Art Feeds, courtesy of Vinci's Pizza

In these trying times there’s nothing like a little neighbourly kindness to lift the spirits. A disparate pair of Napier’s Hastings Street establishments have come together for a cause. 

Vinci’s Pizza, home of Napier’s most authentic New York slice, have long been patrons of the arts. Their walls are adorned by a Grimoire mural and they have played host to live music and poetry in the past. Now they’re collaborating with the trifecta of Boyd-Dunlop galleries across the street for a unique and different exhibition on show now at Arcade. 

Vinci’s supplied over two hundred pizza boxes to the public, who duly decorated them with an eclectic range of styles and abilities. More than a hundred boxes were submitted – a curatorial challenge for judge Jim Mitchell, the mind behind Mambo, whose retrospective works are showing upstairs at Ahuriri Contemporary, another Boyd-Dunlop owned gallery. As well as curating, Jim Mitchell will select an overall osheewinner who will be awarded one of his prints, and free pizza for a year. All entrants received a free slice, regardless of whether their work was shown or not.

The selected 41 finalists have been on display at Arcade since the start of the month. They include a number of staples from established artists, many of which have in the past exhibited at the main Boyd-Dunlop gallery next door. Dali Susanto, Jo Blogg, Bernie Winkels and John Lancashire’s works are immediately recognisable, as is the work of the proprietor of next door’s Department of Curiosities and Fine Things’, Andy Heyward. Alongside, emerging and embryonic artists are featured, including a number of pieces by children. Several entrants thought outside the box, adding elements of cut outs, collage and quilling. 

A silent auction, just ended, has been underway since the exhibition’s opening. All proceeds of the auction, which has already raised over $1,800, go to Nourished for Nil, the charity redistributing food that would otherwise be wasted since 2017.

It’s a worthy cause, rendered even more popular and necessary by the skyrocketing cost of living, with long lines forming in advance of opening hours at each of their distribution centres. 

Art Feeds presents an opportunity for artists of every ability to elevate their work to the gallery wall, and for patrons to acquire unique and unusual works while reducing food waste and feeding the hungry.

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  1. What a master class in drawing attention and involving public interests and participation as well as raising money for a charity.
    Well done all concerned

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