Current and upcoming exhibitions and projects at the Lysaght Watt Gallery.
Fibre Force by eight Taranaki artists
Monday 27th November – Saturday 23rd 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.
Fibre Force – Group Statement
We will be holding spinning, weaving, felting and knitting demonstrations on Saturday 2nd, 9th and 16th Dec and we would like to extend an invitation to you to come along and spend some time with us.
Fibre Force is a group of 8 artists who have come together as a result of an invitation by the Lysaght Watt Gallery to hold a ‘hands on’ ﬁbre exhibition.
We are all members of different groups of Creative Fibre Taranaki and we meet regularly to share skills, knowledge and fellowship. Our diverse group spans multiple generations and typiﬁes the important process of the passing on of knowledge, techniques and traditions associated with women’s handcrafts.
The techniques we use include knitting, weaving, felting, crochet, embroidery, basketry, spinning and natural dyeing. These are the foundational skills we were taught by our mothers, aunts or grandmothers. We are no longer bound by necessity to make purely functional or utilitarian items which gives us the freedom to explore ﬁbre as an artistic medium. This exhibition is an opportunity for us to showcase the broad scope of our creativity.
We all love natural ﬁbres. We all love and appreciate the tactile qualities of our chosen medium and the magic of the transformation from ﬁbre to form is what drives us. This exhibition is a celebration of natural fibres, colour and the myriad of techniques we utilise.
We encourage visitors to touch things, pick them up, turn them in your hands so you can see and feel what it is about the ﬁbre that excites us.
We would like to thank Lysaght Watt for extending the invitation which has provided the opportunity for us to exhibit. We would also like to acknowledge the support of the South Taranaki District Council Creative NZ fund.
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Voyage into the Heartland: Photographic Works from the Batten Collection – Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki, curated by Cameron S. Curd
Monday 5th February to Sunday 4th March 2018
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 within our veins.
During the early 1930’s the Batten family set out across the North Island of New Zealand with their camera and a horse called Judy to photograph recollection of 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 forms an affectionate bond between the photographers and subjects. This familiarity creates an unburdened, carefree outlook from each sitter they photograph. These experiences stretched out their understanding of the world around them and ultimately had a great effect on the family.
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.
GALLERY EXHIBITION SCHEDULE 2017-2018
- 7-25 February — Members Exhibition and Lorna Davis (Stratford)
- 27 February to 25 March — Helen Cairney (Art on the Hill) and Chester and Ella Burrows
- 27 March to 22 April — Hawera High School NCEA Portfolios
- 27 April to 11 June — LYSAGHT WATT TRUST ART AWARDS 2017
- 11 and 12 June The Arts Trail — gallery open all weekend
- 13 June to 8 July — Marion McCartney and Mere Keating (Whanganui)
- 10 July to 5 August — Recent Work by Kevin Bone
- 7 August to 2 September — Collections curated by Michaela Stoneman
- 4-30 September — Spring Forth by the Hawera Art Club
- 3 to 28 October — The State Of Play: Exploratory Makings by Viv Davy
27 October to 5 November – for the Taranaki Garden Festival:
- At the Gallery: Floral Affair by the Hawera Floral Art Group
- At the Dunlop Garden: Art at the Woolshed by Wellington artist Helen Cairney, and other local & regional artists
- 6 to 25 November — Stories Told by Amanda Hewlett & Cecilie Elliot
27 November to 23 December — Fibre Force by 8 Taranaki artists
24 December to 7 Jan – Gallery closed for the holidays
- 8 January to 4 Feb – Lysaght Watt Gallery Members and Adult Students
- 5 February to 4 March – Photographic Works from the Batten Collection from Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki
- 6 March to l April – Michaela Stoneman
- 3 April to 28 April Hawera High School
- 3 May to 7 June – 2018 Lysaght Watt Trust Art Award
- 9 to 11 May – Taranaki Arts Trail
- 14 June to 7 July – Old Postcard Collection by Jill Williams
- 9 July to 4 August – TBC
- 6 August to 1 Sept – Geoffrey Young and Joyce
- 3 to 29 September – Hawera Art Club
- 1 October to 4 November – TBC
- 26 to 29 October – 2018 Taranaki Garden Festival (Guest Artist TBC)
- 7 to 26 November – Birds by Katie Russell & Lost For Words by Cecilia Russell
- 29 November to 25 December – The Vicarage Potters