Brooklyn local gives art scene international flavour

Brooklyn local gives art scene international flavour

The Coexistence art panels on display near the waterfront. SUPPLIED.

Brooklyn resident Jill Oakley says the thrill of hosting a United Nations-sponsored art exhibition still hasn’t hit her.

Oakley and a small team of organisers brought the international art exhibition ‘Coexistence’ to Wellington’s waterfront earlier this month, which has delighted locals and tourists alike.

Wellington was the 35th city the exhibition has visited in its attempt to promote peace and dialogue around the world.

Oakley originally heard about the exhibition through a friend. “I got sent a link, and my friend said ‘wouldn’t this be great in Wellington?”

After her interest was piqued, she said the community got behind the project.

“We celebrate diversity. Wellington is such a creative, cool little city.”

Brooklyn School took class trips to the exhibition and has put up its own version at the nearby community centre.

The exhibition, which began in 2001, was founded by Israeli artist Raphie Edgar in order to foster peaceful dialogue in his home country.

Edgar previously worked on street artworks on the Old Walls of Jerusalem and uses art as a tool to promote tolerance and understanding.

A new artwork gets added from each city the exhibition visits.

Wellington artist Matt Wilson had his work ‘The Colour of Blood’ added to the exhibition.

“It’s pretty striking. There’s 190 blood spots on a canvas to represent each country,” Oakley said.

After weather forced the early closure of the exhibition, Oakley is focusing on the opportunities the event afforded her.

“Various schools have gotten back in touch to say they are going to carry it through and continue making art panels about these subjects each year.

“I am still so delighted. We got the message we wanted to get across.”

To find out more about the exhibition, visit: www.coexistencewgtn.com

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