Unknown photographer, Blasting Moturoa Island for rock (1920s). Collection of Puke Ariki (PHO2007-242)

Unknown photographer, Blasting Moturoa Island for rock (1920s). Collection of Puke Ariki (PHO2007-242)

Introducing our First Digital Artist ‘In Residence’ of 2020…Sorawit Songsataya

Artists ‘In Residence’ 2020

17 Jul 2020

Meet the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre’s current Artist ‘In Residence’; Sorawit Songsataya.

Over the next four weeks, Sorawit will be “in residence” at their home in Wellington, and sharing insights into the development of their new project through the Govett-Brewster’s online platforms.

Sorawit’s residency work will focus on researching the local ecological and geographic histories of Ngāmotu, and in particular Paritutu Rock and the Sugar Loaf Islands.

The featured image, a photograph held in the Puke Ariki collection, shows Moturoa Island being blasted for rock in the early twentieth century as part of an ambitious plan to expand New Plymouth’s port and link Moturoa Island and Lion Rock with a causeway to enable land reclamation between this island and the Mikotahi point on the mainland. It was ultimately unsuccessful, and attention instead turned to Paritutu as a source of rock.

Look out over the coming weeks as we reveal more from Sorawit’s residency artwork project on Instagram.

Supported by Creative New Zealand and NPDC, this year’s Artist Residency programme will see three New Zealand-based artists take up month-long residencies from their own studios or homes.

Our three chosen artists; Sorawit Songsataya, Meg Porteous, and Yona Lee, were announced in June are. Read more about the Artists ‘In Residence’ 2020.

Their artwork will be presented across the Govett-Brewster’s digital platforms over the coming months.

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