The Opening of the Shapeshifter exhibition

Shapeshifter 2016. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.

Ambassador Gilbert opened the 7th biennial Shapeshifter exhibition in Lower Hutt on February 25th. The outdoor sculpture exhibition is on in the Civic Gardens until March 20th and includes 50 pieces by Kiwi artists.

The opening event was attended by around 250 guests including Friends of the Dowse (Hutt City’s art museum), city councillors, local MPs, members and volunteers from the local Rotary Club and other sponsors and local families.

Dowse Director and Artistic director for Shapeshifter, Courtney Johnston, Hutt City Mayor Ray Wallace and Ambassador Gilbert, along with Et Tu Sculpture Trust Chair Greg Thomas, opened the exhibition. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.
Dowse Director and Artistic director for Shapeshifter, Courtney Johnston, Hutt City Mayor Ray Wallace and Ambassador Gilbert, along with Et Tu Sculpture Trust Chair Greg Thomas, opened the exhibition. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.
Cat Auburn: Stealing the Luck of George Stubbs. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.
Cat Auburn: Stealing the Luck of George Stubbs. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.

Et Tu Sculpture Trust Chair Greg Thomas opened the speeches and was followed by Hutt City Mayor Ray Wallace, Dowse Director and artistic director for Shapeshifter, Courtney Johnston, and Ambassador Gilbert.  The Ambassador talked about the importance of art for communities and used the Art in Embassies program and his and Mrs. Gilbert’s exhibition Iconic Images, as an example of the power of art to start conversations and in turn build relationships.

Some of the guests including Nancy and Ambassador Gilbert. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.
Some of the guests including Nancy and Ambassador Gilbert. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.

Visit shapeshifter.org.nz for more information.