Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Multitude - Posters

In keeping with the focus on innovation The Multitude was accompanied by a limited edition poster campaign. Each of the four poster graphics was specially created by designers Nick Eagles of The Letter Q, Hannah Kerr of The Letter Q, Alastair Gray, and Alan Deare of Area Design.   

The posters could be found throughout the CBD during the period of the Christchurch Arts Festival 09. Festival goers and Christchurch locals found it difficult to ignore the bright pink graphics while walking the city streets.

A small number of posters are still available for sale. For enquires email

The Multitude - Works

Warwick Freeman, Handles, 2009 (Courtesy of the Artist)

Shelley Norton, Untitled, 2009 (Courtesy of the Artist)

Sharon Fitness, Tentacles Brooch, 2009 (Courtesy of the Artist)

Ross Malcolm, Untitled...Potted Colour Series, 2009 (Courtesy of the Artist)

Renee Bevan, Brooch, 2009 (Courtesy of the Artist)

Pauline Bern, Gather, 2008 (Courtesy of the Artist)

Octavia Cook, The Cook & Co Dynasty (An Amalgamation of Pedigree), 2009 (Courtesy of the Artist)

Mary Curtis, Untitled I, 2008 (Courtesy of the Artist)

Fran Allison, Doily Daisy Chain, 2008 (Courtesy of the Artist) 

Elfi Spiewack, All Cloak No Daggers, 2009 (Courtesy of the Artist)

Andrea Daly, Talisman Brooch - Garden of Eden Series, 2008 (Courtesy of the Artist)

Anna Wallis, Surveyors Chain, 2009 (Courtesy of the Artist)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Multitude - Installation

The Multitude was installed in the basement of SOFA in the Christchurch Arts Centre. This dark, atmospheric space with its grungy decor and low ceilings was the perfect location for an exhibition, which was from the outset, a challenge to accepted modes of contemporary jewellery presentation. Whether visitors liked it or loathed it, the exhibition left an impression with all those that ventured down the narrow basement stairs. 

All of the works, with the exception of Elfi Spiewack's meticulously constructed bone cloak, were displayed in cardboard cases designed and constructed by Katy Wallace an innovative New Zealand furniture designer. The cases and the works were suspended giving the impression that the show was a series of floating treasures which had materialised in the heart of Christchurch. The works were a mix of alternative and traditional materials resulting in some very surprising outcomes.

Here are a few images of the exhibition installation taken by Caroline Billing and Mark Adams. Take a look through and judge for yourself. 

Fran Allison

Fran Allison, Warwick Freeman, Mary Curtis/Renee Bevan

Shelley Norton

Ross Malcolm

Andrea Daly, Anna Wallis, Warwick Freeman, Mary Curtis/Renee Bevan

Ross Malcolm, Shelley Norton, Andrea Daly, Anna Wallis