Tag Archives: Exhibition

Kermadec in Ashburton

KermadecAshburton-Art-GalleryThe Kermadec: Lines in the Ocean exhibition continues it’s tour of New Zealand.

It is currently on at Ashburton Art Gallery.
327 West street. Ashburton
21 MAY – 25 JUNE 2016
Open Daily: 10am – 4pm
Wednesday: 10am – 7pm



JUNE 22, 11:00AM
Come along to the Gallery for a talk by artists Bruce Foster, Gregory O’Brien and Elizabeth Thomson they will share with you their experiences on Raoul Island and what they encountered on their week long voyage to one of the last great ocean wilderness areas on the planet. They will give you insight into how this experience is reflected in the art they made in response to this trip. The artists will be joined by Bronwen Golder, Director of the Pew Charitable Trusts Global Ocean Legacy.

This talk is free of charge and all are welcome to attend. Following the talk a light lunch will be provided and you will also have the opportunity to talk informally with the artists.

Read more about the Kermadec Project

Lily was a nice girl

A preview of works from a new series I am working on. Taken with my homemade lens using old glass from my grandfathers camera. I am working toward an exhibition of these as very large prints but I will do a smaller edition of each as well. Watch this space.

Anyone interested in pre-sales should contact me.

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11am Sunday 1An exhibition of my work opens in Wellington next week!

Titled impromptu, this show is a collection of unplanned photos – the sort of moments you stumble across that make you stop and say “Shit that looks great! I have got to photograph that.” And as the name suggests Impromptu has been quickly put together to make the most of a last minute opportunity at the wonderful Deluxe Cafe in Wellington.

Don’t you love it when things come together?

Impromptu is at Deluxe Cafe in the Embassy Theatre building, 10 Kent Terrace Wellington. It runs from the December 16th until Christmas.

I am still deciding of the final selection of works but here are a few that are in the running. Some new and a couple of old faves.


11pm Sunday collection. Three separate prints in individual round black frames.
Each approx 300mm diameter. $300 framed (one of each only) $200 unframed

11pm Sunday - Triptych11pm Sunday. A large triptych framed as one piece –  each image 483 x 329 mm
$950 framed, $800 unframed set. Not sold individually.


Offseason Ohakune, Ohakune New Zealand 2009
Previously shown in the exhibition Ripple
483 x 329 mm.   $600 framed , $300 unframed

Summer is a rope swingSummer is a rope swing | Golden Bay NZ 2013

Bells Track

Bell’s Track #1
Taken while I waited on a tramping track on Raoul Island 2011
329 x 483 mm.  $600 framed , $300 unframed

Trig the dog

Puonga deamtime. Puponga, Farewell Spit, New Zealand 2012
Previously shown in the exhibition Ripple
483 x 329 mm. $800 framed , $600 unframed

All whites Munchies

All prints are limited editions

Contact me to purchase

Kermadec at the Sargent

Sargent gallery


Kermadec – Lines in the Ocean has opened in Whanganui’s Sargent Gallery. It was a great opening and floor talk – well attended (yes more people than in the photos) with a nice relaxed conversational feel. As always the staff at the Sargent rocked. On ya Whanganui!

The show is on 9 November 2013 – 2 March 2014

Full screen Kermadec web-o-net goodness!

Kemadec website


Fresh on the inter-webo-net. The brand new official Kermadec exhibition website in all its full screen image goodness. Plenty to look at, read, video’s, artist bios … you name it. Pretty much the Kermadec Book online + more . Features work by all the Kermadec artists: (Phil Dadson,Bruce FosterFiona HallGregory O’BrienJohn PuleJohn ReynoldsElizabeth ThomsonRobin White) Darn fine!


More on the Kermadec Project



“Spirit” 2013 Breaker Bay, Wellington
Limited edition (1) – Giclée print on Rag 904 x 1355mm

From the recent Ripple exhibition at Cecil Veda Gallery in Wellington

“Spirit” is the first image from a new longterm project that is exploring the effect New Zealand’s geographic isolation has had on our national psyche in both a contemporary and historical context.

To me this image represents a relationship to the sea, quiet determination and independence the many Kiwis hold dear.

It simultaneously can represent our past, present and future. Is this an historical scene of a pioneer making landfall? Could this boy be our next Peter Blake? Or does he represent all parents hopes that kids can still have simple fun, bare back and without an electronic device in sight?

The title “Spirit” is a reference to the Split Enz song “Six months in a leaky boat” which also is about our geographic isolation.

“When I was a young boy, I wanted to sail around the world
That’s the life for me, living on the sea
Spirit of a sailor, circumnavigates the globe
The lust of a pioneer, will acknowledge no frontier”

Many thanks to my son Morgan for standing in the cold fog for so long

See more works from “Ripple”

Spirit hanging in Cecil Veda Gallery

Ripple @ Cecil Veda Gallery


RIPPLE is a photographic exploration of water. An eclectic wee mix of my recent work and a few old favourites. A nice way to ease into 2013.

It is on at the lovely Cecil Veda Gallery
82 Para Street, Miramar, Wellington, New Zealand
from 5th February until 2nd of March.
Hours: Wed-Fri: 10am-3pm. Sat: 10am-4pm or by appointment


See a full list of works here >

Deep at Deluxe

The Deep

I have a small exhibition on at Wellington’s Deluxe Cafe (the best coffee in Wellington if you ask me – in the Embassy Theatre building on Kent Terrace)

The work is an extension of the Kermadec Project. On my return to Wellington I was given the opportunity to explore  and photograph the invertebrate collection at NIWA in Evans Bay. All specimens photographed in the show were collected or can be found on the Kermadec Arc, collected from depths between 200 and 1900m.

Some of the works can be seen on a previous posting

Also on display is my hand painted Wakey Wakey Wakey poster.

And of course the main Kermadec exhibition is still currently on at City Gallery in Wellington until February.

Deluxe Cafe

Footnote Dance at Kermadec

The extraordinarily talented Footnote Dance  performed an impromptu piece inspired by the Kermadec Exhibition at City Gallery Wellington. Unfortunately I was I bit caught out so the video is only handheld and a bit rough around edges … not to mention only being a short glimpse! But a glimpse is better than nothing. Many thanks to Footnote.

More about the Kermadec project

Rapa Nui, Julio 2012

This video by Bruce Foster documents the opening of the Kemadec exhibition on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) in July 2012. The Kermadec islands lie at the south western corner of the Polynesian Triangle, the base of which is completed by Rapa Nui in the southeast. This connection, spanning over 6,500 kilometers, is reflected in a shared language and culture that links the ancient Polynesian voyagers who traversed the Pacific.

Exhibition opens in Tonga

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A slightly smaller scale version of the Kermadec exhibition has opened at the New Zealand High Commission in Nuku’alofa, Tonga this week.
Happy to report that the exhibition, the opening (attended by HRH Princess Latufuipeka Halaevalu Mata’aho Tuku’aho, the workshops, the school visits, and artist talks are all a huge hit – with fantastic attendance, feedback and coverage. And the exhibition looks fantastic too!
By the end of next week over 1,700 primary school children will have visited the exhibition. In addition some of the artists (Robin White, Gregory O’Brien, John Pule and Elizabeth Thomson and Bronwyn Golder will have visited more than a dozen schools – will send some pics of those visits shortly.
The Princess (daughter of the King), Australian High Commissioner, NZ High Commissioner, Japanese Ambassador, Minister of Tourism, the High Court Judge (a Kiwi in Tonga), school teachers, church leaders, and cultural leaders attended the Exhibition opening.

The exhibition will run from 22 May to 1 June 2012

More about the exhibition

Kermadec: Expeditions and Connections

National Library AucklandVibrant with image, word and sound, a new programme on the pristine Kermadec Trench has opened at the National Library Auckland Centre. The Window studio space in Auckland is rich with images that reflect the breadth of schools’ curriculum including science, social history, geography and art.

Shaped in conjunction with the Pew Environmental Group to explore significant expeditions, journeys and connections to the Kermadec region, this programme offers an exciting insight and resource for schools and public alike.

The programme runs until 21 September.

Read more at National Library site

Photo by Spencer Levine.

Kermadec Speaker Series

Experience Kermadec come alive, hear the story behind the expedition and exhibition.
Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum, Corner Quay and Hobson Streets, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland
6.30pm start. $5 per person Admission

Voyage the Kermadecs  The Artists’ Journey
Thursday 29.03.12
Speakers ~ Gregory O’Brien, John Reynolds, Phil Dadson & Bronwen Golder

Amazing Diversity A unique microcosm of flora & fauna
Thursday 26.04.12
Speakers ~ TomTrinski, NIWA expedition scientist

The Kermadec Region A living legacy
Thursday 31.05.12
Speakers ~ Bronwen Golder

Experiencing the Kermadecs Documentary screening
Thursday 28.06.12
Speakers ~ Bruce Foster & Jason O’Hara

To book, please contact Leanne on (09) 373 0800 or leanne@maritimemuseum.co.nz

Exhibition to go to Tonga and Wellington

Great news! Bronwyn Golder from Pew announced yesterday that the Kermadec exhibition has two more venues lined up.

In May a scaled back show will be heading to Tonga to be hosted by the NZ High Commission. Some of the artists will also travel there for a week of events and workshops.

In October the full show (or yet another evolution of it) will travel to Wellington’s City Gallery. As a Welly boy I couldn’t be more excited that local friends, family and supporters will finally get a chance to see it.

There is also going to be an offshoot show at the National Library in Auckland opening in April. More detail about that closer to the date.

And there are also rumors that we may go to Germany … Crikey!

More about the Kermadec Project

Kermadecs exhibition now open in Auckland

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The Kermadec exhibition opened in Auckland’s Edmiston Gallery last night. It was a big night to a packed audience and feedback has be extremely positive already.

‘Kermadec’ showcases a diverse collection of artworks from nine leading South Pacific artists inspired by their voyage to the Kermadec region of New Zealand in May 2011.

The show runs from 15 February to 1 July 2012

Edmiston Gallery/Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum, Corner Quay and Hobson Streets, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland, Tel: +64 9 373 0800

Read more on the maritime museum website

More about the Kermadec project