RDS Gallery came into being as a response to a vision shared by Hilary Radner, Inge Doesburg and Marie Strauss. In 2020, Inge withdrew from direct involvement in the gallery to focus on her own work as an artist; Hilary and Marie continue to maintain the traditions associated with 6 Castle Street as an exhibition space for over twenty years with Alistair Fox now in charge of our publication sector.
Motivated by a passion for art, as well as a commitment to the fostering and promotion of local artists, they conceived of the gallery as a collaborative venture that would provide an outlet for art that expresses artists’ engagement with life. As a group, they believe that art potentially provides the ground on which to imagine a more utopian vision for the future. One of the gallery’s primary aims is to exhibit artists from the Otago region, and New Zealand’s South Island more generally, who seek to represent personal emotional experience, with a view to encouraging reflection on the human condition.
Hilary comes to the gallery after thirty years of experience in academia and an international reputation as a scholar in the area of visual culture. She observes that “Popular culture has created a global world that doesn’t always leave a place for ‘us’. It doesn’t always allow us to discover who we are, to develop images that tell us about where and how we live when we are not inhabitants of a 21st century World City.” Marie is an artist who addresses the psychic realities of everyday life through an inter-medial practice that includes painting, drawings, prints and ceramics.
The gallery welcomes submissions from artists working around the world, but especially from those located in New Zealand. Our directors are also available to work with other galleries, architects and other similar parties to assist in the purchasing of artworks on behalf of clients.