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With three distinctive spaces ~ The Vivian shows internationally renowned and local artists ~ in curated and group shows ~ interspersed by talks ~ performances, and events.


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Martin <br>Poppelwell
image © Martin Poppelwell

Studio Gallery, 1 Jun – 30 Jun
Martin is an artist who (thankfully) refuses to adhere to a single discipline, being known and loved for his drawings, paintings, ceramics, installations and sculpture. Bringing his unique sense of humour, rock-solid insights, and his legendary creative genius to The Vivian for the very first time, we’re proud that Martin is helping us make a little bit of art history with our very first V Project.


~ The Weight of The World

Monique Lacey

South Gallery, 18 May – 30 Jun
This is Monique’s first major solo show at The Vivian, and it’s a ripper! Just back from a very successful exhibition in the US, Monique’s crushed forms and layered textures proved a big hit at the recent Auckland Art Fair. She’s been working hard in her Auckland studio to produce a range of works that are powerful, elegant and punchy.

Towards the Forest

~ Into the unknown

Towards the Forest
Peter Panyoczki

North Gallery, 18 May – 30 Jun
This unique group show has been 6 months in the planning, and we can't wait to share it with you. Towards The Forest asks artists to consider the use of landscape as a metaphor for the unknown; the erratic, sometimes frightening – but ultimately hopeful – times we live in. The works are bold, dark, mischievous and sometimes humorous, but they are all excellent examples of the calibre of art being produced in Aotearoa and Australia today.


~ A Private Requiem

Ivan<br> Lupi
Ivan Lupi - A Private Requiem

Studio Gallery, 16 May – 20 May
We are thrilled to welcome back internationally-renowned performance artist Ivan Lupi for the world-premiere performance of 'A Private Requiem’. Don’t miss this dark, deeply moving and brave 5-day endurance performance. On each day between 16 – 20 May from 11am to 5pm. Visitors are welcome to experience each stage as it evolves, and also take part at specific times. This is an event you will not forget.


~ Trabant Towers

Louise McRae -‘ Pedestal' , 2019

Front Lawn, 23 Mar – 12 May
After many years with a strong reputation as a painter, Louise McRae made the move to sculpture around two years ago – with truly remarkable results. This body of work is from her ‘Unmonument’ series, an evolving body of work which has been shown to great acclaim in New Zealand. The contrast of these new powerful, slumping and joyful works within the grounds of The Vivian creates a fabulously colourful counterpoint. Don't miss it!

Gow Langsford Sculpture Garden

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Gow Langsford Sculpture Garden
Dave McCracken – 'Walkway to the Mainland' , 2017

Sculpture Garden, 1 Jan – 1 Jun
Where art meets landscape: Discover the magic of the Gow Langsford Sculpture Garden. This year, we’re proud to host the first ever Gow Langsford Sculpture Garden at The Vivian, featuring a gorgeous selection of outdoor sculpture by highly acclaimed Australasian artists; Paul Dibble, Gregor Kregar, David McCracken and Lisa Roet. This show is on until the end of May - Make sure you don’t miss it!

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~ About The Vivian

Situated just outside of Matakana ~ one hour north of Auckland ~ The Vivian is a beautiful purpose-built gallery ~ nestled in 3 acres of landscaped parklands.

An important part of The Vivian experience is the ability to connect extraordinary art with ordinary people. In ways that educate, invigorate, and perhaps even liberate. One thing’s for sure, whether you find something you love (or hate), you’ll learn something about art. Where it’s going. Where it’s been. Or where it is now.

~ Opening Hours

Thursday – Monday: 11am – 5pm
Closed Tuesday & Wednesday - Viewing by arrangement.

~ Address and Directions

39 Omaha Valley Road, Matakana
RD5, Warkworth 0985, New Zealand
PO Box 332, Matakana
0948, New Zealand.

09 422 9995


V ~ Projects

Martin Poppelwell

Bringing his unique sense of humour ~ rock-solid insights ~ and his legendary creative genius ~ to The Vivian for the very first time

1 Jun – 30 Jun 2019

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