Monday, 21 December 2009


After a short break over xmas and New Year Hand Held's 2010 line up is going to be great!!! The New Year begins with 'Step Lightly Between the Branches' an exhibition of beautiful drawings on paper, timber and found objects by Chloe Vallance. Exhibition opens Jan 14th 6-8pm.

Chloe plans to fill the gallery with hundreds of her miniature illustrations.

We are really looking forward to the 2010 exhibition period which is filling up fast. Proposals will be looked at in Jan/Feb for exhibitions in the latter part of the year.

Lead up to a New Year

The Gallery is looking great at the moment with new shelves up for postcards and a some new work on display. The windows are looking festive with Gail Stiffe's snowflake books in the windows and the Bill Posters exhibition looks great.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Photos from "The Shirt off your Back" Xmas party are up!
thanks to all who attended!!! No thanks to the NYPD.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Tangent Man Turns...Left

Come on in to Hand Held before December 5th to check out our current exhibition 'Tangent man Turns...Left'.
Jules Chapple shares his quirky cast of characters, taken from his numerous sketchbooks, in the form of postcards, sketchbooks and his new zine Tea with Tim Hill an art-and-craft-travelogue-cookbook!

Monday, 2 November 2009

The show was a great success and we had an amazing turnout of Halloween fiends!
More pics to come!

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Confluence stays up 'til November 14th!

Come by the gallery this Final Friday for another chance to meet Rich and see his work! Costumes are welcome as it will be one ghoulish night in OTR!

Monday, 12 October 2009




Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Some things to be remembered

There are things that we treasure, personally or as a community, for different reasons. There are objects that make us nostalgic for the past, for place or for people. Clair O'Halloran's pieces in her 'Keepsakes' exhibition are both reminders of the past; of time and place and objects that will inevitably become 'keepsakes' themselves.

Friday, 2 October 2009

Call to Artists

Bill Poster contemporary Poster and Postcard exhibition is back for its 2nd year in December.

Artists are encouraged to submit posters, images or prints in poster format - how that is interpreted as far as text, images, scale, shape, medium, multiple or one off, folding, rolling, binding etc. is entirely up to you.

Entry fee will be $10+ 10 postcard (A6 size) images of each item. Postcards will be sold in random groups of 10 by the gallery as part of the exhibition fee.

More info and expressions of interest - email me at

Confluence @ 1305


new work in sound and shape by

Rich Bitting

The natural soundscape is rich with color and nuance beyond imagination. It is from this sonic metaworld that I draw inspiration for my projects.

The human perception of sound has a relationship with the other senses. As I grew to appreciate this relationship between the senses, I began to realize that my musical scores—the physical scores themselves—could serve not only as performance directions, they could convey meaning as visual art in their own right. Visual art—painting, sculpture, etc.—has its own way of expressing rhythms and harmonies. I have created separate works in both visual and sonic media that are representations of these same, intangible ideas.

As a species, we have evolved to rely primarily on our sense of sight. Our brains have evolved to edit our soundscapes, to filter out “perceived” background “noise” and to process only that sound we deem necessary as information. I invite you to close your eyes, open your mind, and listen to the world through fresh ears.

-Rich Bitting 2009

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

September 25th SHOW!!

Pandemic Gallery presents....

Abzstract artist collective

check it out!!

Sunday, 13 September 2009

First Show up till 9/22!

pandemic37, our first show as a new gallery will be up for viewing until 9/22/09! we will have a closing party that tuesday.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Dusty sills and white shelves

Jane Simon's exhibition shutter, sill, blind opened last Thursday eve at Hand Held.

shutter, sill, blind
comprises 35 miniature light-boxes on 6 shelves like a miniature suburban television display, each one a subtle image of suburbia exploring the liminal spaces of domesticity between interior and exterior, positive and negative, public and private.

A limited addition artist book of hand printed (rizo print) images from the same series accompanies the installation.

Jane's other limited edition book is entitled Savage Cresent or an Oval Dream is a photographic documentary of Savage Cresent, a street in Palmerston, NZ. Savage crescent was a utopian state housing project of the NZ government in the 1930's. Each house was architecturally designed yet Jane's photographs capture the somewhat incongruous nature of the street's houses which seems more a 1930's display home development then a socialist inspired paradise of equality and harmony.

Sunday, 23 August 2009

September at Hand Held

A reminder that 'Palm Reader' finishes up this Saturday 29th. Come along and see this lovely exhibition of artist books and objects which respond to the term 'Palm Reader'.

Opening September 3rd is Shutter, Sill, Blind

by Jane Simon.

A series of photographic objects documenting window frames, dusty glass, shutters, and views inside and beyond. The exhibition will include an artists’ book based on the series, and a collection of the artist’s other small books

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Drawamalgs @ 1305

Opening Final Friday, August 28th is Drawamalgs, new work by David Jarred.

The exhibition continues through September 19th, with an opening reception on Final Friday, August 28th from 6-11 pm.
Drawamalgs showcases the intriguing visual language of local artist David Jarred, who brings his intuitively generated shapes and forms into focus at 1305 Gallery. His subjects are both recognizable and instantly strange, like deja vu or a visit to some lost place from your childhood. Architectural and mechanical forms saturate our daily lives in contemporary society, the digesting of this landscape ever apparent in Jarred's amalgamations or Drawamalgs. The artist's personality and aesthetic are the filter through which the almagamation takes place, therefore allowing these aspects of himself to be reflected in the work.

Come meet the artist and see the work on Final Friday!
We'll be here from 6-11 that night with food and friends! Regular gallery hours resume for the run of the show: Tues-Sat/ 11-3.

See you soon!