Matching visual art with performance

Fringe Festival Visual Arts Project artists, Karolina Gorton, Klaas Breukel, Gaelynne Pound, Sally Shaw, Yoshi, Ishna ...
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Fringe Festival Visual Arts Project artists, Karolina Gorton, Klaas Breukel, Gaelynne Pound, Sally Shaw, Yoshi, Ishna Jacobs, John-Paul Pochin and Miriam Hansen.

In a Nelson Fringe Festival first, visual artists are responding to the Fringe's performing arts through a Visual Arts Project (VAP). Nineteen artists are making original work in response to Fringe performances using recycled or reclaimed materials.

"We were blown away by the number of people who wanted to take part in the project," VAP organiser Karolina Gorton says. "The artists were excited by the opportunity to respond visually to the Fringe. I can't wait to reveal what they've come up with."

One participating artist, Chrissie Cleary, says "The 'perfection of imperfection' is where the edge of my art lies, that moment where an exploratory process leads to what could be deemed a mistake only to reveal something quite wonderful."

For the past month the artists have been creating artworks based on secret, randomly chosen local Nelson Fringe show titles and the Fringe slogan "where edges meet".

The resultant artworks, ranging from sculpture to painting and more, are about to be revealed as part of a "match the artwork with the Fringe show title" competition being held at Elma Turner Library in Nelson and the Richmond Library from  April 24 to May 7.

The person who correctly matches the most artworks with their show title will win a prize, a book voucher donated by Stella Chrysostomou and Thomas Koed from the independent bookshop Volume.

Volume is one of 31 local businesses supporting the Nelson Fringe Festival by taking part in the Show Adopter programme.

These businesses 'adopt' a Fringe show and take it under their wing. The VAP is supported by Creative Communities, which is also supporting a number of the Fringe Festival shows.

Visual Arts Project, Nelson Fringe Festival,  April 29 to May 7, Refinery ArtSpace, 3 Halifax St, Nelson.  More information visit : www.nelsonfringe.co.nz/visual-arts-project.

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