Spring Time is Heart-break: Contemporary Art in Aotearoa

This exhibition is now closed

A major exhibition featuring works that tell stories about personal and collective histories, communication, distance and relationships to our environment.

Working in textiles, sculpture, painting, photography, moving image and sound, the twenty-four artists in Spring Time is Heart-break: Contemporary Art in Aotearoa explore the transitions between places and across time. An Ursula Bethell poem lends the exhibition its title, echoing the seasonal temporality and tenderness in the works. Spring Time is Heart-break compels you to think and feel.

Our Sutton and Ravenscar galleries closed on 24 March 2024, with works by Anoushka Akel, Angel C. Fitzgerald, Madison Kelly, Etanah Lalau-Talapa, Lucy Meyle and Sorawit Songsataya.

You can still see the majority of Spring Time is Heart-break until 19 May 2024. Featuring work by: Emerita Baik, Wendelien Bakker, Megan Brady (Kāi Tahu, Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Pākehā), Heidi Brickell (Te Hika o Papauma, Ngati Apakura, Kahungunu, Rangitāne, Rongomaiwahine), Juliet Carpenter, Tyne Gordon, John Harris and Steven Junil Park, Priscilla Rose Howe, Abigail Aroha Jensen (Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tāmanuhiri), Jimmy Ma’ia’i, Sam Norton, Campbell Patterson, Tia Ranginui (Ngāti Hine Oneone), Luke Shaw, Sriwhana Spong, Ilish Thomas, Aliyah Winter 

Exhibition developed by Curator Melanie Oliver and Curatorial Assistant Jane Wallace (an internship position generously funded by Creative New Zealand).

  • Date:
    Until 24 March | All ground floor galleries; Until 19 May | Selected ground floor galleries
  • Curator:
    Melanie Oliver, Jane Wallace
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