Beginnings

ArtExplore has developed from our long time love and experience of art and having developed a personal collection of contemporary art. We are passionate about the excellent Aotearoa/New Zealand contemporary art that has been and continues to be created. We want to share our love of art with others and help grow this art both locally and internationally.

Vision

We envisage working in partnership with the existing art community as well as independently to create opportunities for the tourist sector, general public, those with a strong interest in art, as well as people thinking about or new to collecting. The opportunities we create will foster excitement for art and artists as a central meaningful part of our culture, and to transform this into ongoing purchasing/collecting.

Environmental Sustainability

We have built our lives around practices to lessen our carbon foot print and to contribute to sustainability. We are carrying this into ArtExplore. We have actively sought a printer with a credible record for safe ecological practices: Soar Printing: www.soarprint.co.nz We will reduce, reuse and recycle wherever possible. We will use public transport and will link the people using the services of ArtExplore to the public transport facilities of the city.

Commitment to Community

Individually we have long contributed to the development of a just society with activities in the peace, environmental and antiracism movements. For years we have contributed to Oxfam www.oxfam.org.nz and Amnesty international www.amnesty.org.nz . As ArtExplore we will find our way to support the development of new, emerging artists through funding events, residencies etc.

Economic development

Caril and Brian see this as an enjoyable way to earn income, build a business, support their interest in art and significantly increase the number of people looking at, talking about, understanding and therefore collecting contemporary fine art, both locally and internationally. As the business grows there will be both employment created within the business (already with associates) as well as secondary employment through networking businesses providing required services.