Thursday, October 7, 2010


Unfortunatley due to the condition of the building and the lack of support from our landlords we have had to close the gallery here at JJMorgan and Co so Brydee's show will be the last inside this great space.
Our studios will be running for a short time untill our lease expires.

We would like to thank everyone for there support and help with each of our shows - It has been a very exciting and rewarding experiece for all involved.

See you all again soon...

Monday, October 4, 2010

Brydee Rood at J J Morgan and Co.

Dealing with the winter blues

As mentioned in a few articles now (And in the recent one below) we have had a very slow winter here at J J Morgan and Co. this was not our intention as we had a lot of shows lined up featuring artists from around the world. But much to our disappointment we have unfortunately found ourselves in a situation where the building that we are in has just continually given way to the elements in this case water and so have found ourselves slowly cancelling or postponing up coming shows until the landlords/owners are willing to rectify the issues. As you can imagine these circumstances have been very upsetting and disappointing to say the least for the team here at JJ Morgan and Co. and all though very off putting we have kept an open line for the artists involved (Thank you for your support you guys are great) and an open mind to moving on with events be it in this space if fixed, another venue (if suitable for artists), online or as it maybe for our last event this year at JJ Morgan on the ceiling. Yip that’s right the ceiling the only safe place for work at the moment, the talented and very adventurist artist Brydee Rood (Of Auckland) having just arrived back from unveiling a new work in Germany will be making a guest appearance as our last resident artist for the year. You can see here new work up close from 5:30pm onwards on Saturday the 9th of October.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Mark Amery's latest post on the bigidea

.....strong exhibitions together earlier in the year with the new JJ Morgan and Co gallery. Situated in an old industrial space in Kilbirnie, they describe their operation as a “freeform working space”. After a furious burst of activity early in the year the gallery has gone quiet over winter, but their blog remains lively.

Read the whole article here.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


The Winners of the 19th Wallace Art Awards 2010 were announced last night at the Pah Homestead at the TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre. The Awards, amounting to over $160,000, are the longest surviving and largest of their kind in New Zealand. They differ from other important New Zealand art prizes in that they aim to provide challenging opportunities and broadening experiences to the four major winners by way of residencies at top-class international institutions.

This year there were over 400 applications received, with 106 chosen as finalists. The judges were three distinguished New Zealand artists- Philip Trusttum, Sara Hughes and Peter Gibson-Smith. The Awards were presented by the Hon. John Banks QSO, Mayor of Auckland City. It was the first year that these ceremonies were conducted at the historic Pah Homestead, the new permanent home of the Wallace Arts Trust that opened to the public in August this year.

The 2010 Winners

The Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award Winner - Sam Mitchell

The winner receives a six month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York, and a bronze trophy by Terry Stringer.

The Kaipara Foundation Wallace Arts Trust Award Winner - Glen Hayward
The winner receives a three month residency at Altes Spital in Solothurn, Switzerland.

Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award Winner - Mark Braunias
The winner receives a three month residency at the Headlands Centre for the Arts in Sausalito, USA.

The Wallace Arts Trust Development Award Winner - Graham Fletcher
The winner receives a two month residency at the Vermont Studio Center, USA.

First Runner-up Award Winner - Simon Esling
The winner receives $2000

Second Runner-up Award Winner - Iain Cheesman
The winner receives $2000

Jury Award - Robyn Hoonhout

The People's Choice Award will be announced following the conclusion of the Exhibition of Winners and Selected Finalists at TheNewDowse

The Exhibitions of Winners and Finalists

The Exhibition of Winners and Selected Finalists is on display from 7 September to 3 October at the TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Pah Homestead, 72 Hillsborough Road, Auckland. The Centre is open Tuesday to Friday from 11am - 4pm, and Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 10am - 5pm.

The Exhibition of Winners and Selected Finalists will travel to TheNewDowse, 45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt, Wellington, and will be open to the public from 22 October to 28 November. TheNewDowse is open Monday to Friday from 10am - 4.30pm and Saturday and Sundays from 10am - 5pm. For more information visit

The Salon des Refuses of those finalists not selected for the travelling exhibition will be on display at the TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre from 7 September to 31 October. This is the first year that both the travelling Exhibition of Winners and Selected Finalists and the Salon des Refus├ęs are being exhibited at the same venue.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Rejected Art Award

An interesting idea from Matt Akehurst worth a look Rejected Art Award

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

1000th visitor....

Today marked the day of our 1000th visitor to our blog.
Thank you to those that have visited and those that follow us.....

Monday, August 30, 2010

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Artist Alliance Appliance publication 105

Justin Jade Morgan talks to talented watercolourist Luisa Rossitto; Full interview coming soon

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