We are delighted to share recent TENT Art Weekend coverage from HOME Magazine.

Travel Intent

Playing on the idea that New Zealand has a strong connection to temporary; quickly erected structures into which to place objects or events of particular significance – the marquee in Busby’s front lawn that was crucial to the Treaty of Waiting, the multitude of canvas or plastic tents that are synonymous with Christmas, and so on – thew team behind the Aotearoa Art Fair has launched a daring new initiative called TENT. The three-day event hopes to take galleries and artists out of their geographical comfort zone and into temporary, pop-up venues across the country.

The long-weekend extravaganza is scheduled to have an ‘accompanying programme of special events, curated walks, changes to meet artists, and more” according to organisers.

HOME’s picks include {Suite} Gallery (Wellington and Auckland) will be packing its metaphorical travel cost and heading to Christchurch. The gallery is expected to exhibit new pieces – neon light, paintings, and sculpture – by the often humorous, subtly political Wayne Youle (pictured here) alongside the documentary black and white photography of Ans Westra.

Connecting one historic village with another for TENT, Auckland’s Parnell Gallery will travel to Hawkes Bay to exhibit a selection of artists at the iconic landmark venue: The Old Church. The 1863, heritage, protected building will be “curated with consideration to broader notions of the ‘landscape’ and present works by established artists” according to organisers. The works exhibited by contemporary artists and sculptors will include new paintings from Greer Clayton, George Grey, Stephen Howard and Tim Jones.

TENT will take part 4-7 November and is expected to feature more than 30 galleries presenting live exhibitions and a programme of special events, at multiple locations throughout Aotearoa. All exhibitions will also be viewable online.