“Lightweight?” Exhibition, Dunedin.

For the past week I have been in Dunedin, New Zealand, helping set up an exhibition in association with the Dunedin Otago Polytechnic and the Australian National University School of Art. The Exhibition was named “Lightweight?”, which made reference to the weight and size limitations of the art pieces do to travel. Recent graduates, current 3rd year students and lecturers all participated in the exhibition, creating a total of 50 textile artists and pieces! I travelled over with two other students and two lecturers, we were billeted out (so very high school!) into a family of one of the students at the Otago Polytechnic. I believe that staying with such a wonderful family really made the trip, however we did learn a lot about setting up an exhibition and the nuts and bolts behind the organising process. Visiting another art school was also a valuable, I believe Art Schools have the same pros and cons everywhere and it’s refreshing to see that all Art institutions have the same problems.
We had an interesting talk from the owner of the Salisbury Gallery, a private and commercial gallery, which was interesting to compare to how a public Art Gallery is run. Much more profit driven, which I suppose is to be expected.

I had a quick look at this website before I left and it gave me a better idea of what to expect. It also had some very useful links to main attractions and Art and Craft Galleries.

Dunedin, New Zealand was cold (top of 13 degrees), scenic (so much green, hills and ocean), had a brillaint art life (especially sculpture and installations), great local beer (Speight’s) and a hilarious rivarly (oh, Australia, you mean that little island to the west?)