23 OCTOBER 2008
ASSERTS HER IDENTITY
Paekakariki’s past gets in conversation with
its present in a rather extraordinary exhibition
set to take place on Paekakariki’s railway
platform in the Rail and Heritage Museum and
recently restored signal box, during this
year’s Kapiti Arts Trail, November 8-9.
A Portrait of Paekakariki sees local artists
provide portraits of other residents, in an
exhibition curated in amongst the artifacts and
taonga in the museum.
Well known portrait subjects include Kapiti Mayor
Jenny Rowan, Fireman Ash Richardson, poet and
bookshop owner Michael O’Leary, the first
Paekakariki Ladies Surf Club Team, and editor of
Paekakariki Expressed Don Polly. But in a true
community art extravaganza the exhibition is also
about recognising the quietest neighbour.
“The exhibition is not all head and shoulder
portraits,” says one of the
organiser’s, curator and Dominion Post
art critic Mark Amery. “Many artists are
challenging what constitutes a portrait, from
installations in the museum to filmwork and
photography. My portrait of mayor Jenny Rowan for
example consists of her words held up by members
of the community and hung on a washing line from
the signal box, which she helped to restore.
I’m excited about how all the artwork will
interact with the museum’s objects and
The work in the exhibition is for sale, and the
exhibition is a fundraiser for a cornerstone of
Paekakariki’s community, Paekakariki School.
It’s also a chance to highlight the little
Kapiti treasure which is the Paekakariki Rail and
Heritage Museum which is crammed full of
fascinating stories of Kapiti Coast’s past.
By holding the portrait exhibition in the railway
station the organizers are also keen to encourage
use of public transport during the arts trail,
with the museum a gateway to other arts trail
events in easy walking distance in Paekakariki.
The museum is run by The Paekakariki Station
Precinct Trust and is located in the Paekakariki
Station building adjacent state highway 1. During
the arts trail it will be open from 9am to 5pm
For more information contact Mark Amery, Ph. 04
905 9062, firstname.lastname@example.org