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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

Rapa Nui, Julio 2012

This video by Bruce Foster documents the opening of the Kemadec exhibition on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) in July 2012. The Kermadec islands lie at the south western corner of the Polynesian Triangle, the base of which is completed by Rapa Nui in the southeast. This connection, spanning over 6,500 kilometers, is reflected in a shared language and culture that links the ancient Polynesian voyagers who traversed the Pacific.

Wakey Wakey Wakey

Wakey Wakey Wakey

Wakey Wakey Wakey 2012 Acrylic on board 950 x 1350

I decided to hand-paint a’poster’ as a bit of a visual record of the Kermadec trip.  As well as our pseudo mascot the flying fish there is an aspect of each artist or their work intertwined with the stories of the Kermadec region and artist voyage.

The original painting and signed limited edition prints of the poster (330 x 483mm) are available – See the Kermadecs works for sale page

More about the Kermadec trip and exhibition

Exhibition opens in Tonga

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A slightly smaller scale version of the Kermadec exhibition has opened at the New Zealand High Commission in Nuku’alofa, Tonga this week.
Happy to report that the exhibition, the opening (attended by HRH Princess Latufuipeka Halaevalu Mata’aho Tuku’aho, the workshops, the school visits, and artist talks are all a huge hit – with fantastic attendance, feedback and coverage. And the exhibition looks fantastic too!
By the end of next week over 1,700 primary school children will have visited the exhibition. In addition some of the artists (Robin White, Gregory O’Brien, John Pule and Elizabeth Thomson and Bronwyn Golder will have visited more than a dozen schools – will send some pics of those visits shortly.
The Princess (daughter of the King), Australian High Commissioner, NZ High Commissioner, Japanese Ambassador, Minister of Tourism, the High Court Judge (a Kiwi in Tonga), school teachers, church leaders, and cultural leaders attended the Exhibition opening.

The exhibition will run from 22 May to 1 June 2012

More about the exhibition

Kermadec Log Video

Kermadec logAnother stunning video by my good mate Bruce Foster (with odd snippets by Liz and myself … and the tricky underwater bits by  NOAA, Neptune Resources Ltd, NIWA and GNS.). This was 1st played at the opening of the Kermadec exhibition in Auckland. To me it really capures the experience of the trip. Stunning Brucie! Definitely go full screen and put on the headphones.

View video >>

Exhibition to go to Tonga and Wellington

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!

More about the Kermadec Project

Kermadecs exhibition now open in Auckland

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The Kermadec exhibition opened in Auckland’s Edmiston Gallery last night. It was a big night to a packed audience and feedback has be extremely positive already.

‘Kermadec’ showcases a diverse collection of artworks from nine leading South Pacific artists inspired by their voyage to the Kermadec region of New Zealand in May 2011.

The show runs from 15 February to 1 July 2012

Edmiston Gallery/Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum, Corner Quay and Hobson Streets, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland, Tel: +64 9 373 0800

Read more on the maritime museum website

More about the Kermadec project

Kermadec exhibition in Auckland

After a very successful time in Tauranga Art Gallery, the Kermadec exhibition is in the process of being installed in the Voyager New Zealand Maratime Museum exhibition space in Auckland ready to be opened to the public next week.

It is open from the 15th of Feb until the 1st of July. A fantastic opportunity to see the work of some superb NZ artists and learn about one of the most unique places on the planet.

Kermadecs in Auckland

Interviews with the Kermadec artists

Wellington based photographer & documentary maker Bruce Foster has produced some fantastic short videos from his interviews with each of the artists after the Kermadec trip. Some great insights into the artists as the reflect on the trip and Kermadec region.

These videos are showing at the current exhibition in the Tauranga Art Gallery.

Click to watch the videos

View the videos – Make sure you go full screen … they are worth seeing big.

Kermadec book on sale on Monday

To accompany the exhibition Tauranga Art Gallery and Pew  have produced a stunning 144page  hardback book featuring the work of all nine artists that went to Raoul Island in May.

The book launched this Monday at 6pm. Unity Books, 57 Willis Street, Wellington. Come along and meet the artists. Unity Books website $40 NZD of arty goodness!


If $40 is a bit rich for your liking you can also read about the Kermadec voyage in the summer edition of ArtNews.

Kermadec Exhibition Opening @ Tauranga Art Gallery

The Kermadec exhibition has finally had it’s official opening at Tauranga Art Gallery.

The evening went really well with all nine artists, our fellow seariders, friends and supporters present along with a couple of hundred guests. Oh yeah … there was some bloody nice work there too.

 A real highlight of the opening ceremony was a Tongan dance troupe performed two stunning examples of contemporary Tongan dance. I have loaded up a rough video of the performances. The dancers are: Ofa Prescott-Tuionetoa, Ruha Fifita and Nisyola Fifita. In the background is one of Robin Whites stunning Tapas. Please excuse some shaky moments in the video – I was enjoying the show too much to concentrate on the camera – sometimes you have to put enjoying the moment ahead of recording it!

The exhibition is open in Tauranga until Sunday 5 February 2012 then moves to Auckland.



Tauranga Art Gallery first to host major new exhibition

From the Tauraga Art Gallery website:

Summer visitors to the Tauranga Art Gallery will be among the first in the world to see work in a significant new exhibition, Kermadec.

Kermadec is an exhibition of all-new work by nine South Pacific artists, inspired by a unique expedition along the Kermadec Trench. It features work by artists including Te Puke-born Dame Robin White, Wellington-based poet and artist Gregory O’Brien, sculptor Elizabeth Thomson, and installation artist John Reynolds.

Completing the line-up are printmaker and novelist John Pule, photographers Jason O’Hara and Bruce Foster, inter-media artist Phil Dadson, and acclaimed Australian artist Fiona Hall.

The artists travelled on board the HMNZS Otago to one of the least known wilderness areas in the world. The Kermadecs, located between New Zealand’s North Island and Tonga, is home to a diverse range of wildlife and marine life, and also has a series of underwater volvanoes and a deep-sea trench. Tauranga plays first host to the exhibition as it is the closest public art gallery to the Kermadec Trench.

Gallery Director Penelope Jackson says in light of recent events around the Rena stranding, the exhibition offers a more positive angle about the ocean, which is quite literally at our back door.

“This is not just an exhibition of pretty pictures of the South Pacific but rather showcases how a group of contemporary artists were inspired and affected by their voyage. Each of them has taken the South Pacific to a different level, whether it is Elizabeth Thomson looking at the micro worlds on Raoul Island or Dame Robin White’s  tapa cloth that tells, in part, the stories of migration.”

Artist Gregory O’Brien says the trip in May was intense.

“It was rough and noisy and busy. Everyone was working pretty much every second of the way. The intensity of it was surprising,” he says.

The artists involved were a dynamic, diverse and positive group of people.

“What’s going to make it a great show is that it has very diverse ingredients and characters, kind of like the ingredients for a really good soup.”

The Kermadec Initiative is a project of the Global Ocean Legacy programme of the Pew Environment Group. As a supporter of the artists’ voyage and exhibition, The Pew Environment Group is looking to raise awareness about one of the greatest, least known, natural ocean wilderness areas on the planet.

“We took artists to the Kermadecs so they could experience its scale, see its surface and imagine the diversity of its depths,” said Bronwen Golder, director of Pew’s Kermadecs Initiative.

“I watched the artists gather impressions and emotions from the Kermadec ocean and its islands, and with them, begin to conjure words and images.”

Kermadec opens in full to the public on Saturday 19 November and runs through until Sunday 5 February 2012.

See the Tauranga Gallery website

Encounters at City Gallery

The Kermadec artists all spoke at City Gallery in Wellington last week. It was a great success with a talk to school groups in the afternoon and invited guests in the evening. It was fantastic to see everyone again (this the the first time the full “Kermadec 9” have been together since the trip).

Our sponsor Pew produced a small book as a precursor to the the exhibition at Tauranga Art Gallery  in November (download it as a PDF here). It features artist statements and work in progress.

Artists on air

Radio New Zealand Interview:

Listen this Sunday (19th June) to National Radio “Arts on Sunday” program to hear an interview between Lynn Freeman and Robin White, Elizabeth Thompson and myself about the Kermadec trip. Lynn thinks we will be on air at about 1:40pm (the show runs from 12-4pm).