Calling all art enthusiasts!

Thursday 15 February, 2018

If you have a passion for art and how it is cared for, come and see the process in action at the Ashburton Public Library on Thursday 22 February.

Ashburton District Council’s extensive and varied art collection is currently the focus of an assessment to determine its condition and how it is housed, and the community is invited to see how the task is undertaken first hand.

“If you’ve visited the Library or Council Chambers, chances are you’ve spotted some impressive pieces on display. This assessment is important in making sure the collection is correctly catalogued so that it can be properly cared for and enjoyed for years to come,” Council Community Relations Manager Vincie Billante says.

Amongst the collection are a significant number of local artworks, both pictorial and object, and assessments carried out to date have uncovered some real treasures, Ms Billante says.

“The team from the Ashburton Art Gallery have been busy assessing the works since July last year and are about to move onto the Library, so it’s a perfect opportunity for the public to see what is involved and ask questions they might have about the process.”

Ashburton Art Gallery Curator Shirin Khosraviani, who will be carrying out some of the work at the Library, says the assessment has been an exciting process and there are some remarkable pieces included in the collection.

“We’ve uncovered a variety of items, including ceramic works by Len Castle and David Brokenshire and paintings by Colin Wheeler, Austen Deans, and local artist Henry Lowen-Smith. We’re looking forward to sharing some of our knowledge with the community, so pop by next week and have a look at what we’ve been doing.”

The Council’s art collection is stored and displayed at a number of sites, which also include the Council administration building and Ashburton Trust Event Centre.  Once the assessment is complete, Council will have a better understanding of the works in its possession, their worth and how they should be managed moving forward.

The community will be able to see the Art Gallery team at work from 1.00pm – 5.00pm at the Ashburton Library on 22 February. ​

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