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Join special guest Karen Walker and curator Mary Kisler as they explore Frances Hodgkins’ adventurous spirit, sense of style and fashion-focused paintings. Discover how this 20th-century fashionista inspired Walker’s range of highly collectable travel accessories. View the exhibition after hours, and enjoy music and refreshments.
In celebration of the Gallery’s major exhibition, Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys Auckland Art Gallery and leading fashion designer Karen Walker have worked in partnership on a new artwork-inspired range of accessories, Frances Hodgkins: Framed by Karen Walker. Both Walker and Hodgkins were recently included in the NZ Herald’s list of Trailblazers: 125 Kiwi Women Who Changed the World.
To create the range Karen Walker has been granted exclusive access to the Gallery’s collection of Hodgkins’ artwork: the largest collection of the artist’s work in the world. From these paintings, Karen has produced exclusive travel-inspired accessories, reflecting Hodgkins’ nomadic and adventurous lifestyle, which was ground-breaking for New Zealand women at that time.
‘Frances Hodgkins was the original “Runaway Girl”,’ Karen says. ‘Her life was full of purpose, adventure and independence. Our work has always been inspired by strong female stories and women with outsider points of view and adventurous spirits.’
- $35 Members and Members guests*, $85 non-Members, *In combination with a valid guest pass only