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Elma Turner Library

Everyone loves a library! And here at MakeShift we especially love that we’ve got two projects happening on opposite sides of the library building. One is Bill Hammond’s ‘All Along the Heaphy Highway’, as part of ArtWalk, and the other is the 2021 instalment of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.

149 Hardy Street

This beautifully-positioned corner shop is about to get a complete new fit-out, and rather than just covering the windows with black paper and whatever signage, we asked if we could leap in and claim it as a Make/Shift Space. Big thanks to Nick Widley from The Cod & Lobster Limited – we’re very happy!

44 Bridge Street

With Gizmos relocating a bit further down Bridge Street, this little shop is up for lease. It’s a perfect space for a window display.

Morrison Square

Morrison Square has been part of the Make/Shift whanau for a while now, first with 222 Hardy Street, and now with a space in the Square itself. So great! Special thanks to Morrison Square and their Property Management Company, Oyster Management Ltd.

Punk It Up

PUNK IT UP has a simple message – togetherness – fun to have in the CBD – promoting activity – bold, but happy. [Drawings partly inspired by Keith Haring.] The PINK backdrop has a secondary message – to celebrate us as humans – to be a ‘Safe Space’ and comfort for each other in this current, …

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Cultural Conversations

Cultural Conversations is place for supporting learning and opportunity. Cultural Conversations is a community-based arts hub that is focussed on building relationships and empowering former refugee and migrant communities. There’s loads of things happening – from exhibitions and workshops to live performances and music gigs. These feature local and visiting musicians – it’s a welcome …

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Te Aratoi o Whakatū

With local, national and international art spanning over 200 years, The Suter has a collection of national significance. Try their fabulous Suter Café overlooking the Queen’s Gardens – the perfect place to begin and/or end your ArtWalk (or for a mid-Walk break). Entrance to the Suter’s galleries is free. They also have the wonderful Suter …

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Nelson Landscape

William Allen England/New Zealand, 1894–1988Nelson Landscape 1936oil on canvas, 493 x 595 mmCollection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: presented by Mr F. A. Shurrock in 1970. ACC: 552 William Allen was bought out to New Zealand by the Education Department, specifically to improve the quality of art education, teaching first in Otago, and then …

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The Apple Pickers

Rita Angus New Zealand, 1908-1970The Apple Pickers  1944oil on canvas, 858 x 1118 mmCollection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: purchased by public subscription 2014. ACC: 1319 The Apple Pickers is one of those rare art works that has taken a place in our collective conscience transcending the time in which it was …

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256 Trafalgar Street

With prime location in central Trafalgar Street, this shop is currently undergoing refurbishment – the perfect time for Make/Shift Spaces to use the windows! This property is owned by John Fitchett Family Trust Ltd, and managed by:– Colliers Nelson – Geoff Faulkner – Bayleys Nelson – Paul Vining– GBU Reality – Grant Unsworth

After Rain, Takaka

Leo Bensemann New Zealand, 1912–1986After Rain, Takaka 1971oil on canvas board, 641 x 795 mmCollection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: purchased in 1986. ACC: 1376 Leo Bensemann has created this interpretation of Tākaka Hill by painting a ‘portrait’ of one of the many weather-sculpted rocks that lie scattered over its summit.  Tākaka Hill is …

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Self Portrait

Leo BensemannNew Zealand, 1912–1986 Self Portrait 1975oil on board, 712 x 725 mmCollection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: purchased with the Cuthbertson bequest in 2012. ACC: 1147 In what is possibly his last self-portrait, Leo Bensemann has placed himself against a landscape that meant a great deal to him. He was born …

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Untitled (Golden Bay landscape)

Leo Bensemann New Zealand, 1912–1986Untitled (Golden Bay landscape) c.1971oil on canvas board, 580 x 915 mmCollection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: gifted by Sue Christie in 2016: ACC: 1372 As a painter, Leo Bensemann was known for his portraits, especially in the 1930s and 1940s, and after 1960, for his landscapes. In this untitled …

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Ladies Day

Jane Evans New Zealand, 1946–2012Ladies Day 1978oil on board 1044 x 896 mmCollection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: presented to The Suter by the estate of Amelia F. Roe in 2004. ACC. 977 Jane Evans was a Nelson artist who was a wry observer of people. She could sum up a …

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Saturday Afternoon I

Jane Evans New Zealand, 1946–2012Saturday Afternoon I 1976oil and acrylic on board, 603 x 756 mmCollection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: presented to The Suter by the estate of Amelia F. Roe in 2004. ACC: 990 Jane Evans has captured a quintessential Nelson scene: a Saturday afternoon yacht race. She had been visiting …

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Summer Siesta

Jane Evans New Zealand, 1946–2012Summer Siesta 1982acrylic on canvas, 1210 x 1510 mmCollection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: gifted by the Goodman Group in 1984. ACC: 725. The story goes that Jane Evans was commissioned to produce a painting for the food conglomerate Goodman Group (now Goodman Fielder), but the resulting work, with …

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Western Coast of Tasman Bay

John Gully England/New Zealand, 1819–1888Western Coast of Tasman Bay 1885watercolour on paper, 750 x 1320 mmCollection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: purchased by public subscription in 1885 as the first painting for a public art collection in Nelson. ACC: 66 If there were ever an artwork intended to ‘sell’ New Zealand in the …

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All Along the Heaphy Highway

Bill HammondNew Zealand, 1947–2021All Along the Heaphy Highway 1998acrylic on canvas, 1070 x 1445 mmCollection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: purchased with the 10 x 10 Acquisition Fund, with the assistance of The Suter Patron, Sally Hunt, in 2010. ACC: 1108 A long and winding road divides the painting into two realms. The bird-headed …

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The Little Emigrant

Laura Herford England, 1831–1870The Little Emigrant 1868oil on canvas, 550 x 425 mmCollection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: presented by Marjorie Sheat in 2007. Acc 1027 In 1860, Laura Herford was the first female artist to be accepted into London’s Royal Academy Schools. She used a little subterfuge when submitting her application, by just signing …

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At the Slip

Irvine MajorNew Zealand, 1922–2000At the Slip 1991watercolour on paper, 280 x 378 mmCollection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: gifted by Margaret Major in 2002. ACC: 919 Nelson’s port and marina provided Irvine Major with a wealth of interesting subject matter – in this painting it is a variety of colourful vessels on the slipway. The challenge …

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Summer in Nelson

Irvine MajorNew Zealand, 1922–2000Summer in Nelson 1960oil on canvas, 810 x 927 mmCollection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: purchased in 2001. ACC: 906 Irvine Major nailed the ‘essence of Nelson’ when he painted this picture, if the sales of postcards bearing this image are anything to go by. Painted more than 60 years …

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Tidal Stream I

Irvine MajorNew Zealand, 1922–2000Tidal Stream I 1982oil on canvas, 760 x 623 mmCollection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: purchased in 1982. ACC: 633 Irvine Major created many artworks inspired by the coastline from Tōtaranui to Stephens Bay near Kaiteriteri, where the artist’s family had a bach. For a period, Major owned a bilge keeler …

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Mrs Pérrine Moncrieff, Nelson

Marjorie NaylorNew Zealand, 1908–1985Mrs Pérrine Moncrieff, Nelson 1941oil on canvas 690 x 573 mmCollection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: presented by the artist in 1980. ACC: 576 This is an eccentric portrait of a well-known Nelson personality, Pérrine Moncrieff (1893–1979). Moncrieff was responsible for the creation of Abel Tasman National Park, in …

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Still Life With Mullet

Ross Ritchie New Zealand, 1941–Still Life With Mullet 1987oil on canvas, 815 x 672 mmCollection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: purchased from the Goodman-Suter Biennale 1988 with the Goodman-Suter Fund. ACC: 796 This painting is a conundrum. It’s a painting within a painting, but with a very peculiar fish that is out of proportion with either scene. Ritchie has …

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Rocks Road in the making

Charlotte Sadd (1866–1937)New ZealandRocks Road in the making 1893oil on board 375 x 536 mmCollection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: bequeathed to The Suter by the artist in 1937. ACC: 201 Charlotte Sadd was born in Nelson in 1866. She showed her paintings in many local exhibitions, and served on the …

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Aftermath

Cedric Savage New Zealand, 1901–1969Aftermath c.1953oil on canvas, 905 x 1130 mmCollection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: gift of the legatees of the estate of F. G. Gibbs, in 1953. Acc 274 It is likely that Savage painted Aftermath as an impressive centrepiece for a solo exhibition held in The Suter Art Gallery in the 1950s. The …

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Aratoi

Robin SlowNew Zealand, 1947–Aratoi 2015acrylic and gold leaf on canvas, 1460 x 1140 mmCollection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: gifted by the artist in 2016. ACC: 1363 This painting refers to the Māori name for The Suter Art Gallery: Te Aratoi o Whakatū. Ara means pathway. Toi has many meanings, but in this context it relates to art …

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Kōkōwai

Robin SlowNew Zealand, 1947–Kōkōwai 2006kōkōwai (red ochre), soot, acrylic binder and harekeke (flax) paper on canvas; kōkōwai on harekeke woven whāriki (mat), 1935 x 740 mmCollection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: gifted by the artist, 2006. ACC: 1035 This painting depicts the origins of kōkōwai, a stone that is ground to make a …

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