International Collage Exhibition and Exchange starts at Percy Thomson Gallery

Organiser of the International Collage Exhibition and Exchange, Dale Copeland, with the 30,000th piece created by Maria ...
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Organiser of the International Collage Exhibition and Exchange, Dale Copeland, with the 30,000th piece created by Maria Avila of Brazil.

Dale Copeland has reached a milestone while bringing the International Collage Exhibition and Exchange to life.

For 18 years in a row she's organised the exhibition, and while preparing for the latest one she processed her 30,000th piece.

"Each of the artists sends 13 works," she explains. This year the exhibition, held at the Percy Thomson Gallery in Stratford, features more than 100 artists from 13 countries.

Of the 13 supplied pieces by each artist only one goes on display at the exhibition and is for sale.

Each year a piece from each artist also goes into the permanent collection of a selected art institute. This year the pieces will go to the Verbeke Foundation in Belgium.

The rest of the pieces are exchanged between the participating artists. "It's ridiculous, I've got 1300 collages."

Dale has 450 pieces in her personal collection. "The reason I do it is because I get first pick in the swaps. You should see the collection I've built up. It's absolutely stunning."

She doesn't have the wall space at home so she stores them in 12 large ring binders on shelves. Copeland said it takes her about three months to organise the exchange and exhibition. 

While most artists this year come from North America, there are some from Europe. The exhibition runs until April 21. Next year the exhibition will take a break as Copeland sets her sights on another show in Paris featuring Taranaki artists. 

 

 - Stuff

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