Current and upcoming exhibitions and projects at the Lysaght Watt Gallery.
Curated by Michaela Stoneman, South Taranaki District Council Arts Co-ordinator
Wednesday 7th March – Thursday 29th March 2018
Diverse Locals brings together work by 45 artists with the aim to showcase the wide range of skills, creative strengths and scope of subject and media they use.
Works will include painting, sculpture, weaving, printmaking, fibre, photography, glass, assemblage, drawing and collage. A school program will engage local schools with exhibition tours and hands-on art activities in response to the work. The featured artists live throughout the South Taranaki district, including Waverley, Oeo, Warea, Ohawe, Patea, Opunake, Hawera, Eltham, Pungarehu and Whenuakura.
The South Taranaki artists featured in the exhibition are: Aaron Tippett, Barbara Clegg, Beck White, Bianca Mitchell, Bonita Bigham, Bonnie McIntee, Carl Fairweather, Caryl Murray, Cath Sheard, Cherie Do Vale, Cecilia Russell, Celeste & Mike Cole, Claire Jensen, Claire Whiston, Dale Copeland, Dimmie Danielewski, Dora Baker, Erryn Willcox, Errin Rita, Gabrielle Belz, Gaby Mullholland, Gail Thompson, Jennifer Laracy, Jimi Walsh, Jonny de Painter, Karen Dey, Lisa Walsh, Maree Liddington, Maree Stowe, Marianne Muggeridge, Mark Bellringer, Milli Purpil, Myfanwy Morris, Nicky Gray, Paul Burgham, Paul Hutchinson, Philip Nuku, Puhu Nuku, Rachael Johnson, Rhegan Brooks, Roger Morris, Scott Hayman, Terry Ashford and Viv Davy.
Exhibition curator, South Taranaki District Council Arts Co-ordinator Michaela Stoneman says:
“The visual arts can show us a lot about identity; how art can help to define who we are and how we respond to where we live, either in the context of rural communities, New Zealand or globally. I believe it is such an important part of human nature to create. We have a very clever bunch of artists working in our communities. I’m constantly blown away by their commitment, their contribution to our social framework and the vast range of skills they demonstrate through their work. Diverse Locals will celebrate all of this.
“This show extends on the spirit of Te Ngira: New Zealand Diversity Action Programme run by the Human Rights Commission, to consciously recognise the cultural diversity of our society, promote the equal enjoyment by everyone of their civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights and foster harmonious relations between diverse peoples. The work of artists can actively express what inspires them while reflecting who they are.”
GALLERY EXHIBITION SCHEDULE 2018
- 8 January to 4 Feb – Lysaght Watt Gallery Members and Hawera Art School Adult Students
- 5 February to 4 March – Photographic Works from the Batten Collection from Aotea Utanganui, Museum of South Taranaki
7 to 29 March – Diverse Locals curated by 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 – TBC
- 29 November to 25 December – A Touch of Clay by Barbara Nicholls, Kathryn Gates & Lynda H (LJH Pottery)