Own a piece of Rotorua’s museum history with painted roof tiles from Bath House

Stained glass tile by Derk Schepers. Photo / Provided

An exhibition and auction of painted tiles from Bath House gives people the chance to own a special and unique piece of local history.

Organized and hosted by the Friends of Rotorua Museum, a unique exhibition titled A Piece of History features decorated terracotta tiles from the iconic Rotorua Bath House.

It will feature nearly 40 tiles from 30 artists, including Tame Iti, Regan Balzer, Mark Spijkerbosch, Judith Prictor, Kellez McManus, Derk Schepers, Kay Trask, Robin Harland and Jean Vandermolen.

The exhibition will be on view at Rotorua Arts Village during opening hours, July 28 to August 3.

At the end of the exhibition, all works of art will be auctioned at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday August 3rd. Admission to the auction is free and light refreshments will be served at the Village des Arts.

The Friends of the Rotorua Museum will use all funds raised from the auction for museum acquisitions and addition to the collection.

Those unable to attend the auction can place a proxy bid by 4 p.m. on August 3.

The works are displayed in a photo album on the Rotorua Museum’s Facebook page. People can complete their mail-order auction on the online form or download a printable form from the Rotorua Museum website.

Jo-Anne LaGrouw, member of the Friends of the Rotorua Museum, says “As members of the Friends of the Rotorua Museum, we are always looking for interesting and innovative ways to raise funds to purchase acquisitions for the museum’s collection”.

Four Faces tile by Toni Stafford.  Photo / Provided
Four Faces tile by Toni Stafford. Photo / Provided

“When I heard that some of the tiles in the museum were available, I wondered what could be done with them, then I had the idea of ​​having artists paint them and auction them off.

“It gives the buyer a piece of history and a work of art at the same time.”

She says all the artists approached were excited to try out the project. They were given no guidance on how they could decorate the tile.

“This exhibition is a great way to support the museum while it’s closed and at the same time see and maybe own some truly inspiring works of art,” says Jo-Anne.

“You can never have too much art in one form or another.”

The details
– What: Exhibition A piece of history
– When: July 28 to August 3 (Tuesday-Friday: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., closed Sunday, Monday and public holidays)
– Where: The Arts Village (1240 Hinemaru St)
– Free

– What: Auction of a piece of history
– When: Wednesday, August 3. Mail-in auction forms can be submitted before 4 p.m.
– Where: The Village of Arts

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