The National

Gallery  /  MunichJewelleryWeek2019
Published: 04.02.2021
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The National is a dealer gallery in Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand, owned by Director Caroline Billing. The gallery specialises in contemporary jewellery from New Zealand and solo exhibitions by a select group of international jewellery artists. Since the gallery’s relocation and expansion in 2018, the annual exhibition programme now includes sculpture and object-based works across other media.

Billing is committed to showcasing both established and emerging artists, with a particular focus on solo exhibitions of new work. Since opening in 2004, The National has played a vital role in nurturing the development of contemporary jewellery in New Zealand, creating links to international practice and offering opportunities for experimentation and critical development in the field. The expansion of the gallery’s space and increasing reputation has seen the addition of ambitious collaborative projects and curated group exhibitions to the programme.
The gallery started in 2004 and was originally located in High St, a growing vibrant area with cafes, boutiques and galleries. After the 2011 earthquakes destroyed the area, Billing remained committed to presenting jewellery in the city, exploring alternatives to a gallery space, with pop-up exhibitions, including Host A Brooch with jeweller Jacqui Chan. 7 months after the quakes, The National reopened in a shared space and continued to develop its exhibition programme, providing a space for the city to view art. From 2014-2017, The National was located at 241 Moorhouse Avenue. In 2018, it moved two doors along to 249 Moorhouse Avenue. Spacious new premises have allowed the gallery to expand and it now hosts two artist studio spaces.

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Artist list

Debbie Adamson, Vanessa Arthur, Peter Bauhuis, Macarena Bernal, Becky Bliss, Julie Blyfield, Kobi Bosshard, Joanna Campell, Madeleine Child, Octavia Cook, Mary Curtis, Jess Dare, Jane Dodd, Warwick Freeman, Karl Fritsch, Crystal Chain Gang, Kirsten Haydon, Kath Inglis, Peta Kruger, Cheryl Lucas, Ross Malcolm, Kelly McDonald, Craig McIntosh, Shelley Norton, Tatjana Panyoczki, John Roy, Moniek Schrijer, Henriette Schuster, Elfi Spiewack, Frances Stachl, Mia Straka, Chloe Rose Taylor, Lisa Walker, Anna Wallis, Raewyn Walsh, Areta Wilkinson, Lisa Woods, Manon van Kouswijk

Events      View / hide events

Lectures  06 Feb 2021 - 06 Feb 2021  Artist Talk: Areta Wilkinson and Mark Adams.
Lectures  04 Feb 2021 - 04 Feb 2021  Artist Talk: Areez Katki. Thieves' Market.
Exhibition  08 Dec 2020 - 24 Dec 2020  Dent Collector by Vanessa Arthur.
Exhibition  08 Dec 2020 - 24 Dec 2020  Trouble at Mill by John Roy.
Lectures  25 Nov 2020 - 25 Nov 2020  Artist Talk: Areta Wilkinson and Moa-Hunters Fashion.
Exhibition  17 Nov 2020 - 05 Dec 2020  Sod Off by Cheryl Lucas.
Exhibition  28 Oct 2020 - 15 Nov 2020  Tāria Te Wā. After A Time by Areta Wilkinson.
Exhibition  08 Sep 2020 - 03 Oct 2020  Embrace by Julie Blyfield in New Zealand.
Exhibition  04 Jun 2020 - 20 Jun 2020  Observations from a Distance by Karin Johansson in New Zealand.
Exhibition  19 Mar 2020 - 24 Mar 2020  Tincal lab Challenge 2019: Jewelry and Anatomy at ROJW2020.
Exhibition  13 Mar 2019 - 17 Mar 2019  Frame Selected Galleries at Handwerk & Design 2019 in Munich.
Exhibition  08 Feb 2019 - 09 Mar 2019  Ormolu by Julie Blyfield and Kirsten Coelho in Christchurch.
Exhibition  22 Nov 2016 - 17 Dec 2016  Rare Collection by Julie Blyfield at the National.
Exhibition  07 Jun 2016 - 09 Jul 2016  Der Tiefenglanz / Felsengarten by Karl Fritsch & Gavin Hipkins.
Exhibition  07 Jun 2016 - 09 Jul 2016  Hi Cranky! by Karl Fritsch.
Exhibition  14 Feb 2015 - 15 Mar 2015  Lichenology by Kate Bajic.
Exhibition  03 Oct 2013 - 26 Oct 2013  Karl Fritsch: Hang On.
Exhibition  18 May 2012 - 16 Sep 2012  A Sense of Place: New Jewellery from Northern Lands.
Exhibition  25 Nov 2011 - 25 Dec 2011  Karl Fritsch: Karlikarli.
Exhibition  02 Aug 2005 - 25 Sep 2005  Craft in Dialogue 6.

Publications      View / hide publications

Book:  Lisa Walker, 0+0=0. Walker, LisaDent-De-Leone:  London,  2017
Book:  Findings by Manon Van Kouswijk. van Kouswijk, ManonAustralian Book Connection:  Oakleigh,  2015
Book:  Julie Blyfield Panorama. Goring, ElizabethRuthin Craft Centre and the Scottish Gallery:  Ruthin,  2015
Book:  Julie Blyfield. Radok, Stephanie; Richards, DickWakefield Press:  Kent Town,  2008