Ex­cit­ing show for Pataka

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Niki Hast­ings- McFall loves Pataka and the arts scene in Porirua.

The award- win­ning artist is Friends of Pataka’s in­au­gu­ral artist-in-res­i­dence, spend­ing this week at the gallery. The self­de­scribed ‘‘ late- bloomer’’ has cre­ated for 15 years, start­ing with jew­ellery, and has re­cently been work­ing on large in­stal­la­tions, us­ing a wide range of ma­te­ri­als.

Her ret­ro­spec­tive ex­hi­bi­tion In Flyte runs un­til June 16.

‘‘I’m a big fan of Porirua and I love this gallery, there’s a real com­mu­nity as­pect to it and there’s al­ways heaps go­ing on. The whole city is an amaz­ing, alive place, it hasn’t been sani­tised to within an inch of its life. The peo­ple are great.’’

Auck­land- based Hast­ingsMcFall would love to have been the artist-in-res­i­dence for longer but ‘‘ an­i­mals to feed and bills to pay’’ means it is a short-term gig.

She says In Flyte is a chance to take a step back and look over what she has achieved. An army of helpers, in­clud­ing Friends of Pataka mem­bers, were help­ing to as­sem­ble the pieces last week.

Her past lei, light­box and lamp se­ries will be on dis­play, with themes in­clud­ing the im­pact of West­ern civil­i­sa­tion in the Pa­cific.

Friends of Pataka’s Carolyn Wal­lace says they were ex­cited to have some­one of Hast­ing-McFall’s cal­i­bre as their first artist- in­res­i­dence. She hopes they can make it a twice-yearly ven­ture. ‘‘We al­ways had the vi­sion for some­thing like this when we be­gan the Box Art show three years ago. We’ve moved on from that, it’s the Art Awards now, so it shows a real pro­gres­sion.’’

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