Selected Art Exhibition during the Hawke's Bay Arts Festival

Date: Oct 9 – Oct 29Space: Main Gallery

The next community art exhibition for you to enjoy is at CAN is ‘CANdid-50’ which will be on display in October, during the Harcourt’s Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival! This selected exhibition of 50 works by 50 Hawke’s Bay Artists promises to be an exciting addition to all of the events and exhibitions on offer during this time.

All Hawke’s Bay Artists have been invited to submit a work, in any media, for selection by the well respected and experienced Hawke’s Bay based selector Roy Dunningham. The resulting 50 selected works will be on display in the beautiful Main Gallery.

CAN will host CANdid-50 over 3 weeks in October during the Harcourt’s Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival, including the exciting ‘Nuit Blanc; Art after Dark’ event on Saturday 17 October and during the Hawke’s Bay Art Trail weekend of 24 &25 October, which is Labour weekend.

There will also be an exciting gala opening night for you to attend on Friday 9 October, 5-7pm. The Selector will be in attendance and will announce six ‘Highly Commended’ awards.  A People’s Choice Award will be presented at the end of the exhibition, so come and cast your vote!

Guest Selector Roy Dunningham will also be at CAN to give a floor talk about the selected works on Saturday 10 October at 11am. Free entry.

So why support a local art exhibition?

This year has brought about some challenges for the arts sector, and has noticeably affected the income of the region’s talented artists. After the Covid Lockdown was over in May, and everyone emerged from their cocoons, CAN held an exhibition in June to showcase the work that the enforced studio time had brought about, entitled ‘We CAN Celebrate’.

This exhibition was a great success, not only in terms of participation and the number of pieces on display, but also with visitor numbers and sales. This support from artists and the community, and the direct connections that were made between artists and buyers reinforced and validated the function and value of community arts.

CAN operates at a grass roots level, providing accessibility to the Arts, not only for all visitors but by providing affordable space for exhibitors too. What it proved to CAN, was that an important part of our role is to connect the dots and act as a conduit to facilitate these interactions between artists and art appreciators.

So, come and see what these talented people have been up to! Art is all important for our well-being, whether you make it, or appreciate it. And if you appreciate it, show how much by taking a piece home with you! This simple act is a fantastic way to show your support.


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