So we’re not, this year, descending on Waitaki for the CTANZ symposium., which is doubly disappointing because whether you came down from Christchurch or up from Dunedin to converge on Ōamaru, you’d have found exhibitions to check out on the way: in Dunedin, wedding dresses and giant knitted animal skeletons; in Ashburton from 7 May, Gift, co-curated by Natalie Smith and Victoria Bell. And of course,what’s on in Ōamaru – about which more below. But we did say we’d be looking at ways of sharing some of the highlights of the year and are very pleased to have confirmed more details.
CTANZ went online in March with an enthusiastic and engaged audience Zooming in for Eden Hore trustees Jane Malthus and Claire Regnault sharing their extensive knowledge of the collection’s origins and plans for its future. There was also more detail on the recent Dowse exhibition which has introduced the story to a wider audience. (Most recently, on Newsroom: https://www.newsroom.co.nz/fashion-maven-of-the-maniototo.)
We’re back on Zoom Wednesday 4 May, 7-8pm, when Auckland writer, crafter and collector Dr Bronwyn Lloyd will talk about She Shed: Contemporary Wool Craft, on at the Petone Settlers Museum Te Whare Whaka.aro o Pito-one until October. Bronwyn spent part of last year as the 2021 Blumhardt Curator putting together this exhibition, which presents her “dream space of wool craft, featuring the work of seven contemporary makers: Vita Cochran, Lizzy Leckie, Caroline McQuarrie, Rona Ngahuia Osborne, Steven Park, Daegan Wells, and Georgina May Young”. Members will have received an invitation by email, non-members can contact us via the website to get the Zoom link.
On Tuesday 10 May, we’ll Zoom from Ōamaru, with an online floor talk by Imogen Stockwell on the Maritza Boutique | Ōamaru – London exhibition occupying the Forrester’s main gallery from now until 3 July.
There will also be two sessions in June: on Wednesday 1 June, Kay Morris will talk about Women’s Institutes and the For Home and Country exhibition at MTG Hawke’s Bay; while Wednesday 29 June will be Doris de Pont on the latest New Zealand Fashion Museum exhibition and what’s happening with the museum. If you’re on the membership email list, you’ll receive more information in your inbox, otherwise get in touch.