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Now & Then


Wed 7 May 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm
Thu 8 May 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm
Fri 9 May 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm
Sat 10 May 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm
Sun 11 May 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm

Where: Rotorua Museum, Oruawhata Drive, Government Gardens, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult Museum Admission: $20.00
  • Child (5-15yrs) Museum Admission: $8.00
  • Senior (65+yrs) Museum Admission: $18.00
  • Large Family (2a & 3c): $45.00
  • Small Family (1a & 3c): $28.00
  • U5s: $0.00


Listed by: Rotorua Museum

'Now & Then: Enduring and developing themes in contemporary New Zealand photography' explores the trends and themes of New Zealand fine art photography over the past four decades.

The exhibition draws on The Active Eye, a groundbreaking photography exhibition which in 1975 became a foundation for the photography collection of Te Manawa in Palmerston North.

Using this as a starting point for the Now & Then exhibition curator Susanna Shadbolt has selected 38 established and emerging photographers to show how contemporary photography has developed. Showcasing works from as early as 1969 to as recent as 2011, the exhibition includes photographs by Laurence Aberhart, Peter Peryer, Fiona and Neil Pardington, Wayne Barrar, Ben Cauchi and Yvonne Todd.

“Now & Then is an extremely rare opportunity for visitors to experience a high number of fine art photographs by New Zealand artists. By covering both contemporary and retrospective themes Now & Then aims to continue and broaden the discussion on fine art photography as it was first established by The Active Eye,” says Shadbolt.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue made available with support from Creative New Zealand.

Now & Then: Enduring and developing themes in contemporary New Zealand photography
has been curated and toured by Te Manawa Museum of Art, History and Science.

The exhibition is on at Rotorua Museum from 15 March to 11 May 2014. Entry is included with Museum admission. Adults $20, seniors $18 and children $8. Entry for Rotorua residents is free with appropriate ID.

Image credits:
Wayne Barrar, The illuminations #1, Torre Abbey Gardens in Torquay, England, (2011). Digital pigment print, 405 x 590mm. Courtesy of the artist and McNamara Gallery.

Richard Collins, Pakiri, (1969). Gelatin silver print, 265 x 390mm. Collection of Te Manawa Art Society Inc. and courtesy of Te Manawa Museums Trust.

Anne Noble, Ruby’s Room No. 22, (2001/2010). Inkjet print - pigment on Hahnemühle paper, 1160 x 1420mm. Courtesy of the artist and McNamara Gallery.

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