Luxury leather goods label, Yu Mei, will be hosting Jhana Millers Gallery and the work of Elisabeth Pointon in the brand’s Newmarket Lounge retail concept space for TENT 2021.
Yu Mei and Jhana Millers Gallery are neighbours in their local Te Whanganui-a-Tara hometown, both occupying levels of the same historic Mibar building on Victoria St. Yu Mei’s Wellington Lounge often features works on loan from Jhana Millers Gallery, so hosting Jhana in the brand’s Newmarket Lounge felt like a natural extension of their friendship.
Yu Mei as a brand is concerned with supporting the visual arts and in particular, giving a platform to emerging, female and indigenous artists. Having partnered with Aotearoa Art Fair in 2021, Yu Mei exhibited a work by Ashleigh Taupaki (Ngāti Hako) in the Newmarket Lounge as part of Projects 2021. In its second Auckland location of Commercial Bay, Yu Mei joined forces with Nikau Hindin (TeRarawa, Ngāpuhi and NgaiTūpoto) in June 2021 to display Hindin’s works aspart of the Whānau Mārama exhibition there. Elsewhere in Yu Mei’s spaces, the emphasis on art is clear, with works on display by Gretchen Albrecht, Yona Lee and Tom Mackie.