47° South Rakiura: Five artists on Stewart Island

In November 2015, Wellington’s Solander Gallery invited a group of five contemporary artists to undertake a week-long residency at the southernmost tip of New Zealand. The objective of the 47° South project was to encourage the artists to respond creatively to their encounter with the unique Stewart Island/Rakiura. The artists who participated were: Auckland based John Pusateri and Jacqueline Aust, Dunedin based Jenna Packer and Inge Doesburg, and Wellingtonian Jacqui Colley.

The residency offered the artists a chance to explore the historical, commercial and natural locations that are so emblematic of the island’s isolation and rugged natural beauty. They were also able to experience its complex and dynamic environment, with excursions hosted by local guides, whose knowledge of and enthusiasm for the science and local mythologies of the area plays such a large role in supporting the island’s exceptional culture.

47° South explores the potential for arts to engage with and build on the unique heritage that is Stewart Island/Rakiura and its people. The warmth with which the locals embraced the five visitors and their project left lasting impressions on the artists and has helped forge strong partnerships between both communities, adding to the success of the whole project.

The works that resulted from the residency will be exhibited at Oban, Stewart Island/Rakiura in mid 2016. Following this exhibition, a ‘Solander box’, comprising a full set of original prints from the exhibition, will be gifted back to the island community. The 47° South exhibition will then continue with a tour of regional galleries and museums throughout mainland New Zealand from 2016 to 2017. The tour will begin in Gore in June.

Click here for a link to the 12 minute video of the residency project.

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Artists in Exhibition: 
John Pusateri, Jenna Packer, Inge Doesburg, Jacqueline Aust, Jacqui Colley
Date of Exhibition: 
4 May to 4 June
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