Upcoming Exhibitions

Gus Fisher Gallery


Carmo, Chiado e a Respublica Litteraria

21 December - 24 February 2018

Lisboa / Portugal / Paris / France / Auckland / New Zealand / Grenade / Spain / Łódź / Poland

Carmo, Chiado and theRespublica Litteraria’ is a group exhibition of artists from Portugal, Poland, France and New Zealand that serves as a ‘republic of letters’, as a sharing ground in literature and politics for each artist’s potentially far reaching concerns, offering up promises of exchanges and discourses. As Alastair Hamilton (2005) states on the term,

From the Renaissance, when the term was used by the humanists, to the French Revolution, after which it gradually ceased to exist in its traditional form, the Republic of Letters has always been a vague concept. It was a land of the spirit, its borders invisible, its laws unwritten. Yet its citizens were more clearly definable: scholars in correspondence with one another, exchanging information about learning. There are moments when it is possible to identify certain focal points in the Republic — the writing desks of figures of international fame, such as Erasmus, Fabri de Peiresc, Gisbertus Cuperus, Leibniz, Jean Le Clerc, Volataire [and many others] — who received (and answered) letters from far and wide and, by their mere presence, provided a loose form of coordination.

The works featured include video, print, drawing, photography, sound, performance and painting. Each work has been developed and selected in relation to political concerns within each respective country, such as colonisation/decolonisation, neoliberalism, mass-media influences, feminism, and related genealogies and whakapapa. The Portuguese name ‘Chiado’ perhaps can be seen to encapsulate the exhibition, referring not just to physical locations (Chiado Square in Lisboa) but a point of gathering and sharing experiences from great fires and earthquakes (as has occurred around the square).   

In addition to the exhibition is an accompanying same-titled book, in addition to symposia and performances in Paris, Lisboa, Granada and Auckland. 

Participating Artists:

Alicja Habisiak-Matczak/ Anna Kaczuba / Anna Świątek /Barbara Majkowska / Bethânia Sousa / Bilal
Camille Poulie / Carlos Henrich / Cássia Pires / Catarina Mendes / Chelsea Mortenson / Cherryl Brunel
Christina Houghton / Elsa Bruxelas / Emily Cloete and Tom Hackshaw / Camille Benarab-Lopez
Filipa Flores / Gaetan Lavoine / Gina Martins / Inês Viegas / Izabella Woźniak / Jeremy Leatinu'u / José Quaresma Juan Carlos Guadix / Julieanna Preston & Mick Douglas / Juliette Delecour / Léa Rivera / Léo Chesneau / Maria Albergaria / Maria Krasnodębska / Mark Harvey /Maxime Laguerre / Orlando Farya / Oskar Gorzkiewicz Paul Moragues / Sofia Campilho / Shannon Te Ao / Sylwia Jakubowska / Tomasz Matczak / Thomas Pierre Wernher Bouwens / Witold Warzywoda /Zizi Ramirez


General coordination of the exhibitons: José Quaresma


Coordination of exhibitions in each participating country:

Paris: Wernher Bouwens and Elsa Bruxelas

Auckland: Mark Harvey

Lisbon: José Quaresma

Łódz: Alcja Habisiak-Matczak



The Third Space: Ambiguity in the Art of Graham Fletcher

2 March - 28 April

Mistinted patterns oscillate against a gridded background, while black and white wallflowers cling messily together. Figures lurk beneath a camouflage of Pasifika patterning, visible yet elusive. A slender statue freezes in the smooth modernist interior of a collector’s home. In the intersectional third space of Graham Fletcher’s paintings, a multiplicity of interpretations collide and fluctuate together. Framed by the artist’s multi-ethnic heritage, boundaries are challenged and unexpected encounters are constructed. The Third Space will survey works from across Fletcher’s oeuvre, demonstrating how he harnesses the ambiguous to bring together Pasifika culture and European art history in a cultural limbo.

This exhibition will aim to deconstruct the entangled web of cross-cultural negotiations and elusive patterning found across the artist’s artworks. Sculptural forms included in the show will harness the same mystical qualities present in Fletcher’s painted statues in modern interiors. Standing within the gallery, the viewer will find themselves in an intersecting cultural third space where themes can be negotiated and cultures can harmonise. 

Curated by Hannah Burgoyne. 

Alexis Neal and Elke Finkelbauer

4 May - 9 June

Exhibition from a student of ARTHIST734

4 - 19 May

School of Music

25 May - 9 June

Curated by Clovis McEvoy.

Simon Devitt's 10 Years of Student Award Photography

15 June - 28 July

Gordon Walters Photography

15 June - 28 July

Carol Brown Dance Symposium

9 - 20 July

Sandow Birk Trumpagruel Editions 

3 August - 15 September