Waiheke Marketplace : January 7th 2015
www.stuff.co.nz NEWS WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, JANUARY 7, 2015 Tricky terrain challenges art By GEORGE GARDNER Managing an event that will attract tens of thousands of visitors in just over three weeks is a mammoth task but Rae Finlay has got it covered. The new headland Sculpture on the Gulf project director is an old hand at event management with names like the Queenstown Winter Festival, the Canterbury A&P show, and CHOGM and APEC meetings on her long list of successes. Finlay has been coming to Waiheke Island for 30 years and has been a resident for the past two. She has already been working on the next biennial sculpture exhibition for more than 12 months. ‘‘I’m responsible for the funding, long-term strategic planning, and the business plan – the day-to-day operation,’’ she says. It’s a big event that costs about $800,000 and would not be possible without sponsorship, friends and patrons, and commissions on the sale of artworks, as well as the goodwill of a team of local volunteers. Headland has several different components – the contributing artists, the landowners who allow works to be installed on their properties, the 2km walkway through Te Atawhai Whenua Reserve and around towards Church Bay, and the pavilion at Matiatia. And one of the biggest Scenic spot: Project director Rae Finlay says Regan Gentry’s Rocky Bay Store installation from the 2013 headland event will remain in situ for the new exhibition which opens to the public on January 23. Photo: GEORGEGARDNER challenges is yet to come, when the installation team starts the mammoth job of fixing 31 sitespecific sculptures to some tricky terrain the week before the exhibition opens on January 23. Finlay says she is delighted that Jackie O’Brien is involved in this year’s event as artistic co-ordinator. The former Waiheke Community Art Gallery manager was instrumental in launching the event in 2003. ‘‘It’s fantastic to have all the historical knowledge that Jackie brings. She’s so passionate about the art and the artists,’’ Finlay says. She is confident the event will attract the same number of people it did two years ago but hopes there will be even more visitors this year. ‘‘The 2013 numbers were up 40 per cent on the previous headland in 2011. ‘‘Our target is 45,000 again, but we’d like to clock 50,000 this time.’’ ❚ Visit scultpureon thegulf.co.nz to find out more. ➤ZEROWASTEEVENT A zero waste station will be manned during headland to encourage visitors to dispose of their waste in a responsible manner. Water stations will also be placed at three key points along the walkway where visitors can refill their reusable bottles with free drinking water. The initiative is a partnership between headland and the Waiheke Resources Trust, and is being funded by Auckland Council’s Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund. Curnow Realty Ltd. Licensed under REAA 2008 I’ll look after selling your home for you • Now 18 years successfully selling property on the island. • I enjoy and enthusiastically market ALL price ranges from the small cottage to the waterfront dream. • Your experienced local agent Contact me anytime for an appraisal or just a no obligation chat. HAURAKI GULF ISLANDS TOWN PLANNING CONSULTANTS • Resource consent applications • Local government matters • Assessment of environmental effects • Subdivision applications • Discharge, watercourse and coastal permits Wendy Baverstock or Berin Smith email email@example.com ph 09 372 2757 visit www.isleland.co.nz Best regards, Barry Barry Curle Mob 0274 944 990 A/H 372 8037 firstname.lastname@example.org Bayleys Waiheke 09 372 0005 www.bayleys.co.nz 2877761AD For further details and other locations visit www.watersafe.org.nz Swimgym Swim School Te Huruhi Primary School, 7 Donald Bruce Road, (09) 537 0025 Surfdale, Waiheke Island WHANAU NUI 2015 19 23 January 2015 5 New Zealand’s leading contemporary outdoor sculpture exhibition runs from January 23 to February 15. It features 31 sculptures chosen by a team of independent headland Sculpture on the Gulf selectors from 120 entries by New Zealand artists. Entry is free but donations are welcome. The headland pavilion at Matiatia is the event hub and will be open daily from 8.30am till 10pm (9pm Sundays). It will feature food by Ana Schwarz and Urban Escargot’s Nico Fini, Waiheke wines and refreshments, music, and a sculpture gallery. Would you like to feel safer and more confident with your children around water this summer? Enrol in Whānau Nui today and have lots of fun while you learn. Just phone one of the locations below to book your place. Hurry spaces are limited.
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