Top New Zealand artist Dick Frizzell and legendary poet Sam Hunt have teamed up to create the first in a series of prints to raise funds for a proposed National Whale Centre in Marlborough.
The brainchild of the centre’s project director, Luit Bieringa, the first limited edition print, One for the Whales, is a collaboration based on Hunt’s poem, The Harpooner’s Song. Only 45 of these will be available for individual sale from The Diversion Gallery in Picton or the National Whale Centre website, with all proceeds going to the Whale Centre project.
Frizzell’s screenprint was produced by Artrite in Auckland. Other
artists who are keen to be involved in the project include Robin White,
John Walsh, John Pule, Greg O’Brien and Australian artist Fiona Hall.
Artists in New Zealand have long championed environmental causes, and the first significant fundraising effort by the National Whale Centre Trust was the 2012 exhibition ‘Difficult to Swallow’ at The Diversion Gallery, comprising 267 wall sculptures by renowned Christchurch sculptor Graham Bennett. Based on a Japanese whale meat tin, each signed limited edition work represents a whale killed in the Southern Ocean harvest in the 2011/12 season.
The National Whale Centre aims to tell the story of New Zealand’s whaling history in the Marlborough Sounds as well as current whale and dolphin (cetaceans) conservation efforts through information, research and exhibition programmes.