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Intentional Incident (Hyunbae Lee-solo exhibition)


Sun 20 Sep 2015, 11:00am–6:00pm
Mon 21 Sep 2015, 11:00am–6:00pm
Tue 22 Sep 2015, 11:00am–6:00pm
Wed 23 Sep 2015, 11:00am–6:00pm
Thu 24 Sep 2015, 11:00am–6:00pm

Where: Old Mcdonald's Building, 1 Cobham Court, Porirua - Mana, Wellington Region

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: fam2113

Korean Fine Arts Painter at Whitireia draws on Porirua arts initiative

The Whitireia NZ creative artist in residence this year is Hyunbae Lee, who hails from Seoul, South Korea. Lee, a fine arts painter trained in the Netherlands and Korea, is sponsored by the Asia New Zealand Foundation for a three month residency at Whitireia. He has mentored painting students on the Bachelor of Applied Arts programme at the Porirua campus since July this year as part of his residency.

Celebrating his first New Zealand-based arts collective exhibition, titled Intentional Incident, Lee has created a series of oil paintings which have taken shape in the Fale studio at the Whitireia Visual Arts department and will journey to the heart of Porirua in the old McDonald’s space in Cobham Court.

The exhibition, which opens on Friday 18th September and runs until Thursday 24th September, forms part of a new arts initiative – a partnership between the Porirua Chamber of Commerce and Urban Dream Brokerage Porirua that aims to attract new activity, community involvement and foot traffic to the city centre.

Encouraging collaborations between artists and organisations across the country, Urban Dream Brokerage is declaring Porirua City a ‘transitional economic zone’.

The look and shape of Urban Dream Brokerage in Porirua will emerge from the collaborations forming this year and discussions between visiting artists and the community.

“This art and social project will allow artists to find a shape that is not predetermined. Much as a painter might begin with structural ideas and then find ways to shift and break these and introduces open source elements into development to allow for significant collaboration,” says UBD spokesperson Mark Amery.

As an experimental model, visiting artists are exploring a more fluid kind of temporary residency. Creating common ground between outsider and resident, new immigrant and established family, while recognising mana whenua and local knowledge; this is an experimental enquiry that all can participate in for both enjoyment and contribution.

Co-programme manager for Visual Arts and Design at Whitireia Deb Donnelly says the Bachelor of Applied Arts students and the public will benefit from this arts initiative by having first-hand experience of working with artists like Hyunbae Lee, as he welcomes the Porirua community with a demonstration of his painting style on canvas in the Cobham Court space on Saturday 19th September from 11am- 3pm.

"Lee's residency is part of the Asia New Zealand Foundation's arts and culture programme, which aims to build networks between artists in Asia and New Zealand, and Whitireia is well placed to support this residency for students to see future opportunities in arts,” says Donnelly.