Long-time city gallery on move

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Af­ter spend­ing nearly two decades tucked away in the heart of the Auck­land art precinct the Orexart gallery is shut­ting up shop at its Up­per Khar­toum Place space.

Orexart found­ing direc­tors Rex Arm­strong and Jen­nifer Buck­ley are look­ing at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around the city to re­lo­cate the gallery early next year.

Mr Arm­strong says the area sur­round­ing the gallery has changed con­sid­er­ably in the past few years and has started to be­come more re­tai­lo­ri­ented.

‘‘We’ve had a fan­tas­tic amount of time here but this hap­pens as ar­eas re­align them­selves.

‘‘We feel it’s time to see what else is out there.’’

Over time as the area be­gan to re­de­fine it­self gal­leries have come and gone, he says.

‘‘The city is in a state of flux, but it’s all good – we’re happy to re­lo­cate. We want to find our new niche.’’

Orexart, for­merly Oedi­pus Rex Gallery, opened its doors in the early 90s with an exhi- bi­tion called The Blind Lead­ing the Blind.

Flanked by the Auck­land Art Gallery, it has built up a rep­u­ta­tion for dis­cov­er­ing new tal­ent and build­ing the ca­reers of its es­tab­lished artists.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Mov­ing on: Gallery owner Rex Arm­strong is mov­ing the Orexart gallery from its Up­per Khar­toum Place site af­ter 18 years.

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