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"Telecom Prospect 2004: New Art New Zealand"
2004-05-30 until 2004-08-22
City Gallery Wellington
Wellington, , NZ

City Gallery Wellington is proud to present Telecom Prospect 2004: New Art New Zealand in partnership with the Adam Art Gallery, the New Zealand Film Archive and Massey University. Telecom Prospect 2004: New Art New Zealand (30 May - 22 August 2004) opens to the public this weekend, exploding across Wellington with a selection of the freshest, most innovative artwork currently being produced in New Zealand. Spanning four venues including City Gallery Wellington, The Adam Art Gallery, The New Zealand Film Archive and Massey University, Telecom Prospect 2004 sprawls across the Capital in a city-wide celebration of the visual arts, across galleries, cinemas, a hall, the local bus service, your cell phone and even your home PC.

From an 18 metre long glistening glitter carpet by Hamilton artist Mark Curtis to Ralph Hotere's White Drip: from a working ice-skating rink by Wellington artist Maddie Leach to a new interactive work by Ronnie van Hout, Telecom Prospect 2004 has something for everyone. Each exhibition venue will offer audiences a complete show in itself, while, at the same time functioning as one sentence in a much larger conversation that is Telecom Prospect 2004.

Publicly announcing the full list of artists for the first time City Gallery Wellington curator Emma Bugden said, "From the moment I began working on the show, people all around me started offering me lists -- their personal selection of who they would like to see included in a New Zealand survey show.

"This, then, is my list, or one of them. 43 artists, spanning a 50 year age gap between oldest and youngest, who work variously across painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, performance, video, film and computer software.

"Without being driven by one over-arching theme, Telecom Prospect 2004 is a show located around a series of connections which weave through the artworks. This is a show located in something quite real: it's a show about people, networks, relationships and conversations. It offers both personal and social realism with a fun, sexy edge.

"The artists in Telecom Prospect 2004 live on Great Barrier Island, in Porirua, Te Aro, Havelock North, Hamilton and Port Chalmers. They also live in London, Melbourne, Bangkok and Auckland. In 2004 most New Zealand artists are sophisticated gypsies, moving across cities and countries to make and show their work. What this exhibition does is bring some of our leading artists together to reflect the complexities and concerns of the wider New Zealand community.

"Over time, the ongoing Prospect series will become a kind of barometer-of taste, ideas, perspectives-what people were doing and thinking and wondering."

An online catalogue www.telecomprospect2004.org.nz accompanies the exhibition, overflowing with opinions, information and images relating to the exhibition, its artists and New Zealand contemporary culture.

This ground-breaking contemporary visual arts resource includes view points from well known New Zealanders including the late Michael King, fashion designers Francis Hooper and Denise L'Estrange-Corbet, and Winston Peters MP - amongst others - as well as artist résumés, an essay by curator Emma Bugden, critical responses to the exhibition by Gwyn Porter, Ian Wedde and Tobias Berger, and reproductions of the artwork featured in the show.

Go online to www.telecomprospect2004.org.nz to check out up-to-date information about the exciting events programme, download maps and venue information, sign up for email updates, post your view about the exhibition, and participate in Ronnie van Hout's interactive artwork On The Run, made possible by Telecom Advance Solutions technology.


City Gallery Wellington
Dan Arps (Auckland), Wayne Barrar (Wellington), Steve Carr (Auckland), Bekah Carran (Dunedin), Maryrose Crook, (Otago), Don Driver (New Plymouth), Scott Eady (Dunedin), Jacqueline Fraser (Auckland), Dick Frizzell (Hawkes Bay), Darryn George (Christchurch), Sara Hughes (Auckland), Lonnie Hutchinson (Christchurch), Paul Johns (Christchurch), Sean Kerr (Auckland), Shigeyuki Kihara (Auckland), Peter Madden (Auckland), Liz Maw (Auckland), Warren Olds (Hamilton), Douglas Kelaher (Dunedin), Neil Pardington (Wellington), Sarah Jane Parton (Wellington), Phil Price (Canterbury), Shona Rapira Davies (Great Barrier Island), Ronnie van Hout (Melbourne), Peter Robinson (Auckland), Ian Scott (Auckland), Yvonne Todd (Auckland), Wayne Youle (Canterbury), et al. (Auckland)

The Adam Art Gallery
Bill Culbert (London), Mark Curtis (Hamilton), Judy Darragh (Auckland), Darryn George (Christchurch), Ralph Hotere (Dunedin), Linda James (Christchurch), Séraphine Pick (Port Chalmers), Waroonwan Thongvanit (Christchurch), Francis Upritchard (London), Ruth Watson (Sydney)

The New Zealand Film Archive
Douglas Bagnall (Wellington), VJ Rex (Wellington), Hye Rim Lee (Auckland), Daniel Malone (Auckland)

Massey University
Maddie Leach (Wellington)

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