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Wednesday, 22 May 2019 12:57 am

Outdoor sculptures go on show during Shapeshifter

ShapeshifterThe Banks Shoes Shapeshifter art exhibition on show in Lower Hutt this week marks its 10-year anniversary.

Hutt Rotary club member, Ian Orsborn looks after the exhibition and is proud of what is on display.

“[There are] about 50-54 outdoor pieces of art work and they’re available for people to purchase on the day and take them away, or leave them here if they want to,” Mr Orsborn said.

Ian OrsborneHeadshotHe says the sculptures come from as far away as Whangarei and Invercargil, and all points in between.

“It’s all exhibiting New Zealand contemporary art and artists,” said Mr Orsborn, left.

This year’s attendances have increased quite a lot from the last. They’ve been going up each time we’ve had an exhibition.”

The Rotary club collaborates with Hutt City Council for the event.

The council works in two ways. The first is through the council funded Dowse Museum of Lower Hutt.

The museum director and curator, Courtney Johnston, along with members of the Hutt Rotary club, designs the show, including which pieces are to be selected.

Dowse is also responsible for the design and production all of the promotional media, including posters and flyers.

Hutt City senior communications and marketing advisor Emma McCleary, who assists with promotional media, says staff members of the Dowse museum also assist the Rotary Club in the physical installation of the pieces.

“Some of the works weighed as much as 60kg and a lot of consideration had to be made in terms of placement and weighing the works down,” Mrs McCleary said.

The council provides an events team which looks after various tasks including; scheduling of the event, fences and security and maintenance of the Civic gardens.

“The events team also liaises with the council’s parks and garden crew to make sure all the staff know what is going on,” Mrs McCleary said.

The council provides the funding for the fence that surrounds the exhibition and shelter from the wind.

Hutt City Council also provides in-kind support. In previous years, Shapeshifter has paid for PR support but this year Mrs McCleary did the work.

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  1. The camera work in this is incredible! Especially during the interview.

    Well done.

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