NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY2014-2019

When:

Mon 28 May 2018, 10:30am–5:00pm
Mon 4 Jun 2018, 10:30am–5:00pm
Mon 11 Jun 2018, 10:30am–5:00pm
Mon 18 Jun 2018, 10:30am–5:00pm
Sun 24 Jun 2018, 10:30am–5:00pm

Where: Mangaweka Gallery, 6360 State Highway One, Mangaweka, Rangitikei

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Mangaweka “Yellow Church” Gallery, SH1, announce a very special exhibition by artist Elwyn Stone – “And When He Was Called He Went” – a collection of 20 plus paintings, centred around a dramatic instillation, depicting New Zealand at war.

This collection of artwork is unique in that, rather than focusing on specific battles and action, it aims to depict in a conceptual sense, a precis of World War: of New Zealand at war – rather than an attempt at a world-view.

The works were created for this exhibition as a direct response to the cataclysmic vents of war during these commemorative years 2014 – 2019, and to the legacy that has been passed on to the generations who have not known war.

The body of work has also evolved from the remnants of a personal war story and Elwyn’s father’s war service, as a soldier/gunner from a rural community. With the inspiration to depict elements of a soldier’s story, she has created a series of paintings - ‘It is a window in time through the lens of a woman’s perspective’. The artworks are produced innovatively on brushed silver (ACM) as the final canvas.

Centrepiece to the exhibition:
‘Tears for our Fallen - 100 Tears for 100 Years’ - a significant installation, offers the audience a place to pause and reflect on the commemorations and Anzac. This exhibition a poignant reminder of loss, achievement and remembrance.

Relevance and Objectives:
Many soldiers enlisted for service from the region/s, and the exhibition will grow visibility and community engagement during a National Commemoration period. Of particular interest to Teachers of local and district School’s, in that children and pupils are invited to the experience, and teachers to maximise the opportunity for student involvement in local history class activities.

Also of personal interest to the more elder public, service personnel, and patrons of RSA etc, to participate and engage with this diverse art as part of the current ‘WW1 Remembrance’ and to experience in a spacious public space.

Artist Profile:
Elwyn has enjoyed creative interests all her life. Born in Taranaki and resident for many years, then moving to Bay of Plenty. Opportunities to attend art workshops with nationally recognised artists were presented and Elwyn developed her artistic skills: later enrolling in studies, taking up residence in Hamilton 2007, completed studies and graduated – as a mature student with a Bachelor of Media Arts and Painting. Elwyn tutors workshops, and exhibits regularly. Her works held in private and national collections.

Opens 2pm (to around 4pm) Sunday 6th May (all welcome - complimentary nibbles & drinks served) and runs right through to Sunday the 24th of June 2018.

Open for viewing: Weekends 10:30am - 5pm. Also most weekdays - appointments welcome anytime.

“A response to cataclysmic events of war in these commemorative years 2014 – 2018 and to the legacy that has been passed on to the generations who have not known war.” - Artist Elwyn Stone

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