Leaders on can­vas

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An ex­hi­bi­tion at Auck­land Uni­ver­sity over the next few months will ex­plore the role of lead­er­ship in New Zealand.

The Power of Por­trai­ture is cu­rated by art his­tory lec­turer Erin Grif­fey and fea­tures por­traits of some of the coun­try’s most in­flu­en­tial leaders painted be­tween 1847 and 2006.

Con­trib­u­tors in­clude a range of Bri­tish and New Zealand artists, such as Got­tfried Lin­dauer, Bill Sut­ton, Peter McIn­tyre and Sir Ed­ward Hal­l­i­day.

The ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures 40 por­traits of ma­jor pub­lic fig­ures in­clud­ing Queen Vic­to­ria, for­mer prime min­is­ter Jenny Ship­ley, Sir Ed­mund Hil­lary, Cap­tain Charles Upham and for­mer gov­er­nor-gen­eral Sir Paul Reeves.

Pro­fes­sor Brad Jack­son says the sub­jects all had a cause they stood for and worked dili­gently to­ward.

“This ex­hi­bi­tion will give both in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal vis­i­tors a rare and valu­able op­por­tu­nity to ex­am­ine their as­sump­tions about what con­sti­tutes ef­fec­tive lead­er­ship.”

The Power Of Por­trai­ture will be shown in the Auck­land Uni­ver­sity’s Gus Fisher Gallery from to­day un­til Jan­uary 24.

Por­trait power: Sir Ed­mund Hil­lary’s por­trait is among those show­ing in an ex­hi­bi­tion at Auck­land Uni­ver­sity.

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