Arapeta Ashton

28 August 2019 - 5 October 2019

Blue Oyster is pleased to present Hā, an exhibition of new work by Moana Nui a Toi-based artist, Arapeta Ashton. Hā explores ways of seeing and understanding Parakiekie through the creative process, from a plant—kiekie—through to its final form as kākahu.

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Rupua No.5 Bronte Perry

18 July 2019 - 24 August 2019

Religion and empire collide and convolute, binding itself to the settler state. It forcibly assimilates subjects into the colonial body—a good body, a moral body, a silent body. 

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UKU//UTU aims to disrupt the structure of a formal exhibition as a site for wānanga, where practitioners and guests with specialist knowledge will facilitate discussion around uku and its impact on relationships with ourselves, other people and places.

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OTHER [ōtepoti chinese] Alice Canton

15 June 2019 - 13 July 2019

OTHER [ōtepoti chinese] investigates the experiences of Chinese people in Ōtepoti, asking what it means to be Chinese—ethnically, culturally and socially—here and now. 

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If you have nothing nice to say considers the notion of empathy in public spaces; text and audio are used to explore the act of public platitude, as seen on people’s bodies, clothing and transportation. 

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Better living everyone. Elisabeth Pointon

27 March 2019 - 27 April 2019

Under the guise of a double agent, working as Bookings Coordinator/Official Artist in Residence at a luxury car dealership, Elisabeth Pointon’s practice investigates how shared spaces are becoming sites for communal isolation. 

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Formations Rebecca Steedman

8 February 2019 - 16 March 2019

Formations, presented as a series of glazed experiments with local rocks and materials applied to fired pottery, has been developed according to the movement of water relating to the land and landscapes of Ōtepoti.

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Māori Girl Ayesha Green

28 November 2018 - 22 December 2018

Māori Girl is a new solo exhibition by recently relocated Ōtepoti-based artist, Ayesha Green, and looks to a wider understanding of relationships in our contemporary context, asking specifically, what does whanaungatanga mean in a bicultural nation? 

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Trace Music mf/mp

3 November 2018 - 24 November 2018

Trace Music invites six contemporary sound makers from throughout Aotearoa NZ present their individual interpretations of trace as it relates to their musical/theoretical/sonic/artistic practices.


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This week, between exhibitions and events, Blue Oyster staff will be undertaking an internal organisational ‘audit’ with the aim of be­­tter understanding our exhibition programme, events, workshops and publishing as resources and educational tools.

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