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New Zealand’s largest contemporary touring art collection has come together under one roof in Wanaka for the first time in its seven year history.
The Real Art Roadshow is the brainchild of Fiona Campbell, Rob McLeod and Gerald Barnett, three visionary art curators who had the idea of bringing real art to school students in geographically isolated or challenging locations throughout New Zealand. Prior to the Roadshow, many of these students had only encountered New Zealand art through textbooks and web images. Realising that it’s not always possible to bring the students to the art, the team had a eureka moment and decided to bring the art to the students!
The Real Art Roadshow aims to give students interested in art the opportunity to see the real thing; to be inspired, challenged and ‘wowed’ by the true scale, texture and colour of original artworks, no matter where they live or where they study.
The Real Art Roadshow features two collections – one is always on display at the Warbirds and Wheels visitor attraction at Wanaka Airport while the other tours New Zealand secondary schools. New Zealand’s largest contemporary touring art collection has come together under one roof in Wanaka for the first time in its seven year history.
The 124 individual art works which make up the full collection are on display now until mid-February when around half of the artworks will go back on the road. Real Art Roadshow co-founder and director, Fiona Campbell, says this unique opportunity to have the two collections together has arisen because of the necessity to do some work on the specially built Real Art Roadshow truck. “I’m very excited about this because it’s the first chance even I have had to view the total collection in one gallery. I may know each of the works intimately but it still makes my heart sing when I see them all exhibited together.”
Fiona says it also showcases the excellent calibre of art they are travelling to students around the country – not just in monetary terms but “more importantly in education value as well”. A number of artists have art in both the Silver & Black collections including Mark Braunias, Shane Cotton, Matthew Couper, Tony de Lautour, Don Driver, Neil Frazer, Patrick Hanly, Jeffery Harris, Paul Hartigan, Andrew McLeod, Rob McLeod, Richard McWhannell, Simon Ogden, Seung Yul Oh, Ruben Paterson, Don Pebbles, James Robinson, Dean Venrooy and Toss Wollaston.