Friday, August 14, 2015

Check out AVID Gallery's new Facebook page....

AVID Gallery has recently started up its own Facebook page.  Please have a look and if you like what you see, we'd love you to "like" and "share" the page with your family and friends.

In future we'll use the Facebook page to give you a sneak preview of exciting new work arriving at the gallery and to share photos and interesting snippets of information about our wonderful stable of New Zealand artists and their exhibitions.

You're welcome to use the Facebook page to ask us any questions you may have and to comment on the work we feature.

For a quick link to our page, just use the web address below:

Kindest regards,

Judith, Janet, Peter and Sarah

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Te Papa acquisition...

We are very pleased to share our news of  Te Papa's acquisition of a group of work in Peter Deckers Smiley series. The group comprises fifteen significant, quality pieces and is a very complete and representative collection of his recent work.

“Te Papa is delighted to acquire the Smiley Series by Peter Deckers, an influential teacher and contemporary jeweller who lives in Wellington, New Zealand. Deckers, in this series, uses visual art and manipulation techniques to query perceptions in value through the individually made brooches produced between 2009 and 2015.

Deckers is also important as a senior jewellery tutor at Whitireia since 1989; his influence has helped push the new generation of jewellers forward through direct contact and engagement with senior international jewellers through the ‘Handshake’ Projects."

The Smiley series expresses the concepts of perception in ‘value’. This is a reoccurring strand in my work. It relates to how ‘value’ is perceived, mediated and utilised. In jewellery this is one of the aspects that separates the monetary from the artistic. The ’smile’ has many societal values. The ‘mouth gestures’ in this series came from famous icons that were manipulated and deconstructed. Its original ‘value and its representation’ has been altered through different set of circumstances: time, politics, investments, provenance and ownership, general appreciation, its reputation and fame, its souvenir status and now this with its digital and physical manipulation, function and (dis-)placement. This series reads as semi-recognisable narratives. Some of the questions I explored are how much a famous image or icon can be reduced or manipulated without losing its recognition or (de-)value and therefore its meaning…. In general my work scans ideas around the use and misuse of “value” in particular how it is moderated and manipulated. My work uses mixtures of non-valuable and valuable materials in order to reformulate and/or disrupt its value’s hierarchy.  Peter Deckers 2015

Friday, June 26, 2015

Emily Siddell and Stephen Bradbourne and Alan Preston opening

was a fun night in spite of the feezing weather outside...and the highlight was the absolutely stunning work from three amazing artists.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Art Jewelry Forum

inteview about AVID Gallery

Once you are on the site, you can click on the images and the nformation about the image will pop up...

AVID Gallery interior, Wellington, New Zealand, 2015, photo: Judith Carswell

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A reminder about John Parker's

floor talk on Lucie Rie this Saturday 16th May at 11am!

The talk will mark the opeing of a new exhibition at The Dowse Museum of:

Lucie Rie: A New Zealand Connection 

which is on until 26th July.

lucie rie pottery art portrait
Lucie Rie

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Paul Maseyk

Paul and Luella dropped by last week and we were able to meet the absolutely gorgeous and beautiful Charlie (who is already helping his Dad out in the studio...)

Peter, Paul, Charlie and Luella

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Exquisitely beautiful Celadon Lei from Emily Siddell

is looking pretty stunning on the wall at the moment. Celadon and garden ash, glazed porcelain beads seated between stars of kiln-formed glass.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Bronwynne Cornish's Chimney Cats

are in and sitting on their chimneys...

This is a limited edition of the Chimney Cats made to celebrate Bronwynne's exhibition of work (Mudlark: Bronwynne Cornish, Ceramics 1982–2013), which is currently showing at The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt.
The cats were first made in 1982 and were originally intended to guard chimneys from witches coming down them.

Bronwynne after her wonderful floor talk at The Dowse

...sentinel cats in position in Bronwynne's installation from 1986,  Home is Where the Heart Is

Bronwynne at the commencement of her floor talk

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Pacfic Light, Kobi Bosshard and Peter Mckay opening...

Layla Walter

Kobi Bosshard speaking...

Peter McKay in action...

Kobi bosshard and Lisa Walker

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Sarah Read

Edith and Sian Van Dyk

Before the opening...

Monday, March 16, 2015

Skipping Records Skipping

is an installation of new ceramic work by Andy Kingston. What a delight to have in the gallery! It marks a shift from Andy's vessel making of the past to new object making that is flooded with colour and energy and his trademark strong graphics...

Andy and work

Andy and work

That gorgeous smile...

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Lynn Kelly's (a different land) is on now...

The very lovely and talented Lynn Kelly after the opening of her exhibition (a different land) on now @ AVID.
This amazing body of work was produced by Lynn after a two month period of work at the end of 2014 as the Auckland Council's regional parks artist in residence at Scandretts Bay in Auckland.

Watering the live moss brooch

the live lichen ring

Lynn with exhibition work and water spray at the ready

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A fantastic time last Saturday for the opening...

...of Breakfast at AVID, featuring some amazing work by 26 of our AVID artists and Penumbra Antumbra, an installation of exciting, new contemporary jewellery by Becky Bliss and Kelly McDonald.

Many thanks to all our artists who contributed such special work and to all our loyal clients and friends who made it a really enjoyable occasion.

Both exhibitions run until the 21st February so there's still plenty of time to pop in and see some wonderfully creative art work.

Justine Olsen and Ben Lignel in conversation

Stefan, Janet and Steph Lusted

Penumbra Antumbra

Raewyn Atkinson and Judith enjoying some coffee and breakfast

John Dawson (left) arrived from London just in time for the show

Lyndsay Patterson looking at Ann Culy's gorgeous silver and gold napkin ring

Gareth, Kelly McDonald and Amelia Pascoe

Frances Stachl and a few admirers of her work

Kelly McDonald's Antumbra

A big crowd turned up for the opening

Becky Bliss's Penumbra

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Alison Gautrey

has brought us the most wonderful, spun porcelain bowls during her holiday and family catch-up in NZ over the Christmas period...

Saturday, January 10, 2015

We wish you all a Happy New Year and hope that 2015 is a healthy, peaceful and happy one!!

Some great coverage for AVID to begin the year with the January publication of North & South in an article titled "Quality Street...a feast for the senses in Wellington".

Friday, December 19, 2014

Only six sleeps to go until Christmas

and two beautiful new, blue and white Stitch vessels by Mark Mitchell have just arrived in at AVID!!