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Saturday, 24 March 2018
Week 7 Term 1
On Wednesday Caroline took us to the Suter Art Gallery for an exhibition workshop called ' The Unseen'.
The Unseen is an art / science / school / community collaborative art project in Nelson involving around 1,500 local school children. Participants have the opportunity to learn about scientific research occurring in their area and help make part of an artwork too. Through the workshop, we are trying to make what is usually UNSEEN in our landscape due to scale, size, or location – visible.
Gabby O'Connor has worked with fifteen local schools to make a giant collaborative outdoor drawing around themes to do with local scientific study. We had the opportunity to view and work with the artist to add to this public artwork. Through the project we learnt about scientific research occurring in our region and helped to make part of a public artwork too.
Gabby hopes that through The UNSEEN students become ambassadors for both the art project and the scientific knowledge they gain through the project, as they are the custodians and inheritors of the changing climate.
At the conclusion of the public display of The UNSEEN in Nelson in 2018, the artwork will be broken down into smaller parts, stored and then reconfigured for an exhibition at the Gus Fisher Gallery in Auckland in 2020. This exhibition will form the conclusion of O’Connor’s PhD research project and will also include artefacts and documentation of the artworks that includes books, drawings and photographs as well as a reconfigured rope sculptural installation.
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