Academy Galleries

130 years: A long and proud history

This year the NZ Academy of Fine Arts has reached a milestone - the 50th ‘SOLO’ show since our first ‘Going Solo’ in 1993. SOLO 50 shows the works of 12 selected artists.

To make this special anniversary exhibition something special, we have included a couple of special features. Included are two of the original participants in the very first ‘Going Solo’ in 1993, well known artists Vivian Manthel-French and Peter Coates. Peter and Vivian have recently painted together - a lovely sunny day in Peter’s garden. The results of this weekend are showcased in the gallery - the process from a sketch, to a black and white proof and the final finished work.

We’re also very pleased to have works by two other highly respected artists, both Fellows of the Academy and recipients of the Governor-General Art Award, Philip Markham (2000) and Michael Browne (2017).

The Solo concept has traditionally been a mechanism to showcase established and emerging artists, as well as special invited guests. Completing the line up are George Arevshatov, Helen Casey, Jason Fastier, Charlotte Hird, Tatyana Kulida, Sue Shore, Alan Skates, and Miranda Woollett.

As always this exhibition has involved a large team of people – my special thanks to the Exhibitions team. Thank you all for your hard work.


Rob Sullivan


To view an online copy of the Solo 50 Exhibition catalogue, please click here.


Solo 50 2022

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