ST PAUL St Gallery is closed between 18 – 22 April for Easter and will reopen on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 10am.

Gavin Hipkins, Leisure Valley, 4 April - 17 May 2014

ST PAUL St Galleries One and Two


Image: Gavin Hipkins Leisure Valley Detail, 2014
Gavin Hipkins, Leisure Valley (detail), 2014. Image courtesy of Gavin Hipkins


For Leisure Valley Gavin Hipkins has revisited the city of Chandigarh in Northern India. Hipkins first visited Chandigarh in 1997 and the subsequent work The Trench was initially shown at The Physics Room in Christchurch in 1998. Chandigarh was the first planned city in post-Partition India and was designed by a team of architects led by Le Corbusier. The city’s foundation stone was laid in 1952. The Trench focused on Le Corbusier’s Open Hand Monument. In 2013 Hipkins returned to the city to take photographs for his new photo-installation Leisure Valley.

As a modernist project Chandigarh represents desires for community organisation expressed through architecture and urban planning. For Leisure Valley Hipkins’ recent images of Chandigarh play with the utopic desires of modernist planning and mimic the romantic appreciation of the ruin through capturing aspects of present day Chandigarh that are in various states of decay. This compression or flattening of time periods is further complicated in the images by the absence of inhabitants.

Leisure Valley will also include a new experimental short film titled The Port.  The Port combines images taken from the 18th century architectural astronomy instruments called Jantar Mantars in New Delhi and Jaipur. These structures are included alongside abstracted and naturalistic New Zealand landscape motifs, suburban architecture, and street scenes from Auckland's current master-planned community Stonefields — built on the site of former Winstones quarry at Mount Wellington. These images are combined with an audio montage read from passages of H.G. Wells’ 1895 science fiction novella The Time Machine. In the gallery space the sound and image play unsynchronized, their different duration causing an ever-changing relationship between the two.

The production of the work for Leisure Valley was generously supported by Elam School of Fine Arts, The National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries (NICAI), The University of Auckland.



 Sakiko Sugawa, 2014 Research Fellow, 8 April - 5 July, 2014


"Cowry" the Basic Income Board Game, created by the group called Basic Income Kyoto

To accompany someone is to go somewhere with him or her, to break bread together, to be present on a journey with a beginning and an end 
– Staughton Lynd (2012)

The 2014 Research Fellowship is an open dialogue based project that aims to investigate how artistic and creative practices can connect with community groups working on issues such as social justice, environmental issues and equal urban development. This years Research Fellow Sakiko Sugawa, is a cultural worker who describes herself as a “common commodity”. She has an expansive practice that incorporates socio-political issues, food and sustainable practices, which she brings into connection with art, design and aesthetics. During her fellowship, Sakiko will work with the school of Art and Design to gather a group of students and staff from across the AUT campus and local community groups, with the aim of bringing people together to engage with the political and social ideas that Sakiko has expressed interest in. 
Through initiatives such as the Social Kitchen in Kyoto, Japan, Sakiko has demonstrated how radical social and political ideas help us to invent equally radical and creative praxis in our day-to-day life. Sakiko’s process poses questions such as “how and to what extent does involvement of cultural workers in social and political issues bring “good?” How do we, cultural workers and activists work side by side to achieve certain goals?”

As Fellow, Sakiko’s commitment to a focus on the social aspects of projects and specific techniques used for intervention to support change will connect with teaching and research concerns around aesthetic practices and experiences, development of art and design theory and the role of a public art institution such as a university gallery in support of socially engaged practices.

For her Fellowship Sakiko is engaging with the concept of “accompaniment” as outlined by Staughton Lynd in his book Accompanying: Pathways to Social Change

"There's an element of mystery, of openness, in accompaniment. I'll go with you and support you on our journey wherever it leads. I'll keep you company and share your fate for a while. And by "a while," I don't mean a little while. Accompaniment is much more about sticking with a task until it's deemed completed by the person or people being accompanied, rather by the accomagnateur…but if accompanier and accompanied are conceptualized, not as one person assisting another person in need, but as two experts, the intellectual universe is transformed. No longer do we have one kind of person helping a person of another kind. Instead we have two persons exploring the way forward together." (Lynd, 2012)

To support the development, exchange and creation of ideas generated by the fellowship, ST PAUL St Gallery One has been set aside between 29 May-25 July. 
For further information please contact +64 9 9219999 Ext 8313


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Gavin Hipkins Leisure Valley, The Open Hand (2014), Image courtesy of Gavin Hipkins

Gavin Hipkins Leisure Valley, The Open Hand (2014), Image courtesy of Gavin Hipkins

UPCOMING SYMPOSIUM: The Open Hand: A Call for Civic Debate

The Open Hand: A Call for Civic Debate, 16 - 17 May 2014
Keynote Speakers: Vikramāditya Prakāsh & Stephen Zepke



Behind what is often held to be cold, utilitarian and disposing Brutalist architecture, emerging in the 1950s and waning in the 1970s, is perhaps a spirited socialist-utopianism. Ambitiously, if not ironically, Brutalism aspired to propagate reform and an egalitarian society. Le Corbusier, hero of béton brut, cast this body-politic formally as an Open Hand in his major commissioned project of Chandigarh. Although Le Corbusier claimed his architecture to be apolitical, the Open Hand was intended as a call to civic debate and collaborative action. The Open Hand: A Call for Civic Debate calls for papers and presentations taking the aspirations of The Open Hand to reflect on the ethics and aims of modernism and Brutalism both within and beyond architecture.
The Open Hand: A Call for Civic Debate is programmed alongside the exhibition Leisure Valley by Gavin Hipkins at ST PAUL St Gallery, AUT University, 4 April – 17 May 2014.

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ST PAUL St Curatorial Symposium, 18- 20 June 2014

The 2014 ST PAUL St Curatorial Symposium, will take place at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auditorium. It will begin with a keynote talk at 6pm on Wednesday the 18th of June. This followed by two full days of talks and presentations. The programme will announced shortly. To stay current with the updated programme, please RSVP through Eventbrite.


Wellington Media Collective 1978 - 1998

12 September - 24 October 2014, ST PAUL Street Galleries One and Two 

An exhibition initiated by Adam Art Gallery Te Pataka Toi in collaboration with the Wellington Media Collective.


Philip Kelly / WMC Image courtesy of Adam Art Gallery Te Pataka Toi


The Wellington Media Collective was established in 1978 as a confederation of graphic designers, printers, photographers, and associates. Underpinned by a belief in the power of media arts to intervene in social space, their activities over two decades have involved the production of posters, magazines, catalogues, and leaflets for community and political groups, ranging from trade unions to arts and activist organisations. This retrospective exhibition examined the politics of style implicit in the Collective’s substantial body of graphic work, and through this lens, surveyed a history of public culture in Wellington and New Zealand. The Collective’s graphic archives interweave a story of political activism with a cultural history of performance and art, both located against a changing economic environment, new networks of distribution and communication, and the technological shift from page to screen. Comprising original prints, posters, publications and ephemeral material, as well as oral histories provided by members of the Collective, the exhibition drew on an archival project undertaken in collaboration with the Alexander Turnbull Library and the Department of Museum and Heritage Studies, Victoria University of Wellington. A major book project documenting the Collective’s history was launched at exhibition’s close. Coordinated and edited by Ian Wedde with Mark Derby and Jenny Rouse, and designed by Wellington Media Collective, the extensively illustrated monograph is co-published with Victoria University Press.


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