• Shannon Te Ao
  • Ammon Ngakuru
  • Ruth Buchanan
  • Emma McIntyre
  • Peter Robinson
  • Milli Jannides
Coastal Signs Aotearoa Art Fair

Shannon Te Ao
Shannon Te Ao (b. 1978, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Wairangi, Ngāti Te Rangiita, Te Pāpaka-a-Maui) holds a BFA from University of Auckland’s Elam School of Fine Arts and an MFA from the College of Creative Arts at Massey University Wellington.

Te Ao has exhibited widely nationally and internationally. He has recently completed commissions for The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT10) QAGOMA Brisbane and 13th Gwangju Biennale: Minds Rising Spirits Turning. In 2021 Te Ao presented solo exhibitions at REMAI Modern (Saskatoon); Oakville Galleries (Toronto), and Te Uru (Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland). In 2016 Te Ao was Awarded The Walters Prize by international judge Doryun Chong.

Ammon Ngakuru
Ammon Ngakuru (b. 1993) lives in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. He holds a BVA from Auckland University of Technology and a MFA from Elam School of Fine Arts. Recent exhibitions include: The long waves of our ocean, National Library of New Zealand, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington (2022) Misere, Coastal Signs Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland (2022), Pumice, Coastal Signs, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland (2021); Cutouts, Enjoy, Pōneke Wellington (2020); Uncomfortable Silence, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, Ōtautahi Christchurch (2020); Many Happy Returns, Hopkinson Mossman, Tāmaki Makaurau, (2018); The Tomorrow People, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, Pōneke Wellington (2017); A Shelter for Amnesic Relatives, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Ōtepoti Dunedin (2017); Thoughts on Secrecy (with Ruth Ige), RM, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland (2017).

Ruth Buchanan
Ruth Buchanan (b. 1980) is an artist of Pākehā, Te Atiawa, and Taranaki descent, who lives in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Buchanan has exhibited widely nationally and internationally. Recent work includes group exhibition SKIN IN THE GAME, KW Institute, Berlin (2023); public project Garden with Bridges (spine, stomach, throat, ear), Arbeitslosenzentrum Mönchengladbach, Germany (2023), solo exhibition Heute Nacht geträumt at Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart (2021); the online publication Evacuation Tapes (2020) and Where does my body belong? From institutional critique to infrastructural transformation Or Mothers and Standards, published by Artspeak in 2021. Ruth is currently Kaitohu Director of Artspace Aotearoa

Emma McIntyre
Emma McIntyre (b. 1990) was born in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. After graduating from Auckland University of Technology in 2011, she received an MFA from the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, in 2016 and a second MFA from the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California, in 2021. In 2019 she received a Fulbright Graduate Award.

Recent solo exhibitions of McIntyre’s work include Pearl Diver, Château Shatto, Los Angeles (2023); Madonna of the Pomegranate, Coastal Signs, Auckland (2022); Up bubbles her amorous breath, Air de Paris, Paris (2022); and Heat, Mossman Gallery, Wellington (2020).

In 2023, McIntyre made a solo exhibition, An echo, a stain, at David Zwirner, New York, and her work was included in L’Almanach 23, the fourth edition of the biennial held at Le Consortium, Dijon, France.
The error of roses

Milli Jannides
Milli Jannides (b.1986 Sydney) spent her childhood in Aotearoa and graduated from Auckland’s Elam School of Fine Arts in 2009. She has studied at Glasgow School of Art (2007), Kunstakademie Dusseldorf (2010), and in 2013 completed her MFA at Royal College of the Arts in London. After graduating from the Royal College she was based Europe, and completed two residencies in Mexico City in 2014 and 2015. Milli has recently moved back to Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Recent solo exhibitions include Hothouse, Coastal Signs, Auckland (2023), Slow Meteorite, McLeavey Gallery, Wellington (2022), Far Flung, Coastal Signs, Auckland (2021) and Winter, Winter, Spring, McLeavey Gallery, Wellington (2021).

Coastal Signs is a gallery in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland that explores a new model for a commercial gallery. It is set up as an informal co-operative with a group of artist that comprise a rōpū or board. They are: Ruth Buchanan, Fiona Connor, Shannon Te Ao, Peter Robinson, Milli Jannides, Luke Willis Thompson, Ammon Ngakuru and Emma McIntyre, all of whom are founding members of the gallery with Director Sarah Hopkinson. Coastal Signs focusses on delivering a dynamic and critical programme, working with both emerging and established artists to realise projects both on-site, online and in collaboration with other arts organisations.