FRONTLINES: From Porirua to Passchendaele
29 Sep – 29 Oct 2017
A hundred years ago in October, many men from the Porirua District were involved in the muddy horrors of WW1 battles in France and Belgium— including Passchendaele — the greatest loss of life in one day in New Zealand’s history. This exhibition discovers and remembers the local lads who served at the Western Front from 1916-1918. We also remember the families back on the Home Front who waited anxiously for news and kept the home fires burning and the home farms working.
Sharon Painter-Arps – Unwearable Art
1 Sep – 8 Oct 2017
Unwearable Art is a personal commentary on the extremes women put themselves through to be attractive and socially acceptable. Sharon’s earlier work which focused on cross culture and social identity gives background to her later work with addresses the current fashion for high heels which has the wearer teetering on the tips of their toes, the wearing of fake finger nails and false eyelashes. These items fashioned in stone take on a whole new meaning and speak of the discomfort and difficulty in wearing.
Linda Gilbert : EyeSpace
1 Sep – 8 Oct 2017
Linda Gilbert enlists the most appropriate medium to express her artistic ideas. For ‘EyeSpace’ Linda researched optometry, the cosmos and submerged herself in documentaries about outer space. Then she drew pencil and digital sketches, took photographs and manipulated them digitally, before finally making the paintings.
PĀTAKA FRIENDS ART AWARDS 2017
25 August – 25 September 2017
The Pātaka Friends Art Awards is an annual exhibition that is made up of entries from artists working or studying in Porirua and produced in the 12 months leading up to the exhibition. Artists working in the areas of photography, ceramics, painting and sculpture have featured strongly in previous years, but all manner of media can be used.
21 Jul – 27 Aug 2017
Whanganui artists Leonie Sharp, Angela Tier, Tracey Piercy and Emma Cunningham bring their collective artistic talents (jewelry, ceramics, photography and mixed media) together with one common theme in mind – birds. The artists all share a common interest in birds, however, for them the bird is more than purely subject matter. Feathers, bones, and wings are used as a resource, providing the material, and instilling meaning and beauty in their work.