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Strive Towards Your Destiny & Washday at the Pa


Tue 21 Feb 2012, 10:00am–4:30pm
Wed 22 Feb 2012, 10:00am–4:30pm
Thu 23 Feb 2012, 10:00am–4:30pm
Fri 24 Feb 2012, 10:00am–4:30pm
Sat 25 Feb 2012, 10:00am–4:30pm

Where: Suite Pop Up Gallery, 95 Willow St, Tauranga

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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Listed by: David Alsop

{Suite} Gallery pop up exhibition in Tauranga

10am – 430pm daily, Monday 13 February – Saturday 25 February (closed Sunday 19 February)

Leading Wellington art gallery {Suite} is presenting two (simultaneous) pop-up exhibitions at 95 Willow Street, Tauranga (opposite the Tauranga Art Gallery, at the front of the Civic Arcade).

Strive Towards Your Destiny groups three painters who exhibited together for the first time in 2008 at City Gallery in Wellington. Irene Ferguson, Arie Hellendoorn and Douglas Stichbury draw their influences from a diverse range of sources; from portraiture, motivational slogans, geometric abstraction and the principles of academic history painting.

Ferguson was a finalist in The BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery, London in 2006, and won the New Zealand Portrait Gallery/Adam Award in 2008. She holds an MFA from the New York Academy of Fine Art, New York. Hellendoorn and Stichbury both studied Fine Arts at Massey University, Wellington.

The second exhibition features prints from Ans Westra’s seminal 1963 series Washday at the Pa. Originally published as a journal for primary schools, Washday at the Pa followed a day in the life of a rural Maori family awaiting relocation to a state house in the city. Following protests by the Maori Women’s Welfare League the book was controversially withdrawn. The League condemned Westra's depiction of the poor, rural Maori family living in sub-standard housing as untruthful and inaccurate. Westra defended the integrity of the images and later published another edition through the Caxton Press.