textile/adjacent is provoked by textile’s material markers, considering texture, colour, form, structure, value, culture and meaning.

Adjacent: close or near, sharing a border

In the spirit of the whakataukī whiria te tāngata - weaving or binding the people together - TheSeeHere* presents a multi-artist show with work by; Vivien Atkinson, Becky Bliss, Pam Brabants, Sandy Connon, Mel Ford, Marilyn Jones, Greta Menzies, Sarah Read, Caroline Thomas, Nina van Duijnhoven and Tia Venning.

*TheSeeHere is an artist-run window gallery founded in 2010, currently located at 85 Ghuznee St, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington.  The collective is dedicated to producing work that engages with its physical parameters as a window gallery. Their work is experimental and explorative.

The artist collective behind TheSeeHere presents an exhibition with works sharing a common thread. The eleven members, with their individual practices and histories responded to a prompt to create textile-adjacent work for the Threads Textile Festival in Wellington as part of the Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts in 2022 and was originally shown at the Backroom Gallery in Anvil House Studio, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington. 

This show is an opportunity for TheSeeHere members to show their work collectively, unconstrained by the limited space of the window gallery in which they exhibit individually for a month every year. Weaving together work from different perspectives offers up possibilities for enriching conversations and even some (polite) arguments between the works, the artists and the viewers. Of course, with a diverse group of artists/practices there are going to be many interesting stories – these are told in the individual artist statements which are in the exhibition room sheet.