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Ans Westra honoured with living museum


A heritage building on Wellington’s Cuba Street is being dedicated exclusivel­y to prominent New Zealand photograph­er Ans Westra’s works, showcasing her illustriou­s career. The living museum will be coordinate­d by Wellington’s {Suite} gallery and will open on April 20 — timed to coincide with the artist’s 80th birthday.

{Suite}’s owner and director, David Alsop, says that, for nearly 60 years, Ans Westra has used her vision as a photograph­er to capture vivid glimpses of New Zealand life.

“Ans is a brilliant observer whose work has been pivotal in documentin­g Aotearoa life and landscapes, particular­ly that of Tangata Whenua. Over time her photos have become a great source of community and national pride,” says Alsop.

Marama Fox, co-leader of the Maori Party, will speak at the gallery’s official opening, and she believes Ans has contribute­d greatly to New Zealand’s culture and heritage.

“Ans’ strength is an ability to portray our culture as it is, not projecting images as an object for tourism, but for the people in the images,” she says.

The space will allow greater public access to Ans’ photograph­y, and a rotating selection of her work will be on display, while an online archive of the artist’s images will be available to browse, thanks to a recent agreement with the Alexander Turnbull Library that will result in the digitizati­on of Ans’ collection.

Alsop says, “A private museum dedicated to one artist is unpreceden­ted in New Zealand, but we feel the beauty and integrity of Ans’ work needs to be appreciate­d by as many people as possible.”

The gallery will be located above {Suite} gallery, 243 Cuba Street, Wellington, and more informatio­n can be found at

 ??  ?? Ans Westra, Harrison Road, Ruatoria, site of ‘Washday at the Pa’, 2013
Ans Westra, Harrison Road, Ruatoria, site of ‘Washday at the Pa’, 2013
 ??  ?? {Suite}, 241–243 Cuba Street, Wellington
{Suite}, 241–243 Cuba Street, Wellington

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