The EAST biennial is a selected exhibition at Hastings City Art Gallery, showcasing Hawke’s Bay’s arts sector. Surveying current arts practice in the Bay, EAST aims to include emergent and established artists. We invite submissions across all media, and including both art and design. A national opportunity, EAST attracts entries from artists throughout New Zealand, who have connections to Hawke’s Bay. This iconic event on the Hawke’s Bay art calendar will once again take place at Hastings City Art Gallery in late 2016.
We are delighted to announce that Lisa Reihana will be our Guest Selector for EAST2016.
Lisa Reihana (Ngā Puhi and Ngāti Hine Ngāi Tu) lives and works in Auckland. At the forefront of lens-based experimentation, Reihana has contributed powerfully to the development of time-based art in Aotearoa New Zealand. She has completed significant commissions, most recently a new single channel video Tai Whetuki – House of Death for Auckland Arts Festival 2015. Others include Rangimarie Last Dance for Q Theatre, Auckland in 2011; Mai i te aroha, ko te aroha (From love comes love) for the ceremonial female entrance to Te Papa Tongarewa’s marae in 2008; and Native Portraits n.19897 for the opening of Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington in 1998.
Reihana was awarded the Te Tohu Toi Ke, the Te Waka Toi Maori Arts Innovation Award in 2015, and an Arts Laureate by the New Zealand Arts Foundation in 2014. She was shortlisted for the Signature Art Prize at the Singapore Art Museum in 2014 for in Pursuit of Venus; as well as for the Double Take Anne Landa Award, Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2009, and The Walters Prize at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki in 2008, both for Digital Marae.
Submissions close 5pm, Monday 30 May 2016.