Kaiapoi leading arts boom in North Canterbury

Attracting 24,000 visitors through its doors in its first month, Art on the Quay is Kaiapoi’s new public art gallery. It opened in January this year and is housed within the town’s new library in the Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre in Williams Street. In August, the library and gallery will be complemented by the Kaiapoi Museum, reopening in the same complex.

Art on the Quay is one of two galleries supported by the Waimakariri District Council. The Chamber Gallery in Rangiora opened in 1997 and has served as the model for the co-location of Art on the Quay with the library.

Deputy Chairperson for the Waimakariri Community Arts Council, Jackie Watson, has been involved with the establishment of both galleries, as well as promoting the arts in North Canterbury for more than 25 years.

Watson notes, with some pleasure, that taking the proposal for Art on the Quay to the Waimakariri councillors and securing their support was a straightforward task.

“The Chamber Gallery in Rangiora was already a successful model, receiving increasing support from library visitors who initially may have not been enthused. It has built audiences for the visual arts in Rangiora, so it represented a positive relationship and outcome for the Council. It was easy to gain their support by transferring this model to Kaiapoi. The Council also offered to consult with myself and the Arts Council, seeking advice on equipment and the gallery design. Consultation has taken place throughout the project, right up to the opening.”

Watson’s appreciation of a district council actively supportive of the arts is rare. Too often, there seems to be a divide between arts enthusiasts and rate payers. Look no further than the debate over Whangarei residents’ objections to the Hundertwasser Art Centre or the questions often raised in New Plymouth about the relevance of the Govett Brewster Art Gallery’s contemporary programme to the lives of the locals.

Yet, it is not just the good communication between the Waimakariri Council and the Arts Council that singles Art on the Quay out. Watson’s management of the gallery is centred on actively fostering public engagement.

“Exhibitions aim to encourage as much interaction with the public as possible,” she says. “Earlier this year, a group exhibition of favourite artworks in local residents’ collections, featuring artworks by Bill Hammond and Nigel Brown, also gave the public a chance to vote for their favourite paintings. Thousands took the opportunity to cast their vote.”

The current exhibition, Art Expo Revisited, is similarly strong in its emphasis upon the community, paying tribute to the new gallery’s origins.

“Ten years ago, Elaine Armstrong, a local artist, wanted a public gallery in Kaiapoi. Although the idea did not gain traction, it was agreed that an exhibition for local artists would be organised. Out of that came the Art Expo in 2005. Interest in the inaugural event came from more than 100 artists throughout the Waimakariri. We discovered how many artists were out there in North Canterbury and every year since, the Expo receives an average of 30% new submissions from artists who have not previously exhibited with us.”

Guest artists from the past 10 years have been invited to Art Expo Revisited. Highlights include Mary Kelleher, a Northland textile artist and former Christchurch resident whose wall-relief, The Mill is Kaiapoi, traces the town’s history.

“Kelleher starts with the pre-European history, the Woollen Mills as a centre for the town’s industries, and the earthquakes of September 2010. It concludes with the new Civic Centre.”

The Mill is Kaiapoi is also interactive – textile doors and windows can be opened to reveal objects and lenses offering views of photographs and newspaper clippings.

Another guest artist, Mark Lander, exhibits two hand-made paper works, Wreath for the Transitional Cathedral and the impressive, Flowerscape. Both confirm that over the past 30 years Lander has fine-tuned his ability to, not only reveal the beauty of the natural world, but also his reputation as one of New Zealand’s best-kept secrets as a contemporary painter.

The opening of the Kaiapoi Museum on August 15 will further strengthen the Civic Centre’s partners’ relationship and provide an important element of renewal for Kaiapoi. The original Museum housed in the Kaiapoi Historic Court House was demolished within any consultation seven days after September 4, 2010 earthquakes. Its reopening in the town centre represents some level of reparation and the promise of revitalisation.

Has the population shift to North Canterbury been important to the arts in the district?

“Of course it has. The new gallery would not have been possible without the September earthquake. Kaiapoi is a unique settlement. It is an historical town with a river and that continues to shape it as a place to meet. The prospect for the library, gallery and museum is also about interaction.”

Art Expo Revisited – Kaiapoi Art Expo celebrated its 10th birthday

Kaiapoi Art Expo celebrated its 10th birthday this month and a s a tribute to the popular annual art exhibition Art ON The Quay invited former guest artists and winners of Public Choice awards to take part in Art Expo Revisited. Artists are:Sandra Duncan, Ann Filshie, Wilson Henderson, Emma Johns, Mary Kelleher, Mark Lander, Christine Lang, Mark Larsen, Marilyn Rea Menzies, Karen Werner and creator of the familiar Prima Primadonna image used for branding the iconic Waimakariri art event, Rae West
The exhibition sees the return of the popular textile mural by Mary Kelleher of The Mill is Kaiapoi and Mark Landers has a triptych using his flowers made from waste paper.
A wreath by Mark, a smaller version of an art work he hopes will be displayed in Christchurch’s cardboard cathedral, is also in the show.
The exhibition runs from 17 July to 19th August.

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Artists Bios from Exhibition

Art@Work exhibition

Art@Work exhibition – 13 local Waimakariri artists are exhibiting some amazing artwork.

This is the first “Art on the Quay” exhibition where all artwork is for sale, “there is something for everyone’s taste” in this eclectic mix of clay sculptures from Rachel Harre and Frank Malone, acrylics from Sandra Duncan, steel sculptures from Mark Larsen, lively paintings from Joanne McDougall, mixed media from Diana Gillanders, Gorgeous gloss work from Christine Watton, pop art from Joel Hart, abstracts from Paul Smith, recycled glass from NakedArt, Gorgeous colours from Patrick Bonner, landscapes from Ruby Whitty, airbrush and ink from Martyn Giles and Carol Moffatt is showing some lovely water colours.

As we were setting up the exhibition we had bus loads of people eager to see the latest exhibition, and it is well worth a visit.

If you are keen on purchasing any of the artwork, all you have to do is approach one of the library staff and pay a small deposit of a $100, at the end of the exhibition the organizers will make contact with you to collect and pay the balance.

I would suggest if you are keen on any of the art work that you best get in fast

Art@Work exhibition - local Waimakariri artists, paintings, water colours, mixed media, amazing clay sculptures, glass, steel

Rachel Harre and Frank Malone

Art@Work exhibition - local Waimakariri artists, paintings, water colours, mixed media, amazing clay sculptures, glass, steel

 

 

Art@Work exhibition - local Waimakariri artists, paintings, water colours, mixed media, amazing clay sculptures, glass, steel

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Art@Work exhibition - local Waimakariri artists, paintings, water colours, mixed media, amazing clay sculptures, glass, steel

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Art@Work exhibition - local Waimakariri artists, paintings, water colours, mixed media, amazing clay sculptures, glass, steel

Art@Work exhibition - local Waimakariri artists, paintings, water colours, mixed media, amazing clay sculptures, glass, steel

Art@Work exhibition - local Waimakariri artists, paintings, water colours, mixed media, amazing clay sculptures, glass, steel

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Art@Work exhibition - local Waimakariri artists, paintings, water colours, mixed media, amazing clay sculptures, glass, steel

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Art@Work exhibition - local Waimakariri artists, paintings, water colours, mixed media, amazing clay sculptures, glass, steel - all for sale

Art@Work exhibition - local Waimakariri artists, paintings, water colours, mixed media, amazing clay sculptures, glass, steel - all for sale

Art@Work exhibition - local Waimakariri artists, paintings, water colours, mixed media, amazing clay sculptures, glass, steel - all for sale

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Passchendaele 1917 Remembered

Kaiapoi North, Kaiapoi Borough and St Patrick’s Primary Schools have contributed artworks of Anzac Day to be displayed alongside the work of Belgian art students.
The Battle of Passchendaele has been a byword for the horror of the Great War with 3700 New Zealand casualties, of which 45 officers and 800 men were either dead or lying mortally wounded between the lines.

In terms of lives lost in a single day, this remains the blackest day in New Zealand’s history.
In 2007, on the 90th anniversary of that battle, the Waimakariri District was invited to formally ‘twin’ with Zonnebeke-Passendale, reuniting the bonds forged between our two districts on the fields of Flanders.
Flanders is forever linked with soldiers’ blood, through the celebrated poem by John McCrae, which immortalised the sacrifice made by so many on the battlefield.
Waimakariri was chosen as a twin because of its similarity in landscape and people and in recognition of the number of soldiers from here who remain buried there.
A scrapbook of stories and memories of our soldiers was presented to the visiting Belgians and in return they gifted the artworks in this exhibition.
The prints are works by students of the RHoK Academie of Visual Arts in Brussels, three generations removed from the horror of that time.
The works are sombre, produced by a variety of printmaking processes.
Some are lithographs, others etchings and some are linoblock.
Mud was as much an enemy of the soldiers fighting in Flanders as the enemy.
The name conjures images of shell craters, barbed wire across a shattered landscape of mud, soldiers trapped in trenches to be mown down by machine gunfire or blown up by artillery.
The capture of the village of Passchendaele near Ypres in Flanders cost thousands of lives.
More New Zealand soldiers died in Belgium than any other country.
In the many war cemeteries that surround Passchendaele the graves are still cared for and respected and the people there do not forget those who sacrificed their lives for their freedom.
The exhibition runs until 28 May.

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Faces behind the “Favourites” Exhibition

Thank you to the owners who were photographed with their artworks, which they kindly loaned to “Art on the Quay” for the Favourites exhibition:

We would love for people to post a comment below, letting us know which is your favourite.

Blackwells Brent and Shirley Dan Elevated image Fenwicks Ian McNish Joan Mark Maureen 1 Michael Speech Still life Sue Sutherlands Wide Angle 2

Fanfare coming home

fanfare-20insituAs you drive into Christchurch, I am sure you will have been noticing the work being done in readiness for the Fanfare sculpture:

Fanfare, by renowned sculptor Neil Dawson, was originally hung from the Sydney Harbour Bridge as a feature of the 2005 New Year Celebrations.  It has now been gifted to Christchurch by the City of Sydney and Scape Public Art are raising funds to install it at Chaney’s Corner.  It will be an amazing sight – as we in North Canterbury come off the Waimakariri Bridge, it will be right there – it will also be prominent as we drive on the Main North Road from the old bridge.

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Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre

From Libraries – Phillippa Ashbey
Awards Nomination – The Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre is receiving a steady number of visitors and a great deal of positive feedback. The building, itself, has been nominated for a Canterbury Institute of Architects Award and a national judging panel toured the building yesterday as part of the awards process.

Art on the Quay – The next exhibition at Art On The Quay is a collection of artworks owned by members of the Kaiapoi community.Members of the community have been asked to lend a favourite work of art for the month of April. 30 works will be on display. And, in a great new initiative, an Art On The Quay website has been launched. See: http://artonthequay.com/
Chamber Gallery – Rangiora Library visitors are enjoying “The Journey”, an exhibition of painting by Padi Nistala-James. The artist was born in Vizag, India, has travelled widely and is now resident in the Waimakariri District. This vibrant show will run until 23 April 2015.
Kaiapoi Library –11,393 books were borrowed from the new Kaiapoi Library in February (The first full month of operation after opening on 17 January 2015). By comparison, the average monthly issues at the Temporary Library had been running at 5,642.

Favourites. An exhibition of favourite art works from local art lovers. 31st March – 24th April.

Favourites. An exhibition of favourite art works from local art lovers. 31st March – 24th April.

This is an amazing eclectic mix of artwork, including works by:

Bill Hammond is a New Zealand artist. Hammond attended the School of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury from 1966 to 1969, and has worked as a full-time painter since 1981.

Rachel Harré has been an exhibiting artist since 1985, graduating from The School of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury in Printmaking. Rachel went on to exhibit paintings which mainly focused on the Canterbury landscape. Rachel has used some of the same techniques of woodcut and etching in her wall relief tiles and sculptures.

Frank Malone has been a full-time potter since 2001 and in that time has explored new avenues of expression which can be seen in his coil and slab vessels, and sculptural works.

Beverley Griffiths – The human form whether in it’s natural state, at leisure, or simply going about it’s everyday business, has always provided me with an abundance of material and I never lose interest in finding new and challenging ways to portray this. I also have a keen desire to add New Zealand’s hill forms into my body of work.

Plus many more, this is a must see exhibition, running between 31st March – 24th April.

Let us know by sending a message below telling us what favourite is YOUR favourite


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The Kaiapoi Art Expo

The Kaiapoi Art Expo is a 2-day exhibition of Waimakariri Art to be held Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 July 2015 at the Kaiapoi Club, Raven Quay. All disciplines of art are welcome.

More information about the Expo can be found by visiting www.kaiapoiartexpo.co.nz

Applications are now open to exhbiit and attached is an application form.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Many thanks

Theresa Smith (Stevens)
Kaiapoi Art Expo Coordinator

M | 021 659 127
E | info@kaiapoiartexpo.co.nz
W | www.kaiapoiartexpo.co.nz

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