Newsletter October 2016

Anne McCahon (née Hamblett) Exhibition

Image: Anne Hamblett, Poppies, (1937), oil on board, 456 x 452mm 
Hocken Pictorial Collections

Visitors to McCahon House often want to know more about Anne McCahon. To meet the demand for this constant interest, McCahon House embarked on a journey of discovery with a great team, including curator Linda Tyler, researcher Jessica Douglas and Andrew Clifford and his team at Te Uru.
More importantly we worked closely with family members – who’s enormous support has made the exhibition not only rich in content, but possible. In particular Victoria Carr (Anne and Colin McCahon’s daughter) as Consultant Curator has led the story, shared precious ephemera, her mothers documents and art works and put her personal memories to paper for the exhibition catalogue.

McCahon House in association with Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery with support from the University of Auckland, Centre for Art Studies, proudly presents A Table of One’s Own: The Creative Life of Anne McCahon. We also wish to thank Waitakere Ranges Local Board and Manchester Trust for supporting the exhibition and all our supporters for making this project possible.
For an insightful read about the art and life of Anne McCahon (née Hamblett), we recommend a feature article, based on a series of exclusive interviews with family members and the exhibition development team, in the November- December 2016 issue of Metro Magazine. 

To further expand this untold story, a history of Anne McCahon's early art career has been written by researcher Jessica Douglas for the next Art News Magazine.
We hope you will enjoy learning about the creative life of Anne McCahon as much as we have.

A Table of One’s Own: The Creative Life of Anne McCahon
19 Nov 2016 — 12 Feb 2017
Opening Saturday 19 November, 4pm
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery

A slice of McCahon House at Auckland Art Gallery

Titirangi Cupboard Door - Left: replica at the cottage, right: original. (Photo Credit: Alice Ng)

The original cupboard door painted by Colin McCahon is now on display at Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki. The painting was donated to the gallery by Jacqueline Amoamo, who lived in the Titirangi house after the McCahon family moved out in 1957. It is one of the first paintings Colin McCahon produced in Titirangi.

The Titirangi Cupboard Door painting is to be found in the exhibition "Game Changer" curated by Mary Kisler. The exhibition showcases fine examples of art produced during the period of transformation in Europe in the latter part of the 19th-century, together with abstraction works by New Zealand artists in the 20th-century.

Upper Grey Gallery, Level One
27 Aug 2016 — 25 Jun 2017

Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki



Recent event

Photo Credit: Georgina Caulton

The recent school holiday workshops led by educator Georgina Caulton - "The Puriri & The Kereru" was a huge hit.  The children really enjoyed learning about the puriri and the kereru and had fun creating Kereru/Puriri container with paints.  The container also doubled as a Puriri seed planter for the children to take home.  Georgina said that it was amazing to see the cottage come to life when the children were in full swing being creative.

We will return next year with another series of exciting school holiday programmes.


International residency selection process underway

Next week we will announce an international artist from the asian region for a supported three month residency during the three months of spring 2017.

McCahon House opened in 2006 with the mission "to recognize the life and art of Colin McCahon through a residency of international standing and to preserved the McCahon House as a place for the public to visit". 10 years later in recognition of this important milestone and in response to challenges by artists and art historians to 'take the McCahon conversation off-shore" we are delighted to announce that with the very special and generous support from the Lim Family Trust; and in partnership with Tobias Berger Head of Arts and Heritage Tai Kwun Hong Kong, McCahon House Artist Residency programme selectors sit next week to contemplate the four nominations. It will be very difficult decision. We eagerly await the decision and the opportunity to host an international artist in the residency with Spreading Tree Family Trust scholarship.


Alumni artists' exhibitions

James Robinson
Strange Attractor
Millennium, Blenheim
24 Sept - 24 Oct

Richard Lewer (Group show with Roger Boyce)
Means to an End
Suite Gallery, Wellington
6 Oct - 29 Oct 

Ruth Buchanan
Never not a body
Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland
7 Oct - 5 Nov

Ruth Buchanan

The Actual & its Document

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth
10 Sept - 4 Dec

Amy-Howden Chapman
Vocabulary / Infrastructure / Present
PIK, Germany 
1 Oct - 6 Nov

Sarah Smutts Kennedy
Chain of Mountains 
TCB in Melbourne
Opens 26 Oct at TCB in Melbourne



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