Art Auction Live on Art + Object

We are honoured in 2024 to present the works of the following artists who support the tremendous mahi required to protect the kākāpō, a rare and precious taonga!

The artworks presented will be available for auction both online and live during our upcoming Gala Dinner event. View and start bidding on the Art & Object online bidding platform from now! 


With thanks and great appreciation to Kate Darrow for curating this collection of art.

Introducing this year's artists:

Gretchen Albrecht, Elliot Collins, Shane Cotton (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Hine and Te Uri Taniwha), Mike Crawford (Raukawa), Crystal Chain Gang, Brett Graham (Ngāti Koroki Kahukura, Tainui) Jaime Jenkins, Maioha Kara (Ngati Korokii Kahukura, Ngati Tipa, Te Ātihaunui-A-Papārangi, Tūhourangi, Te Whānau a Hinetapora, Kuki Airani), James Ormsby (Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato, Te Arawa and Katimana), Dr. Fiona Pardington (Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe, Ngati Kahungunu), Elizabeth Thomson, Layla Walter.


Dr Fiona Pardington

Kākāpō, South Canterbury Museum, 2024

Dr. Fiona Pardington (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Ngāti Kahungunu) has a Doctorate in Fine Arts from the University of Auckland and became the New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate in 2011. She is a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, and in 2016 was named a Knight (Chevalier) in the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres) by the French Prime Minister. Her work is represented in many significant art collections, both in Aotearoa and overseas.


Pardington has worked closely with hapu and iwi advisors, curators and museum professionals over many years, to identify taonga from national and international collections. In her most recent work, Te taha o te rangi, translated as “the edge of the heavens”, she makes the connection with sky and the realm of birds. In this series, the kākāpō are joined by many other rare, endangered and extinct manu of Aotearoa. 


This kākāpō from the past speaks to its living descendants, a call to all to ensure their survival.


Gretchen Albrecht

Lichen (in mist), 2018

Gretchen Albrecht is one of Aotearoa’s preeminent abstract painters. She has exhibited extensively throughout New Zealand and internationally for more than five decades and her work is held in major New Zealand and Australian public and private collections. In 2000, Albrecht was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to painting.


Through her poetic abstractions, she often conjures the magnificence of land and sea. Her works can be a meditation on the power of our environment and this gem-like work draws us into the evocative details of the forest.


Elliot Collins

Coming Home (should last forever), 2024

Elliot Collins is an artist who works across an interdisciplinary range of media. He gained a PhD from AUT University in 2019 and his art practice makes reference to poetry and language, exploring our relationships to history and place. His work has been exhibited extensively in Aotearoa and is included in many public and private collections.


The work Coming Home (should last forever) was made specifically for this event and the Kākāpo project. As ever, Collins has captured the heart of an endeavour with his poetry and joyful painterly style, calling out to the maunga and all who call it home.


Shane Cotton

Wind and Bones, 2015 (picture shown)

Zero Hours, 2015

Shane Cotton (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Hine and Te Uri Taniwha) has exhibited extensively in Aotearoa and overseas. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Canterbury and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching. Alongside his painting career, he has taught at Massey University’s Toioho ki Āpiti Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts programme. In 2008, Cotton received a Laureate Award from the New Zealand Arts Foundation and, in 2012, was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the visual arts.

Cotton’s painting practice is underpinned by a recurrent questioning of his own bicultural identity and our collective cultural identity. The symbols from Māori and Pakeha cultural histories in his paintings are predominantly derived from post-contact Māori art, and prompt conversations about nationhood and identity.

These two limited-edition prints explore the plight of indigenous birds in Aotearoa, suggesting that time has run out. A call to action at the very last minute in evolutionary terms, could not be more apt when considering our Kākāpō among so many other endangered species.

Mike Crawford

Kumete Manu, 2018

Mike Crawford (Raukawa) works primarily in cast glass. He completed a Bachelor of Design at the Unitec School of Design in Auckland and, following this, worked as a technician to preeminent glass artist Ann Robinson. His simple, elegant style often incorporates simplified bird forms and his work is represented in many national collections.


Kumete Manu (food bowl bird) speaks directly to the cause of the Kākāpō, with its iridescent colour, elegant and majestic bird shape and reference to sustenance. One of the biggest issues for kākāpō survival is food and, in particular, the rimu berries in a ‘mast’ season associated with breeding.


Crystal Chain Gang

Elwin, 2024

Crystal Chain Gang glass artists Jim Dennison and Leanne Williams have received many awards and fellowships for their work and have been selected for major glass exhibitions both in Aotearoa and overseas. Over the past 12 years, the pair has focused their attention on making art chandeliers, which have been commissioned for both commercial and domestic settings throughout New Zealand and Australia. Their major commission, titled Chorus, featured a series of native birds (early 2024).


This more domestic-scale kākāpō chandelier was made specifically to support the pioneering Kākāpō project on Maungatautari.


Brett Graham

Water Dreaming, 2013

Brett Graham (Ngāti Koroki Kahukura, Tainui) has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Doctrate of Fine Arts from the University of Auckland and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Hawaiʻi. He is a prominent figure within contemporary Māori art and is known for his large-scale sculptures and installation works, which explore indigenous histories and politics. Having resenting work at the Sydney Biennale and the Venice Biennale he is currently working toward an exhibition for the Walter Art Award, Graham’s work is also included in significant collections in Aotearoa, Australia and Hawai’i.


Water Dreaming is from a series of 12 works made during Graham’s artist residency in Australia. Making connections with indigenous mark-making, the shield form connects to his series of targets that reference sites of indigenous conflict across Australia and Aotearoa. The work has significance here, for a bird which was once a target and is now in dire need of protection.


Brett Graham

Maungārongo, 2021 Ed. 2/20 
screen print and black sand
1000 x 715mm



Jaimie Jenkins 

Ten Bells for Kākāpō, 2024

Jaimie Jenkins hand-builds stoneware pieces that push the definitions of clay, taking on structural, organic and intricate forms. Chains and bells are frequent subjects in her practice and her experience of nature and natural forms a core source of inspiration. Jenkins has a Diploma of Visual Art, Toi Ohomai, Tauranga, and has been a recipient of the Dame Doreen’s Gift from the Blumhardt Foundation. Her work held in Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, and a growing number of national collections.


The Ten Bells for Kākāpō were made specifically for this project and each honours one of the 10 pioneering manu that have been part of the effort to find a safe, predator-free habitat where kākāpō can thrive on mainland Aotearoa. 


Maioha Kara

Āniwaniwa, 2024

Maioha Kara (Ngāti Koroki Kahukura, Ngāti Tipa, Te Ātihaunui-A-Papārangi, Tūhourangi, Te Whānau a Hinetapora, Kuki Airani) has a Bachelor of Fine Art and Master of Fine Art from Massey University and is currently working towards a PhD. In her work, Maioha explores her Māori and Cook Island whakapapa and draws inspiration and knowledge from the patterns of tukutuku, raranga/weaving, kowhaiwhai/painting and tivaevae/traditional quilting. Her rich symbolism encompasses cosmological connections and the relationships between the natural world and Matauranga Māori (Māori knowledge systems). Maioha’s artwork is represented in a growing number of public art gallery collections.


*Image is indicative only of the artwork that will be for auction.



Elizabeth Thomson

Five coloured moths, 2024

Elizabeth Thomson graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Auckland. She has worked primarily in the mediums of sculpture and installation for over 30 years, developing a remarkable range of works through which she explores the complex visual interplay between art and science. Thomson has exhibited widely and her work is held in major national and international collections, including Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.


Thomson has a longstanding interest in ecology and conservation and is drawn to the visual abstractions of macro and micro landscapes and cellular matter. Her ongoing bronze moth series has recently expanded to include both real and imagined native moths in colour from New Zealand and around the world. This open-ended series can represent community, fragility and the need for protection and care.



Layla Walter

Black Robin, 2024

Layla Walter has gained international recognition for her works in cast glass. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Design in 1998 and worked concurrently in her own practice and as an assistant to renowned glass artist Ann Robinson. Walter continues a tradition of cast glass, using highly skilled and complex techniques, depicting weaving, figuration and native flora and fauna carved in bas-relief using the lost wax technique. Her work is held in private collections and significant public institutions, including Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand and the Auckland Museum.
Growing up in a creative world within the Coromandel, conservation has had a powerful effect on Walter from an early age and her work continues to speak to ecological and humanitarian concerns.
The work Black Robin was inspired by a picture of Old Blue, the sole remaining female Black Robin who brought her species back from the brink of extinction.


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Posted by Tali Jellyman on May 24, 2024