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Sara Hughes

25 June 2022

Sara Hughes unveils 'Midnight Sun' in Tauranga

Sara Hughes unveils 'Midnight Sun' in Tauranga
Photo by Sam Hartnett

Unveiled last week, Sara Hughes' latest public artwork brings colour and light to a bus shelter on Willow Street in Tauranga. Midnight Sun was commissioned by Supercut Projects in collaboration with Tauranga City Council and features 96 individual panels of glass to capture the final setting of the sun on the eve of the Winter Solstice. The artwork wraps around to the front of Tauranga Art Gallery.

Sara says: "At its essence, Midnight Sun is about a sunset that never sets, it's about holding on to that feeling you get watching a sun sink toward the horizon. That is a universal experience, something everyone has experienced. I wanted to make an artwork for this site to make a difference, my hope is that it will spread a warm glow of optimism".

Read more about this work here.

31 May 2022

Sara Hughes and Gregor Kregar in AA Directions Autumn 2022

Sara Hughes and Gregor Kregar in AA Directions Autumn 2022
Credit: Jessie Casson

Sara Hughes and Gregor Kregar feature in the Autumn issue of the AA Directions magazines with their two sons Luka and Niko talking about how they found the silver lining during Auckland's lockdown last year and started making ceramics together.

"Gregor has a studio about 20 minutes’ walk from their home, which is where the boys went to spend their lockdown afternoons. It was a chance for the children to learn techniques of preparing clay and throwing on the pottery wheel.

It’s the sort of craft that needs practice and, being able to spend time on it, they both got the hang of it. “They really enjoyed the challenge,” Sara says."

Read the full article here.

26 November 2019

Sara Hughes All My Favourite Shapes at Auckland Art Gallery

Sara Hughes All My Favourite Shapes at Auckland Art Gallery
Image courtesy of Auckland Art Gallery

Join Sara Hughes at the Auckland Art Gallery to celebrate the opening day of Hughes' new interactive Todd Centre Creative Learning Centre project All My Favourite Shapes on Saturday 30 November from 11-12. This new project uses magnetic coloured shapes allowing visitors to play with colour, composition, shape and pattern. Entry is free, for more details see here.

Todd Foundation Creative Learning Centre
Mezzanine Level
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Kitchener Street, Auckland

Initially conceived for an exhibition at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 2019
Supported by Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust

28 May 2019

Sara Hughes at Dunedin Art Gallery

Sara Hughes at Dunedin Art Gallery
Sara Hughes in her studio. Photo: Tobias Kraus

Sara Hughes is included in a new exhibition at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery on until 29 September. In Motion: The Moving Parts of Contemporary Art features work from their collection as well as newly commissioned pieces by Hughes, Tiffany Singh, Rebecca Baumann, David Haines and Joyce Hinterding.

Hughes' commissioned work All My Favourite Shapes is influenced by her two sons aged 5 and 7, along with memories of playing Chinese checkers and draughts on miniature magnetic boards as a child. Talking with the Otago Daily Times, Hughes says ''There is this fantastical element of the work that takes the form of a giant magnetic board with a range of magnet shapes that can be moved on to, over and off its surface.'' Read the full article here.

Dunedin Public Art Gallery
30 The Octagon, Dunedin 9016
Open daily from 10am-5pm

27 April 2019

Sara Hughes in Canvas Magazine/NZ Herald

Sara Hughes in Canvas Magazine/NZ Herald

Hughes' New Zealand International Convention Centre work being installed. Photo: Tobias Kraus

Sara Hughes features in the NZ Herald's Canvas Magazine with the full article online here. Hughes discusses her biggest commission yet at the New Zealand International Convention Centre and how this project came about.

13 February 2019

Sara Hughes' Work for New Zealand International Convention Centre Begins Installation

Sara Hughes' Work for New Zealand International Convention Centre Begins Installation
Large glass panels being installed.

Sara Hughes' biggest project to date has begun being installed on the exterior of the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) in Auckland this past week. There are 98 glass fins in total that will wrap the western and eastern exterior of the building. The panels feature 60 different colours, taking inspiration from Hughes' upbringing in rural Northland. “The artwork reflects the experience of walking through the New Zealand bush and looking up through a canopy of trees to see the unique light and colour of the forest,’’ says Hughes. Read more here and here.

15 November 2018

Sara Hughes' Magma wins international award

Sara Hughes' Magma wins international award
Hughes, Magma, 2017. Photo: Tobias Kraus

Artist Sara Hughes' recent mural Magma supported by Auckland's Uptown Business Association has received a Certificate of Merit Award by the International Downtown Association at the 64th Annual Conference and Tradeshow in San Antonio, Texas. “The IDA Awards recognise the best of the best in urban place management so for Uptown to receive this award is fantastic news both for our artist Sara Hughes and for the mural itself which, as well as deterring graffiti and vandalism, has become an attraction for public use as a backdrop in wedding photos, fashion photo shoots, ‘selfies’ and even as the cover photo on a popular magazine." Read more here.

01 September 2017

Sara Hughes at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Sara Hughes at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Sara Hughes, Torpedo, 2008

A new exhibition, Out of the ordinary, at Art Gallery of New South Wales featuring a work by Sara Hughes has just opened. The exhibition featuring prominent New Zealand and Australian contemporary artists comprises of works drawn from the Gallery's ARTAND Emerging Artist Collection all of which engage with everyday materials in unsuspecting and transformative ways. The exhibition is open until August 2018. For further information, visit their website.

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Rd, The Domain 2000
Sydney, Australia
Open daily

04 August 2017

Sara Hughes at Tauranga Art Gallery

Sara Hughes at Tauranga Art Gallery
Willow, 2017

A new public exhibition by Sara Hughes has opened at Tauranga Art Gallery until 27 October 2017. Willow is an interactive installation as part of their major atrium project for 2017. Hughes discusses the exhibition below:

My new installation for the Tauranga Art Gallery titled 'Willow' extends on my deep interest in the ways that art can interact and engage with site and add to people’s experience of place. During visits to Tauranga in the lead up to this exhibition, I have come across a range of factors that have informed my ideas and thinking. Discovering an old stained glass window (from Tauranga’s first Library built in 1931) housed within the current Library (opposite the Gallery) sparked my curiosity to learn more about Willow Street; its history and its architecture. This research informs the project giving it layers of meaning that can be approached in a range of ways by the audience.

Key aspects of the work are the geometries of the built space we live within. I have referenced specific shapes and forms found on Willow Street to engage in a wider dialogue about urban space. Silhouette’s from window frames and positive and negative architectural shapes will be echoed throughout the atrium; overlapping in transparent layers of vinyl on the gallery windows, on the walls of the atrium and within the wooden blocks in the centre of the lobby that invite viewers to create their own architectural structures. I have been working with the Menz shed to create these blocks, sourced from local wood - personal, physical and conceptual connections are an important aspect of this work.

My two sons aged 3 and 5 are a strong influence on my current practice and I enjoy watching them create and demolish elaborate block constructions. This visual and spatial learning is an important developmental phase for children and continues to intrigue adults. My work picks up on this intrinsic human desire and need to build – inviting people of all ages into the lobby to engage with my project and ideas.

For further information, visit their website here.

13 July 2017

25 Years of Paramount Winners Exhibition

25 Years of Paramount Winners Exhibition
Millar, Big Pink Shimmering One, 2002, acrylic and oil on canvas, 1930 x 2840mm

Gallery artists Judy Millar (2002 winner), Sara Hughes (2005 winner), Richard Lewer (2008 winner), and Andre Hemer (2016 winner) are all included in the 25 Years of Paramount Winners exhibition at the TSB Wallace Arts Centre from 4 July - 3 September 2017. The Paramount Award is the most prestigious of the annual Wallace Art Awards and grants the winner a residency overseas. Recent winner, Andre Hemer, has just started his six-month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York. 

For further information on the exhibition and the works, see here and here.

Pah Homestead, TSB Wallace Arts Centre
Open Tuesday - Friday 10am-3pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am-5pm. Closed Mondays.

29 June 2017

Willow by Sara Hughes opens this weekend in Tauranga

Willow by Sara Hughes opens this weekend in Tauranga

A brand new installation by Sara Hughes will be unveiled this Saturday from 5pm at the Tauranga Art Gallery. Willow is Hughes' major atrium project for the Tauranga Art Gallery, drawing on references to the local architecture and histories within the area. The name is derived from the street that separates and connects Tauranga Art Gallery to the council buildings that sit opposite, with the work encouraging participants to engage, interact, and reflect on the nature of our built environment. The installation will run until 27 October 2017, and for more information see here.

Cnr Wharf - Willow Streets, Downtown Tauranga
Open 7 days - 10.00am - 4.30pm


05 May 2017

Te Tuhi Secret Art Sale

Te Tuhi Secret Art Sale
A selection of works that will be available. Image courtesy of Te Tuhi.

The inaugural Te Tuhi Secret Art Sale opens this weekend with gallery artists Sara Hughes, Graham Fletcher, and Gregor Kregar all contributing original artworks that will be available to purchase, but there is a catch. The artworks are exhibited anonymously and once the sale is complete, the artist will be revealed. Each postcard sized work is priced at $80 with all the works donated by well-recognised artists, architects, and designers. The proceeds will go towards the Te Tuhi Commissioning Fund, and for a new collector, this is a great way to get your hands on some original works. For more information, see here.

Open from 11 - 4pm, Satuday 6 May and Sunday 7 May
Preview: 10 - 11am, Saturday 6 May
George Fraser Gallery, 25A Princes Street, Auckland

07 March 2017

Sara Hughes in GRID / COLOUR / PLANE at Uxbridge

Sara Hughes in GRID / COLOUR / PLANE at Uxbridge
A selection of Hughes works are included in this group exhibition

GRID / COLOUR / PLANE opened at the Malcolm Smith Gallery at Uxbridge Arts & Culture Centre over the weekend which includes Sara Hughes and Hugo Koha Lindsay, curated by Julian McKinnon. The group exhibition brings together seven non-figurative Auckland painters and is on exhibition until 22nd April 2017.

Malcolm Smith Gallery
Monday - Saturday 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Thursday open until 8:00PM

35 Uxbridge Road
Howick, 2014

18 January 2017

Sara Hughes to unveil 'Magma' Mural

Sara Hughes to unveil 'Magma' Mural
Magma being installed on the Watercare Khyber Pass reservoir

This weekend Sara Hughes will unveil her latest large-scale public mural painted on the Watercare Khyber Pass reservoir situated on the corner of Symonds St and Mount Eden Road, commissioned by the Uptown Business Association. Using 240 litres of paint, the mural takes inspiration from the volcanic landscape that makes up Auckland, using vibrant red, yellow, pink and orange shades. The mural will be on this wall for five to ten years. 

To read the Stuff interview with Sara about this project, see here, or contact us for further information.

02 December 2016

Sara Hughes in Undreamed of... 50 Years of the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship Exhibition

Sara Hughes in Undreamed of... 50 Years of the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship Exhibition
Shadow of the Moon, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 900 x 1200mm

The Francis Hodgkins Fellowship is a prestigious award given out each year, with the first one awarded in 1966 to Michael Illingworth. Artists such as Ralph Hotere, Grahame Sydney, and Julia Morison, have all been recipients. In 2003, our own gallery artist, Sara Hughes was given this award. To celebrate the 50th anniversary, the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and Hocken Collection have collated works from the 49 fellows, including Sara, in an extensive exhibition showcasing the diversity of those artists who have received and benefited from the Fellowship. Works created during their time in Dunedin are shown, along with more recent works.

The exhibition runs until 26th February 2017, across both the Hocken Library and Dunedin Public Art Gallery, open 10am-5pm daily. For more information, see here.

04 November 2016

Gow Langsford Gallery opens Christchurch Pop Up

Gow Langsford Gallery opens Christchurch Pop Up
Opening night, Thursday 3rd November, 2016

Gow Langsford Gallery has popped up in Christchurch to showcase an exciting new exhibition.

For three weeks this month, the exhibition will feature works by New Zealand and international artists, including Gregor KregarDick FrizzellSara HughesReuben Paterson, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Pablo Picasso, Gordon Walters and Colin McCahon. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and see the project unfold.

Visit us at the newly renovated space at The Tannery, or read more about the exhibition here.

Gow Langsford Gallery Pop Up
The Tannery
200 Cumnor Tce

Friday 4th - Sunday 20th November
Open daily 10 - 5pm


30 June 2016

Unveiling Sara Hughes' Latest Installation

Unveiling Sara Hughes' Latest Installation
Sara Hughes after completing the installation

Represented artist Sara Hughes is well known for her large scale, vibrant public installations. In conjunction with Britomart, Hughes has completed this new installation located on the large glass box on the corner of Britomart Place and Scene Lane (near the entrance of the car park).

For more information on Sara and her works, see here.

16 June 2016

WORLD Art Month

WORLD Art Month

For the month of June we are partnering with WORLD to treat WORLD's patrons to further delight and wonderment, in an already engaging environment.

From the 13th - 26th June 2016, WORLD will be exhibiting a selection of works and curiosities from celebrated local and international artists.
WORLD will also be producing a run of limited edition hand signed T-Shirts, Badges and  Colouring Books (available in WORLD stores only). In the effort to bring out the artist of everyone, WORLD is offering a $1,000.00 Fashion Voucher for the best artwork posted to social media on Instagram: @WORLDBRANDinNZ #WORLDARTMONTH or Facebook: WORLD: Factory of Ideas and Experiments.

Check out the Art Works:
Reuben Paterson at WORLD Britomart
Max Gimblett at WORLD Christchurch
Gregor Kregar at WORLD Newmarket
Lisa Roet at WORLD Ponsonby
Dick Frizzell and Sara Hughes at WORLD Wellington

16 December 2015

New site-specific installation on Shortland Street by Sara Hughes

New site-specific installation on Shortland Street by Sara Hughes
Phoenix Cluster, 2015

It is our pleasure to announce the completion of a new site-specific installation by Sara Hughes, Phoenix Cluster, for the lobby of the Old South British Building on Shortland St in the city, in association with ArttForm. The lobby is open to the public, so be sure to stop in and have a look over the next 6 months, the duration of the installation.

17 July 2015

Sara Hughes and Gregor Kregar's Pin Wall

Sara Hughes and Gregor Kregar's Pin Wall
Detail of Sara Hughes and Gregor Kregar's Pin Wall, 2015 

Pin Wall is a collaborative public artwork by artists Sara Hughes and Gregor Kregar. Commissioned by the Napier City Council, the work is situated on the Marine Parade side of the new wing of the museum building in Napier.

The work takes the form of a brightly coloured oversized pin cushion; created from 5000 porcelain glazed balls that project out from the building on stainless steel rods. The artists spent considerable time researching the MTG collection and wanted to create a work that responded to objects within it. They were particularly influenced by a group of 19th Century pin cushion and the Avis Higgs fabric design archive.

“We have referenced a design for a textile print by Avis Higgs depicting New Zealand flora and fauna and turned it into a mosaic of colour. Each pixel of colour will be represented by a pin head; depending on how the work is viewed it can take the form of a vibrant assortment of colour and form, or from a frontal position it will make a more representational image.“ - Sara Hughes.

The work takes a pin, an everyday object but one with much history; an expensive and rare item in 19th century, an object that was a common household item in the 20th Century and an item used less and less in 21st Century homes due to the low cost and availability of readymade garments.

“A pin is a device used for fastening objects or material together which we think creates a fitting metaphor for the Museum.”  -Sara Hughes.

The differing lengths of stainless steel rod give a three dimensional effect to the work. The porcelain pin heads pop out from the side of the building creating movement across its surface as the work responds to the changing weather conditions.

“We are thrilled to be creating this work for Napier and very excited that the work will soon be installed.” – Sara Hughes.

The work brings a dynamic new dimension to the landmark building and is the largest work created from porcelain in New Zealand.

For more information please visit:


19 March 2015

Art Auction raises $22,000 for children in need

Art Auction raises $22,000 for children in need

This March marks the fourth anniversary of the Syrian crisis which has left 12.2 million people in desperate need of humanitarian assistance - including 5.6 million children, more than the entire population of New Zealand.

Gow Langsford Gallery and gallery artists Dick Frizzell, Max Gimblett, John Pule, Sara Hughes and Reuben Paterson are proud to have been part of World Vision's campaign The Forgotten Millions.  On the 18th of March, seven new works, made especially for the event, were auctioned off at a fundraising event that raised a total of $22,000.

To continue World Vision's work with these kids and their families, more funds are urgently needed. 

Donations can be made on the World Vision website.

11 March 2015

Sounds for Transit Cloud

Sounds for Transit Cloud

Visit the New Lynn Town Centre this Saturday at 7:30pm to experience Gregor Kregar, Sara Hughes and Davor Popadichs' new public sculpture enlivened by musicians from the Waitakere Brass Band.

05 February 2015

Sara Hughes at Britomart

Sara Hughes at Britomart
Sara Hughes at Britomart

Visit Britomart to view a selection of Sara Hughes' paintings from her last exhibition at the gallery, Sing a Rainbow. There are additional works from this series, including a series of works on paper, available to view at our Lorne and Kitchener St galleries.  

10 October 2014

Gow Langsford Pop-Up Editions Gallery

Gow Langsford Pop-Up Editions Gallery
Gow Langsford Pop-Up Editions Gallery

20% off all artworks at Gow Langsford Pop-Up Editions.

To celebrate Art Week 2014, Gow Langsford has set-up a Pop-Up Editions gallery at Victoria Park Market. Open from 10-19 October and featuring work by all of our represented artists, customers are eligible for a one-off 20% discount on all works exhibited at Gow Langsford Pop-Up Editions.*

Gow Langsford Pop-Up Editions

Shop 1.01 Victoria Park Market
Wednesday – Sunday: 11-4pm
Mon/Tuesday: CLOSED

Visit our new website for more information.

*Please note the discount applies to unframed editions on display at our Pop-Up Editions Gallery only, until 19 October.  Further conditions may apply

07 September 2014

Sara Hughes Sing a Rainbow

Sara Hughes Sing a Rainbow
Sara Hughes new publication, Works in Public Spaces

To coincide with Sara Hughes' current exhibition Sing a Rainbow at Lorne St, we have a new publication, focusing on Hughes' public works, available through the gallery. Please contact us to reserve a copy. 

20 August 2014

Sara Hughes in Charity Auction

Sara Hughes in Charity Auction
Sara Hughes, Afterglow

A new painting by Sara Hughes was part of a recent auction to celebrate Daffodil Day, which raised $13,000 for the Cancer Society. Visible Light is part of Hughes new body of work that will be exhibited in her upcoming solo show, Sing a Rainbow, at Lorne St, 17 September - 11 October. Please email us if you are interested in receiving image and work details in advance of the exhibition Preview.

16 May 2014

Sara Hughes' Flag Wall Reviewed

Sara Hughes' Flag Wall Reviewed
Sara Hughes, Flag Wall, Cathedral Square, Christchurch, 2014

Sara Hughes' work for Cathedral Square in Christchurch has been reviewed by Sally Tag in the Arts section of this week's Listener. "Now, nearly a year since Christchurch's Cathedral Square was re-opened to the public after the city's earthquakes, a vast curtain of 648 small rectangular flags ripple with colour in an autumn northerly between the wrecked facade of Christchurch Cathedral, the evacuated Old Post Office and sites left vacant by buildings demolished as a result of the earthquakes. Flag Wall is light and ephemeral. Monumental on scale, it shivers like blown leaves in the slightest breath of wind and falls when the wind drops into a vibrant mosaic mimicking the largely intact slate roof of the cathedral."

27 April 2014

Sara Hughes' Public Art for Christchurch

Sara Hughes' Public Art for Christchurch
Sara Hughes, Flag wall for Cathedral Square, Christchurch, 2014

Sara Hughes has completed a colourful flag wall installation as part of Christchurch Council's transitional project in Cathedral Square. Hughes explained she wanted to create a work for Cathedral Square that had a lightness of touch and incorporated an aspect of the Square left standing after the earthquakes and the demolition. "Flag poles and the flags they fly are symbols laden with meaning and history, it was my intention creating a wall of flags that the work would take a protective role within the Square and that the movement and colour of the flags would blow optimism and good will into the site."

We have two recent works by Sara Hughes in our stockroom, email us for more details.

10 November 2013

Sara Hughes and Simon Ingram at The Dowse

Sara Hughes and Simon Ingram at The Dowse
Simon Ingram's installation at The Dowse Art Museum, 2013

Gallery artists Sara Hughes and Simon Ingram both have work in the current Dowse Art Museum exhibition As Many Structures As I Can, which explores the systems and structures artists use to create their works. As Many Structures As I Can is on until 16 February 2014.

04 July 2013

Sara Hughes inspired by iconic Christchurch space

Sara Hughes inspired by iconic Christchurch space

Gallery artist Sara Hughes was invited to create artworks as part of Christchurch City Council's Transitional Cathedral Square project. The project, in collaboration with Christchurch Art Gallery and Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu, aims to reactivate the square as a welcoming space, more than two years after it was closed off to the public following the February 2011 earthquake.

Hughes acknowledges the rich heritage of the area, with her art inspired by historical embroidery, tukutuku panels and roof tiles of the Christchurch Cathedral. Working with such starting points, Hughes' plan takes new directions, activating the space with a towering flag wall and hurricane fencing transformed into vibrant geometric designs.

26 June 2013

Sara Hughes Wintergarden Commission

Sara Hughes Wintergarden Commission
Hughes, Wintergarden, 2013

Sara Hughes has recently completed her second commission for the Warren and Mahoney lobby in the ANZ building, Albert Street. Wintergarden is a stunning light and plexiglass work, which creates a focal point in the lobby and compliments her first ANZ commission Orangery, a 16-metre long work on glass.

13 June 2013

Sara Hughes in Perception: Colour/Line/Pattern at the Arvada Centre, Colorado

Sara Hughes in Perception: Colour/Line/Pattern at the Arvada Centre, Colorado
Hughes, Data Crash #8, 2014

Sara Hughes is currently included in the main exhibition at the Arvada Centre, Colorado. Perception brings 21 artists together to explore what can be accomplished with three basic artistic elements and principles: colour, line and pattern.


19 March 2013

New commission by Sara Hughes

New commission by Sara Hughes
Orangery, 4x 1 6metres, vinyl installation on glass

Sara Hughes has recently been commissioned to complete a series of works for the redevelopment of the ANZ Centre in Auckland City. The first of which, Orangery, has just been installed in the new lobby.

31 January 2013

New Sara Hughes recent commission and exhibition

Sara Hughes has recently completed an installation for a private commission in Sydney. Loosely based on her earlier Crash series this dynamic installation enlivens the commercial space. Hughes was also included in FLYING – Eine Ausstellung über das Fliegen at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin an exhibition curated by Christoph Tannert.