Cat's A&P Art Tour Launches!

Author: Courtney Johnston, Director

Today we farewell exhibitions preparator Cat Auburn for a brief while, as she takes up the Tylee Cottage residency in Whanganui.

Horsehair rosettes

Horsehair rosettes

Art is about to hit agriculture as artist (and one of our exhibition preparators here) Cat Auburn takes her project The Horses Stayed Behind on the road over summer.

Cat Auburn finishes up at The Dowse today for her three-month stint as the Tylee Cottage Artist in Residence in Whanganui, in association with the Sarjeant Gallery. Her residency project commemorates the thousands of horses sent from New Zealand for service during WW1, which never returned.

Part of the project is a large memorial tapestry, adorned with rosettes made from horsehair, casting back to the mourning jewellery of the Victorian era. (There's a sneak peek of prototype rosettes in the images above.)

To create the tapestry Cat is collecting donations of horsehair from riders around the country. As part of the project she’s also taking the show on the road. Cat and project curator Sarah McClintock are taking stalls at A&P shows around the Lower North Island, and at the Canterbury show, collecting donations and talking about the project.

Upcoming shows include the Manawatu A&P this weekend, Canterbury next weekend, and the Egmont A&P in Hawera the following weekend. You can find a full schedule here

Kia kaha Cat—good luck and travel safely and sucessfully!

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