A texture-rich new exhibition at Oxford showcases the considerable talents of six Canterbury artists.
I was lucky enough to be out at Oxford Art Gallery last weekend, learning to make a silver cuff ring from one of New Zealand's best jewellers, Areta Wilkinson. Areta has more than one string to her bow, and while in the Gallery I saw a terrific exhibition she has curated of paintings, jewellery, weavings and prints. Featuring works by Areta alongside those of Ngāi Tahu weavers Morehu Flutey-Henare, Paula Rigby and Tania Nutira, painter Celia Wilson and printmaker Ruth McLeod, 'Aotearoa' runs until 7 July. A particular highlight for me was a stunning korowai by Paula (who used to be based at CAG in her role as Maori Arts Advisor for the City Council) made from peacock and black rooster feathers. Definitely worth the drive!