Exhibition: Art is a Living Thing, until 15 Jan

International Exhibition of 100 Artists in Masterton.

New Zealand Pacific Studio, the international yet rural residency centre for artists located in the hills of Mount Bruce, Wairarapa, mounts the international exhibition Art Is a Living Thing, with work by 100 of its artists from 15 countries, and from each of the 15 years that the centre has been operating. The show runs for six weeks, from 3 December 2016 to 15 January 2017, at Aratoi Museum, Corner Bruce & Dixon St, Masterton, New Zealand.

My contribution to the multi-media exhibition is a recorded reading of my short story ‘Once had me’, which had its beginnings at NZ Pacific Studio in 2014, when I was R.A.K. Mason Fellow. I’ll be reading in person on Saturday 3 December in the Saturday Afternoon Live event, as part of the opening weekend of the exhibition.


Art is a Living Thing

International Exhibition of 100 Artists in Masterton.

The multi-media exhibition, supported by Trust House, features film, song and literature in a continuous 2.5-hour projection, and performances on the opening (Dec 2 & 3) and closing (Jan 14 & 15) weekends, with entry by Koha.

The gallery – once a church – has been designed to reflect the 1911 villa that is NZ Pacific Studio: the stage area – once an altar – to symbolise the home’s interior; a purpose-built pavilion in the main gallery floor space represents the villa’s formal front garden; and in the vestibule, a site-specific sound installation of Mount Bruce birdsong, with an intimate self-portrait by Kedron Parker (NZ), who has been in residence at NZ Pacific Studio more often than any other artist: seven times.

Art Is a Living Thing presents a diversity of creativity and experience, reflected in the work on display which includes 3-D, ceramics, art book, paintings, photography, drawings, monoprints, limoprints, literature, film, video, music video, animation and fibre art.

Over the past 15 years, the five-acre facility at Mount Bruce has hosted hundreds of creative people – writers, musicians, and artists of many different media – who develop their personal creative work and also give to the Wairarapa/Tararua community through concerts, workshops, school visits, exhibitions, lectures and more.

Performances will be held on the opening and closing weekends. Entry by Koha.

When: 3 December 2016 to 15 January 2017. Summer hours at Aratoi apply.

Where: Aratoi – Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, 11 Bruce St, Masterton, Wairarapa

Tickets: By koha

Details online: Art is a Living Thing: NZ Pacific Studio exhibition

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