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Malcolm Harrison

21 September 2017 at 1:29:33 pm

Malcolm Harrison was New Zealand’s most acclaimed textile artist, and he chose to live on Waiheke for the last ten years of his extremely productive life.

He was the first recipient of the prestigious Creative New Zealand Craft/Object Award and his dramatic large scale textile works feature in major institutional collections throughout New Zealand including the Galleria at Parliament Buildings.

The Waiheke Community Art Gallery is honoured to be asked by Graeme and Adrienne Harrison to exhibit Malcolm’s legacy works, which include major quilt works, needlework, bronzes, assemblages and works on paper.

All the works being exhibited were in Malcolm’s private collection at the time of his death on Waiheke ten years ago.

The curator of this significant exhibition is Cerys Dallaway Davidson, who until recently was Senior Collection Manager at Auckland Museum.  Cerys has overseen the photography of Malcolm’s works, condition reporting production of the catalogue and exhibition selection and design. 

The exhibition has been designed to travel to other institutions throughout New Zealand and following Waiheke will be exhibited at North Art early in 2018.

A number of the works in the exhibition have never been exhibited before, so it’s a real privilege for us to be hosting this exhibition, in celebration of Malcolm’s contribution to the New Zealand Art scene and to enable new collectors to purchase these works.

"It’s almost two years since Waiheke artist and friend of Malcolm’s, Jo Smith and I visited Malcolm’s previous home on Waiheke.  It was like an Aladdins Cave of treasures, we were both left speechless as Malcolm’s brother unpacked the magnificent quilts that are now a feature of this exhibition”, says gallery Director Chalmers.

A Curators Talk will be presented by Cerys Dallaway Davidson on Saturday 23 September at 11am, and she will be joined by Graeme and Adrienne Harrison and other of Malcolm’s friends and colleagues.

In support of the exhibition one of Malcolm’s key works, “3 Nights in Stockholm” has been produced as a limited edition scarf, a children’s book containing illustrations from his stories is currently in production and several images are reproduced on postcards.