I Am / We Are
Friday 29 June – Sunday 19 August
A touring exhibition of artworks spanning the 35 year career of one of New Zealand’s leading figurative painters. The exhibition features works from the artist’s own collection on public display for the first time. The diverse themes explored in the works are drawn together by Brown’s unmistakable painterly style, iconic use of symbolism and text.
Toured by Aigantighe Art Gallery.
Image: Nigel Brown, Indigenous Propaganda, 1991, oil on canvas.
Sculpture inspired by and made from beach plastic
Friday 29 June – Wednesday 25 July 2018
An exhibition by Taranaki sculptor Claire Jensen who uses waste materials as art media.
This current body of work is constructed from plastic marine debris, combined with household
and commercial waste plastics.
Jensen explores marine based themes using morphic forms made from salvaged plastics joined and manipulated in experimental ways.
She challenges the viewer to consider the detrimental impacts of human industry on the planet as it is pervasive in even the smallest of settings. As ocean plastics degrade into micro particles they are absorbed into the fabric of lifeforms and landscapes affecting us all in ways not yet fully understood.
Jensen works from her home studio in Opunake.
20th International Collage Exchange
Friday 27 July – Sunday 19 August
An international exhibition featuring more than 100 collage artists from all over the world.
Curated by Dale Copeland.
Image: From 19th International Collage Exchange: Cordula Kagemann, Shaping the World 7, Germany.
Taranaki Creative Fibre
Friday 24 August – Sunday 16 September 2018
Taranaki Creative Fibre members are busy producing fine work to exhibit in their biennial exhibition opening at Percy Thomson Gallery on Saturday August 25.
The talented and innovative group covers a wide array of disciplines; spinners, weavers, knitters, dyers, flax workers, felters, crocheters, and free-form fibre artists.
Many of the artists hold National awards and are experts in manipulating texture and form.
Each work will be judged and prizes awarded across several categories which range from design expertise to the use of colour and specific fibres such as silk, alpaca, flax, wool, linen and cotton including a recycled category.
There is also an award for a first-time entrant to encourage new members and another award for the most creative use of New Zealand design or materials, with particular reference to Taranaki.