2017 saw the establishment of the Morant Foundation:

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STATEMENT OF INTENT:

The Morant Foundation is a legally registered Trust and has been put in place for the protection and conservation of artwork by Keith Morant of Christchurch, New Zealand.

The intentions of this trust are to promote and preserve the artwork of Morant while at the same time creating a greater awareness of art and artists in the region of Canterbury and New Zealand. While all basic capital and collateral rests on the property and work of Morant, it is through the organising of exhibitions and promotion of local artists that the trust will proceed.

It is intended that the Foundation will curate at least one exhibition annually of selected artists for display at a local venue. Expenses for such exhibitions will be underwritten by the Trust to alleviate financial pressure and enhance reputations of local creators.

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In February of 2018 The Morant foundation held its inaugural exhibition at the Arts Centre of Christchurch. The show was titled 'New Art', and exhibited a great variety of paintings and sculpture  from thirty two artists. Through the support of local businesses, four awards for excellence were presented at the opening and it was a total success.

 

 

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In June of 2018 the Foundation sponsored another exhibition; this was titled 'Eclectic Art' and was held at the Windsor Gallery in Christchurch. It was a wonderful venue to showcase over thirty budding artists who were very grateful not to have to pay for advertising, opening expenses and gallery commissions. The exhibition was opened by the Deputy Mayor of Christchurch, Andrew Turner, who presented four art awards and gave a very encouraging speech on the necessity of art in the community.

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