Porirua ratepay­ers gifted a McCa­hon

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Porirua res­i­dents will see nearly all of the city’s art and her­itage col­lec­tion in a mas­sive ex­hi­bi­tion this year, in­clud­ing per­haps its most ex­pen­sive paint­ing.

A piece from Colin McCa­hon’s 1975 Clouds se­ries was be­queathed to the city by a long­time coun­cil em­ployee, who re­cently died.

Pataka di­rec­tor Reuben Friend said it had not been val­ued but was be­lieved to be worth more than $100,000.

‘‘This was a very gen­er­ous gift and re­ally adds some­thing to our col­lec­tion,’’ he said.

‘‘It was pos­si­bly bought for a few thou­sand dol­lars many years ago and McCa­hon’s work has great value and in­ter­est to­day.’’

A re­cent Fair­fax NZ ar­ti­cle re­ported that New Zealand ratepay­ers own half a bil­lion dol­lars worth of art, but only about 7 per cent of it is on show.

Hutt City owns 3181 pieces, val­ued at $13m, but just 1 per cent is seen by the public.

Friend said it was hard to give ex­act num­bers, but he was cer­tain ‘‘most’’ of Pataka’s art col­lec­tion was in the public eye.

‘‘We have sig­nif­i­cant works in the gallery and sculp­tures in [Pataka’s] spine right now.

‘‘There are pieces in the coun­cil build­ings, coun­cil re­cep­tion, staff and may­oral of­fices and wait­ing rooms - it’s there and we try and move things around as of­ten as we can.

‘‘Sculp­tures out­side Te Rau­paraha Arena and in the city cen­tre that peo­ple walk past with­out notic­ing were car­ried out by sig­nif­i­cant artists.’’

He es­ti­mated about a quar­ter of Pataka’s col­lec­tion was art, the rest be­ing his­tor­i­cal and her­itage pieces.

As a project was nearly un­der way to ex­pand Pataka’s stor­age fa­cil­ity, there was an up­com­ing op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to see al­most all of the coun­cil’s 22,000-piece art and her­itage col- lec­tion.

‘‘It’s go­ing to be a tight fit but we’re think­ing about June we’re go­ing to have pretty much ev­ery­thing out on show.’’

Coun­cil has an ac­qui­si­tions bud­get of $20,000.

Chair­woman of Porirua Com­mu­nity Arts Coun­cil Judy McKoy said art was very ac­ces­si­ble in Porirua.

‘‘I re­cently had a tour around the city’s [out­door] art­works and it’s as­ton­ish­ing what we have.

‘‘It’s won­der­ful and there is an ac­tive com­mu­nity of peo­ple who are highly en­gaged and have their own styles.’’

PHOTO: KRIS DANDO

A work by Sam Fo­ley, which hangs in one of the coun­cil of­fices.

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