Ngati Arty 'says it all'

Last updated 14:00 23/05/2012

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Another colourful annual show by King Street Artworks has just opened at Aratoi, this time called Ngati Arty.

"The title sums us up, really," says manager Ian Chapman. "We are a family of artists."

As always, there is a bewildering range of ideas and diverse materials used. Ian says the exhibition shows how King Street artists have responded to various themed workshops run at the space over the past year, how individuals put their own twist on these and run with their own creativity.

This year there is a collection of Tiki mugs, the result of a "spontaneous workshop", says Ian, and some work inspired by Grant Wood's famous American Gothic painting. There is also a strong contingent of dolls and other textile creatures.

"Sometimes you'll get one person who starts making something and that starts things rolling for others. Suddenly you have thousands of dolls or creatures."

King Street Artworks is open five days a week from 10am to 3pm, and on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. The creative space is open to all but Fridays are just for women.

Showing at Aratoi: Kirsty Gardiner - Portmanteau: A Cabinet of Curiosities, until July 21; Thinking about Matisse - New Paintings by Helene Carroll, until June 16; Ngati Arty - King Street Artworks' 15th Annual Exhibition, until June 16. Shear Wairarapa - Photographs by Geoff Walker, until May 27; Foyer Exhibits - Selected works from The Rutherford Collection & Kajsa Backstrom.

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