The inaugural edition of TENT will feature a number of special events including opportunities to meet esteemed artists and curators, artists talks, a book launch and guided tours, situated all around Aotearoa. These events are taking place from Thursday 4 – Sunday 7 November

Te Matau-a-Māui Hawke’s Bay

Fiona Pardington’s Tarota: A Talk Presented by Kelly Carmichael

Starkwhite Tāhuna Queenstown Director, Kelly Carmichael is heading up to Te Matau-a-Māui Hawke’s Bay, to give a talk about Fiona Pardington’s new exhibition, Tarota, while also discussing other aspects of Pardington’s illustrious career.

WHAT:       Kelly Carmichael Talk on Fiona Pardington’s, Tarota

WHERE:    Parlour Projects

306 Eastbourne Street
East Hastings
Te Matau-a-Māui Hawke’s Bay

WHEN:    Saturday 6 Nov 2pm

Read more about Fiona Pardington’s Live Exhibition
Read more about Parlour Projects

The Sun (Tarota) 2021
Pigment inks on Hahnemuhle paper,
framed in hand lacquered black Goldie moulding with AR72
Edition of 10 + 1 AP
Image courtesy of the artist and Starkwhite


LAUNCH: Pīpīwharauroa Shining Cuckoo

Please join galleries, Sumer and Laree Payne Gallery for the opening of their joint TENT presentation: Pīpīwharauroa Shining Cuckoo. The opening of this exhibition will serve refreshments from official TENT wine partner, Seresin Estate Wines and will adhere to Level 2 restrictions. Social distancing will mean limits on the number of groups allowed in the gallery at any one time.

WHAT:        Sumer and Laree Payne TENT Presentation Launch

WHERE:    Sumer Gallery 

Waihirere Lane
(Spring Street access laneway)

WHEN:        Thursday 4 Nov 5 – 7 pm


Read more about Sumer
Read more about Laree Payne Gallery
Read more about Pīpīwharauroa Shining Cuckoo
Read more about Seresin Estate

Tia Ranginui, Taniwha, 2020
archival pigment ink on Hahnemühle Photo Rag,
84.1 x 118.8 cm, Edition of 6 + 1 AP
Image courtesy of the artist and Laree Payne Gallery

 Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington


Join Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi Director, Christina Barton at at Whirinaki Whare Taonga, for a one off tour of In the Valley, an exhibition of eight key works from the Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection.

WHAT:        Christina Barton Tour

WHERE:    Whirinaki Whare Taonga

836 Fergusson Drive
Upper Hutt
Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington

WHEN:         3pm Sunday 7 Nov

Read more about The Adam Art Gallery
Read more about In the Valley

Fred Graham, Tāne and Tūpai, 1975,
Kauri and totara
Courtesy of the artist and Victoria University of Wellington.

Ava Seymour, 11 Bars of Oboe, 2010,
11 colour photographs,
Courtesy of the artist and Victoria University of Wellington

Ronnie van Hout, In the Valley of Dry Bones, 1993,
sepia-toned photograph,
Courtesy of the artist and Victoria University of Wellington


Join Elisabeth Pointon, Jhana Millers and the team from Yu Mei for the launch of Elisabeth’s TENT project, THERE IS AN ARTWORK IN ALL OF THIS. The event will be split between Jhana Millers Gallery and the Yu Mei Wellington Lounge. Refreshments will be served and COVID Level 2 protocols will be in place.

WHAT:        Elisabeth Pointon TENT Exhibition Launch

WHERE:      Jhana Millers Gallery and Yu Mei Wellington Lounge 

Jhana Millers Gallery / Yu Mei Wellington Lounge
Ground Level / Level 1
85 Victoria Street, Te Aro
Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington

WHEN:         5.30 – 7.30pm, Thursday 4 Nov

Read more about Jhana Millers Gallery
Read more about Jhana Millers’ Live Exhibition
Read more about Yu Mei

Jessie Wong, Elisabeth Pointon and Jhana Millers in front of Elisabeth Pointon’s work, BIG TIME., 2020, Oxford cloth and air blower.
Image courtesy of the artist and Jhana Millers

Ōtautahi Christchurch


Join artist Wayne Youle (Ngā Puhi, Ngati Whakaeke, Ngāti Pākehā) for a floor talk at {Suite}’s TENT exhibition in Ōtautahi Christchurch.  Youle’s exhibition will feature a number of new paintings made for TENT, alongside sculptural works and a neon work.  The talk is an opportunity to meet the artist and gain some personal insights into Youle’s rich artistic practice.

Hear about the sources that Youle’s formally stripped-back, but conceptually saturated works draw from, including figures from his own family life and personal memories, as well as different times, aesthetics, and artists who have had a lasting influence on his practice, such as Colin McCahon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sidney Nolan, Piet Mondrian, and Philip Guston, to name a few.

Wayne’s diverse practice is also strongly influenced by his bicultural heritage. A keen observer of the ever-shifting dynamics of Māori and Pākehā culture, his practice traverse issues of identity, race, and the commodification of cultural symbols. His work speaks to a fascination with the visual language of popular culture, and desire to question how history and identity are constructed.

WHAT:        Wayne Youle Artist Talk

WHERE:      {Suite}’s TENT exhibition in Ōtautahi Christchurch

Sir Miles Warren Canterbury Branch Rooms
65 Cambridge Terrace
Ōtautahi Christchurch

WHEN:         12pm Sat 6 Nov

Read more about Wayne Youle
Read more about {Suite}
Read more about {Suite}’s Live Exhibition

Wayne Youle, This week’s landscape, 2021
Enamel and acrylic on board, 620 x 715 mm, framed
Image courtesy of the artist and {Suite} Galleries.

Ōtepoti Dunedin and Online


Artspace Aotearoa (Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland) and Blue Oyster Art Project Space (Ōtepoti Dunedin) are excited to partner in an exchange for TENT.

BIG FISH LITTLE BOAT opens a conversation about what it means to be a practicing artist at opposite ends of the country; developing a bond between the two galleries with the goal of future north/south collaboration.

For TENT, Jo Bragg will be presenting a video work available to view online at the Blue Oyster Art Project Space website HERE . Recently returned to Aotearoa from studying at Monash University, Naarm Melbourne, Jo Bragg is currently writing for Artspace Aotearoa’s new artist exhibition, Cruel Optimism. Extending their investment in queer art theory, Bragg grapples with the opacities and obscurities of the term queer, and proposes that its failures and slippages are sites for queer utility.

At the same time, Artspace Aotearoa will be showing video footage of a recent physical installation by Ed Ritchie, which was presented in Blue Oyster’s window at 16 Dowling Street, Ōtepoti.  This video footage will be available to view from the Artspace Aotearoa website: HERE.  In this work, Ed Ritchie considers architectural features from the facades of buildings that have housed Blue Oyster over the past two decades. Drawn from memories not measurements, Ritchie’s work considers the Blue Oyster archive and incorporates copper, a nod to the material interest of Blue Oyster’s previous anniversary exhibitions.

WHAT:       Artspace Aotearoa in exchange with Blue Oyster Art Project Space

WHERE:     Online

WHEN:         4 – 7 Nov 

Read more about the online screening at Artspace Aotearoa

Read more about the online screening at Blue Oyster Art Project Space

Artist portaits, Ed Ritchie (Image 1) and Jo Bragg (Image 2)