A meeting of the above, held at 4 p. in. yesterday, was attended by tbo President (Mr John Roberts, in the chair), the Executive Commissioner (Mr R, E. N. Twopeny), Hon. W. H. Reynolds, Dr Belcher, DrHocken.McsarsCarlton, W. A. Bartleman, T. Brydone, J. White, R. 11. Leary, H. Mackenzie, W. L. Simpson, M. Joel, W. Dawson, and T. Brown. CORRESPONDENCE. A telegram was read from the Exhibition Committee in Auckland statiog that the members were using their utmost endeavors to forward the project.—The secretary of the Music Committee wrote that Mr H. Mackenzie had been appointed vice-chair-man during the absence of the chairman (Mr Bell), through indisposition.—The him. secretary of the Pine Arts Committee notified that Dr J. H. Scott had been elected vicechairman.—The secretary of the Mining and Metallurgical Committcewroto that Mr Pykc had resigned the chairmanship, and that Mr W, L. Simpson had been appointed to the vacancy. EDUCATION AND SCI KNOB COMMITTER. Mr W. D. Milne, secretary to this committee, forwarded tho following report of progress up to date : ■ The Committee prepared a programme of the court, a draft of whicli was submitted and np moved by the Executive. Sub-coimniUevs were lluTi appointed ami various divisions of the work allotted to them. By them circulars wore pro pared and forwarded to tbo various bodies and persons who it was thought might contribute to the success of the court. Communications have not been confined to tho Austialasian colonies, in which the Government departments have been addressed, but have extended to the leading institutions in Great Britain, America, and Europe. It is confidently expected that there will be a considerable display of technical work from the various colonies, and also from the chief technical schools In England and Norway. Of course there has not yet been time to receive replies to our communications, but the Committee have striven to stimulate private interest so far as it was accessible, and have no fear of tho result. A large section of the French eih’bits at Melbourne has been secured, and an effort is being made to secure other European exhibits. The Committee have received hearty promise of support from tho educational authorities of the Roman Catholic Church, and their exhibit will bo highly interesting. The proposal to hold kindergarten, cookery, singing, and gymnastic classes in the Exhibition buildings will make the court additionally attractive, and these arc in a fair way of arrangement. The various Boards of Education in New Zealand have been applied to for primary school exhibits, and several have already signified their intention of contributing specimens of work done In schools under their charge. Tbo Committee estimate tho probable ixpendituto necessary in this section, exclusive of the cost of show-cases, at LSO, inclusive of the sura now expended—viz., Lll 14s. COMMITMENTS. The following commitments were approved:—The company hold all loan exhibits covered by insurance ; that the placing of the provincial courts should be geographical, starting at the door with Auckland, running down South thus— Auckland, Taranaki, Hawke’s Bay, Wellington, Marlborough, Nelson, Westland, Canterbury, and Otago; that the maximum charge for sale of goods manufactured in the Exhibition should bo L 3 per week, but that special concessions would bo made under special circumstances; that) the Harbor Board bo written to and asked whether the would either (a) sell tho sections on which thft_art gallery is placed, subject to a valuation for same, or (hj) would they give the Exhibition Company the right to lease at tho present upsets the sections on which the buildings are placed. Tho sections in question are 9,10, 23, aud 24 of subdivision 5 It was also decided that the Executive would undertake the supervision of unpacking and repacking of New Zealand exhibits if requested to do so, and would also undertake the fitting up of spaces and arranging exhibits, provided the exhibitor would defray the cost of same. The Executive would, however, not hold themselves liable for any loss that might arise to exhibitors in any way through the carelessness or negligence of any workman employed by thpm. Cable advice had been received that the Switchback Company had accepted the terms which were offered—viz., L 350. It was decided wool exhibits be admitted free, but the Agricultural Committee must satisfy themselves of the merits of the same before admission. The Building Committee having approved of tho tender of Messrs M‘Math and Walker for L 332 6s, for tho erection of the fernery with slab walls and felt roof, it was decided to accept the same, and to instruct the architect to have the necessary details carried out. A deputation from the Otago Sunday School Union had waited on the Executive to ascertain the terms that would be asked for the use of tho concert hall for three or four performances, and it was decided (a) that the Exhibition would receive one-third of the gross takings; (hj) free admission would be allowed to all performers aud the Management Committee. The Executive asked tho deputation to fix suitable dates for the performances, and on receipt of same the Executive would forward them to the Music Committee.
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sian colonies with the object of securing art 1 exhibits. Letters have also been sent to the leading art publishers in London, and to the editors of the various illustrated publications asking for exhibits o! prints and drawings, and other art process work. The Committee also requested the Government to instruct the Agent-General to give his aid and generally interest himself in oonnecticn with the fine art exhibits. In connection with the above the Committee despatched to these associations and persons about 2, fiOO copies of the fine art regulations. There has not been time to learn the result of the above communications, but with regard to the British loan collection the Committee understand that at least forty pictures have been secured by the Agent-General under conditions which the Government have agreed to, and that the Anglo-Australian collection of about 300 pictures in oil, water color, and monochrome will be sent to Dunedin from Sydney, where they are at present being exhibited. Local Art sub-Oommittees have been formed in Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland, Hut no reports from them are yet to hand. The Committee arc collecting information as to the New Zealand loan pictures and the proposed colonial portrait galleries, and will be able to give an idea as to the number, etc., later on. The Committee bavo expended nothing, with tho exception of the small sum authorised by the Executive for printing tho fine art regulations—some L 5 or L 0 No estimate of tho amount likely to bo required to complete the work of tho line arts section can bo furnished till the Committee know what is going to bo done with regard to tho housing and caro of the line art exhibits. MJ'AUK l.t -T, The stale of the share list was reported' lio be as follows Shares, L 12,850 ; donations, LIST: advertising. L 553 ; guarantees, L 1,765: total, L 15,335. ART ONION. The Fine Arts Committee submitted, with the approval of tho Executive, the regulations for an art union of pictures and other works of art to be drawn during the currency of tho Exhibition. The schedule of prizes is as followsl picture at L2OO, 2 at Ll5O each, 3 at LIOO each, 4 at L 75 each, 10 at LSO each, 22 at L 25 each, 25 at L2O eaidi, HO at Lls each, 60 at LlO each, 100 at J;5 each, 50 at L~ each, 200 at LI each, and 1,000 at 10s each; total, 1,507 pictureflj amounting to L 5,000. Conditions.—(l) The drawing will take place in the concert hall of the Exhibition on a data to be announced by public advertisement. (2) Should tho art union be not fully subscribed the value of the first prize will be retained, and a re-adjustment of other prizes will bo made. If tho art union should be over-subscribed, more prizes will be added in proportion to the additional subscribers. (3) The winning numbers will be posted up in tho Exhibition and announced in the Press. (4) Prizes will be selected by the Fine Arts Committee soon after the opening of the Exhibition. (5) Prizes will be delivero 1 to tho winners at tho close of tho Exhibition on delivery of tho winning ticket to tho clerk in charge of the art gallery, (G) Any prize unclaimed at the expiration of three mouths from the close of tho Exhibition will IJboomo the property of the Commissioners, who may dispose of it as they think fit, (7) Tho winner of a prize may, if he so desires, select either one or more prizes, provided the value is not greater than the value of tho prize won. Programme approved, GENERAL MANAGER'S BEI’AkT.
Mr Joubert forwarded the following report lu spite of delays caused by the almost impracticable state of forest roads at Invercargill, the contractors are progressing fast towards the completion of the work entrusted to them. Before sunset this afternoon the whole of the Exhibition grounds will be enclosed by the annexes, leaving still open the space reserved for side shows near the Anderson Bay road. The main building is now being roofed in and glazed, Tenders for the fine art gallery and photographic studio have been received, and the work of erection will at once be proceeded with. The flooring of the annexes and construction of the octagons are also being pushed forward. The plans aud specifications of concert hall and dining rooms are in hand, having received the sanction of the Music Committee. These buildings will all be proceeded with within the mxt fortnight. From the provinces as well as the Australian colonies applications for space are daily increasing. The date for closing having been originally fixed for July 1, it will be possible at the next meeting of the Commissioners to form some idea of the total amount needed on this side; while another month may elapse before oven an approximate estimate of the room needed for British, foreign, or South Seas exhibitors can bo arrived at. In order to secure tho shareholders from 100 heavy a loss on the sale of the building', and acting under instructions from the Executive, I have prepared a block sketch of n section of two complete bays of the annexes, which is tbo size of one serviceable section of same. This drawing, together with tbo exact contents of the section, will bo duly advertised throughout New Zealand, ho that intending purchasers may attend tho sale at the close of the Exhibition. It may be interesting for your Committee to know that each section as above contains 4.87.V1 of rough timber, 200 ft of dressed timber, 151 sheets of corrugated galva nised iron, 27ft of spouting, aud 27ft of ridge capping, with 180 ft of sheet glass, being an easily movable structure, -toft x 20ft. The report was adopted.
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EXHIBITION COMMISSIONERS., Evening Star, Issue 7939, 21 June 1889