Pa­cific artists show­cased

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Pa­cific art is at the fore­front of a new col­lab­o­ra­tive project.

The Tau­tai Con­tem­po­rary Pa­cific Arts Trust has teamed up with the BizDojo Karanga­hape Rd arts venue to show­case the work of emerg­ing artists of Pa­cific her­itage.

Poet Am­ber Esau, pho­tog­ra­pher Christian Wolf­gramm, mixed me­dia artists Lana Lopesi and Mita Gil­bert and per­former Sione Fale­tau are some of the artists in­volved in the project named Back­yard Ges­ture.

It will see a com­bi­na­tion of visual art, tex­tile de­sign and per­for­mance brought to the K Rd space over three days next week.

Tau­tai has been men­tor­ing Pa­cific tal­ent since the 1980s.

The part­ner­ship with BizDojo is an im­por­tant step for­ward for the trust, man­ager Christina Jef­fery says.

‘‘This project rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ment for Tau­tai in mov­ing be­yond con­ven­tional spa­ces and com­mu­ni­ties to build au­di­ences for and de­velop the pro­file of Pa­cific art and artists.’’

BizDojo Auck­land com­mu­nity man­ager Talia Smith says there is a ‘‘boom’’ of cre­ative peo­ple work­ing in the com­mer­cial and artis­tic fields at the mo­ment.

Back­yard Ges­ture runs from May 8 to 10 at 150 K Rd.

Pa­cific tal­ent: Work by visual artist Christina Pata­ialii will be dis­played in a project show­cas­ing the work of Pa­cific emerg­ing artists at the BizDojo PopUp Gallery.

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