What’s On: 2021 Pattillo Whanganui Arts Review, Sarjeant on the Quay


Tracy Byatt, Parrot Tulips — A Study in Sugar.

The dynamism of Whanganui’s arts scene is under the spotlight as the country’s longest-running regional arts showcase presents more than 130 works.

5 March to 16 May, Sarjeant on the Quay, Whanganui

The dynamism of Whanganui’s arts scene is under the spotlight as the country’s longest-running regional arts showcase presents more than 130 works. The review includes the prestigious Pattillo Project, a solo exhibition by a selected practitioner. The 2021 Pattillo Project artist is Tracy Byatt, one of Aotearoa’s leading sugar artists. Byatt’s three-dimensional still-lifes reference 17th-century influences, including the Flemish masters and the florilegium works of British naturalist Joseph Banks.

ABOUT SARGEANT ON THE QUAY

The Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui was founded through the generosity of one man to his home city. In 1912, Henry Sarjeant left a huge sum of money – the equivalent of over $70 million in today’s terms – to establish the gallery “as a means of inspiration for ourselves and those who come after us”. The Gallery opened in 1919 and is recognised as one of the country’s most important heritage buildings.

Over the last 99 years, through the Sarjeant bequest and the many kind gifts of subsequent benefactors, the collection has become one of national importance and numbers over 8500 works of New Zealand and international art, spanning 400 years. The Sarjeant Collection includes the one of New Zealand’s best photographic collections, which includes the Denton Collection, and outside private collections houses the largest holding of Edith Collier’s work.

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