Sculpture on the Peninsula -A Contemporary Art Exhibition and Family Focussed Event
Sat 09 Nov 2019, 09:30 am
Sun 10 Nov 2019, 05:00 pm
Sculpture on the Peninsula
Loudon Farm, Banks Peninsula
Adults $15.00 admission, children under 12 free. Pay on entry
Hannah Kidd, The Watchmen, 2019, found objects, fuel tanks and corrugated iron.
Sculpture on the Peninsula 2019 - Loudon Farm, Banks Peninsula
Established in 2000, Sculpture on the Peninsula this year received a record number of submissions from artists throughout Aotearoa New Zealand and of the 115 artists’ proposals, 71 have been chosen for exhibition by invited selectors, Lara Strongman, senior curator at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu and arts writer/educator Gwynneth Porter. The selected list includes Graham Bennett, Paul Dibble, Alison Erickson, Hannah Kidd and Aaron te Rangiao. Alongside the work of senior and emerging artists, a diversity of arts practices and materials range from recycled plastics to swamp kauri, bronze, ceramics, woven flax, metal and marble.
Event manager Gill Hay has been overseeing the delivery of Sculpture on the Peninsula for the past nineteen years and she says that this year ‘surpassed all our expectations. The diversity and standard of submissions was outstanding.’
Sculpture on the Peninsula opens 8 November at the Loudon Farm in Banks Peninsula and runs over the weekend, Saturday and Sunday, 9 to 10 November. It is both a contemporary art exhibition and a family focused event. Hay says that ‘the “farm gallery” provides a broad scope for contributing sculptors with its numerous contoured land features, sheds, farm buildings, verandahs, trees and contemporary gardens.’
Sculpture on the Peninsula is a well-supported and keenly anticipated community occasion. Established by Governors Bay resident Geoff Swinard to support children in care at the Cholmondeley Children's Centre, proceeds from past events have contributed more than $660,000 towards the Centre.
A Grand Opening is held on the Friday evening and a significant part of this occasion is an auction with selected local artists this year, creating works using ‘aged picture frames’ as a starting point. The artists are: Diana Adams, Anna Dalzell, Alison Erickson, Jacqui Gibbs Chamberlain, Jason Grieg, Bill Hammond, Gill Hay, Roger Hicken, Lisa Patterson, Aaron te Rangiao, Dean Venrooy, Mark Whyte and Tim Wraight.
As a major contemporary arts event, Sculpture on the Peninsula aims to attract sculpture connoisseurs, individuals and families. ‘We encourage people to come out to wander amongst the sculptures, to bring a picnic or simply kick back and enjoy the food and entertainment on offer,’ Hay says. (Locally sourced produce features at the Grand Opening and at the onsite cafes at the weekend.)
Sculpture on the Peninsula in 2015. In the foreground is Llew Summers,’ sculpture, Danae
Overseen by the Lombardy Charitable Trust, the bi-annual event also supports participating artists with an award of $10,000 for the best artwork selected by an invited judge. In 2019 this role is undertaken by former director of the Christchurch Art Gallery, Jenny Harper. In addition, a public vote for the most popular work, The People’s Choice Award, valued at $1,500 is sponsored by NZartbroker.
What can visitors expect to experience at Loudon Farm in 2019? Hay says that this year ‘40 women have been selected to participate, many of whom are juggling the demands of creating works and balancing family commitments and we are also seeing climate change as a key theme for sculptures. Some participating sculptors will be involving food and entertainers in their works as well as enlisting labouring efforts from willing visitors in interactive exhibits.’
‘Many of the installations have been specifically designed to be displayed on pre-selected sites and outbuildings on Loudon Farm. Hannah Kidd has created, The Watchmen, three water tanks modified to resemble faces and large Nikau Palms created by Jane Downes will be ‘planted’ in a paddock. Akaroa artist Rewa Nolan will convert a former milking shed into an historic photographic studio where visitors will be able to dress in period costumes and have their images recorded on metal plates.’
‘Sculpture on the Peninsula is a diverse experience. Hannah Kidd’s work is sort of kiwiana and then you have someone like Tim Main who is doing a flora and fauna work based on Banks Peninsula flora and fauna that is now extinct. He is doing two new works and he is a new exhibitor for us. One of his works is an exterior piece and the other an interior piece and that one is going in the old stables.’
‘Increasingly, as the event has evolved, the sculptors organise a site visit with me before they do a submission for the event. The specifics of the environment then directly influence what they create. There are old stables and a milking shed and there is a working slaughter house. Cheryl Lucas and Hannah Kidd have previously made good use of that.’
Tatyanna MeHarry, Ice Creams, 2019, ceramics
‘There is a large bronze from Paul Dibble and Graham Bennett is doing a piece which relates to climate change. Bennett’s work has five different components to it, each representing a polluted New Zealand lake. Then there are Tatyanna Meharry’s ceramic ice creams which will be positioned on a corrugated iron wall near where our actual ice creams will be sold’
'Lyttelton artist Trent Hiles’ Labour of Life [The Art of Work] is both sculpture installation and performance, the artist digging 3 trenches over 3 days and locating 3 works sculpted from rākau rangatira (wood from ‘chiefly trees), placed at each trench and buried on the Sunday afternoon at 1pm, physically and symbolically returning his work to the earth, through a performance that raises questions about the need to create and its relevance in the current global climate.'
‘There is strong interest in making use of recycled materials. Rob Upritchard is into recycling plastic and he has made this string of plastic monkeys. Sculptor Matt Akehurst has done a very small bronze that he wanted to position near a larger bronze work, so I am going to put it close to the entrance near the Paul Dibble sculpture.’
‘There are ceramic works as well. Susan Higgs and her mother, Margaret Riley, are both ceramicists and Margaret is probably the oldest person exhibiting, now in her 80s. Susan is making 50 heads which will be positioned amongst the trees in the woodland area.
‘The shift to more site-specific works is a particular interest of mine. I have encouraged these installations with groups of related objects. It gives visitors a different kind of experience and works well with the mix of more traditional sculpture. Multi-media artist Julie Humby is using the chicken coop, (which doesn’t have chickens in it at the moment). It is a big coop and she has all these bugs she has crafted and they will transform the space’
‘Families and friends come to Loudon Farm with a picnic and they spend the whole day there and they get a massive walk if they go to the top of the hill. By the end of the day there is a worn track up there. We also have lots of entertainment, artists like Fiona Pears and The Eastern and there is a kids show from The Twisty Twins as well, so there is different stuff happening everywhere.’
Sculpture on the Peninsula, Loudon Farm, Banks Peninsula, 8, 9, and 10 November
Friday 8 November, 5 – 8.30 Grand Opening and Art Auction. Tickets $75.00, limited entry
Saturday 9 November, 9.30am to 5.30pm. $15.00 per adult (children under 12 free). Pay on entry
Sunday 10 November, 9.30am to 5.00pm. $15 per adult (children under 12 free). Pay on entry
Saturday 9 and Sunday November Art Tours with Warren Feeney
Tickets on line or at the gate. Go to: www.sculpturenz.co.nz
- Hannah Kidd, The Watchmen, 2019, found objects, fuel tanks and corrugated iron.
- Sculpture on the Peninsula in In the foreground is Llew Summers,’ sculpture, Danae .