Tena koutou katoa

Welcome to the Friends of Tauranga Art Gallery October newsletter.

It was great to see so many Friends members, including Friends of the Library, Baycourt and The Elms, at An Evening with Friends on 30 August. It was lovely to share a glass of wine with you and hear Alice Hutchison give an overview of the upcoming exhibitions.

I loved seeing Friends enjoying the virtual worlds of Terminus, and hearing those who were somewhat dubious about a VCR installation becoming converts as they relished the experience. The feedback from Friends members was that they enjoyed the evening and would like this to be a more regular occurence. Your feedback has been noted and the committee is keen to hold more evenings like this in future!

For those I didn’t get a chance to meet, my name is Marama Mateparae and I have been a member of the Friends committee since early this year. I’m currently studying at Wintec for my Bachelor of MediaArts (Honours) having completed my undergraduate Bachelor of Creative Industries at Toi Ohomai last year.

I’m looking forward to the opening of Kelcy Taratoa’s Who Am I? Episode 001 exhibition opening on 25 October. Kelcy is inspirational as a tutor as well as an artist and I’m excited to see how he will apply his bold colours and graphic style to exploring the cultural significance of Tukutuku panels.

Early November will see the opening of Mr G’s Home exhibition. My children and I have been eagerly following his preparation through his Facebook page and can’t wait to see the finished results. Don’t miss your opportunity to hear Mr G talk about his work at Friends’ Art in the Afternoon (details to come!).

I’m grateful that we have such a fabulous gallery to showcase the amazing creative talent in Tauranga, as well as the national and international artists that we have had the pleasure of experiencing.

See you at the gallery!

Marama Mateparae
Colleen Gunn and John Rowlandson experiencing Terminus
John and Briar Gordon
Saturday 19 October at 1pm  
Bureta, Otumoetai

$10 per person

You're invited to visit the home of John and Briar Gordon to view their collection of contemporary art, from New Zealand and around the world. Dan du Bern, from Sumer Gallery, will be leading the tour. Drinks and nibbles will be provided. It will be a lovely afternoon.

Numbers are limited to 15 so please RSVP today: friends@artgallery.org.nz or phone Bridget 0274 935782 by Monday 14 October.
New committee member needed...

The Friends provide essential support to the Gallery and are looking for a new committee member to join our busy Committee!

If you would like to nominate yourself, please send us an email telling us a little about yourself and your experience. 

Please send your nomination by email to friends@artgallery.org.nz.

Jo Bond at Friends AGM

"It was wonderful to hear from Jo Bond (Festival Director) of the Tauranga Arts Festival at our recent AGM. She did a brilliant presentation about a few of the incredible international Arts Festival events she has been to over the years. I especially loved the clip about the cardboard structures built around the globe by French Artist Olivier Grossetête. Jo talked about the upcoming Tauranga Festival and what we can expect. I’m particularly looking forward to the Portraits in Motion show by Volker Gerling, and also many more local, national and international shows that Jo has lined up for the Festival." Emma Wright

"What struck me most about Jo Bond's presentation to the Friends was that interactive outdoor art installations featured prominently. Jo showed a video and talked about the giant (7.5 metres high!) marionettes made by French company Royal de Luxe, a grandmother and her granddaughter, that roamed the streets of Liverpool and attracted thousands of people. As well, the Red Ball project by US artist, Kurt Perschke, was another favorite.  The ball is moved each night to different locations throughout the city during the Festival (this time in Galway).  People react and are engaged. Thank you Jo for a fabulous presentation. We really enjoyed it and look forward to the upcoming Festival." Bridget Cummins

Art in the Afternoon with Mr G.

Saturday 23 November, 2019

Save the date for a great Art in the Afternoon this November. 

More details to follow...
Friends Committee contacts: 
Chair: Bridget Cummins: 027 4935782
Treasurer: Emma Wright
Alex Sutherland 027 252 2601
Membership Secretary: Sue Speirs
Art in Afternoon/ Art Away Trips: Paula Harrison 021 2744116    
Art at Home:/ Art in Studios: via Friends email
Art at the Movies: Alex Sutherland 027 252 2601
Newsletter: Samantha Wilkie

General email: friends@artgallery.org.nz
Mail address: Friends of the Tauranga Art Gallery, PO Box 13255, Tauranga, 3141

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