Thursday 5 March 2009

Opening night

The opening night celebrations for Yinka Shonibare MBE held last Friday were fabulous. Our Art Lounge was decorated with brightly coloured candles on black candelabras all over the room which gave an atmosphere of glamour and colour, appropriate to the beautiful work upstairs.

To add to this the staff serving for the evening, from Dawsons Catering, were painted by Sandy Cutts with the most amazing masks. Here are a couple of photos of what they looked like.

Lastly a few images from the night. If you would like to see more have a look see more check out our photostream here on Flickr.

Auckland Art Gallery Director, Chris Saines

Director, Chris Saines with exhibition curator Rachel Kent, Senior Curator at the MCA Sydney, Australia.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You forgot to mention one of the other highlights of the opening: due to an even lenthier than usual set of introductory speeches, when the keynote speaker, Rachel Kent, finally got her turn, somebody actually collapsed. Kent was asked to continue speaking even with the collapsed person virtually at her feet. What a sight! And proof that excessive speechifying is an OSH hazard that needs better management!