Some 50 invited guests including new mayors Greg Brownless of Tauranga City and Garry Webber of the Western Bay attended the opening of Multicultural Tauranga's art exhibition, Our world's got talent.
14 artists from 10 countries presented their work in the main room of the Multicultural Centre. The exhibition had been put together by Multicultural Tauranga's Creative Officer Alessandra Tilby. “We wanted to give our artists the opportunity to be seen not only by our members but also by New Zealanders and the wider community. Showing their art creates a window into their world and their culture through their art”, explains Alessandra.
The type of artwork on show was as varied as the ethnic and cultural background of the artists. It ranged from paintings and drawings, sculptures, flowers made from flax and paper, pottery, artwork using copper, needlework and embroidery, to bonsai trees.
Some of the exhibitors have published their works previously and established themselves in the arts scene. For others it was the first public presentation of their work and an exciting experience.