A little taste of 88

The Artist: Margaret Stoddart (Hannah Beehre) (2016) C-type print, 700mm x 560mm. Reproduced courtesy of the artist.

Julia Holden The Artist: Margaret Stoddart (Hannah Beehre) 2016. C-type print, 700mm x 560mm. Reproduced courtesy of the artist.

With our next issue rapidly winding its way through the processes of layout, proofing and printing, it’s time for a sneak peek at the arts content. Takahē 88 features an interview between art historian Petrena Fishburn and local artist Julia Holden, which concentrates on Holden’s distinctive brand of ‘performance painting’. Several of the accompanying images were created for a new project, Lyttelton Redux, which will be launched tonight in Lyttelton (more details here). More than twenty local identities, including artist Hannah Beehre (as shown above) and Adam McGrath, frontman for the acclaimed band The Eastern, have been painted – literally covered in paint – by Holden to resemble a host of historic characters with connections to the township. These include legendary Canterbury flower painter Margaret Stoddart, notorious sheep rustler James McKenzie and Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton. The resulting photographic portraits will be displayed in businesses around Lyttelton until March and a map of their locations is available from 50 Works Gallery at 50 London Street.