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Kermadecs exhibition closes

After five years, 20 venues around New Zealand and the Pacific and the generation of a huge body of work the Kermadec: Lines in the Ocean exhibition has closed for the last time.

It is no exaggeration to say it has been a life changing experience.

Of course the opportunity to go to such a remote and pristine place was outstanding. Thanks to the NZ Navy for that (and huge up for you work with the earthquake this week too!)

I have meet, worked with and become good friends with some of the top artists, environmentalists and scientists in the country. It has pushed me to new creative heights and opened doors for future projects. We have been interviewed, delivered talks and worked with school groups.

Of course the most significant achievement of the project was to assist in getting the Kermadec region in the public and government spotlight. We are now so close with the Kermadec / Rangitahua Ocean Sanctuary under debate at the moment. We can only hope that common sense prevails and that the truely global issues we face eclipse short term selfish thinking of some and we can hold our heads high knowing that we are taking action for future generations. We need to proudly bear the weight of Kaitiakitanga.

On Sunday a good proportion of the artists got together along with Pātaka Director Reuben Friend and Marama Fox MP at Aratoi in Masterton to discuss the work and Sanctuary before formally closing the exhibition. Photos Bob Zuur.

Thanks to all the organisations that made it possible: PEW, NZ Navy, all the galleries, Insight Creative and Massey University, College of Creative Arts to name a few.

The biggest thanks possible to my fellow artists (Phil Dadson, Bruce Foster, Fiona Hall, Gregory O’Brien, John Pule, John Reynolds, Elizabeth Thomson, Robin White) and the powerhouse Pew team of Amelia Connell and the unstoppable Bronwyn Golder.

Thank you for your friendship and the collective experience.

Kermadec panel discussion at Aratoi

Please join us for the final venue closing ceremony for Kermadec : Lines in the Ocean
13 November 2016, 2 – 4pm at Aratoi

There will be a panel discussion featuring: Marama Fox MP, Dame Robin White, Gregory O’Brien, Pātaka Director Reuben Friend, Elizabeth Thomson, and Jason O’Hara

Moderated by Shelley Campbell of the Sir Peter Blake Trust.

Aratoi, Wairarapa Museum of Art and History
Cnr Bruce and Dixon St, Masterton .

www.aratoi.org.nz/

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Kermadec in Ashburton

KermadecAshburton-Art-GalleryThe Kermadec: Lines in the Ocean exhibition continues it’s tour of New Zealand.

It is currently on at Ashburton Art Gallery.
327 West street. Ashburton
ashburtonartgallery.org.nz
21 MAY – 25 JUNE 2016
Open Daily: 10am – 4pm
Wednesday: 10am – 7pm

 

 

ARTIST TALKS | BRUCE FOSTER, ELIZABETH THOMSON AND GREGORY O’BRIEN
JUNE 22, 11:00AM
Come along to the Gallery for a talk by artists Bruce Foster, Gregory O’Brien and Elizabeth Thomson they will share with you their experiences on Raoul Island and what they encountered on their week long voyage to one of the last great ocean wilderness areas on the planet. They will give you insight into how this experience is reflected in the art they made in response to this trip. The artists will be joined by Bronwen Golder, Director of the Pew Charitable Trusts Global Ocean Legacy.

This talk is free of charge and all are welcome to attend. Following the talk a light lunch will be provided and you will also have the opportunity to talk informally with the artists.

Read more about the Kermadec Project

Kermadec exhibition opens in Wgtn today

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In celebration of the government’s announced intention to create the Kermadec Marine Sanctuary (only the 4th biggest in the world!) the Kermadec artists have put together a ‘final’ exhibition here in Wellington.

Hosted by Pataka, the show is on at the Academy Gallery on Queens Wharf from today

All the original artists (Phil Dadson, Bruce Foster, Fiona Hall, Gregory O’Brien, John Pule, John Reynolds. Elizabeth Thomson, Robin White and me of course) are represented, most with new works. I have new photographic works and a video instillation.

I would also highly recommend coming to one of the shows put on the the theatre group Company of Giants, who will be performing Rangitahua from the 15th until the 19th (2pm and 7pm). Book at iticket.co.nz. It is a great show that weaves it’s way among the audience and exhibition telling the story of the Kermadecs.

More on the Kermedac project

Kermadec opens in Whangarei

Kermadec – Lines in the Ocean has just opened in the rather lovely Whangarei Art Museum. Bruce Foster, Robin White, Phil Dadson, Greg O’Brien and I went up for the opening and floortalks and it has to be said that the staff there have done a fantasitc job – the show looks great.

As part of the opening Greg read some of his peoms from his new book “Whale Years” accompanied by Phil playing a rather interesting instument named “Richard” and I was lucky enough to capture it on video.

The show is there 5 July – 28 August

kermadec whale years from Jason O’Hara on Vimeo.

Kermadec exhibition opens in Noumea

The latest iteration of the Kermadec exhibition has just opened in the Renzo Piano designed Tjibaou centre in Nouméa, New Caledonia.

It features a selection of works from the exhibition that went to the MAC (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Santiago Chile last year plus a handful of new works including a new large video installation by me (you can just see it at the top of the steps)

Here are a few snaps from Bronwen Golder:

Read more about the kermadec exhibition here

An eggciting new project

Eggciting!

Late last year I was approached by Starship Foundation (along with a bunch of other well known New Zealand artists and designers including  Greg O’Brien, John Reynolds, John Pule, Dick Frizzell, Max Gimblett, Karl Maughan, David Trubridge, Nigel Brown, Seraphine Pick, Hannah Jensen, Dame Trelise Cooper and Denise L’Estrange-Corbet.) and asked if I would decorate a giant fibreglass egg which would be auctioned off to raise money for the hospital.

This Easter the eggs will be hidden across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch for 33 days, from 21 March to 22 April and members of the public will be able to join the egg hunt either for fun or to compete for the currently under-wraps grand prize. The Whittaker’s Big Egg Hunt will raise funds for the Starship Foundation, a charity supporting the national children’s hospital to provide world-leading care for almost 120,000 patient visits each year. All 100 eggs will be auctioned off for Starship – 80 of them on Trade Me, and 20 of them at a gala event in April.

I can’t reveal the design of my egg until next week but I can show you the photo I took of it on Seatoun Beach before I started painting on it (see above).

Watch this space for more news – I will update when I can show the finished egg.

Get involved – It is a fantastic cause!

More about the project:
www.thebigegghunt.co.nz
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bigegghuntnz
www.trademe.co.nz/bigegghuntnz

About the Starship Foundation: Starship is New Zealand’s national children’s hospital. There are nearly 120,000 patient visits to Starship Children’s Health every year by children from all over New Zealand.

Kermadec workshops

Dame Robin White Artist

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).

Navy exhibition

 

Sea change

Sea change (approaching Raoul), 2011

The Kermadec : Hands to Bathe exhibition is now open at the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum in Devonport, Auckland. It is fantastic to again join forces with the Navy and hopefully go a little way toward paying them back for the ride to Raoul Island. The exhibition kicked off with a great opening night and was followed by the artists working with school groups in workshops over the following few days.

A good third of the works on display have never been shown before including these two prints by me. Sea change (above) and Gunner John (below) were both taken on the HMNZS Otago as we approached Raoul Island. I think the talented Greg O’Brien best sums up the works when he described Sea change like this: “Taken a few nautical miles to the south of Raoul Island in the half-light of the early morning, O’Hara’s photograph of the bow of the HMNZS Otago evokes earlier epochs of marine voyaging as well as recording the moment when, just beyond the picture frame, Raoul Island first came into view. The timelessness of this encounter was enhanced by the artist’s decision to use a modern-day digital camera to which he attached an old-fashioned lens.”

Gunner JohnGunner John, John Reynolds on the HMNZS Otago, 2011

Both available as limited edition prints. Image size 363 x 240mm.
Framed $400. Unframed $200.

 

Visit the Kermadec Exhibition Website

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Kermadec at the Sargent

Sargent gallery

 

Kermadec – Lines in the Ocean has opened in Whanganui’s Sargent Gallery. It was a great opening and floor talk – well attended (yes more people than in the photos) with a nice relaxed conversational feel. As always the staff at the Sargent rocked. On ya Whanganui!

The show is on 9 November 2013 – 2 March 2014

Tron-a-decs

Yeap it is the big time! The Kermadec “Lines in the ocean” Exhibition is now in Hamilton at the Waikato Museum. 25 July until 20 October 2013.

Here is a couple a shots from the opening – it is always a good sign when there is dancing at an exhibition opening!

Hamilton openingHamilton opening

Full screen Kermadec web-o-net goodness!

Kemadec website

 

Fresh on the inter-webo-net. The brand new official Kermadec exhibition website in all its full screen image goodness. Plenty to look at, read, video’s, artist bios … you name it. Pretty much the Kermadec Book online + more . Features work by all the Kermadec artists: (Phil Dadson,Bruce FosterFiona HallGregory O’BrienJohn PuleJohn ReynoldsElizabeth ThomsonRobin White) Darn fine!

www.kermadecexhibition.com

More on the Kermadec Project

Next stop – Santiago Chile

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The sad news is that the Kermadec Exhibition currently showing in Wellington’s City Gallery is in it’s final week and closes on the 8th.

The fantastic news is that it will be carefully packed away and shipped to Santiago Chile where is will open in the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo — Contemporary Art Museum. It will be open there from 15 MARCH until 19 MAY 2013.

The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo is one of the major museums of the city, focusing on modern and contemporary art. It is operated by the University of Chile Art Department.

Lines in the Ocean in Hastings

Wakey, Wakey, Wakey Hastings! The Kermadec “Lines in the Ocean” exhibition has opened in Hastings City Art Gallery. The show runs 26 January 2013 – 28 April 2013.

Photos from the opening night at HCAG

Wakey Wakey Wakey Wellington!

Wakey Wakey WakeyThe Kermadec exhibition has finally made it to Wellington! Nothing bets a hometown crowd and what a crowd it was at the opening – absolutely packed!

We take over the entire ground floor of Wellington’s City Gallery for the next 4 months. 4 October 2012 – 10 February 2013.

This time the show is titled “Wakey, Wakey, Wakey” – a call for action to the politicians of this fair land that it is time for action. Time to create the world’s largest marine reserve around the Kermadec trench (learn all about it on the Kermadec website)

The show features work of all 9 artists: Phil DadsonBruce FosterFiona HallGregory O’BrienJohn PuleJohn ReynoldsElizabeth ThomsonRobin White and me of course.

I will join some of the other Kermadec artists in a floor talk this Saturday 6th October at 2pm. Please join us – it’s free!

See my work from the show and learn more about the project in the works section of the site.

Wakey, wakey, wakey" opening 3 Oct 2012

“Wakey, wakey, wakey” Opening night 3rd October 2012