Art worlds col­lide at Pataka


Pro­ceeds from last year’s Box Art sale will help bring an artist in res­i­dence to Pataka next month.

Hawke’s Bay’s Niki Hast­ingsMcFall will cre­ate an in­stal­la­tion in the gallery’s garden and spine from Fe­bru­ary 2 to 7. The pub­lic will be able to help Hast­ings-McFall dec­o­rate a tree in the garden as part of her project.

English-Samoan artist Hast­ingsMcFall is best known for her work with syn­thetic lei, some of which were on dis­play at Pataka in 2007.

A trained jew­eller, she ref­er­ences Pa­cific sym­bols in her work, com­bin­ing plas­tic flow­ers and found ur­ban ob­jects with tra­di­tional Poly­ne­sian pat­terns and sym­bol­ism.

Friends of Pataka orig­i­nally in­tended to have a longer-term res­i­dency but Hast­ings-McFall told them short stays were more con­ve­nient for artists with fam­i­lies, says Friends of Pataka vice-pres­i­dent Carolyn Wal­lace.

This year Box Art will be re­placed by a much larger af­fair, the Pataka Friends Art Awards. Art­works of all medi­ums are el­i­gi­ble, from paint­ing to weav­ing, sculp­ture and pho­tog­ra­phy. First prize in the awards is $1000, sec­ond is $750 and there will be a $500 peo­ple’s choice prize.

Reg­is­tra­tions close May 13, visit for in­for­ma­tion.

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