19 May - 3 June 2022
Fundraising to acknowledge the lost E. Mervyn Taylor mural
The Learning Connexion School of Creativity and Art (TLC), is housed in what was once the New Zealand Soil Bureau, a government research centre established to investigate the specifics of our soil in Aotearoa, such as the implications it had for farming. Groundworks, an exhibition opening on 19 May, continues this investigation, but by looking at the other applications that ground, soil, earth, clay can have in an artistic frame.
Groundworks is a collaborative exhibition of works in different mediums referencing the soil – all made by the incredible and multi-faceted team of staff at The Learning Connexion. Staff (from tutors to admissions) have created specific pieces, or reflected on their practice – finding ties to the soil already existing in their work. As part of the programme taught onsite, materials from the earth are regularly transformed through bronze casting, Raku ceramic firing, Oamaru carving or stone setting.
Fifty percent of proceeds from the exhibition will go towards fundraising to install a digital image of the First Kumera Planting / Kia Kitea Te Waewae Tangata mural (1962) by respected New Zealand artist E. Mervyn Taylor, that is masked by layers of paint in the school foyer. Unfortunately, the mural cannot be easily uncovered, as these methods would result in damage to the original paint. This exhibition is a grassroots collaboration by staff to start the journey that this project brings.
To achieve an appropriate outcome in honouring this work, we have the kind support and expertise of Sarah Taylor, Mervyn’s granddaughter and administrator of the E. Mervyn Taylor Estate, and Dr. Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, editor of Wanted: The search for the modernist murals of E. Mervyn Taylor (Massey Press: 2018) and co-Director of Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand a research initiative at Toi Rauwhārangi Massey University College of Creative Arts.
Opening: 19 May, 5:30pm - 7pm
Gallery Open: Mon - Fri, 9am - 2pm
The Learning Connexion
182 Eastern Hutt Road, Taitā, Lower Hutt
0800 278 769
Naked Still Life
Restricted Programmes Mentor
Raku fired Ceramic Vessels
Born from the Womb of Papatūānuku
Whenua, dry pigment, gold foil, acrylic
59 x 78