All things art at Auck­land fair

Central Leader - - News - By Cameron Bakker

Auck­land will be­come a lit­tle more cul­tured this week­end, with the Auck­land Art Fair back for its third year.

This year’s art fair prom­ises to be the big­gest and best yet, with 40 New Zealand and Aus­tralian art gal­leries dis­play­ing works from a va­ri­ety of well-known artists.

Auck­land Art Fair di­rec­tor Jen­nifer Buck­ley says the in­clu­sion of gal­leries from both sides of the Tas­man makes the event a stand­out.

“The fair has a strong transtas­man di­a­logue. It gives an in­cred­i­ble scope across the gal­leries of New Zealand and Aus­tralia.

“It gives peo­ple a real op­por­tu­nity to look at th­ese gal­leries without hav­ing to leave their coun­try,” she says.

It also en­ables Auck­lan­ders to see gal­leries from all around New Zealand.

The top 10 gal­leries from Syd­ney and Mel­bourne will be show­ing works, along with 30 gal­leries from across New Zealand.

Whites­pace gallery di­rec­tor Deborah White agrees the art fair is a fan­tas­tic event, and goes a long way in pro­mot­ing lo­cal artists.

“New Zealand has got a strong art com­mu­nity, and I think it’s start­ing to get in­creas­ingly recog­nised. I think the art fair is a big part of that.”

The art fair, to be held at the Marine Events Cen­tre on Halsey St, will have a va­ri­ety of ex­hibits, in­clud­ing vis­ual art, such as paint­ings, as well as a sculp­ture court fea­tur­ing three-di­men­sional works.

The fact there is a wide range of art in the one lo­ca­tion makes it eas­ier for the viewer, says Ms Buck­ley.

“Nor­mally you have to make an ef­fort to go and visit a lot of in­di­vid­ual gal­leries. This gives you a chance to have a short­hand view.

“You can see 20 or 30 gal­leries in the space of an af­ter­noon.”

Ms White also says it is a great way for the pub­lic to view art without feel­ing in­tim­i­dated.

“Peo­ple can just come in and wan­der around freely,” she says.

“We’re hop­ing that once peo­ple come and find the gal­leries they like, they will con­tinue to visit them on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.”

The Auck­land Art Fair will be of­fi­cially opened this Fri­day night, with a lec­ture by Don Thomp­son, whose book and ideas re­fer to the meld­ing of the art­world and the busi­ness world.

The fair runs un­til Sun­day. Tick­ets are avail­able from www.iticket.co.nz.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Cul­ture club: Auck­land Art Fair di­rec­tor Jen­nifer Buck­ley says the in­clu­sion of gal­leries from New Zealand and Aus­tralia makes the event a stand­out.

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