A Diasporic Pulse of Faith & Patience by Andy Leleisi’uao opens Monday 4th November, 6pm with CITC Liquor. All Welcome.


Francis McWhannell, Curator – Fletcher Trust Collection.

Ben Bergman, Gallery Director.

New York City. Half a world away from the home of Andy Leleisi’uao in the suburban streets of South Auckland.

The winner of the 26th Annual Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award in 2017, Leleisi’uao completed a 5 month residency at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in NYC in 2018 as part of his award.

Leleisi’uao is no stranger to NYC, having visited and exhibited frequently over the past decade. In 2009, he delivered the solo exhibition Asefeka of the Unmalosa (Kips Gallery, Chelsea). In 2010, he returned to NYC with the BCA group show MANUIA and in 2011 delivered the solo project The Ufological City of New York to the VOLTA – NY Art Fair.

“Andy is regarded very highly by ISCP – they had a tremendous amount of praise for his work,” says Sir James Wallace, founder of the Wallace Arts Trust.

While on residence, Andy lived in a neighbourhood that was on the poverty line, and so experienced the many faces of the city. “What we see – the conscious and the subconscious will come out when you are working,” says Leleisi’uao. “It waits until you’re ready – until you’ve worked at it. And you never know where it’s going to take you.”

Over the course of his New York residency, Leleisi’uao completed the 12 panel series ‘A Diasporic Pulse of Faith & Patience’, part of which was exhibited this year at the Auckland Art Fair. Now, for the first time, the series will be shown in its entirety in a site specific installation at Bergman Gallery, Rarotonga. The exhibition will be introduced by Fletcher Trust Curator, Francis McWhannell. R.Smith | B. Bergman.


  • Free


  • Mon 04 Nov


  • 6:00 pm


  • Taputapuatea Rd, Avarua District
  • Cook Islands