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Black River: A Collaboration in Print and Poetry

When:

Wed 7 Jan 2015, 10:00am–5:00pm
Thu 8 Jan 2015, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 9 Jan 2015, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 10 Jan 2015, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 11 Jan 2015, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, 326 Main St, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: temanawa09

Inspired by Ralph Hotere’s collaboration with poets, in particular Bill Manhire, and Michael Parekowhai’s reference to the river in his piano He Korero Pūrākau mō Te Awanui o Te Motu: story of a New Zealand river, Te Manawa will bring together local artist and poets to actively engage in the collaborative process.

The participants, who have a connection to the Manawatū region, are Israel Birch, Leonel Alvarado, Rachael Garland, James Brown, Heather Partel, Helen Lehndorf, David Pearce, Johanna Aitchison, Ngataiharuru Taepa, Gavin Reedy, Virginia Warbrick, and Tim Upperton.

“Nothing happens if I say stone. But if I say stone from the depths of the Manawatū river, the stone remembers a time before the name when it was just a hard thing polished by the waters”. - Leonel Alvarado’s poem What stones Know connects to the inherent aim for Te Manawa’s latest exhibition Black River – A collaboration in print and poetry.

The sharing of thoughts, ideas, stories and experiences is fundamental to Black River. With the Manawatū River as their muse, artists and poets will be inspired by one another, mix ideas and motifs across the disciplines of printmaking and poetry to produce new work for the exhibition and also the Te Manawa collection.

The creative process will play a significant role in the manifestation of this exhibition; reference materials, sketches, and in-progress works will be on display and an opportunity for the public to open dialogue in response to the concept and works in progress will be made available in the gallery space.

This project is made possible with the generous support of Te Manawa Art Society, the artist and poets.

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