Art is right on the edge

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS LEE

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.

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