Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys

The University of Auckland Public Programmes has partnered with Auckland Art Gallery Membership to provide a unique perspective on its new exhibition, Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys.

Spanish Shrine Frances Hodgkins, 1933-1935 oil on canvas Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1954

Spanish Shrine Frances Hodgkins, 1933-1935 oil on canvas Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1954

The University of Auckland Public Programmes has partnered with Auckland Art Gallery Membership to provide a unique perspective on its new exhibition, Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys.

Join Mary Kisler, Caroline McBride, and Sarah Hillary as they discuss and explore this incredible collection.

Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys brings together works from New Zealand and around the globe to explore the artist’s place in 20th-century European art. The exhibition traces Hodgkins’ creative and peripatetic life, from her upbringing in Dunedin, through France, Morocco and Spain to her final days in England, examining the influence of location on her development as a modernist painter and the notion of travel and journeying as a source of artistic inspiration.

About Frances Hodgkins

Frances Hodgkins (1869–1947) was born in Dunedin. She left New Zealand for Europe in 1901, and travelled extensively throughout the continent, Britain and Morocco. She made two visits back to New Zealand, but intended France to be her home until war made her settle in England, where she spent the latter part of her long and highly productive working life. Combining natural talent, a unique vision and sheer determination, she established a successful career and became one of the most influential painters of her generation.

With a professional life that spanned almost six decades, two world wars and periods of massive social and cultural change, Hodgkins caught the spirit of a new age. Hodgkins was a trailblazer whose legacy lives on today both in the Antipodes and in Europe.


  • 3 X Wednesdays, 3 - 17 July, 10:30am - 12:30pm
  • AAG Member $150.00 incl. GST *Please note that your membership has to be valid for the duration of the lecture series to qualify for the Members price
  • Non-member $190.00 incl. GST *includes $50 Auckland Art Gallery Membership
  • Auditorium, Auckland Art Gallery
  • Presented by Mary Kisler, Catherine Hammond, Caroline McBride and Sarah Hillary

About the presenters

Mary Kisler

Mary Kisler

Senior Curator, Auckland Art Gallery

Mary is Senior Curator, Mackelvie Collection, International Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, responsible for a collection ranging from the 13th to the mid-20th centuries. Since 1998 she has curated a wide range of international historical and modern exhibitions at the Gallery.

Since 2001 she has been involved in art discussions with acclaimed New Zealand interviewer Kim Hill on Radio New Zealand’s Saturday Morning programme, and has led a number of art tours to Europe and Australia.

Since 2013 she has been part of the team working on the Hodgkins project, which culminates in May 2019 in the exhibition Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys, an exhibition catalogue, the online Frances Hodgkins catalogue raisonné and a second book about her travels, Finding Frances Hodgkins.

Caroline McBride

Caroline McBride

Librarian/Archivist, Auckland Art Gallery

Caroline is Librarian/Archivist at the E H McCormick Research Library, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. She has been involved in many Gallery projects, including as joint manager of the website devoted to portraits of Māori by Gottfried Lindauer, Whakamīharo Lindauer Online, and as part of a team that produced the Gallery’s first children’s book. She manages a growing collection of archives pertaining to New Zealand art, including several concerned with Frances Hodgkins, which she has catalogued and made available to researchers. McBride has published on archives, curatorial research and iwi consultation.

Sarah Hillary

Sarah Hillary

Principal Conservator, Auckland Art Gallery

Sarah is the Principal Conservator at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. She graduated with a Masters in Applied Science in the Conservation of Paintings from the University of Canberra and her first degree was a Bachelor in Art History from the University of Auckland.  Sarah has specialised in the technical examination of paintings and published work on the techniques of New Zealand artists such as Colin McCahon, Rita Angus and Frances Hodgkins.  She has also been involved in curating exhibitions about artists’ techniques, including Modern Paints Aotearoa (2014-15) and Identifying Lindauer: his materials and techniques (2016).  Sarah is a practicing artist and is represented by Anna Miles Gallery.