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Patea Museum Voyages into the Heartland with Batten family photos

Voyage into the Heartland: Photographic Works from the Batten Collection from Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki.

You can find more information on the exhibition here.


Voyage into the Heartland: Photographic Works from the Batten Collection will be travelling to the Lysaght-Watt Gallery in Hāwera from 7 February – 4 March 2018. Come and discover the photographic works of the Batten Family from Tokaora. New Zealanders have always had a desire to travel and discover the undiscoverable. From the 1957 journey to Antarctica by adventurer Sir Edmund Hillary(1919-2008), to Turi’s voyage from Rangiatea to New Zealand over 700 years ago, we have voyaging deep within our veins.

‘The three Plunket babies’ – This image of the three ‘Plunket babies’ shows the three children taking time out for a much needed refreshment of ‘Orange Sparkle’ drink. This relaxed approach to this image is an interesting snapshot during a break between their long, 300 mile journey.

“During the early 1930s the family set out across the North Island of New Zealand with their camera and a horse called Judy to photograph the central region of the Land of the Long White Cloud. Their perspective is a particular one, carrying us on a journey into early 20th century life in New Zealand with practical but sensitive objectivity. While their landscape images have a sense of objectivity and bleak isolation, their portraiture shows an affectionate bond between the photographers and subjects. This familiarity creates an unburdened, carefree outlook from each sitter they photograph. These experiences stretched their understanding of the world around them and ultimately had a great effect on the family.

‘Chateau and Buggy’ – The newly constructed grand Tongariro Chateau awaits the arrival of our weary visitors. In the early 1930’s this would have been both a welcome sight for the Batten family and a visually impressive one after living out of a tent for months.

Voyage into the Heartland showcases the Batten Collection, a unique photographic anthology exposing original landscapes of the 1930s unseen before in New Zealand. These landscape images speak of a time where landscape photography was in its infancy and still forging its own identity.

“This collection focuses both on powerful landscapes and intimate portraits achieving a great aesthetic approach to their photography where every image engages us, allowing us to immerse ourselves in their world” – Cameron S. Curd, Exhibition Curator.”

New photographic exhibition from Patea Museum starts today

A new exhibition Voyage into the Heartland: Photographic Works from the Batten Collection from Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki starts today.

“This exhibition showcases the Batten Collection [from the Batten family], a unique photographic anthology exposing original landscapes of the 1930s unseen before in New Zealand. These landscape images speak of a time where landscape photography was in its infancy and still forging its own identity. This collection focuses both on powerful landscapes and intimate portraits achieving a great aesthetic approach to their photography where every image engages us, allowing us to immerse ourselves in their world.”

Curated by Cameron S. Curd. On now till Sunday 4 March 2018.

Go here for more information.

Huka Rapids above falls – This image was very thoughtfully constructed. The American photographer Ansel Adams specialised in landscape photography and this image imitates the spirit of his work with the raging waters and perfect adherence to the golden ‘rule of thirds’, an element Adam’s work was noted for.
Lions’ Point, Urenui, 1934 – The aesthetic and stylistic touches in this image are breathtaking. The photographer here has taken careful consideration of lighting conditions, subject’s placement, and subject’s actions to create a stunning, iconographic image full of drama and danger; with the subject perched precariously with just a cliff-drop to the sea below.

Artwork now on display – from two exhibitions

Two exhibitions are now sharing our Gallery space. Here are some of the great works on display.

  • Exhibition #1: Work by the Hawera Art School adult students. These are all created during 2017, showcasing the past year’s learning.
  • Exhibition #2: Work by the Lysaght Watt Gallery members. A show to illustrate our local artists’ diverse nature and wide range of work.

Go here for more information on the shows.

Two new exhibitions open today

We are back for 2018!

Two exhibitions in a shared space open today, on till Sunday 4th February 2018:

1. The Hawera Art School will be exhibiting works created by 12 adult students during 2017, showcasing the past year’s learning.

2. Work by Lysaght Watt Gallery members – a chance to illustrate our local artists’ diverse nature and wide range of work.

Go here for more info.

Hawera Art School & Creative Space

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Have a great Christmas and New Year!

We are now closed for the holidays and will re-open on MONDAY 8 JANUARY with a new show – a joint exhibition from our Gallery Members and the Hawera Art School’s adult students.

During the break you can get your thinking caps on and artist’s tools out in readiness for the Lysaght Watt Trust Art Award. Only a few months left to get your entry forms in and finish your artworks. Click here for all the details and how to enter.

If you need to get in touch with the Gallery over the break, please contact Chairperson Lynne Walker on 06 278 6612 or at info@lysaghtwattgallery.co.nz.

Fibre art from the Fibre Force show – Part 3

Some of the beautiful fibre art from the Fibre Force exhibition – LAST DAY THIS SATURDAY.

This show is a touchable fibre experience showcasing the use of natural fibres and a broad range of skills – by eight artists from New Plymouth and Hawera driven by the magic of natural fibres.

This is a ‘cash & carry’ show – so you can take your purchase with you on the day.

More info here: www.lysaghtwattgallery.co.nz/exhibitions

Fibre Force at the Lysaght Watt Gallery

Fibre Force at the Lysaght Watt Gallery

Fibre Force at the Lysaght Watt Gallery

Fibre Force at the Lysaght Watt Gallery

Fibre Force at the Lysaght Watt Gallery

Fibre Force at the Lysaght Watt Gallery

Fibre Force at the Lysaght Watt Gallery

Fibre Force at the Lysaght Watt Gallery

Fibre Force at the Lysaght Watt Gallery

Fibre Force at the Lysaght Watt Gallery

Fibre Force at the Lysaght Watt Gallery

“Artists work with different materials to weave exhibition together”

Photo by Jane Matthews

A great article in the Taranaki Daily News and South Taranaki Star last week – all about our current Fibre Force show.

For more info on the show, go here.

Spinning is not just about jumpers and socks – it’s a whole other world.

Isla Fabu has spun everything from muka (fibre from flax) to alpaca fur to grass – all of which you can see at the Lysaght Watt Gallery’s latest exhibition.

She calls herself a spin artist and is one of the eight Taranaki fibre artists who currently have their work on display in Fibre Force at the gallery in Hāwera.

“Spinning is not just about jumpers and socks,” Fabu said.

“There’s a whole other world.”

Whether it’s from the land, or an animal, Fabu has probably experimented with spinning the fibre, or using local plants to dye the material, to eventually create one of her many different pieces.

She currently has Christmas decorations – or egg cosies, depending on how you look at it – as well as decorations for the home and more on display.

The Fibre Force exhibition is on until December 23 and showcases the use of natural fibre, using skills to create a range of both functional and art pieces.

The exhibition holds examples of knitting, weaving, felting and more from six New Plymouth artists, one from Opunake and Fabu from Hāwera.

Fibre Force is ‘hands on’ which means visitors will be able to see and touch the pieces.

Most art work is on sale and the exhibition is cash and carry – right in time for Christmas.

There are purchasable garments, accessories, jewellery, soft furnishings, wall hangings and art works.

Beth Pottinger-Hockings, Debbie Dawson, Diane Toole, Janette Theobald, Lynne Mackay, Pam Robinson, Sally Hikaka and Fabu have works on display.

Some of them will be doing demonstrations of spinning, weaving, felting or knitting in the gallery on December 9 and 16 and the community is welcome to watch.

The gallery is open 10am – 4pm during the week and 10am -1pm Saturday.

Source: Artists work with different materials to weave exhibition together | Stuff.co.nz

Fibre art from the Fibre Force show – Part 2

Some of the beautiful fibre art from the Fibre Force exhibition – on now to Sat 23 December 2017.

This show is a touchable fibre experience showcasing the use of natural fibres and a broad range of skills – by eight artists from New Plymouth and Hawera driven by the magic of natural fibres.

This is a ‘cash & carry’ show – so you can take your purchase with you on the day.

More info here: www.lysaghtwattgallery.co.nz/exhibitions

Fibre Force at the Lysaght Watt Gallery

Fibre Force at the Lysaght Watt Gallery

Fibre Force at the Lysaght Watt Gallery

Fibre Force at the Lysaght Watt Gallery

Fibre Force at the Lysaght Watt Gallery

Fibre Force at the Lysaght Watt Gallery

Fibre Force at the Lysaght Watt Gallery

Fibre Force at the Lysaght Watt Gallery

Fibre Force at the Lysaght Watt Gallery

Fibre Force at the Lysaght Watt Gallery

Fibre Force at the Lysaght Watt Gallery

Fibre Force at the Lysaght Watt Gallery