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.