Our vision is for Tamatea/Dusky Sound to be one of the most intact ecosystems on Earth, and a ‘bio bank’ for New Zealand – a source of endangered native species that can repopulate conservation sites throughout the country.
An artist’s inspiration
To raise awareness of this project, and the area’s unique place in New Zealand history, we invited a team of artists to discover Tamatea for themselves.
In winter 2014 and summer 2015, two separate expeditions into southern Fiordland transported 26 New Zealand artists to the waters of Tamatea. Their task: to connect people with this very special area and offer a window into a largely unseen environment.
The subsequent exhibition offered the opportunity to see, hear and explore Tamatea through their eyes.
Tamatea - Art and Conservation in Dusky Sound included over 50 original works by some of New Zealand’s most significant artists, and emerging talent:
Ken Bradley, Nigel Brown, Brian Carmody, Ginney Deavoll, Janet de Wagt, Cheree Te Orangaroa Downes, Martin Hill and Philippa Jones, Denise Hunter, Simon Kaan, Gerda Leenards, Euan Macleod, Paul McCredie, Cilla McQueen, Braydon Moloney, Jo Ogier, Craig Potton, John Z Robinson, Irene Mura Schroder, Bubba Thompson, Elizabeth Thomson, John Walsh, Marilynn Webb, Robin White, Jane Zusters
Tamatea - Art and Conservation in Dusky Sound was developed in partnership with Te Rūnanga o Ōraka Aparima and was proudly supported by the New Zealand National Parks and Conservation Foundation.
Kindly contributed by the artists for the purpose of this exhibition, all artworks, were available for sale. Proceeds raised were used to directly support Tamatea/Dusky Sound conservation and restoration projects.
Meet the artists
Craig Potton is New Zealand’s best known landscape photographer and an ardent conservationist. In pursuit of his photography he has tramped and climbed extensively in New Zealand, its Subantarctic Islands, the Dry Valleys of Antarctica, the Nepal Himalaya, and more recently Poland, India and Iceland.
John Walsh was born in 1954 of Aitanga a Hauiti/New Zealand Irish descent. In 1993 John moved to Wellington with his family to take up his appointment as curator of contemporary Māori art at the National Art Gallery (now Te Papa). Around this time he arrived at the artistic style for which he has become well-known.