Ans Westra, Artist

This is one of the photographs in our collection. It was made in Patea, Taranaki, New Zealand in circa 1995.
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About the Work
"I recently spent some time at Patea Area School as part of the NZ Music Commission music mentoring programme. I had only been through Patea once before and otherwise all I knew about the town was from the documentary on Poi E. Meeting the amazingly creative youth that I mentored at Patea Area School gave me a little perspective on the creative communities that can exist in smaller towns in Aotearoa. I picked this image because when I moved to Whanganui a couple months ago, I wasn't sure of where to find my community but as I've started attending the Sarjeant Gallery exhibition openings, I’ve met a bunch of amazing people. I wasn’t that familiar with Ans Westra’s photography before moving, but I saw her at one of the openings taking photos which was cool."
- Nicole Gaffney, 'My Choice' exhibition series, July 2022.

After arriving in the country from her native Holland, Westra made her first trip up the Whanganui River in 1960 and began an engagement with the people of the region that continues to this day.
Image 286 x 286mm
silver gelatin print
Black and white photograph showing a street scene with a mother attending to her baby in a pram and two young boys reclining against a wall nearby watching. They are just outside a glass shop-front and door, with street number 41.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Gift of the artist, 1996.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
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