Artists Announced for first Common Ground: Hutt Public Art Festival
Hutt City Council Media Release
Ten artists from across New Zealand have been selected to show at the first festival.
Lana Lopesi’s work A’oga Hutt will take up a CBD shop space to create a reading room that connects the Hutt Pacific community through researching history, sharing stories and conversation.
Mia Hamilton’s bright yellow and white Daisy Blanket was a stand-out at last year’s Banks Shoes Shapeshifter exhibition. The Wellington artist returns to Hutt City for Common Ground making large-scale French knitted ropes and giving lessons on traditional French knitting.
In her work Infill Housing she’ll also be installing birds’ nests that she’s creating from found materials, into trees. Every branch in the tree will hold nests, just as every section in her street holds multiple dwellings; a statement about childhood freedom and her concern for the next generation.
Jay Hutchinson’s work will also make a political statement. His 24-hour performance in a vacant CBD shop will recreate the experience of a sweatshop worker, drawing attention to the way the things we consume are produced.
Common Ground will run from 28 Feb – 7 March 2015 around Lower Hutt and run alongside the Fringe Festival (20 Feb–14 March).
Artists showing in Common Ground include: Anna Bailey, Barbarian Productions, Tim Barlow, Tape Art, Bent, Simon Grove, Mia Hamilton, Jay Hutchinson, Lana Lopesi, Tane Moleta, Victoria Singh