Simon Van Der Sluijs’ hauntingly deliciously dark paintings and convincing sculptures will intrigue and provoke. Simon’s trilogy of exhibitions, so named because it represents his work and the person he is, deals with the desire to belong, to be allowed to be but also getting damaged in the process.
Part 1: Identity comprises two separate sections within the exhibition. Little Sorrows features small paintings of pet mice, hamsters and goldfish and faux taxidermy objects which illustrate when we try to recreate or make an effort to preserve the friend we’ve lost. Intimacies (explicit) features miniature paintings about sexuality, placed in lockets to be enjoyed in private, as growing up in a traditional Catholic environment, sexuality was not a topic of discussion.
Little River Gallery showcases his trilogy: Identity August 4 – 29, Part 2: Dissectum April 2019 and Part 3: Lost & Found November 2019. For more information, visit
Little River Gallery packs a mighty punch on the Aotearoa arts scene. Nestled in the heart of picturesque Little River township, on Highway 75, this is an arthouse powerhouse (including café and giftshop) committed to showcasing both established and emerging artists from the local and wider arts community.
Ashley Smith, the mega-talented sculptor, cartoonist and caricature portraitist painter presents Winds of Change, opening on 7 July and running until 1 August at Little River Gallery. The paintings are from a milestone period in his life which Ashley hopes, much like life’s gearshifts, have the power to surprise.
Imagine, for instance, you’re on an island nation of pristine waters and clamorous birdcall when a sail broaches the horizon…you glance up from an endless summer to find a rampaging wind bearing down on you…then what? Curious?
Well, bring your friends and come find out for yourselves!