Harbourview Sculpture Trail 3 to 31 March 2012: I had 2 works exhibited in this exhibition. Twist me and Turn me and All is not what it seems - Floral Tributes.
Twist me and Turn me an installation of 55 mirrors floating in a small stream bringing water into the ponds on the site.
All is not what it seems - Floral Tributes.
2011 update:The Living Halls Exhibition has been acquired by Auckland War Memorial Museum a most appropriate place for the body of work to be housed.
Living Halls is a project I have had the privilege of being involved in which was on show at the Govett Brewster Gallery in New Plymouth in 2010 and in Auckland at Two Rooms, Auckland in October 2010.
Kaukapakapa Hall by Sally Lush part of Fiona Jack's Living Halls Exhibition
FIONA JACK: LIVING HALLS
Curated by Rhana Devenport.
Following the Second World War, the New Zealand Government offered subsidies for war memorials to be constructed throughout the country as new community spaces – 'living memorials' – for those who sacrificed their lives fighting overseas. Fiona Jack’s Living Halls, an archival project that engages with this phenomenon and communities across Aotearoa, taps into personal, social, architectural and art histories.
A collaborative endeavour spanning almost two years and counting, Living Halls comprises accumulations of paintings, architectural drawings, photographs, honour boards, documents, database, stories and audio recordings.
A book to accompany the project, co-produced by the Govett-Brewster and Clouds, will be published in 2010.
Further information about the Living Halls archive:-
DRAWINGS: Most of New Zealand’s Memorial Halls were designed and built by local people, for local people. Archives New Zealand in Wellington houses correspondence files relating to each memorial subsidy application, and deep within these files there are sometimes drawings that sketch out a vision for a hall. Some are overly ambitious, some are little more than a square drawn on a scrap piece of paper, but almost all the drawings are very close to what was eventually built. Jack has faithfully replicated these drawings in minute detail, honouring the vision and effort of the people that spent many years toiling away to fund, design, build and maintain their halls.
PAINTINGS: Today a great many War Memorial Halls are still loved and maintained by their communities. In response to the original impetus for communities to decide for themselves what their hall would look like, Jack invited local painters around the country to depict their neighbourhood Memorial Hall, creating a rich visual archive that reflects the close and active relationships between these buildings and those who use them.
HONOUR BOARDS: While most War Memorial Halls continue to exist as ‘living memorials’ in the truest sense, some have been demolished or have succumbed to fire. A number are currently under threat from financial pressure, council audits or urban drift, and no doubt in years to come this will continue to change. Fiona Jack’s roll of honour boards list the names of New Zealand’s Memorial Halls, noting with an asterisk those that have gone, moved, or are no longer considered to be a War Memorial. The boards are unvarnished and unfinished, reflecting the vitality and impermanence that is at the heart of a truly living memorial.
ARCHIVES: Before the Living Halls project there was no comprehensive knowledge about New Zealand’s War Memorial Halls, and it was not known how many there were/are. The Living Halls archive now lists over 400 halls, and includes research, ephemera, stories and histories from people all over the country.
Contributions, corrections and additions to the archive are gratefully received.
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Artists at the opening of Living Halls at Govett Brewster New Plymouth, Sally Lush, Fiona Jack, Evelyn Van de Ven,Kirsty and Tessa Smith
I have an installation of 7 pieces on show in aREFRACTION 2010
Outdoor Glass Exhibition at Waitakaruru Sculpture Park near Hamilton
October 2010 – 14 November 2010