NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY2014-2019

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When:

Wed 23 Mar 2016, 10:00am–7:00pm
Thu 24 Mar 2016, 10:00am–4:00pm
Fri 25 Mar 2016, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sat 26 Mar 2016, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sun 27 Mar 2016, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Ashburton Art Gallery and Heritage Centre, 327 West St, Ashburton, Ashburton District

Restrictions: All Ages

Related Artists:

  • Laurence Aberhart

A major touring exhibition of more than sixty prints by one of New Zealander’s most accomplished photographers, Laurence Aberhart opens to the public on January 30 at the Ashburton Art Gallery. This exhibition ANZAC embodies more than three decades or work for Aberhart who has photographed World War One memorials that include a single figure in New Zealand and Australia.

In 2013 Aberhart made a concerted effort to finish this series of photographs, travelling to the far reaches of New Zealand and Australia, to sleuth out and document the final components of the portfolio. Like all of his work, these photographs have been shot with an old-fashioned view camera using long exposures and available light.

This exhibition will provide a unique insight into the memorialisation of war, which will resonate for audiences both in this country and elsewhere. The ANZAC relationship is a significant story in the development of closer emotional, political and cultural ties between our two commonwealth countries. It also particularly marks the bonds that were formed in the WWI battles, a significant turning point in these nations’ histories as they became increasingly aware of their differences from their ‘homeland’ (Great Britain) compatriots.

Laurence Aberhart is regarded as one of New Zealand’s most important photographers. His work has been exhibited widely in solo exhibitions throughout New Zealand and internationally and is found in all major New Zealand public collections as well as many overseas. For close to forty years, he has produced a body of work unrivalled in its intensity, richness and layers of cultural and photographic history.

ANZAC is a touring exhibition developed by the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and will be on display at the Ashburton Art Gallery until 27 March 2016. Admission is free.

The Gallery will host a number of programmes associated with this exhibition.
See the event page on our website for further details.

Exhibition supported by:
Dunedin Public Art Gallery
WW100
Creative Communities Ashburton

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