Mervyn Williams on Savage Club Stage

Laurence Aberhart, Artist

This is one of the photographs in our collection. It was made in 1988. The place where it was made is unknown.
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About the Work
“I really admire Laurence’s work. Mostly he works in black and white but this one is a bit different because it is actually in colour. I chose it because it has Mervyn Williams in it – he was a friend of my Dad’s – and because it is of the Savage Club – which has always been of interest to me because of its history and the interior displays such a blatant appropriation of Māori culture.”
Tia Ranginui, Gallery Assistant at the Sarjeant Gallery, for the January 2020 instalment of the My Choice exhibition series.
Image 200 x 252mm
Colour photograph of the artist Mervyn Williams on the stage of the old Savage Club in Whanganui. The ceiling is vaulted in an octagonal shape and natural light enters through a skylight. Amo and Maihi surround the stage, as with a Marae.
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Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui
Collection Type
Permanent collection
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