Well to be more accurate I should say that “9 artists (including me) will go to sea, sea, sea.”
I am very excited to be able to say that I will be joining 8 of this countries top artists on a voyage of discovery to the Kermadec Islands and then join them in an exhibition in Tauranga Art Gallery in November. The trip is funded by the US based Pew Environment Group.
I think the best way for me to accurately describe what is going on is to quote from the document produced to promote the trip:
“In May 2011, a group of leading artists from the South Pacific region will travel on HMNZS Otago to a place rarely explored – the seas around the Kermadec Islands.
The “seariders” heading to the Kermadec region are Niuean-born John Pule; painter John Reynolds; inter-media-artist Phil Dadson; leading Australian sculptor/installation artist Fiona Hall; Wellington- based sculptor Elizabeth Thomson; Te Puke-born painter and print maker Robin White; documentary film-maker and photographer Bruce Foster; photographer/artist Jason O’Hara; and writer-artist Gregory O’Brien.In November 2011, an exhibition of the artists’ work – Kermadec – will open at the Tauranga Art Gallery.
The Kermadec Ridge (the undersea formation which includes Raoul Island where the artists will spend two days) is geologically linked with the Tauranga area. The Ridge stretches northwards from the Bay of Plenty, as far as the Tongan Trench. Through shipping, fishing, voyaging, migration, history, mythology, meteorology and geology, the Kermadecs are very much a part of Bay of Plenty reality. This exhibition will enhance these connections in new and illuminating ways.The Kermadec Islands are the most remote part of New Zealand . Despite their historical as well as mythological significance, public awareness of the islands and surrounding waters is slight. The voyage and exhibition aim to change that by documenting a unique, imaginatively-charged encounter with one of the greatest, least known, natural wilderness areas on the planet.”
All I can say is … This is going to be bloody great!