Newsletter January 2018

Pocket Histories - Imogen Taylor's residency show

Image: Courtesy of Te Uru Gallery.


Imogen Taylor's, (McCahon House resident January - March 2017) post residency show opens at Te Uru Contemporary Waitakere Gallery 10 February 2018. Imogen and curator Ioana Gordon-Smith have opted for a group show. Pocket Histories features Imogen's work alongside work by Vita Cochran, Ngatai Taepa and Isobel Thom. 

The show runs from 10 February to 13 May, and opens 4pm Saturday 10 February.  All welcome. 


Making rag rugs workshop 10 Feb 11am-3pm

Image: Courtesy of the artist.

In association with the Pocket Histories show, we are thrilled to announce a rag rug workshop at McCahon House Museum with Vita Cochran.

On Saturday 10th February 11am – 3pm, cost per individual $50 (covers all materials). At this workshop you will learn an easy and satisfying technique for making beautiful hooked rugs from old woollen garments and fabric. You can furnish your home in a unique way and make something useful while recycling material which might otherwise go to waste. This craft, invented out of necessity in times past, is having a resurgence today as we look for ways to conserve resources and beautify our surroundings. By the end of the workshop you will have learnt about the history of rag rugs, discovered how to choose and prepare materials, learnt the technique of hooking and started making a small sample rug. You will leave brimming with ideas for future rug hooking projects. 

Vita Cochran is a maker of unique textile objects often handbags, accessories and embroideries, which draw on craft, art and fashion history. She is a enthusiast for making things by hand, getting inspiration from op shops and re-invigorating traditional craft practices. Her work has been collected by major museums in New Zealand and is sold at Anna Miles Gallery in Auckland. Vita has been making rag rugs, in the manner of many of the matriarchs of her family, for a couple of decades now and she has a rag rug in every room of her house! Vita’s instagram is @vitacochran. 

Places on this workshop are limited.
To register please email us at 


Welcome Sorawit Songsataya to McCahon House 

Image: Courtesy of the artist.

Our first artist in residence for 2018 is in the house! We welcome Sorawit Songsataya to the residency. Sorawit arrived on 8 January and will be with us through to end of March. Sorawit has a show opening at Artspace on 2 Feburary. Sorawit is also part of a group show opening in February in Tensta Konstahall, Sweden. Curated by Maria Lind who was a visiting curator at Artspace 2016, Sorawit’s McCahon House residency will be followed by a Swedish Residency in association with Maria’s show.

Alumni and Upcoming artists' exhibitions 

Louise Menzies

Gorgon Malkin Witch
Te Uru, Auckland
14 Oct – 28 Jan

Imogen Taylor (group show)
Pocket Histories
Te Uru, Auckland
10 Feb – 13 May 

Emma Fitts (with Kirstin Carlin)
A window installation
Melanie Roger, Auckland
1 Jan - 25 Jan
Tiffany Singh
Collaboration is the Future
Melanie Roger, Auckland
31 Jan - 24 Feb

Gavin Hipkins
The Domain
The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt
25 Nov – 11 Mar

Glen Hayward
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin
14 Oct – 18 Feb

James Robinson
Doors- Hyper objects of Chthulucene
Te Manawa Museum, Palmerston North
9 Dec – 3 Jun

Lisa Reihana
John Curtin Gallery, Perth Festival
4 Feb – 22 Apr


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