Ked­g­ley signs off

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He­len Ked­g­ley sev­ered her ties with Pataka in Au­gust, af­ter 18 years with the mu­seum, the last three as di­rec­tor.

Reuben Friend re­placed her and found him­self busy im­me­di­ately with the 50th cel­e­bra­tions, We Built This City, the Porirua busi­ness awards, and Porirua An­zacs at Gal­lipoli.’’

Ked­g­ley said she left with mixed emo­tions.

‘‘It’s been such a priv­i­lege to work with such tal­ented col­leagues and artists over the years, ‘‘ she said.

‘‘[For­mer Pataka di­rec­tor] Darcy Ni­cholas tapped me on the shoul­der so many years ago to come here and cu­rate an ex­hi­bi­tion on Maori art, and it really set the scene for me. I didn’t look back.’’

Ked­g­ley said Pataka – for­merly Page 90 – be­gan as a com­mu­nity ini­tia­tive through peo­ple such as He­len Smith and had re­mained em­bed­ded in the com­mu­nity ever since.

Though the gallery had at­tracted artists of in­ter­na­tional and na­tional renown, hav­ing a space to show off lo­cal tal­ent had al­ways been sewn into its foun­da­tions, she said.

Ked­g­ley had many favourite ex­hi­bi­tions, but the first Bot­tle Creek show­ing, in 1998, of works by Robin White, and the Gra­hame Sydney ex­hi­bi­tion in 2011, were stand­outs.

Dur­ing her time in charge, Ked­g­ley helped foster closer col­lab­o­ra­tion with other mu­se­ums and gal­leries, in­stead of re­gard­ing them as ri­vals.

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