Mother and daughter art exhibition

Greta Umbers, left, and Megan Murphy’s exhibition runs until August 9.

A mother and daughter artist duo’s new exhibition had its grand opening over the weekend.

Cockle Bay residents Megan Murphy and Greta Umbers partnered to produce independent bodies of work they would later integrate as one as “grief is both a collective and an individual experience”.

In 2019, Murphy and Umbers lost their son and brother, Callan, to mental illness. Their pieces of work are around grief, loss, love, and dealing with mental illness.

“It was a natural way for us to process our grief over the loss,” Murphy says.

“With these works we would hope to open up a conversation about mental health.”

Their exhibition, titled 16:34 16:34 | 16:35, runs until August 9 at the Railway Street Gallery in Newmarket.

Additionally Umbers has a drawing which has been accepted into New Zealand’s premier Parkin Drawing Awards in Wellington. This runs from August 2 until September 11.