Artists show­case work in gar­den set­ting

Kaikoura Star - - OUT & ABOUT - EMMA DANGERFIELD

More than 90 lead­ing and emerg­ing New Zealand con­tem­po­rary artists will gather to ex­hibit at the an­nual Art in a Gar­den, held at the his­toric Flaxmere Gar­dens from Oc­to­ber 26 to 29.

Art in a Gar­den di­rec­tor and cu­ra­tor Laura Forbes said the gar­dens, which have a Na­tional Sig­nif­i­cance rat­ing, were the per­fect set­ting for the sculp­tures, while the paint­ings and other art­works would be dis­played in a large con­verted his­toric wool­shed. her art more ac­ces­si­ble to the gen­eral pub­lic.

‘‘Hav­ing an awe­some ru­ral set­ting and things hap­pen­ing along­side the artists’ ex­hibits brings a whole new di­men­sion to the way that the artists are able to in­ter­act with the pub­lic through their work.’’

Renowned Christchurch sculp- tor Llew Sum­mers, a huge sup­porter of the Art in a Gar­den con­cept, said it was im­por­tant for artists to have a plat­form to pro­mote and show their work to a wider au­di­ence base – one which went beyond ex­hibit­ing in gal­leries.

Print­maker Ben Reid, who is also ex­hibit­ing at Art in a Gar­den, said this kind of ex­hi­bi­tion pro­vided him with a real op­por­tu­nity to pack­age his art with his con­ser­va­tion mes­sage and reach peo­ple who might not oth­er­wise get the chance to see his art.

The four-day event, which is the largest an­nual art ex­hi­bi­tion in the South Is­land, is now in its 15th year.

It at­tracted 2,000 vis­i­tors last year, and has a good fam­ily vibe, which Forbes said was im­por­tant.

‘‘We be­lieve strongly that learn­ing to cre­ate and ap­pre­ci­ate vis­ual aes­thet­ics at a young age are some of the build­ing blocks of child de­vel­op­ment and sets off a life­long re­la­tion­ship with the arts.’’

Art in a Gar­den runs at Flaxmere Gar­dens from Oc­to­ber 26 to 29 and fea­tures work from more than 90 artists in­clud­ing print­maker Ben Reid.

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