Courtenay Place light boxes

A New Zealand first, Courtenay Place light boxes form a highly public exhibition space in the midst of Wellington’s central city environment.

Drawing of a cat, man and a woman.
Hank, Harry and Sallie by Sallie Culy.

Hello To Everybody

Artist: Sallie Culy
Curator: Harry Culy

31 January – 22 May 2022

Hello to Everybody tells a story of someone who is deeply curious about the world.

Sallie Culy spends much of her time walking and visiting people, especially in Courtenay Place, Manners Mall and Cuba Street where she forms friendships with people of all ages and all walks of life. Her family, these friendships, and the city she inhabits are the most important things in her life. At home she draws those she knows, and the moments and things that make up her everyday life.

While Sallie has received no formal training in art, she instead uses her own shapes, lines, and colour to show what interests and delights her. Sallie’s work comprises a personal visual diary of her unique relationship to the city, and its people, and her distinctive view on her small but significant world. She invites everyone passing by to engage with the joy and importance of friendship, family, colour, and imagination.

About the Artist: Sallie Culy

Sallie Culy (born 1980) lives and works in Wellington Te Whanganui-a-Tara. Sallie was educated at Clyde Quay School and Wellington High School. She has worked for some years at the Strathmore Bakery, and now does voluntary work at the Wellington City Mission, and at Holy Cross School in Miramar. Her great and constant joy is singing in the Wellington Community Choir. Sallie was born with Williams Syndrome and she has been drawing and creating her distinctive art for over twenty years.

About the Curator: Harry Culy

Born in Wellington 1986, Harry holds a Master of Fine Arts from Massey University. He is an artist, curator and book designer based in Pōneke. Harry is represented by Jhana Millers Gallery and also runs the small publishing company Bad News Books. Recent exhibitions include ‘News from The Sun’ at City Gallery Wellington and ‘Mirror City’ at Jhana Millers Gallery. In 2021 he received an Arts Foundation Laureate award receiving the Marti Friedlander Photographic Award. Sallie Culy is Harry’s sister, and he has encouraged and supported her drawing.

A piece of writing about Sallie Culy

How to exhibit

For info on how to have your work exhibited in the lightboxes, see our exhibition opportunities page.

Previous exhibitions

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Contact us

Eve Armstrong, Senior Arts Advisor

Mobile: 021 227 8207

Email: eve.armstrong@wcc.govt.nz