New art for Town Square

New art for Town Square

Friday, September 30, 2011

New vibrant artworks were installed in the Hawera Town Square recently, with local artists acknowledged in an informal ceremony on 29 September.

Commissioned and funded by the Hawera Community Board, the large paintings were created by three South Taranaki artists, Teresa Buhler, Justin Mills and Debbie Campbell, from Manutahi, Hawera and Opunake respectively.

This is the first rotation of artworks in the biannual project, first established in 2009.  The designs were selected from submissions, reflecting the theme ‘Visions of South Taranaki’.  The artworks are installed in custom-built stainless steel frames that have proved the test of time as an original and attractive weather and vandal-proof display solution. 

Project Facilitator, STDC Arts Co-ordinator Michaela Stoneman says “Art in the Square has all the elements of a successful community art project.  By encouraging and valuing the work of local artists, the Hawera Community Board has actively created a stimulating and colourful environment within the CBD.  The response has been very positive.  The initial aim to commission new artworks biannually has succeeded in establishing a growing public art collection.  The 2009 artworks are soon to featured in another high profile location within the community – watch this space!

Pictured: From left standing:  Colin Greaves (HCB), Ross Dunlop (Mayor), Raymond Buckland (HCB), Michaela Stoneman (STDC Arts Coordinator)

From left sitting: Mark Hayman (HCB),Justin Mills (artist),Teresa Buhler (artist) and Debbie Campbell.