Matiu Somes: On The Island, 19-21Jan, Wellington

Thought I'd pass on this info about some print events on Matiu Somes Island (Wellington Harbour)
over the Wellington Anniversary Weekend (19-21 January).
So if you are in the Wellington area you may want to check out these events:

"Matiu Somes: On The Island" Exhibition 
A selection of 14 works will be exhibited in the Caretakers Cottage on Matiu/Somes Island  
and will be open to the public from 10:30am-4pm each day over the weekend.
The exhibition provides an opportunity for visitors to the Island 
to experience the artist’s works in the direct context of the Island environment. 
The public will be able to gain valuable insight into the artist’s motivations and creative processes 
and more importantly reflect on their own experiences and thoughts 
on the Island’s stories, historical places, and environment. 

Workshop Experiences
Public printmaking workshops will also be conducted over the weekend 
and is an important opportunity for people of all ages to understand and appreciate the exhibition 
and the Island’s history and environment in a multi sensory way.
The workshop experience is not only an enjoyable process but provides a platform on which to 
explore, examine and discuss the significant historical places and stories surrounding Matiu Somes Island. 
By making a small piece of art to take away, visitors have a momento of their visit 
which potentially could generate conversations to a broad audience.
 Both workshop venues will operate from 10.30am until 3.30pm
and are suitable for adults and children as young as 8 with supervision by a parent.

Workshop 1: Screenprinting Workshop – Caretakers Cottage
This workshop will be run by Lynn Taylor who is a very experienced art tutor from Dunedin 
and one of the artists included in the Matiu Somes: The Next Chapter exhibition. 
Lynn will provide a number of silkscreens with prepared images from the Island for the public to print from 
using non toxic and environmentally friendly materials. 
There will also be opportunities for older participants to create their own paper cut stencils 
to screenprint their designs onto paper and fabric.

Workshop 2: Monoprint Workshop – Barracks Building
This workshop will be run by Basia Smolnicki and Vincent Drane 
who are both practicing printmaking artists and experienced art tutors. 
This workshop will introduce relief and monoprints on paper created 
from the surface of a variety of found objects such as feathers, leaves and grasses 
as well as prepared woodcuts that illustrate the diversity of wildlife on the Island. 
All materials will be nontoxic and environmentally friendly.


Would love to do Monoprint Workshop with Basia..shame I live so far away.