealand Herald

TJ McNamara's review describes Jimenez' work: "Moody visions of strange forms, sometimes against celebratory bright colour or a rich darkness, skilfully painted."

Read the full review

Sanderspm at Melbourne

Melbourne Art Fair

We received some amazing press for our stand at Melbourne Art Fair in August 2014.  Robert Nelson for The Age highlighted the gallery and two of our artists - Ben Foster and PJ Paterson - in his review of the Fair, which referred to just 14 artists in total. Read the full article

We were also picked as one of the top 10 booths in's round-up of the Fair

Read the full article

Alex Plumb

Glaister Ennor Graduate Art Awards

For the first time in 2014, Sanderson hosted the Glaister Ennor Graduate Art Awards. Established in 2006, the Award brings together top masters students from AUT, Elam, Unitec and Whitecliffe art schools.

The 2014 winner is Alex Plumb of AUT, with his three-channel video 'Ivy Blue.' Judge John Daly-Peoples says of Alex's winning work:

"Artists have always created stories, forming real and imagined worlds. Here the stories are distinct ... yet impenetrable ... but intriguing. Unlike some videos which can go on too long there is a sense of containment - we have are only being shown a slice of these worlds, like traces of dreams or memories. I also like the way that the images have simplicity to them and they refer back to standard painterly forms: the domestic interior, the still life and the figure study.

"These tableaus are somewhere between a visual poem and a mysterious story which refer to the everyday but also manages to capture something of the universality of human experience and our search for meaning." 

Simon Kaan

Simon Kaan's exhibition featured in The New Zealand Herald

TJ McNamara visited Kaan's exhibition in the Newmarket gallery and much admired the artist's work: "Altogether, the natural quality of the work, its atmosphere and its motifs drawn from mixed cultures makes this a fine exhibition."

Read the full review



Kevin Capon

Jane Zusters

Auckland Festival of Photography - featuring solo exhibitions from Kevin Capon and Jane Zusters

In June 2014 Sanderson presents two exhibitions as part of Auckland Festival of Photography: Kevin Capon A perfect day in Newmarket and Jane Zusters Unruly Memoirs: Nature Fights Back in Herne Bay. 

Since the annual festival began in 2004, it has attracted an impressive line-up of New Zealand-based and international photographers and become a highlight in the winter events calendar. Its scale and reach across the Auckland region has grown to the extent that it is now the region’s largest free visual arts festival and Australasia’s leading photographic event. Find out more about the Festival here.

The Festival runs from 29 May to 20 June 2014;  Kevin Capon opens 3 to 15 June in Newmarket and Jane Zusters 11 to 28 June in Herne Bay.

Cruz Jimenez, Feo

Cruz Jimenez' Feo exhibition reviewed in The New Zealand Herald

TJ McNamara describes Jimenez' work: "Attractive, cloudy paintings that filled with the rising movement of mysterious forms and rich colour."

Read the full review

Ray Haydon 'Air' commission

Ray Haydon installs major site-specific sculpture at Saint Kentigerns College

Unveiled in October 2013, Air II is a major work commissioned by the Friends and Families of Saint Kentigerns College for the school’s atrium space. Made from strips of powder-coated aluminium, the sculpture fills the multi-level atrium space.  

Inspired by the artist’s Air series, the work was installed on-site by the artist over a 3 day period.

Art News Summer 2013

Josephine Cachemaille profiled in Art News

Virginia Were profiles Josephine Cachemaille in the Summer 2013 edition of Art News. Were discusses Cachemaille's exhibition at Nelson's Suter Gallery as well as Give Me The Light, her solo exhibition with Sanderson in October 2013. The article is not available online but the issue can be ordered here

Brit Bunkley in The New Zealand Herald

Linda Herrick writes about Brit Bunkley's exhibition No Phobia in her feature article Return of the Spider Man.

Read the full article

Art Sunday Newmarket - part of Art Week Auckland

Head to Newmarket on Sunday 13th October 2013 as we present Art Sunday - a day of Art in Auckland's premier retail destination. 

Art Sunday presents a curated programme of outdoor and street-based performances, projects and installations; gallery events from Newmarket's 7 fantastic art galleries (all within 12 minutes walking distance); good coffee, fine wine, and a relaxed Sunday atmosphere. 

Events run from 10am till 3pm - download your guide here or pick up a copy from the gallery.

Sanderson Contemporary Art's New Collector Series

The gallery is running a free programme of engaging and enlightening art events from September till November 2013 - in the hope of curing Art Fear.

This exciting Series includes seminars, giveaways, studio visits, and talks led by Warwick Brown; providing all the skills to start a rewarding art collection, whatever your budget.

Download the full programme here or register for more information and to attend events.

New gallery artist Amanda Gruenwald reviewed in The Herald

TJ McNamara raves about Amanda Greunwald's Accumulations series: "Each work has hundreds of ... deft applications of paint, and colours are set against each other to complement, support and act in the transition to nearby areas. It makes for intense, torn clouds of light and dark filled with delicious and unexpected combinations of tints."

Read the full review 

Newmarket Gallery opens Tuesday 21 May 2013

After 11 years in Parnell, in May 2013 Sanderson Contemporary Art relocated to an expanded premises at Osborne Lane, 2 Kent Street, Newmarket.  The new gallery officially launched with the opening of 'Duplex' from Damien Kurth on 21 May 2013.

The second gallery at Jervois Road, Herne Bay, continues to operate.

White Night - Saturday 16th March 2013

Sanderson Contemporary Art is delighted to be a part of White Night this March, bringing Parnell to life with exciting temporary art projects viewable for one night only - from 6pm till midnight.  Check the Auckland Festival website for event updates.

PJ Paterson in The Care Factor, curated by Steph Chalmers

PJ Paterson's photography is on show at the University of Waikato's Calder and Lawson Gallery as part of group show The Care Factor.

"The Care Factor exhibition brings together ten artists working in the field of photography, who demonstrate care, both in their choice of subject matter and in their craft. These caring and careful artists give us reason to take pause and reflect on humanity."


Parnell's Monthly Art Event

Parnell Inc. presents Lazy Last Sundays, Parnell's monthly public art event on the last Sunday of the month from October 2012 to February 2013 (excluding December).

Lazy Last Sundays brings interactive, approachable and free public art to the streets of Parnell, with on-street art projects, gallery events, live music and special deals at bars and restaurants.  

Check out Facebook for details of upcoming events.

Lazy Last Sundays - new monthly public art event in Parnell

Lazy Last Sundays launches Sunday 28th October 2012 as part of Auckland Art Week.  We're currently seeking proposals for temporary art projects in sculpture, performance, video, street art, participative and site-specific installation to feature in this exciting series of public on-street events to be held in Parnell on the last Sunday of each month.  See The Big Idea for further details.

Wallace Art Awards 2012

Gallery artists Gina Jones, John Oxborough, PJ Paterson, Antony Densham and Philip Madill have all been selected as finalists in the 2012 Wallace Art Awards.

See the full list of finalists

Liam Gerrard's New Work reviewed in the New Zealand Herald

Read the full review 

Sanderson Contemporary Art Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

This June marks 10 years since Kylie Sanderson first opened the doors on her tiny gallery in the backstreets of Parnell.

A decade later, Sanderson Contemporary Art is established as a vital contributor to Auckland’s vibrant art scene. Now operating from its expanded original location on Parnell’s main street, as well as in its new second location in Herne Bay, the gallery supports some of the most interesting contemporary artists working in New Zealand.

We're celebrating this major milestone with the launch of 10 Years, a limited edition publication, accompanying our Anniversary group show.

10 Years exhibition opening and book launch, 6pm on Tuesday, 26th June in the Parnell gallery.


Brand New Gallery Space in Herne Bay

We are delighted to annouce the opening of our new second gallery, Sanderson Contemporary Art Herne Bay.  Located at 122 Jervois Road, the Herne Bay gallery opens for the first time at 6pm on Thursday, 28th June.

Outer Edge Project - April 2012

This month we feature an outstanding Outer Edge Project from Hamilton artist Meliors Simms.  The installation, Dispersant, represents the artist's long, slow, hand-crafted response to environmental issues, which explicitly critiques the consequences of industrialised consumer culture.  The work is presented alongside an essay from textile arts scholar Fiona P. McDonald.

Read more about this project

Domestic Disturbance - Caroline Earley's installation in Sculpture & Object

Directly from show at Objectspace, Caroline Earley’s Domestic Disturbance makes an exciting addition to our Sculpture & Object exhibition. The ceramic installation is a response to Earley’s return to the United States after 16 years living in Nelson, New Zealand; it presents an uncanny table setting of perverse domesticware comprised of warped, unusable forms and enclosed volumes, reflecting the multitude of moments when Earley felt like an immigrant in her own country. 

Read more about the work

The Outer Edge Project 2012

Sanderson Contemporary Art is currently seeking submissions for The Outer Edge Project 2012. The Outer Edge Project aims to provide a venue for non-commercial exhibitions in Parnell and is a space devoted to site-specific, innovative contemporary art works from emerging artists.

With a new project mounted each month, we have just 4 spaces remaining in the 2012 programme. Send your submissions to, or see The Big Idea for further details.

Introducing Paper / Project

This brand new exhibition space is located in the courtyard behind Sanderson Contemporary Art, and will feature a flexible exhibition schedule of works on paper, photography and editions, as well as installations, projects and small shows from emerging artists. Like Paper / Project on facebook to stay in the loop.

Kevin Capon features in Sarjeant Gallery's Everyday Irregular

"Kevin Capon’s photographs elevate everyday objects and events to the realm of the quietly heroic, while at the same time charging them with a simmering suburban tension." - curator Greg Donson.

The Artists Review

Warwick Brown reviews gallery publication The Artists: 21 Practitioners in New Zealand Contemporary Art c. 2011-2013 for The New Zealand Listener.

 "The book gives potential clients of the gallery the best possible look at its artists, short of a full exhibition." - Warwick Brown

Read the full review

Wallace Art Awards 2011

Gallery artists Linda Holloway, Gina Jones and John Oxborough are selected as finalists in the 20th Annual Wallace Art Awards.

John Oxborough's Don't Tell Mummy! (left) is selected for the touring exhibition.

Martin Selman on Radio New Zealand - Arts on Sunday

Martin Selman discusses his practice and his current use of found objects / detritus from the streets of Auckland as the subject of his work. Selman explores the contemporary relevance of Carrara marble, the stone made famous by the Renaissance sculptors.

Listen to Martin Selman's interview

Alan Pearson's Variations on the Figure Review in the New Zealand Herald

T J McNamara describes Pearson's show as "painted with dash and energetic flourishes" ... "hover[ing] between landscape and abstraction."

Read the full review

Gallery artist Liam Gerrard is selected for Game On: A Selectors Choice of Contemporary New Zealand Artists at Hastings City Art Gallery.

"A portrait artist who uses hyperbole rather than caritcature, Gerrard focusses on 'other' or 'outsider' in order to confront acknowledging a subjective gaze."

Curated by Jacob Scott and John Walsh.

Sanderson Contemporary Art at the Auckland Art Fair 2011

Sanderson Contemporary Art presents 4 different exhibitions on the 4 consecutive days of the Auckland Art Fair. To get the full impact of our Art Fair project, visiters need to visit the stand on each day of the Fair.


Ray Haydon's Zenith curated into Auckland Art Fair Sculpture Court

Ray Haydon's monumental Corten steel work Zenith has been selected for inclusion in the Auckland Art Fair's exclusive Sculpture Court, which invokes the power of the sculptural medium, bringing together works which are at once challenging, intriguing and aestheitcally compelling.

Shintaro and Yoshiko Nakahara - Independant and Collaborative Artists

Asia Downunder investigates the duo's unique collaborative process prior to the opening of their first collaborative show in 2009. Watch the video

Shintaro and Yoshiko's collaborative work features in Double Vision: When Artists Collaborate at Pataka Museum of Arts and Culture in 2010.