If you’re looking for something to do in Wellington City over the next couple of weeks, head to Toi Pōneke Gallery and check out the contemporary jewellery exhibition by Vanessa Arthur.
Arthur a graduate from the Visual Arts and Design contemporary jewellery programme at Whitireia explores the poetics of urban un-planning in jewellery, in her ‘Street Shifts’ exploring space between exhibition which is on from 23 November until 15 December 2012.
Arthur’s work explores the permanence and impermanence of surroundings. She explores the in-between spaces, photographing and collecting materials orphaned and replaced by this evolving cycle. Moments are captured, through snapshots of the constantly changing facade; then jewellery is created, that will continue to transform and reveal when worn.
Vanessa has been the DEBLYN artist in residence at the Toi Pōneke Arts Centre throughout 2012. This artist in residence programme aims to support artists practicing in all art forms in their first year out of study. This exhibition concludes her time at the centre.
A talented artist, Vanessa received the 2011 Whitireia Fingers Prize. This award is presented to a departing student who achieves exceptional heights in their graduating body of work. “Arthur received this award because of her quirky urban ideas, innovative design and use of unusual materials in her jewellery” said Peter Deckers, Tutor in Jewellery at Whitireia. “She really is a talented, unique jewellery artist, her exhibition of works at Toi Pōneke Gallery is not to be missed.”
Toi Poneke Gallery at 61 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro, Wellington City is open Monday-Friday 10am – 8pm and Saturday-Sunday 10am-4pm. Head down this Saturday and help Vanessa document her exhibition. Have your photo taken wearing a piece of jewellery that is on show and receive a ‘one of a kind’ street shifts pin in exchange.