Friends of the Tauranga Art Gallery - December Newsletter 2018

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December 2018 Newsletter
Season’s Greetings!  This is the final newsletter in what has been a busy and eventful 2018.  There are a few events coming up that will be of interest to you.
The Friends of Baycourt have sent us an invitation to a “Friends of Friends” evening on Friday 30 November.  It’s a great opportunity to meet James Wilson, the new Baycourt Manager, along with others who support the Arts in Tauranga.  More details and RSVP information can be found later in the newsletter.
In 2017, with Toi Ohomai, we initiated the Friends of the Tauranga Art Gallery Emerging Artist Award. It’s a $500 cash prize, a certificate and as well, the winning student is offered a strengths finding assessment, coaching and valuable presentation experience (valued at $800) by our committee member Alexander Sutherland.  Students graduating from the Bachelor of Creative Industries are eligible and on the 15 November, Karl Chitham, John Beech (Friends Committee Member) and myself went out to judge the award. We viewed the hanging pieces (and some installations) from around 1pm until 3pm. Kelcy Taratoa was one of the visual art tutors and he escorted us around the Gallery. We then went back to John’s place to decide the winner.  It was quite a process – and Karl took us through it methodically. The work was so varied – from painting/photography/sculpture/3D video/fashion!  However the outcome was unanimous. The winner is Savannah Whiteman with ‘Quarter Caste’, a very personal story. We appreciated Savannah’s technical prowess and how she translated her family portraits into large scale drawings. We also decided to give a special commendation to Kath Lousich for her work ‘Invitant Le Regard’. We felt Kath deserved a special award as the relationship between the idea she was exploring and the art historical references gave the work depth and impact.  We look forward to having Savannah present at our February 2019 Art in the Afternoon and hope you will be there to meet our Emerging Artist Award winner.
Emma Prill had a fabulous opening night on 9 November and the atrium is adorned with her beautiful and bright installation – Colourfield. Emma has a floor talk at 10.30pm on 1 December at the Gallery, which shouldn’t be missed. On Friday 14 December there is another exhibition opening at the Gallery, Askew One and ‘Stories of Rust’.  Look out for the email invitation from the Gallery in the next few weeks.
Our final Art in the Afternoon for 2018 is coming up on the 5 December, starting a little earlier at 2.30pm. We’ll be offering a little Christmas cheer and the opportunity for one last chance to hear from our fabulous Gallery Director, Karl Chitham, before he heads south to Wellington. Look forward to seeing you there!
Wishing you all a happy Christmas and an exciting 2019!
Dear Friends,
Friends Of The Library, Friends Of The Art Gallery, The Theatre Organ Society
and Friends Of Baycourt.
As our neighbours you are warmly invited to join us for the 2018 ' Friends Of Friends'
Friends Of Baycourt Event at Baycourt.
This is the opportunity for us all to get together and to share our passion for and involvement in aspects of the arts and the wonder of reading.
FRIDAY  30  NOVEMBER 2018  is the date for us to gather at
Baycourt from  5.30 p.m. - 7.00 p.m.
~  This is the opportunity to welcome and meet our new Baycourt Manager
James Wilson.  James is looking forward to meeting you and he will share some
of the interesting career he has had to date, prior to coming to Tauranga  and
~  There will be entertainment to enjoy.
~   Refreshments will be available during the evening.
We look forward to again welcoming you, to this gathering!
RSVP: You can reply to this invitation by contacting Jill Semple,
            We require replies by the 27 November, please.
            Jill can be contacted on  07 579 2577
            or by email –                     
How To Make An Exhibition
Tauranga Art Gallery Director Karl Chitham will delve into some of his favourite exhibitions over the past 4 years, unlocking some of the hidden secrets of exhibition development and answering some of those burning questions:  How do you choose who will have a show? how do you come up with the titles? and who chooses the work?
This will be Karl’s last function with the Friends of Tauranga Art Gallery as he will be leaving us to take up his new position as Director of the Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt in January.
Wed 5 December, 2.30pm,
 with afternoon tea and Christmas drinks and nibbles.
Friends a gold coin donation, visitors $5.


Behind the Scenes with Darcell Apelu
On Wednesday 31 October a small group came along to listen to Darcell talk about the show she has curated, her first, ‘Say it, just say it’.  We were in the tiny cube upstairs and Darcell was in the process of laying out the beautiful wallpaper that is part of Louisa Afoa’s striking piece.  Darcell spoke easily about her role and the challenges she faced when given the opportunity to respond to the 125th anniversary of the Suffragettes movement.  Darcell said that having a really tight brief helped to be more responsive to the wider community issues about women and their place now – how has it changed?  The three artists, Louisa Afoa,  Li-Ming Hu and Julia Holden offer very different works and are a clash of colour and culture – the latter being something of which Darcell was acutely aware.  Julia Holden’s beautiful camilla’s sit quietly and proudly on the wall.  It was a very insightful talk and I’m looking forward to seeing the completed work.  Thank you Darcell.
Bridget Cummins
Review - Art @ Home

On a stunning Sunday afternoon, members of the Friends of the Tauranga Art Gallery were treated to a feast of both the visual art and gourmet kind at the home of Alan & Paul.

With a picture perfect view of the Tauranga Estuary & Motuopae Island, we were all lapping up the sunshine and the splendid hosting of this very generous couple.

Alan, a keen artist himself, told us of their passion for art and gave a great background story to their art collection.

Amongst the works were great examples of Northern Territory Aboriginal paintings. Both Paul and Alan told back-stories of the artists & paintings as we explored their home.

We are truly thankful to our amazing ‘Hosts’, all who attended would like to thank them very much for creating this very enjoyable afternoon.

We all left more knowledgable of the works and that particular genre in their collection, with our waistlines a little more firmer.
John Beech
Friends enjoying Art @ Home
Art in the Afternoon - Kelcy Taratoa
As someone unfamiliar with Kelcy Taratoa's art it was a surprise to see his work and a pleasure to listen to him talk about his upbringing in small towns Levin and New Plymouth in the 70's. He said his cousins grew up in rural marae while his reality was divorced parents from the age of 5 and the urban environment of dairies, buildings and fish and chip shops. On reading about successful Maori artists in Darcy Nicholas' book "Seven Maori Artists" Kelcy began to explore his Maori lineage, identity and culture, with his work sitting outside customary conventions, his work questioning Maori art (what is it ?).   

His inspiration also comes from the realms of science fiction, popular culture, technology and comic books. I have never thought that much about Spider-Man or Superman. Spider -Man is the alias of Peter Parker, an orphan raised by his Aunty May and Uncle Ben in New York City. His stories centred around the struggles of adolescence - Kelcy understood that and he still thinks about the notion of the superhero. I found the graphic and vivid nature of his work made me think about his life and challenges in finding his identity , urbanisation/disconnection and reconnection with your culture and "what is Maori art ?"

A painter by the name of Cliff Whiting said that "creativity is a spiritual activity" and this resonated with Kelcy as he progressed into his Master of Maori Visual Arts thesis "The Link Between History, Social Situation and Identity Construction". He continues to explore the personal psychology behind his identity, plus big topics like imperialism and colonialism, and the impact of urbanisation.   

When Kelcy talked about his studio at Toi Ohomai, where he is Artist in Residence and his rituals to get started painting I found that fascinating. After completing a body of work he cleans the studio completely, so that the next series of blank canvases can excite him.He uses his rituals, including having specific clothing and shoes while painting, the classical music playing and the drawing of circles and lines to "get into the creative zone".

There is a lot to this artist and he is using his life experience now to encourage other young people, helping them to see what Gerhard Richter said - "Art is the greatest form of hope".
Yvonne Lambert
Other event dates!
Saturday, 1 December at 10.30am

        Artist Talk - Emma Prill
        Free, bookings required

Wednesday, 5 December at 2.30pm

        Art in the Afternoon
        Final words from Karl Chitham &  Christmas gathering

RSVP through Friends email please. Why not bring a friend? We love to have some new members!

Friday, 14 December, 5.30pm

        Opening of Askew1, Stories of Rust and
        Matekino Lawless (Weaver who is 90 years old!)

Saturday, 15 December, 10.30am

        Artist Talk: Askew1
        Free, bookings required

More information on events will follow in coming newsletters.
We welcome donations from Friends (and friends of Friends!) to support the projects we sponsor. A little goes a long way and you may be able, next to your membership fee, to donate an extra $10 or $15 to get for example a preschool kid joining in the pre-school education visits!  Have a look also at this video made by the gallery that features some of our Friends:
Friends Committee contacts:
General email

Chair: Bridget Cummins, 0274935782
Treasurer: Emma Wright
Secretary: John Beech
Membership Secretary: Yvonne Lambert Ph: 021 499 318  
Art in Afternoon/ Art Away Trips: Paula Harrison Ph: 021 2744116    
Art at Home:/ Art in Studios: Via Friends email
Art at the Movies: Alex Sutherland ph: 027 252 2601
Newsletter: Hella Bauer: via email 
We hope to see you all soon at the Gallery or at one of our events!
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