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.
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.
Visit shapeshifter.org.nz for more information.