100 creative days at Mahara



Photo: Sharing the success of the exhibition opening are from left John Cornish, Janet Bayly and Kate Hartmann




Kate Hartmann (front) with nine of the artists who participated in 100 Days.


The best of 2,500 creative moments experienced by 25 Kāpiti and lower North Island artists in the course of 100 days is Mahara Gallery’s latest show and contribution to the Kāpiti Arts Trail.


Supervising artists and tutors, Kate Hartmann and John Cornish, have narrowed the creative moments down from 2,500 to 200 to meet the demands of gallery space in an exhibition titled 100 Days - a Journey 2020.

Gallery Director Janey Bayly says at roughly six times the size of the normal suite of exhibitions, 100 Days has been a stretch for the Gallery but an extremely rewarding experience.

She paid tribute to Kate Hartmann and John Cornish for delivering the exhibition in what has been a difficult and demanding year during which the Covid 19 enforced closure of the Gallery for two months had disrupted the Gallery’s exhibition programme.

“It is a testament to the resilience, passion and hard work of the wider Kāpiti arts community that we have been able to deliver 100 Days here as envisioned last October,” she said.

“It has grown into a much bigger project than we would normally attempt, even in the best of conditions.

“One thing we all know about Kate now is that she has courage, determination and guts – so thank you Kate.”

The concept involves participating artists producing work over a hundred-day period.

“They don’t actually need to have produced a work every day,” says Kate Hartmann who took up the idea four years ago and exhibited the resulting work at her Tutere Gallery after it had become popular globally.

The group has grown to 25 from an initial cohort of six four years ago.

“The important thing is for each artist to immerse in the creative process each day,” she says.

“100 days tends to attract diverse people including established artists and some who have never exhibited before. A very valuable by-product of 100 days is the community that is formed.”

“Artists can be protective about their work,” John Cornish says. “This group has been wonderful in the way they have been prepared to share their knowledge and their experiences.”

Janet Bayly says almost all the participating artists have a connection with Kāpiti.

“To that extent, it is wonderful to be able to contribute to nurturing the work of local artists,” she says.

The exhibition will continue running until December 12.

The artists contributing to 100 Days include Anne, Ruth Blair, Sara Boland, Mariana Collette, Diane Connal, John Cornish, Sheryl Gibbs, Kirsty Glasgow, Kate Hartmann, Brian Holt, Annelies Kamp, Sarah Kenworthy, Anna Layzell, Judith Le Harivel, Mandi-Lynn, Michelle Mainwaring, Rachel Mason, Birgit Moffatt, Angelique Monaghan, Chrissie Sallis, Amanda Smart, Sandra Smillie, Liz Stretton, Karolina Stus, Jane Woodhall 


The exhibition is extended by workshops offered by several of the artists with assistance from the Kāpiti Creative Communities Scheme.