Thirty recent art acquisitions in new museum exhibition

TOP WORK: Ngaire Tuhua, a third-year Toihoukura student last year and recipient of the 2016 Ruanuku top student award, is one of 17 artists whose work is exhibited in Tairawhiti Museum’s Recent Acquisitions show that opens today. Picture by Liam Clayton

AN exhibition of Gisborne and East Coast artists’ work acquired by Tairawhiti Museum since 2015 opens today. Called Recent Acquisitions, the exhibition showcases 30 works by 17 artists.

Part of the criteria for the growing collection is that the works must be relevant and of educational worth.

“Friends of the museum like to buy work from subscriptions and I like to go out and find work relevant to the collection,” says art and exhibitions manager Jolene Douglas.

Among the works is Morgan Lee’s portrait of Gisborne International Red Cross nurse the late Jan Askew, who in 2014 was awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal, the highest distinction a nurse can receive.

Morgan was part of a Gisborne contemporary artists’ group that followed the Flying Moas who exhibited from 1986 to 1995.

Delicately drawn portraits by war artist Allan Barns-Graham are included in the show.

Work by former Toihoukura (EIT’s Maori visual arts school) student Ngaire Tuhua also features in the show. Tuhua won the 2016 Dr Jack Richards Scholarship: Ruanuku top student award. Included in the exhibition is Huia Edmonds' Raymond Ching-influenced graphite drawings of native birds.

“We like to show off the collection so we do that with any opportunity we get,” says Douglas.

AN exhibition of Gisborne and East Coast artists’ work acquired by Tairawhiti Museum since 2015 opens today. Called Recent Acquisitions, the exhibition showcases 30 works by 17 artists.

Part of the criteria for the growing collection is that the works must be relevant and of educational worth.

“Friends of the museum like to buy work from subscriptions and I like to go out and find work relevant to the collection,” says art and exhibitions manager Jolene Douglas.

Among the works is Morgan Lee’s portrait of Gisborne International Red Cross nurse the late Jan Askew, who in 2014 was awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal, the highest distinction a nurse can receive.

Morgan was part of a Gisborne contemporary artists’ group that followed the Flying Moas who exhibited from 1986 to 1995.

Delicately drawn portraits by war artist Allan Barns-Graham are included in the show.

Work by former Toihoukura (EIT’s Maori visual arts school) student Ngaire Tuhua also features in the show. Tuhua won the 2016 Dr Jack Richards Scholarship: Ruanuku top student award. Included in the exhibition is Huia Edmonds' Raymond Ching-influenced graphite drawings of native birds.

“We like to show off the collection so we do that with any opportunity we get,” says Douglas.

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