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Proudly supporting Women’s Refuge New Zealand, NZ Sculpture OnShore has a dual aim: to present some of the best contemporary New Zealand sculptural art while helping the victims of domestic violence.
This year, over 100 outdoor works will be exhibited against the panoramic backdrop of Rangitoto Island and the Hauraki Gulf. It’s a diverse collection – with work from some of the country's newest talents alongside works by established artists such as Paul Dibble, Mary-Louise Brown and Lonnie Hutchinson.
Even more work exhibited in gallery
Complementing the outdoor exhibition is a gallery located in the Officers Mess building offering very high quality smaller art works designed for gardens and home interiors.
Works in glass, ceramics, stone, wood, metal and other media have been chosen to create an eclectic and fascinating visitor experience. There is something to appeal to all tastes and budgets – providing Christmas shoppers with plenty of choice.
All of the work in the exhibition is for sale and proceeds go to Women’s Refuge. With donations of over $1.34m to date, NZ Sculpture OnShore is one of the main sources of non-governmental funding for Refuge.
Some special events within the exhibition
During the ten days of the exhibition, there are several special events to take note of.
Gala Opening: Wednesday 5th November from 5.30 – 8.30. Enjoy a twilight viewing, wine by Vidal Estate, food from Jeremy Schmid of The Officers’ Mess Café and a chance to talk to the artists about their work. Tickets are $85, of which $50 is a tax deductible donation.
Rotary-hosted Evening Picnic: Unable to visit during the day? On Saturday 8th November there will be a picnic evening (with licensed café if you prefer). With music by the Royal New Zealand Navy Brass band, this will be a great night out. Tickets are $20.
Free Guided Sculpture Walks: These take place every day at 11am and 1pm. On Saturday 15th at 11am, Ron Brownson, Senior Curator New Zealand Art at the Auckland Gallery will host a free ‘walk and talk’ tour.
Children’s Sculpture Exhibition: Held in the historic underground fort, this showcase of sculptures created by children from Auckland schools and art groups is a very special part of NZ Sculpture OnShore.
Kidzone: This weekend activity programme lets children participate in a collaborative sculpture and learn more about the art with an especially designed map.
Everything you need to know
NZ Sculpture OnShore runs from 6-16 November, 10am-6pm daily.
Tickets are $15 adults, $10 seniors and students, $5 children (under 5s free). A family pass is $35. Tickets are available online at www.eventfinda.co.nz or at the gate.
Café and parking are available on-site
For more details visit nzsculptureonshore.co.nz and follow us on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/NZSculptureOnShore
Channel Magazine: Issuu 49 November 2014