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Art and an Accident in the Awatere

Art and an Accident in the Awatere

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  • Sat 8 Oct ’11, 4:00pm – 5:00pm


Ashburton Art Gallery and Heritage Centre, 327 West St, Ashburton


All Ages

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  • GA: $20.00

Fundraising lecture.

The perils of horse-drawn transport, or how an accident in 1893 offered an artist the opportunity to record events, and paint the back country will be the subject of a lecture at the Ashburton Art Gallery by art historian, Jane Vial. The informative and illustrated lecture features transport in the 1890s, high-country parties, a doomed love affair, a serious accident, a land-speed record and the beginnings of the rural ambulance service.

The accident could have happened anywhere in New Zealand at that time, but was vividly recorded by the impressionist painter, Mabel Hill, who happened to be in the Awatere Valley to document it. Ms Vial has researched the stories and art of many of our most significant painters in both the Romantic and Impressionist traditions and has developed a series of informative and illustrated lectures which she will deliver in Marlborough and Canterbury between September and November 2011. Ms Vial won a 2011 Museums Aotearoa Award for the exhibition, Bohemians of the Brush: Pumpkin Cottage Impressionists, currently touring New Zealand. With a varied background as an art history researcher, lecturer, curator and gallery manager, she is well placed to shed light on New Zealand’s art history and heritage.

Image: Mabel Hill, The Camp 1893, watercolour. Private Collection

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