Primary Care

Primary Care brings together a selection of artworks, photographs, ephemera and archival materials largely gathered from across the Hocken’s collections that consider aspects of physical, spiritual, community, mental and public health.

With works relating to health promotion and disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment, patient education, deinstitutionalization, community care, and Māori health, the exhibition represents a range of approaches to health and wellbeing, and developments in the medical field.

Including works by Simon Denny, Giovanni Intra, Robyn Kahukiwa, Eileen Mayo, Robert Rauschenberg, Ava Seymour, Ann Shelton, Heather Straka, Lionel Terry, Robin White and more…

Join curator Andrea Bell for an Exhibition floor talk and tour of Primary Care on Saturday 7 July at 11am

Primary Care, Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena, University of Otago. Photo: Iain Frengley
Cell (After An Angel at My Table), Seacliff Asylum, North Otago, New Zealand, installation view, Primary Care, Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena, University of Otago. Photo: Iain Frengley
Cell (After An Angel at My Table), Seacliff Asylum, North Otago, New Zealand, installation view, Primary Care, Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena, University of Otago. Photo: Iain Frengley
Cell (After An Angel at My Table), Seacliff Asylum, North Otago, New Zealand, installation view, Primary Care, Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena, University of Otago. Photo: Iain Frengley
Cell (After An Angel at My Table), Seacliff Asylum, North Otago, New Zealand, installation view, Primary Care, Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena, University of Otago. Photo: Iain Frengley

The Order of Things

5 May – 16 June 2018
Hocken Collections, 90 Anzac Avenue, Dunedin
Curated by Andrea Bell

The Order of Things considers systems of categorization, taxonomy and the production of knowledge. Referencing twentieth century French philosopher Michel Foucault’s 1966 text by the same name, The Order of Things seeks out expanded approaches to the concept of knowledge as a cultural, social and theoretical construct.

Presented within the context of the Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena, The Order of Things offers a reflexive approach to research and pedagogy, museology, mātauranga Māori, and digital technologies. Ranging from the pre-colonial era to the information age, the exhibition considers cultural guardianship, the role of collecting, exhibition making, and the library as a microcosm of the universe.

Including works by Nick Austin, Ruth Buchanan, Simon Denny, Richard Killeen, Alex Monteith, Ann Shelton, Shannon Te Ao, Tim Wagg, and more…

Featuring a library to scale (excerpts), and once more with feeling (excerpts) at Hocken Collections


the missionaries at Two Rooms

Ann Shelton’s internationally recognised large-scale, hyper-real photographic works operate at the nexus of conceptual and documentary modes, investigating the social, political and historical contexts that inform readings of the landscape and its contents. Shelton’s new images explore the powerful relationship between colonisation, nationalism and plants in the context of Aotearoa. In a kind of contrived bouquet garni set against the musty colour palette of the Arts and Crafts movement, these domestic botanic epitaphs engage with the reasons emigrants brought plants with them, why they went to elaborate ends to preserve them on their long journey, and the consequences of their interventions.

Exhibition opens: 6–8pm Friday 1 June 2018
Exhibition closes: 30 June 2018
Location: Two Rooms, 16 Putiki St, Newton Auckland 1021


Panel discussion at Photival festival

Imagery has been used throughout modern history to help persuade, manipulate and lie. Spanning propaganda, fake news and the brave photographers who have combated the common narrative, we look at how photography’s role has evolved. Instagram filters, photo shopped billboards and high-jacked news imagery pervade the public discourse, how can we tell truth from fiction? How can we combat fake news?

Our panel of experts (Ann Shelton, Geoffrey Batchen and Nicky Hager) cover these issues and explore how to approach visual media today.


jane says (excerpts) – UNTITLED, Art Fair San Francisco

jane says is featured by Denny Gallery in the San Francisco Art Fair UNTITLED, Art alongside other international artists.

UNTITLED, Art is an international, curated art fair founded in 2012 that focuses on curatorial balance and integrity across all disciplines of contemporary art. UNTITLED, Art innovates the standard fair model by selecting a curatorial team to identify and curate a selection of galleries, artist-run exhibition spaces, and non-profit institutions and organizations, in dialogue with an architecturally designed venue.


Ockham book awards shortlist for Dark Matter

“ILLUSTRATED NON-FICTION AWARD SHORTLIST: More than just a catalogue to accompany the artist’s retrospective exhibition, this exquisitely designed compilation brings 15 bodies of work together in one place for the first time. Outstanding scholars provide illuminating insights into key themes in the photographer’s work in a clear, readable style. Every aspect of the design of the publication — the slip-cased format, typography and layout — complements the rich and fascinating narratives evoked by the images themselves. This is a book of enduring quality, flawlessly produced.” Judges comments.


AAANZ best large catalogue prize for Dark Matter

The AAANZ Best Large Exhibition Catalogue Prize honours originality and intellectual rigour, as well as excellence in the quality of the catalogue design, layout and reproduction of high-quality images. This prize is awarded annually and exhibition catalogues (from monographic surveys to broad thematic publications) issued by major Australian and New Zealand art museums, and those published by art institutions across the South Pacific are eligible.

Judges citation:

“And our winner – in a good year for its publisher Auckland Art Gallery and its curator Zara Stanhope, is Ann Shelton: Dark Matter. Sometimes “creatively” laid- out catalogues that understand themselves as not merely accompanying the show but as works of art in their own right lose their reader and end up not saying much about the work. But that is absolutely not the case here. Although the catalogue is studded with in-your-face full-page reproductions whose exact relation to the show is at first a little unclear, the catalogue remains entirely true to Shelton’s aesthetic. There are brilliant essays by Abigail Solomon-Godeau (of course) and New York-based German and Comparative Literature Professor Ulrich Baer. The production values of this hard-backed, cardboard-boxed and authoritatively thick catalogue are out of this world. A worthy winner!
Congratulations to all those who entered.

Extraordinary care, attention and resources are poured into art publishing in Australasia and we want to recognise and commend this here.”

Judges: Jaynie Anderson and Rex Butler


The physical garden, Christchurch Art Gallery

A performance accompanying Ann Shelton’s series jane says.

The physical garden explores and activates narratives relating to the artist’s interest in plant histories and the legacy of women’s use of plants for fertility and birth control.