Thursday, September 27, 2007


A Waikato reader tells us that a couple of hours ago Ruth Watson arrived unannounced at the Waikato Museum to remove her work from the Trust Waikato Contemporary Art Award exhibition. It appears that the glass-bead based floor work had been used as a play area by visiting children. We are told the director did not meet with Ruth Watson nor was any attempt was made by staff to discuss how the work could remain in the show until it ended in November. Similar works by Ruth Watson can be seen at Two Rooms in Auckland. This is the second artist protest action we have heard of this year. In Wellington, et al. commissioned a representative to deinstall her work and stack it against the wall in the City Gallery’s Prospect show.