Slice of Southland artists’ creativity

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Artist Jake Ellenden, of Invercargill, alongside two of his works — Melancholy (above) and Stagnation two pieces from a series which will be exhibited at the Art Attic Gallery as part of A Slice of Southland Creativity.

UP to 30 artists encompassing a diverse range of genres, from textiles and pottery to the more traditional forms of art, will be exhibiting some of their works at the Art Attic Gallery which will open once Invercargill enters Covid-19 Alert Level 2.

Art Attic Gallery curator and administrator Estelle Kelly said the community art exhibition A Slice of Southland Creativity might surprise some attendees with the diversity on offer.

Among the works were 13 tapestries created by Frank Moore, who had trained as a signwriter, who Ms Kelly estimated was aged in his early 70s.

Since he was aged 13, he had not only created the textile works of art, but also his own designs with tallies down the side of each canvas with statistics such as the amount of threads, colours and the hours to create each one.

Artwork during recovery
This would be Invercargill artist Jake Ellenden’s second time exhibiting some of his works recently.

His series included a set of a blue on white, green on white, red on white and mustard on white sequence which he created while recovering from a concussion.

Although he had been drawing his whole life, the 22-year-old had recently progressed his art journey after returning to his home town from Port Douglas in Queensland, Australia, due to last year’s Covid-19 situation.

“Covid made that decision [to return] for me.”

The set of works was created, one during each week of his recovery to represent the emotions he was feeling at the time, he said.

Blue was named Melancholy, green Stagnation, because it felt like time was dragging on for a while then, and mustard was named Concussion, he said.

Having his own studio was a bonus, especially considering the size of each canvas, he said.

As part of the community exhibition, an artist talk and a poetry night would be also be held and the exhibition catalogue would also cover many of the artists’ back-stories, including what motivated them, Ms Kelly said.

An artist talk by Rich Burfoot, who created a wooden surf board, would be held and a poetry night would also be held at the attic during the exhibition.

People were encouraged to bring a poem, whether one they had written or one they simply loved, to the poetry night, Ms Kelly said.

Ms Kelly said she was encouraged by the massive community response and there had been so many works, that some were exhibited in the Civic Theatre further along Esk St.

“We are starting to create an artists’ community… and the opportunity to meet more artists, and hope to host/have more events in the future.”

  • The exhibition, upstairs to the right of the Ivan Bulling building at 43 Tay St, would be open Thursdays to Sundays, 10am-4pm, with free entry, once the change had been made to Alert Level 2, Ms Kelly said.
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