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Skipper Dancing to a New Beat

Last Friday saw Matapihi Art Gallery host the opening night of a new exhibition titled ‘To the Beat of a New Drum’ by artist and Wahinemoe skipper, Tim Turner. Most recognisable for his bright, often decorated, fire engine, Tim has been gaining inspiration from his recently established home in Raglan to create new pieces of art for show. The exhibition, sponsored by Raglan Boat Charters, will run for a month and showcases a collection of Tim’s new works, including a range of jewellery, sculptures and digital prints. “A lot of what I do is inspired by nature, I copy nature a lot too like shells and flax seed pods,” says Tim, describing his aesthetic.

Moving to Raglan from Auckland just over a year ago, Tim explains, “the concept behind the title is: ‘to the beat of a new drum’, which reflects a new place, new inspiration and new chapters.” Feeling he had completely run his time in Auckland, Tim describes the series of events that propelled his move as “one of those ‘got to be’ moments.” The opportunity for Tim to move to Raglan came about through Facebook, when a friend of a friend offered him garage space for storage. “On Monday morning I saw the mail and within the hour I’d packed some things and was on my way. I’ve lived a good portion of my life relying on intuition and so far it’s worked well,” says Tim,

Tim’s decision to move to Raglan also coincided with the inception of the Wahinemoe, where his relationship with owners Charlie and Erin (whom he had known before the move) scored him a job as skipper. “What I love about my job is that it’s given me downtime to be creative. When I was in Auckland, even though I had time, there were a lot of distractions of the city and I seldomly got inspired,” says Tim. Prior to captaining the Wahinemoe, Tim’s background leant heavily towards the arts side, including stints as a freelance creative assistant for events such as Splore and Rhythm and Vines, often driving in his fire engine. He is also professionally qualified to work in the printing industry, where he produced prints for iconic artists such as Rei Hamon.

Having lost one of his legs in a motorcycle accident when he was 18 years old, Tim also spent time performing and teaching dance to children with disabilities through the Touch Compass Dance Trust, the only professional mixed abilities dance company in the country.

Tim notes “It’s been a long time since I’ve exhibited. I’ve often kicked myself for not putting my work out there enough, so it’s good to be back in the flow again.”

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