Alex Lovell-Smith Travelling Alone, Sir

Posted 2:14pm Sunday 6th September 2015

The theme of travel appropriately moves beyond the Dunedin Public Art Gallery down the road to the Alternative Space Gallery on Lower Stuart Street, where Alex Lovell-Smith’s … Travelling Alone, Sir … is currently on display. Alternative Space Gallery is an initiative where Read more...

Wanderings Works from the Collection

Posted 2:06pm Sunday 6th September 2015

Collection exhibitions can sometimes feel like a cop out, but if you have a collection why not play with it and put it on show? Following a theme of travel, the works in Wanderings shake off any gathered dust with their depictions of afar, of the other-worldly and of returning home after the Read more...

Josh Hunter & Jessie Lee Robertson - As Bad As Me

Posted 1:47pm Sunday 16th August 2015

“My mum knew I’d be fucked if I did anything else,” Josh said when I asked him why he went to art school. Enamoured of popular culture, Americana, comics and tattoos, Josh Hunter and Jessie Lee Robertson aren’t quite like the art school graduates I typically encounter, but Read more...

Street Art on Campus

Posted 12:36pm Sunday 2nd August 2015

Fluke is a veteran Montreal graffiti artist who set up the graffiti company, A’Shop, in Montreal, Canada, in 2009. A’Shop supports artists in Montreal, setting the professional standard for artists and clients alike. OUSA has recently flown him to Dunedin and is commissioning him, along Read more...

Vital Bodies

Posted 1:06pm Sunday 19th July 2015

Artists: Georgette Brown, Wendelien Bakker, Anna Rankin, Sam Norton, Virginia Overell and Holly Childs. Curated by: Georgina Watson   Seeking out the vital bodies in the current Blue Oyster show curated by Georgina Watson is an experience that crosses the disciplines of writing, Read more...

How to Go to an Art Gallery

Posted 1:21pm Sunday 12th July 2015

Art galleries are my sanctuaries. They are perfect places for quiet reflection and interesting interactions with created pieces or performances. However, I do have my off days. These are the kind of days where the sky seems an extra, disturbing tint of yellow or when it feels like everyone in the Read more...

Fresh and Fruity

Posted 1:04pm Sunday 5th July 2015

Fresh and Fruity is not just a gallery space up the stairs at 140 George Street - it is also a social media endeavour with its own manifesto. Critic interviewed two members of the collective who run Fresh and Fruity, Hana Aoake and Mya Middleton, to hear more about the project.  What is Read more...

Luke Munn - swfer

Posted 12:42pm Sunday 24th May 2015

Blue Oyster Art Project Space has been simultaneously stripped back and expanded for Luke Munn’s swfer. One wall in the front room simply has the link “” placed in cursive lettering onto its wall. In the same room, different — seemingly meaningless — letters Read more...

Beijiing Musings

Posted 12:26pm Sunday 24th May 2015

Loulou takes us through her experience of living in Beijing on a university exchange, highlighting the cultural differences she experienced and the surreal nature of living somewhere utterly unfamiliar. Colin rolled his shirt sleeve up to reveal a barb-wired swastika with “Sons of Read more...

Private Utopia: Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection

Posted 1:01pm Sunday 17th May 2015

In symbolic flashes of red, white and blue, Private Utopia spreads across the first floor of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, providing an extensive, in parts overwhelming, display of British contemporary art. Given its scale and diversity of subjects and form, wandering through the show involves Read more...

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Loulou Callister-Baker

Culture Editor 2015