Works in anniversary show tell artists’ stories

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More than 60 artists from Dunedin and around Otago have come together this month to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Inge Doesburg Gallery.
Founded by Dunedin artists Inge Doesburg and Jo Ogier in 1996, the boutique gallery was initially known as Dunedin Printmakers Gallery.
When Ogier left the city about 10 years ago to live in Omarama and later in Christchurch, Doesburg continued to operate the gallery, both as her own studio space and as an exhibition space. Ogier continues to exhibit at the gallery from time to time.
Over the years, Inge Doesburg Gallery has showcased thousands of works by local artists, supporting new graduates of Dunedin School of Art, emerging artists and established artists.
As an experienced printmaker herself, Doesburg has also taught artistic techniques through programmes at King’s High School and Dunedin School of Art.
“I have built up connections with a lot of local artists through both my teaching and through the gallery. It is a close community,” Doesburg said.
“For my 20th anniversary exhibition, I have works on display by 60 artists, all of whom have had a relationship with the gallery over the years.
“When you stand back and look, there is an amazing amount of work displayed here.
“Each of the works tells a story to me of the artist, which is fantastic,” she said.
Doesburg discovered a passion for the curatorial side of the visual arts many years ago through her involvement with the Art House gallery. And she still has that same passion.
“Running the gallery gives me a real feeling of community. I enjoy that exchange of ideas,” she said.
“I have always loved it. I really enjoy other people’s views of the world.”
The Inge Doesburg Gallery exhibition “20 Years at 6 Castle St” will continue until December 31. The gallery is open from Thursday to Saturday, 12 noon to 2pm, and by appointment.