Beach atmosphere for the last show at the art gallery


The Way is open in the Main Gallery until March 13.

A vibrant new show with a definitely seaside vibe has opened at the Hastings Town Art Gallery – Te Whare Toi o Heretaunga, just in time to take all your vacationers to see it over the summer vacation.

The Path, which opened on Friday, is a happy celebration of surfing, but that doesn’t mean it’s a show just for surfers. A wide variety of artists and mediums come together to explore the effects of surfing and its subcultures on artistic practice, as well as the importance of surf culture both in Hawke’s Bay and in the wider region of Te Moananui in Kiwa.

The exhibition features 34 artists, guaranteeing something for everyone – from deeply soothing and reassuring scenes that draw the viewer, to joyful works that embrace and give a taste of the freedom surfing offers. But make no mistake, this is not a “surf art” exhibit, says curator Clayton Gibson.

“It’s an exhibition of the work of a group of talented designers who share something very unique in common,” he says.

The age of the artists on display spans decades from the 1950s to the early 2000s, and the works on display reflect many influences on surf culture during this period.

“The gender imbalance among the artists involved reflects the time period covered, when women who grew up in the 60s, 70s and 80s were discouraged from surfing,” Mr. Gibson said.

Surfing in general has its roots in Polynesian culture, with surfing brought to Aotearoa from Hawaii.

“Here at Heretaunga, we are directly linked to the oral history surrounding surfing through the story of how Kahungunu won the hand from Rongomaiwahine to Māhia,” says Gibson.

This uniquely local history is explained in detail as soon as you enter the exhibition.

Gibson says surfers take years to perfect their craft and study the environment around them, much the same way a practicing artist does.

“Some of these artists have perfected their surfing over the decades while others have just started the journey. Just like in art, once a surfer masters the craft, an individual style of expression emerges. the trained eye can recognize these individual signatures at a glance. “

These instantly recognizable artistic signatures can be seen in the work of Claudia Kogachi, John Walsh, Tony Ogle and Aaron Kereopa in The Path, says Gibson.

Other artists include Glen Armstrong, Kent Baddeley, Jordan Barnes, Jeremy Bennett, Mauricio Benega, Brian Campbell, Troy Conole, Lindsay Crooks, Peter Day, Scott Gardiner, Steve Gibbs, Aaron Greaves, Margaret Hansen, Bill Hayes, Joanna Joseph, Clive Kelly, Luke Kelly, Luke Kerr, Peter Lambert, Daryn Mcbride, John McLean, Damon Meade, Peter Miller, Alex Monteith, Christian Nicolson, Isaac Petersen, Craig Potton and Richard Rogers. Also included are items from surfboard collector James Newby and author Aaron Topp.

“This show gives our community a unique glimpse into the contemplation that can be found alone in the studio or gazing at the horizon from a surfboard. It is a sense of belonging and conscious contemplation,” said Mr. Gibson said.

The Way is open in the Main Gallery until March 13.

Public program events include:

Conference on the ground and screening of a documentary with Peter Day – Friday January 21, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Evening of celebration of the Way – Friday January 21, 5:30 p.m.

The Path panel discussion with artists John Walsh, Aaron Kereopa, Aaron Topp and Margaret Hansen – Saturday January 22, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Floor talk with Dr Steve Gibbs – Sunday January 23, 11 am-12pm

Aaron Topp: Nor’east Swell Book Launch – Thursday, February 3, 5:30 p.m.

Please note that all gallery visitors during these events will need their scanned My Vaccine Pass before entering.

Hastings Town Art Gallery – Te Whare Toi o Heretaunga is open during normal hours, daily during the summer holidays except Christmas and Boxing Day when it is closed. It will also close at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve. For more information on our events, visit the gallery website –


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