Art takes centre stage at Splore

An interactive visual art programme, designed to challenge and stimulate its audience, will take centre stage at the eighth Splore festival, from February 19 – 21. The biennale three-day summer festival at Tapapakanga Regional Park is renowned for integrating creative disciplines.

Under the direction of new Art Curator, Shea O’Neill, this year’s art programme will see eye catching installations, spill over from ‘The Art Trail’, and weave throughout the site, allowing artworks to merge with the stunning natural setting of woods, beach and sea.

Designed as site specific interactive artworks, the art displays are by a diverse cross section of contemporary New Zealand artists, including architects, film makers, painters, writers, video artists, sculptors, photographers, spatial designers and performance artists. To complement the overall aesthetic feel of the festival, the projects have been chosen for their interactivity and innovation.

Speaking of the Splore 2010 programme, O’Neill said “In response to the unique challenges of the Splore environment, this year’s eclectic line up of talented artists have pushed the boundaries of art and technology, to produce an interactive art adventure, that will open your mind, warp your senses and enlighten your imagination. Expect retro, future, giant, neon, steam-punk, cycle-powered, nude, time travelling, pop art, multimedia, experimental, interactive, FUN.”

O’Neill, who is behind the sideroom.com online magazine, selected 21 projects to feature at the festival.  He says the selection process was purely project focused, rather than name based.

“The Splore ethos is to provide artists’ with a unique opportunity to present their works in sublime natural surrounds where audiences are responsive to art that invites participation and engagement, and challenges everyday notions of what art is,” he says.

It may sound utopian, a place where music, art and nature merge to inspire a weekend of joyous celebration but Splore is rapidly becoming known as one of the most energetic and inspirational multi-media contemporary arts events in the country. Amongst this year’s artists are acclaimed interdisciplinary artists; Christian Nicholson and Brydee Rood, painters; Liam Moore and Tracey Tawhiao, sculptors; Chris Hargreaves and Stuart Forsyth, multimedia artists; The Hang Out and Nikki Hastings-McFall, and sound artist; Fraser Bruce.

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Artificial Tear (Cumulus)

Artificial Tear (Cumulus). 2009

MDF, Photographic Adhesive Film.

1100mm x 900mm x 400mm.

Work Sold.

Stoneleigh Sculpture in the Gardens

Deserted Vessel : Sanctuary. 2009.

Aluminum, Acrylic Mirror, Plywood, Stainless Steel.

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Twenty New Zealand sculptors have been named to take part in this summer’s Stoneleigh Sculpture in the Gardens exhibition at the Auckland Botanic Gardens in Manurewa.

The curatorial panel of Alexa Johnston, Leo Jew and Lisa Reihana made their selection from a list of 72 proposals including many artists that took part in the 2007-08 exhibition.

“Once again there was a great deal of interest from artists wanting to take part and exhibit their work in Auckland’s wonderful Botanic Gardens,” says Ms Johnston.

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a leap into the void

A Leap Into The Void : Reflections of Immaterial Sensitivity, 2008.
Macrocarpa, Stainless Steel.
3000mm x 600mm x 3500mm (LxWxH)
Exhibited at Headland Scultpure on the Gulf, Jan 2009 – Feb 2009.
Curator: Jenny Harper, Justin Paton,
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Press clipping: NZ Herald


A leap into the void featured in the New Zealand Herald, January 24, 2009.

blind refuge

Blind Refuge, 2008.
Aluminium, Nylon Rope, Stainless Steel.
2200mm x 800mm x 1000mm (LxWxH)
Exhibited at Brick Bay Sculpture Park,  Dec 2008 – Feb 2012.
Curators: Dr Robin Woodward, Brian Butler and Kate Darrow
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antipodean BYRD

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Antipodean BYRD : Once I Could Fly. 2008.
Aluminium, Stainless Steel.
1200mm x 1200mm x 1200mm
Exhibited at NZ Sculpture Onshore. Nov 2008.
Curator: Rob Garrett.

upcoming: sculpture on the gulf

Headland Sculpture on the Gulf selects 26 artists for 2009 outdoor exhibition on Waiheke Island.

WAIHEKE ISLAND 18 June 2008 – headland SCULPTURE ON THE GULF, New Zealand’s premier outdoor sculpture exhibition, has today revealed the names of the 26 successful artists who will be presenting artworks at the upcoming 2009 exhibition, following a review of the 107 submissions received from sculptors throughout the country.

The event is held every two years on Waiheke Island, with works installed over two kilometres of the magnificent Matiatia-Church Bay walkway. The 2009 exhibition will run for three weeks from 23 January to 15 February 2009.

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