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Flying Moas - Gisborne Arts Collective 1986 - 1995

Flying Moas - Gisborne Arts Collective 1986 - 1995

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  • Fri 16 Jun ’17, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Sat 17 Jun ’17, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 24 Jun ’17, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 1 Jul ’17, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 8 Jul ’17, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 15 Jul ’17, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 22 Jul ’17, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 29 Jul ’17, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 5 Aug ’17, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 12 Aug ’17, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 13 Aug ’17, 1:30pm – 4:00pm
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Tairawhiti Museum, Stout St, Gisborne


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Opening 5:30pm 16 June 2017.

In the US of A during the ‘80s, the graffiti outpouring of Neo-Expressionists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring made a dramatic shift from the ubiquitous streets of New York to the premier art gallery circuit.

In a similar timeframe, with a quick change of scenery, we relocate to the Gisborne art scene where a small group of artist enthusiasts have become enlivened with a healthy dose of ‘80s swagger. From group discussions, a plan evolves offering a wider audience access to and acknowledgement of the neighbourhood ‘avant-garde’.

This small band of artists quickly increases in size and is just as quickly baptised the ‘Flying Moas’. They become a beacon for all things arty. The ‘Flying Moas’ gallery once established becomes a hub for rapid fire exhibition changes, awash with social commentary and standing room only at opening nights.

We now relive this productive era with artworks selected from 1986 - 1995 to the present day. From the original group of thirty, 21 Moas participate, an event marked by an insightful publication by Sheridan Gundry that tracks the historical flight path of the Flying Moas, available for purchase with grateful thanks to sponsors the Friends of the Museum.

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