Orig­i­nal Voices edgy and orig­i­nal

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

Orig­i­nal, in­ven­tive, chal­leng­ing.

These are the words cu­ra­tor Stu­art Shep­herd uses to de­scribe the work of self-taught artists fea­tured in an ex­hi­bi­tion pre­sented by Arts Ac­cess Aotearoa at Pataka next month.

Orig­i­nal Voices in­cludes work by artists from 16 community art groups around the coun­try, in­clud­ing Porirua’s own Colours Art Stu­dio.

Sixty of the 300 works sub­mit­ted were se­lected to line the walls of the Bot­tle Creek Community Gallery. How­ever, all the works will be pre­sented in a con­tin­u­ous slide show throughout the ex­hi­bi­tion.

The art pro­duced by the artists from these groups is con­tem­po­rary, edgy and imag­i­na­tive, Shep­herd says.

Shep­herd hopes that gallery vis­i­tors will open to the dif­fer­ent ‘‘voices’’ of each artist.

‘‘You don’t need a de­gree to en­joy art. You need a con­fi­dence and an open­ness to ap­pre­ci­ate the work and the dif­fer­ent forms of ex­pres­sion.

‘‘I am con­stantly chal­lenged and de­lighted by the in­no­va­tion, and the fresh visual lan­guages and ac­cents bub­bling up from this sec­tor of the art world.’’

Orig­i­nal Voices em­ber 6 to 23.

A pub­lic pro­gramme will in­clude an art work­shop by Mar­cel Baai­jens on Au­gust 30; an artists’ talk on Septem­ber 13; and a cu­ra­tors’ talk and panel dis­cus­sion, mod­er­ated by art critic Mark Amery, on Septem­ber 16.

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