Harry Culy

Tyne Gordon

Ayesha Green

Jaime Jenkins

Claudia Kogachi

Caroline McQuarrie

Lucy O’Doherty

Elisabeth Pointon

Kāryn Taylor

Christopher Ulutupu

Erica van Zon

Denys Watkins

Artist | Caroline McQuarrie



No Town


Jhana Millers Art Gallery Wellington Caroline McQuarrie

Caroline McQuarrie
Remains of private residence, Denniston, January 2013
Digital inkjet print on Ilford Gold Fibre Silk paper (framed)
530 x 530mm
Edition of 5 + AP

Jhana Millers Art Gallery Wellington Caroline McQuarrie

Caroline McQuarrie
German Gully pack track, Goldsborough, tail race in middle of track, January 2013
Digital inkjet print on Ilford Gold Fibre Silk paper (framed)
530 x 530mm
Edition of 5 + AP

Jhana Millers Art Gallery Wellington Caroline McQuarrie

Caroline McQuarrie
Interior ‘Gill Cottage’, Waiuta, December 2011
Digital inkjet print on Ilford Gold Fibre Silk paper (framed)
530 x 530mm
Edition of 5 + AP

Jhana Millers Art Gallery Wellington Caroline McQuarrie

Caroline McQuarrie
Lyell Cemetery, June 2012
Digital inkjet print on Ilford Gold Fibre Silk paper (framed)
530 x 530mm
Edition of 5 + AP

Jhana Millers Art Gallery Wellington Caroline McQuarrie

Caroline McQuarrie
Former school building, now ‘Friends of the Hill’ museum, Denniston, June 2012
Digital inkjet print on Ilford Gold Fibre Silk paper (framed)
530 x 530mm
Edition of 5 + AP

Jhana Millers Art Gallery Wellington Caroline McQuarrie

Caroline McQuarrie
Steps from ‘Camp’ to mine workings at the head of the incline, Denniston, June 2012
Digital inkjet print on Ilford Gold Fibre Silk paper (framed)
530 x 530mm
Edition of 5 + AP

Jhana Millers Art Gallery Wellington Caroline McQuarrie

Caroline McQuarrie
Former residence of Joseph Divis, photographer and miner (uninhabited), Waiuta, December 2011
Digital inkjet print on Ilford Gold Fibre Silk paper (framed)
530 x 530mm
Edition of 5 + AP

Jhana Millers Art Gallery Wellington Caroline McQuarrie

Caroline McQuarrie
Interior of abandoned private residence, Big River, January 2013
Digital inkjet print on Ilford Gold Fibre Silk paper (framed)
530 x 530mm
Edition of 5 + AP

From one point of view human habitation on the West Coast of the South Island has always been about resources. Māori prized pounamu and Pākehā prized gold, coal, and the forests. Early Pākehā colonial settlers on the West Coast, along with local Māori, battled the environment they found themselves in to build communities and establish a presence on a strip of land that was difficult to get to, and difficult to remain in.

Many however did remain, and communities grew, and from a different point of view it was the communities that brought people together and made them stay. Often these communities grew in places that were not given consideration other than ‘here is the gold’ or ‘here is the coal’. Time passed, and as the resource dwindled, so too did the community. The West Coast now is littered with sites that are either deserted, or have substantially diminished communities; ‘No Town’ is concerned with a selection of these sites.


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