Events and Exhibitions
Ngā Huinga, Whakakītenga
Enjoy the following events in the very special atmosphere provided by Alberton.
On display in the Ballroom cabinet at Alberton is a striking selection of green Depression Glass from the collection of Auckland Art Deco enthusiast, Sue Olsen. The 1920s and 30s saw the introduction of machine-made, transparent glassware in the USA and Canada referred to as 'Depression Glass' for the era that gave rise to it. Since the 1960s, Depression Glass has been highly collectible and is now scarce in the open market.
The small display presents an insight into the array of pieces produced, from tableware to elegant vanity sets, ornaments and decorative vases modelled on expensive designer pieces. There are also some examples of uranium glass which glow under ultra violet light. Sue’s collection comprises of over 900 items - learn more in a public talk on 7 May.
03/06/2017 - 25/06/2017
Created for the Auckland Festival of Photography 2017 by Max Irving-Lamb and Jessica O’Reilly, the Paper House is a large-scale, wire frame installation situated in the ballroom of historic Alberton. Its walls are made of paper - 1863 scrolled images on the theme 'A Piece of Home' by artists and the public.
The house is the literal structure; home is the subjective content that the images by these diverse contributors bring to it. Viewers/participants enter the structure and choose a photo to take away so that gradually the house loses its form over the duration of the exhibition.
A diverse range of Mt Albert artists and designers are joining together for an exciting art exhibition with a difference at historic Alberton. The event is an inspired celebration of the Maori New Year. Exhibitors have been given the opportunity to produce subtle, imaginary inspired and unexpected works towards the core theme of Matariki.
On display in the ballroom Collector's Cabinet at Alberton is a small section of antique walking sticks belonging to rabologist (the name for a collector of canes) Max Campbell. Revealing these sticks to be more than just mobility aids but beautifully crafted objects in their own right, the range of items also gives an insight into the various uses and social symbolism of the walking stick throughout history.