The week-long exhibition at the Inconvenience Store voting results!
5 MONTHS AGO
Sorry about the long message but this is my first opportunity to update and a lot has been happening!
First of all, a very big thank you to everyone who has contributed to my Boosted campaign so far, we have raised 48% of the $5,000 needed which is really wonderful! Some of the donations have come from friends in Australia, which is particularly touching for me, as it was a desire to communicate with them about the Christchurch I found upon arrival that inspired this body of work.
A big thank you also to everyone who came into the Inconvenience Store over the last week, it has been so interesting to have your feedback on the works.
175 visitors voted on the 10 painted portraits of Christchurch in the Present Tense. I invited people to choose the top 5 images they felt best represented the city right now, that they would like to see on billboards carrying the header 'Wish You Were Here,' in Auckland, and ideally, other cities around the country.
The response was enlightening and I have collated the results and will be guided by them when I reach my $5,000 target on Boosted, the Arts Foundation crowdfunding website. In the end there were no surprises on your number one, it was a clear favourite:
1. The Container Stack (it has all the elements of the present inner city landscape)
2. 165 Red Zone Home (the reality for so many families and their homes)
3. The Blue Building (demolished last week!)
4. The Catholic Basilica (one of my favourite buildings)
5. The Cathedral (the iconic Christchurch building that may or may not be there in the future)
Many of you asked me my personal favourite and it is High Street, attached to this post. This area was my first experience of the city and I am continually drawn to this part of town for its empty expanse and soulfulness. It may yet make the final cut... You can still let me know your personal picks by emailing me your top 5. All the images are on my website (plus new images and a video of the egg I painted for Starship Children's Hospital fundraiser, The Big Egg Hunt NZ here: http://juliaholden.com/).
It is not too late to cast your votes and donate as this fundraiser runs until Thursday 19th April. It must reach the full $5,000 in order to take the next step and pay for the printing and installation of the 5 billboards. If you have enjoyed watching this project develop and have been thinking of supporting my plan to bring this gentle portrait of Christchurch to the wider New Zealand community the time to do so is now.
3 days to go! Please share this info with friends and help get this project 100% over the line.