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AWA18 | 5 mins with Sam Mitchell

Commemorating the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand, Sam Mitchell’s new series of works depicts influential female figures.

Describe your piece of work/installation in three words
Women, Creatives, Hommage

What inspired it?
125 years of Suffrage in New Zealand

What’s your creative process?
Acrylic painted in reverse on Perspex, I am dyslexic so painting backwards is an easy process.

What do you think of the Art scene in Auckland?
Vibrant New Zealand, Blossoming

Are there any artists/pieces of work that you’re looking forward to seeing this year?
ARTWEEK 2018 is packed full of events that I am looking forward to hard to pick just one… It gives me a chance to get around to all the Galleries both Public and dealer to see a varied array of amazing art.

What is your social media of choice?
Instagram. @brownbacon I post most new work on this

Who do you follow and where?
Grayson Perry, Mary Beard, Wayne Youle, Gavin Hurley, Imogen Tayor, Kirstin Carlin all on Instagram

What are the top 3 tracks on your Spotify playlist right now?
DAVID BOWIE – Moonage DayDream,
David Bowie -Win
Apex Twin- We are the music makers

Word Association:

See Sam Mitchell’s exhibition Fight Like a Girl until 6 October at Melanie Roger Gallery, as part of Artweek Auckland 6 – 14 October.

AWA17: 5 mis with Richard Orjis

Since completing his Masters at the Elam School of Fine Arts, artist Richard Orjis has exhibited his work both locally and internationally.   In 2016, he was the Tylee Cottage Artist in Residence at the Sarjeant Gallery in Whanganui and earlier this year, he was the Asisa New Zealand Foundation artist in residence at Rimbun Dahan in Malaysia.   His work is held in private and public collections including: The University of Auckland, the Jenny Gibbs Collection (Auckland), the University of Auckland (Auckland), Auckland Council (Auckland), The Film Archive (Wellington), The Wallace Trust collection (Auckland) and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport Collection (Madrid, Spain).

His new work will explore the fundamental concept of connection and how everything can be perceived as intrinsically linked.  Check it out as part of Artweek Auckland.

Describe your piece of work / installation in three words





What inspired it?

Connections with people through conversations, history and art


What’s your creative process?

It can be varied, but basically, it’s a process of absorbing the world around me and creating works of art as a result of that collecting.


What do you think of the Art scene in Auckland?  New Zealand?

I think it’s vibrant, active and keyed into a global discourse. It is also aware of its unique position in the Southern hemisphere.


Are there any artists / pieces of work that you’re looking forward to seeing this year?

Flora at the Franklin Arts Centre

Shifting Ground at Silo 6


What is your social media of choice?



Who do you follow and where?

Best_of_grindr / Instagram

Palaceofwisdom / Instagram

Tom Sainsbury / Facebook


What are the top 3 tracks on your Spotify playlist right now?

It’s too embarrassing, I only listen to doof doof music at the gym and it’s just too embarrassing to mention.


Word Association:

Auckland – water

Art – Oh fuck

Festival – too many

Creative – everyone is

Collaboration – complicated

Politics – depressing

Summer – gardens


Richard Orjis’ exhibition Salt Felix at Melanie Roger Gallery, 444 K’Road as part of Artweek Auckland.

7 – 15 October, find out more.