Date: 16 September 2009
An eclectic mix of artists, scientists, local councillors and conservationists gathered at Te Manawa’s Museum / Science Centre on Friday 11th September 2009 to mark the opening of the gallery’s newest exhibition, ‘Slugs, Snails & Spider Tales: A Closer Look at Conservation’.
The exhibition is a joint venture between Te Manawa and the Department of Conservation (DOC) as part of national Conservation Week 2009 celebrations. It challenges the perception that high-profile threatened species and places are more worthy of conservation than the smaller, more obscure plants and animals typical of our region.
Manu Kawana, Kaihautū welcomed guests with a powhiri, before Te Manawa Chief Executive Steven Fox introduced the guest speakers. Science Curator Miriam Sharland described the exhibition as “a first for Te Manawa, bringing together science, conservation and art”.
Featuring canvases and three-dimensional sculpture from well-known artists Paerau Corneal, Fran Dibble, Paul Dibble, Marc Kawana, Liz Grant, Hilary Relvyn Robson and Dr. Huhana Smith, the exhibition takes a closer look at local species and conservation issues as seen through the eyes of artists and conservation volunteers.
Jason Roxburgh, DOC Area Manager
with Miriam Sharland, Science Curator
for Te Manawa looking on
Conservation Week 2009 invites people to get involved, and get involved they have. DOC Palmerston North Area Manager Jason Roxburgh said a few words to thank all those who helped put the exhibition together. “It has been a collaborative effort from the start, which wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and generosity of the artists. It is fantastic to share in this kind of passion and vision”.
Deputy Mayor John Hornblow spoke enthusiastically about some of the many small creatures that are special to this area, such as giant land snails, before he officially opened the exhibition.
Now it is open for viewing, ‘Slugs, Snails & Spider Tales’ is an easy, accessible way for anybody to get involved and understand more about local conservation.