What brings you here? A Tale of Two Towns

What brings you here? A Tale of Two Towns

Thomas Slade

Refinery ArtSpace (3, Halifax St, Nelson) 

6 August - 1 September 2018

Wellington-based Thomas Slade holds a Master of Fine Arts, Massey University, Wellington.
The work in this exhibition is photography based on 4x5 inch analogue colour negatives and consists of a selection from a larger body of work comparing two rural towns - Waverly and Shannon.
'What Brings You Here? examines both the positive and negative changes in rural New Zealand. Why does one town decline while another prospers? Initial research revealed small town New Zealand was struggling and statistics showed declining populations and fewer employment opportunities. Since the closure of the Iron Ore Mines Waverley has felt the increased effects of a diminishing population, lack of services and low house prices. Ten years ago, Shannon was in a similar position. It is now known for rejuvenation through active town planning and boutique shopping. My photographs of rural New Zealand highlight these changes. They remind us where we have come from as a country and of our identity as New Zealanders. '

Thomas Slade   Waverley High School

Thomas Slade Waverley High School