To coincide with the Fisher Gallery’s tenth anniversary we have planned an exhibition entitled Ten Years On.
Ten Years On is an exhibition of works by young contemporary Auckland artists and will open at the Fisher Gallery, Pakuranga, Manukau City from Friday 29 April 1994. Ten Years On is not planned to look back over the last ten years of our achievements but to herald in a new decade of artistic activity.
The Fisher Gallery has invited early career artists who may, over the next ten years, provide a significant contribution to the development of the arts in Auckland and New Zealand. Auckland artists to have work included are Christopher Braddock, Keggie Carew, Luise Fong, Brett Graham, Gail Haffern, Gavin Hipkins, Anna Sanderson, Giovanni Intra, Denise Kum, Esther Leigh, Michael Parekowhai, Johanna Pegler, Richard Reddaway, Monique Redmond and Richard Thompson.
All the artists in Ten Years On are all in the early stages of their careers. Many are in the latter phase of art school, just completed their studies or have been exhibiting regularly in solo or group exhibitions throughout the country. These artists best exemplify a diversity of approach being undertaken by young contemporary artists.
The Fisher Gallery opened in March 1984 with three exhibitions. On display were a canoe prow and stem loaned from the Auckland Institute and Museum; a selection of views of East Tamaki by Albin Martin organised and assisted by the Director and staff of the Auckland City Art Gallery; and in the Fisher Gallery, Eleven Contemporary Auckland Artists.
These three exhibitions celebrated the opening of the Fisher Gallery and set it on a path of significant relationships with the community it serves. We envisage that the artists included in Ten Years On will be just as significant as the first group of eleven artists have proven since our inaugural exhibition in 1984.
In the Studio Gallery an introductory exhibition which traces the history of the Pakuranga Arts Society and the Fisher Gallery has been prepared by TaskForce Green Gallery Assistant, Brian Kitchener. This display marks some of the controversial events that lead to the building of the Iris Fisher Gallery, named after the Founding President of the Pakuranga Arts Society, the late Mrs Iris Fisher.
It also acknowledges the development of the relationship of the Pakuranga Arts Society and Manukau City Council as a partner to assist the Fisher Gallery in its aims of bringing cultural activities to a wider audience through the establishment of the Community Education Officer, Rhoda Fowler. There will be a Gala opening with a celebration cake designed by Auckland artist Fiona Pardington and made by Kathy McKinley.
→ Gallery celebrates, Eastern Courier, 04-05-1994