"A new gallery that works to support children in hardship is a commendable charity" - Sam Edwards, Waikato Times 14 May 2019
Artist Rebecca Dowman-Ngapo Profiled
As part of celebrating the October unveiling of the portrait of June, Lady Hillary, the Welcome Swallow Gallery honours commissioned artist Rebecca Dowman-Ngapo with her own portraiture collection that will run till the end of the month. The collection can be downloaded from the home page or from the blog.
Pictures from the unveiling of the June, Lady Hillary portrait
Lady June and Mark Sainsbury
Artist Rebecca Dowman-Ngapo (and daughter, Kaea)
MC Mark Sainsbury
The Griffiths Duo
Welcome Swallow Gallery: Portrait of June, Lady Hillary - A very special day
Over 120 guests packed the Welcome Swallow Gallery to participate in the much anticipated unveiling of the portrait of June, Lady Hillary by gallery artist Rebecca Dowman-Ngapo. Speeches were made by Clive Gilson, Chair of the New Zealand Hillary Centenary Steering Committee, Board Chair and Chief Executive of the Achieving Change for Children Charitable Trust, Dr. Dorothy Gilson, artist Rebecca Dowman-Ngapo, David Reeves, Head of Collections at Auckland Museum and finally by Tom Scott, author and film-maker. The event was expertly MC'd by Broadcaster, Mark Sainsbury who also thanked the event sponsors, Ebbett Audi.
Before and after the official proceedings, guests enjoyed special music instrumentation from Martin Griffiths (Cello) and Celia Griffiths (violin). Lunchtime food was provided by "Prof's @ Woodlands", served by Waikato University Hillary Scholarship students, Isabella MacDonald, Fletcher Moles, Tara Given and Georgia Robcke.
The portrait that was unveiled by Lady June's daughters, Robyn Mulgrew and Susan Hayman received universal praise for the manner in which it captured the essence of Lady June's character. After being on display at the Welcome Swallow Gallery, 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 saw 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”.
Lady June receiving flowers from Gallery Volunteer, Heather Allan,
Artists and Subject embrace
Artist Sandra Barlow four beautiful watercolours
Gallery visitors: an abundance of fun!
Permanent Collection - new arrivals!
Robyn Ninnes compositions
Ray Ching in the Welcome Swallow Gallery
The Swallow & the Falling Leaf
Welcome Swallow Gallery Exhibition Catalogues and information plates
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