Art gallery turns 10

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An ex­hi­bi­tion of art works by artists who have ex­hib­ited at the David Lloyd Gallery in Hamil­ton dur­ing the past decade is to be held later this month to mark the gallery’s 10th an­niver­sary.

The David Lloyd Gallery was opened and blessed by New Zealand’s lead­ing con­tem­po­rary artist and sculp­tor Fred Gra­ham in Novem­ber 2008, and since then has held reg­u­lar ex­hi­bi­tions for both emerg­ing and es­tab­lished artists from around the Waikato.

The gallery, next to David’s home at 78 Lake Cres­cent in Hamil­ton, was built to re­place a veg­etable gar­den and swim­ming pool, and since open­ing al­most 70 ex­hi­bi­tions have been held there. They in­clude works by 34 groups and 33 solo artists.

The co­or­di­na­tor for the Novem­ber 10 birth­day ex­hi­bi­tion, Mar­ion Man­son, says the artists in­vited to take part in the cel­e­bra­tion ex­hi­bi­tion have been se­lected from among those who have pre­vi­ously dis­played their work at the gallery.

“We have about 40 artists tak­ing part,” says Mar­ion. “They are mostly from Hamil­ton and around the Waikato, but there will also be works by artists from Auck­land and Gis­borne.

“In the case of pre­vi­ous group ex­hi­bi­tions, one artist from the group has been in­vited to dis­play works. There will be a wide va­ri­ety on dis­play — sculp­tures, tex­tiles, glass, ob­jects, ce­ram­ics and lots of paint­ings in dif­fer­ent medi­ums.”

She says the David Lloyd Gallery, be­lieved to be longest-run­ning pri­vate­ly­owned gallery in Hamil­ton, has pro­vided many young and emerg­ing artists with the op­por­tu­nity to pub­licly dis­play their early works. It has also helped and en­cour­aged a num­ber of es­tab­lished artists.

“David’s sup­port of in­di­vid­ual artists and com­mu­nity art groups has been mar­vel­lous,” she says. “There’s not a lot of op­por­tu­nity for many of them to show their works, and David’s gallery has pro­vided a good step­ping stone for them.

“David loves peo­ple, and he re­ally likes see­ing them suc­ceed. He feels life has been good to him, and this is his way of giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity.”

David, founder of David’s Em­po­rium in Hamil­ton, an artist him­self and a for­mer pri­mary school teacher for 16 years, says the Waikato com­mu­nity “treated me well when I was in busi­ness, and us­ing the gallery to help dis­play the works of our Hamil­ton and Waikato artists is one way I am able to put some­thing back into my com­mu­nity”.

David him­self has just com­pleted a new piece for the ex­hi­bi­tion. It fea­tures an ul­tra­mod­ern pair of dec­o­rated shoes “walk­ing” to­wards a bro­ken British ri­fle stock and bay­o­net dat­ing from the 1870s. It has the work­ing ti­tle of These Shoes Are Made for Walk­ing.

David says he is par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in help­ing new and bud­ding artists in what­ever medium they seek to work, and he also en­joys work­ing with es­tab­lished artists to en­sure their works gain recog­ni­tion.

“I re­ally en­joy en­cour­ag­ing the young peo­ple, es­pe­cially when they show real in­ter­est and pas­sion about their art,” he says.

For four years, from 2010 to 2013, David spon­sored the David Lloyd Youth Art Award across Hamil­ton schools, and for the past six years he has also spon­sored Art for Health in Hamil­ton. He has held seven of his own ex­hi­bi­tions at the gallery, and has do­nated seven sculp­tures and works of art to Melville High School [two works] and Hamil­ton West School [five works].

There is also a David Lloyd Gar­den at the Hamil­ton West School. In 2016 David was pre­sented with the Hamil­ton City Coun­cil Civic Award for Ser­vices to the Arts and the Com­mu­nity.

■ The David Lloyd Gallery 10th birth­day ex­hi­bi­tion, cu­rated by Steph Chalmers and Emily Rum­ney, opens on Fri­day, Novem­ber 16, from 5.30pm to 7pm, and will also be open dur­ing the week­ends of Novem­ber 17 and 18, and 24 and 25, from 1pm to 4pm.

Photo / Peter Tiffany

David Lloyd’s new work with the work­ing ti­tle These Shoes Are Made for Walk­ing will be part of the gallery’s 10th an­niver­sary ex­hi­bi­tion. It fea­tures an ul­tra­mod­ern pair of dec­o­rated shoes “walk­ing” to­wards a bro­ken British ri­fle stock and bay­o­net dat­ing from the 1870s. David says the new shoes, which are as he bought them, have many sto­ries within the pat­tern and were his in­spi­ra­tion for the work, which with the his­toric items speaks to “the dis­tance of the years”.

Photo / Peter Tiffany

David Lloyd has pro­vided many young and emerg­ing artists with the op­por­tu­nity to pub­licly dis­play their early works.

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