Friday, November 28, 2008

The University of Auckland s Gus Fisher Gallery named Best Arts Institution
by Metro magazine s annual Best of Auckland awards (December 2008).

Located inside the Kenneth Myers Centre on upper Shortland Street, the Gus Fisher Gallery is named in honour of its primary patron, Mr Gus Fisher. Both Gus and his wife Irene are active participants in the gallery s wide range of events including exhibition openings, book launches, gallery talks and public programmes.

In awarding the accolade, Metro describes the Gus Fisher Gallery as a dynamic centre for both art buffs and curious passersby , and offers particular commendation for its dynamic arts programme.

Saturday afternoon talks with artists or experts are a particular treat. Events aren t constrained to within the walls of the historic broadcasting house. For a recent exhibition on modern architecture [the gallery] conducted a guided walking tour of the city. All this and free admission.

Under the guidance of Associate Professor Linda Tyler and her team the Gus Fisher Gallery has grown in scope and reputation within Auckland s vibrant art community, says Professor Sharman Pretty, Dean of the University s National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries (NICAI), which oversees the gallery as part of the Centre for NZ Art Research and Discovery. By engaging with contemporary debates about visual arts and culture, and encouraging creative and academic research, the gallery fills an important role in a city that is rich in visual arts.

The Gus Fisher Gallery is located at 74 Shortland Street in Auckland s CBD. The Power of Portraiture will be mounted from 28 November 2008- 24 January 2009.

For details phone (09) 373 7599 ext 86646 or visit
The Bookman offers the University his congratulations. The Gus Fisher Gallery has certainly been the hot location for book launches during 2008.

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