Debut Outsider Art Fair brings a little of New York to Auckland.
New Zealand's first Outsider Art Fair in Auckland will showcase the quality and creative diversity of artists outside of the mainstream and will explore the term ‘Outsider Art’ in a New Zealand cultural context.
Modeled on the globally renowned New York Outsider Art Fair, the event offers an opportunity for New Zealand’s diverse community of innovative thinkers, inspirational speakers, and creative minds to come together to shed light on this growing phenomenon.
The main event will be held at the Nathan Club, Britomart, Auckland from the 21st till the 23rd of November 2014. The Fair promotes the unique qualities of this art genre, through exhibitions, installations, performance programs, panel discussions, workshops and portfolio presentations. All open to the public.
Pop up exhibitions and mini events will be featured around the Auckland CBD and in the most unlikely of places in the weeks surrounding the main event.
The Outsider Art Fair is the brainchild of Toi Ora Live Art Trust, an award winning art organisation, providing innovation and leadership in the field of creativity and mental wellbeing since 1995. One of New Zealand’s leading minds in Outsider Art Stuart Shepherd has been brought on board to lead the curation of the visual exhibition element and provide his vast experience having represented artists at the New York Outsider Art Fair for many years. Also on the team and supporting the event are TedX Auckland, Heart of the City, Auckland Council, Tim Walker and the Tim Melville Gallery.
The event is already shaping up to be a memory maker and debut what the team hope will become a landmark on the International Outsider Art Event calendar.