''Oil on Canvas'' co-ordinator Ted Whitaker prepares to
hang The Adventures of Sydney Penguin original cover
illustration, by Port Chalmers artist David Elliot, in the
Dunedin Community Gallery yesterday. Photo by Gregor
Oil paintings will help launch an anti-oil exploration
protest in Dunedin today.
''Oil on Canvas'' is a group exhibition by more than 30
artists, including Marilynn Webb, Simon Kaan and Mary
McFarlane, protesting deep-sea oil and gas exploration off
the Otago coast.
The show Dunedin Community Gallery marks the opening of this
weekend's Oil Free Future Summit in the city, which will
feature a symbolic blockade of Otago Harbour.
The summit was organised to highlight possible environment
and economic risks posed by United States oil company
Anadarko's deep-sea oil drilling programme off the Otago
''The artists approached us about doing this exhibition,
because they wanted a forum to express their concerns about
the oil drilling,'' Oil Free Otago spokeswoman Niamh O'Flynn
''This action will show Anadarko that even when they drill at
the bottom of the country, in the bottom of the world, people
from around New Zealand will stand up against them.''
A range of events would be held over the weekend to encourage
people to join the protest, Ms O'Flynn said.
Green Party energy spokesman Gareth Hughes will launch the
''Anadarko - Wish You Weren't Here'' campaign at St Clair
Beach at 1pm today and speak at the summit at 3pm tomorrow at
Age Concern, in Bath St.
A ''Hands Off Our Harbour'' symbolic blockade of the
harbour's commercial shipping channel will be held at noon on
Sunday, off Back Beach.
The All Saints Anglican Church will also hold a 10.30am
service on Sunday, addressing the moral implications of the