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