John Pule – etching – to support the National Whale Centre
The title of the print, None but ourselves, is taken from “None but ourselves can free our mind”, from Redemption Song by Bob Marley.
This is the fourth print launch by the National Whale Centre Development Trust in an ongoing series of artist prints with a cetacean theme to raise funds for the proposed National Whale Centre for Picton.
John Pule’s etching, printed at PaperGraphica Print Studio, is part of a portfolio of works by some of New Zealand’s and one of Australia’s most important image makers including Dick Frizzell, John Walsh, Greg O’Brien, Fiona Hall, Michel Tuffery and two others still to be confirmed.
Participating dealer galleries are generously foregoing any commission on sales made for the cause.
The National Whale Centre Development Trust is indebted to the generosity and enthusiasm of the participating artists.
NATIONAL WHALE CENTRE – Media Release
March 12, 2014
Christchurch first to view new John Pule whale print
Christchurch art lovers will be the first to view leading New Zealand artist and poet, John Pule’s exceptional etchingNone but ourselves when it is unveiled in the city on March 28.
John Pule has kindly donated his print, which is centred on a whale theme, to raise funds for the National Whale Centre Development Trust. This is the fourth in an ongoing series of artist prints with a cetacean theme to aid the Trust’s cause – the establishment of the National Whale Centre on the Picton foreshore.
The Niuean-born artist, who is also a renowned poet, will talk about the print and read one of his poems at the launch at printmakers PaperGraphica in Bealey Avenue. His book of poetry, The Bond of Time, will be launched by Canterbury University Press the previous night.
Limited edition copies of the print will be available for individual sale initially with all proceeds going to the Whale Centre project.
“John’s print makes a valuable addition to the series and the Trust is indebted to him for his generosity and enthusiasm for the project which we believe will significantly benefit the South Island and New Zealand as a whole,” says project director Luit Bieringa.
The title of John Pule’s etching is taken from the line “None but ourselves can free our mind”, from Redemption Song by Bob Marley.
Pule’s print will be part of a portfolio of works by some of New Zealand’s and one of Australia’s most important image makers including Dick Frizzell, Greg O’Brien, John Walsh (already released), Fiona Hall , Michael Tuffery and two others still to be confirmed.
The prints are available from PaperGraphica, The Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, the Diversion Gallery, Picton or Bowen Galleries in Wellington – a geographical spread of galleries to reflect the Trust’s national focus.
“The previous prints are selling well and we expect to launch the Michael Tuffery print in Wellington in May,” says Luit Bieringa.
The NWC aims to tell the story of New Zealand’s whaling history in the Marlborough Sounds as well as current whale and dolphin (cetaceans) conservation efforts through information, research and exhibition programmes. The Trust aims to build an interactive space near the Picton foreshore for visitors to learn more about cetaceans and the local area’s whaling history.
After the release of individual prints over the next year, each artist will receive a full set for their own collection, with a portfolio of 8-10 prints being offered to the public.
For more information please contact:
Luit H Bieringa
National Whale Centre
Ph: 64 4 385 9435
Mob: 027 448 1947
Mob: 021 777 171