Auckland Art Gallery – Freedom Farmers

Last weekend saw the opening of a free exhibition of new, NZ contemporary art at Auckland Art Gallery.

Freedom Farmers: New Zealand Artists Growing Ideas sees 20 native artists engage with ideas of utopia and sustainability, and demonstrates the way these creative thinkers act as leaders and innovators in New Zealand – a country whose culture values invention, ingenuity and liberty.

Auckland Art Gallery Curator Contemporary Art, Natasha Conland, says,

‘Freedom Farmers gives visitors an opportunity to explore how artists have examined tried and true values of New Zealand society, our care of the environment, our ability to live creatively and with freedom.’

Work by Francis Upritchard  – PHOTO – Lucy Pickering

The variety of exhibits include: Steve Carr’s Burnout, a short-film of an unidentified driver performing a burnout manoeuvre in the back streets of Henderson; Richard Maloy’s Tree Hut, which you can climb in yourself and Francis Upritchard’s colourful model figures.

In addition to the exhibits, the gallery is also offering events programme, featuring a mix of performances, guest lectures, special events and ongoing artist talks.

Upcoming event highlights include:

3 November, 3pm – Artist Talks listen to artist Xin Cheng discuss her work with University of Auckland Senior Lecturer in Fine Arts, Allan Smith – FREE

10 November, 1pm – World-famous Bogan expert Dr Dave Snell talks on this unique and interesting subculture – FREE

17 November, 1pm – Learn about traditional Māori bush medicine with Ricki Bennett –FREE

26 November, 6-9pm – Late Night Event: A panel discussion on creative living featuring prominent New Zealand thinkers, including Eco Store Founder Malcolm Rands, The University of Auckland neuroscientists, historians and others. Hosted by Kim Hill -Cost:$10

Freedom Farmers: New Zealand Artists Growing Ideas from 26 October to 23 February2014. Entry is free and the exhibition is supported by the Chartwell Trust and Auckland Art Gallery’s Contemporary Benefactors.