March 3, 2008
The James Ormond Wallace Trust awarded its inaugural residency for a New Zealand film and multi-media artist to live and study in France on March 3. The residency is for two months commencing in April this year and is based at the 11th century Chateau de la Rongère, Pays de Loire, in north-west France.
The first recipient of the residency is Nathan Pohio, a leading multi-media artist based in Christchurch. Nathan, a gradate of Ilam School of Fine Arts and of Ngai Tau descent, has exhibited extensively over the last decade with his work being shown in exhibitions at both Te Papa and the City Gallery in Wellington, the Christchurch Art Gallery and in Kessel, Germany. It has been noted that he is a promising emerging artist and one to "watch out for".
His most recent exhibition was a solo show "Landfall of a Spectre" at the SOFA Gallery in Christchurch last year where he showed different video versions of a lenticular print of a sailing ship washed with cyan and magenta.
Nathan intends to use the residency to study early French cinema with a particular emphasis on the work of George Méliès.
A full press release can be downloaded in pdf form from here.
The Trust sponsored a multimedia show at the Christchurch Arts Festival in August 2007. This allowed two very talented young New Zealanders, Nick McGowan and Duncan Sarkies, to present their show “Instructions for Modern Living” in the South Island for the first time. This was a great success in Christchurch, as it had been at the recent International Arts Festival in Wellington. They have now been invited to present it at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Our hope is that the Trust will be such a success that it can raise further funds to sponsor similar shows at the Christchurch Arts Festival every two years.