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Beauty is in the Street at RAMP

Programme / 29 May 2017

Reimagining the city through the eyes of critically attuned and collective making practices which engage in the vital issues and materials of our contemporary landscape with resilience, humour, energy and transmutation.

Beauty is in the Street is an exhibition that begins in the everyday. What we wear, how we read, and the ways in which we move about and respond to the urban environment.

Including contributions from Areez Katki, Sione Monu, Lula Cucchiara, Luisa Tora and Molly Rangiwai-McHale, Ash Mosen / Mosen Studios, Rawiri Brown, Liv Worsnop/Plant Gang, Eleanor Cooper, Oliver van der Lugt, Luka Mues, Dawn Blood, Lulu Fang, Annie Mackenzie, Tendai John Mutambu, Bridget Riggir, Lana Lopesi, Ella Sutherland and Billie Popovic

Curated By Elle Loui August for Objectspace, exhibition essays by Elle Loui August, Lana Lopesi, Bridget Riggr and John Mutambu, publication design by Ella Sutherland. 

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Still Life Forms

Programme / 26 May 2016

Still

Life

Forms

Elaborating on a tradition of still life painting, jeweller Chloe Rose Taylor works to coax unfamiliar sensations into arrangements of the everyday. Recomposing a precise selection of quotidian and nostalgic themes -­an extensive seashell collection, an ubiquitous soap brand, and a collection of ambiguous soft sculptures-­ Taylor has pursued an intuitive and haptic line of inquiry, evading an easy symbolism and pushing her works into a vibrant series of postures and forms.

Since graduating from Whitireia Faculty of Arts in 2013 Wellington based artist Chloe Rose Taylor has quickly built a reputation for creating electrifying installations in the field of contemporary jewellery. Taylors work is characterised by an expressive focus on form and playful materiality, and has been exhibited in solo and group shows, both nationally and internationally.

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Susan Holmes: Fabric Artist

Programme / 18 November 2016

Susan Holmes: Fabric Artist charts the course of an extraordinary career over five decades. Resisting easy categorisation, Holmes could be defined as fabric painter, fashion designer, textile artist, or heralded wearable art designer. Her work has shifted dramatically over time, from a beginning arguably at a key moment for the development and popularity of craft in New Zealand, selling hand-printed silk scarves and garments at the famous Brown's Mill Market in central Auckland in the 1970s, to a position she is likely best known for today, as one of the most awarded World of WearableArt™ designers in New Zealand. Holmes' career speaks to her adaptability and resourcefulness, her pursuit of enquiry and learning and the desire and motivation to be in the studio. 

Published as part of Objectspace's Masters of Craft series, author Cerys Dallaway-Davidson provides an insightful and intelligent overview of Holmes' career in this exquisitely illustrated book. Providing the opportunity for readers to hear Holmes’ voice, Dallaway-Davidson paints a vivid picture of her life and the wider context of motherhood, marriage and the social and political forces that have influenced her life and in turn her world. Most resonant is Holmes’ own down-to-earth attitude about making and learning. Humble to the point of self-deprecating at times, Holmes’ ability to adapt her practice to her own strengths, areas of interest and degrees of patience is refreshingly candid and an inspiration to any maker, artist or designer today. 

The publication retails at $50 and is available at Objectspace. 

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Johnson Witehira Half-Blood

Programme / 12 October 2016

Half-blood is an exhibition that challenges the history and myths associated with both Māori and Pakeha identity through two playable digital artworks by graphic designer Johnson Witehira. The works, projected side-by-side in the gallery space, present two narratives; the arrival of Māori and the arrival of Pakeha in Aotearoa New Zealand. The audience are invited to take up the controls and navigate a Pacific or British character through the alien landscape, with each forced to overcome challenges in their newly-discovered worlds. For Māori this included taming the harsh environment; for Pakeha it was taming the savages.

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Beauty is in the Street

Programme / 27 August 2016

Reimagining the city through the eyes of critically attuned and collective making practices which engage in the vital issues and materials of our contemporary landscape with resilience, humour, energy and transmutation.

Including contributions from Areez Katki, Sione Monu, Lula Cucchiara & Ash Mosen / Mosen Studios, Rawiri Brown, Luisa Tora and Molly Rangiwai-McHale, Liv Worsnop, Eleanor Cooper, Oliver van der Lugt, Luka Mues, Dawn Blood, Lulu Fang, Annie Mackenzie, Jack Tilson, John Mutambu, Bridget Riggir, Lana Lopesi, Ella Sutherland and Billie Popovic

Curated by Elle Loui August

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Objectspace National Craft, Applied Art and Design Symposium 2016, Full programme

Programme / 17 August 2016

Join Objectspace and Auckland Museum for a two-day national symposium exploring the state of contemporary practice in the fields of craft, applied art and design. International speakers will be joined by a range of local voices discussing the forces of most influence on making today. 

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Samunder and Haldi

Programme / 08 July 2016

An exhibition focusing on the textile works of emerging artist Quishille Charan, and her investigations of traditional Fijian textiles.

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Handshake 3

Programme / 08 July 2016

A third iteration of New Zealand's prominent jewellery mentoring project, Handshake returns to Objectspace. Founded by jeweller Peter Deckers in 2011, Handshake 3 sees a shift in in mentor / mentee relationship, where the mentor becomes collaborator.

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The Way of Matter

Programme / 22 April 2016

New making from recent graduates of Aotearoa New Zealand

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A Storage Problem

Programme / 04 March 2016

A Storage Problem: Martin Poppelwell

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Ruth Castle: Basketmaker

Programme / 03 October 2015

Objectspace presents the first lifetime survey show of internationally renowned Auckland basketmaker Ruth Castle.

Written especially for Objectspace by Dr. Damian Skinner, New Zealand’s leading applied arts curator and author, and currently Auckland Museum Curator of Applied Arts. 

This publication is available for purchase at objectspace for $20, or email info@objectspace.org.nz if you would like to order one for posting. 

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Empire of Dirt: Writing about Ceramics

Programme / 13 November 2015

Bringing new voices and perspectives to the appreciation of ceramics, Empire of Dirt brings together 15 writers, some new and some familiar, offering new perspectives on ceramics in New Zealand. 

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Festival of Ceramics Brochure

Programme / 16 October 2015

Established in 2014, the Auckland Festival of Ceramics presents a joined-up programme of ceramics focused events across Auckland in November and December 2015. Festival events cluster around, and support, New Zealand’s foremost annual ceramics event, the Portage Ceramics Awards.

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STRANDS: Weaving a New fabric, extended catalogue.

Programme / 09 September 2015

An extended catalogue for STRANDS: Weaving a New Fabric, curated by Doris de Pont. 

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Talkfest 2015

Programme / 08 September 2015

Download our programme of events for Talkfest 2015

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Make/Use5

Programme / 07 August 2015

The fifth and final Make/Use tear off, and the final piece of your zero waste garment pattern. This tear off also includes an interview with NZ designer Lela Jacobs. 

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Make/Use4

Programme / 31 July 2015

Fourth in the series, this tear-off is the second to last piece of your zero waste garment pattern. 

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Make/Use2

Programme / 28 July 2015

The second publication in the Make/Use series, and the first of four tear-offs to complete your Make/Use zero waste garment pattern. 

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Make/Use3

Programme / 28 July 2015

The third publication in the Make/Use series, with piece two of your zero waste garment pattern. 

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Make/Use1

Programme / 28 July 2015

The first publication in the Make/Use series, introducing the Make/Use project at Objectspace. 

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Talk Fest 2014

Programme / 04 July 2014

Objectspace’s annual Talkfest is an opportunity for makers, designers, students, teachers, curators, writers and
collectors from around the country to come together and talk about current ideas.

In 2014 year, our Talkfest, staged at 
in partnership with Auckland War Memorial Museum had the theme of Who’s Doing the Talking. A line-up of local and international makers, curators and commentators talked about ‘talking’ and considered the who, what, where, why and how of talking. 21 presenters spoke to over 550 participants.

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Katy Wallace - The Transmogrifier Collection

Programme / 04 February 2015

The Transmogrifier Collection features works by Gisborne-based designer Katy Wallace. Each piece of furniture has been crafted using secondhand objects as the material for a newly designed object. 

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Fingers: Jewellery for Aotearoa New Zealand

Programme / 08 November 2014

Fingers: Jewellery for Aotearoa New Zealand is curated by Finn McCahon-Jones. To download the exhibition guide click here. The 152 page publication Fingers: Jewellery for Aotearoa New Zealand, which is written by Damian Skinner and Finn McCahon-Jones is available to purchase from Objectspace.  

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Precious Cargo

Programme / 01 February 2014

Tim Wigmore’s Precious Cargo project stems from his research into the historical uses and physical characteristics of our native trees and plants and his exploration of Maori myth and legend.  He says “I conceived of the Precious Cargo project as a way to celebrate our fauna which is so much a part of our cultural identity”.

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Nanette Cameron: Interior Design Legend

Programme / 11 November 2013

Nanette Cameron: Interior Design Legend is a richly illustrated, 128 page book, that accompanies the exhibition Nanette Cameron: Objectspace Master of Craft.

Using images from the 1960s to the present and text the book explores three particular aspects of Nanette Cameron’s distinguished career in interior design.It also looks at her inspirational teaching and broad influence across a range of fields of art and design, her work as a writer and stylist and her own design practice as evidenced at her renowned Glenmore Road former residence.

Nanette Cameron: Interior Design Legend includes an essay by Dr Rachel Carley that assesses Nanette Cameron’s role in the development on interior design and her significance in related areas of architecture and art with a substantial interview with Nanette by designer Katie Lockhart, one of the project’s curators. Nanette Cameron herself has written My Life in Design as well as an account of her choices for The Blue Room, which is the centrepiece of the Objectspace exhibition.  

The publication is designed by leading designers Starblock (Lloyd Osborne and Shabnam Shiwan) who have devised  a ‘Nanette’ typeface for the book. The design of the book gives form to Rachel Carley’s observation that Nanettes “contribution to a constellation of creative practices over a 47 plus year career is substantial”. Accompanying the book are 2 posters that feature articles and images styled by Nanette Cameron for The New Zealand Home Journal and a Nanette Cameron book mark.

You can  purchase the publication by visiting us at Objectspace, or email info@objectspace.org.nz to make a postal order.

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Sole Desire

Programme / 31 July 2013

The publication for Sole Desire features an essay by curator Ioana Gordon-Smith and profiles of 11 individuals who are lenders to the exhibition along with selected photographs of their shoes. 

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Islanders: Jo Torr 2001-2013 Survey

Programme / 09 March 2013

Texturally rich and profoundly beautiful, Islanders surveys the work of New Zealand sculptor Jo Torr, who explores cultural exchange through the lens of costume and textile history. 

This publication features beautiful images, and commissioned essays by Kolokesa Māhina-Tuai, Andrew Paul Wood, and Chanel Clarke that consider the theme of cultural exchange in Torr’s practice from European, Māori and Pasifika perspectives.

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Best in Show 2013

Programme / 02 February 2013

Best in Show is Objectspace’s annual graduate exhibition, showcasing a selection of outstanding work in the fields of Applied Arts and Design. Now in its ninth year, Best in Show 2013 functions as a platform for students stepping into the professional arena, while also providing an opportunity for the public to view a range of the latest exciting work to emerge from tertiary organisations.

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Blikfang

Programme / 24 November 2012

This publication features contributions by Philip Clarke, Sheridan Keith, Will Pollard, and Ioana Gordon-Smith. To purchase a copy, please contact Objectspace. 

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7UP Talkfest Report

Programme / 08 December 2012

A brief summary of the 7 UP Talkfest in 2012.

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7UP Talkfest programme

Programme / 18 May 2012

7UP is a free talkfest for all with a stake in New Zealand's craft sector. It is a unique opportunity for makers, designers, students, teachers, collectors and organisations to learn about sector successes, stories and changes. 7UP includes evening talks and installations and concludes with sector leaders assessing our field, its wider environment and future. 7UP marks the completion of over seven years of programmed activity at Objectspace.

7UP is at Objectspace Monday 18 - Saturday 23 June 2012.

7UP Hours:
Objectspace will be open 12 to 9pm from Monday 18 to Thursday 21 June, and 12 to 5pm Friday 22 and Saturday 23 June.

7UP Programme:

You can download the programme of events and speakers below. Please contact Objectspace if you would like to receive the printed brochure of the 7UP Talkfest programme.

CHANGE TO PROGRAMME - The Myth of #8 Wire: speaker Tommy Honey, who replaces Charles Walker on Tuesday 19 June. Tommy Honey is Dean of College, Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design.


Curators and Writers: 
Show: 7UP Talkfest 

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A Lace Life: The Alwynne Crowsen Collection

Programme / 16 April 2008

 A Lace Life: The Alwynne Crowsen Collection is a 2008 exhibition curated for Objectspace by Anna Miles. The publication features an introduction by Philip Clarke, essay by Anna Miles and notes by Alwynne Crowsen. Available as either a free download or a $5 purchase at Objectspace.
Show: A Lace Life: The Alwynne Crowsen Collection 

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Au Revoir Marilyn Sainty

Programme / 26 November 2005

Curated and featuring an essay by Deborah Smith. Introduction by Objectspace Director Philip Clarke.
Show: Au Revoir Marilyn Sainty 

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Best in Show 2006

Programme / 28 January 2006

Show: Best in Show 2006

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Best In Show 2007 Catalogue

Programme / 14 April 2007

Introduction by Objectspace Programme Coordinator Matt Blomeley.
Show: Best In Show 2007 

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Best In Show 2008

Programme / 31 January 2008

Introduction by Objectspace Programme Coordinator Matt Blomeley.
Show: Best In Show 2008 

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To Have & To Hold: Making Collections

Programme / 18 December 2009

Written and curated by Philip Clarke.
Show: To Have And To Hold: Making Collections

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Best in Show 2010

Programme / 30 March 2010

Curators and Writers: Objectspace's sixth annual showcase exhibition featuring design and applied arts graduates from around New Zealand. Featuring text by and works selected by Objectspace Programme Coordinator, Matt Blomeley.
Show: Best In Show 2010 

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Best In Show 2011

Programme / 24 January 2011

Curators and Writers: Objectspace's sixth annual showcase exhibition featuring design and applied arts graduates from around New Zealand.
Show: Best in Show 2011 

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Best in Show 2012

Programme / 16 March 2012

    This online exhibition publication features images of the work of each of the eighteen artists in Best in Show 2012, accompanied by writing by exhibition curator Laura Howard. Design: Alan Deare of Area Design. 

Curators and Writers: Laura Howard

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Blanket Stitch

Programme / 22 January 2005

New textile works made from old blankets curated by Carole Shepheard.

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Doing Furniture

Programme / 13 August 2005

A furniture installation by Tim Larkin.

Show: Doing furniture conversations... 

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Engage

Programme / 23 October 2004

New furniture by Tim Wigmore.
Show: Engage
23rd October 2004

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Eye Catch:Jewellery and Photography

Programme / 09 June 2011

    Eye Catch: Jewellery and Photography  exhibition catalogue with an essay written by Auckland writer Frances Walsh. 

Curators and Writers: 
Show: Eye Catch: Jewellery and Photography 

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Graticule

Programme / 13 May 2006

An exhibition of works by Katrina Simon. Essay by Kathy Waghorn.
Show: Graticule 

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Growing Up: 20 Years of the Unitec Jewellery Studio

Programme / 19 August 2006

Curated and featuring an introduction by Objectspace Programme Coordinator Karl Chitham. Essay by Rigel Sorzano.
Show: Growing Up: 20 Years of the Unitec Jewellery Studio

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Helen Britton

Programme / 30 September 2006

Show: Helen Britton: Urban Paradise Playground 

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Her Majesty's Pleasure (Kuinitanga)

Programme / 15 July 2006

Curated and featuring an essay by Objectspace Programme Coordinator, Karl Chitham.
Show: Her Majesty's Pleasure (Kuinitanga)

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Homeliness

Programme / 03 November 2007

Essay by Objectspace Programme Coordinator Matt Blomeley.
Show: Homeliness

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In from the Garden

Programme / 30 May 2009

Curated and with essay by Matt Blomeley.
Show: In from the Garden 

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Jasmine Watson: Subsequence

Programme / 25 August 2011

    Essay: Jasmine Watson: Subsequence. Essay written by Rigel Sorzano. Copies of a small publication of Jasmine Watson's work featuring this essay will be available from Objectspace soon.

Curators and Writers: 
Show: Jasmine Watson: Subsequence 

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Jewellery Out Of Context

Programme / 10 March 2007

Curated by Peter Deckers and Carole Shepheard. Jewellery Out Of Context was a touring exhibition which visited Objectspace in 2007.

Show: Jewellery Out Of Context 

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Just Hold Me

Programme / 23 September 2006

Show: Just Hold Me 

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Left at the Members Lounge

Programme / 25 September 2004

New directions in object making in New Zealand.

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Lugosi's Children

Programme / 25 August 2011

    Publication: Lugosi's Children. The Exhibition catalogue essay is written by Auckland writer and exhibition curator Bronwyn Lloyd, with an introduction by Jack Ross.

Curators and Writers:


Show: Lugosi's Children 

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Manawa wera - Defiant Chants

Programme / 05 August 2010

Curators and Writers: Exhibition essay by Nigel Borell.
Show: Manawa wera - Defiant Chants: weaving meaning within contemporary practice 

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Manon van Kouswijk and Fabrizio Tridenti

Programme / 08 February 2012

    This online exhibition publication features the fine writing of leading international writers Meredith Turnbull (Australia) and Benjamin Lignel (France), who consider the work of Manon van Kouswijk and Fabrizio Tridenti within the framework of international contemporary jewellery practice.

Curators and Writers: 
Show: Manon van Kouswijk, Fabrizio Tridenti and Ted Noten 

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Minus Reason

Programme / 21 May 2005

An installation by Malcolm Harrison.

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Nimamea'a: The fine arts of Tongan embroidery and crochet exhibition catalogue

Programme / 16 November 2011

    Nimamea'a: The fine arts of Tongan embroidery and crochet exhibition catalogue featuring writing by curators Kolokesa Uafa Mahina-Tuai and Manuesina 'Ofa-ki-Hautolo Mahina. All text has been translated into Tongan by Hufanga Dr 'Okusitino Mahina.

Curators and Writers: Kolokesa Uafa Mahina-Tuai 
Manuesina 'Ofa-ki-Hautolo Mahina
Hufanga Dr 'Okusitino Mahina

Show: Nimamea'a: The fine arts of Tongan embroidery and crochet 

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Best in Show 2009

Programme / 24 January 2009

Show: Best in Show 2009

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Provocative Material

Programme / 11 June 2005

Essay by Charles Walker
Show: Provocative Material 

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Quotidian: finding inspiration in everyday design

Programme / 25 May 2010

Curators and Writers: Featuring texts by curator Matt Blomeley and exhibiting designers: Alt Group, Nat Cheshire, Formway Design, Adrian Hailwood, Peter Haythornthwaite, Guy Hohmann, Jamie McLellan, Jonty Valentine, Katy Wallace, Cybele Wiren, Matthew von Sturmer.
Show: Quotidian: finding inspiration in everyday design

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Redefining Agility publication

Programme / 04 March 2008

Curated and featuring an essay by Matt Blomeley.
Show: Redefining Agility: craft/science/sport 

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ShowRoom Publication

Programme / 05 October 2007

Essays and writing by co-curators Rigel Sorzano and Katy Wallace.
Show: ShowRoom

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Small Wonders: 7 Installations By 7 Curators

Programme / 28 November 2007

Essay by Rose Hoare and Esther Rosser. Introduction By Objectspace Director Philip Clarke.
Show: Small Wonders: 7 Installations By 7 Curators

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Talking About

Programme / 27 November 2004

12 leading writers talk about and engage chosen objects in strong play.

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Talking To Me: collecting and making

Programme / 21 September 2010

Curators and Writers: Publication featuring writing by curator Philip Clarke.
Show: Talking to Me: collecting and making 

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Tepeke Koura

Programme / 05 July 2007

An exhibition curated by Karl Chitham and featuring a catalogue essay by Katy Tua.
Show: Tepeke Koura 

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The Crafted Container

Programme / 18 May 2007

Essay by Jessica Barter. Introduction by Objectspace Programme Coordinator Matt Blomeley.

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The Faux

Programme / 27 January 2007


Show: The Faux 

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The Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award: a cultural enquiry

Programme / 15 February 2010

Curators and Writers: Featuring an essay by The Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award: a cultural enquiry curator, Grant Thompson.
Show: Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award: a cultural enquiry 

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Printing Types: New Zealand Type Design since 1870

Programme / 21 October 2009

Show: Printing Types: New Zealand Type Design since 1870

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Ubiquitous: Aspects of Contemporary Pattern

Programme / 27 June 2012

This exhibition publication features detailed images of the works in the exhibition, accompanied by essays by exhibition curator Ioana Gordon-Smith and academic and gallerist Anna Miles. This publication is also available to purchase from Objectspace. Design: Alan Deare of Area Design. 


Curators and Writers: Ioana Gordon-Smith
Show: Ubiquitous: Aspects of Contemporary Pattern 

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Uhengaparaoa: Works by Tangimoe Clay

Programme / 19 June 2008

Text by curator Mick Pendergrast and afterword by Objectspace director Philip Clarke.
Show: Uhengaparaoa: Works by Tangimoe Clay 

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Why Milan? New Zealand designers reflect

Programme / 20 May 2011

Curators and Writers: Nicole Stock
Show: Why Milan? New Zealand designers reflect 

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