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How we heART Christchurch! Creatives in Solidarity

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As Christchurch lies shattered and exhausted in the aftermath of Tuesday's devastating quake, a caring group of artists are showing off their solidarity with art.



Led by contemporary artist, Katie Robinson, is becoming New Zealand's fastest growing creative community. "We're like a family here at Pink Noise," says Katie. "When one of our members, Alana Moffatt, raised the question about a possible charity event to support our Christchurch whanau, I realised that Pink Noise could become more than just a group of creative individuals supporting each other. We could use art to reach out to the wider community." On Wednesday, Katie launched the Pink Noise Art Appeal on Trade Me to raise funds for the Red Cross efforts in Christchurch.


With 100 percent of the proceeds going to charity, some of New Zealand's top emergent and leading artists have donated paintings, sculptures, crafts and services to be auctioned off. Artists featured include Lorna Allan, Michelle Thorby, Meghan Geliza (A.K.A SisterDarling), Mica Still, Annie Guise, Marimba Powley, Emmaline Bailey, Michelle Wallis, Aaron Kerr and Will Saunders (Designers at Illicit Clothing) and Michel Mulipola whose Spiderman outside the Christchurch Cathedral print has attracted considerable interest. Auckland based cartoonist, Ant Sang, author of Shaolin Burning and designer of the hit animated show bro'Town, has also offered some very exciting items that will be listed over this coming week. The generosity of the art community doesn't stop there. After a barrage of distraught visitors turned up at the Dawson & Hall Gallery, owner Caley Hall immediately organised several artists to donate work.

So far the appeal has raised more than $2700 and more artists, such as Christchurch native Matthew Ward, are keen to donate.


"I am very saddened by the destruction and loss of lives in the central city where I lived off and on in my studio for three years," says Matthew. "My parent's house is destroyed and I am trying to get back. I do hope Christchurch and even the rest of New Zealand will come together over this. Christchurch hopefully will become a safer place to live in, with less violence and crime."


Matthew is one of the many faces of New Zealand's emerging youth art culture. Merely 23 years of age, he has already racked up an impressive record of artistic credits that includes solo and group exhibitions. Trained initially at Ilam, Christchurch, he completed his Postgraduate Diploma at the Elam School of Fine Arts in 2010. His latest exhibition takes place at the Russian Frost Farmers Gallery (2 Eva St, Wellington) from the 1st to the 25th of March and will include a diverse range of drawing, sculpture and installation. All works will be donated to the Pink Noise Art Appeal at the conclusion of the exhibition.


"We can provide a service through art that is about the community, from the community, and comes back to the community," says Matthew. Katie Robinson agrees. "The art appeal is about bringing people together. Showing Solidarity. In times of adversity, I'm reminded of the old Māori proverb. What is the most important thing? It is people. It is people. It is people."


As well as generously waiving all fees, TradeMe has offered ongoing support in the running of the auctions. To see the full list of Pink Noise auctions visit


Want to contribute? Email Katie Robinson at or visit the


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 Article by Orchid Tierney [Editor of REM MAGAZINE]


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