Anna Leyland



So another awesome thing that happened this week... I was selected by Resene (who are one of the main sponsors for the Big Hoot Auckland 2018) for an interview about being an Artist, what my work is about (in brief!) and my inspiration behind the design for 'Athena of Aotearoa'! It will be featured in this month's Habitat magazine... Thankyou Resene!


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So after a very long wait, I can finally release 'Athena of Aotearoa'! It was a fantastic launch for the Big Hoot Auckland 2018 last night and was so great to meet some of the amazing NZ Artists and Sponsors. You will find 'Athena' in Freyberg Square (cnr of High St / O'Connell St) along with 46 other beautiful Ruru's scattered throughout Auckland City for the next 9 weeks! :) This is all for an amazing cause fundraising for the Child Cancer Foundation, so make sure you pick up a trail map and keep tabs on your favourites for the Auction on May 29th in Aotea Square...



Only 10 days to go lovelies and I'm excited to share a sneak peek of 'Athena of Aotearoa'! You will find her sitting pretty in the CBD as part of The Big Hoot, kicking off on March 3rd... Get your walking shoes ready for the trail, it's up for 6 weeks and there's going to be 46 Owls hiding throughout Auckland City! And all for an amazing cause fundraising for the Child Cancer Foundation​... :)



Well here we are at the beginning of a new year and I'm soooo excited about some amazing opportunities ahead including two solo shows!! Last week I submitted my first application for Creative NZ towards my next Solo Show in September at Allpress Studio... I feel empowered from having to put my visions into words.... for me it's 1000 times easier to express myself visually!! Here is a very small excerpt......
"I am relevant to change that is happening right now in respect to changing opinions artistically and culturally. I am not Maori, nor am I Pasifika, but I have bred my son (part fijian) and immersed myself in Maori culture through my friends, family and respective Maori Art peers......My works are directly influenced by the multicultural heritage of my son and I; Fijian, Wallisian, Futunaan, Scottish, Hungarian, English and Kiwi. I have taken personal symbols and patterns from these different cultures and developed into my own, which then tell my story. My works are culturally diverse and inherently attract a diverse audience..... My voice, my perception, my work is finally being accepted and respected. It is time for me to tell my story. It is time for me to convey my point of view through my works, which are so relevant to the positive movement of respect for multiculturalism within Aotearoa in 2018....'



I'm so excited to be part of Auckland Art Week this year... and what better place to have a Pop-Up Show than in Ponsonby Central!!
See you there in 2 weeks lovelies!! :)
'SENTIENT' / 9th - 15th OCTOBER
10am - 5pm / SHOP 8 / PONSONBY CENTRAL




Here's a video made on my Opening Night from my latest Exhibition! So if you didn't manage to get along or have seen something posted that caught your eye, you'll find it all here! :)



Wow what a week so far, here's today's happenings... Thankyou Paperboy!  My show is up till next Friday the 11th people's... Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm, Sat 9am -1pm, would love to see you... x



WOW what an amazing night...!!! Thank you so much to each and every single one of you who has been part of this journey and came through last night... A super special thankyou to my girls Jojo, Caffy and Anya for being my arms, legs (and head sometimes lol) the last few weeks; we certainly make an awesome production team!!! I'm forever grateful... Phreon this show wouldn't have happened without your beautiful work and incredible commitment to creating my prints... thankyou so much Heath!!! Homestead Picture Framers for your faultless framing and always going over and beyond to get them finished in time for me... Frames By Daniel for your beautiful custom made canvases... Lothlorien Feijoa Wine for your deliciousness... Kirk for your awesome sounds, Mat and Chris for manning the bar and Mr Grantis for documenting the night... to my beautiful friends and family... I couldn't do this without all of your love and support... to my little man, my no.1 fan... mumma loves you!!! #feelingblessed! X



With only 3 weeks to go I am literally breathing, eating and sleeping painting and prepping for my show... ;) here's a sneak peek of one of my new works..... it's BIG! and if you haven't received your invite yet please check your Events folder or P.M. me...! X #soloshow #perception #allpressstudio #openingaug1st #3weekstogo #eeeeeeeek....! X

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The Denizen released this article yesterday and I'm humbled to see one of my works is in this list... Great advertising for my upcoming show! Thankyou so much The Denizen... exciting times.. #feelingblessed 

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Yesterday was one of those WOW moments for me... a few months ago I received a call from Ponsonby Primary inviting me to come and talk to a class who were studying my work as an artist model for their upcoming Exhibition!! They were so engaged and excited and have produced some AMAZING work so far, I can't wait to see their finished pieces! It just buzzes me out that only 5 years ago I was the teacher using artist models with my students..... thankyou Ponsonby Primary! #feelingblessed #forwardmovement 



Hey everyone... I've been thinking of a way to warm up this freezing weather and what better way than having a SALE! Something to brighten your home? Your workplace? Or tick off something on the 'gifts' list?



It's always exciting for me to see my work being used outside the home; here is my large 'Woven Bones' copper foil print (100cm x 100cm) featured in the Chivas Regal pop up bar at Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill... it's up for 6 weeks with Dj's and live bands every weekend so pop down for a looksee, it's pretty special!

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Wow this year is going so fast!! I can't believe there's only 8 weeks to go to my first Solo Exhibition in Auckland at Allpress Studio! Am super excited but also quite nervous... the pressure is on! I will update sneak peeks of ny new works leading up to the show so check back in... and if you haven't already 'liked' my Artist facebook page, please do so I can send you a personal invite for the Opening!!


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One of the greatest joy's of my job as an Artist is being able to make people happy by creating something they too love and can take with them to view and enjoy for many years, if not a lifetime... Yesterday I had this pleasure with my client Sam Molloy after realising his vision for a logo and subsequently an Artwork to launch his new, up and coming company 'Gnarly Vine Co.' "This is the beginning of an exciting new wine project committed to extraordinary, unconventional, stirring and storied artisan wines from NZ and anywhere else they may be found..."
Sounds pretty exciting to me!!! Thank you so much Sam for the opportunity and the awesome project... I look forward to hearing (and sampling) more about 'Gnarly Vine Co.' in the future! X

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Hey everyone, hope you've had a great week! Mine's been busy but a good kinda busy; have been working on new ideas for my solo show in August at Allpress Studio Auckland​ (keep August 1st free for the Opening ;))... working on new paintings with my kids in both art classes and completing a commission work for a new NZ Wine Company! I also had the opportunity to see one of my latest projects completed yesterday for a brand new Dental Clinic in Grafton. They commissioned 3 x large prints in Copper foil to complete their beautiful copper and marble design that carries throughout the space... Thanks Grafton Dental​, the place looks amazing!:)

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Here's my completed work for the Frameworks Auckland Art Trail... and the best part was it ended up in Giapo!!! Oh my life their icecreams are out of this world! Don't you think it fits quite well?? ! It was a huge success and raised over $50,000 for the Asylum Seekers Support Trust... Well done Alix Bachmann for organising such a great event!

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Hey everyone I hope you're having a great week! Thought I would share a sneakpeek of something I'm working on for the Frame Works Art Trail & charity auction happening in April. Frame Works is a fundraising initiative of the Asylum Seekers Support Trust - a charitable organisation that advocates for and supports asylum seekers. I have been fortunate enough to have been selected as one of the featured artists...:)
All of the artworks will be displayed in shop windows in a walkable trail from Britomart to the Library through the Laneways of High St and Lorne St in Auckland City, from the 22nd April, 2017 and then auctioned for the charity! I will post more details closer to the date but in the meantime put it in your diary... :)

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Happy New Year everyone!! I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and a great start to the year! If you happen to be in beautiful Waiheke in January pop in to The Waiheke Community Gallery, I have 2 large paintings in there as part of their famous Summer Exhibition! I took Darius and my nephew who is here all the way from Suva for a visit... they were very amused by some of the ceramic sculptures there... ;)



Although it's hard sometimes to say goodbye to my babies (my paintings!) it's just as exciting to see them hanging on a new wall...! 'Transitions II' and 'Transitions III' - SOLD and now in their new home at Pacific Commissioning & Coordination Ltd.
Thank you so much Carl! :)

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As it's Auckland Art Week I thought today was the perfect day to share this. 4 months ago I had a client come to me requesting an extra large print of my copper foil 'Woven Bones' print to be a feature Artwork in their beautifully renovated home. Initially I thought it couldn't be done as I know how difficult the process has been even for my A2 size foil prints with a huge amount of room for errors! But... after talking to my amazing printer's at Phreon and complete dedication including new screen's, new machines and new processes - they did it!!! (the photo just doesn't do the beautiful metallic copper justice...) But thank you so much David and Heath for all your hard work and a massive thank you to Narelle and David for your vision and your patience!!! :)
(These are strictly a limited Edition of 10 so if you are interested please P.M. for price...:)
Have a great weekend everyone!

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Ah yay for 'back to school' life... I can finally get on top of work which is starting to mount up! I just wanted to share a commission work I recently did for a lovely friend of mine who wanted to gift this to her husband (and father of her 9 children; the 11 x hibiscus flowers represent her family!) as an Anniversary present. I'm so happy to say he loved it and now I can share the pic too... Xx



As spring is in the air and I'm feeling productive I thought I better update with the latest happenings with my work...!

A few months ago I was invited by Orcon to be part of their new Designer Series! It's been an amazing opportunity for my work and an exciting new challenge applying my paintings to an object!

I was interviewed for VIVA (New Zealand Herald and REMIX mag have just released their latest 'Spring' issue and includes an interview on the designer modem I was commissioned to do alongside Otis, Flox, Askew and Andrew J. Steel! :)


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Remix mag have just released their latest 'Spring' issue and includes an interview on the designer modem I was commissioned to do alongside Otis, Flox, Askew and Andrew J. Steel! :)


Hope you've all had a great week everyone! Mine's been busy as per... including an interview I did with Anna Reeve! 


Hey everyone! So... 3 months ago I got offered an exciting work opportunity by Auckland City Council to apply my painting/designs to the Wesley Community Centre to help beautify and enhance the space; primarily to engage the community and help draw them in to utilise the Centre! I wanted my concept to reflect the different ethnicities in the Puketapapa Area within my design but to also keep the design authentic to my style. I was lucky enough to be given a lot of freedom which was so awesome and well.... here it is, complete! Thanks to Auckland City Council for giving me this opportunity and to Steve Hodge for bringing me on board. There's more makeover projects in the mix guys so hopefully we can transform these 'tired' spaces into something inspirational for our youth and community to engage in and utilise to their full potential... X





Wow, what can I say?! Melbourne was AMAZING! In my short time there I had my Opening at Gogo, saw the Warhol exhibiton, met so many new creative, awesome people and experienced the madness of 'White Night' with 500,000 other people...?! I returned slightly exhausted but incredibly inspired and humbled from the whole experience...


Here is a synopsis of my show which which In Gogo's Little Black Book for all their clients to read...

Anna Leyland is a contemporary New Zealand Artist. Utilising pattern making and symbolism, her works discuss the beauty of Multiculturalism, which is so prevalent in Aotearoa, 'Land of the Long White Cloud'.

‘Woven Bones’ sees her work entering the International stage and is the combination of her two most popular series. The first being ‘Discourse’ which opens the conversation about the combining of cultures physically, morally, emotionally and often mentally bringing its own challenges; also providing beautiful diversification across genealogies.

Her ‘Gold’ series is based upon her personal journey of taking this conversation to the public. ‘Taking Flight’ was the first of this series; a celebration of confidence in her work. ‘Interwoven’ and ‘Bones’ complete this series by simplifying the concept; blending of cultures and the inner strength that comes from this appreciation, understanding and respect for each individual; the beauty in ‘Woven Bones’.

And to top this experience off for me... My show was listed on two different sites in Australia as 1 of the top 12 things (out of 100's) to view on the night!!

I'm so grateful for everything that has happened thus far in my journey and can't wait for whatever comes next!

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I've just picked up my first LARGE framed gold print ready for Melbourne.. YAY

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Not long to go now.. It's getting pretty exciting!


In less than 3 weeks time I will be showing my work internationally in the arts capital of Australia; Melbourne! As well as my own Opening on the 18th Feb my work will also be part of the famous 'White Night' on the 20th... I'm so excited to show you all my new work for the show... very soon!!! X



On December 9th, 2015 Nespresso opened their brand new boutique in the heart of Auckland City and Anna had been commissioned just 5 weeks earlier to create an artwork which would be a permanent feature in the very impressive store! The media has featured Anna's latest work in the New Zealand Herald's 'Viva' magazine, online in the NZ Design magazine, 'Denizen' and was also interviewed by 'Idealog Magazine'. See below...

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