3 June 2019 – 25 August 2019

This selection from the estate of nationally acclaimed textile artist Malcolm Harrison is a wonderful insight into the extent of his practice. His achievements in the areas of quilting and embroidery are well known; however, this collection illuminates the breadth and depth of his skills and interests. It showcases his finely developed craftsmanship across numerous genre – painted works on paper, small sculpture, assemblages, poetry, illustrations and the writing of children’s books. Alongside this; sketch books, designs for future works and works in progress give a fascinating insight into the workings of an artist.

Image Credit: Malcolm Harrison, Evening Shadows on Autumn Spring, 1968, unfinished wool embroidered tapestry












Malcolm Harrison


Born in Christchurch

Early taste for fabric was developed upon leaving school when he took up an apprenticeship as a window dresser for the formerly DIC Department Store (now Ballantynes) in Christchurch alongside taking night classes in patternmaking


Worked in fashion design in Auckland,    initially for designer Colin Cole before opening his own boutique Jasper Johnson’s Jamboree


Began quilt-making, early quilts created from dress fabric scraps


First exhibition at Denis Cohn gallery in Auckland


The collection entitled The Family was conceived (a total of 35 doll like figures were crafted over 30 years)


Represented New Zealand at the Fibre Triennial in Lodz, Poland


These are Matters of Pride and Whanaungatanga (Relationships), commissions for New Zealand Parliament Buildings in Wellington


Awarded the inaugural Creative New Zealand Craft/Object Fellowship, worth $65,000


Died aged 66 in his Waiheke home


Open and Closed Spaces, a tribute to his late father, commissioned by Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, toured from Auckland to Invercargill


Exhibition Fifty Years Journey through a Flower Market, exhibition at Janne Land gallery


Requiem, exhibition at Objectspace Gallery