EAST 2020 has opened at Hastings City Art Gallery – Te Whare Toi o Heretaunga – a chance to see some of the region’s most exciting artwork from the past year.
This year’s collection includes photography, painting, ceramics, mixed media and sculpture, created by newcomers to the event alongside more established and recognised names.
Gallery curator Clayton Gibson said putting EAST together had given him a valuable opportunity to visit artists in their studios.
“What I was met with was a diverse and supportive group of inspired and passionate creatives all working to enhance their practice, and explore current issues in their work.
“What the artists do have in common in this exhibition is that they are artists of this place and time. Their work reflects their inner relationship with their immediate environment, these hills, these mountains these rivers, this urban and social environs and this ocean.”
He said the upheaval of COVID-19 was a common thread in the works reflecting the challenges of the pandemic, as well as concern and aspiration for the community’s future.
“Our mission with this exhibition is to bring an engaging, enriching and inspirational contemporary art experience to our community.”
The exhibition runs until February 28, 2021.
Find out more at www.hastingscityartgallery.co.nz
1 December 2020
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