• Denizen: Prominent Kiwi Artist Natasha Wright Tells Us About Her Upcoming Exhibition: Angels and Icons

    October 10, 2019

    An artist who is renowned for her exploration of feminist themes, it’s no surprise that New York City-based New Zealander Natasha Wright’s lastest exhibition has female empowerment at its core....

  • Denizen: Natasha Wright, Angels and Icons

    October 1, 2019

    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....

  • Hawke’s Bay Today: Drawing on History

    September 26, 2019

    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. Throughout Wright’s practice she has continuously challenged means of representation and abstraction in contemporary painting. ...

  • In the Studio with Emma Fitts

    August 30, 2019

    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 – it’s the largest studio I’ve ever had. I work a lot on the floor, so this studio has been excellent for allowing me to really stretch out and work on a number of pieces at once. The space has beautiful natural light coming through large windows that look out to the hills and lagoon....

  • In the Studio with Ben Pearce

    August 20, 2019

    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 favourite feature is the high pitch stud. A huge window looks out to a well established Morton Bay Fig tree that I had to carefully build around. I'll be working in my own little jungle....

  • In the Studio with Natasha Wright

    July 30, 2019

    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. I spend a lot of time in my studio, it’s my haven and favorite place in New York. It’s a space to clear my mind. I feel both simultaneously immersed and removed from the craziness of the city. ...

  • ArtZone: Under the Black Hood

    July 29, 2019

    Harry Culy is a photographer studying towards his Master of Fine Arts at Massey University. He also works part-time for the university as a technician for the School of Art. Here, he talks about working slowly in a world that's speeding up, ghosts, and everyday strangeness. ...

  • EyeContact: Emma Fitts Te Uru Installation

    May 10, 2019

    Cantabrian McCahon House resident Emma Fitts here presents a show of textile works in the intimate small gallery on Te Uru’s top floor. Highly textured and organic, her delicately hued fabric hangings—suspended like large unfurled scrolls in real space or hanging off pegs on the walls like giant aprons or coats—are positioned so you have to closely squeeze past....

  • In the Studio with Alan Ibell

    April 6, 2019

    I have an area of about 4m x 2m in a shared space in Kingsland. It’s an industrial space crudely converted into a kind of rabbit warren for artists. It’s the first shared studio I have worked from, but space in Auckland is at a premium so I have adapted! I like to prepare a large number of canvases at the beginning of the year so there are stacks of canvases leaning against the walls....

  • Hawke’s Bay Today: Glittery Paint Works Sparkle with Delight

    March 30, 2019

    Parlour Projects’ curator and director Sophie Wallace, is delighted to be showing Reuben Paterson’s paintings in a first exhibition of his work Take Down the Clouds. Paterson is an artist with an extensive history of exhibitions in New Zealand and Australian galleries since his first exhibition in 2003. ...

  • In the Studio with Grace Wright

    February 10, 2019

    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. I’m interested in creating works that have bold gestures and real strength in the marks so hopefully this feeling of labour comes through from the space....

  • ArtZone: Boom of the Bloom

    January 25, 2019

    Floral fashion, in clothing and furnishings, has had a recent resurgence. But while fashion comes and goes, the use of floral elements in art never seems to go out of style. Francesca Emms looks at flowers as an enduring part of our artistic repertoire.  ......

  • In the Studio with Billie Culy

    January 8, 2019

    I am currently working in a studio space in a disused industrial building kindly made available to me by Parlour Projects. I use the whole second floor, which has incredible light that pours through the large divided light steel windows. ...

  • North & South: Profile on Ben Pearce

    September 24, 2018

    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. “I know it’s time to stop when the blade breaks off and hits the ceiling,”......

  • Jessica Douglas: Harry Culy, ‘Event Horizon’

    September 24, 2018

    Essay by Jessica Douglas on Harry Culy, Event Horizon    The subject of Harry Culy’s works is an apparent contradiction. On the one hand, the sea and infinite horizon is calming. No matter what happens today or tomorrow, or even years from now, the sea......

  • Emma Fitts wins Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award

    September 6, 2018

    Congratulations to Emma Fitts, who has won the Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award for her work, Unknown Cloak (2018). Fitts receives a ten-week residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco, USA. Of her work, the judges stated, “There was consensus from the selection panel that......

  • Photoforum: Review of Chris Corson-Scott, ‘Evanescent Monuments’

    July 14, 2018

    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......

  • Jessica Douglas: Grace Wright, ‘Twisted Logic’

    July 5, 2018

     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 Design Files: Auckland Art Fair’s Triumphant Return

    May 1, 2018

    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......

  • Danae Valenza: Matt Arbuckle, ‘Low Cloud’

    April 24, 2018

     ‘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,......

  • Uno: Interview with Grace Wright

    April 24, 2018

    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......

  • Urbis: Maria Moyer, Traces of Presence

    April 24, 2018

    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......

  • Viva: Maria Moyer, ‘Thisness’

    March 23, 2018

    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......

  • Homestyle: Q&A with Grace Wright

    March 22, 2018

    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......

  • Art News New Zealand: Meditation on Living

    March 2, 2018

    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......

  • Ceramics New Zealand: New York to Hastings

    March 1, 2018

    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......

  • Antony Byrt: Essay on Shane Cotton, ‘Strange Matter’

    October 5, 2017

    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......

  • Hawke’s Bay Today: Respected Painter Displays Works

    September 18, 2017

    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......

  • The Pantograph Punch: A Review of ‘Properties of Peace and Evil’

    September 15, 2017

    “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......

  • The Heavy Collective: Friday Fry Up With Meg Porteous

    July 21, 2017

    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......

  • Vice: This Photographer Captures the Quiet Oddness of Everyday

    July 20, 2017

    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.......

  • Hawke’s Bay Today: Alternative Account of History

    July 20, 2017

    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......

  • Art News New Zealand: Viewing Process and Practice

    June 27, 2017

    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......

  • The Denizen: Grace Wrights’ artist-in-residence exhibition opens soon at Parlour Projects

    June 1, 2017

    Colour is a key element of Grace Wright’s work. The young painter graduated from Elam with honours in 2014 and has since held multiple solo and group exhibitions throughout the country, gaining a remarkable reputation in the process. Her style is loose yet controlled, with......

  • Hawke’s Bay Museums Trust Acquire Jono Rotman’s ‘Omarunui’ Works

    April 20, 2017

    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......

  • Five Minutes with Lisa Reihana

    April 5, 2017

    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......

  • Parlour Launches Artist-in-Residency Programme

    March 29, 2017

    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......

  • Urbis Magazine: Art in all the right places

    March 29, 2017

    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......

  • Essays for ‘Fluid Structures’

    March 24, 2017

    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,......

  • Hawke’s Bay Today: Ben Pearce Selected as Feature Artist for Charity Auction

    March 6, 2017

    Ben Pearce has been announced as the feature artist at this year’s Hawke’s Bay Wine auction. Pearce lives and works in Hawke’s Bay but regularly exhibits across New Zealand and internationally.   He had no hesitation in accepting the offer to work with the auction team,......

  • Parlour Projects Presents Cultivate

    February 24, 2017

    Cultivate exists to assist those interested in collecting art to make important decisions and shape the foundations of a beautiful, purposeful and meaningful art collection.   ABOUT CULTIVATE   Parlour Projects is delighted to present Cultivate, an initiative that assists those interested in collecting art......

  • Essay By Andrew Paul Wood: Ben Pearce, ‘Everything Remote Intermingles’

    February 19, 2017

    Up until 1609 when English astronomer Thomas Harriot first pointed a telescope at the moon and began drawing what he saw, the Earth’s natural satellite was always something of an abstraction. It took the telescope’s revelation of mountains and craters to give the moon materiality......

  • New Zealand Herald: Privacy in the Digital Age Explored

    November 16, 2016

    Parlour has an exhibition of new work by Ken Griffen, titled Grey Area, from November 18 through December 17.   In Grey Area, Griffen draws on first-hand experiences from his recent residency in Los Angeles to investigate the angst and uncertainty caused by privacy and security......

  • Hawke’s Bay Today: Looking Back to Look Forward

    November 1, 2016

    The 1866 battle of Omarunui is a moment in Hawke’s Bay history that evokes many different feelings. Jono Rotman’s Omarunui exhibition at Parlour Projects in Hastings is an important contribution to an emerging discussion about this historical event.   This year is the battle’s 150th......

  • Hawke’s Bay Today: Performance Piece Evokes Water World of Past

    September 19, 2016

    Below the Heretaunga Plains once lay a water world filled with streams, rivers and lagoons. River Seeds Collective are bringing the river back to life through their natural masterpiece, Edge of a Raindrop, at this year’s Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival. The performance will be presented in three......

  • Eye Contact: Meg Porteous at Parlour

    August 1, 2016

    “Of course, where Porteous’s work differs most from the New Objectivity style is its colour. New Objectivity’s agenda was serious: utopian, futurist; worshipping machinery and the industrial, and could only have been expressed in severe black and white. Porteous, by contrast, is a sensualist, so......

  • Idealog: New Gallery Brings Contemporary Art to Hawke’s Bay

    July 13, 2016

    Hawke’s Bay has no shortage of beautiful, tasty reasons for a visit. The region is home to a natural fertility that produces some of our best wine, produce, and subsequently, markets and restaurants. With that natural beauty it’s not surprising that the communities in the......

  • Denizen: New Gallery Set to Elevate Hawke’s Bay’s International Art Scope

    May 26, 2016

    Not ones to overlook the cultural (and literal) fruits of Hawke’s Bay, we noticed the region welcome a promising new contemporary art project space, Parlour Projects, last month. With an outlook that is evidently international, the new gallery seeks to serve the region of Hawke’s......