On until 31 January 2016

Lisa Chandler / China Dream

Beijing comes to Marlborough - China Dream - from hútòng to highrise

Nelson artist Lisa Chandler, is exhibiting a series of paintings based on her artist residency in Beijing last year. The title of the exhibition echoes the phrase ‘Chinese Dream' coined by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Her large scale paintings explore the impact on communities as traditional alleyways (hútòngs) are replaced by highrise buildings, shopping malls and transit stations. Lisa Chandler is an abstract painter concerned with the theory of the ‘non-place'. The ‘non-place' is a concept that describes generic transitional spaces associated with the process of modernity. These spaces are considered to be anonymous places that reflect global culture.
In 2014 Chandler undertook an artist residency at Red Gate in Beijing to study the non-places of this global city. During her residency however, Chandler found herself drawn to hútòngs, original alleyways that network through the city. It is here that indigenous culture still exists, albeit in poorer conditions than those of the ‘high-rise'. Chandler responded to this research by making photograph-based collages, which allowed her to overlay and contrast her experiences in a quick and direct manner. On her return to Mapua, she began to work these collages into large-scale paintings. Here Chandler began to meld the images to create surreal and ‘dream-like' visions. This development is LC_TheRiceIsAlreadyCooked_250px.jpgindicated by the title of the series - China Dream - which not only refers to the political context of the residency but also signals the artist's sense of ‘distance' and ‘memory' in relation to that place.
Anna-Marie White, Curator, The Suter, Nelson

Lisa Chandler - The Rice Is Already Cooked



Group Exhibition

An exhibition of historical and contemporary art that considers Marlborough's WardPeakOctober2015_250px.jpglandscape. This group exhibition features a new body of plein air paintings by Joanna Dudson Scott, completed on remote sites throughout Marlborough.




Joanna Dudson - Ward Peak


7 February - 20 March 2016

Selling the Dream - The Art of Early New Zealand Tourism

Before television and colour photography, poster art was the most popular advertising mechanism. Selling the Dream is the first dedicated and extensive celebration of tourism posters and other publicity that helped promote New Zealand - both locally and to the world - until the 1960s.
MitchellMarlboroughSounds_250px.jpgThe exhibition features more than 50 lithographs and silk-screen prints produced by some of New Zealand's leading commercial artists between the 1920s and 1960s. Sourced from private collections, the posters promote the glamour of travel and New Zealand's tourism attractions of the day. The exhibition features a series of short interviews and a 15 minute documentary Graphic Wonderland, which explore the art, skills and techniques of commercial artists during this period. Exhibition toured by Canterbury Museum.




Image: Leonard Mitchell, Marlborough Sounds, 1934


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The Millennium Public Art Gallery in Blenheim

Marlborough's public art gallery is located in the centre of Blenheim, opposite Seymour Square right beside the Marlborough District Council. See map.

The Art Gallery presents a high quality, varied programme of regularly changing art exhibitions and events. 

Come and enjoy art works from Marlborough’s own artists along with art from renowned painters, sculptors, weavers, photographers and other talent from around New Zealand and overseas.



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