Dame Robin White painting mural as part of school program. Devonport 2013
As part of the Kermadec: Hands to Bathe exhibition we (Robin White, Greg O’Brien, Bruce Foster, Fiona Hall, Elizabeth Thomson and I) helped the Navy Museum to run workshops for local schools. We talked the kids through the show and worked with them as they created their own art and collectively created a mural for the museum. Great fun and a great opportunity for me to photograph the other artists at work (see photo of Robin above).
Kermadec Speaker Series – Experiencing the Kermadecs
Bruce Foster and I are the speakers at the third lecture in Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum’s Speaker Series is to be held on Thursday 31 May. The address is entitled – “Experiencing the Kermadecs”.
Within the contexts of our ongoing creative practices we will talk about our participation in, and contributions to, the Kermadec project. Our Kermadec works will be discussed as part of our lifelong preoccupation with the ocean and its shoreline. Bruce will also screen the film he shot on the journey.
The lecture will be held in the Aotearoa Evolves Gallery at the museum and will start at 6.30pm. Admission is $5.00 per person.
For more information and booking visit the Maritime Museum’s website.
Vibrant with image, word and sound, a new programme on the pristine Kermadec Trench has opened at the National Library Auckland Centre. The Window studio space in Auckland is rich with images that reflect the breadth of schools’ curriculum including science, social history, geography and art.
Shaped in conjunction with the Pew Environmental Group to explore significant expeditions, journeys and connections to the Kermadec region, this programme offers an exciting insight and resource for schools and public alike.
Great news! Bronwyn Golder from Pew announced yesterday that the Kermadec exhibition has two more venues lined up.
In May a scaled back show will be heading to Tonga to be hosted by the NZ High Commission. Some of the artists will also travel there for a week of events and workshops.
In October the full show (or yet another evolution of it) will travel to Wellington’s City Gallery. As a Welly boy I couldn’t be more excited that local friends, family and supporters will finally get a chance to see it.
There is also going to be an offshoot show at the National Library in Auckland opening in April. More detail about that closer to the date.
And there are also rumors that we may go to Germany … Crikey!
One of my fellow Kermadec artist, the super talented Greg O’Brien has a show on in Auckland soon.
Beauties of the Octagonal Pool
Feb 13 – March 10, 2012
Jane Sanders ART Agent
Level 1, Blackett’s Building, cnr Shortland and Queen Streets, Auckland. Phone 64-9 358 2625 mobile 027 280 9822
Opening Sunday February 12th at 3 for 3.30 pm – Guest speaker C.K. Stead. Exhibition preview and poetry book launch in association with Auckland University Press
In May last year O’Brien and eight fellow artists were invited by PEW Environment Group to visit the Kermadecs; an area National Geographic describes as “one of the last pristine sites in our oceans”. The experience resonated with O’Brien and the results can be seen in this stunning new suite of paintings and works on paper. These will be accompanied by a suite of original drawings, which feature, alongside O’Brien’s poems, in his new collection. A number of other recent drawings, paintings and etchings of a littoral nature will also be on show.