South Taranaki District Council

South Taranaki District Council has a partnership agreement with a local community art gallery, Lysaght Watt Gallery in Hawera. Council supports the gallery through promotion, strategic planning, curating exhibitions, funding advice, and professional development.

The Lysaght Watt Gallery (formerly Stage 1 Gallery) was officially opened by Chester Borrows, MP in December 2009. The exhibition gallery has been extended and renovated throughout, providing larger exhibition spaces, professional lighting and hanging system, heat pumps and branding.

The gallery is run by a dedicated committee and team of volunteers. It is supported by the South Taranaki District Council, sponsorship, grants, gallery commissions on sales and fundraising. The gallery is a community facility that provides a space for artists to exhibit and showcase their works.

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Project 2011
Mountain Men in the spotlight

An exhibition featuring the work of seventeen Taranaki male artists will open at the Lysaght Watt Gallery in Hawera in March.

Mountain Man, curated by South Taranaki District Council Arts Coordinator Michaela Stoneman, is based on a theme of cultural diversity.  The show is part of Te Ngira: New Zealand Diversity Action Programme, run by the Human Rights Commission in March each year.

The show promises a diverse mix of works in many media and artistic perspectives. Visitors to the gallery will see sculpture, painting, carving, photography, drawing, weaving and glass.

The artists live in both rural and urban areas, including Waverley, Hawera, Patea, New Plymouth, Manaia, Okato, Eltham and Inglewood.

The artists are Waldo Hartley, Mark Bellringer, Roger Morris, Jeff Bright, Jimi Walsh, Peter Lambert, Mark Hudson, Toroa Ngaia Cruden, Carl Fairweather, Harry Moores, Douglas Reid, Tamawhero Kiriona, Gary Couper, Phil Jones, Alby Carter, Paul Hutchinson and Tony Rumball.

“I feel privileged to have the opportunity to bring together this eclectic mix of works by established and emerging artists.  We have so many highly skilled practitioners within district, and I am excited about presenting them all together in our local community gallery.  I encourage you all to visit,” says Stoneman “I guarantee you will be inspired by the work of these highly creative Taranaki men”.

Mountain Man was officially opened on 1 March by South Taranaki District Mayor, Ross Dunlop The exhibition runs until 26 March 2011.

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