Picking up art work from private lenders or artists.
One of the most important parts of curating and organising an exhibition is the pickup of loaned artworks or objects. These works are borrowed from institutions, private lenders or private collections. In liaison with the artists a selection of works is chosen and owners are contacted and loan agreements negotiated. The Curator of the exhibition and the Registrar then organise the pick up of the works.
When we travel away to another part of the country we already know the size, medium and condition of the work and take appropriate packing material. With private lenders it is very normal to be taking the work off the wall in the lounge and wrapping it for travel. This is a good time to finally put a ‘face to a name’ as you may have been corresponding or talking to this person for over a year, thank them for their loan and let them know that their treasure is in safe hands. Private lenders love to be able to share their art!
Picking up artworks is a very rewarding part of the job, you get to meet collectors, artists and colleagues from other institutions and you get to handle beautiful things.
Posted by Laureen Sadlier, Museum Registrar, PATAKA Art + Museum
“Gigantic UFO light” and “banana boat chair” a hit with Khandallah School pupils
Hi everyone, I am Esmé one of the educators here at Pataka. Last week we had the wonderful Khandallah School through our doors to learn about and be inspired by the work of David Trubridge. Trubridge’s work allows endless learning possibilities with its links to sculptural practices and 3D art but also problem solving and maths.
We first began in the gallery where we explored Trubriddge’s artwork and found out through a gallery game that his work is heavily influenced by nature. As always children have the best imaginations and there were amazing descriptions of Trubridge’s work flying about. My favourites were ‘banana boat chair’ and ‘gigantic UFO light’.
In the education classroom we investigated how to use 2D materials to create a 3D sculpture. Trubridge’s ‘body raft’ was a huge driving force behind our sculptures. The idea of ‘trapping air’ and having negative space inside the sculpture became our key focus. How the students went about making their sculpture is they first drew their own organic shapes. They then played with the scale of their shape making them larger and smaller and cutting them out of card. With their series of small and large shapes they then punched holes around the edges. Finally, students threaded bamboo cane sticks through their shapes sequentially to create their own sculpture. It was amazing to see student’s problem solving and engineering.
For me as an educator I enjoyed the freedom of this sculpture as there was a lot of room for students to experiment and play, there was no wrong way of making your sculpture! I loved to see when a student missed lining the cane stick with the right hole in their shape, this lead to some of the sculptures having beautiful twists in their form.
From the mouth of our future sculptures about this programme:
‘I’m going to make another one at home’
‘Can I make a second one, it was so much fun!’
‘I don’t want to put mine in the bag to go back to school …I need to carry it, it’s too special’
Posted by Esmé Hatton, Education Officer, PATAKA Art + Museum
Jay Hollows: New Gallery Supervisor at Pataka
I was born in Christchurch, but spent most of my youth in Rotorua. I have also lived in Auckland, the Hawkes Bay, Wellington, and the Kapiti Coast. I have had a varied work life too. Starting as a Baker, Radio Announcer, Copy Writer, Production Engineer, Teacher/Tutor of radio and fine art, I’ve done hundreds of hours of gallery minding, and installed and deinstalled dozens of exhibitions. All this experience has been all been a lot fun and has given me the skills needed to get me to this great job at Pataka.
What I like most about being involved in New Zealand Public Arts is our art enables people from all walks of life to come together, and share ideas that are important to that community, and it’s actually been the community that attracted me to Pataka and Porirua. I have always considered greater Wellington to be my true home. I love how all the areas, from Wellington to Porirua, and out to the Kapiti Coast have taken pride in their cities, always putting their best foot forward, presenting themselves as welcoming and unique places to live or visit. I’m certainly looking forward to some motorcycle rides up the coast and over to the Hutt. Plus there is the big south Island ride to do, but I think that will be in the summer.
Someone asked me recently what I’d miss about Auckland …… I have to say, I won’t miss much about the city itself, but I will miss my art school friends, and my wife Emma, who doesn’t come down until December (she is finishing her Phd). So yes, I am here on my own in a nice little flat in Titahi Bay. I thought at first that I might embrace this new found freedom and become a male cliché, that figures, cheese toasties for dinner, and late night action movies, but by the second night I was over that. Thanks goodness I work with all these exciting and dynamic people here at Pataka Gallery; come by and say hi, I’m here Sunday to Thursday 8.30am to 5.30pm.
Posted by Jay Hollows, Gallery Supervisor, PATAKA Art + Museum
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