47° SOUTH RAKIURA: FIVE ARTISTS ON STEWART ISLAND – 4 Oct-28 Oct, 2016
The residency offered the artists a chance to explore the historical, commercial and natural locations that are so emblematic of the island’s isolation and rugged natural beauty. They were also able to experience its complex and dynamic environment, with excursions hosted by local guides, whose knowledge of and enthusiasm for the science and local mythologies of the area plays such a large role in supporting the island’s exceptional culture.
47° South explores the potential for arts to engage with and build on the unique heritage that is Stewart Island/Rakiura and its people. The warmth with which the locals embraced the five visitors and their project left lasting impressions on the artists and has helped forge strong partnerships between both communities, adding to the success of the whole project.
The works that resulted from the residency was exhibited at Oban, Stewart Island/Rakiura in mid 2016. Following this exhibition, a ‘Solander box’, comprising a full set of original prints from the exhibition, was gifted back to the island community. The 47° South exhibition will then continue with a tour of regional galleries and museums throughout mainland New Zealand from 2016 to 2017.
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