Annual Futuna Open Day

Annual Futuna Open Day

Join Ron Brownson, Senior Curator New Zealand and Pacific Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, in a talk on the work of sculptor Jim Allen in Futuna Chapel. Jim’s work includes the Christ carving, the coloured perspex windows, the stations of the cross and the light modulators over the entry doors.

Ron Brownson has worked long-term as a professional curator and is an expert on New Zealand and Pacific art with has a particular interest in photography.

“The most amazing discovery for me was the Futuna Chapel in Wellington, “one of the most spiritual interiors in all New Zealand”, as Ron describes it. It was designed by John Scott, with windows by Jim Allen that cast shimmering patterns of coloured light on the walls, which in the course of the day move across a large scale, magnificent mahogany Christ figure, also Allen’s work. This “very emotional, very passionate work”, to use Ron’s words, was missing for 12 years, stolen, but happily it was recovered and reinstated in the chapel.” - Ron Brownson, an excerpt from Auckland Library Blog, Karen Craig, May 2015.

Programme:

11:00am Chapel opens

11:30am Chapel Tour and Q&A (30 minutes)

2:00pm Musical performance - performers to be confirmed - (45 minutes max)

3:00pm Public Talk by Ron Brownson (45 minutes + Q&A)

10 CPD points for Registered Architects for talk


Location: 67 Futuna Close, Karori, Wellington City

Cost: Free

Contact: futunalianne21@gmail.com

Accessibility: No car parking on site. Disabled access is provided.

The Friends of Futuna Charitable Trust

The intention of the Friends of Futuna Charitable Trust is to conserve the building, and to make it available on a regulated basis to the public now and into the future.

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