Square Edge 2

16 Byron Street, Napier

This exhibition has been extended until September 23rd.

In line with current Level 2 restrictions, please wear a mask and use your COVID Tracer app when entering Creative Arts Napier. 2 metre distancing is observed in all of our galleries.

Exhibition by Dennis Green and Clayton Gibson.

Forty years ago Dennis Green and Clayton Gibson had their first exhibition together. Their work was exhibited in Square Edge Community Arts Centre in Palmerston where they were both first year teacher’s college students.

Square Edge 2, is their second exhibition together and has given the artists, not only the opportunity to exhibit again together, but to rekindle an old friendship that goes right back to their extension art class at Ilminster Intermediate in Gisborne.

Clayton Gibson:
‘I am originally from Gisborne but now living in Te Awanga, Hawke’s Bay. Since moving to the Hawke’s Bay, I have exhibited my work in Art Feast, and in the Norsewear Art Awards, the Wildflower Sculpture Exhibition and at the Community Art Centres in Hastings and Napier.

I work predominately as a sculptor, using recycled totara posts and found logs off the beach to form the basis of most of my work. Over the last two years I have got back into my painting and this exhibition has given me the opportunity to experiment with my painting style.’

Clayton’s Work:
The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa will be updated to make learning New Zealand’s histories explicit, so that all learners and ākonga are provided with opportunities to learn about the events that have shaped our nation, and the different perspectives New Zealanders have of these events. The curriculum changes will come into effect in 2022.

‘I have been a teacher both in primary and secondary schools for over 33 years and I have been an advocate of the teaching of New Zealand history over all of that time. Children learn in different ways depending on their learning style and temperament but also depending on the developmental stage they are going through. For some students, learning through visual images is important and for other student’s learning is supported by memorising repetitive, rhyming poems.’

As an artist Clayton saw a great opportunity to support this education initiative of the government by painting a series of paintings that depict a variety of events in our history and incorporate within each painting, poems and rhyming verse. Hopefully this text will provide a way in for the viewer to connect with the historical events depicted.

The paintings exhibited in this exhibition are just the beginning of a series based around this theme.

Dennis Green:
Dennis Green is a part time archaeologist and part time artist who lives in Hamilton.

Join both artists to celebrate the opening of their exhibition on Saturday 14 August at 5.30pm. All welcome! Light refreshments will be served.

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Creative Arts Napier, Community Arts Centre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

16 Byron Street, Napier