NP may become world art symposium's home

22:43, Feb 15 2009
Artists gather for the Solar Circuit Aotearoa New Zealand in New Plymouth yesterday.

International and national artists have converged in New Plymouth for a biennial art, technology and culture event.

The Solar Circuit Aotearoa New Zealand (Scanz) residency opened yesterday and will run until February 8.

The event has attracted 22 artists, producers, writers and curators, who will participate in presentations, workshops, a two-day symposium and an exhibition.

Hailed as the largest event of its kind, Scanz was first held here in 2006.

Organiser Ian Clothier, a Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki artist, writer and lecturer, said given Taranaki's art and culture scene, New Plymouth was the ideal place to hold Scanz.

Mr Clothier said of the 22 people taking part in Scanz, 40 per cent had come from overseas, mainly Europe, Britain and Canada. "We're trying to make something enduring and have it fixed on the calendar here."


For the first time this year seven Taranaki secondary school students will get to work alongside some of the artists.

Throughout the event some of the artists and students will be based at Puke Ariki where the public will be able to see what they are doing and contribute to their work.

The two-day symposium will be held at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery from February 7, the same day an exhibition featuring some of the participants' work opens at the gallery.

Go to for more information about Scanz.


Taranaki Daily News