2015 Friends Arts Award

Entry forms are available from Pataka’s front desk or download the pdf below, may the creative force be with you:

2015 Arts Award conditions and entry form


Wayne Y on tour

Ka pai Wayne!

Artist Wayne Youle (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whakaeke, Ngāti Pākehā) returned to Pataka this week to begin the first stage of a Friends of Pataka residency. The residency has allowed Wayne to spend some dedicated time researching material for a new piece of work that he hopes to complete in April.

Wayne’s enthusiasm and creative energy has rubbed off on everyone here at Pataka and although it’s sad to see him leave, we can look forward to his return in April (hopefully with the entire Youle whānau), yay!

During Wayne’s residency, Pataka’s local historian legend Linda Fordyce conducted a tour, with the help of Ngāti Toa kaumātua Taku Parai, of sites around Porirua significant to Ngāti Toa and integral to Wayne’s research output. The sun was shining for the Friends of Pataka that day and we thank everyone involved and hope the tour was eye opening and enjoyable.

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Serena and Pataka peeps

Serena Franklin, undisputed multi-task install champion for February 2015.

Install time at Pataka can sometimes get a bit hectic and it’s moments like these when a cool, confident head and hands is required. Enter Serena Franklin, Weltec Bachelor of Creative Technologies student. Serena has helped us over the last few weeks with the install of our next exhibition Imagine Asia (opening 22 Feb, 2pm), amongst other things, and was thrown everything and anything to help get the job done. Often the pressure cooker nature of some install’s can be testing, but Serena’s can do attitude and relaxed way of working with everyone made the experience all the more enjoyable and her contribution was invaluable.

We wish Serena all the best for her studies and hope she’ll be back soon, thanks from everyone at Pataka.

IMAGE ABOVE: Serena snapped with some of Pataka’s staff (you almost escaped without a photo Serena, but not quite).
IMAGE BELOW: Serena working her magic.

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Artist in residence at Pataka

How wonderful it is to see art in action. There is nothing like seeing the tools of the artist, the almost sacred space that they create, the contemplative glances and the ideas that happen.

We were all very lucky to glimpse a bit of this in action recently at Pataka. Local artist Kerry Scott was here for her residency as the recipient of the Friends of Pataka Open Art Award in 2014.

It was so nice to drop in daily on Kerry and to see her wonderful canvas works grow and glow. Kerry built up the surface of her works over many days with colour, textures and many transparent layers. It was fortunate that the residency took place over those lovely warm days as the sun also took part in her process providing the much needed paint drying time.

Kerry’s paintings have wonderfully iconic native bird images that are a part of her ongoing knowledge and learning about the animals and birdlife that are specific to Porirua. This research has been a part of her mosaic sculptural pieces that feature in Ranui and Waitangirua.

After the residency time Kerry will still be developing and completing these works and we thank her for reminding us about the importance of artists and creativity. To sound a tad clichéd, it is a beautiful thing.

Margaret Tolland
Education Coordinator and ‘longing to paint artist’

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Pataka Christmas greetings card 2014

We are closed on Christmas and Boxing days, and again on the 1st and 2nd of January.
See you in the New Year!