It is with sadness and respect that we acknowledge the passing of curator, historian and educator Jonathan Mane-Wheoki. A friend and colleague to many museums, galleries and universities, Jonathan contributed catalogue essays to several Pataka exhibitions. He will be greatly missed.
Oh what a lovely Maughaning!
There’s something about a Karl Maughan painting that makes you want to step into it. Now I’m not suggesting that anyone attempts this, literally, but when confronted by the brilliant colours, dappled light and painterly texture of a Karl Maughan painting, you just want to stroll through it and soak up the goodness. Maughan’s monumental garden paintings are a classic example of how viewing art via the internet or from a book is really no substitute to ‘experiencing’ the work first hand, in the flesh, or at Pataka in this case. We’re excited to have such a beautiful collection of paintings all together under one roof for people to appreciate and marvel at, thanks Karl.
Posted by Stu Forsyth, Design & Marketing Coordinator, PATAKA.
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