Parlour Games features works from the Wallace Arts Trust Collection and site-specific installations at the Pah Homestead by four contemporary New Zealand artists: Matt Coldicutt, Philippa Emery, Natalie Guy, and Amy Unkovich. The artists have integrated their own responses to modern life with resonances of past lives echoing in the Victorian domestic period of the Homestead, further articulated by works chosen from the Wallace Arts Trust.
The Pah Homestead has served in a number of capacities over the decades since its construction – as an orphanage, novitiate, boarding school and now public art gallery – but it was originally conceived, designed and built to be a private residence, an exemplar of domestic life and the aspirations of the upper middle class. It served as such for 22 years, from 1879 until 1901, and was then leased to St Johns Collegiate School.
Parlour Games attempts to articulate two large archives. The first archive may be described as the general economy of the household as it was espoused and, indeed, instructed during the Victorian period. Maintaining a socially correct façade was of paramount importance, and the home played a crucial role in this. The second archive is that of the James Wallace Arts Trust Collection. In 2010 the Pah Homestead became the primary home and place of display of Wallace Arts Trust Collection. The Collection contains items rarely seen in exhibition, a number of these works will form crucial points of articulation in Parlour Games along with the fragments of narrative surviving from the Pah’s domestic period.
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The Eatery is open 8.00am - 3.00pm Tuesday - Friday, 8.00am - 5.00pm Saturday and Sunday
We're not far from Auckland Airport
The Arts Centre is located just over 10kms from Auckland Airport. If you have time to spare at the end of your visit, or you’ve got time between flights, there’s no need to spend it in your hotel room or an airport lounge, visit the stunning Pah Homestead - relax, indulge in the cafe and feast your eyes on ten rooms full of New Zealand contemporary art.