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In light of COVID-19, we are closing our physical gallery space until further notice. We will continue to present a wonderful selection of stock works through our website and Instagram, and our Cultivate programmes will continue to run also. We remain available by phone, email or Instagram to answer any questions you might have...
Emma Fitts brings together disparate eras, people, art forms and ideas in her creative practice, hoping “to rewire our way of thinking, not only about history but also about our current situation”. Bronwyn Lloyd finds out more...
What kind of ‘news’ can the sun convey? The type of news we have come to expect from photography is evidential, related to its perceived truth value, but the photography in News from the Sun (City Gallery, until March 15)...
Round the corner from the city gallery you’ll find Parlour Projects, another dynamic regional dealer prepared to pick up strong emerging artists ahead of the big city galleries. Now in its fourth year, Parlour reopens on March 14 with the luscious, squiggling baroque painting of Auckland’s Grace Wright...
Hawke’s Bay sculptor Ben Pearce finds inspiration in science, psychology and history. “When I was young my mum Wendy was studying psychology and I used to read her study books. That opened my eyes to the functions of memory and made me think a lot about how my own mind worked...
Renowned for her thought-provoking pieces, which often focus on the empowerment, representation and sexuality of women, Kiwi Natasha Wright is a painter that has become a feminist icon in the art world – both here and overseas, as she’s currently based in NYC... 
Parlour Projects is pleased to present Angels and Icons, an exhibition of large scale, new works by New Zealand born New York based artist Natasha Wright...
I’m currently at the Headlands Center for the Arts, set in the Golden Gate National Park of San Fransicso. The studio space here is amazing; it feels like the size of half a basketball court and is the largest studio I’ve ever had...
My current studio, where I have been working for four years, is a room downstairs in the back of an old 1866 house we bought. I’m soon to move into a new 10sqm studio that I built myself in between shows... 
My studio is located on the 4th floor of a large industrial building in Bushwick. The best thing about the space are the large north facing windows and view of the Manhattan skyline and surrounding Brooklyn neighbourhoods... 
Diane Arbus because of the rawness and realness of her portraits. Noel McKenna because of his simple paintings of the strange and poetic in the banality of everyday...
I have an area of about 4 x 2m in a shared space in Kingsland. It’s an industrial space crudely converted into a kind of rabbit warren for artists...
As a female painter, I’m interested in the concept of physical labour and the body in painting so it was important my studio feel industrial and workshop-like...
Floral art in New Zealand has its beginnings in science. In the 18th and 19th centuries, botanical artists were crucial members of any voyage of exploration...
I am currently working in a studio space in a disused industrial building kindly made available to me by Parlour Projects...
Look up at the ceiling of sculptor Ben Pearce’s studio and you’ll see a cluster of tiny marks, made by fine steel blades sent flying from his old scroll saw...
One doesn’t have to look farther than Instagram or Pinterest to know that deserted or decayed buildings are hugely popular photographic genres. The observation is not intended to undermine the impact of Corson-Scott’s works, large-scale and beautifully coloured, but to remind us of our willingness...
I want to make visible something that isn’t tangible: A fleeting moment, a feeling, the click in your mind when everything makes sense… I’m trying to visualise a kind of connectivity to the pulsating rhythms of nature, cycles, seasons… – Grace Wright   Grace Wright is...
The Auckland Art Fair saw big local and international artists like Patricia Piccinini (Aus), Jess Johnson (NZ) and Taro Shinoda (Tokyo) from established galleries sit alongside young entrepreneurial up-and-comers, all in standard-issue booths, and the combination made for a diverse and impressive spread. With more than 45...
Urbis: You were born and grew up in Los Angeles. Is this where you discovered your passion for art?   Maria Moyer (MM): California is certainly where I learned to see. I excelled in art and science classes and learned that there were many ways of...
How did you start out as an artist? I grew up in Tauranga, so when I finished Elam in 2014 I moved back home for a year to have time to develop the ideas I had generated during my BFA at Elam School of Fine...
‘people talk or think about the ‘cloud’ they imagine effortlessly through the skies lying deep beneath the oceans. searching for the ‘cloud’ look on the seabed in the sky Today stretch to the moon and back quietly become a single day’   In a forest,...
Viva’s Fun Things to do this Weekend: New York-based artist Maria Moyer is the first international artist to show work at Hawke’s Bay gallery Parlour Projects, bringing her organic, pastel, porcelain sculptures and a selection of paintings. Thisness draws on forms, textures and processes from...
Lately, artist Grace Wright has been interested in painting as kind of a spiritual experience, and her large-scale works certainly do urge you to expand your mind. They’re a continuation of an ever-developing style that began to emerge in her fourth year at Elam School of...
Ben Pearce lives elsewhere. The artist is based in Napier, Hawkes Bay, on the east coast of the North Island; but in truth he inhabits a slightly different, distinctly more magical realm. Pearce is fascinated by that miraculous divide that exists within us all — between our interior and...
Contemporary gallery Parlour Projects in Hastings, Hawke’s Bay, has just held Maria Moyer’s first New Zealand exhibition. The contemporary ceramicist usually finds herself exhibiting in Manhattan, New York, not Hastings, New Zealand. Her sculptural work explores the tension of opposites — forms found in industry...
In January 2016, Stephen Hawking, Malcolm Perry and Andrew Strominger published a paper that claimed they had found a partial solution to the Black Hole Information Paradox.   The paradox itself had been caused by Hawking’s breakthroughs in the 1970s. Hawking had shown that black...
Toi Moko theme explores history and spirituality.   SHANE COTTON: New Heads is a significant development for the region and Parlour Projects as it brings this respected New Zealand artist and his works into our arts community for a month, opening September 25.   It marks...
“Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past,” reads the slogan of the totalitarian Party in George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), a book which I was reading during my stay in Hawke’s Bay last weekend.   While...
In 2016 Meg Porteous was selected as one of ten artists internationally to attend the Shiro Ono Artist Residency in Japan. The works in Departure Melody, produced during this time, continue the artist’s exploration into daily life and contemporary culture.   An interest in Tokyo’s...
Last October Parlour Projects in Hastings presented Omarunui by Jono Rotman. That exhibition was of mainly historic photographs and focused on the main protagonists involved in the Battle of Omarunui near Napier. In Properties of Peace and Evil, Brett Graham responds to Jono Rotman’s show. Graham...
Beautiful photos of the ordinary and strange. New Zealand photographer Meg Porteous’s gentle, offbeat images take ordinary scenes and bring them sharply into focus, elevating the everyday. Her latest work, which she’s exhibiting as ‘Departure Melody,’ was created during an artist residency in Japan...
Parlour Projects in Hawke’s Bay has recently established its first artist-in-residency programme and selected Auckland artist Grace Wright as the inaugural recipient. The programme, which will be an annual event, is about bringing an artist to Hawke’s Bay for research and development of a new work...
An historically and culturally significant series of art works is soon to be acquired by the Hawke’s Bay Museums Trust (HBMT), for display at MTG Hawke’s Bay Museum.   Richard Grant – chairman of the HBMT– says that the Ōmarunui photographic series by prominent New Zealand artist Jono Rotman is the most...
We had the pleasure of spending five minutes with Lisa Reihana as she prepares for the 57th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia. Biennale Arte 2017 (The Venice Biennale) is the oldest, largest and most prestigious international contemporary art exhibition in the world, involving...
Curator Sophie Wallace returned home from her time at Pace Gallery in New York to open Hastings’ newest gallery, Parlour Projects. Urbis caught up with Wallace to chat about her endeavours and the region’s cultural vibrancy.   Sammy-Rose Scapens: What is Parlour Projects and why...
Parlour Projects has selected Grace Wright as the recipient of it inaugural artist-in-residency programme. The programme seeks to bring an important artist to Hawke’s Bay each year to research and develop new work that responds to the environment and landscape of the region, whilst enabling...
Amber Wilson: A temporary outsideness By Lucinda Bennett   When I visit her studio, Amber Wilson gestures towards the couch, a low-slung creature with scratchy brown ’70s upholstery. She describes the way the sunlight streaming into the room moves across its surface throughout the day,...