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RM Gallery and Project Space seeks interested people to join the RM collective


Established in 1997, RM is the longest running artist-run- space in Aotearoa/New Zealand. RM is a gallery that supports the work of local emerging artists as well as operating as an experimental site for more seasoned practitioners. Exhibitions, off-site projects, archive residencies and events that respond to contemporary political, social and artistic issues are all
part of the RM calendar. We actively engage with practices, discourses and modes of presentation that sit outside of a more mainstream conversation.

If you would like to contribute your energy to the running of RM, then we would very much like to hear from you. Please send a short application to by midnight of Sunday 24th September. Please include a description of the interests and skills that you would like to bring to the collective. You are
welcome to include images, testimonial, references and anything else that you consider to be relevant, but please ensure that you are succinct and that the information is in the form of a PDF document.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Ary Jansen and Matavai Taulangau

// Opening Wednesday 13 September 2017, 6pm

// 14 September – 23 September 2017

An exhibition of new works by Ary Jansen and Matavai Taulangau.

Good / Bad

How do we stop cycles of social harm while considering the histories and contexts of both survivor and perpetrator? <em>Good / Bad</em> is a monologue driven video installation which draws on personal and organisational experiences of using transformative justice as a way to navigate and solve social harm. Transformative Justice relies on the strength of community to support survivors while holding perpetrators accountable without the using punitive and isolating force of the criminal justice system.

Ary Jansen is an honours student at AUT and an active member of People Against Prisons Aotearoa who applies the theories and practices of abolitionist activism to his video installations. Ary aims to emotionally move his audience through why and how hegemonic structures such as capitalism, incarceration and colonisation instigate how we conceive of ourselves and each other.


Ward 3

Documenting the process of Cardboard Manufacturing. Filmed closely alongside the workers on their daily routine within the factory, specifically focusing on the physical manner of a variety of tasks. The work explores the co-existence of human and machine, the value of both components critical in the factory work life.

Matavai Taulangau completed his bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours at AUT University in 2016. Interested in the idea of labour, Taulangau takes notice, observes and through his lens based practice, values occupations which some may seem as not important. As he explores the value of work intrinsically connected is the value of people and their experiences.

Social Matter

// Opening Saturday 19 August 2017, 6pm

// 20 August – 9 September 2017

Public Share, Valasi Leota-Seiuli, Janet Lilo, Lana Lopesi, Sione Monu

Curated by Louisa Afoa

RM Gallery is proud to present ‘Social Matter’, a group exhibition including works by Public Share, Valasi Leota-Seiuli, Janet Lilo, Lana Lopesi and Sione Monu. This exhibition was first shown at Blue Oyster, Dunedin, 26 October 2016 – 19 November 2016.

Growing up, the word ‘social’ to me meant church socials — fundraisers for the Samoan choir that parents, aunties and uncles would attend on a Saturday night. With that is also the memory of bring-ing home suppers, a treasure trove of various cuisines including potato salad, chop suey, chicken curry, corned beef and taro.

Today, in an art context, the term social has taken on various new meanings and new ways to navigate the everyday. ’Social practice’ and ‘socially engaged art’ are not new terms for artists, curators and critics. A century ago the surrealists were creating hands on events attempting to liberate imagination. Recently more closer to home, the Auckland based collective FAFSWAG have been creating important self determining spaces for the queer brown body through art and their now iconic balls.

Social Matter is an exhibition not necessarily interested in ‘social practice’ but the idea of social as material — how ‘the social’ reveals itself and is shaped in different ways by various artists and their practices. The social will always be an integral part of art and the everyday as we as producers seek to engage with and create platforms for the communities around us.

// Public Programme

Saturday 26 August
PSWC Club Day
Open for pool, darts, cards

Friday 1 September
Screening 5-7pm.
Please join us for this screening of works from artists that talk to current housing issues here in Aotearoa. The screening will be opened with a cleansing ceremony by BC Collective.

Sunday 3 September
#BlanketCouture Portrait Day 
Join us at RM Gallery to get styled in blanket couture by artist Sione Monu and photographed by artist Jermaine Dean.

Ruth Ige and Ammon Ngakuru: Thoughts on Secrecy

// Opening Wednesday 19 July 2017, 6pm

// 20 July – 12 August 2017


An exhibition of new work resulting from a conversation between Ruth Ige and Ammon Ngakuru.

Ruth Ige deals with the black body in relation to space, place, presence and belonging. She is interested in creating spaces within her work where people of colour are the protagonists of imagined stories and places. Spaces where reality meets fiction and gives way to reflection and empowerment. At the same time she explores the complexities of a person of colours navigation of familiar and unfamiliar spaces.

Ammon Ngakuru considers ideas of distance, place and (un)belonging, he often utilises personal and public archival information as a guide in the production of installation based works. His current project considers the safe room in american survivalist culture. Recent projects include, A Shelter for Amnesic Relatives at Blue Oyster, Dunedin (2017), Driving from the nearest city, the roads are gradually smaller, stonier, less well kept, with Charlotte Drayton for the Stazione Di Topolò, Italy (2016); Since 1984 – He aha te ahurea-rua?, ST Paul Street Gallery (2015).

Bella and Theo IDEATE!

// Opening Wednesday 21 June 2017, 6pm

// 22 June – 15 July 2017

In 2016, Bella and Theo attended an entrepreneurial seminar to try and
acquire a little bit of funding to start a gallery. Though they left
without any cash, what Bella and Theo did gain – as well as the night
terrors – was far more important than money: newfound appreciation for
the exploitative language of corporate creativity!

“To ideate is to have ideas – and think them too.”

Bella and Theo IDEATE! is a set of propositions to artists: ideas for
form, ideas for content, ideas for place.

The exhibition is bookmarked by two music performances.

Apple Music (Isabella Dampney, Theo Macdonald, Jackson Crampin), will
perform Garageband beats to open the show.
On Friday July 14th, PISS CANNONN (Li-Ming Hu, Daphne Simons, Bella
and Theo) smash their guitars, light fires, and get water everywhere.

Bella and Theo IDEATE! will run until Saturday 15th July.

On the following pages is a record of every single exhibition gallery in New Zealand – to our knowledge – as of 20th June, 2017. We hope this document will help local artists find spaces to exhibit at around the nation.

Don’t get despondent when your proposal gets rejected, there are many more galleries in the sea!

Yours truly,

Bella and Theo


Alex Laurie: Calendar
// Opening Thursday 25th May 2017, 6pm 
// 28 May – 17 June 2017

An exhibition by Alex Laurie with text by Evangeline Riddiford Graham.

Ayesha Green

2. The Spirit of the Thing Given (Māori)
// Opening Wednesday 26th April 2017, 6pm 
// 27 April – 20 May 2017

Makereti born in 1872, also known as Guide Maggie, Margaret Thom, Margaret Dennan, Maggie Papakura, and Margaret Staples-Brown, was one of three children of Pia Ngarotu Te Rihi, of Tūhourangi and Ngāti Wāhiao, and William Arthur Thom, an Englishman and former soldier from the colonial militiai (Werry 2011:51).

She was raised by Māori relatives in Whakarewarewa and the nearby village of Parekārangi, spending time at the village school in Ōhinemutu. As a young teenager she spent three years at Hukarere College, a state school for Māori girls that offered academic curriculum and training in domestic duties, preparing students for the gendered work of racial uplift prescribed by Māori reform movements of the era and for the assimilation to European custom favored by mission and state bodies (ibid).

Maggie Papakura was a guide at Whakarewarewa from 1893-1911, and reached celebrity status by hosting the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall in 1901. At the height of her fame, Guide Maggie assumed a role in the Pākehā public sphere: the state appointed Rotorua as the symbolic capital of Māoridom, Guide Maggie became the public face of the idealized Māori (Werry 2011: 54).

She fulfilled the romantic imaginary of Māori assimilation and racial harmony; she was “exotic” but spoke perfect English. She performed to the “Pākehā wish-image”(Werry 2011:59). Her dealings as a host and a business woman were enforced through her hospitality; she was charming and conducted herself gracefully. She demonstrated that edict could be learned and was not attributed to wealth or birthright, her conduct was the highest example of Māori modernity, progression, and assimilation.

In 1911 Guide Maggie took a performance tour group of forty to England, although returned to New Zealand shortly after due to lack of funds. However Guide Maggie returned to England one year later, now wed as Margaret Staples-Brown. She spent eighteen years in Oxford and in solitude created a “Māori room” (Werry 2011:86), adorned with taonga from Whakarewarewa. She was a student at Oxford University, although she studied in isolation. In 1930 she died suddenly. However, her thesis on Māori life and customs, “The Old-Time Māori”, was published posthumously in 1938.

The world that Makereti was born into was a place where New Zealand nationalism was being forged. The idealised version of ourselves, as people, and our place in the world, was being imagined. In the field of tourism our story was born, we look at ourselves, looking at others looking at us.


Ayesha Green (Ngati Kahungunu, Ngai Tahu) (1987) is an Auckland based painter. She completed a diploma in Museums and Cultural Heritage in 2016 and gained her MFA at Elam in 2013. Recent exhibitions include Biographies of Transition: Too Busy To Think, Artspace (2017), On The Grounds, Starkwhite Gallery (2017), and Seagers Walters at Mirage Gallery (2016).

Fiona Williams

Paintings and Films

// Opening Wednesday 29th March 2017, 6pm 

// 30th March – 22nd April 2017

Paintings and Films is an exhibition of new work by Melbourne based visual artist Fiona Williams. This work was developed while a Master of Fine Art candidate at Monash University in Melbourne, with the support of the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship and the Monash University Postgraduate Travel Grant. In early 2015 Fiona participated in the Summer Residency Program at RM where she spent the summer undertaking research that precipitated the early stages of this project.

TVE (transoceanic visual exchange) Open Call

// Deadlines for Submission (extended): 27 February 2015

TVE is making an open call in search of recent artist’s film and video to be included in an exchange between Fresh Milk (Barbados), RM, (Auckland) and VAN, Lagos (Nigeria).

Fresh Milk, RM and VAN Lagos, are pleased to welcome submissions of recent film and video works – screenings, installations and expanded cinema – by contemporary artists, to be included in programmes for exchange between Barbados, Auckland and Lagos. Submitted works must have been completed in the last five years and must be made by artists practicing in the Caribbean, Africa or Polynesia.

The foundation of this transoceanic visual exchange (TVE) will be a collection of recent artist’s film and video from each region. However, the final shape and content of the programme will be informed by an open workshop process, which aims to involve and promote discussion within the wider arts communities of each arts initiative.

Working between the Caribbean, Africa and Polynesia, TVE aims to negotiate the in-between space of our cultural communities outside of traditional geo-political zones of encounter and trade. Fresh Milk, VAN Lagos and RM first met as participants of International Artists Initiated, a programme organised and facilitated by David Dale Gallery, Glasgow, in July 2014. TVE intends to build upon relations established during this initial encounter and open up greater pathways of visibility, discourse and knowledge production between the artist run initiatives and their communities.


  • Must be work from artists practicing in the Caribbean, Africa or Polynesia.
  • Must be work that has been completed/made in the last five years.
  • Can be films of any length (shorts, experimental, features and video artworks)
  • Multiple submissions are welcome
  • Must be accompanied by a description of the work (500 words max), a bio (200 words max) and detail of any technical requirements i.e. audio, installation, equipment required, preferred setting etc.
  • Works must be in the form of mp4 files no larger than 10MB, or private vimeo / youtube links
  • Can be in any language (films originally produced in regional languages are welcome) with English subtitles.

// Deadlines for Submission: 27th February 2015

// The exchange will occur in June 2015

Please send submissions and enquiries to the region in which you are practicing:



Africa: /

About the other Spaces

The Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc. is a Caribbean non-profit, artist-led, inter-disciplinary organization that supports creatives and promotes wise social, economic, and environmental stewardship through creative engagement with society and by cultivating excellence in the arts. Fresh Milk bridges the divides between creative disciplines, generations of creatives, and all linguistic territories in the region. It functions as a cultural lab, fostering critical, creative practices through local, regional and international programming. The platform transforms into a gathering space for contemporary creatives who are thirsty to debate ideas and share works through residencies, lectures, screenings, workshops, exhibitions, projects etc.

The Video Art Network, Lagos (VAN, Lagos) is a Lagos based New Media art organization, established by the collaborative efforts of artists Emeka Ogboh, Jude Anogwih and cultural producer Oyindamola Fakeye. The organizations objectives are to develop educational and public programmes that promote and create new media art awareness in Nigeria. This is realized through curated screenings and exhibitions of both established and emerging New Media artists.

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

Safe Space Alliance

RM is a member of Safe Space Alliance

A safe space is a space where the LGBTQI+ community can freely express themselves without fear. It is a space that does not tolerate violence, bullying, or hate speech towards the LGBTQI+ community.

A safe space does not guarantee 100% safety, rather, it’s a space that has your back if an incident (violence, bullying, or hate speech) were to occur.

Click here to find out more about Safe Space Alliance

The RM Archive Project

Help us identify what is in our Archive! We have digitised many slides in our archive and invite participation to identify them. Please click here to access the collection.

Our Boxed Archive
Since 2009 RM has been building an archive of material related to our exhibition and event programme. An index to the collection is available here.

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