NorthTec takes art to China

25 October 2016

NorthTec takes art to China

NorthTec’s art department is preparing for a unique exhibition to be shown in three locations in China.

The In Dialogue exhibition will feature the works of 12 NorthTec arts tutors, and a current or former student selected by each tutor.

A total of 24 artworks, in a variety of media, will make up the exhibition, which will be displayed in Haikou – Whangarei’s sister city – and the major city of Guangzhou.

In Haikou, a city of two million people, the exhibition will be on show at the Haikou College of Economics and the Haikou City Gallery, while the third show will take place at the Guangzhou Light Industry Technician College.

NorthTec was invited to stage the exhibition due to its strong partnerships with the two Chinese colleges. All three venues have high quality, well supported gallery spaces, providing a high profile opportunity to display the artworks to a large international audience.

A bilingual catalogue to support the exhibition is being created, featuring an image of each work, a profile of each artist and information about NorthTec. In Dialogue will run throughout November and December.

The exhibition’s title reflects the fact that it represents an artistic dialogue between the tutors, and between the tutors and their students, while also presenting an opportunity to engage in a cross-cultural dialogue with Chinese art enthusiasts.

The participating NorthTec tutors are Alysn Midgelow-Marsden, Murray Gibbs, Lindsay Marks, Ellie Smith, Jade Morgan, Jason Povey, Lisa Clunie, Kura Te Waru-Rewiri, Lorraine King, Te Hemo Ata Henare, Faith McManus and Te Kuiti Stewart.

Alysn Midgelow-Marsden, NorthTec’s Creative Industries Education Coordinator and also an exhibiting artist, said: “This interplay across potentially broad cultural differences, given the diverse backgrounds and art practices of the participants, conjoined with the current increasing globalisation of verbal and visual languages, will create interesting connections and perhaps tensions in terms of response to the exhibitions in their respective venues.”

The two partner colleges in Haikou and Guangzhou have been invited, in return, to exhibit at NorthTec’s Geoff Wilson Gallery, during December and January, coinciding with the Chinese New Year.

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