Art is right on the edge
Kiyun Lee is certainly thinking outside the square for her first exhibition.
The central Auckland art student is showing her abstract sculpture alongside a host of whimsical works at the NZ Sculpture OnShore showcase.
The Devonport event is supporting New Zealand Women’s Refuge.
Getting involved by displaying her welded work was a no-brainer, the 21-year-old says.
‘‘Helping support the community in this way feels like a great way to give back,’’ she says.
‘‘I had a choice between going on an exchange programme to Korea or this exhibition but I felt this was a better opportunity.’’
More than 100 works by wellknown sculptors and local artists are bringing Fort Takapuna alive with many forms and themes.
The contemporary art festival is on at the cliff-top heritage park until November 18.
It first began 18 years ago as a fundraiser. The biennial exhibition and its team of volunteers has since raised $1.2 million for New Zealand Women’s Refuge.
It remains the refuge’s largest funding support outside of the government.
This year’s unintentionally lively theme came as quite a surprise to curator Rob Garrett.
‘‘Certain themes emerge each time out of the delightful creativity of the artists themselves,’’ he says.
‘‘No limitations are imposed and this year we’ve ended up with a menagerie of creatures from a lifesized elephant to chihuahuas – we’ve practically got a whole zoo.
‘‘It’s great. I didn’t see that coming.’’
There is also an on-site cafe, indoor sculpture gallery in the Officer’s Mess and a children’s sculpture programme.
All works are available
for purchase, and all proceeds will go to Women’s Refuge.
NZ Sculpture OnShore runs every day from 10am till 6pm at Fort Takapuna, Devonport.