Reed Gallery Exhibition – The Happy Wanderer: Walking Around New Zealand with A. H. Reed

February 25, 2008 at 3:27 pm | Posted in City Library, Events, Exhibition, Free Event, Heritage, Library_News, Reed Gallery | Leave a comment

The Happy Wanderer

The Reed Gallery’s latest exhibition The Happy Wanderer: Walking Around New Zealand with A. H. Reed tracks the publisher, author and educationalist’s journeys across the length and breadth of the country that turned him into a national folk hero.

Reed’s treks have strong connections to his publishing practice. Both are based on capturing vernacular “kiwi” experiences: the beauty and wonder of the New Zealand landscape, communing with nature and God, seeking a personal experience of the land, collecting the stories of everyday people, understanding local history, and directing its future.

The Happy Wanderer exhibition combines an array of media into one visual treat. The material on exhibit include: first editions of Reed’s walking books, some inscribed by the author; original photographs, recently discovered typed drafts and personal letters, and an excerpt from an amateur film showing Reed on a walking tour ca 1961. The backpack Reed wore and the suitcase he carried on his treks are also exhibited.

Supplementary material on display include works published by Reed Publishing, such as artist Peter McIntyre’s New Zealand Landscapes (1975) and a selection of the company’s ‘day walks’ series, which carry on A. H. Reed’s tradition of getting out of the car and exploring New Zealand’s natural beauty on foot.

The display is a National Library Gallery touring exhibition, and was part of the exhibition Good Books Make Good Citizens: 100 years of Reed Publishing, held at the National Library Gallery, Wellington, in 2007.

  • 22 February – 18 May 2008
  • Monday to Friday 9.30am to 8.00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday 11.00am to 4.00pm
  • Reed Gallery, Floor 3
  • Dunedin City Library
  • Free Event

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