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 www.pataka.org.nz for information.