Art gallery ready to reopen
The Art Gallery at Te Manawa has been a hive of activity this past week, as staff apply the finishing touches for its reopening to the public this Saturday.
Scissor-lifts hum and instructions are called out as the projectors in Gallery 4 get a fine-tuning. They’re displaying David Lupton’s digital installation, based on his ongoing project with Te Manawa to photograph the many works on paper in the collection. It is difficult to display a lot of these items at once because of their fragility. Digital display cuts across this problem and makes these artworks publicly visible sooner.
Digital interactivity is being taken to a level never before seen in the Art Gallery. Perched on a stool in the centre of Gallery Three, lead designer Rohan Kidd creates a virtual tour of artist David Pearce’s large work Untitled, a digital deconstruction of its many elements. Visitors use a tablet to navigate the different parts of the painting — a tui, a model plane, a willowpattern plate — and learn more about the ideas and themes.
In Gallery Two, a small tablet station stands before display racks of artworks. Every season, these will be swapped for new ones. The constant rotation of works means it’s more practical to present information about them on a screen that visitors can access for themselves, and that can be updated with the touch of a button.
There’s an exciting future for the Art Gallery, which the public can share on Saturday from 10am. Entry is free.
Some of the largest works in the Te Manawa collection will be on display.