The Upstairs Gallery


The Upstairs Gallery - Level One, Lopdell House

This not-for-profit community art gallery is on Level One of Lopdell House and is charged with promoting the arts at a local level.

With up to 12 exhibitions per year, covering a vast range of mediums, artistic skills, ages and community groups, a trip up the stairs is always worthwhile!

Support local artisans by browsing in the shop to find a piece of art or jewellery you can enjoy every day!


Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday 10am-4pm

Entry is free

Amanda Piearcey - Love and Loathing - Upstairs Gallery Art Exhibition


Amanda Piearcey: Love and Loathing

Is it a pest or a pet? The rabbit or hare can be viewed with both contempt and compassion, a concept explored in Amanda Piearcey’s new exhibition, Love and Loathing. Piearcey’s work stems from her profound passion for all creatures, born from a desire to expose the juxtaposition of emotions we direct upon this humble creature.
Each three-dimensional piece reflects the conflicting relationship we have with these animals - be that Peter Rabbit or target practice. The exhibition weaves in cultural references, spiritual and economic effects, balancing the reality of the effect rabbits have on their environment, with how we are inextricably linked with their past, present and future.
Love and Loathing utilises the mixed media skills Piearcey has gained through her career, starting out in London where she created concept models for the likes of sculptor Anish Kapoor. She worked with renowned architects, helping create the miniature beginnings of many iconic buildings that dot the landscape today.
Deciding to further her career away from the UK, she moved to New Zealand where she came to call the Waitakere hills her home and began working in the film industry. Using her skills she creates miniatures, costumes and props as well as continuing her work in architectural model making.

Opens 6pm Friday 10 March, on show until Sunday 2 April