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Celebrating 30 Years at JSG!

18 June, 2018

Wow, what an achievement! Thirty years of operating a contemporary art gallery in Ōtautahi. And on the evening of June 5 we celebrated well, opening a group show called Rock 'n' Roll with works by artists whom we've represented right from our early beginnings through to several who have joined us more recently.

Thank you to all those who attended the opening night and helped us honour the occasion. Check out the images below and at


Jonathan cutting the cake
      Jonathan, Anne Noble & Neil Dawson

Jonathan, Neil Dawson & Julia Morison
      Jonathan & Julia Morison

opening night attendees

opening night attendees - Richard Reddaway centre





Julia Morison at the Auckland Art Fair

16 May, 2018


Headcase 81 & 80
Headcase 81 & 80, 2018  

For the upcoming Auckland Art Fair May 23rd - 27th, 2018 Jonathan Smart Gallery is delighted to be working with recent New Years Honour recipient, Julia Morison. It will be a solo presentation of new work. Julia’s Auckland Art Fair presentation combines different threads of her current visual research: ceramic headcase works; small quirky and cagelike sculptures; and painting at times exuberantly figurative and sometimes suggestively abstract. It will be clear in the installation, but these works are all linked by the grid, and a playful yet visceral sense of form and materials.

To preview the works by Julia Morison for Jonathan Smart Gallery and the Auckland Art Fair online use the Artsy link below:






Miranda Parkes - Frances Hodgkins Fellowship

12 April, 2018


display table liners
Miranda Parkes' display table liners installed at Jonathan Smart Gallery

Below is an insightful conversation between Miranda Parkes and Warren Feeney, published in The Press on Tuesday April 10. In this article, Miranda & Warren discuss the development of her work over the duration of her Frances Hodgkins Fellowship in Dunedin in 2016. Enjoy the read and make sure to view the individual works from her show the merriest on our exhibitions page. 




Zina Swanson - Grace Butler Foundation Award

28 February, 2018

 Zina Swanson installing at JSG
Zina Swanson & Jonathan Smart installing at JSG in 2017

Well done to Zina Swanson, inaugural winner of the Grace Butler Memorial Foundation Award! This award includes a $20,000 grant along with a 3 month residency and studio facilities at the Ara School of Art & Design. Read more about Zina's selection below...




Julia Morison appointed Officer of NZ Order of Merit

14 February, 2018


Julia Morison in her studio
image: David Walker/Stuff

Our warmest congratulations to Julia Morison who was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Years Honours. Jonathan Smart Gallery is delighted to be working with Julia, shaping a solo presentation of her new work at The Auckland Art Fair, May 2018.




Hannah Beehre exhibiting at CoCA

15 December, 2017


Mures et Terram - panel 3 (detail)

In collaboration with Jonathan Smart Gallery, CoCA is presenting Mures, et Terram by artist Hannah Beehre.

This exhibition can be seen from Saturday 16 December 2017 until Sunday 18 February 2018 at CoCA Toi Moroki Centre of Contemporary Art
66 Gloucester St, Christchurch Central




Opening Shows for 2017

26 January, 2017

We're gearing up for another year at JSG with an impressive programme of exhibitions. Opening tomorrow evening are two shows: Ummm by Judy Darragh and Blue Sleeps Faster Than Tuesday by Pete Wheeler. We'd love to see you here at 52 Buchan St, Sydenham, to celebrate our first event for 2017. Both artists will be present; Judy is down from Auckland and Pete has come all the way from Berlin!

Judy Darragh Ummm
Pete Wheeler Blue Sleeps Faster Than Tuesday
Opening 5.30pm Friday 27 January
Until 3pm Saturday 18 February


Jonathan & Judy Darragh installing
Jonathan Smart and Judy Darragh installing her works




Fiona Pardington receives prestigous French Honour

2 May, 2016


Fiona_medalIn a rare honour, Fiona Pardington was named a Knight (Chevalier) in the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres) by the French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, in a ceremony at Auckland War Memorial Museum yesterday evening. Fiona is the first New Zealand photographer to receive this honour. Sir Peter Jackson was the one other recipient of the award at Sunday’s ceremony.

The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres is a French honour established in 1975 that recognises significant contributions to the arts and literature, and is given to both French citizens and those throughout the world whom the French government deem worthy of the award.

Past recipients include George Clooney, Olafur Eliasson, Cate Blanchett, Uma Thurman, Tim Burton, Rudolf Nureyev and William S. Burroughs.

It is Fiona’s extraordinary photographic work and research of collections in the French Museums that secured her this award. She was a Moet et Chandon Fellow in 1991-92, and in 2009 received the Musee du Quai Branly Laureate award: La Residence de Photoquai. During her Laureate, Fiona created several bodies of work from the various museum collections, including The Pressure of Sunlight Falling, where she photographed the casts taken by eminent French phrenologist Dumoutier who was on board Dumont d’Urville’s voyage through the Pacific in 1837–1840.

Well done, Fiona! We are very proud to represent you at JSG.

Fiona and parrot


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