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Street Stories opening night 12th April

The Welcome Swallow Gallery exhibition, Street Stories that runs from the 12th April to the end of May 2024 was launched this evening to the usual full gallery audience. Trust Chair and CEO Dr. Dorothy Gilson introduced the evening by placing the exhibition subject matter in a popular context that included films, literature and plays. Each artist she said, "provided their own such insights with their spectacular compositions". New Zealand artists, Hong Cumming, Rebecca Dowman-Ngapo, Chris Greenslade, Martin Necas, Juliet Roper, Gavin Smith and Sandra Turner-Barlow brought their considerable skills to examine how Street Stories impact and appear in our lives. 

Hong Cumming provided insights regarding how she works creatively to bring the past to life. She shared her creative process regarding her work with steam engines that many decades ago used to cross the main street in Hamilton. For this exhibition a range of styles are on display, including post impressionist, expressionist, and expressionist abstract. Media includes watercolours, oils and acrylics. There are sixteen spectacular compositions to revel in and enjoy. 

Finally, artists Mariska de Jager and Joslyn Hobbis shared their excitement of hosting their parallel exhibition at the City Gallery, entitled II FEMINAE. 

Waikato Times preview day coverage, featuring gallery artist Sandra Turner-Barlow

New exciting exhibition at the
Welcome Swallow City Gallery

Running parallel with the Street Stories exhibition at the Grey Street gallery, we are proud to announce a second exhibition at the City Gallery, entitled II FEMINAE. Artists Mariska de Jager and Joslyn Hobbis are presenting an exciting suite of sculptures and contemporary paintings that explore the diversity of women's emotion in art. In their own words:

"Have you ever wondered what would happen when the deep contemplativeness of hand-built ceramic sculpture meets the seemingly disparate neon sphere of contemporary shaped painting? Two post-graduate women artists have come together in a vibrant and sensitive exhibition, to explore play, joy, love, hope, dreams, anxiety and fears using the mediums of clay, shape and colour. Each work of art tells a story of emotion or being present in the world in which we seek to make a connection with our inner selves, or the space beyond". 

The exhibition runs from 10th April to 12th May. Not to be missed! An open night will also be held on Friday 19th from 5-7pm

For artists wishing to know more about showing work with Welcome Swallow Galleries, download the pdf below

Gallery coverage in the media

A Journey With Chinese Art

The Audi Five Cities Showcase

Drawn From Life

Celebration exhibition

Threads of Life exhibition

The Waikato Watercolourists exhibition

Chinese Art: Inheritance & Innovation exhibition

The Waikato Watercolourists II exhibition

The Art of Performance: Sport & Hollywood exhibition


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