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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Kerry Scott 2
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’

Kerry Scott and Pataka Friends 1 Kerry Scott and Mary Rose Kerry Scott

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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!

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Pataka Xmas tree progress 2

Holy Baubles, it’s Christmas time again.

How many baubles does it take to make a floating Christmas tree? Apart from a few entanglements, the Pataka Christmas tree is taking shape thanks to Linda and Alice, who have endured everything from extreme bauble reflections on the retina to close encounters with swinging baubles, to get our floating tree…floating. It has a certain double-helix dna thing going on that you don’t see every day, it’s a keeper! Thanks L & A.

 

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Photo by Mark Tantrum Pataka 2014

It’s all about the people

Pataka is often talked about as having a real ‘community’ feel about it. I often think about what the function of a gallery or museum is and of the benefits it provides to our quality of life. It must extend us, entertain us, educate us and give us some challenges and give us a sense of belonging.

Walking through the gallery, as a part of my daily toil, I have some wonderful conversations with our visitors and I enjoy the diversity of our audience. It is one of my favourite things about working at Pataka. The mother with a baby in a buggy taking time out to enjoy the art works with the baby looking wide eyed and responding to the colours, shapes and forms. My personal favourite, the group of elderly women having a great time talking and debating what art is, or even the college students that have let curiosity get the better of them and they have walked into the gallery and headed for the piece that they think is the coolest. The group of elderly people from a rest home here for a look at our exhibitions and a cuppa at Kaizen. Some people spend a good amount of time studying the works thoroughly and others are here for a quick whip around. It makes me so happy to see children and kids interacting with parents and discussing the works, after all it is about lifelong learning and creating a great connection with a place. These are our regular visitors, our repeat visitors and they are definitely a part of the Pataka community.

It is fascinating seeing how people engage with a gallery space, it will continue to fascinate me. Thanks to those people for the most heart-warming conversations, making me laugh, making me cry, giving me great insights about art and objects and generally adding to what I think Pataka does well. Good on you.

Margaret Tolland: Education Coordinator/Public Programmes

PHOTO BY MARK TANTRUM, 2014

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