Please join us on Tuesday 16 July from 5-7pm for the opening of Pleiades: Seven Sisters of New Zealand Painting at our newly renovated Kitchener Street Gallery.

Pleiades: Seven Sisters of New Zealand Painting charts female painters through 100 years of painting in Aotearoa. Featuring a selection of works from canonical artists Frances Hodgkins, Rita Angus, Louise Henderson, and Doris Lusk alongside contemporary artist Sara Hughes and emerging painters Ruth Ige and Vivienne Worn, Pleiades considers the communicative qualities of painting, and celebrates a constellation of artists whose practices embrace and evolve the complexities of the medium.

The exhibition takes its title from the Pleiades star cluster, a constellation of seven bright stars that have been used for astronavigation under different names and in diverse cultures for millennia. Known in Ancient Greece as the Seven Sisters or the Sailing Stars, Subaru in Japan, and Matariki here in Aotearoa, the stars enable travellers to fix their location on Earth. Similarly, painting acts as a navigational tool through history, traversing social, political, and geographical boundaries.