This exhibition celebrated our tenth anniversary by showcasing the work of some of the cartoonists in the New Zealand Cartoon Archive's collection, ranging from 1893 to present day. The 36 cartoonists, whose cartoons are reproduced here, include many of the more prominent practitioners during the last century. Most of them drew for New Zealand publications for many years; a select few also had distinguished careers as cartoonists overseas.
‘A Bit of a Cheek’ was launched in the foyer of the Beehive in Wellington, before two months in the foyer gallery at the National Archives before an itinerary, stretching into 1995, that included Masterton, Hastings, Gisborne, Timaru, Gore, Invercargill, Dunedin, Oamaru, Christchurch, Wanganui and Auckland.
‘The Daily Smile’ was launched at the National Archives before touring a number of North Island centres.
‘David Low: Kiwi Cartoonist on Hitler’s Blacklist’ was launched by the Duke of Edinburgh at the National Library gallery where the 14,500 visitors broke all attendance records. It subsequently toured 11 centres throughout the country, with total attendances of 120,000.
The Archive’s patron the Rt. Hon. Sir Michael Hardie Boys, the governor-general, launched the ‘Guts & Glory’ exhibition; former All Black captain Sean Fitzpatrick was special guest speaker. The exhibition toured 10 museums and galleries over the next three years.
‘Fun & Games’ was launched and exhibited on the lower ground floor of the National Library.
‘30 from 2000’ was opened by Hon. Marian Hobbs in the lower ground floor exhibition space at the National Library.
Following a period at the National Library gallery, ‘The Other Side of the Ditch’ exhibition was shown at the Auckland University of Technology.
‘The Line Up’ was launched by the governor-general Dame Silvia Cartwright, now the Archive’s patron, at the National Library in Wellington.
The ‘Famous Five’, featuring the work of Malcolm Evans, David Henshaw, Garrick Tremain, Murray Ball and Tom Scott (all with Manawatu associations) opened at Te Manawa Gallery in Palmerston North on 13 May.
‘Harpies & Heroines’ and accompanying book were launched at the National Library gallery on 10 July by Hon. Marian Hobbs, minister responsible for the National Library, and Anne Carter, Ministry of Women’s Affairs. The exhibition toured five North Island centres.
A ‘Public Lives’ exhibition was mounted in the lower ground floor exhibition space at the National Library.
‘Lodge Laughs at Wellington’ and the accompanying book, were launched by Dominion-Post editor Tim Pankhurst at the Museum of Wellington on 25 May.
‘Between the Lines’, a selection of 50 cartoons from Ian Grant’s book, went on display in the lower ground exhibition area of the National Library.
‘Having a Ball; A Cartoon History of New Zealand Rugby’, and accompanying book, were celebrated at two functions at the Rugby Museum in Palmerston North in September-October, with speeches by Sir Brian Lochore and David Kirk.
‘Next in Line’, an exhibition based on Young Cartoonists’ Award entries, opened in the Turnbull Gallery on 1 October. A series of linked events were held at the National Library over the next two months.
‘Ludicrous Likenesses: the fine art of caricature’, curated by Dr Oliver Stead and Hannah Benbow, ran from 3 August to 23 October at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery. A public programme included tours for schools and community groups, a panel discussion and floor talks by the curators.