Visit our Learning Centre Gallery on level 3 for exhibitions and family activities that change on a regular basis. Be sure to ask at reception for a copy of our family gallery trail to enhance your visit.
In the Learning Centre Gallery, Split Level View Finder: Theo Schoon and New Zealand Art continues but with a local twist especially for Te Uru visitors. Here, you will find work that examines Schoon’s interest in the local Titirangi craft scene of the 1960s. Schoon said he was drawn to potters rather than painters because of their “earthly sanity and unpretentious attitude”, and he never saw any difference between art and craft. He insisted that “art is the head, and craft is the tail of the same animal.” Schoon was close to local artists such as Len Castle, who gave him pots to decorate. He was also close to Dutch printmaker and gallerist Kees Hos, who often visited Titirangi to source works from local artists. Schoon’s interest in craft thanks to his time in Titirangi also extended to the Coromandel, where he worked with Barry Brickell and to the East Coast, where he worked with Helen Mason in Tokomaru Bay. See a range of prints, printing blocks, pottery by these artists, and historic footage of Schoon in a short video presentation.
Visit Split Level View Finder: Theo Schoon and New Zealand Art and see a series of portraits that Theo Schoon and Rita Angus did of each other - then head to the Learning Centre to create your own. Portraits can be of your friends or whanau, or a self-portrait. Leave in the tray for us to install on the gallery stairwell walls.
10 March – 31 May
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