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Summer Studio 2016

Call for expressions of interest

// Studio space available from after Christmas until Fri 26 February, 5pm
// Application Deadline Mon 21 December, 5pm

This summer we will take a break from our annual residency whilst we focus on our new programme and redeveloping a few things behind the scenes. But we will continue to make the gallery available as a studio for this time.


As with previous years, our intention is to divide the gallery space between five participants. There has tended to be enough room for a desk and a good amount of wall and floor space. For the duration we’d like to keep the office table and archive room available as a shared area, and have the five participants working within the remainder of the space. There will not be dividing walls or partitions between the working areas. This may not suit all types of practitioner, but it is very much how we’d like to keep things, partly to keep things simple, but also because of our interest in the open-ended conversation that comes through working alongside one another.

There will not be an exhibition occurring as part of the studio—our focus is on providing a space for research and process that is not pressured by outcomes. There is however the possibility of hosting open-studio sessions or more discursive events, if the participants would like to open the studio up to others.

This is not a residency. There is no allowance for accommodation or costs, but nor will there be any charge for rent. It will be a free space, or as close as possible as one can get to free these days.

Access to the space is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


If you are interested in this opportunity please send an expression of interest to info@rm103.org on or before Monday 21 December, 5pm. If your files are bigger than 4MB we recommend using WeTransfer.com for sending your files.

As well as seeking a mix of people who we feel would most benefit from this opportunity (after all, rent ain’t cheap and studio spaces aren’t easy to find in the city) we will also use these expressions of interest to determine how your practice might fit alongside others in a shared studio space.

_ briefly introduce us to your practice

_ tell us how you would plan to use the space and time available

_ tell us why you’d like to be considered

_ include images / examples of your recent work.

PDFS are our preferred format for receiving submissions. Please contact us if you have audio or video files that you’d like us to view.

RM, Christmas (open office) Party

// Thursday 17 December 6–9pm

— Join us for our end of year celebrations
— Buy a raffle ticket and support us with our plans for the new year

With DJs Anthonie Tonnon // Frances Houseman

// Spot prizes for raffle tab holders throughout the evening

// Lollie scramble with B-Rig @ 6:30pm

In early 2016 RM will be changing the way it is governed and facilitated, as we seek to become a more sustainable organisation. After 18 years it’s finally time for us to pull up our socks and start acting like a grown up institution.

Part of this process will involve taking the steps towards becoming a charitable trust — a surprisingly costly and time consuming process, but one we believe is vital for this next, exciting step for RM.


We are running a raffle to help us raise funds towards these changes. Buy a ticket and be in to win a festive banana-box hamper full of contributions from the community around us, including:

Hana Aoake
Wendelien Bakker
Sophie Bannan
Katrina Beekhuis
Heidi Brickell
Abby Cunnane
Matilda Fraser
Robert Fraser
Ayesha Green
Yolunda Hickman
Dieneke Jansen
The Kauri Project
Maunga Kereru
Tessa Laird
Yona Lee
Ziggy Lever
Steve Lovett
Theo Macdonald
Lucy Meyle
Dan Nash
Joseph Nerney
Richard Orjis
Glen Otto
Blue Oyster
Bridget Riggir-Cuddy
Deborah Rundle
Sorawit Songsataya
Rebecca Steedman
St Paul St Gallery
Harriet Stockman
Jack Tilson
Layne Waerea

Online ticket sales are now closed. Thanks for your support though!

Re-Reading the Rainbow

Paul Johns
Jane Zusters
Fiona Clark
Tanu Gago
Pati Solomona Tyrell
Lili Lai’ita
Fear Brampton
Leuli Eshraghi
Joe Joe Orangias
Richard Orjis
Luisa Tora
Molly Rangiwai McHale
Mel Church
Paul Stevens
George Hajian
Kerrie-Anne van Heerden
Paul Sepuya
Jack Body

// Opening Wednesday 25 November 2015, 6pm

// Thursday 26 November – Saturday 12 December 2015


Recent shows curated by Tanu Gago, Kirsty Ashleigh, Michael Lett and Rainbow Youth refocus the need for artists and writers to continue to critically engage within the processes and mechanisms in which we are represented to ourselves and to others. These few exhibitions address the evident gaps in the visibility of some LGBTQI practitioners and silos of representation.

Central to the kaupapa for this exhibition is the intention to foster an opportunity for intergenerational and cross-cultural creative dialogues between queer artists and writers. The wider discussion around queer art practitioners and the communities associated with the exhibition will be recorded for a forthcoming publication.


// Saturday November 28, 12-1pm:

Remembering and Representation.
An informal discussion around ideas of remembering and representation with Steve Lovett (exhibition curator), Anne Speir (community legend), Miriam Saphira (Charlotte Museum), Taarati Taiaroa (RM co-director), and Fear Brampton (artist and educator).

// Saturday December 12,  12-1pm:

Join Cameron Yates, George Hajian, Steve Lovett and others in an informal discussion around ideas of invention, reinvention and technology.

// Saturday December 12,  1-4pm:

Rainbow Youth Window Workshop with Richard Orjis and Amy Potenger.


Open Book

Harvey Benge
David Cook
Shelley Jacobson
Andrew Kennedy
Solomon Mortimer
Mark Purdom
Haruhiko Sameshima
Ann Shelton
Fiona Short
Anita Totha
Tim J Veling
Shaun Waugh

// 5 – 21 November
// Opening Wednesday 4 November

Open Book consists of twelve new photobook works, created specifically for exhibition. Its premise is to provoke artists’ experimentation with the book form and to position the book as a gallery experience. Each artist has been given autonomy to pursue and realise a project of their individual interest, as relevant to their current practice. The collective result of these endeavours is a compact exhibition: each artist’s work is folded in on itself or cut and stacked, the content largely hidden from view. To experience it, you are invited to open a book.

Exhibition coordinator: Shelley Jacobson
Display furniture: Andrew Kennedy

Transoceanic Visual Exchange

// Opening and film screening Thursday 15 October 2015, 6pm

Louisa Afoa (Aotearoa) | Darcell Apelu (Aotearoa) | Nkechi Ebubedike (Nigeria) | Mohamad ElWassify (Egypt) | Akwaeke Emezi  (Nigeria) | Ngahuia Harrison(Aotearoa)  | Gavin Hipkins (Aotearoa) |  Rebecca Ann Hobbs (Aotearoa) | Diana Kamara (Tanzania) | Katherine Kennedy (Barbados) | Sonya Lacey (Aotearoa) | Michèle Pearson Clarke (Trinidad & Tobago / Canada)| Carlo Reyes (Dominican Republic) | Bridget Reweti (Aotearoa) | Ayiba-Tare Raine (Nigeria) | Teri Te Tau (Aotearoa)

// Friday 16 October – Saturday 31 October 2015

A survey of film and video works in the Caribbean, Africa and Aotearoa, Transoceanic Visual Exchange (TVE) aims to negotiate the in-between space of our cultural communities outside of traditional geo-political zones of encounter and trade. The three spaces involved – Fresh Milk (Barbados), Video Art Network Lagos (Nigeria) and RM (Aotearoa–New Zealand) – first met as participants of International Artist Initiated (IAI), a programme organized and facilitated by David Dale Gallery, Glasgow, in July 2014. TVE intends to build upon these relations and open up greater pathways of visibility, discourse and knowledge production between the artist run initiatives and their regional communities through this laterally curated exhibition project, taking place in Barbados, New Zealand, Nigeria and online.


TVE Aotearoa: RM

An exhibition (re-casted weekly) and a series of special screenings featuring works by:

Louisa Afoa (Aotearoa) | Darcell Apelu (Aotearoa) | Nkechi Ebubedike (Nigeria) | Mohamad ElWassify (Egypt) | Akwaeke Emezi  (Nigeria) | Ngahuia Harrison(Aotearoa)  | Gavin Hipkins (Aotearoa) |  Rebecca Ann Hobbs (Aotearoa) | Diana Kamara (Tanzania) | Katherine Kennedy (Barbados) | Sonya Lacey (Aotearoa) | Michèle Pearson Clarke (Trinidad & Tobago / Canada)| Carlo Reyes (Dominican Republic) | Bridget Reweti (Aotearoa) | Ayiba-Tare Raine (Nigeria) | Teri Te Tau (Aotearoa)

// Opening 6pm, Thursday October 15th, 2015


// Thursday 15 October 7:30 pm

Katherine KennedyAnthesis (2013)

Mohamad ElWassifyLiving in the Nile (2011)

Mohamad ElWassifyThe House Game (2013)


// Wednesday 21 October 7:30 pm (exhibition open late from 6pm)

Ayiba-Tare RaineCODENAME RAINE: THE SIEGE (2014)

Carlo ReyesViernes Santo (2014)

Teri Te TauUnwarranted and Unregistered #2 (2013)


// Wednesday 28 October 7:30 pm (exhibition open late from 6pm)

Lambert MoussekaWarten auf den Zug (2013)

Louisa AfoaTwenty Three Years (2013)

Gavin HipkinsThe Quarry (2013)


TVE Caribbean &  TVE Africa 

TVE Caribbean will launch at 7pm on October 14, 2015 at Bagnall Point, BIDC Conference Room, Pelican Village in Bridgetown, Barbados as part of the Barbados Visual Media Festival (BVMF). The exhibition will also be open to the public at that location on October 17, 28 & 30 and features works by Aotearoa-based artists Rebecca Ann Hobbs, Ngahuia Harrison, and Louisa Afoa alongside selected a selection of works from the Caribbean and Africa.

For TVE Africa, Video Art Network Lagos will screen works by Aotearoa-based artists John Vea, Darcell Apelu, Rebecca Ann Hobbs and Sonya Lacey alongside a selection of works from the Caribbean and Africa.

For more information please visit www.transoceanicvisualexchange.com

Aindriú Macfehin

Comrade Things

// Thursday 1 October – Saturday 10 October 2015
// Opening Wednesday 30 September 2015, 6pm

The relation of the individual and the collective to the Thing is the most fundamental and important, the most defining of the social relations.Read More

Empowerment Hui Vol. III

// Thursday, September 17at 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Empowerment hui: an informal discussion on supporting survivors of rape and sexual assault.
This hui is designed to create a safe space for discussion of self-care and empowerment, and offer support through shared experience and practical concepts that can be utilised within the community. This hui aims to give participants tools which empower themselves to assert boundaries, self care and feel connected.

Co-facilitated by HELP Auckland, Fresh and Fruity and RM Gallery.

Kieren Seymour & Holly Willson

Peace of mind

// Saturday 8 – Saturday 22 August 2015
// Opening Friday 7 August, 6pm

Peace of mind is a collection of ideas around the artists position today, in taking-on political and social responsibilities in art. Kieren and Holly use exchanges between themselves and their practices, to reveal and rupture what they perceive as restrictive notions of negotiating artistic practice and intent. Their aim to allow conceptual collaboration to supersede a singular conversation, sees the pair conceive individual outcomes to show in the combined light of this sphere of exchange and accumulation. The focus on communication and mediation between the artists alongside the combination of processes undertaken, results in a unique logic to trust in and engage with for the artists and audience alike.

Peace of mind is accompanied by text written for the show by Holly Russell, an artist and writer from Melbourne.

Kieren Seymour, Quantitative easing, 2015

Kieren Seymour is currently undertaking his Honours in Fine Art at RMIT in Melbourne. He studied sculpture at Zurcher Hochschule De Kunst (Zhdk) in Zurich. Kieren’s practice is currently focused on image production be it through video or digital drawings made with a stylus in photoshop. These images work through and around the politics of economics, death and housing. Kieren has exhibited throughout Australia and internationally.

Holly Willson is an artist based in Melbourne, Australia. She graduated from Elam School of Fine Art in Auckland, 2007. Working with a combination of processes, including sculpture, drawing, sound and video, her work often follows an enquiry into self-reflexive relationships in visual communication, founded in examples of every day encounters and exchange. Holly was a director of the artist run initiative Newcall Gallery in Auckland between 2008-2010.

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We are  2 minutes walk from Artspace, Ivan Anthony and Michael Lett.

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