Early November saw the opening of The Art of Collage exhibition. The Art of Collage is an international celebration of the collage art-form. Every year collage artists from around the World each send thirteen of their collage artworks to New Zealand to be part of the International Collage Exhibition/Exchange. One collage from each artist is offered for sale, eleven are mixed and sent in exchange packs to other artists, and one is gifted to an institution of art or learning somewhere in the World. 2012 has seen the 14th of these International Exchanges, and one artwork from each of 91 participating artists is now part of the heritage collection at Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki.
Collage, from the French coller, to glue is a technique of art production, primarily used in the visual arts, where the artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole. A Collage may sometimes include newspaper clippings, ribbons, bits of coloured or handmade papers, portions of other artwork or texts, photographs and other found objects, glued to a piece of paper or canvas – and this technique made a dramatic reappearance in the early 20th century as an art form of novelty. The term ‘Collage’ was coined by both Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the beginning of the 20th century when collage became a distinctive part of modern art.