World of WearableArt (WOW) has announced the finalists for its 2017 awards, which this year feature the works of six Canterbury designers, including previous winners Natasha English & Tatyanna Meharry of Christchurch and Janice Elliot of Papanui. This year’s competition is divided into six themed sections, including Avant Garde and Science Fiction, providing plenty of scope for creativity. The finalists’ entries will be showcased at the WOW Awards Show in Wellington from September 21st-October 8th.
Sustainability and functional art combine in Windswept, a piece of sculptural art donated by Tréology to the Christchurch Art Gallery Foundation Gala Dinner Auction. Tréology are known for crafting contemporary furniture from New Zealand trees, and were inspired by the windswept landscape of Banks Peninsula when creating the piece. The sculpture was crafted out of rimu and mounted on a base of Timaru bluestone, and the proceeds of its sale will help Christchurch Art Gallery purchase a new work.
Christchurch Art Gallery is playing host to an exciting collection of Len Lye’s engineered art, with an exhibition running from August 5th-November 26th entitled Len Lye: Stopped Short by Wonder. Viewed as a ‘homecoming’ of sorts, it will feature a range of work by the Christchurch-born artist, including a number of his kinetic sculptures along with a selection of his films, paintings and drawings. The first time in 15 years that any of Lye’s work has been shown in his hometown, the gallery is hoping it will give a new generation a chance to connect with his work.