Matthew Galloway joins Auckland Gallery

Sumer snaps up multidisciplinary New Zealand artist.

Words: Erin Irwin

Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington-based artist Matthew Galloway has been announced as the newest addition to Tāmaki-makau-rau/Auckland’s Sumer’s stable. This follows a big year for the artist, who has been presented at Hastings Art Gallery – Te Whare Toi o Heretaunga, Heretaunga/Hastings, the University of Auckland’s Gus Fisher Gallery, Tāmaki-makau-rau/Auckland, and Paludal, Ōtautahi/Christchurch in the last few months alone, with shows still going at the Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery in Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellingon and Ilam Campus Gallery in Ōtautahi/Christchurch.

Galloway is well known for his experimental approach to artmaking, his practice encompassing sculpture, installation, film, and wall drawings to name only a few. Research propels his works, the artist engaging with contemporary political and social issues through whatever medium suits them best. His works often escape the confines of the white cube, and he aims to activate the spaces in which he exhibits.

The artist is currently undertaking his doctorate at the Elam School of Fine Arts in Tāmaki-makau-rau/Auckland, and has been the recipient of several awards both at home and overseas, including the Talante Award 2016 in Munich. He has also undertaken a residency program in Turin, Italy, and exhibited at the Artifariti Biennale, Tindouf in Algeria.

Sumer has a solo show for the artist scheduled for early next year, so watch this space.

This article was posted 5 July 2024.

Image: Matthew Galloway as featured in Infrastructure: power, politics and imagination at Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, 2024. Photo: Ted Whitaker. Courtesy: the artist, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellingon, and Sumer, Tāmaki-makau-rau/Auckland.

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