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Susan Holmes: Fabric Artist

19 November 2016 - 04 February 2017

Working as a fabric artist since 1971, Susan Holmes is recognised for her intuitive engagement with fabrics spanning five decades. From simple beginnings producing potato print scarves and shirts, she soon established a reputation for creating beautiful fashion garments which she sold at Brown’s Mill. Constantly improvising and devising new techniques of printing, dyeing, stencilling, spraying and manipulating fabrics her work has remained inventive and creative. Now most well known for her contribution to wearable art as one of the most awarded World of WearableArt™ designers in New Zealand. Susan Holmes: Fabric Artist at Objectspace, the fifth major commissioned project in Objectspace’s Masters of Craft series, honours her mastery of textile craft.

Objectspace’s Masters of Craft exhibition series celebrates the achievements of outstanding New Zealand practitioners working at the highest level in the fields of craft, design and the applied arts whose practice is distinctive, enduring, influential and redefining of tradition.Susan Holmes is arguably New Zealand’s most accomplished and acclaimed fabric artist.

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Half-Blood

01 October 2016 - 05 November 2016

Half-blood is an exhibition that challenges the history and myths associated with both Māori and Pakeha identity through two playable digital artworks by graphic designer Johnson Witehira. The works, projected side-by-side in the gallery space, present two narratives; the arrival of Māori and the arrival of Pakeha in Aotearoa New Zealand. The audience are invited to take up the controls and navigate a Pacific or British character through the alien landscape, with each forced to overcome challenges in their newly-discovered worlds. For Māori this included taming the harsh environment; for Pakeha it was taming the savages.

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Beauty is in the Street

27 August 2016 - 24 September 2016

Reimagining the city through the eyes of critically attuned and collective making practices which engage in the vital issues and materials of our contemporary landscape with resilience, humour, energy and transmutation.

Image: Luka Mues 'Hang In There Baby' Campaign Film, 2015, (still), Directed by Juliet Carpenter

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Handshake 3

09 July 2016 - 13 August 2016

A third iteration of New Zealand's prominent jewellery mentoring project, Handshake returns to Objectspace. Founded by jeweller Peter Deckers in 2011, Handshake 3 sees a shift in in mentor / mentee relationship, where the mentor becomes collaborator.

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Objectspace Limited Edition Silk Scarf

26 May 2016 - 02 July 2016

Objectspace Ltd Edition 2016 Designed by Alan Deare, Benjamin Alexander and Zuzana Kristofava

100% Silk, designed and produced locally supporting principles of ethica and sustainable production.

Edition of 100.

$190

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show_sell_shift

27 May 2016 - 02 July 2016

Show_sell_shift marks the first show in Objectspace’s history where works of locally, handcrafted ware will be for sale in the gallery, featuring works from an extraordinary range of leading New Zealand artists, makers and designers with a focus is on functional and accessibly priced objects that people want to use and will love in their everyday life. 

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The Way of Matter

23 April 2016 - 21 May 2016

New making from recent graduates of Aotearoa New Zealand 

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A Storage Problem: Martin Poppelwell

05 March 2016 - 16 April 2016

A Storage Problem is an interactive installation of ceramics created for Objectspace by Hawkes Bay artist Martin Poppelwell. 

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Fixing the Unbroken: New making on the vessel

30 January 2016 - 27 February 2016

David Clarke, Vito Bila, Peter Bauhuis 

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Empire of Dirt: Writing about Ceramics

14 November 2015 - 19 December 2015

New voices on ceramics. 

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Ruth Castle: Basketmaker

03 October 2015 - 07 November 2015

Objectspace presents the first lifetime survey show of internationally renowned Auckland basketmaker Ruth Castle.

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STRANDS: Weaving a new fabric

22 August 2015 - 26 September 2015

STRANDS: weaving a new fabric invites you not to overlook weaving but to take another look, to recognise it and revalue it.  

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Make/Use

11 July 2015 - 08 August 2015

Zero waste garment design led by Holly McQuillan

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Areta Wilkinson, Whakapaipai - Jewellery as Pepeha

06 June 2015 - 04 July 2015

Contemporary jewellery practice informed by Māori enquiry

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Knitterati meets The Street Loves Nana

23 May 2015 - 30 May 2015

An interactive one week pop-up show in the main gallery...

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Best in Show 2015

18 April 2015 - 16 May 2015

Best in Show 2015 provides a snapshot of New Zealand's best up and coming designers and is a yearly highlight on the Objectspace calendar. 

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Uku Rere: Nga Kaihanga Uku & Beyond

07 March 2015 - 09 April 2015

Uku Rere is a survey of contemporary ceramics by makers Baye Riddell, Manos Nathan, Colleen Urlich, Wi Taepa and Paerau Corneal.

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The Transmogrifier Collection

05 February 2015 - 28 February 2015

The Transmogrifier Collection features works by Gisborne-based designer Katy Wallace. Each piece of furniture has been crafted using secondhand objects as the material for a newly designed object. 

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Fingers: Jewellery for Aotearoa New Zealand

08 November 2014 - 20 December 2014

The latest Objectspace exhibition marks the 40th anniversay of Fingers Gallery in Auckland. 

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Janus Press: The New Zealand Connection

17 October 2014 - 01 November 2014

Janus Press: The New Zealand Connection focuses on the connections that Janus Press and its founder, artist, illustrator and typographer Claire Van Vliet have with New Zealand.

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Mark Cleverley: Objectspace Master of Craft

23 August 2014 - 11 October 2014

The newest exhibition at Objectspace, Mark Cleverley: Objectspace Master of Craft, seeks to celebrate Cleverley’s 60 year legacy of design, which crosses the fields of architecture, ceramics, furniture, graphic design, textiles and design education.

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New Objects

07 August 2014 - 14 August 2014

New Objects will be on exhibition at Objectspace from 8 August with works being offered for sale on 13 August 2014. New Objects is an important opportunity to view and acquire small but powerful works by renowned contemporary makers whose works are held by some of the most prestigious public and private collections in New Zealand and elsewhere.

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Object Shift

20 June 2014 - 02 August 2014

For this exhibition, Objectspace delves into the two dimensional world of paintings, photographs and prints made by six contemporary artists: Kushana Bush, Elaine Campaner (Australia), Graham Fletcher, Georgie Hill, Marian Maguire, and Neil Pardington.

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The Talisman Project

03 May 2014 - 14 June 2014

The Talisman Project is a collaboration by furniture designer, Roger Kelly and jeweller, Mia Straka. In this interactive exhibition, visitors are encouraged not only to look, but also touch and explore works. According to the makers, the project was born out of a shared belief of the “need to reinvigorate areas of craft/object art and design with a sense of wonder and discovery”.

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Best in Show 2014

15 March 2014 - 26 April 2014

From bacteria-inspired wallpaper design, to interactive jewellery, 3D printed shoes, and brightly coloured prints evolving into a fashion collection –  the annual graduate exhibition Best in Show is back.

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Precious Cargo

01 February 2014 - 08 March 2014

Tim Wigmore’s Precious Cargo project stems from his research into the historical uses and physical characteristics of our native trees and plants and his exploration of Maori myth and legend.  He says “I conceived of the Precious Cargo project as a way to celebrate our fauna which is so much a part of our cultural identity”.

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Nanette Cameron: Objectspace Master of Craft

18 October 2013 - 17 December 2013

Nanette CameronObjectspace Master of Craft is the third exhibition in a series, which celebrates the achievements of outstanding New Zealand practitioners working at the highest level in the fields of craft, design and the applied arts whose practice is distinctive, enduring, influential and redefining of tradition.

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Sole Desire

27 July 2013 - 21 September 2013

Shoes are hot. Fashion curator Colleen Hill observes that, "Over the past 13 years, designer shoes have replaced “it” bags as the most important accessory—and they have in fact become central to the fashion story. Shoes are also more extreme, extravagant, and extraordinary than ever before."

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Handshake

15 June 2013 - 20 July 2013

The Handshake exhibition, represents the culmination of the Handshake mentoring project that began in 2011 involving twelve, then emerging, New Zealand-based jewellers.

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Joyaviva

11 May 2013 - 08 June 2013

Objectspace presents a season of contemporary jewellery with two exhibitions that place New Zealand jewellers and their practices on an international stage: Joyaviva curated by Kevin Murray will be first to arrive at Objectspace


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Islanders

09 March 2013 - 04 May 2013

Texturally rich and profoundly beautiful, Islanders surveys the work of New Zealand sculptor Jo Torr, who explores cultural exchange through the lens of costume and textile history. Her exquisitely designed and authentically detailed garments, provide an intriguing mode for reflecting on the history and vogues of early European and Polynesian encounters, both in New Zealand and in wider Polynesia.

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Best in Show 2013

02 February 2013 - 02 March 2013

Best in Show is Objectspace's annual graduate exhibition showcasing a selection of outstanding work in the fields of Applied Arts and Design. Now in its ninth year, Best in Show 2013 functions as a platform for students launching their careers, while also providing an opportunity for the public to view a range of the latest exciting work to emerge from tertiary organisations.

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Blikfang

24 November 2012 - 20 December 2012

Inspired by the notion of blikfang, a Danish word meaning ‘eye-trap', Keith investigates her ongoing enthraldom with objects both old and new, creating installations that include t-shirts, handmade textiles, 20th century art and antiques.

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Kobi Bosshard: Objectspace Masters of Craft

08 September 2012 - 17 November 2012

Objectspace is delighted to present the second Objectspace Masters of Craft exhibition, Kobi Bosshard: Objectspace Master of Craft, curated by Dr Damian Skinner, New Zealand's foremost contemporary jewellery commentator. 

Objectspace's Masters of Craft exhibition series celebrates the achievements of outstanding New Zealand practitioners working at the highest level in the fields of craft, design and the applied arts whose practice is distinctive, enduring, influential and redefining of tradition.

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Ubiquitous: Aspects of Contemporary Pattern

30 June 2012 - 01 September 2012

"Ubiquitous: Aspects of Contemporary Pattern" is a thematic exhibition exploring contemporary pattern with works made by New Zealand makers and designers within the last 10 years. 

In presenting this exhibition, Objectspace seeks to explore the enduring appeal of pattern and pattern-making for contemporary New Zealand makers. "Ubiquitous: Aspects of Contemporary Pattern" presents work by practitioners working across a wide range of media including design, craft, applied arts, sculpture, print-making and photography, demonstrating pattern's contemporary relevance.

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7UP Talkfest

18 June 2012 - 23 June 2012

7UP is a free talkfest for all with a stake in New Zealand's craft sector. It is a unique opportunity for makers, designers, students, teachers, collectors and organisations to learn about sector successes, stories and changes. 7UP includes evening talks and installations and concludes with sector leaders assessing our field, its wider environment and future. 7UP marks the completion of over seven years of programmed activity at Objectspace.

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The Crystal Chain Gang: Fancy Fools Flight

28 April 2012 - 09 June 2012

"Fancy Fools Flight" is a new body of work by Martinborough-based glass artists Jim Dennison and Leanne Williams who since 2004 have worked collaboratively as the Crystal Chain Gang. Together the pair have pushed the boundaries of the medium, utilising cast glass to create innovative work that traverses the territories of art, craft, design and industry. Curated and toured nationally by the Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui, "Fancy Fools Flight" features an impressive new body of work which challenges the possibilities of the medium of cast glass.

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Best in Show 2012

17 March 2012 - 21 April 2012

Best in Show is an important ongoing Objectspace project that showcases outstanding new applied arts graduates from tertiary institutions around New Zealand. Best in Show 2012 is the eighth exhibition in this series, and features 18 emerging practitioners on the cusp of exciting creative careers. Areas of practice in Best in Show 2012 include graphic design, ceramics, product design, textiles, video art, contemporary jewellery and furniture.

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Manon van Kouswijk, Fabrizio Tridenti and Ted Noten

07 February 2012 - 10 March 2012

Objectspace is delighted to present two engaging installations by three internationally renowned jewellers Manon van Kouswijk, Fabrizio Tridenti and Ted Noten, timed to coincide with JEMposium.

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Nimamea'a: The fine arts of Tongan embroidery and crochet

19 November 2011 - 22 December 2011

Objectspace is delighted to present "Nimamea'a: The fine arts of Tongan embroidery and crochet" - our first major project focused on making from the Pacific.

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Ann Verdcourt: Still Lives 1980 - 2007

08 October 2011 - 05 November 2011


Ann Verdcourt is one of New Zealand's most innovative and dedicated ceramic artists. This exhibition at Objectspace considers three decades of Verdcourt's career through her still life works, an enduring theme from which she continues to draw lively inspiration.

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Lugosi's Children

27 August 2011 - 01 October 2011

"Listen to them. Children of the night! What music they make!"

Few can forget Bela Lugosi in his famous role as the blood-sucking Count in Tod Browning's 1931 cult classic Dracula, delivering these immortal lines of dialogue in his sonorous Hungarian accent as a pack of wolves howls outside in the darkness.

The idea of Lugosi's offspring, his children of the night, and the music that they might make, is the concept that underpins the thematic group exhibition Lugosi's Children at Objectspace.

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Eye Catch: Jewellery and Photography

11 June 2011 - 06 August 2011

The relationship between photography and art is now a committed one; in fact, it is arguable whether art can exist without it. Like European Old Masters artworks some jewels are only ever seen by a handful of people. And so the photographic representation itself becomes a known and sometimes desired object and eventually part of jewellery's discourse. Eye Catch is Objectspace's first photographic exhibition. The categories in which the photographs are grouped are porous, their borders open: jewellery in portraiture; as prop; as product line; as self portrait; as emblem; in fiction; as artefact; in the news; and in time and place. Eye Catch is not a definitive collection of jewellery in New Zealand photographs; it "contains what Cook and Freeman caught after trawling, albeit with the gimlet eyes of jewellery practitioners" says writer Frances Walsh who interviewed the curators about their selection.

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Why Milan? New Zealand designers reflect

14 May 2011 - 04 June 2011

Why Milan? New Zealand designers reflect is a collaborative exhibition project and magazine feature presented by Objectspace and Urbis magazine. The exhibition showcases seven outstanding contemporary New Zealand designers; Phil Cuttance, David Trubridge, Well-Groomed-Fox, Rod Fry, Simon James, Designtree, and Punga and Smith. These designers based both locally and overseas, have utilised the prestigious Milan design week - arguably the biggest design fair in the world - to showcase their work to an international audience.

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Richard Parker: Master of Craft

05 March 2011 - 07 May 2011

This exhibition surveys the career and practice of Richard Parker, a defining figure within NZ ceramics, whose singular vision has sustained his career for over 30 years and produced works that are uniquely recognisable. The exhibition and 120 page book features works loaned from leading public and private collections around New Zealand. The curator, Richard Fahey, says "Parker had his own picture of what a pot should look like", and that although Parker's practice is grounded within the traditions of studio ceramics, "as an artist, his innovative approach seeks to redefine for us new ways we may understand the decorative object."

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Best in Show 2011

29 January 2011 - 24 February 2011

The Best in Show exhibition series is an annual fixture in the Objectspace calendar. Inaugurated in 2005, the aim is to showcase Objectspace's selection of talented emerging applied arts graduates from tertiary institutions around New Zealand. Areas of practice covered in 2011 by these 'diamonds in the rough' include graphic design, digital design, textiles, ceramics, contemporary jewellery and furniture.

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One Brown Box: A Storybook Exhibition for Children

06 November 2010 - 18 December 2010

In this exhibition, designed primarily for children, Bronwyn Lloyd and Karl Chitham treat the humble brown box as a plain structure with unlimited imaginative potential while at the same time bringing together two of their primary enthusiasms: making up stories and making objects from paper and cardboard. One Brown Box is made up of adaptations of five classic children's stories including The Princess and the Pea, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, and Hansel and Gretel, each told from the perspective of overlooked, minor and absent characters from the original tales, illustrated with large and small models made entirely from boxes and paper.

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Talking to Me: collecting and making

18 September 2010 - 30 October 2010

The domains of makers and designers Vita Cochran, Andrea Daly, Warwick Freeman, Simon Gamble, Genevieve Packer, Emily Siddell and Richard Stratton are the locations of diverse accumulations of collected objects in addition to works from their own practices. The collections of these designers and makers are in some cases diverse, but despite the expansiveness of some of the collections there is a focus to them. Each of these collections in some way inform and resource the production of their owners. 'Talking to Me' has discovered that makers' collecting and collections are closely inter-related to their making practice, providing a new and revealing lens for better understanding that practice and, in some cases, the conception and development of individual works.

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Manawa wera - Defiant Chants: weaving meaning within contemporary practice

07 August 2010 - 11 September 2010

Sing - recite - repeat - inform - reiterate - impart - provoke - react - respond. All of these kupu (words) illuminate the concept of chants or waiata and express the ways in which oral traditions can communicate deeper insight and meaning to events, people and relationships. Whether motivated by political struggle or individual desire and ambition, the narrative message found within chants has the power to elevate and emancipate agendas and positions. This practice is applied here to describe the pairing of contemporary Maori weavers Ngaahina Hohaia and Karl Rangikawhiti Leonard.

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Metadecorative: New work by Mary Curtis

03 July 2010 - 31 July 2010

"Metadecorative', the word Curtis solders together to title this exhibition, points to her work as decoration about decoration, as decoration that investigates the intricacies of decoration's histories, languages and forms to produce new forms of decoration. For Curtis, these investigations have her exploring European museum collections, trawling library shelves, reading historical and contemporary writings on decorative arts and practices and sifting through the contents of second hand stores. While the research activities are diverse and the garnered treasures eclectic, the work at the bench is precise. It seeks to produce jewellery pieces that have the feel of the present through the quotation of remembered shapes, textures and patterns.

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Quotidian: finding inspiration in everyday design

15 May 2010 - 26 June 2010

This exhibition posits that the quotidian (def: everyday, commonplace) is a useful lens for understanding aspects of contemporary design practice ranging from fashion, furniture, graphic, product to spatial design. Specifically it demonstrates how the quotidian is a resource for contemporary designers and the participating designers in particular; Alt Group, Nat Cheshire, Formway Design, Adrian Hailwood, Peter Haythornthwaite, Guy Hohmann, Jamie McLellan, Jonty Valentine, Matthew von Sturmer, Katy Wallace, and Cybele Wiren.

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Best In Show 2010

27 March 2010 - 08 May 2010

Now in its sixth year, Objectspace's annual graduate exhibition continues to present outstanding graduates from New Zealand tertiary institutions in the fields of Applied Arts and Design. Providing a valuable snapshot of the trends and issues in contemporary creative practice, Best in Show 2010 showcases seventeen newly emerged voices in contemporary Jewellery, Fashion, Textile, Object, Furniture, Ceramics, and Graphic Design.

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Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award: a cultural enquiry

28 January 2010 - 20 March 2010

The Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award (1977-1998) was for many years, New Zealand's most enduring art award, certainly the most internationalist award operating in the visual arts and one of the most generously sponsored. This exhibition displays, for the first time the winning pots as a group. This project, curated by Grant Thompson, considers the core cultural co-ordinates of this event; the position of ceramics in the culture and in the mind of the public, the value and nature of collections, internationalism, sponsorship and the relationship between flagship events and contemporary practice. All of these themes are still highly relevant issues within the contemporary visual arts.

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To Have And To Hold: Making Collections

23 September 2009 - 19 December 2009

Reveals the hand of private collectors, what and why they collect the objects they own. The exhibition features selections of works from 18 collections; cars and contraceptives, tools and jewels, toys and tiki, handkerchiefs and designer sunglasses. The motivations of the collectors are as diverse as the objects they collect and range from motives including devotion and fashionability, saviour and sentiment, patronage and philanthropy, amusement and reference. Contending that collectors deserve to be acknowledged as more than just object consumers, Curator Philip Clarke notes that these 18 collectors demonstrate that "collecting is a cultural practice that enlarges and enriches public life."

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Printing Types: New Zealand Type Design since 1870

25 July 2009 - 12 September 2009

The word 'Designer' is a loaded term which for most of the population inspires visions of glamorous personalities, high fashion and covetable objects. Let's face it, the glossy and multifaceted world of design has held us enthralled for decades. Within the varied sub-industries of design however, there are numerous career pathways that garner relatively little public acclaim, despite occupying important roles within contemporary society. Type design is one of these roads less travelled and 'Printing Types: New Zealand Type Design Since 1870' is a new exhibition which directly addresses this important field.

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In from the Garden

06 June 2009 - 18 July 2009

Twentieth century German conceptual artist Joseph Beuys famously proclaimed "every man is an artist" and it seems that we have built upon this notion to include craft. It is perhaps easy to utilise statements like this as truths, yet for artists engaged with craft practice, this type of belief does not accommodate the important idea of skill. In from the Garden showcases the practices of four establishing contemporary artists with feet firmly in the skilled terrain of craft practice.

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New Threads: Contemporary Male Weaving

18 April 2009 - 30 May 2009

New Threads showcases a selection of male New Zealand weavers and aims to dispel long held misunderstandings about the role men have played in the history of weaving. Although the makers in New Threads reference techniques and materials from the raranga traditions of Maori, not all the makers are Maori. Irrespective of their background their works demonstrate a contemporary and dynamic balance between the conventions of the indigenous peoples of New Zealand and ideas and materials from further afield.

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Ice Terrane

27 February 2009 - 09 April 2009

A captivating and significant exhibition of works by contemporary jeweller Kirsten Haydon, Ice Terrane is inspired by the untamed Antarctic landscape and the history it has engendered in New Zealanders' hearts and minds. Haydon has been making work about Antarctica since 2005, when she was New Zealand Antarctic Arts Fellow and travelled to the continent.

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Best In Show 2009

24 January 2009 - 21 February 2009

Best In Show 2009 was Objectspace's fifth annual exhibition in a series which showcases a handpicked selection of outstanding craft and design graduates. The Best In Show format has proven itself to be an important event within the New Zealand craft and design exhibition calendar and Objectspace is proud to have represented a range of new voices over the last five editions of Best In Show. The fourteen exhibitors in the 2009 edition encompassed the exciting and varied terrain of spatial, graphic and textile design along with ceramics, jewellery and object art installation.

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No Rules: Rediscovering Embroidery

15 November 2008 - 20 December 2008

Uncovering a range of embroiderers' work that challenges many preconceptions about stitch 'No Rules: Rediscovering Embroidery' gathers a selection of 18 makers who have broken free of convention, or redirected it in unexpected ways. These makers have uncovered eloquent personal directions, their common link the inevitability of stitch as their medium of choice. Such exploration is re-discovering the world of stitch, reclaiming it, and opening it to new possibilities.

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Objectspace Limited Editons 2008

11 October 2008 - 08 November 2008

Objectspace Limited Editions provides an opportunity for discerning collectors to purchase exclusive new designs by leading New Zealand makers working within a number of making traditions in Aotearoa New Zealand. It is an ongoing initiative that works as a professional development opportunity for object makers and as a fundraiser for Objectspace. In 2008 makers were invited to submit designs for works that would be future heirlooms.

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1839 Exchanges: Jewellery by Jason Hall

11 October 2008 - 08 November 2008

1839 Exchanges: Jewellery by Jason Hall is an exhibition about jewellery, identity and cultural exchange explored through a series of amulets created for Frederick Edward Maning, an Irishman who arrived in Aotearoa in 1833 and became a trader. Maning is a well known Pakeha Maori, a term that refers to Europeans who lived as Maori in the early phase of colonisation. Maning, who initially advised Maori not to sign the Treaty of Waitangi, later became a land court judge in the 1860s, and a member of the European colonial gentry.

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LISA WALKER-Unwearable

06 September 2008 - 04 October 2008

Unwearable promises to be an exciting and innovative installation for Objectspace. The title of this exhibition pulls in two directions. Some of the most recent works strain at the limits of wearability in size and intention. They bring to mind earlier European jewellery experiments which prodded function and the relationship to the body in order to liberate jewellery and align it with investigations taking centre stage in other art practices. Being unwearable, though, as Walker's work yet again demonstrates, doesn't mean leaving behind the realm of jewellery.

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Clay Economies

02 August 2008 - 30 August 2008

The works in Clay Economies traverse the industrially mass produced and the handcrafted; the ornamental and the utilitarian; the authored and the anonymous; the high and low status; the visible and the barely acknowledged. By assembling such a diversity of works the intent is to expand our understanding of contemporary ceramic practice by considering the multiplicity of ceramic production and consumption that exists beyond the narrow confines of studio pottery.

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Strange/Familiar

28 June 2008 - 26 July 2008

Strange/Familiar is a new exhibition of sculptural ceramics by Otago based artist Nicholas Mullany. Working "in a manner that is methodical and borders on the neurotic", Mullany's gestalt gestures are physically self evident. Writer Christine Whybrew observes, Mullany constructs works that are "reminiscent of Lego creations". Mullany says his working methods enable him "to create objects that are transitional in nature to navigate the often uncanny relationship that exists between the maker and the object."

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Uhengaparaoa: Works by Tangimoe Clay

27 May 2008 - 21 June 2008

Based in the small town of Opotiki, in the Bay Of Plenty, Tangimoe Clay became interested in flax in the late 1980s and has spent a number of years honing her craft. Tangimoe's works have attracted the attention of an increasing number of collectors and in 2006 she was exhibited in the international touring exhibition Toi Maori: The Eternal Thread. Steeped in a tradition many generations old, Uhengaparaoa: Works by Tangimoe Clay is a rare opportunity to witness a contemporary Maori craftsperson successfully negotiating and thoroughly engaged with her craft.

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A Lace Life: The Alwynne Crowsen Collection

12 April 2008 - 17 May 2008

In 1966, Henderson Valley resident, Alwynne Crowsen came across an article in The Lady, a periodical sent to her by an Aunt in England, that suggested it was not possible to teach yourself lacemaking. Since then Crowsen has proved The Lady wrong. In addition to teaching herself the art of lacemaking, Crowsen has passed her knowledge on to countless others via weekly community classes and the Auckland Embroiderers' and Lacemakers' Guild, which she co-founded in 1970. Crowsen has seldom undertaken commissions or given her work away, instead she has made her own collection.

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Redefining Agility: craft/science/sport

01 March 2008 - 05 April 2008

The designers and engineers featured in Redefining Agility apply contemporary manufacturing processes and materials to the production of specialist sporting equipment. Their objects expand the notion that craftsmanship and new technologies may go hand-in-hand and, like many designers and engineers, those featured in Redefining Agility are fusing new scientific and material developments to limit compromises whilst enhancing safety and performance capabilities.

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Best In Show 2008

29 January 2008 - 23 February 2008

Best In Show 2008 is Objectspace's fourth annual exhibition of recent object related graduates from New Zealand tertiary institutions. For the 2008 exhibition we will be showcasing fifteen outstanding new graduates spanning jewellery, product, textiles, fashion, object and installation art. The Best In Show concept utilizes a simple selection criteria centered around the ambition to uncover the very best new talent. Objectspace is an ideal platform from which to introduce these makers to a public audience and the wider creative community.

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Small Wonders: 7 Installations By 7 Curators

17 November 2007 - 22 December 2007

The intensity of our connection to miniature objects can compel us to give life to these inanimate things. Miniatures are by nature the tiniest of objects and it is their size, as much as any particular content, which elicits our attention. Small Wonders is the outcome of a six month long curatorial workshop. In a diverse selection of installations - featuring over twenty makers - the curators in this exhibition have considered various qualities of 'The Miniature.'

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Homeliness

13 October 2007 - 10 November 2007

Homeliness features the work of four emerging New Zealand artists, Jacquelyn Greenbank, Erica Van Zon, Andy Kingston and Loren Clements. These exciting new artists reference craft traditions in an approach to contemporary art making that could be characterized as "object-centric."

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ShowRoom

08 September 2007 - 06 October 2007

ShowRoom puts the spotlight on the lesser-known side of contemporary New Zealand furniture practice, revealing an active and diverse range of designers and makers, intent on producing original and innovative work while sustaining themselves in a small and often conservative local market.

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Metaphysical Heart: Jewellery by Peter McKay

28 July 2007 - 25 August 2007

Taking its name from the Metaphysical Heart series, a long-running narrative in brooch form, Metaphysical Heart: Jewellery by Peter McKay is a retrospective of over three decades of jewellery, surveying the diversity and extent of McKay's work, and looking for the common threads of technique and concept that bind his work together.

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Tepeke Koura

23 June 2007 - 21 July 2007

Literally translated, Tepeke Koura means Coal Sack, a mariners term for the Matariki or Pleiades constellation. This exhibition explores a diverse range of contemporary approaches to customary practices.

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The Crafted Container

19 May 2007 - 16 June 2007

The Crafted Container is a collaboration between Jessica Barter and Stephen Brookbanks. This exhibition addresses "the home as an instrument of self-articulation and the idea that the home itself is inscribed and impressed with traces and stories of the occupants."

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Best in Show 2007

14 April 2007 - 12 May 2007

Best In Show 2007 is Objectspace's third annual exhibition of recent graduates work from New Zealand tertiary institutions. The emerging makers we have chosen this year span the varied terrain of jewellery, furniture, ceramics and installation art. Best In Show utilizes a selection criteria centered around an ambition to uncover a range of new and emerging practitioners from around the nation.

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Jewellery Out Of Context

10 March 2007 - 05 April 2007

Jewellery Out Of Context (JOC) was originally curated by Peter Deckers and Dr Carole Shepheard as an exhibition for the 2006 International Jewelers and Metalsmiths' Group of Australia conference. JOC 'Junior' has recently been revised as a touring exhibition and will later be traveling to Canada, The Netherlands and Germany. Objectspace is the New Zealand venue for the exhibition.

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The Faux

27 January 2007 - 03 March 2007

This exhibition explores an Alice in Wonderland world where nothing is what it seems. Furniture is recyclable, snack food takes on giant uneatable proportions and the accoutrements of the lavatory become soft sculpture for the living room.

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Brickwork

08 December 2006 - 21 December 2006

'Brickwork' is the result of a creative NZ craft/object fellowship received by Peter Lange in 2005.

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Imaginary Friends

28 October 2006 - 02 December 2006

Imaginary Friends is a new body of work by acclaimed New Zealand ceramisist Janet Green. This work explores Greens ongoing fascination with eastern votive imagery.

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Helen Britton: Urban Paradise Playground

30 September 2006 - 21 October 2006

Helen Britton is an Internationally acclaimed jeweller based in Munich. She is having her first New Zealand exhibition at Objectspace in partnership with the Manukau School of Visual Arts.

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Chandelier

04 March 2006 - 01 April 2006

Chandelier featured glass artists who were invited to create lightworks. The exhibition was held in conjunction with the Society of Glass Artists conference "The Object as an Eloquent Statement"

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Best in Show 2006

28 January 2006 - 25 February 2006

This is the second time we have held this annual exhibition, which is a showcase of craft and design related work from 2005 tertiary graduates.

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THE GREATEST SHOW: Warren Tippett's pots from a life less ordinary

02 December 2005 - 21 January 2006

This survey exhibition of Warren Tippett ceramic works curated by Moyra Elliot illustrates Tippetts place as a seminal figure in the history of New Zealand studio ceramics

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Au Revoir Marilyn Sainty

29 October 2005 - 26 November 2005

Au revoir Marilyn Sainty presents a selection of garments designed by leading Auckland fashion designer Marilyn Sainty, who closed her workroom at the end of October 2005.

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Designs on Antarctica

24 September 2005 - 22 October 2005

In this new installation, maker Raewyn Atkinson alludes to the competing and complex designs - economic, heroic, political, social - that various expeditions and nations have had, and still have, for Antarctica. Raewyn Atkinson first visited Antarctica as an Antarctic Arts Fellow and this new installation builds on works she has created since traveling to Antarctica in 2000 and 2003.

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Limelight

20 August 2005 - 17 September 2005

In his first Auckland show Wellington based greenstone carver Joe Sheehan is putting greenstone, making and cultural issues into the "limelight". The limelight cast by these superbly carved greenstone works address issues of commercialism and spirituality and challenge us to rethink the 'default position' in relation to how we think about and look at greenstone carving.

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Ornaments for the Pakeha

18 June 2005 - 16 July 2005

Jason Hall's jewellery operates around a smart discovery, which, plainly stated, is that the things which we have in common are also the things which keep us apart. The work in Ornaments for the Paakehaa plays with this idea. The bone pickets of Home reveal the central tension of being Paakehaa. Our cultural forms don’t come from here, just as the white picket fence of the colonial villa sits apart from the land it dissects. Yet, made of bone, these brooches don't belong anywhere else. Aotearoa is the final resting place.

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Provocative Material

24 May 2005 - 11 June 2005


Architects from the practices of Aimer Naismith, Architectus, Cook Sargisson & Pirie, Cheshire Architects, Noel Lane, Jasmax, Pearson Architects plus Elvon Young & Davor Popadich take a provocative position on contemporary material issues through large scale experimental constructions and installations that address architecture's relationship to materiality.

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Minus Reason

23 April 2005 - 21 May 2005

In 2004 Creative New Zealand awarded the inaugural Craft/Object Fellowship to leading maker Malcolm Harrison. The announcement was made at Objectspace in June 2004 and so it is fitting that his installation of new works, Minus Reason, is shown for the first time at Objectspace. The installation is inspired by Francisco Goya's masterpiece "The sleep of reason produces monsters"

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Best in Show 2005

19 March 2005 - 16 April 2005

Best in Show presents a selection of works by outstanding 2004 craft and design graduates whose work spans jewellery, furniture, textile and graphic practice. Featured designers and makers are from Auckland University of Technology, Elam School of Fine Arts, Manukau School of Visual Arts, Unitec Design School and Whitecliffe College and they have been selected by their teachers.

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Superstrata

25 February 2005 - 12 March 2005

An installation of experimental ceramics by John Parker.

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Home & Entertaining Design Awards

29 January 2005 - 19 February 2005

Objectspace in partnership with Home & Entertaining present the finalists of the Home & Entertaining Design Awards 2005. The Award support New Zealand's leading-edge design in products for the home. The judging panel rated the form and function of a host of local designs and selected winners in categories ranging from kitchen and bathroom products to furniture, textiles, lighting, and storage.

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Blanket Stitch

03 December 2004 - 22 January 2005

Curator Carole Shepheard brings together a diverse range of new textile work which innovatively uses the utilitarian blanket. Blanket Stitch features works by makers Suzanne Tamaki, Susan Jowsey, Hannah Howes, Sue Weston, Rona Ngahuia Osbourne, Beverley Rhodes, Paula Coulthard and Katharine Morrison.

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Talking About

26 October 2004 - 27 November 2004

Talking About involves a group of experienced 'players' including Don Bassett, Moyra Elliott, Ngarino Ellis, Richard Fahey, Bronwyn Fletcher, Louis Le Vaillant & Rigel Sorzano, Sean Mallon, Anna Miles, Cushla Parekowhai, Elizabeth Rankin and Grant Thompson choosing an object and engaging in some in some serious and strong object-play through the medium of writing.

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Engage

28 September 2004 - 23 October 2004

Engage is a new experimental furniture design installation by Tim Wigmore that explores issues of form, material, sustainability and use.

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Left at the Members Lounge

10 August 2004 - 25 September 2004

Left at the Members Lounge reflects on aspects of the 'members lounge' by considering the practice of new makers, their relationship to the traditions of the 'members lounge' and the manner in which they have taken a step leftward and forged new directions in field of object-making.

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Left at the Members Lounge

10 August 2004 - 25 September 2004

Left at the Members Lounge reflects on aspects of the 'members lounge' by considering the practice of new makers, their relationship to the traditions of the 'members lounge' and the manner in which they have taken a step leftward and forged new directions in field of object-making.

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