More than a hundred installations, exhibitions, guided walks, murals, performances, talks, markets and workshops are planned to bring the city center to life for Art in the City 2022, which will take place from October 7 to 16.
This year sees the return of the Urban Art Village installations from the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Auckland.
late night art on Thursday 13 October between 5–9 p.m. will see Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Gow Langsford Gallery, Gus Fisher Gallery, Kura Gallery, Fingers Gallery, The Tuesday Club and Cassette Nine open after dark with exhibitions and activations.
Exhibitor at Late Night Art, the Urban Art Village will occupy O’Connell Street for one night only. The University of Auckland’s School of Architecture and Planning features nine purpose-built facilities with interactive activities that investigate and respond to political and community events with artistic expression. In 2022, participation in this project offers university course credits.
Architect, artist and teacher Matt Liggins has been involved with Urban Art Village for many years now and is contributing his own structure to this year’s Village called ‘The Friendship Waka’ where he has created a project stand attached to the hood of his car to take people go on a conceptual road trip.
Examples of structures that will be on display this year include the work of a group called The Social Dreamers inviting you to participate in “This is an Education Emergency”, a collaborative installation advocating for change in higher education across Aotearoa to better value people Capital. Another structure is “Kiwi Dreamer” which analyzes Aotearoa’s fixation with the “Kiwi Dream” of owning a detached house on a quarter-acre section. However, Kiwi Dreamer is a response to the nightmarish reality of that dream, disguised as a quaint Ponsonby villa with a white picket fence, delicate letterbox, manicured hedge and spotlight. Many of these works are a direct reflection on the world we currently live in and are sure to spark some interesting conversations at the event.
Artists of the Urban Art Village 2022:
- matt ligins | Waka friendship
- Maxine Goon | This is an educational emergency
- Gujin Chung, Yifan Liu, Yilin Liu | Real estate bubble
- Madeline Brown, Betty Han and Reiden Le’Jan Cleansing | WHO AM I?
- Norm Dines, Gus Clelland, Cindy Zhang | Auckland’s most boring office
- Anson Sieu, Kinki Lo, Evan Zhang, Johnny Jiang | The supermarket of thoughts
- Karl Poland, Robbie Anderson, Shelley Jiao | Kiwi Dreamer
- Phillip Lee and Yeri Lee | Undocumented objects
- Jack Wu, Oliver Ray Chaudhuri, Dianwang, Calvin Feng, William Chen, Binh Minh Ha | The chairs in the bedroom, quiet next to the elephant
The other Art in the City 2022 events to discover are:
To see the full program of Art in the City 2022, go to: www.heartofthecity.co.nz/art-in-the-city