The Vivian Gallery’s Flower Show is now in its third week and we are so enjoying the exhibition. The fauna and floral theme is especially inspiring on a day like today when one can feel autumn sneaking up on us! This year the Flower Show opened with a real flourish! The Vivian gallery worked alongside New Zealand’s Home and Garden Magazine, and hosted a very successful breast cancer fund raising event, which was attended by fourteen hundred people in the gallery and grounds. It was a lovely sunny day and the crowds, marque and food trucks transformed the Vivian into a picture of an idealized country fair.

The show really is special, busting out with vibrant colour and a myriad of curious ideas.

The visual conversation’s range from the beautiful highly detailed works of Japanese artists Shintaro and Yoshiko Nakahara, to the grand large scale pink and silver painting that greets visitors as they enter the gallery, by New Zealand artist Neal Palmer. If you love flowers and art you really need to visit this exhibition and take your time taking in the works on show. We have just installed a spectacular and brand new addition to our outside sculpture collection by the wonderful Regan Gentry titled, Wood From The Trees.


Artist Neal Palmer, Title, Florescence


The Vivian is very privileged and pleased to have two extremely talented young artists exhibiting with us for the first time, Shintaro and Yoshiko Nakahara who work both individually and in collaboration with each other.

"Japanese artists Shintaro and Yoshiko Nakahara work both together and separately. Recently they have begun to collaborate, combining their different approaches to create an exquisite series of works that they have called 'Hikari' (Light), a metaphor for the revelation implicit in taking a mutual journey."

- Helen Kedgley, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at Pataka Museum

Our collaboration work is a very interesting phenomenon as two people's personalities into one canvas. It sounds like the canvas is an individual another person who with a double character. Impress is all about how deep the feelings are, no matter where come from positive or negative side. While one of ours goes up, at the same time another one goes down, then these two conflicting feeling arrows go dash straight towards the audience. This is the moment the effect will be magical impacted we believe.

Shintaro and Yoshiko Nakahara

  Title 'Spring Time'


Title 'Spring Time'

This fabulous show closes on the 10th April pop it into your diary and please come and visit the Flower Show at the Vivian. We are open over Easter every day from 11am -5pm.

Happy Easter from The Vivian team