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Tūrangawaewae – Sense of Place
June 14, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - July 10, 2014 @ 3:00 pm
Opening Saturday 14 June 2 – 3.30pm
This inclusive exhibition explores the history, geography and demography of the Devonport community; the components that contribute to its distinct identity. It celebrates the people who have worked to build this community and draws to attention the fact that meaningful communities don’t just happen but are made and evolve through continuous participation.
Featuring a publication and iconic portrait and landscape series from Lia Kent Mackillop, scenic images from local photographer Kevin Hill, and community installations which invite audience participation throughout the exhibition.
Lia Kent Mackillop and Depot Artspace Creative Director Linda Blincko have put together a publication featuring photographs focused on significant members of and places in the Devonport community along with interviews. A selected series will be exhibited with the publication.
Kevin Hill is a very proud Devonport local. In his career as a photographer he has been involved in fashion, commercial, portraiture, actors’ portfolios, musical publicity and television advertising. Kevin has also had the privilege of taking photos of politicians, royalty, film and television personalities and musicians.
Kevin recognises the importance of preserving the visual memories of his community. When he saw that the face of Devonport was changing he went out and, over the last few years, captured a multitude of images of Devonport representing its past and present. Kevin is proud to exhibit In Your Neighbourhood as part of the Tūrangawaewae – Sense of Place exhibition.
Depot Artspace Curator Robyn Gibson will put together an installation of images from community participants and Ruth Greenaway will run a story booth, a space where people or groups can come and record up to 5 minutes of their memories and stories about Devonport. Ruth is an oral historian, with 15 years’ experience in interviewing people and documentary making.
The facade of the gallery also has work by Sallyann Hingston from her series ‘My Mountains’. Mountains are at the heart of community. They are central to her sense of place and belonging and community. They are her daily routine and her source of strength and worship.
Sallyann is a printmaker and street artist living and working from her studio in Mt Eden. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland.
Her ideology is to create artwork that celebrates simple everyday things in nature and in our lives and to make unexpected corners of the city more beautiful and interesting. In her etching process she creates small hand printed limited edition artworks with solar plate. Her streetart is mixed media drawing and collage, printed onto billboard PVC and pasted up onto walls around the city.
With thanks to Diana Murray and Harcourts Cooper & Co – Devonport.