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Past and Present


Sat 24 Mar 2018, 10:00am–3:00pm
Tue 27 Mar 2018, 10:00am–3:00pm
Wed 28 Mar 2018, 10:00am–3:00pm
Thu 29 Mar 2018, 10:00am–3:00pm
Tue 3 Apr 2018, 10:00am–3:00pm

Where: Railway Street Studios, 8 Railway St, Newmarket, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: fionacable

For years, physical traces of history in Auckland have been scrubbed off like dead skin in a Turkish bath. In a city fixated with development, the few old buildings that are still standing are all the more precious for surviving the purge.

Yet destruction continues. Four Auckland based artists are concerned about the protection and documentation of our New Zealand heritage. This art exhibition highlights our cherished icons such as Rangitoto baches, the Esplanade Hotel, St Mary’s Bay villas, trams and cottages at Motat, to name a few.

As artist David Barker succinctly puts it, “the images in this exhibition show something of this precarious and often threatened heritage. These works become part of a valuable inventory, described with great care. In them lies an archival documentation worth retaining as it touches us all, however brief our history.”

A percentage of sales will be donated to Heritage New Zealand. Brendon Veale, Manager of Asset Funding for Heritage New Zealand says “the Past and Present exhibition and its core theme of protecting heritage is a great fit for the organisation and they are pleased to get behind it.

Any financial support that comes from the exhibition will help Heritage New Zealand to protect this country’s unique heritage and historic places.”

These images have emotional resonance, functioning as commentaries on the architecture and craftsmanship of a by-gone era. One particularly stunning work, the villa at 28 Cheltenham Rd, shows perfectly elegant lattice work and balustrades, set in what would have been pristine gardens with forlorn palm trees rising above the two-storey historic home.

Smudged in grey and raw umber, a sense of doom sweeps over the painting as if knowing its pending demise.

What better way to capture the essence of our past and preserve it for future generations.

Featured artists: David Barker, John Horner, Graham Downs and Murray Dewhurst.

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