McLeavey Gallery celebrates 50 years
Wednesday 26 September, 10:30 am - 12pm
Join the Friends on a visit to McLeavey Gallery, the longest running dealer gallery in New Zealand, which is celebrating its fiftieth birthday with an exhibition of 50 outstanding art works from Gallery Artists. 50 Years, 50 Knockout Works has been curated by Olivia and Hilary McLeavey, and Olivia will talk to the Friends about her father Peter and the works on display in the exhibition.
In 1968, Peter McLeavey opened his gallery at 147 Cuba Street, a pioneer of the early development of the contemporary art dealer scene in New Zealand. The location of the gallery on Cuba Street held great significance to McLeavey, and his dedication to the area is reflected in the longevity of the gallery space, which has been in the same two rooms for the last 50 years.
Influencing and influenced by Wellington’s vibrant heart, the gallery has been home to exhibitions of many of New Zealand’s finest contemporary artists, including Colin McCahon, Billy Apple, Toss Woollaston, Gordon Walters, Robin White, Yvonne Todd, Peter Robinson and W D Hammond. 100 different artists have exhibited over the past five decades, and the gallery has always focused on New Zealand artists to tell local stories.
Peter McLeavey Gallery is arguably the longest running business on Cuba Street and is now managed by Peter’s daughter, Olivia McLeavey. The gallery continues to work with New Zealand’s leading contemporary artists, telling stories of this place.
NB: Access to the gallery is by steep staircase and very limited seating will be available.
Numbers limited. Member $12, Non-member $15. Includes gallery visit. (Refreshments at own cost following the tour)