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Current - October Gallery

Virginia King, Southern Nautilus, 2009, 140 x 75 x 90 cm, 2.5 mm thick Marine Grade Stainless Steel. Image courtesy Whitespace, New Zealand.

Exhibition preview

CURRENT, an exhibition of art from New Zealand and the Pacific region, will be on display at October Gallery from June 23 to July 30, 2011.

Current showcases six contemporary artists from New Zealand and the Pacific: Andy Leleisi’uao, Nic Moon, Virginia King, James Ormsby, Filipe Tohi and Reuben Paterson.

Each artist, in his or her own unique way, addresses environmental sustainability in the region and draws upon specific cultural traditions to explore, renew and express ‘current creative identity’.

The exhibition takes place during the three week long programme of the City of London Festival 2011 with this year’s theme Arts and Culture of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

It also coincides with Origins: Festival of First Nations, which brings together groundbreaking artists from the cultures of Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA, in venues across London.

This exhibition continues and develops October Gallery’s longstanding interest in the brilliant arts of Oceania and Australasia, including New Colours from Old Worlds (Contemporary Art from Oceania, 1999), Red Wave Collective (Contemporary paintings from Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Samoa, 2006) and EthKnowcentrix: Museums Inside the Artist (artists from New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, 2009).

Current is presented by October Gallery in collaboration with Whitespace, contemporary art gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.

Artists’ Talk – Saturday, June 25 (3pm – 4pm).

The artists Andy Leleisi’uao, Nic Moon, Virginia King, James Ormsby and Filipe Tohi will discuss their work and cultural policies in today’s global market.

Indigenous Art Now – Tuesday, June 28 (3pm).

World known artists represented by contemporary art magazine Artlink Indigenous, as well as artists from the exhibition Current, will talk about the critical issues their work raises, including Fiona Foley on ‘public art that bites back’, Vernon Ah Kee about ‘some inconvenient truths’ and Christian Thompson who will address ‘identity and disguise’.

Daniel Browning, ABC Radio National broadcaster and co-editor of Artlink Indigenous, will moderate the debate. The magazine launch of Artlink Indigenous has been made possible with the support of the Australian High Commission in London and will take place at 6pm.

Admission (to October Gallery): Free.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday 12.30 to 5.30pm.

October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, London, WC1N 3AL

Tel: 020 7242 7367

Fax: 020 7405 1851