"A new gallery that works to support children in hardship is a commendable charity" - Sam Edwards, Waikato Times 14 May 2019
New Zealand Icons at the Welcome Swallow Gallery
Mark Sainsbury and Tom Scott will be at the June, Lady Hillary portrait unveiling on 21st August. Noted broadcaster, Mark Sainsbury will be MCing the event, while author and famous cartoonist,Tom Scott, a long time traveling companion of Sir Ed and Lady June, will provide some biographical notes regarding the 'Hillary years'.
Portrait artist Rebecca Dowman-Ngapo as well as David Reeves, Head of Collections at the Auckland Museum will also address the event.
"It's all in the mind" exhibition
Exhibition catalogue now online, see below
A Welcome Swallow Gallery announcement: Portrait of June, Lady Hillary
On Friday 21st August the Welcome Swallow Gallery is hosting a very special private function that marks the completion of the Sir Edmund Hillary Centenary year 2019-2020. A portrait of June, Lady Hillary by gallery artist Rebecca Dowman-Ngapo will be unveiled in the gallery in the presence of Lady June and a hundred invited guests. After being on display at the Welcome Swallow Gallery until 1st October 2020, the portrait that has been gifted to the Auckland Museum will be relocated where it will enter the national archive as part of the Hillary collection.
Chair of the New Zealand Hillary Centenary Steering Committee and Welcome Swallow Trustee, Professor Clive Gilson sees this occasion as an important part of the Gallery’s contribution to both history and art.
“Sir Edmund Hillary’s life left an enormous legacy for New Zealand. His wife, June, Lady Hillary visited Antarctica three times; took groups of women to Nepal to trek through the Himalayas and through the work of the Himalayan Trust in New Zealand spent many years working on raising funds for Nepal. When Sir Ed was the High Commissioner to India she also ran many of the committees that underpinned the work of the commission. Lady June is a formidable figure across the New Zealand landscape, so this portrait is a significant contribution to capturing her importance to the nation”.
From Saturday 22nd August visitors to the gallery will be able to see the portrait before it is relocated to the Auckland Museum.
June, Lady Hillary and Sir Edmund Hillary
Hannah Goodwin's "Drenched in Colour"
Together, a stag, a zebra and two 'wild fairies'. Obviously.
Peter Max @ Welcome Swallow
A special Gallery feature
A slice of political history now on view
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Welcome Swallow Gallery Exhibition Catalogues
Please note that although each exhibition replaces the previous one in the gallery, we may still be able to source a work of art from earlier exhibitions. We are also able to freight our art works anywhere within New Zealand and worldwide. Freight costs are additional to the Catalogue prices. By downloading the catalogues above you will have immediate access to reviewing over 500 pieces of art work.
Gallery Reviews - what is recorded
Waikato Times Reviews Threads of Life Exhibition 13 August 2019
Sam Edwards provides a thoughtful review of the threads of life Exhibition by calling out one of the pieces that was sold early on. "Zipper or Door" by artist Rainy Du is chosen as emblematic of the exhibition's intent.
Press coverage of the celebration exhibition, Waikato Times 14 May 2019
~ Waikato Times Coverage 12th February ~
The Waikato Watercolourists Exhibition 14 Feb - 31st March 2020