Gallery Five opens

Manawatu Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - By MERANIA KARAURIA

One of the most com­mon re­quests made to Te Manawa is a de­sire to see more of the pub­lic art col­lec­tion on dis­play, and with an ear­lier re­open­ing on the cal­en­dar, the Art Gallery build­ing is be­ing pre­pared with that in mind.

The re­newal pro­ject, with Te Manawa un­veil­ing plans to make some sig­nif­i­cant up­grades, has now been scaled back in re­sponse to pub­lic feed­back want­ing the Gallery build­ing open sooner. While this means much of the im­prove­ments Te Manawa wanted to make have had to be cut, the break in the sched­ule of ex­hi­bi­tions has al­lowed the team to de­vise an ex­hi­bi­tion that show­cases the art col­lec­tion like never be­fore.

Works dis­played in Gallery Two will share an in­ter­est­ing prop­erty — they will be dis­played in ex­actly the man­ner in which they are stored. The sim­ple democ­racy of avail­able stor­age space will de­ter­mine what is on dis­play and tear the cur­tain di­vid­ing front and back of house.

In ad­di­tion, be­cause the works will be dis­played on the style of racks on which they are stored, they can be eas­ily swapped, al­low­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion to “cover more ground” by chang­ing the ob­jects dis­played in it every month or two. Te Manawa will keep the pub­lic ap­praised of when this is done so vis­i­tors can see the process in ac­tion. Af­ter around two years of ro­ta­tion, vis­i­tors will have had the chance to see every art­work in the col­lec­tion on dis­play.

Gallery Four has been par­tially walled off and is ac­ces­si­ble only by a sin­gle door­way. In this more in­ti­mate space a dig­i­tal au­dio-vis­ual in­stal­la­tion is be­ing pre­pared that show­cases de­tail and jux­ta­po­si­tion of art­works re­cently pho­tographed for the Col­lec­tions digi­ti­sa­tion pro­ject by pho­tog­ra­pher David Lup­ton.

In Gallery One, the largest gallery, the col­lec­tion’s big­gest works will be on show.

Mean­while, up­stairs in Gallery Five, an em­pha­sis is be­ing placed on pho­tog­ra­phy, with the first ex­hi­bi­tion to co­in­cide with this year’s 125th women’s suf­frage an­niver­sary. It will fea­ture works by women pho­tog­ra­phers.

The changes are sub­tle but sig­nif­i­cant. The re­freshed Te Manawa Art Gallery will be open to all vis­i­tors on Satur­day Septem­ber 29 from 10am. Ad­mis­sion is free.

Staff mount pho­to­graphs on the walls of Gallery Five.

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