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Taupo District Council
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38 days ago

Exhibition opens up a view Through Female Eyes

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

An exhibition of Waikanae artist’s Gillian Cronin’s bold colourful acrylic paintings celebrating the lives of ordinary women in the world’s developing countries, “Through Female Eyes”, opens at the Taupō Museum this Saturday 30 October.

Gillian has been painting for over 30 years and … View more
An exhibition of Waikanae artist’s Gillian Cronin’s bold colourful acrylic paintings celebrating the lives of ordinary women in the world’s developing countries, “Through Female Eyes”, opens at the Taupō Museum this Saturday 30 October.

Gillian has been painting for over 30 years and her preferred medium is acrylic on board or canvas.

The celebration of these women’s lives is a strong theme running through all her paintings, as Gillian loves telling stories, but she always balances this narrative in her own inner sense of harmony, colour, design, and spirituality.

Gillian said that often throughout the history of art, women have been the objects of the artist’s gaze, the artist generally being male, and the artist's model or muse being female.

“I want to turn the tables and paint a woman's eye view of the world. In particular, having travelled extensively I want my story in paint to be celebrating the lives of ordinary women in developing countries.”

Around twenty years ago, she visited Ethiopia. It was her first trip to Africa, and left a profound impression on her, both as a woman and as an artist, she said.

“Poverty in Africa exists on a completely different scale to the third-world living conditions I had previously encountered in Asia and South America.”

In 2017, she travelled around India and in 2019 she said she was lucky enough to visit Mexico and Guatemala. During these travels she gathered a rich tapestry of experiences and an overload of inspiration for subsequent paintings. She responded to the warm vibrant colours of India and Mexico as well as the people and the culture.

Taupō Museum exhibitions officer Kerence Stephen said Through Female Eyes will provide visitors with a feast for the eyes.

“We are excited to be hosting these works – Gillian’s balance and harmony between the colours and forms in her art is breath-taking,” she said.

The exhibition runs until 29 November. Taupō Museum is open seven days from 10am to 4.30pm and entry is free to Taupō District residents with proof of address.

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49 days ago

Taking street art to the Gallery

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

Some of New Zealand’s street art originators are exhibiting new works at Taupō Museum from next weekend.

The exhibition “Public Access 6”, which opens on Saturday 23 October, sees the founding members of the Cut Collective, Component, Enforce1, Flox, Peepshow and TrustMe, come together to … View more
Some of New Zealand’s street art originators are exhibiting new works at Taupō Museum from next weekend.

The exhibition “Public Access 6”, which opens on Saturday 23 October, sees the founding members of the Cut Collective, Component, Enforce1, Flox, Peepshow and TrustMe, come together to produce the latest in a series of exhibitions that began nearly 15 years ago.

Taupō Museum exhibitions officer Kerence Stephen said it was fantastic to have the Cut Collective exhibit in Taupō especially as it timed with Graffiato: Taupō Street Art Festival 2021.

“The Cut Collective are disappointed that due to the current COVID level restrictions, they will not be able to come down to take part in Graffiato. But they are glad they are able to show their work in the Museum, and I think they’d want everyone to come along and watch their fellow artists at work in the Taupō town centre over Labour Weekend.”

Cut Collective formed in the early 2000s, bringing a group together to work on collaborative projects, murals and exhibitions. Active in the Auckland street art scene, the collective began to gain recognition for their public works that typically employed spray paint and hand cut stencils. As the collaboration grew so did the ambition and soon the collective were set up in their own studio space behind Auckland’s Karangahape Road.

The collective adopted an approach that rejected the conventional pathways that artists were typically required to tread and prioritised the production and presentation of artwork that was accessible for all. As well as a focus on public space, the artists aimed to remove the barriers standing in the way for many of the public to encounter the art.

Through these efforts the series of exhibitions named PUBLIC ACCESS were created. Public Access has always addressed accessibility issues around viewing and enjoying art, while presenting studio-based work created with the benefit of space and time; luxuries not afforded the artists when they were making illegal art in public spaces.

Kerence said the works on display at the exhibition represent the focussed effort of the artists’ current studio practice.

“These are brilliant pieces of contemporary art – I urge everyone to come along to the Gallery and enjoy them,” she said.

Public Access 6 runs 23 October to 29 November at the Main Gallery of the Taupō Museum. The Museum and Art Gallery is open seven days from 10am to 4.30pm and entry is free to Taupō District residents with proof of address.

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66 days ago

Council urges slower, more considered approach to Three Waters Reform

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

After looking carefully at the Government’s controversial Three Waters proposal and surveying its community, Taupō District Council is requesting an immediate stop to the Three Waters Reform programme.

In its submission to the Government unanimously approved today by the mayor and councillors, … View more
After looking carefully at the Government’s controversial Three Waters proposal and surveying its community, Taupō District Council is requesting an immediate stop to the Three Waters Reform programme.

In its submission to the Government unanimously approved today by the mayor and councillors, Council stressed the need for the reform to pause, and be linked with the Resource Management Act and Future for Local Government reviews.

Mayor David Trewavas said while Council agreed that some change in the Three Waters area was necessary in the future due to rising costs and environmental standards, it was not convinced, based on the information provided to Council to date, that the Government’s proposals were the right outcome for the Taupō District.

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65 days ago

Taupō District Mayor welcomes new date for IRONMAN 70.3 world championships

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

Taupō District Mayor David Trewavas has welcomed today’s announcement from IRONMAN confirming the Taupō District will host the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in 2024.

Taupō District was originally set to host the 2020 and then 2022 edition, prior to the event cancellations due to the … View more
Taupō District Mayor David Trewavas has welcomed today’s announcement from IRONMAN confirming the Taupō District will host the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in 2024.

Taupō District was originally set to host the 2020 and then 2022 edition, prior to the event cancellations due to the ongoing impacts of Covid-19.

Mayor Trewavas said he was excited to secure the new date for the world championships to be held on December 14 and 15, 2024.

“We are proud to be the home of IRONMAN in New Zealand and are ready to show the rest of the world exactly why that is. We have been working closely with stakeholders and are very pleased to see both council and government support roll over to the new date.

The event is expected to bring in $27 million for the district, with a significant amount of that contribution due to the number of international athletes and spectators expected to attend.

“We have already laid the foundations to host the world’s best, and we can’t wait to deliver an event like no other, allowing us to showcase both the Taupō District and New Zealand to the rest of the world. Bring on 2024.”

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80 days ago

New date for Taupō Summer Concert

Darren Petry from Taupo District Council

Taupō District Mayor David Trewavas is excited to welcome back the popular Taupō Summer Concert in March 2022.

While normally run on Auckland Anniversary weekend, organisers Greenstone Entertainment are hoping the new date of 12th March, 2022 will allow for more certainty around border … View more
Taupō District Mayor David Trewavas is excited to welcome back the popular Taupō Summer Concert in March 2022.

While normally run on Auckland Anniversary weekend, organisers Greenstone Entertainment are hoping the new date of 12th March, 2022 will allow for more certainty around border restrictions and events as a whole.

Mr Trewavas said he was rapt a revised date meant the event could still go ahead.

“Our friends at Greenstone Entertainment always bring a quality line-up each year, attracting thousands of visitors to our district and is a welcome boost to our economy. Much like us, I’m sure our local businesses are also excited about rolling out the red carpet on the revised date of 12th March, he says.

“The Summer Concert Tour coming to town is always a highlight of our events calendar; it will be exciting to host concert-goers and acts to our district early next year.”

The acts coming next year are to be announced soon, with the event set to take place at the Taupō Amphitheatre.

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