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Sanderson are pleased to congratulate Josephine Cachemaille who has been selected for the Joya: AiR artist residency in Spain, beginning in August 2023.

The Joya: AiR artist residency is a not for profit arts residency developed by artists for artists. Joya: AiR is not only a unique, stimulating and contemplative environment for international artists and writers, but is a meeting point for divergent and creative thinking. This is a multi-disciplinary residency described as ‘self determined, critical and profoundly engaging’.

We wish Josephine well on this exciting chapter and look forward to seeing what emerges from the experience


1) Portrait of Cachemaille

2) Installation from the exhibition ‘Be Soft, Be Strong’ at Sanderson in 2022

July 2023

An influx of beautiful giant moths can be found throughout Aotearoa’s urban landscape this month. The moths are meticulously crafted artworks by Sanderson’s artist Liam Gerrard.

The works will be on display on LUMO Digital billboards at 54 different locations nationwide and are on display until the end of July. 

This seasonal public art activation has been wonderfully curated by Aimée Ralfini of Art Ache, an initiative which aims to make art and culture part of an everyday conversation in Aotearoa.

Liam Gerrard is a painter whose practice explores the fragility of existence. Gerrard has become known for his depictions of the hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) in various states of blossom and decay. In recent months the artist has started to explore the moth as subject matter, an insect which has the average lifespan of one to six months.

Gerrard is known for the exquisite, meticulous detail with which he paints and draws. Notions of the passing of time are made apparent not only through his subject matter and its life cycle, but also within the very processes the artist employs.

Street locations can be found here.

This Art Activation has been made possible by LUMO Digital Outdoor


1) Liam Gerrards moths on the Radio New Zealand headquarters,Tāmaki Makaurau

2) Artwork by Liam Gerrard 'Ichneutica Omoplaca'

Sanderson are pleased to announce a major solo exhibition by Kāryn Taylor at The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu, Nelson, from June 17th - 10 August 2023.

The exhibition will focus on Taylor’s immersive sculptural installations that use projected beams of light and colour fields to explore notions of quantum mechanics, time and space.

Audience engagement is integral to understanding Taylor’s sculptural practice: her works encourage an embodied experience by engaging multiple senses and challenge viewer perception by presenting intangible expansions of our physical reality.

The project will look at floor and wall based interventions and sculptures, and the use of colour fields.

“I have an interest in both quantum physics (concerning the behaviour of matter and energy) and metaphysics (concerning the existence and nature of things) – both these ideas come together in my work,” - Kāryn Taylor



1) Kāryn Taylor in her studio

2) Kāryn Taylor, The Structure of Things, 2023, steel, gouache, animated projection


Our thoughts are with all those effected by the recent floods and Cyclone Gabrielle. If you would like to donate to a local charity who are helping those in need please see the below links:

Local Tāmaki Makaurau Links:

Volunteering Auckland
Vision West Flood Appeal 
Kindness Collective Foundation Flood Relief


Sanderson are pleased to congratulate Simon Kaan, Gary Todd Architecture and EBB-Dunedin for winning the 2022 Sir Miles Warren Award for commercial architecture. The hotel features a striking glass façade with the artwork of Simon Kaan printed across it. The award jury stated:

'Ebb-Dunedin succeeds as an intervention within the fabric of Otepoti by extending the boundaries of its commercial site. The bold incorporation of the grand-scale piece by Simon Kaan at the façade contributes art to the central city and functions as a privacy screen, light sculpture and environmental control.'

The Sir Miles Warren Award for Commercial Architecture recognises the career of one of New Zealand’s most successful and prolific architects, Sir Miles Warren (1929-2022) and is awarded to an architecture practice and project each year for achievement in this field. 

Featured: EBB-Dunedin façade and Simon Kaan in his studio


Sanderson are pleased to congratulate Julia Holderness who has been awarded her PhD in Visual Arts (AUT University). 

Her thesis is titled ‘Ever Present Archiving: methodologies for art histories through fabrication, invention and social practice.’

The examiners congratulated Julia on her contribution to New Zealand feminist art historiography through her artistic research, stating; 

"A project that seeks to redress the absence of women artists from the New Zealand canon would at first seem best served by educating its public about the relatively unknown practitioners that Julia based Florence Weir upon. However, the strength of the choice to invent a fictional persona is in the way it troubles the solo authorship structure of the canon. Julia’s project successfully foregrounds the relational co-becoming of artistic subjectivities through the emphasis on the shared studio and the importance of friendship. The success of the project lies in the elaborate and precise production of a multitude of works with an evolving aesthetic identity over many exhibitions and the way collaboration was used as an artistic research method to make them.” 

During her PhD candidature, Julia has staged a series of significant exhibition projects throughout Aotearoa, including her recent exhibition at Sanderson ‘Schemes for Vibrant Living with Florence Weir’ as part of her practice-led research. Well done Julia on this fascinating project and wonderful achievement 

Artwork featured: Julia Holderness, Studio Portrait of Florence Weir in her Studio, 2021, Acrylic on board

@jholderness #JuliaHolderness

EVERYBODY SOUNDSYSTEM - Josephine Cachemaille at Enjoy Contemporary Wellington

Josephine Cachemaille has collaborated with friends and fellow artists Eve Armstrong and Gabby O’Connor on the project EVERYBODY SOUNDSYSTEM with Enjoy Contemporary Art in Poneke, Wellington.

The project is about friendship and the transformative potential of creative collective endeavour. Over two weeks the artists have taken residence in Enjoy, working together creating installations that are activating the space with multi sensory and repurposed materials.

The project is being celebrated on Saturday 13th August from 11am to 6pm with ‘Housewarming’ an all day dance party where the artist’s favourite DJs and friends will come together for dancing and play

To read more about the project click here.


Saturday June 18th - 1.30pm
Please join us at Sanderson to hear Simon Kaan discuss his artwork and practice, as well as a response to the Matariki : Te whakanui I te tau hou exhibition. 
As a fifth-generation New Zealander of Chinese, Māori (Ngāi Tahu) and Pākeha ancestry, Simon discusses how his mixed heritage informs his practice. 

Land, sea and sky images dominate his art pieces, and the waka is a regular motif in his work. 

Influenced by the Otago landscape, Simon is now exploring large-scale outdoor design and helping reflect a greater cultural diversity and revival in Dunedin's urban environment.

There will be an opportunity for a Q&A and korero at the end

Wi Taepa Receives Platinum Jubilee Queen's Birthday Honour

Sanderson are pleased to share Wi Te Tau Pirika Taepa (Te Arawa, Ngati Whakaue, Te Āti Awa) is one of the recipients of the Platinum Jubilee Queen’s Birthday Honours this year.

Taepa has been appointed as an Officer of the Order (ONZM) for his services to Māori art, particularly ceramics.

Taepa has been at the forefront of promoting uku, the medium of clay, within te ao Māori since the mid 1980’s.

‘I think of it like bringing an idea from darkness into light,’ he says
- te po, te whaiao, te ao marama;
from out of the darkness, the world of being, to the world of light.

Taepa was one of five founders of Ngā Kaihanga Uku National Collective of Māori Clay Workers in 1987. He is recognised as a master of his art, as well as a mentor and storyteller.

1. Untitled Ipu, 2000, from Mahere Mapping. Collection Pātaka Art + Museum
2. Taepa in his studio, Whitireia Polytechnic, Porirua, 1990, Image courtesy of Whitireia Polytechnic

Simon Kaan features on Radio New Zealand's ASIA: Art Stories In Aotearoa

Simon Kaan recently featured on Episode 1: Fine Arts - from ASIA: Art Stories In Aotearoa with Radio New Zealand

In this documentary series 18 Asian-NZ artists from a range of disciplines reflect on how life in Aotearoa informs their work and sense of identity.

In Episode 1 Kadambari Radhukumar meets Simon along with sculptor Yona Lee and interdisciplinary artist Yuki Kihara, three fine artists whose work transcends gallery walls.

As a fifth-generation New Zealander of Chinese, Māori (Ngāi Tahu) and Pākeha ancestry, Simon discusses how his mixed heritage informs his practice.

Land, sea and sky images dominate his art pieces, and the waka is a regular motif in his work. Although distinctly Māori, the waka is also symbolic of migratory travels and celestial offerings. 

Very influenced by the Otago landscape, Simon is now exploring large-scale outdoor design and helping reflect a greater cultural diversity and revival in Dunedin's urban environment.

Simon is scheduled to have an exhibition at Sanderson in September.

Watch the episode here

Ray Haydon features in Denizen Autumn issue 2022

Ray Haydon has been featured in the Autumn issue of Denizen 2022.

The article titled 'RAY HAYDON - What I've Learned' looks at Ray's personal influences and creative processes with an intimate interview. Read the interview here.

Artwork featured left: Passage, 2021, carbon fibre, automotive paint, 880mm x 3200mm

Photographs by Sam Hartnett

Julie Cromwell announced as a Finalist in the Richard T Nelson Sculpture Awards 2022 

Sanderson are pleased to share Julie Cromwell has been announced as a finalist of the Richard T Nelson Awards for Sculpture 2022. Her entry Fragile Matter from the Char Remains series has been selected and will be exhibited at the 2022 NZ Art Show in Wellington. 

The Richard T Nelson Awards pride themselves on showcasing the most contemporary and exciting sculptors in Aotearoa including a vast range of mediums from ceramics, textiles, to metal work and pounamu. 
NZ Art Show organiser Carla Russell has discussed the finalists making a dynamic exhibition -

“people will be absolutely wowed and, in some cases, challenged by the contemporary nature of some of the finalists. It’s an exciting time for sculpture.”  

Julies work sits amongst some of Aotearoa’s most exciting contemporary sculptors including Lissy and Rudi Robinson-Cole and Stevei Houkāmau. 

The finalists will be exhibiting at the 2022 NZ Art Show in Wellington, June 2 – 4.

Sanderson's popular New Collectors' Series returns for 2017. Targeted at the curious emerging collector, we’re aiming to instil confidence and demystify the process of acquiring artworks, while providing an inclusive and engaging environment to discuss contemporary art.

The series includes a programme of seminars from some of NZ’s most knowledgeable art professionals, as well as a carefully curated exhibition of work tailored to the new collector. Under 5s is an exhibition of stand-out works priced under $5,000.

Please contact us to register your interest in the series.

From 7 – 10 September 2017, Sanderson is presenting an exhibition of work at Sydney Contemporary at the historic Carriageworks building in Redfern. Featured artists include Josephine Cachemaille, Meighan Ellis, Stephen Ellis, Simon Kaan, Karyn Taylor, Kate van der Drift and Vaimaila Urale. Sydney Contemporary is Australasia’s premiere art fair, featuring the best galleries from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Rim. 

More details here

Karyn Taylor is the recipient of a Parkin Prize Merit Award for her work Arc in 3 States. The Parkin Prize is an annual award sponsored by arts patron and philanthropist Chris Parkin, in association with the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts. Since its inception the competition has sought to promote excellence and innovation in drawing in all its forms. Karyn’s award-winning work combines static installation and shadows with animated light. 


Cruz Jimenez features in June/July edition of Homestyle magazine. Alice Lines highlight's Jimenez's West Auckland studio space and discusses his upcoming exhibition Under the Moon I Planted at Allpress Gallery, which runs during Art Week Auckland.

Jordan Davey-Emms is the winner of the Glaister Ennor Graduate Art Award for 2017. "Davey-Emms creates the conditions for prolonged looking, a sustained examination of not only the singular but how it might connect to other parts within the greater network." Ioana Gordon-Smith (Award Judge and Curator at Te Uru). 
Runner-up Shane Tu'ihalangingie is the winner of the Barfoot and Thompson Award. 
The Glaister Ennor Graduate Art Award brings together top Honours and Masters students from Auckland’s five principal art schools. The Awards have been hosted by Sanderson Contemporary since 2014. The prizewinner receives and non-acquisitional, monetary award and will be invited to mount a solo exhibition at Sanderson in 2018. 
Pictured is Jordan's winning work, Open Set / Sponge Mass.

Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu has focused on the work of Simon Kaan for one episode of the new web series Ngā Ringa Toi o Tahu. The series of eight mini art documentaries explore the practice and success of a number of talented New Zealand artists who also happen to be Ngāi Tahu.

View the documentary here

Josephine Cachemaille's highly-anticipated solo exhibition Us, Us, Us is open at The Suter Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu from Saturday 10 June to 6 August 2017.  Cachemaille has spent months engaging with The Suter collection, forging relationships with and between a vast array of artworks as well as the systems, equipment and environment in which they live. Us, Us, Us animates these interactions within the gallery walls revealing that which is so often hidden.

Read more here

In 2017 Kāryn Taylor is exhibiting as part of Personal Structures, held during the Venice Biennale 2017 at the European Cultural Centre.

Taylor’s work, in line with her broader practice, is inspired by ongoing research into quantum physics and the relationship between the nature of consciousness and reality.

Read about it here

As part of Auckland Festival of Photography the gallery proudly presents Single Channel, a group show, and Specimens by Meighan Ellis. Ellis’ exhibition is listed as a festival highlight by Denizen magazine. 

Karyn Taylor's 2017 exhibition at Sanderson, Time. Space. Existence., is reviewed by John Hurrell: “This work now has a wonderfully relaxed casualness that hides her fastidious precision, a studied (but super tight) nonchalance - and similar works will be shown in a G.A.A. Personal Structures show, a satellite Biennale exhibition soon to be held in Venice in May.”

Read the full review here

Dunedin-based artist Scott Eady is the first recipient of the Martin Tate Wallace Arts Trust Residency, which took him to Vladivostok, Russia in 2016. He shares his intriguing experiences in the Summer 2016 edition of Art News New Zealand. 

Eady's exhibition From Vladivostok with Love will be on show at The Pah Homestead from 11 July to 10 September 2017.

Read more here

As part of CoCA's summer programme of public art, artist Vaimaila Urale has transformed the building's purely functional exterior into a series of beautiful, minimalist canvases for her exhibition TYPEFACE. Urale reconfigures computer typeface symbols to create a contemporary Samoan design, repositioning Samoan culture within the context of a digital society.

The exhibition includes live tattoo sessions in collaboration with tattoo artist Penni Grigg, which translates the same forms directly onto the skin of volunteers.

Read more here

Josephine Cachemaille is the recipient of the 2017 Molly Morpeth Canaday Merit Award

"It might be lurking in a corner, but this is no shrinking violet. With its glistening, shifting surface, Dark Roller aggressively challenges our sense of space, tumbling towards us with a confidence that borders on menace." - Felicity Milburn Judge 2017

Emerging artist Paris Kirby has been awarded a prestigious AMP Scholarship. Kirby intends to use the scholarship to produce a solo exhibition of paintings, to be exhibited at the gallery in August 2017. Kirby’s work is inspired by the New Zealand bush and she intends to create thought-provoking work and become a role model for young artists.

See more here

Shintaro & Yoshiko present an exhibition of new work at Papakura Art Gallery in September 2016. Collaborations features work from both the artists individually as well as pieces from their highly-regarded collaborative practice.