Creative visual thinking is fundamental to us all as human beings as we strive to understand our sense of self and the world. Chartwell seeks to deepen understanding about the importance of art and creative thinking for our future and our wellbeing.
Chartwell is an explorer of the visual world. We want to know more about how and what we see. When both the eye and the mind are active, the creative process opens to the artist and viewer. The Chartwell Collection provides the viewer many examples of creative visual thought in action.
Chartwell supports artists as they make and think. Making is an active and connected process, involving the interaction of intention, intuition and intellect with the mediums of the world. Chartwell is making too - making a difference through philanthropy and enabling access to creative activities and research.
Chartwell encourages everyone to think about art and the creative process with a commitment to drive an understanding about the significance of the visual arts to general creative thinking. We share a curiosity to know and learn more: an imaginative, ongoing investigation.
Drawn from the Chartwell Collection, Made Active is full of potential: the potential for everyday objects to be art, for artists to activate our surroundings and for you – the viewer – to be the catalyst that creates meaning or response.
Alicia Frankovich, Orpheus, 2010 (centre front). Installation view in Made Active, 2012.
Left to right: Allen Maddox, Clowning Wanker, 1978, Untitled Painting, 1980, Untitled, 1982, and A Shot for Matakaoa, 1987. Installation view in Made Active, 2012.
Campbell Patterson, Lifting my mother for as long as I can, 2006 - 2015. Installation view in Made Active, 2012.
Daniel Malone, Black Market Next to My Name, 2007. Installation view for Made Active, 2012.
Jim Allen, Hanging by a Thread II, 2009. Installation view in Made Active, 2012.
Richard Maloy, As Many Structures As I Can, 2008. Installation View in Made Active, 2012.
Right to left: Simon Denny, Performance Video, 2008, Paul Kos, Equilibre IV, 1992, Campbell Patterson, Lifting my mother for as long as I can, 2004 - 2015, and Paul Cullen, r/p/m (3), 2010.
Stephen Birch, Medium Level Violence, 2002, Chartwell Collection. Installation view in Made Active, 2012.
Rob Gardiner talks to Sue Gardiner about Made Active: The Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, April 2012.
Artist Daniel Malone discusses his work Black Market Next to My Name (2007), on show at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki as part of Made Active: The Chartwell Show.