Join Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland artist Louise Menzies, the current Stoddart Cottage-Purau artist-in-residence, who will lead a stroll around Te Waipapa Diamond Harbour in conversation with Physics Room gallery director, Abby Cunnane. Louise will be sharing her experience and thinking from her time in Whakaraupō.
During her month here, Menzies is extending her research into women’s histories and textiles. Specifically, she has been exploring the connection women artists had with the Banks Peninsula, such Joanna Margaret Paul and Margaret Stoddart.
Louise Menzies is a cross-media artist working with printed matter, textiles, moving image, installations, public screenings and performances. Her works often respond to particular artefacts and histories that explore past and present. The means in which her works are reproduced often illuminate their own conditions, translating aspects of an encounter that has occurred in a different time and place. Louise’s work has been shown in many of New Zealand’s major public galleries, as well as in numerous exhibitions and screenings internationally.
This free hour-long walk on Saturday 23rd September will depart Stoddart Cottage at 2.30pm. No need to book, but arrive for a prompt departure. The local terrain means there will be some hills, so suitable footwear is recommended. In the case of bad weather, the conversation will be conducted inside the cottage.
Louise’s residency is supported by Christchurch City Council’s Year of the Arts, the Stoddart Cottage Trust and Karearea Cottage.