Islands in the sun
29 October 2003
Prints by indigenous artists of Australia and the Australasian region
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu
31 October 2003 - 1 February 2004
W.A. Sutton and Ravenscar Galleries
Place in the sun for indigenous Artists
The first exhibition in the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu’s
international summer programme, the evocatively titled Islands in the
is a remarkable showcase of printmaking from across the Australasian region.
Islands in the Sun, a National Gallery of Australia Traveling
Exhibition in collaboration with Cairns Regional Gallery and supported by
Air Express, opens at the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu
on Friday 31 October. The exhibition is part of an extensive touring programme
developed by the National Gallery of Australia, which has included
in Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia and New Zealand.
Over 100 works will be included in the exhibition at the Christchurch
Art Gallery, in what is the first major exploration of printmaking
practice in the Australasian region. The collection includes works by
artists from Arnhem Land, Bathurst and Melville Islands, Torres
Strait Islands and Papua New Guinea. Also featured in the exhibition are
works by established
Maori and Pacific artists, including Michael Tuffery, Robin White,
Marian Maguire, Robyn Kahukiwa and Patrice Kaikilekofe.
National Gallery of Australia Senior Curator, Australian Prints
and Drawings, Roger Butler says Islands in the Sun is an a testament
to the art of printmaking as a bringing-together and affirmation
of indigenous culture.
The arts flourish in these societies and there has been a renewed
interest in traditional images, designs and narratives. New images and stories
have also evolved, reflecting the changing times and the introduction of
new technologies," says Roger Butler.
Printmaking has proved vital in making the visual arts of these
cultures widely accessible."
The artists have used a broad variety of printmaking techniques,
including linocuts, woodcuts, screenprints and lithographs,
reflecting both modern and traditional methods of expression.
Also featured are a number of works which cross traditional geographic
cultural boundaries, such
as A canoe of many passengers - a woodcut produced as part
a workshop run by Michael Tuffery, at the Banggu Minjaany Arts
Christchurch Art Gallery Manager of Public Programmes, Hubert
Klaassens says Islands in the Sun provides the ideal launch
to the Gallery’s
international summer programme.
This extraordinary exhibition reinforces the Christchurch Art Gallery’s
role in showcasing art from the Australasian and Pacific region," says
We believe Christchurch audiences, and our visitors both local
and international, will be engaged and inspired by Islands in
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