Friends of the Aigantighe Newsletter March2018 1

We hope everyone has had a fantastic Summer and found a moment to enjoy the exhibitions on display at the Aigantighe Art Gallery.

We really enjoyed celebrating with our artists and guests at the Friends sponsored exhibition openings for Gallery 91 in December and Blue/Gold by local artist Claire Earlie Maxwell in January.

We are really excited to announce that through everyone’s generous donations, and our committees fundraising efforts that we have reached our target for the restoration of the iconic Don Binney and will be sent away mid-year for conservation. We have now raised over $17,000 to restore 27 artworks. There are still artworks that require restoration and we look forward to fundraising for these. Thank you for your generosity.

And finally a big high five to everyone as we celebrate the first birthday for Timaru Rocks. With over 3000 members, we continue to see visitors enjoy the rock hunting in the Sculpture Garden. We have some exciting plans for 2018, and can’t wait to share them with you throughout the year.

Roselyn Fauth - Friends President

AAG Friends Newsletter Nov Dec 2017 1Wow what a year! The Friends were proud to sponsor the exhibition openings for Pat White in April, Holly Zandbergen in June, and Judith Cordeaux in September, all of which drew near capacity crowds.
Our Sculpture Hunt maps continue to showcase our public art and provide a free activity for locals and tourists. Colour the Night was an epic event and the Friends were happy to help market the event, host and run the galleries fundraising stall.
#TimaruRocks continues to help draw new visitors to the Gallery and gardens. Our community Rock Boxes have been used by over 1300 folks. We have also given out hundreds of prize rocks and activity sheets to make art supplies more accessible.
We now use Xero to manage our finances and memberships, thanks to the support from Volunteering Mid and South Canterbury.
Through our special projects and our Art Restoration Programme, we aim to inspire creativity, bring our community closer together and reinforce the Aigantighe’s reputation.

Thanks again to our committee and members for their support.
Roselyn Fauth - Friends President

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Friends Update May 2016
Greetings from your President
The Nigel Brown exhibition was outstanding and has now gone on tour to other New Zealand galleries.
Debbie Templeton-Page and Cindy King were very successful with the sale of several items from the February Exhibition. It was great to see how technical difficulties with large objects can be overcome.
The Exhibitions by Clive Humphreys and Rachel Ratten are amazing. Clive Humphreys gave a wonderful artist talk on Saturday 7 May. The talk gave us a good insight into his artistic practice. I hope everyone who attended enjoyed the talk. Our next talk will be Saturday the 21 May at 1pm. All are welcome to join.
Once again our technician Brent Harris has excelled himself with clever lighting, commented on by many out of town visitors to the gallery.
There are still more works in the permanent collection which need restoration. There is now a Ruby and Diamond category for donations. If you would like to contribute, please see one of our curatorial staff members.
The Friends have raised more than ten thousand dollars towards the conservation of works in the Gallery during the last twelve months.
We look forward to seeing you at our next opening on 1 July.
This will be an international touring exhibition of contemporary Japanese ceramics. The exhibition is co-hosted with the Japan Foundation, Embassy of Japan and Consulate of Japan.

- Neil McKinnon
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