Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington
Gate 3, Kelburn Parade
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

Behind Closed Doors


Published 2012 by Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington
96 pages
270mm x 220mm, hardcover, cloth bound,  96 pages, 40 plates, with 24 duotone images
Texts by Lara Strongman and Christina Barton

Complementing the exhibition Behind Closed Doors held at the Adam Art Gallery from 4 June to 18 December 2011, this publication offers a rare view into the intimate world of private art collecting in and around Wellington, New Zealand. 

Well known photographer Neil Pardington presents a series of exquisite images capturing the works of art as they appear in people’s homes. The book also includes text by art writer Lara Strongman and a foreword by Adam Art Gallery Director, Christina Barton. 

Barton, curator of the exhibition Behind Closed Doors states, “I have learnt that everyone lives with their collection differently—in a sense a person’s private collection is a reflection of them as a person. I’ve been to places where pieces are hung floor to ceiling on every available space—collecting becomes an obsession for many people.” 

Behind Closed Doors will give readers a fascinating insight into the more personal stories that weave works of art into the fabric of peoples’ lives.