Little Lotus Project

Local artists including Askew, Misery, Flox and Meghan Geliza are exhibiting art in Wellington’s National Portrait Gallery 12-18 October for refugee Burmese children in poverty, to be auctioned online…

“A few months back, I was flown by the NZ charity Spinning Top to the border of Thailand and Burma, alongside 13 Kiwi and US artists, to help refugee children through art, called the Little Lotus Project, which included NZ volunteers Jon Drypnz, Cleo Barnett and organiser Pat Shepherd among others. We painted murals and taught art classes to these schools” says Meghan Geliza.

All proceeds on art sold will go to these Burmese refugee kids.

Read more here (above photos were also sourced from this site)

Art and conservation

The following few links covers art in New Zealand and a few from some other countries that touch on issues of the environment and conservation.

The Kermadec exhibition Wakey, Wakey, Wakey opened on 4th October at Wellington’s City Gallery and is on until February.

This exhibition consists of work from nine artists: Phil Dadson, Bruce Foster, Fiona Hall, Gregory O’Brien, Jason O’Hara, John Pule, John Reynolds, Elizabeth Thomson and Robin White, who were selected to visit the Kermadecs in 2011 because of their connection to the Pacific, through art, ancestry, upbringing and everyday life.

“Wakey Wakey Wakey is calling on New Zealanders to wake up to the Kermadecs – it’s a unique, awe-inspiring place that New Zealand is responsible for. We want more people to know about it and feel connected to it,” John Reynolds. Read more of this article here:Exhibition’s marine wakeup call for Kiwis – Wellington exhibit puts sanctuary in spotlight

For more information check out the Wellington city art gallery website and the official Kermadec site www.thekermadecs.org

(above Wakey Wakey Wakey image from The Kermadecs facebook page)

Wild Creations Artists in residence programme is the Department of Conservation’s Artists in Residence programme, run in partnership with Creative New Zealand.

It gives New Zealand artists the chance to spend six weeks in natural or historical sites to experience the people, stories and challenges of the site, and draw inspiration from their surroundings to use in their work.

Check out some of the previous artists and the galleries of their work during their Wild Creation experience here

TWEET ME    “An interactive exhibit giving our birds a voice and bringing the forest back to life.”

Created by Tanya Marriott in response to her 2006 Creative NZ/DOC Wild creations residency at Maud Island wildlife reserve.

It has recently become a finalist in the New Zealand Best Awards in the Spatial Design section.

Watch this video to learn more about it.

Image sourced from here

And from further afield in Canada is the Artists for Conservation Festival 2012, Oct. 13-21 at North Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain.

It is a festival showcasing the world’s leading wildlife artists as well as bringing a unique perspective to some of the day’s most topical environmental issues.

Read more here.

Creative arts add real economic value

Recent media reports have exhibited an undercurrent of suspicion towards tertiary study in the creative arts.

The implication is that by including creative arts in their tertiary studies, students are using valuable government resources to pursue “hobby” subjects instead of opting for more “serious” economically-worthwhile subjects like agriculture, science, engineering and maths.

Let’s look into this idea of value. Take the most successful company in the world at the moment, Apple. One of the longest serving and critical members of the team that designed the iPhone and iPad is a creative arts graduate from New Zealand.

Read more here at The New Zealand Herald website.

WHAKAWHITI ĀRIA: TRANSMISSION exhibition at Te Manawa in the Manawatu

Artists’ exhibition a commentary on their own workImage

Maori artists Shane Cotton, Israel Tangaroa Birch and professor Robert Jahnke have joined together to produce a unique exhibition.

The idea came about after the trio were discussing how Maori knowledge in visual arts is disseminated through contemporary art practices. It was then the three artists decided to use their own work to demonstrate the concept.

“We chose to comment on each other’s artworks to create a show that provides a distinct point of view on the state of Maori art,” Birch said.

Read more here

Photo sourced from the Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science & History facebook page.