Jo Torr - Transit of Venus III

Costume & Cause
telling stories, celebrating strength

An exhibition curated by Liz Cooper featuring artists Victoria McIntosh, Shona Tawhiao and Jo Torr

OPEN 28 MAY – 20 AUGUST 2021
Mon - Fri 9am - 4pm, excluding public holidays.

Foyer Galleries, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts

Panel discussion and opening preview: Friday 28 May, 5:15pm (RSVP here)

To launch the exhibition Curator Liz Cooper and two of the exhibiting artists Victoria McIntosh and Jo Torr will join us for a panel discussion convened by Professor Robyn Longhurst, to talk about the power of costume and accessories as a media for conveying messages and telling stories.

Costume & Cause explores contemporary New Zealand makers inspired by female clothing and accessories and telling stories with strong political themes, examining conflict and discord, and celebrating strength, endurance, skill and ingenuity in feminine contexts.

Victoria McIntosh, Shona Tawhiao and Jo Torr explore 21st century issues through intriguing, spectacular and thoughtful use of techniques such as embroidery, beading, raranga and cloth weaving, pattern cutting and construction, hand and machine stitch.

Victoria Macintosh Fat Pants 2020
Victoria Macintosh Fat Pants 2020
Jo Torr Britannia 2012
Jo Torr Britannia 2012
Shona Tawhiao - work in progress
Shona Tawhaiao Whero 2021 (in progress)

Made possible with the generous assistance of a grant from Creative New Zealand.

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