Join in in­ter­ac­tive White Out

Napier Courier - - ART FOCUS - BY LISA FEYEN ■ Lisa Feyen is me­dia co-or­di­na­tor for Cre­ative Arts Napier (CAN), 16 By­ron St. CAN is open seven days a week: Mon­day to Satur­day, 10am4pm, and Sun­day, 10am-2pm. Free en­try. Info: 835-9448, thecan.co.nz or Face­book.

The doors have been open for a few days now to White Out, the in­ter­ac­tive art in­stal­la­tion which is Cre­ative Arts Napier’s con­tri­bu­tion to the Har­court’s Hawke’s Bay Arts Fes­ti­val, and vis­i­tors have been pil­ing through.

We are invit­ing every­one to en­ter the CAN’s blacked-out main gallery with a sheet of white sticky spots for $2 and to place them wher­ever you choose; your ad­di­tions be­com­ing part of the cre­ative el­e­ment of the in­stal­la­tion.

Large black shapes stand up from the floor to a height of over two me­tres, and hun­dreds of glow­ing spots will float be­fore your eyes, cre­at­ing a mul­ti­tude of op­ti­cal il­lu­sions. This is an ac­tiv­ity and sensory ex­pe­ri­ence suit­able for any age, so bring the whole fam­ily!

We are also run­ning a com­pe­ti­tion. You can win a bun­dle of chil­dren’s books by spot­ting how many coloured ping pong balls the White Out set up crew have sneak­ily placed in the in­stal­la­tion. Be a sleuth, spot them all, and then place your an­swer in the jar in re­cep­tion with your con­tact de­tails. The win­ner will be drawn on Oc­to­ber 24.

At CAN we are also gear­ing up for White Night on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20, when Napier’s Arts Quar­ter will be­come a vi­brant hub of ac­tiv­ity from 7pm-10pm. This year we are ex­pect­ing record num­bers through the doors, mak­ing the White Out in­stal­la­tion more ex­cit­ing as thou­sands of new dots are added, con­fus­ing the eye and even­tu­ally chang­ing the colour of the blacked-out room. Join us for live en­ter­tain­ment, a cash bar and art ex­hi­bi­tions, such as the com­pli­men­tary Shades of White on the mez­za­nine level fea­tur­ing the work of es­tab­lished artists Bernie Winkels, Morag Shaw and John Stan­i­ford, to­gether with emerg­ing pho­to­graphic artist Emma Rodgers. In the Small Gallery you will find Lisa Feyen’s con­tem­po­rary print­mak­ing ex­hi­bi­tion The

Rest is Si­lence and re­cent work by Carol Good­ier and Da-Yoon Song in the foyer.

All in all, this year’s arts fes­ti­val is cracked up to be a win­ner. Af­ter all that ex­cite­ment, it’s hard to be­lieve there is more lined up to keep you en­ter­tained later this month. Clay, and ceramic art has re­ceived re­newed in­ter­est and pop­u­lar­ity in the last few years. We are proud to an­nounce that Cre­ative Arts Napier has been cho­sen by the or­gan­is­ers to host the first UKU Clay Hawke’s Bay which is a new bi­en­nial Na­tional Ceramic Award to be held in the Hawke’s Bay re­gion. It is a se­lected

ex­hi­bi­tion, show­cas­ing the best work from about 50 ceramic artists from around New Zealand.

Uku means clay in te reo, and is the start­ing point for this event, which is a cel­e­bra­tion of mak­ers of con­tem­po­rary ce­ram­ics from the Hawke’s Bay re­gion and na­tion­ally, with clay at its heart. The in­ten­tion is to give the com­mu­nity the chance to see work, buy it, be in­spired and see the end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties of clay, but it was also im­por­tant to pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal prac­ti­tion­ers to ex­hibit in their place, to­gether. More than 50 en­tries from across the spec­trum of cre­ativ­ity have been re­ceived, from small func­tional ves­sels, to sculp­tural and fig­u­ra­tive work, with half of these en­tries from Hawke’s Bay.

Auck­land ceramic artist and theatre de­signer John Parker has agreed to be the first UKU se­lec­tor, ex­hi­bi­tion de­signer and cu­ra­tor for 2018. More in­for­ma­tion on John’s prac­tice check out http://www.john­parker.co.nz.

You can join the se­lec­tor and artists for the open­ing cel­e­bra­tion on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 27, 5pm-7pm, for what prom­ises to be a di­verse and beau­ti­ful ex­hi­bi­tion.

And last but not least, Cre­ative Arts Napier’s An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing (AGM) is fast ap­proach­ing. Join us on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 31 at 7.30pm at the CAN, 16 By­ron St, Napier (be­hind Te Pa­nia Ho­tel). Plenty of park­ing is avail­able in front of the build­ing in the pub­lic carpark or in By­ron St. All are wel­come and re­fresh­ments will be served.

CAN is seek­ing nom­i­na­tions for next year’s board to sup­port our ser­vices to the lo­cal arts com­mu­nity.

You don’t need to be a prac­tis­ing artist — just have a pas­sion for our com­mu­nity. If this in­ter­ests you or you would like to learn more, please con­tact man­ager@thecan.co.nz

You can down­load a nom­i­na­tion form on the CAN web­site: www.thecan.co.nz.

White Out in­stal­la­tion at CAN.

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