Artists showcase work in garden setting
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.