On our last day in New Plymouth we met with Govett-Brewster Art Gallery staff and SCANZ (Solar Circuit Aotearoa New Zealand) artists. SCANZ involves a residency, exhibition and symposium for artists working with new media and technology.
James gave a brief talk about his work to Gallery staff and artists and then we had lunch. Afterwards Gallery Director Rhana Devenport gave a tour of the current exhibitions.Then we set off for the long drive back to Wellington for a rest day on Waitangi Day.
On Saturday morning we flew to Dunedin visited the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Apart from seeing the Rita Angus exhibition again, I really enjoyed the Hail Falls Noisily on Bamboo Leaves*: Japanese Prints from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Collection. There are some really beautiful prints and I recommend checking it out if you find yourself in Dunedin before 12 April.
In the afternoon we drove out to Portobello on the Otago Peninsula to where we are staying just past the settlement at Te Kaika Homestead. It’s a beautiful area and the hot hazy day yesterday produced some strange light, as you can see in the images of Otakou Marae.
Today we are driving to Christchurch. We will be stopping at Fleurs restaurant in Moeraki for lunch (it’s James’ Birthday today) and then heading on to Christchurch for the night.
My next post will cover a bit more about James’ practice and work, more soon….