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Ashburton Art Gallery

327 West St

Ashburton | 7700

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Gallery Hours

Open Daily: 10am - 4pm

Wednesday: 10am - 7pm

Closed Good Friday, Anzac Morning and Christmas day


Exhibition Opening | Cryosphere

4 February 2022

Join us for the opening of Jonathan Kay’s new exhibition Cryosphere.

Cryosphere is a photographic exhibition that owes its origins to a 2018 explorative project entitled Ice Field. The project surveyed two Te Waipounamu (South Island) glaciers; Haupapa (Tasman) and Te Moeka o Tuawe (Fox). These two glaciers where selected for documentation as they capture the wide spectrum of glaciers scattered throughout Aotearoa. Haupapa is Aotearoa’s largest glacier, while Te Moeka o Tuawe is noticeably smaller. Due to its smaller size, Te Moeka o Tuawe is extremely susceptible to the consequences of climate change.

Cryosphere aims to create a visual record in which viewers can contemplate the fragility of the frozen water within the earth’s ecosystem. Jonathan’s art-based investigation is a unique opportunity to consider the acute impact the climate crisis will have in Aotearoa, specifically Te Waipounamu. This exhibition offers audiences a chance to examine and reflect on the environment of Aotearoa, and the perilous future our glaciers face in a rapidly warming world.

This opening will coincide with the opening of Motoko Watanabe’s exhibition.  Both artists will be present for an artist talk at the event.

Exhibition opening | 4 February 2022 | 6pm