The amazing talents of 57 home-grown artists are being showcased in a new exhibition opening tomorrow (26 September) at NPDC’s Puke Ariki Museum.
The final pieces, which showcase the works of Taranaki artists, were selected by Puke Ariki curator Laura Campbell alongside renowned artists Ngāhina Hohaia and Reuben Paterson and range from paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photography, jewellery and textiles.
“It’s the third time Home Work has been on show, so for this iteration we wanted submissions of new and unseen pieces that interpreted the theme of ‘Tuku Iho’, which means celebrating traditions that are passed down through generations,” says Ms Campbell.
David Le Fleming’s submission, right, is based on astronomer Beatrice Hill, who left New Plymouth for the United States and went on to become a leading expert in the evolution of galaxies.
Le Fleming painted Beatrice’s image on to a 1940’s car bonnet and the piece acknowledges the achievements of Taranaki people who have come before us.
Le Fleming says the exhibition highlights the strength of the arts scene in the region. “Being far from famous art schools and renowned artistic centres is a gift, and allows the scene to develop its own sense of identity.”
Puke Ariki Museum Manager Colleen Mullin says: “Our creative community frequently puts Taranaki on the map and the number and diversity of artworks in Home Work are testament to the growth and importance of the arts sector.”
The exhibition runs until 8 February and will feature artist workshops, virtual reality experiences, floor talks and a blank mural canvas by artist Dside which is available as a colouring-in activity for children during the September-October school holidays.
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