November 30, 2021

‘A Bridge Between Continents’: The Nomadic Art Gallery

Kathryn Shanks
‘A Bridge Between Continents’: The Nomadic Art Gallery
From a truck in Aotearoa New Zealand to a gallery in Belgium, these art enthusiasts are bringing well-deserved international attention to Aotearoa's art scene.

Founded by Belgian art enthusiasts Gie and Arthur Buerms, The Nomadic Art Gallery began as a mobile exhibition space in a truck. Now, the Aotearoa New Zealand-focused gallery holds a permanent space in Leuven, Belgium, bringing the under-represented art scene to European audiences.

The Nomadic Art Gallery began in 2020, when the couple drove their converted truck around Aotearoa New Zealand with the support of Auckland-based art collector Kent Gardner. They were tasked with compiling a collection of local artworks as they presented sixteen exhibitions across the country, travelling roughly 36,000 kilometres by the end of the circuit. With over 200 artists becoming involved in the project, Gie and Arthur shone a spotlight on the internationally under-represented art scene throughout the country.

While their days of driving the exhibition truck are behind them, Gie and Arthur have decided to make real strides in gaining international recognition for Aotearoa’s art scene by opening a permanent exhibition space in their native Belgium. More than simply presenting the artworks, the gallery facilitates a dialogue between European artists and those from New Zealand, bringing the two art scenes together as never before. On the other hand, the gallery’s digital presence focuses entirely on Aotearoa’s art, enabling international audiences to access these wonderful creative works.

With the gallery’s inaugural exhibition, HOP HIP, about to come to a close on November 27, Belgian locals and visitors can look forward to Nipple Twist, a two-part exhibit opening on December 3 and running until January 14. Exploring the often-controversial body part, Nipple Twist will feature Auckland-based artist Chloe Marsters alongside Oliver Cain (UK), Merijn Verhelst (Leuven), Amat Gueye (Paris), and Layla Saâd (Liege).

If you liked this article, you might like our feature about Melbourne artist Simon Barlow’s first solo exhibition.

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