Thursday, January 23, 2014

Eclectic motifs and contemporary methods
Corban Estate Arts Centre's latest exhibitions feature Sam Mitchell and various artists newly graduated from Auckland art schools. These two shows are on display from 24 January till 2 March 2014. 

First is Last, Last is First features new room sized portraits by artist Sam Mitchell. These works are tattooed with eclectic motifs collected and repurposed from fairy tales, cartoons, legends and Corban Estate’s history. Underlying Mitchell’s popular culture portraits are a concoction of social, political and gender issues. 

New Grads Show 2014 is a chance to see the latest approaches in contemporary art. Come along to Corban Estate Arts Centre’s annual selection of new work from ten visual arts and fine arts school graduates from across the Auckland region. 

On offer is a full range of free art gallery activities. Auckland based artist and 2010 Wallace Arts Award winner Sam Mitchell talks about her latest exhibition First is Last, Last is First, and her residency in New York on Saturday 15 February 2014, 11am. In response to the New Grads exhibition children will recreate art that is inspired by the contemporary art coming out of visual art schools today. All materials provided, no bookings required, Saturday 22 February 2014, 11am.

Image captions:
Sam Mitchell, Sofia (detail), 2013, Collection of Diocesan School for Girls. Image courtesy of Melanie Roger Gallery.
Julia Hannig, Hayr Road (detail), 2013. Image is courtesy of the artist.

Exhibitions details:
Exhibition: First is Last, Last is First
Artist: Sam Mitchell
Exhibition dates: 24 January – 2 March 2014

Exhibition: New Grads Show 2014
Artists: Tunisia Angell-Kea, Andy Baker, Janette Cervin, Mark Grubner, Julia Hannig, Annie Puri, Deborah Rundle, Caleb Satele, Paula Schaafhausen, Winston Shacklock
New Grads Show features graduates from: Auckland University of Technology, School of Art and Design; Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland; Manukau School of Visual Arts; Unitec Institute of Technology, Department of Design & Visual Arts and Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design.

Exhibition dates: 24 January – 2 March 2014

Public programmes
Exhibitions opening: Thursday 23 January 2014, 6pm-8pm
Sam Mitchell Artist Talk: Saturday 15 February 2014, 11am-12pm
Kids Art Workshop: Saturday 22 February 2014, 11am
Entry: Free, all welcome

If you'd like more information about these exhibitions or for media inquiries please contact the curator, Kara Wallace: 09 838 4455 extension 203 or

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