Women’s Centre Art Expo 2016


At the end of September there’s a fantastic opportunity to support both the Women’s Centre Rodney and local artists. Forty artists in collaboration with the Centre are happily participating in the third community-lead, pop-up exhibition upstairs at the Woolshed, Matakana – and all proceeds go towards supporting the Centre. The Women’s Centre is an exceptional Warkworth-based charity offering support, resources, knowledge and skills for women within the Rodney district and further afield. Their core values are equality and empowerment for all women.

At this exhibition, there’ll be work by well-known artists such as Star and Ra Gossage, Louise McRae, Jenta Griffin, Awa Gillgren, Pat Betts, Rhana Panhuis, Mark Lewington and Heather Owens plus many other prominent, newly established and emerging artists. Local college students have also been invited to exhibit alongside more established artists to encourage participation in the art community from an entry level. The exhibition includes many differing media such as painting, sculpture, photography, jewellery, furniture and print.

Tim Melville, owner of the Tim Melville Gallery in Newton, Auckland, has been at previous events. Exhibition curator Maria Collins says he’s bought a number of works in the past. “The Matakana fundraiser for the Warkworth Women’s Centre is a fantastic way for me to spot new artistic talent,” says Tim. “There’s a super-talented community of artists in the area – you do wonder, actually, whether there’s something in the water!”

The two previous annual art exhibitions have been very successful, with participation from many different artists throughout the community; funds raised have bought a playground for the Centre. This final installation of this will be completed by November this year. The Centre has also received support from many local businesses and individuals who volunteer their time to make this community-lead project a success.

The Women’s Centre are, among other things, involved in the establishment of a community hub in Wellsford with Auckland Council and Hauora Trust; they’re working on a collaborative project with Te Rito Rodney towards the prevention of family violence, and they’re helping to increase services (especially for sexual abuse victims and services for men) across the Rodney area. They’re also committed to making local services more inclusive for our Pacifica communities. All proceeds from the exhibition will support these and other services in the North Rodney area. As Tim Melville says, “If you can pick up a great piece of art and support the Women’s Centre in the process, it’s no-brainer!”

Opening night is on 30th September from 6.00pm to 9.30 pm with the multi-talented DJ Mark Lewington. Nibbles and drinks provided.

Opening Friday 30 September 6pm-9.30pm, then October 1-9, from 9.30-4.00pm daily | Woolshed, Country Park, Matakana | www.womenscentrerodney.org.nz | Contact Maria Collins 021 933 801