Elephants, Horses and Nature Notes... July at Northart
Northart starts the month off with a sculpture competition for Year 5 to Year 8 school children. This year, in line with 2014 being the Lunar Year of the Horse, the challenge to the young artists and their teachers was to create a three dimensional horse.
This is the tenth year Northart has organised such an event, and that the Birkenhead Licensing Trust have sponsored it, and it is always a lot of fun and an exciting show to have in the gallery. The prize-giving will be on Saturday 5th at 11.30am and the exhibition will continue until 13 July. The show is timed to coincide with the school holidays, and Northart will be holding a series of sessions on Mondays – Wednesdays when primary and intermediate aged kids can call in and create their own sculptural horses - contact the gallery or visit northart.co.nz for dates and times.
Te Toi Hou currently in the gallery until 9 July is proving very popular indeed. It provides an overview of contemporary Maori art - sculpture, painting, printmaking and photography - and is presented as part of the regional wide Matariki festival. It includes works by such well-known artists as Michael Parekowhai, Brett Graham and Star Gossage, as well as lesser known and emerging artists.
Another not-to-be missed show - Nature Notes. It opens July 14 and will be very accessible to all (by that I mean you don’t have to have a strong knowledge of or interest in contemporary art to understand and enjoy the works on display). The theme of all the show is, as the name suggests, the natural world: the eighteen invited artists were asked to create art works that explore the small and personal aspects of the natural world surrounding their homes and studios. So it is not about the grandiose, but rather the personal and intimate. All works are on A5 sized card and each artists can submit up to eight works. All will be for sale.
Also included in the round up for the month is a solo show Into the Mystic by Wayne Webster and a group show of painting and ceramics. Opening on Sunday 3 August, there will be a ceramic show, Beautifully Formed, an exhibition of painting and mixed media works entitled A Common Denominator and a little later in the month, Attic pre-owned and pre-loved works of art, craft, design and books.