You are warmly invited to join us in the gallery on Monday to hear Brett Graham talk about his current exhibition, Ark of Forbearance, in conversation with curator and writer Robert Leonard.

Leonard will question and discuss how Graham’s sculpture - his simple and monumental forms which seemingly repel interpretation, carry such rich metaphorical, poetic and political narratives. Placing Graham in the lineage of McCahon and Hotere, he will examine how abstraction paradoxically can speak to the world and its history and concerns. He will look at how Graham’s practice is both similar to and different from leading international sculptors such as Richard Serra and Anish Kapoor.

Brett Graham (Ngāti Koroki Kahukura) is a prominent contemporary New Zealand artist whose work has been included in exhibitions all over the world. Highlights internationally include the Honolulu Biennale 2017, the Venice Biennale 2007, the Sydney Biennale 2006 and 2010 and the 2013 survey of international indigenous art at the National Gallery of Canada. His recent major exhibition Tai Moana Tai Tangata, a multi-layered exploration of the New Zealand wars of the mid-19th century.

Robert Leonard, one of New Zealand’s most highly regarded curators, has worked at Wellington’s National Art Gallery, New Plymouth’s Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Auckland Art Gallery, and City Gallery Wellington. He has directed Auckland’s Artspace and Brisbane’s Institute of Modern Art.


  • Mon 13 Jun


  • 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm


  • Level 2/22 Garrett Street
  • Te Aro
  • Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington 6011