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Art in the Woolshed

When:

Wed 10 Mar 2010, 10:00am–5:00pm
Thu 11 Mar 2010, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 12 Mar 2010, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 13 Mar 2010, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 14 Mar 2010, 10:00am–3:00pm

Where: Tawharanui Regional Park, Tawharanui Peninsular, Matakana

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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Listed by: Rosie Fowler

Art plus environment: this winning combination is expressed to the full at the fifth Art in the Woolshed exhibition which opens on 6 March at Tawharanui Regional Park.

The exhibition has an environmental focus, featuring works by leading and emerging New Zealand artists to raise funds for the work being done at Tawharanui Open Sanctuary. Visitors to the exhibition will also be able to experience aspects of this unique environmental project.

This year’s event makes the link between art and the environment explicit in Tawharanui’s inaugural Environmental Art Project. Installations by three selected environmental artists, Brydee Rood, Sophie Jerram, and Raewyn Turner, are designed to stimulate new ways of thinking about the environment. This venture brings a more contemporary arts practice to AITW 2010, challenging visitors through the artists’ use of unexpected materials and approaches.

As Wellington video artist Sophie Jerram explains, “I want to use humour to create a greater awareness of the reciprocal relationship we have with the environment.”

With the proceeds of Art in the Woolshed going towards conservation projects at Tawharanui Open Sanctuary, addressing environmental issues through art is an appropriate innovation.

As a conventional art exhibition Art in the Woolshed has to be taken seriously. “Many senior New Zealand artists such as Gretchen Albrecht, Virginia King, Peter Lange and Warren Viscoe are involved again this time,” says AITW Coordinator Helen Crosby. “The number of returning artists is an indication of the commitment and engagement they have with this conservation project.”

For multi-media artist Peter Panyoczki it’s important to act locally. “The nature we have is unique and beautiful and must be preserved,” he says. “I love Tawharanui – the aura of the place.”
The 2010 exhibition, curated by Barry Lett and Mike Petre, also includes works by an exceptional group of first-time exhibitors.

The open sanctuary location is a major feature of this exhibition. Visitors have the opportunity to view art works in an idyllic regional park setting, and while there to learn more about the open sanctuary.

For the event the park’s working woolshed is transformed into a white-walled, well lit gallery for the effective display of high-calibre works of art, while outside larger sculptures have a backdrop of lagoon, pohutakawa trees and parkland. All exhibition art works are for sale, and at The Art Shop adjacent to the main exhibition smaller works and quality art and craft items are available.

As well as the serious side of viewing and buying art, visiting this exhibition is a chance to have a relaxing day out. Only twenty minutes from Matakana, Tawharanui Regional Park offers picnic spots, spectacular beaches, excellent swimming and surfing, and great walks.

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