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“10 Artists” exhibition to be held over Anniversary Weekend

“10 Artists,” a collective of professional artists, will hold their annual exhibition in the Kuaotunu Hall over Anniversary Weekend.

The artists are looking forward to repeating the success of their inaugural exhibition, which was held at the same time last year. The historic hall will be transformed into a vibrant contemporary art gallery by the artists, who all live in the Kuaotunu area between Otama Beach and Whangapoua.

The collective held a second exhibition during Labour Weekend last October, which also included artist-run workshops, but the Anniversary Weekend event is their flagship exhibition and is expected to become an anticipated part of the growing Mercury Bay arts scene.

“We are excited about becoming a permanent fixture on Mercury Bay area’s arts calendar and showcasing the amazing talent we have in our small corner of the Coromandel,” says 10 Artists spokesperson, Isabel Gilbert Palmer

One of the distinctive aspects of the collective is the variety of work produced, from photography, drawing, collage and painting to weaving, sculpture and mixed media.

“We aim to keep the exhibition fresh for our community and the many visitors we get to the area, while still maintaining the high standard of work demonstrated by the collective,” says Isabel. 

As some members of the collective have international careers and commitments, different artists may be invited to participate, while still keeping the talent local. Jewellery maker Hannah Clayton, who moved to Kuaotunu from Whitianga two years ago, will be exhibiting as part of the collective over Anniversary Weekend. “The 10 Artists exhibition is a fantastic representation of the vibrant and supportive arts community we have in Kuaotunu,” says Hannah. “I’m very excited to be a part of the exhibition and to be able to add metalsmithing into the mix of mediums within the group.”

Most of the artworks in the exhibition will be for sale and visitors will be be able to meet the artists in person.

The exhibition will be open from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday 26 January and Sunday 27 January and from 9:00am to 2:00pm on Monday 28 January.

Picture: Hannah Clayton, a jewellery maker, is one of the artists who’ll be participating in the 10 Artists exhibition in Kuaotunu during Anniversary Weekend.

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