Judy Darragh appointed an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit for her services to the arts

1 June, 2020

Judy Darragh with Jonathan Smart installing her 2017 show Ummm

She's been royally recognised! In this year's Queens Birthday Honours, our wondrously innovative artist Judy Darragh has been appointed an ONZM for her services to the arts. In her 35 year career as an artist, a teacher, a mentor and a champion of women in the arts, Judy has held more than 70 solo exhibitions. We are proud to have represented her since the gallery's beginnings in 1988, and look forward to her upcoming shows at JSG in September and at the Christchurch Art Gallery in November. Our warmest congratulations, Judy!



Richard Reddaway at Aratoi 

11 December, 2019


Richard Reddaway at Aratoi


Richard Reddaway - the body of work / it does no harm to wonder - is showing from 23 November 2019 - 23 February 2020 at Aratoi, Wairarapa Museum of Art and History. The exhibition surveys Richard Reddaway's work from the 1980's to his current practice, exploring enduring themes and tracking them in relation to the socio-political contexts in which they were made. Image with thanks from Aratoi - pictured are curator Janita Craw, Richard Reddaway, Susanna Shadbolt, Director of Aratoi  




Julia Morison and Mark Braunias at Objectspace

23 November, 2019


Julia Morison - Head[case] No. 23 Mark Braunias - Ena Snuggles


Soon to open at Auckland's Objectspace for the summer season are exhibitions by two of our most creatively adventurous artists, Julia Morison and Mark Braunias. Connected (perhaps) by playful imaginations and exaggerated forms, Julia Morison's Head[case] and Mark Braunias's Ena Snuggles can be viewed at the Rose Road, Ponsonby gallery from 7 December 2019 until 29 February 2020. In the meantime, check out the following links to these two fascinating shows:




Andrew Drummond's About Balance & Occupation - a must to experience!

1 November, 2018

 front gallery

It's a rare occasion for those who enter a gallery to be invited to play with the artworks, but Andrew Drummond's stunning installation in our front space offers exactly this. Visitors are encouraged to touch, to move, to engage with the substance and grace of the artist's delicately poised objects as they respond to the stroke of a hand.
About Balance & Occupation needs to be experienced in the space for which it was created. Make sure you don't miss it - it runs for just 9 more days!

About Balance & Occupation
October 9 - November 10, 2018




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 /Exhibitions/Rock-n-Roll/


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 23- 27, 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

The following link will take you to 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...