Holding Ground sculpture exhibition opens at Auckland Botanic Gardens

Publish Date : 17 Nov 2023
Nonagaon Apple 4 By Greg Tuthill

Auckland Council invites all to visit Holding Ground - an impressive indoor sculpture display featuring the works of 47 talented New Zealand artists!

The free exhibition can be found at Auckland Botanic Gardens’ Huakaiwaka visitor centre gallery from November 18, 2023, to March 2024.

Holding Ground will feature artworks spanning a myriad of mediums including glass, bronze, wood, and recycled materials with art pieces available to purchase on-site.

Auckland Botanic Gardens Manager Jack Hobbs is excited for visitors to experience the impressive visual journey this summer.

“Set among the beauty of our flora and fauna, our new sculpture exhibition explores form and expression and provides the perfect accompaniment to the blooms of Auckland Botanic Gardens.”

Curated by Cheryl Wright in lieu of the popular bi-annual ‘Sculpture in the Gardens’ which has been delayed a year, Holding Ground fills the space by literally holding the ground.”

“We didn’t want people to miss out on a summer of sculpture so have created this indoor exhibition full of beautiful works,” says Wright.



One of the exhibition's standout features is its revolving nature, ensuring that each visit offers fresh work to view.

Wright elaborates: "It's a dynamic setup; someone can come many times and witness different works each visit."

The exhibition aims to cater to a diverse audience - from art enthusiasts and gardeners to gift shoppers and day-out explorers.

Holding Ground will be accompanied by guided walks of the permanent sculpture trail, artist talks, and public workshops throughout the summer.

For more details about the exhibition, please visit the Auckland Botanic Gardens website.

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