Exhibition - What Brings you Here? A Tale of Two Towns

Monday, September 09, 2019 10:00 AM - Saturday, February 29, 2020 04:00 PM

Aotea Utanganui - Museum of South Taranaki, 127 Egmont Street, Patea. Open Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm.

An exhibition by Wellington based photographer Thomas Slade comparing two rural towns - Waverley and Shannon. The photographs examine both the positive and negative changes in rural New Zealand. Why does one town decline while another prospers? Small town New Zealand is struggling and statistics show declining populations and less employment opportunities. Since the closure of the Iron Ore Mines, Waverley has felt the increased effects of a diminishing population, lack of services and low house prices. "These photographs of rural New Zealand highlight the changes and remind us of where we have come from as a country and of our identity as New Zealanders" Slade says. Slade holds a Master of Fine Arts from Massey University, Wellington.