Normanby Road in Mt Eden, Auckland is home to a host of modern business establishments, indulgent eateries and design stores. Unexpectedly, tucked in amongst this pseudo industrial cityscape is a gallery space unlike any other in Auckland today.
Sheltered from the curious glances of sidewalk starers, the artists in residence at Project 12, formally the Manthel van Reijn Gallery, are an A-list collection of painters, sculptors and ceramicists. Brought together in a high quality working environment boasting all day sun streaming through the floor to ceiling windows, the invaluable presence of colleagues supports the development of individual practise through informal critique, and discussion. The double doors open onto a courtyard ideal for collaborative conversations and exhibition openings on calm summer evenings.
Gallery owner, Nicki Manthel, heads up this new venture with humour to spare. She channels an excitement and energy into it that is contagious and inspiring. Her vision from the beginning has been the creation of a high quality space that serves the artist.
Project 12 will allow artists to partake in critical discussions, have regular
group exhibitions with invited curators, opportunities for collaborative projects and to be part of a virtual gallery where their work is marketed on the Gallery’s website.
Part of the future success of Project 12 will be due to Nicki’s employment of a studio manager, Whitecliffe BFA Fine Arts graduate Kieran Keat. Kieran is charged with the smooth running
of the space on a daily basis and will bring both his exhibition know-how and understanding of studio practise to the new venture.
Project 12 will officially launch with its first group exhibition Winter Feast on July 19 at 5.30 p.m. Resident artists, including Whitecliffe lecturers Melissa Dines and Lynnemaree Patterson will have works exhibited.
For artists interested in residing at Project 12, please email Nicki at: email@example.com