Tauranga Art Gallery Looking Back over 2017: Paradox inside

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While Paradox Inside, the street art focused exhibition at the Tauranga Art Gallery was not everyone’s cup of tea, the exhibition was an affirmation of the stage of development and acceptance the gallery has recently achieved within the wider Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty community.

For years territorial authorities have been chastised for providing funding for creative organisations and activities within the Western Bay sub-region of the Bay of Plenty. The overwhelming success of Paradox as an event, a tourist attraction and a gallery drawcard combined with the recent formal acceptance of an arts strategy represent a creative activity tipping point and confirm the Councils’ support.

ARTbop’s Lee Switzer created a photo essay at the launch of Paradox Inside. (Inside was the gallery based exhibition there are also numerous specifically created works within the Tauranga Downtown area). I’ve also included a sprinkling of images taken during and at the closing day of the exhibition. So enjoy Switzer’s bird’s-eye view of the opening of one of the Tauranga Art Galleries most important exhibitions.

The launch of Paradox Inside was a red carpet event for the Tauranga Art Gallery

The Incubator’s Simone Anderson arriving

The launch was a major event for the Gallery attracting one of the biggest opening night crowds

Tauranga City Mayor Greg Brownless

Gallery Director Karl Chitham

Collection owner George Shaw (George and his wife Shannon Webster own a significant portfolio of street art by Banksy)

Music maker

Mary Dillon, Anne Pankhurst, a friend from Hawkes Bay, Mary Stewart

Youthful happiness

Parewhati Taikato, Jo Torr and Lena Kovac

Diverted

Local chalk artist in conversation

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Simone Anderson, Ciska Vogelsgan, Parewhati Taikato and the fabulous hardworking TCC event organiser

Local artists having fun

Just looking

Just looking

Me and George

Me and Parewhati Taikato (Pare has started her own arts consultancy)

The event flew…

Part of an installation

Sweeping style

Comedic detail

Even on the last day people were coming in from far and wide to check out Paradox Inside

Last day…

 

 

The last of the virtual reality

Closed

You’ll also want to read Loretta Crawford’s account of her conversation with George Shaw http://artbop.co.nz/paradox-street-art-festival-oiyou-exhibition-will-thrill/

Lee Switzer: Lee is a regular contributor to ARTbop – photo essays, articles and poetry. Lee is multi-talented producing sought-after images of local artists and exhibitions. He has been an archival photographer around Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty for some years – the details of this body of work are below. You can find examples of Lee’s contributions in our ARTbop archives.

More photos by Lee Switzer
at http://tauranga.kete.net.nz/en/tauranga_city_libraries_history/topics/show/2538-article-index-lee-switzer

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AND IF YOU ARE DOWNTOWN TAURANGA (AND IF YOU’RE NOT GO DOWN THERE) CHECK OUT THE ART & DESIGN POP UP STORE  TOI

TOI Art and Design Store Elizabeth Street Tauranga to 24th December 2017

 

AND WHILE YOU’RE HERE; take a look at the Birgitt Shannon created video of the inaugural Affordable Art & Artisan Fair at the Black Sheep Bar & Grill Whakamarama 

THE NEXT FAIR IS ON THE 28TH JANUARY 2018 11AM TO 3PM!

 

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