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Ray Ching: Dawn Chorus


Wed 17 Dec 2014, 9:30am–5:30pm
Thu 18 Dec 2014, 9:30am–5:30pm
Fri 19 Dec 2014, 9:30am–5:30pm
Sat 20 Dec 2014, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sun 21 Dec 2014, 11:00am–4:00pm

Where: Artis Gallery, 280 Parnell Rd, Parnell, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Artis

New Zealand’s birds as you have never seen them before. World-renowned artist Ray Ching has created a truly unique celebration of New Zealand’s birds and landscapes in his latest collection of works - Dawn Chorus. Magical, humorous and beautiful, this is the imagined story of Aesop’s visit to Aotearoa New Zealand, described by its creator, Ray Ching, as an Antipodean Fantasy.

Told in six parts, the story begins with The Arrival, in which the birds of New Zealand scramble to share the news of Aesop’s visit. The second part, The Voyage, outlines Aesop’s background and life before he journeys to New Zealand.

The third part, The Great Bathing, looks at the preparations of the birds as they ready themselves for the concert they plan to give in Aesop’s honour, while The Journeys illustrates some of the voyages the birds had to make to be there.

Then there is The Concert itself, and once the birds have found suitable vantage points from which to watch the proceedings, the stories and songs begin. The final part, The Fables, follows Aesop as he travels the country making notes and writing fables based on the birds and animals he sees.

The exhibition offers the viewer cleverly painted and elaborately constructed illustrations that form the basis of the accompanying book, Dawn Chorus: The Legendary Voyage to New Zealand the Fabled Teller of Fables.

The present exhibition at ARTIS Gallery, Dawn Chorus, features works from the first three chapters, The Arrival, The Voyage & The Great Bathing, of the accompanying book.

The exhibition opens on Tuesday 25 November 2014 from 5.30 – 7.30pm.

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