Creative Spaces Capsule Project orbits New Zealand
17 August 2016
By Daniela Pavez
A cumulative and interactive exhibition, launched in Invercargill last month and aiming to connect creative spaces around New Zealand will be landing at Pablos Art Studios in Wellington at the end of August.
Currently at Studio2 /Margaret Freeman Gallery in Dunedin, the exhibition is displaying artwork from artists who work from four creative spaces in the South Island.
Benton Glassey, programme facilitator at Studio 2/Margaret Freeman Gallery and one of the “cosmonauts” leading the project, explains the mission is gathering the attention of the public, especially in social media.
“We have a lot of followers and likes in our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and the number is increasing. We are very happy to see the enthusiasm growing,” Benton says.
The exhibition began on 10 July at C.S Art in Invercargill with Sea, Mountains, Sky, Land by Lee Harland.
From there, the exhibition has made its way up to Dunedin, where local artists from Artsenta contributed with a collaborative artwork before moving to the Margaret Freeman Gallery where Artspace and Studio2 artists have added their touch of colour to the capsule.
The Creative Spaces Capsule Project was born at Arts Access Aotearoa’s national conference, Creative Spaces 2020, held in last April in Wellington.
“Nationally, creative spaces are doing very cool stuff and the idea of an art exchange came up as an opportunity to bring us together and also reach a wider community to show what we do,” Benton explains.
Final landing early next year
A dozen creative spaces around New Zealand – from south to north – are in the capsule’s orbit. The final landing will be early next year, back in Invercargill, where C.S Art will display around 15 artworks collected through its journey.
Working alongside Menno Huibers, art tutor at Pablo Art Studios, Benton says they want to encourage more communication between creative spaces so they can become stronger and more visible in their local communities.
“By working together we can see opportunities that otherwise we might miss,” Benton says. “We can show the community the amazing work that creative spaces are doing with all the people who use these spaces.”
The completed exhibition will be also displayed in both Wellington and Dunedin Fringe Festivals in early 2017.
Creative spaces and the public can follow the capsule’s journey and interact with it via social media.
Participating creative spaces
C.S Art, Artsenta, Pablos Art Studios, Artspace, Pablos Art Studios and ROAR! gallery, Alpha Gallery and Art Studio, Vincents Art Workshop, MIX, Te Ara Korowai, King Street Art Works, Whanganui Creative Space, The Arts Village, Toi Ora Live Arts Trust, Mapura Studios, Ranfurly Art Society – and maybe a mystery guest creative space or two.