Pātaka turns 21 – Pātaka’s 21st Birthday Celebration and Art Auction & Exhibition
Exhibition 20 September – 4 October 2019, Auction 4 October 2019
Please join us for a very special evening to celebrate Pātaka’s 21st birthday.
As well as fine wine, cocktails, delicious food and captivating entertainment, you’ll have the chance to bid on a selection of artworks generously donated by 21 of the many artists who have exhibited at Pātaka over the past 21 years including Shane Cotton, Elizabeth Thomson, Dame Robin White, Karl Maughan, Euan Macleod, John Walsh, Séraphine Pick, Sandy Adsett, Robert Jahnke, Owen Mapp, Wi Taepa, Gerda Leenards and Shannon Novak among others.
Vista – New paintings by Irene Ferguson
11 Oct – 10 Nov 2019
Vista, an exhibition of recent paintings by Irene Ferguson mixes references to the Chinese tradition of ‘eight views’ with Western traditions of en plein air and early colonial art. These landscapes are embellished with the fictional narratives of willow pattern dinnerware, popular culture, and a hint of absurdity like a ‘good’ Greek myth.
The exhibition includes work made in China and work completed by Ferguson upon her return to Melbourne, Australia, where she lives. Ferguson was artist in residence for three months at Red Gate, Beijing, China in 2019. This residency and exhibition were made possible by the generosity and encouragement of a large group of supporters through a crowdfunding campaign and all the people associated with the Red Gate residency.
He Manawa Tītī, The Enduring Heart
27 Sep– 27 Oct 2019
This exhibition features the artwork of Kerry Ryan Moore, Val Griffith Jones, Helen Forrest, Gregory Chaston, and Mayme Chanwai, 5 local senior artists whose work transcends their age.
“Age has no reality except in the physical world. The essence of a human being is resistant to the passage of time. Our inner lives are eternal, which is to say that our spirits remain as youthful and vigorous as when we were in full bloom.” ― Gabriel Garcia Marquez , Love in the Time of Cholera.
Within western cultures aging is stereotypically portrayed as something bad, to be fought against. Artists however seem able to live beyond these stereotypes. Art is one career you can get better at even into old age.
This exhibition is a celebration of art and life.
In conjunction with this exhibition Pātaka is hosting a day of events on October 1st to celebrate International Day of Older Persons.