Ben Pearce, “Nervous System,” 2011. Exhibition view at Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin, 2011. Photo: Emily Hlavac Green
The Blue Oyster Arts Trust (BOAT) was founded in Dunedin in 1999 as the governing body of the Blue Oyster Art Project Space, which provides a high-quality, dynamic program of experimental and innovative contemporary art practice. BOAT is a nonprofit and non-commercial organization that is made up of practicing artists, curators, and other creative professionals. The Art Project Space allows a diverse range of artists to work experimentally and freely from commercial restraints, irrespective of the stage of their career. The organization aims to broaden the interest and understanding of contemporary arts by providing a forum for discussion and debate regarding contemporary art issues.