The exhibition 'A Place to Paint: Colin McCahon' in Auckland opens in August, coinciding with the centenary of Colin McCahon’s birth on 1 August 1919. McCahon arrived in Auckland in the early 1950s to work at Auckland Art Gallery. This move and his new role started an energetic period for the artist during which he balanced a successful working life with an increasingly productive time as an artist.
The exhibition’s focus lies in the significance of Auckland City on McCahon’s development as an artist and its presence in his painting. In the accompanying lecture series McCahon: Artist, Curator, Spouse, prominent guest speakers will unpack lesser-known stories about McCahon’s life and practice.
Need to know
- The price advertised is for the full lecture series. We don't sell tickets to individual lectures.
- All lectures take place in the Gallery Auditorium and include a 30-minute break.
- The non-Members price includes a one-year Membership with Auckland Art Gallery.
- If you book a Members ticket, your membership has to be valid until at least the start of the lecture series.
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Lecture Series Programme
15 Sep Finn McCahon-Jones – "Colin McCahon: Artist as Curator 1953-64"
29 Sep Alexa Johnston and Annette McKone – "Upland Road Convent Chapel Painted Windows"
13 Oct Linda Tyler – "The Creative Life of Anne McCahon"
3 Nov Peter Simpson – "Colin McCahon and America: Before During and After"
10 Nov Ron Brownson – "Painting as a Potent Way of Talking"
Colin McCahon photographed in the Auckland City Art Gallery 1961, Photograph by Bernie Hill. E H McCormick Research Library, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.