Students look at the work of 23 creative practitioners from across the country with ties to Hawke's Bay. Among the themes underpinning the artworks there is a strong interest in social and environmental issues and questioning conventional knowledge structures.
EAST 2018 is the Gallery's biennial exhibition. The diversity of selected artists and designers reflect a wide array of creative practice connected to the region, such as painting, ceramics, photography, architecture, industrial design, video, conceptual art and performance.
East 2018 recognises the legacy of locally based artists who have been pivotal members of the community. There are also a number of artists who have recently moved to the Bay, revealing that the region continues to attract strong talent. For those artists who live in other parts of the country or who predominantly exhibit internationally, EAST 2018 offers a long overdue opportunity to reconnect with Hawke's Bay.
- Curator, Bruce E. Phillips
George Nuku is one of the exhibiting artists and has worked alongside students from local schools including Omahu, Irongate, Pukehamoama, and Kimi Ora Community School, to develop 'Bottled River', reusing plastic bottles to create the work.
Each school visit will be split in to two parts, in the first, students look at Nuku's work and discuss the environmental issues raised by these and other artworks in the exhibition; the second is a hands-on workshop in which students will design and create signs that communicate their own messages about the environment.
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