The Water Project is an exhibition which engages with the complex realities of water in the 21st century —as bringer of life and ancestral voice, but also as a contested commodity and saleable resource. Thirteen notable New Zealand artists were invited by the Gallery to research and explore the cultural, conceptual and imaginative qualities of the rivers, lakes, wetlands and freshwater systems of Aotearoa/New Zealand. In March 2017 the artists were invited to explore the Canterbury region and create art which honoured, questioned and brought to light our intricate and - at times - troubled relationship with water. The selected artists represent diverse and vibrant cultural and artistic backgrounds and bring together works across mediums such as video installation, painting, printmaking and sculpture. These works reflect a growing concern for our aquatic world and together form a conversation free of preconceived political or corporate standpoints. This exhibition is developed by the Ashburton Art Gallery. Artists included Ross Hemera, Peter Trevelyan, Brett Graham, Kate Woods, Jenna Packer, Bruce Foster, Gregory O’Brien, Euan Macleod, Jacqui Colley, Dani Terrizzi, Phil Dadson, Bing Dawe and Elizabeth Thomson.
The Water Project
Thu 12 April 2018 - Fri 22 June 2018