Exhibition Opening


Te Tai-o-Rēhua features a seemingly eclectic group of 13 Australian and New Zealand artists – eight women and five men – covering a truly diverse range of practices, styles, and cultural influences, with all but one represented by Scott Lawrie Gallery.

As well as some younger artists such as Benjamin Aitken (a recent finalist in both The Archibald and The Sulman Prize showing for the first time in New Zealand) and Clare Brodie, who’s delightful reductive landscapes have led to sell out shows in Melbourne and Sydney – there are some very significant New Zealand artists represented too, such as internationally-renowned photographer Fiona Pardington*, leading modernist painter Roy Good, as well as rising stars Rebecca Wallis and Monique Lacey. And of course, the ever delightful Patricia Piccinini!

Brought together in a rich essay by Andrew Paul Wood, the show represents a powerful visual showcase of some of the most interesting artists working in our part of the world today.

As Wood writes, “Together these artists capture a snapshot of what Antipodean culture might be, looking simultaneously back to the past and into the future, indigenous, colonist, and immigrant, connecting to the rest of the Pacific, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Looking at these artists’ work we very quickly realise how extraordinarily complex, rich, and diverse our part of the Pacific is. The Tasman Sea really is just “the ditch” that is more a point of communication, an osmotic boundary, than a barrier. We are not the end of the world, we are merely the beginning.”

–Scott Lawrie, Director

*Fiona Pardington is represented by Starkwhite.


  • Free


  • Sat 05 Jun


  • 3:00 pm — 5:00 pm


  • 2 Murdoch Road (Off Williamson Ave)
  • Grey Lynn, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland