About

NEW gallery is a gallery of contemporary art. We show works from our collections, and the work of artists we like.

NEW gallery is an artist run space. The shape of the gallery creates a unique acoustic space; we play music and make sounds.

We have established an on-line photography archive with the goal of preserving and sharing images related to the Quarry and the people connected to it.

NEW Gallery is part of the Quarry Arts Centre in Whangarei, Te Tai Tokerau, Northland, Aotearoa, New Zealand.

The Building

Built by Yvonne Rust and a community of people working on PEP schemes in the 1980s from recycled materials, the gallery and it’s associated buildings are an example of vernacular architecture. The scallop-shaped roof is formed from a number of load bearing timbers (recycled telephone poles) that radiate from a central point. A layer of burlap cloth was then laid over these, drooping in between, forming the distinctive curves. Concrete was then poured over the burlap form.

The gallery is part of a complex of buildings, sharing the same architectural style; the nearby Scallop Room develops the same structural ideas on a larger scale.

The Quarry

As a centre for ceramics in the region, the Quarry provides excellent facilities including, electric, gas and wood-fired kilns.

Also on site is the Te Kowhai Print Trust, featuring a fully equipped studio for lithography, screen-printing and a range of other print processes.