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.
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.