Date: 22 March 2014 - 22 June 2014
Black Rainbow features works by Ralph Hotere alongside Michael Parekowhai’s Venice Biennale 2011 entry, He Korero mo Te Awanui o Te Motu: story of a New Zealand River - an ornately carved red Steinway grand piano.
In conjunction with the exhibition, a selection of significant poetic works by Hotere from the collection of Te Manawa will be displayed as well as some of his working drawings from the Hocken Library, Dunedin.
The exhibition was developed as a tribute to Ralph Hotere who passed away last year, and to acknowledge Michael Parekowhai and his standing as a contemporary artist.
Well known for his collaborative work with poets such as Bill Manhire, Ian Wedde and Hone Tuwhare, poetry became an integral part of Hotere’s method and style and greatly influenced the development of his art. His minimal black paintings contrast Parekowhai’s intricately carved piano. Playing the piano is an essential part of this exhibition and the public is invited to play as well as attend an extensive programme of events and performances.
Developed and toured by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.
Date: 31 March 2014 - 23 April 2014
Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts welcomes back to the gallery Marton-based sculptor Steuart Welch, ‘The Man of Steel’…albeit a bit rusty! Welch’s exhibition Cut to the Core features 11 small Cor-ten steel works suitable for display either inside or out. Cor-ten is the trade name of a group of steel alloys which were developed to eliminate the need for painting; they form a stable rust-like appearance when exposed to weather. This is an exhibition of smaller works, many having holes or openings which give rise to the exhibition’s title. These new sculptures are essentially free-standing steel forms which also serve as maquettes (French word for scale model) for potentially larger works in the same or similar material. Cut to the Core can be viewed at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts through April 23rd. The exhibition opens with a public reception for the artist from 5 to 7PM on March 28th at the gallery, 33 George Street, Palmerston North.
“Whether a sculpture is successful or not is usually determined by others,” states the artist, “and is shown by a willingness to engage, often in a tactile way as much as intellectually.” Welch says: “The average bloke may not see engineering as an art form, but I am excited by making sculpture using freestyle engineering; steel being the obvious material.” He continues: “The concepts that nudge me into consciousness at 3am often lead to my next day’s labour. This starting point is followed by much internal dialogue between me and the steel! Due to my experimental approach to sculpture making I like to see some of my ideas in a smaller size before I commit a truck-load of steel to a larger size which some of these could become. And of course the smaller size makes them more practical for indoor display.”
Marton-based artist Steuart Welch has been a dairy farmer, commercial nurseryman, artist in steel and a furniture maker. His artistic career began with the making of farm gates using found objects and has progressed over the years to finely engineered sculptures which make use of the best properties of steel. He has exhibited widely in the central North Island over the last dozen years and his artwork can be found in homes and gardens throughout New Zealand. When asked: “Where do your ideas come from?” he answers: “How do you stop them?”
Welch’s exhibition highlights include a joint show at the Taupo Art Centre in 2005; solo exhibitions at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts, Palmerston North in 2006, 2008 and 2011; one man shows at the Wine Country Gallery, Havelock North in 2008 and 2010 and a joint exhibition at the Millbank Gallery, Wanganui in 2010. The artist was also a Finalist in the Norsewear Art Awards in 2007 and a Merit Award winner in the 2009 Wanganui Arts Review. Welch will also be showing larger pieces of his work at Paloma Gardens, Fordell, Whanganui during the 2014 Artists Open Studios in March.
About Cor-Ten: Since 1959 when Cor-Ten steel began to be marketed, this material has served architects, engineers, designers and artists as an atmospheric corrosion-resistant steel. Cor-Ten successfully overcomes weathering and hence, rust, by capitalising on its unique ‘rust cures rust’ function. When exposed to the atmosphere without painting, Cor-Ten begins to rust in the same way as ordinary steel but soon the alloy elements in Cor-Ten cause a protective surface layer of fine-textured rust to form, thereby suppressing the normal corrosion rate. Capitalising on this excellent property, Cor-Ten can be used without painting, thereby nullifying the commonly held belief that ‘steel must be used with paint.’ If paint is applied then the service life of the paint is prolonged compared to coatings applied to ordinary steel thus reducing re-painting costs.
Since its development in the United States in 1933, Cor-Ten has been used in every field where steel is regularly utilised such as bridges, railway vehicles, buildings and recently, steel sculpture.
Date: 10 February 2014 - 17 April 2014
New Beginners Classes in immersion at the Alliance studio, Square Edge
3 different possibilities: Monday 5.30pm, Thursdays 12pm or 7pm
Duration: 1hour 30 minutes
Several classes available either during the day or in the evening.
Access to audiovisual and multimedia equipment.
Date: 11 April 2014 - 19 April 2014
It is one of the most beloved scenes in literature; a score of boys wan and ragged, chant a monotonous grace in the bare kitchen of a 19th century workhouse. In the flickering candlelight the boys wolf down their thin gruel.
This is no ordinary night. This is the night when the smallest and the most pathetic of the workhouse boys, Oliver Twist, dares to leave his place and timidly, bowl in hand, says to the bullying beadle, Mr Bumble, the immortal words, "Please Sir I want some more".
Oliver has committed a most grievous crime. The only answer for the sake of discipline is banishment, and so Oliver is sold.
Mr Sowerberry, the Undertaker, buys Oliver for five pounds. He endures vicious treatment at the hands of Noah Claypole, an assistant. Escapes to London and meets the artful Dodger who introduces him to Fagin, a wily old Jew who runs a training establishment for pickpockets. Oliver and Dodger are turned loose into the streets of London to pick the pockets of the "Gentry". Oliver gets caught trying to steal a wallet and would certainly have been hung had not been for the intervention of Mr Brownlow, who befriends Oliver.
True to the master storyteller Charles Dickens, many other characters appear in the musical. Nancy, a brazen hussy, has a soft spot for Oliver. Bill Sykes, a true villain, eventually kills Nancy. Fagin survives for another day. As in most Dickens' stories, in the end good triumphs over evil and Oliver is restored to a happy home.
Oliver is one of the great smash hits of the modern musical theatre. It is just as popular today as when it was first written. Lionel Bart, its composer has left us with an outstanding theatrical masterpiece.
Date: 29 March 2014 - 20 July 2014
Greg Semu is an Auckland born, now Sydney-based artist. This exhibition is an archetype of salvation, a symbolic gesture of hope for cultural kind battling against colonial oppression, confiscation of resources and land grabs.
Date: 29 March 2014 - 22 June 2014
Mauri Ora: A Story of Creation is a glass and light installation by contemporary Maori artist Jaime Boynton.
The exhibition explores universal themes of creation through the Maori creation tradition, depicting the formation of Ranginui (Sky Father) and Papatuanuku (Earth Mother).
Date: 14 April 2014 - 21 April 2014
Earn all your Easter Treats!
Come down to Cityfitness Palmerston North between:
Monday 14th April and Monday 21st April
We are opening the gym to non-members to come down and try out our facilities
(We have over 65 classes a week available, large weights area and cardio theatre)
For our open week we have some nutrition information about all your Easter Treats, so you know what you need to do to earn all of those goodies.
We will have 5 minute health checks available as well.
Date: 20 March 2014 - 17 April 2014
Personal Pilates - finding your perfect balance of strength, tone and flexibility.
If you have ever wanted to try Pilates then this is the ideal way to do it!
A 5 week Beginners course (1 session per week) covering the principles and basic set up positions of Pilates exercises. You will find your abdominal muscles and feel what it's like to 'activate your core'!
Some of the benefits of regular Pilates practice -
A stronger core - the deep muscles of the back, abs and pelvic floor tone to create a supple back and a firmer waist!
Strength without bulk - using your own body weight for a longer, leaner look.
Improved posture - to leave you standing taller and pain free.
Improved breathing and relaxation - to reduce unwanted tension.
Increased body awareness - understanding why and how your body moves.
Introductory is aimed at beginner level and class numbers are limited to 8, allowing for more personal attention.
All exercises are mat-based using your own body weight so no other equipment is required.
Experienced and qualified instructors.
Personal Pilates has been offering mobile mat classes in Palmerston North and Feilding for the past 5 years.
If you are interested in attending please contact Kim at Personal Pilates on either 021 041 2469 or 06 358 0494 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website for full information sheet.
Date: 01 April 2014 - 30 April 2014
This month Zimmerman Art Gallery is delighted to present "Welcome to the Library" - six new paintings and ten new book sculptures by Fran Dibble.
As in a library, this exhibition includes work for contemplation. Less are libraries places for research, which we google away at in work offices or in the after-hours, but more they have become a rest haven and sanctuary.
The paintings in this exhibition are assembled artworks. Comprised of a series of separate units positioned together, they play with ideas of contrast – different painted surfaces, with spray-painted surfaces beside the rich qualities of oil paint, random arrangements next to the more organised and ordered. They refer, in a fairly fluid way, to the themes of seasons and change - leaves falling, flowers blooming, clouds forming in big skies above flat landscape.
The book sculptures are tributes, tributes to books, collections of knowledge that we fear might be lost; that is the physicality of the real, old-fashioned objects with linen covers and typeface, never satisfactorily replaced with electronic files read on screens.
Most of these small book sculptures are made with vintage found books, leading to an element of luck and direction as to the art produced, with bronze articles attached. Other book sculptures are entirely made in bronze, either when the inspiring book has been deemed too beautiful to relinquish, so the title and graphics are transcribed on the replica, or else when a made-up volume has been produced.
Date: 17 April 2014
‘Costly thy habit as thy purse can by,
But express’d in fancy; rich not gaudy;
For the apparel oft proclaims the man’
An exhibition of Elizabethan constructed costumes and coifs designed created by first year design students at Toi Whaakari, including Palmerston North's Sarah Carswell. Representing six months of their study, this was an exercise in learning a wide variety of different techniques. The design is driven by the brief, the student's taste and what fabrics they have, can acquire or scrounge.
Also on display will a corset, bum roll and sample bodice showing the inner construction. All the hats and ruffs are sewn by hand and the coifs show various techniques such as felting, embroidering and printing.
To complete the Elizabethan construction there are also three amazing steam punk costumes - Prospero, Ariel and Caliban - from Manawatu’s 2013 Summer Shakespeare 'The Tempest' designed and created by Charmagne Anthony and Suzanne Tamaki in the exhibition.